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My husband and I are a young, growing, Christian, military family. My husband is a Captain in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. We are first time parents to a beautiful little two year old boy, with twin boys on the way! I am a stay at home Marine wife, who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. The purpose of this blog is to document the story of our life and adventures as they take place.
We are honored to be serving our country and ask for prayer in our upcoming adventures. We have been blessed tremendously, and thank God everyday for all he has given us!
Hi friends and dear followers! With the busy day to day of motherhood, I have started a YouTube Channel an added way of blogging and keeping up on the happenings of our daily life... I will now be Vlogging, (video blogging) on you tube along with posting here on my original blog. If you like The Christensen's Camelot the blog, you will love our new Vlog on YouTube! I am really enjoying vlogging and keeping a video journal of my babies, our household happenings, recipes, cooking, crafts and more! Please dear friends, click this link The Christensen's Camelot Channel and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our new YouTube Channel, The Christensen's Camelot!! I will be posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on YouTube! Be sure to check back here for updated posts as well.
The Christensen's Camelot YouTube Schedule:
Monday's : Weekly family VLOG
Wednesday's: Story Corner Just for Little Ones
Friday's: How To! Cooking, crafting, make-up, hair, babies and more tutorials!
I am so very excited about this new adventure and would love your support! Thank you for subscribing to our channel and we will see you on YouTube!!!
Well hello there friends! Wow!!! As I logged onto my blog this afternoon, I was made aware of the fact that it has been a ridiculously looooooong time since I have shared with you all! In fact, so long that I still have a Valentine's Day background on my blog! Well friends, much has happened since we last met, (which was more than a month ago, before this little unintentional blog sabbatical of mine).
This past weekend we have had three sick little ones! :(
My poor little boys all have a bad cold bug, runny noses, sore throat, fever and cough. Below, is a picture of my little JoJo. Joey was up all night with a runny nose and fever...poor little man!
Robbie spent Thursday night and Friday morning in the Emergency Room.
We took our little guy to the ER because he kept waking up coughing and finally coughed so bad he gagged and vomited. The ER doctor said Robbie has Bronchitis. The boys are resting and taking it easy this weekend.
I am an only child and because I did not grow up with siblings, I was my parents one and only! Before having the twins, I couldn't quite picture just how each child would add their own special characteristics, qualities and strengths to our family. I love all of my babies 100 % the same, but it is so fun to watch each of them blossom and bloom as they become their own little people!
I love Robbie's determination, leadership, pure heart and cute little sense of humor. Joey is my flirt, my charmer my little persistent go get em' boy! Oh and Jacob.. dear, sweet, pure of heart, kind,
Jacob. It has been a hard last three days with three sick small children. Jacob has been our rock! We know that he doesn't feel well. Yet, Jacob doesn't complain and makes the best of everything, always with a smile to share! I love this little man! Thank you Jacob for teaching me how to be a better person and live a life of contentment!
See how laid back my little Jacob is?
So while we are on the subject of Jacob... he fell a few weeks ago while carrying a wooden toy block and the block cut open his lip! Here is a pic of my brave little man!
Friday's are our date nights with Robbie.
Lately, Robbie has been wanting to make pizza on Friday nights!
Yummy! Nothing better than a homemade pizza!
We have been doing more school time lately... getting back into the swing of things.
We are currently working through this Brain Quest preschool workbook.
We have had lots of play to fill our days as well!
We have had an unusually warm March!
The twins were given this really cool sensory water table by our Aunt Renee and Uncle John. Such a fun way to spend the day in the sun!
Robbie was pretty disappointed because he had to miss The Palm Sunday service at Church yesterday morning. All of the preschool aged children walk up and down the aisles waving palms to celebrate Jesus our King! That's okay I told him, we will make our own little Palm Sunday celebration... right here at home! This way we wont spread our gems.
Okay, lets go way back now and share about our Valentine's Day...
Let's see, we celebrated Valentine's Day together as a family of five!
I woke-up to these three adorable little valentines and to this letter from my big Valentine!
Oh and yes, this is how I found Jacob! haha :)
This little sweetie made a Valentine's Day book for me telling me all of the reasons why he loves me!
Thank you Gigi for helping Robbie along.
We are so excited because a few weeks ago we got our house painted! I am thrilled and I feel like we have a nice, warm and inviting little cottage.
Here is the Before ...
We love it and I am so in love with my bright red front door!!!
My little buddy and Gardener helper, Robbie helped me plant colorful springtime flowers in our walkway planters.
Have I mentioned that on March 11th, these two little cuties turned one year old!!!!!!!!!!
My babies are walking and waving hello and goodbye and clapping! Oh time is moving so fast and whenever I am exhausted as the mother of two one year olds and a three year old, I sit back and think how fast their childhood really will fly past. I must sit and savor every minute of it!
More pictures on tomorrow's post all about the twin's first birthday party!
Last week, I took the kiddos all by myself on the Metro Gold Line train to meet Daddy for lunch in Downtown South Pasadena! We had a ball!!
We took the kids to lunch at the famous, Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena.
Here are two of my favorite guys enjoying their milk shakes!
We have had a few silly moments as well!
Well friends, we are happy to be back! Happy Monday!
I love to sit down and write these weekend re-cap posts on Sunday evenings while the house is quiet and all four of my guys are fast asleep. Sundays truly have been restful and fun at our house lately. Daddy was away this entire weekend playing Marine. Robbie and I were so happy to have Aunt Becky come spend the weekend with us! Robbie was thrilled to have his Aunt Becky come play with him and I was SO eternally appreciative of all of her HELP with the children!! We had a full weekend. Our dear friends, Miss Aimee and Miss Liz, came over for a visit. I absolutely love to have these two dear, sweet ladies over for a visit! Miss Liz and Miss Aimee played with my boys for hours! Miss Liz walked and cruised with my little twins, (who these days seem to be cruising on and around every bit of furniture in our house).
While Miss Liz and Miss Aimee were visiting us, Joey took his first real few steps completely on his own and with much encouragement from Miss Liz and Miss Aimee! I am so excited, because I believe these are the first steps, ( no pun intended), to walking. I wouldn't say JoJo is walking just yet, but he is definitely making steps in the right direction, ( there I go again. I'm so punny!)
My twinies are almost 11 months old ( adjusted age) but because they were born six weeks early, their actual age is somewhere around 9 months... all these different dates to keep track of with twins. Confusing?... I know! I wanted to share this little video of Miss Liz and my little babies.
On top of all this excitement, Robbie started his first day of Soccer on Saturday!!
We are hoping to start Robbie in AYSO ASAP, ( say that three times fast), this Fall. In the meantime, because Robbie has shown such a huge interest in Soccer. Daddy and I decided to join him in private Soccer Clinic classes for the next seven weeks. Our little guy just loves it! We have heard all about Soccer this entire weekend and Robbie has watched the following video of his first practice a thousand times!
Saturday was such a dreary and rainy day. At first, we thought the practice might get canceled.
As we sat there in the rain waiting for class to start, Robbie could hardly contain his excitement!
Finally, the coach made the call that the kids would play in the rain!
Here they are practicing their running and following directions.
Then, they were all given their own soccer balls and taught the Soccer Stand!
It eventually started to rain much too hard and the children were all called in and the practice was cut short. That was fine by Robbie, who was all smiles and soaking wet! :)
I think I am going to love being a Soccer Mama!!!
Here is another video from the weekend of my little guy practicing his Spanish vocab words.
And finally, my little twinies, just saying hello after dinner!
The picture above pretty much sums up our days lately. Our days have been full of babies, lots of cruising, finger painting and counting. Oh how we love to count. We have been counting anything and everything from Cheerios to beans to leaves and more.
The children and I have been getting outside more often. Robbie loves to jump and run and leap. Boy oh BOY are these boys active!!! I posted this update to my Facebook status the other day and it rings SO true!
"Given that I was such a girly girl as a child, who loved to play dress-up, have tea parties and play in my mama's make-up. I am not sure that really anything or anyone could have prepared me for all of the fun, loud noises, jumping off of things, playing pirates, giggles, trucks, playing in the mud, castles, cowboys, fort building and wrestling that would be in my near future! Having three boys is a blast and a new adventure every day! All this and we haven't even left for church yet. Happy Sunday morning from The Christensen House. ... five guys ( if you count our cat ) and a lady... I'm a little out numbered, but having the time of my life!"
Jacob and big brother Robbie.
Look at those eyelashes!
Real men bake Play dough cookies with their shirts off! Nice muscles Rob!
Jacob has learned, "So Big! " .
Robbie and Gigi baking cupcakes.
School days... learning to write the letter A.
Oh and did I mention this little bear has been visiting at our house this past week? After seeing the movie Paddington Bear, I came up with The Paddington Project. This little Paddington Bear came to our house this last week. Paddington spent the entire week with us baking cupcakes, going to the park and more. At the end of the week, he will be passed on to one of our other friend's families and begin a new adventure.. We will keep switching families for a month or more. All along his journey, each family will take pictures and document this little bear's adventures. At the end of the project, each family will receive a little picture book filled with all of Paddington's adventures! So if you are a family on our list, sit tight and check your mail for the next few weeks. Paddington is on his way to Rancho Cucamonga California tomorrow!
I love this picture above... look how happy my two boys are!
A few weeks ago, a city near us did a local Snow Day for the children in the area. We live in Sunny Southern California, so snow doesn't come too likely around these parts.
The city brought in over forty tons of snow! They had sledding and snowmen, slides and treats! Robbie LOVED it!!! Even though it was in the 70's and rather warm for January, Robbie thought it was the best day EVER!!! Here are a few pictured from our snow day in the sun.
I have been roasting a fresh, organic chicken every Sunday for Sunday Supper.
I love the way the house smells and the way our tummies feel after a warm and hearty chicken and vegetable dinner. I have such fond memories from my childhood of Sunday chicken dinners at my Grandparent's home! I hope I am making memories for my boys!
Another great part about roasting a chicken is making fresh, homemade chicken stock from scratch.
On Monday, I made chicken noodle and vegetable soup from all of the stock and left over chicken.
It was rainy on that particular Monday and I think the soup was much appreciated by all!
Rich and I are so happy, because for the past few nights I have worked really hard to schedule our days, ( the children's schedule) so that everyone is fed, bathed and fast asleep by 7:30 p.m. This has given us time for me to knit, Rich to read and best of all... SLEEP!!! Yep, Rich and I went to sleep last night by 9:00 p.m!!!!! Joey woke me up around 3:30a.m and then fell asleep by 4:30. That's fine by me. I think it really is true that one receives their best REM sleep before midnight!
We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Rich will be gone for the weekend with his Marine Reserve unit. Aunt Becky is going to stay the weekend at our house to help me with the kiddos and Robbie is so EXCITED because he is going to start Soccer on Saturday! More on that on Saturday!
I am a daughter of The King, wife to my Marine and new Mama to my sweet little boy! I am an elementary school teacher turned SAHM ( Stay At Home Mom) and Military wife. I am loving every minute of this beautiful life! My husband Rich is a Captain in The Marine Corps. We live in beautiful Orange County California.Follow us along on our journey as a young military family. The adventure of becoming first time parents, my sewing, crafts and cooking ideas and The Marine Corps! :)