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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.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cupcakes and Wedgewood



I have always loved antique Wedgewood stoves! I love anything and everything vintage! Our house  was built in the 1930's and while remodeling our kitchen this past year, we really wanted to keep the integrity of the home. Everything is vintage in my kitchen with lots of Jadeite throughout.

My Nana always had a Wedgewood stove in her kitchen when I was little and my mom has always had a vintage Wedgewood stove in her kitchen as well. We have been searching for weeks for a vintage Wedgewood six burner, double oven. Well, I couldn't BELIEVE when we found ours! Not only is it a six burner, double oven, but it also has the original salt and pepper shakers with clock on top and timer.


The oven was is very good condition and we are currently having the top portions re-chromed. We got a great deal and Mama is HAPPY!!! It looks like Thanksgiving and Christmas here at the Christensen house will be amazing! :)


After a long and busy day at the doctors with the twins, Robbie and I decided it would be fun to try out the new oven and make chocolate cupcakes! Yummy!



We had so much fun this evening and the cupcakes were super yummy!




















Well, we are off to bed... BIG day tomorrow, Bible School and we are going with Daddy, the babies, Gigi and Grandpa to ...



A display of over 5,000 Jack O' Lanterns!!
So much fun!
Blessings,


Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Little of This and A Little of That...




Have you ever had one of those days that you just know will be a lasting memory in your heart and mind forever? Well, Thursday was one of those days for me. One of my October goals was to take Robbie and the babies to the park two times a week. Throughout the month, we have kept up with our little goal and have happily spent our mornings in the park chasing orange and yellow leaves from the falling Maple trees, kicking the Soccer ball back and forth and allowing the babies to roll and attempt their crawling skills on our large quilt, which we lay out on the lush grass.



On this particular Thursday morning, I had several errands to run and so our park play day had to wait until the early afternoon. The children and I asked Gigi if she would join us for an afternoon of lunch and play at our favorite park. We allowed Robbie to climb a tree house play structure on the playground which was filled with a few other little boys. Robbie is a little social butterfly on the playground these days. He loves to make new friends. All the mamas and a few nannies were sitting on benches that surrounded the play area. I overheard Robbie's conversation with a few of the other little boys. It went like this;
Robbie: "Hi! My name is Robbie, what's yours? I'm three, how old are you boys ?"
All of these little boys were older than Robbie and between four and six years old.
The little boys were telling Robbie all about Ninjas. In fact, the topic of Ninjas was really all that these little boys could talk about. I will admit, we have kept a pretty sheltered little man and I like it that way. When it comes to secular television that is beyond the realms of Disney Junior, PBS Kids and a few other programs, my little guy is clueless. Robbie doesn't know of things like Ninjas, Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, Spider Man and all the comic book stuff. We are much more of a Caillou, Curious George, Max & Ruby, Mickey Mouse kind of family.


The little boys welcomed Robbie in their play and Robbie was thrilled. The boys found a common ground attempting different ways to slide down the large tree house slide.

This is when the golden moment happened for me. I heard Robbie ask the boys, "Do you go to church?" One little boys said no and the other two asked what church was? Robbie kept on and this time said, " Well I go to Bible school on Wednesday's with my Mommy. Do you go to Bible School too?" The little boys all said no and a few of them shared that they went to Kindergarten and Preschool. As these little darlings were all sharing and comparing their pride of school, sports and Ninjas, while establishing their manhood. My little relentless Robbie just didn't stop. We heard Robbie ask yet another question, Robbie: " Well, do you know Jesus? Jesus is a really good man and he wrote the Bible." ( As he was saying this he opened up his little hands as if to show a book and described the Bible.) Robbie: "The Bible is a very good book and it tells you what to do."

Oh my goodness! As a mommy that feels so overtired, overworked and at times very unappreciated, this one shining, golden moment made all of my efforts worth while! Thank you, God!
So, you never know... I might have a little preacher on my hands. Ha ha, my little evangelist! :)

After playing at the park for hours, we headed back to the car with an entourage of strollers, balls, blankest and babies. We met an adorable twin mama who had parked right next to us. This sweet lady had the most beautiful fraternal boy twins who were eleven months old! It was so refreshing and enjoyable to chat with another twin mama who understands EVERYTHING! I know people mean well, but often times I am told by mothers who have children close in age or more than one child, how much they relate to me as a mother and my responsibilities, sleepless nights and overall work of having twins. I am grateful for their compassion, but I think you really have to be a Mom of twins to fully understand what it is like day in and day out!!! What is that age old saying, "You never truly know someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes." And because, I truly do mean this with a humble heart, the same quote applies to me as well.

Above is a photo of the band looking out my living room window.

When we arrived home, it was time for snacks and naps. Just as I put the boys down for their afternoon nap, my Mom said she heard drums in the distance. We live very close to a high school and on Thursdays the high school marching band has begun their practice in preparation for the Rose Parade. We live just a few streets away from the Rose Parade route. My mom and I enjoyed our afternoon listening to the marching band.


God has been showing me that the ordinary can be magnificent!
It was a good and exciting day enjoying the simple life!

Blessings,

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our Fall Afternoons


I just love beautiful, crisp, amber colored Fall afternoons... don't you? We have been having the most beautiful afternoons lately. Earlier this week, my sweet friend, Amanda, invited us to go to a preview day at The Cal Poly Pomona University Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch didn't officially open to the public until Saturday, so we were thrilled to go early on Tuesday!

 
 
 We all had such a nice time! Robbie had a blast picking out pumpkins and the twins loved every minute of watching their surroundings.

 

Gigi went with us and she and Robbie had so much fun searching for the perfect pumpkin in the huge patch!

                                       Robbie loved climbing up the huge hay stacks.

 
It was a good day.
 
 



Our house is on a street that is home to so many little squirrels... in fact, we call it squirrel lane.
Robbie and I enjoy sitting in our living room in the mornings and late afternoons as we watch the squirrels run, play and climb the tall Oak trees and more.
 
 
This little squirrel is named Peanut, ( courtesy of Robbie), this is a picture of Peanut looking into our window. He is a bold little guy!

 
Last week, I brought out all of my paints and helped all three kiddos make a hand print Fall tree on a canvas. I  think it turned out pretty well!
 
 
 
Speaking of Fall afternoons, I would like to share another one of my Mother's stories from her book, "At Least A Thousand"
 
An Afternoon In Pasadena
By: Robin Sieverling
 
Since my mother did not drive, she and I frequently took the bus to Pasadena. My mother's sister, my Aunt Dora; worked in Pasadena. We would often spend an afternoon in Pasadena shopping and  having lunch with Auntie Dora. I loved these adventures! We usually had lunch at a restaurant called Beadles Cafeteria. I believe it still exists today.
 
"Shopping With Mother" ~ Vintage Children's Book
 On this particular day, we had just about an hour to kill before my Auntie was to meet us. My mother loved to sew, so we went to a fabric store called Maximes Fabric. On our way out of Maximes, we buttoned up our coats because it was cold and windy outdoors. It was mid-November, almost my birthday, and I was excited about the Fall weather. It started drizzling a bit, so my mother stopped off at a store called Kress'. We were looking to buy some rain bonnets there. My mother bought a red one and I bought a blue one. They only cost a quarter!
 
Just as we were leaving Kress', we noticed a crowd congregating around a table in the center part of the store. There was an extremely large, black woman. This black woman was making pancakes on a portable grill. She had a beautiful smile, with the whitest teeth I had ever seen. She was wearing a red and white checkered dress with a white cotton scarf tied around her neck, and a simple white apron tied around her waist. She had a bandana tied around her hair with a knot tied toward the right side of her very round face. I was mesmerized at how beautifully this woman prepared thick and fluffy pancakes with such ease. Because I was only about four years old, I was totally unaware of sales tactics. I guess I just thought the world was a place filled with good people who wished to share their talents in stores. Everyone kept calling this woman "Aunt Jemima". She answered to it and she encouraged the public to, "Try my new temptillatin' recipes."
 
 
 
My mother purchased  a box of Aunt Jemima's Pancake Mix from this woman. The woman known as, "Aunt Jemima", handed me a small booklet filled with recipes. She also said, "Child, now you and your mamma may choose any of those scarves for only fifty cents since you bought a box of my mix." I was so thrilled! I chose a Fall-colored scarf with yellow, orange and brown leaves all over it. I chose that particular one because it looked exactly like the weather outside. I tried putting the scarf on my head in exactly the same way Aunt Jemima was wearing hers. The incident took place in about 1959. People dressed up when they went to downtown Pasadena. Women wore gloves and high heels to town, and men wore Stetson hats and wing'-tip shoes.
 
Above is the scarf my Mother got that Fall afternoon, she still has it today.
 
 
While admiring Aunt Jemima, I overheard some women commenting on, "How fat that woman is" or "I wouldn't buy from her" or " Looks like she ate too many of those temptilatin' things." I wanted to put my arms around Aunt Jemima and hug and kiss her. I prayed to God that she did not hear those so called, "ladies." Dressed in her Mammy attire, the very fat and cheerful, black woman, stole my heart. The woman had a warm manner about her. She was kind and gentle, and she was very good at her job of demonstrating a product. She was earning an honest living, and she promoted nurturing and loving atmosphere at Kress' department store.
 
My mother read to me all about the legend of Aunt Jemima, from the little recipe booklet that Aunt Jemima had given me. According to legend, Aunt Jemima was a Mammy cook at Higbee's Landing. Even in those days. the fame of Colonel Higbee's cook, spread far and wide throughout the South. Guests flocked to the home of Aunt Jamima's master to taste the delicacy for which she was famous. Colonel Higbee would call Aunt Jemima herself in from the plantation kitchen and praise her before his guests.
 
With my childish expectations, I was unaware that Kress' Aunt Jemima was a hired employee, trained to create an illusion. This was a great sales-hype! Whatever the intention was, I was affected by it! I never heard the name Jemima again, at least without regards to pancakes.
 When I was forty years old and taking Bible study classes, I came across the name Jemima. I was thrilled and eager to learn about Jemima in the Bible. In Hebrew, the name Jemima means, "dove". A dove is a Pigeon, meaning the symbol of peace. In the Bible, Jemima was one of the daughters of Job, born to him after he regained his fortunes. The Lord had brought trials upon Job and finally, the Lord blessed Job at the end of his life more than at the beginning.
 "After Job's trials and tribulations, God gave him seven more sons and three more daughters. The following were names of his daughters; Jemima, Kezia, and Keren. "In all the land, there were no other girls as lovely as the daughters of Job." ( Job 42: 14-15). That cold and dreary, drizzling day in Pasadena, suddenly turned warm with Aunt Jemima's temptilatin' recipes.  In all of the stores, there was no other employee as lovely as Aunt Jemima!
 
Would you like to try Aunt Jemima's Pancakes at home?
 
 
How are you enjoying your Fall afternoons?
Blessings,

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Searching For The Good



While listening to the news this morning, I was overwhelmed by all of the negativity, hype and fear presented within the one hour news broadcast! Ebola Virus, Terrorists, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), criminals, deaths, murders, the list goes on and on!! Whew, how depressing! If we let all of the scary news dictate our lives, we would never leave our house and we certainly wouldn't enjoy life! I am on a quest to find the good in my life... it isn't hard to find, each one of us has so much to be happy and thankful for!


Children truly are a gift from the Lord. This past weekend we welcomed two new little babies into our life! My dear friend, Amanda, welcomed her beautiful baby girl, Chloe Anne, into the world!
 
 

On Monday, our cousin Kim and her husband Brandon, (from my hubby's side of the family), welcomed their beautiful little girl, Tinley Paige, into the world and our family!
Love and blessings to both families! :)
 
 
 
Speaking of babies... On Monday night, Jacob and Joseph tried sold food for the first time! I started them on steamed and pureed sweet potatoes. Yummers! Most Pediatricians will tell you to start your baby on some starchy, processed, sugary food like baby rice cereal or oatmeal. I have read and researched this area since having Robbie and decided to start these two little guys on all natural, whole foods like sweet potatoes, avocado, pears and apples.
The babies loved the food and it is inexpensive to make!
 


 
 Above is a little video clip of Robbie getting Jacob to laugh during his dinner!

 
 
 
 
 
Jacob loved the sweet potatoes!
 
 
Joey wasn't too sure!
 
 
 
Last night, I attempted to take a six month photo of the boys.
 
 
Well, I think I took the photo too late when the boys were too tired !
 
 
 
We had quite an exciting Tuesday evening! Just before bedtime, I was getting Robbie ready for his bath when we heard a knock at the front door! Robbie ran to the door and found this..
 
 
 
 
 A letter from Jingle!!
Do you all remember Jingle, our Christmas Elf On The Shelf?

Jingle decided to send Robbie a little post card from his vacation spot on the beach to let Robbie know he will be coming back in December!
 

 
 Robbie was thrilled to hear that Jingle will return and that he knows we have moved and now where to find us!!

 
 
On Wednesday's, Gigi comes over bright and early at 7:00 am and babysits, folds laundry, does dishes, makes lunch and cleans my house while I am at Bible Study with Robbie from 8:30 to 11:30. Gigi is so awesome, all that is asked f her is to watch the babies, but being Gigi, she goes above and beyond doing EVERYTHING else!!!
I took this picture of her yesterday while she was changing Jacob, because only a Grandma of three boys would be wearing a Jake and The Neverland Pirates bandaid! haha :) You're a boy grandma now Gigi!
 


Robbie begged to spend the night at Gigi's last night! He loves staying with her!
The babies are still sleeping this morning and since Robbie is with Gigi, I have a little time to myself this morning! I am menu planning for my knitting night get together tomorrow night. While planning I have been watching a show that I have never seen before called, Quints By Surprise! Love it and boy oh boy, I will NEVER complain about having it hard with twins! This woman is a saint!
 
 
 
I'm pretty excited about dinner tomorrow night for Friday Night Knitting Club.
 
I'm off to the grocery store. Happy Thursday!
Blessings,
 

 

 
 


 

Friday, October 3, 2014

This and That






Happy Friday friends! This morning, one of my dearest and best friends is welcoming a beautiful baby girl into her family! Prayers please for Amanda and the Adams family as Amanda gives birth this morning! Blessings to you and your family Amanda, love you and pray for The Lord's guiding peace upon you! :)


 
I thought it might be fun to start today's post with a little Throw Back Thursday photo, on Friday! Oops! yes, I started writing this post yesterday, bud sadly didn't have enough time in the day to post it until this morning.
This is a picture of Rich and me from our very first date fourteen years ago this week,( we were only seventeen years old)! Yep! That's right, Rich and I first met on September 29th, 2000... and we have never been apart since!
Happy 14 years babe!
 
We checked our seeds this morning,(remember the ones we planted a few weeks ago?) well, with all of the itch-ies  last week, we completely forgot about the seeds until this morning.
 
Here is our before picture from when we first placed them in a baggie.
 


And... here are the seeds today!


Such a fun, natural learning experience!


Robbie was pretty excited about, "Bible School" this week. Robbie was asked to be the line leader of the rope, ( you know the big rope with all of the circles that all the little children hold onto on their way out to play.) He was beyond thrilled , because they also asked him to hold the flag as he lead the way! Awesome, little man!





I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday for material and yarn to make Robbie and the twins Halloween costume. Robbie is going to be a squirrel and the twins are each going to be acorns! I love this years costumes and can't wait for Halloween!

While we were searching for squirrel material and yarn, Robbie stumbled upon this fun little house!



As you can imagine, Robbie had to have this! I had  a 40 % off coupon and thought , Why not? It was only $ 10.00 !


It is really fun, because once it is all set-up your child can color the outside and then play house inside!
We set it up last night and we had hours of fun!


I fact, the whole family got in on this.


 I have always wanted to make one of those tie fleece blankets. I found this fabric which was on sale for 30% off the original price. I was able to make a tie blanket for Robbie and I have pleanty of the brown fleece left over for Robbie's squirrel Halloween costume!

here is Robbie's new blanket that really only took me about an hour.


I think he really likes his new blanket!



Have a happy Friday and a great weekend friends!
Blessings,