Sunday, December 28, 2008

Makenna's note

Makenna made a red heart card for me and Michael and put it under the tree for us for Christmas morning. I thought it was so sweet that I wanted to share what it said.

When it's Christmastime I love to share. You love to spend time with your family. This year I do not care about presents. I want to spend time with my family and friends. I wanted to give you something special this year, so I wanted to give you a special card. It means I love you because you take care of me. I wanted you to be happy today. I love you. I love you. Love Makenna James Christiansen

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Olivia's hair

Olivia cracks me up. She has a personality like I have never seen before. She knows what she wants and nothing is going to stop her from getting it. She is the messiest little girl I have ever seen. She loves to color on any bare spot of skin she can find. One day she got a marker and pulled up her shirt and colored on her belly - in all the colors, then she pulled up her pant legs and did the same. Then she colored on the backs of her hands, pulled up her sleeves and got as much of her arms as she could, colored her mouth and then went to work on the bottoms of her shoes. After she was done she would walk around showing everyone her artwork. She was so proud! When she eats it gets everywhere. We can't keep a bib on her and they don't make them big enough to hold her mess. Her hair is constantly coated with things I probably don't want to know about or it's stuck to her face from her latest snack. When you look at her you can see it in her eyes. They are full of what's inside her. You can see her mood in her eyes. Her hair, though, says OLIVIA. I love it in the mornings when it doubles the size of her head and she has to tilt her head way back to see. I love it right after the shower when it's all curly and soft. Static cling does wonders for it and so does ketchup and suckers. Here are a few pictures and by looking at her hair you can get to know our little angel, Princess Lala.


What a fun couple of days! Christmas Eve morning the kids opened the presents that they give each other. We do it in the morning so they can have the day to enjoy whatever it is that they get. They were excited to finally get to open something.

That evening we went to the Feslers again for dinner, a little program and games. The kids love it. There were 17 people there this year. We are thankful to have them to spend the evening with. We got home around 10:45 and got the kids ready for bed as soon as possible, then Michael and I finished up what we needed to do and got to bed by midnight. I had most everything wrapped beforehand so it didn't take too long. We had to fill the stockings and set out the presents and write a thank you note from Santa. Then I had to put a treat next to each one's pillow (from Santa).

Michael got up at 6 to go do chores and I got up to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything. Dillon came down while Michael was gone and checked out his stocking. The others eventually trickled down the stairs, with the help of Michael, and we opened presents. It was a lot of fun. Despite the budget that I put myself on, we had the best Christmas we have ever had. I was blessed to find great deals and everything that the kids wanted was on sale. Maddi's favorite thing was a laptop that Stacey and John found for us (for free). Makenna loves her leapster (that I had to fight for the day after Thanksgiving), Zane loves his leaptser and his light up star wars shirt. Dillon loved everything - his train set and his hot wheels town. Zeke loved Olivia's horse and Olivia loved her doll.

The biggest hit though was the ride on battery operated 4 wheeler we got from the Walbas. Michael and I accidentally found it at Walmart. It was the display model and it was on sale for $99, regularly $298. It even came with an extra battery. I was so excited about it. We saved that for last and the kids went crazy! Everyone took turns sitting on it. That afternoon we took it upstairs in the barn and they drove it around. Olivia was the all-time passenger. Even Zeke could drive her around on it. Anyways, it was a fun day that we got to spend together. Yesterday my friend Sara, came over and brought presents for the kids. I have known her since 5th grade. They got play dough, markers, crayons, coloring books, construction paper, and drawing pads. They love that stuff and immediately put it all to use. It was in the 30's yesterday so when we got back from town they went outside and played on the big snowpile that Michael had made for them. They loved that. Today they are planning on playing on it again.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Never Alone

A few months ago, I made an entry about life and how things can change so quickly. It seemed everything we had been planning for was ripped right out of our hands just as we were supposed to be receiving it. Since then we have been looking for answers and a way to move on. Answers haven't necessarily come, but very unexpected blessing have been given to us. We were still able to meet our goals despite the loss of Michael's bonus and raise. We have been able to sit down and do a budget so we can continue on our financial path with success. Things have still been frustrating, some days more than others. We have spent several months now waiting and wondering what was going to happen next. I don't do well with the unknown so this has been extremely hard for me. This started at the beginning of October and now Christmas is upon us. We have spent the last few months looking for jobs, hoping for opportunities and trying to make the best of what we were dealing with. We were surrounded by good friends and family that supported us and helped us. Without them we would not have made it as well as we did. Still there were times when I wondered why. I wondered where Heavenly Father was in all of this and when He was going to let us in on His plan. There were days I felt forgotten and wondered what I was doing wrong. Well, I've had some time to think about things and I've had some wonderful things happen to me over the last month that have opened my eyes to the fact that I am not alone. Little things, have brought knowledge to me that even though I still don't know what is in store for us, Heavenly Father has not left us. As a family, we have been blessed. We have faced a lot of sickness this season, but nothing has been too serious. Zeke went to the hospital, but he came home quickly. Another little kid has been in the hospital since Thanksgiving and won't be home for Christmas. She had the same thing Zeke had, but she got in worse shape than him. That is huge to me. There have been little manifestations to me as well. Ones that wouldn't have meaning to anyone but me, but through them I have been able to feel Heavenly Father's presence. I still don't know why things happen the way that they do, I still struggle with the unknown, but I am very grateful for the blessings that we have.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning is finally here, we’ve waited for so long
The children are dancing and singing as the radio plays Christmas songs.
Each stocking has a candy cane; there are presents under the tree
Bright packages with ribbons and bows are such a sight to see.
The children’s eyes sparkle just like the Christmas tree lights
The magic of the moment makes everything merry and bright.
The air is filled with joyful squeals as gifts are opened one by one
Santa Clause thought of everything, nothing was left undone.
The magic that was felt all season long is still filling the air
Oh, to be a child on Christmas day without a single worry or care!
To feel the joy of the moment and forget about yesterday
Nothing that tomorrow brings will ruin the special day
Believing hearts and child like faith is what makes the day so special
So close your eyes and step back in time to when you were a child so small
Take in the magic and with each opened package, feel the excitement grow within.
Then this day will be filled with wonder and amazement as you become a child once again

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Maddi's Baptism

Maddi got baptized on Nov. 30th. It was a wonderful day. She was so excited. We did it after church. Ron and Tina Fesler came and spoke at it. They did a wonderful job. The Olsens also came to see it. Maddi was excited to have them there. We love the Olsen family and it was fun to have them be a part of our special day. Michael baptized her of course and confirmed her. It was a very nice day. We missed our families being there, but enjoyed sharing it with our friends. That day was also our sacrament program. We had 11 kids participate. They did a wonderful job. Maddi sang a solo, the second verse of "I Am A Child of God". She also played the piano while Makenna, Zane and Dillon sang "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus". They did great and sang beautifully. Maddi played the whole song twice without any mess ups. I am glad that is all over for another year. Now we can have fun singing Christmas songs and getting ready for the Christmas program.

Here we go again!

Wednesday night I came home from town to find that Zeke had thrown up 5 times since 7pm. It was 10 om when I got home. He ended up throwing up another 3 times before he stopped. Thursday Olivia started getting a rash on her legs. I took her to the doctor Friday and they said it looked like a bacteria infection. They took a sample to see if it was E. Coli. I hope it's not. I don't want to deal with that again. This morning around 1 am, Dillon came in to tell me he had thrown up. I cleaned up the mess, Michael went downstairs to sleep and Dillon got in bed with me. He threw up again at 2am and then again at 3 am. This morning he is doing better. Olivia has thrown up twice this morning, which means that she can't take her medicine for her infection. Makenna is complaining about not feeling well too, but she has not thrown up yet. I sure hope everyone gets better soon. We don't want to have a sick holiday. The older kids have their 4-h Christmas party Monday night and their Christmas concert Tuesday night and then we have a fun Christmas party to go to next Friday. There will be horse drawn sleigh rides and everything. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Maddi's Birthday

Last Friday was Maddi's birthday. She turned 8 years old. She will be getting baptized on Sunday. She is so excited. I can't believe she is that old. Time sure flies! We had a little party for her Friday night. She invited over 3 friends. She wanted to do the same thing Makenna did for hers, so we did a pajama party with pedicures, food, a movie, cake and ice cream. Michael took the other kids bowling (except for Lala) so Maddi and her friends had the house to themsleves. Saturday I took Maddi to town for her birthday date. We ate lunch at McDonalds and went shopping. (By the way, I did finally get to go on a birthday date with Makenna on Wednesday). It was fun to spend one on one time with her. Dillon and I also went to school on Friday and ate lunch with her. Today is Michael's birthday. I made him apricot fried pies, his favorite. The kids all tackled him after supper and tried to give him birthday spankings. While the kids had him pinned, Olivia came up and with her snow boot son, kicked him in the head and kind of stepped on him. When she got a good reaction from it she dis it again and again, until he grabbed her and started tickling her. She is a little monster and loves to play like the big kids! All in all it has been a good weekend. Zeke is doing great and no one else seems sick at the moment so I really can't complain.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Zeke

Zeke finally got to come home yesterday, not Monday as expected. They wanted to keep him in one more night to make sure he was doing all right. They did another blood test to check his kidneys. Some of those numbers were off so they didn't want to rush him. Tuesday monring his strep test came back and he had strep throat too. They started him on antibiotics for that. He did pretty good Tuesday. The cramping had subsided and his stool was getting more solid. He ate crackers and applesauce and drank grape juice. We finally got to leave around 6 pm. It feels good to be home and to have him home with us. It's a feeling I can't describe. We sure felt how much of a difference he makes in our family. I am so glad to hear him playing and running around again. Thank you to all of you who made phone calls, sent prizes, made visits and said prayers.

Monday, November 17, 2008


This weekend ended up with very unexpected happenings. We had planned on having a party for Makenna Friday night with her friends, waking up Saturday and opening presents. Then Makenna and I were going to go on a birthday date and then that night go to the Olsen Custom Farms Harvest party (the biggest party of the year). Well Friday morning Zeke woke up (he had not been feeling that great for a few days and had gotten diahrrea Thursday) with blood in his stool. I took him to the doctor. They drew blood and took x-rays, couldn't find anything and sent him home. He got worse it seemed through the afternoon. Michael ended up taking him in to the hospital that night while I did Makenna's party. They took more blood and sent him home. He threw up three times Friday and once more in the night. Saturday morning we let Kenna open her presents and I took Zeke to the doctor. The doctor had more blood taken and checked a few of Zeke's dirty diapers to make sure it was blood in his stool. It was. His blood count had gone up some too so he sent me on to the hospital in Brookings where there was a pediatrician to look at him. When we got to the emergency room, Zeke threw up again. They put an IV in him (it only took 4 tries!) which he hated. He kept saying "Don't poke me, don't poke me!". It was so sad. After they got his IV in they realized they had forgotten to take a blood sample so they had to poke his finger. He didn't like that either. Then we went up to a room. They got him all hooked up to everything and we settled in. They took stool samples and monitored him. We stayed the night Saturday. Sunday morning they came in and took more blood. He seemed better Sunday but was still up and down. They took a throat swab to make sure he didn't have strep. He ate a little on Sunday and came a live for a little bit but then crashed around 5:30. Michael came in around 6pm to stay with him and I went home with the other kids. This morning he is doing much better and is expected to come home this afternoon. I sure hope he does. They are taking him off his IV to see how he does on his own. All of his tests came back negative so they think the blood came from his digestive track being so sore and irritated. It seems to be getting better. Anyways, it was a crazy weekend. I ended up missing all of Makenna's birthday which I felt horrible about. We are going to do a make-up date this week. They all had fun at the party and even won some prizes. Everyone else is doing good. Dillon has some diahrrea, but is fine. I am still sick and will need to start taking my inhaler on a regular basis until I get better. This breathing is wearing me out. I got the primary program postponed for another week so that is good. Now I just have to get ready for Maddi's birthday this weekend. We were going to have her baptized on Sunday, but I think that will have to wait for another week on that too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Makenna!

Today is Makenna's 7th birthday. Last night we had her party. It was fun. They all wore their pajamas, had pedicures, watched a movie, and played. I took them home around 9pm. They asked to have the same party next year. Today I am going to take Makenna to town and we will have a birthday date. She is excited. Tonight at the Olsen Custom Farm Harvest party they will sing happy birthday to her in front of everyone. She is excited for that too.

Yesterday I had to take Zeke to the doctor. He had been having diarrhea and it looked like there was blood in it. He had to have x-rays and blood taken. They said everything looked normal so just to keep liquids in him. He got worse as the day went on it seemed. Michael ended up having to take him in to the hospital last night and have more blood taken. He was still hydrated and his blood levels were fine so he got to come home. We have been having to feed him pedialyte from a spoon and constantly change his diapers. I slept with him last night and I changed him 5 times. He threw up once in the night and three times yesterday. I have to take him back to the doctor this morning. The poor little thing is miserable. I hope he gets better soon.

Thursday night Olivia found a pair of Dillons underwear and put it on like she saw him do after his shower (except she already had her pajamas on). She wore them all night. The next morning she was getting ready for the bus as usual. She brushed her teeth with the big kids and then got on her boots and hat and waited with the big kids until the bus came. She is such a little goof ball. She certainly has a mind of her own and knows exactly what she wants!

Friday, November 14, 2008

It keeps going around and around

We have been sick for a month here. It started out as colds with me and Olivia, then it turned in to pink eye for 4 of the kids. Then Zane got diarrhea. Then I got sick again. Then Zane threw up at church last Wednesday. Monday night Makenna and Dillon threw up.Wednesday Michael didn't feel well. Wednesday afternoon Olivia threw up. Wednesday night Dillon got diarrhea and threw up. Then all night he had diarrhea. Yesterday Zeke started getting diarrhea. Last night Dillon threw up in the night again. This morning Zeke still doesn't feel well. I can't get this cough gone and I have to get ready for Makenna's birthday party today. Yesterday I opened all the windows and wiped everything down with clorox hoping that would help. I haven't slept through the night in several weeks, which is why I can't get better I assume. Every night I've been up at least once for 30 mintues to an hour at a time. Sometimes it has been for several hours. I've had kids in the bed with us on several different occassions and even ended up on the couch one night because I had been up threee times with children and was sick myself and had to speak in church the next morning. I think we are going to start bathing, doing dishes and washing clothes in clorox.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Piano Recital

The girls had a duet recital tonight at the nursing home. It was their first time to do one together. They did a really good job.


Halloween was fun this year. Wednesday night we went to church and had a trunk-or-treat. Friday the kids got to waer thier costumes to school and go have a costume parade at the nursing home and go trick-or-treating there. Then they got to go back to school and have a party. Friday night we had our traditional spaghetti supper and went out trick-or-treating. We went to Orville's house and then headed in to Hendricks. We went to Ben's house (Becky was there and Dillon has a crush on her) and to some of the teachers' houses. They got quite a bit of candy. It was a beautiful night, around 50 degrees. Maddi dressed up as a baseball player, Makenna wore her Tae Kwon Do outfit. Zane was a ninja, Susie was a cowboy, Zeke was a dinosaur and Olivia was a pumpkin Wednesday and a ladybug on Friday. I dressed up as a lady with a big swollen chin and Michael dressed up as a cowboy. My chin is doing much better for everyone's info. Saturday we went to the doctor and Maddi, Dillon and Olivia have pink eye. Zeke woke up with it this morning. Zane is hoping to get it so he can stay home from school!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The strangest things, continued

Well, I went to the doctor today and it is definitely infected. Since hte area was so big he thought I needed a shot. I was all right with that until I found out where the shot would be. That's right, as the nurse stated "Please expose your rump". That is my first experience with rump shots. Can't say that I particularly like them, but as long as it gets rid of my second chin I guess it'll be okay. Now I want thank yous from everyone for the scarey Halloween picture in my previous blog and for the laughs provided in this one! I'll keep you all posted on my recovery - on both ends!

The strangest things

Sometimes I have the weirdest things happen to me. One time I shut my own thumb in the car door and ended up losing my whole nail. Another time I had to be put on an IV becuase I somehow ended up with some infection in my eye that wouldn't go away. Now I have this infection on my chin and it's all swollen and sore. It started out as a little pimple then Monday night it started getting swollen and by Tuesday morning it was huge. Now it's all red and the swelling is starting to move onto my face. It goes all the way back to my neck and across the underneath side of my chin . It hurts to touch it or move it and trying to lay down on it and sleep doesn't work too well either. I have to go to the doctor today and see if they can fix it. In the meantime I've been trying to put peroxide on it and neosporin. Of course the only band aids we have are batman, spiderman and camo so I've been walking around with really cool bandaids too. Along with all that I've got some sort of cold or flu. Monday night I got the chills and couldn't stop shaking. Then I was freezing all night. Tuesday my while body ached and I had to spend most of the day in bed. Luckily Michael was home and helped watch the kids. Today the aching is gone and I feel all better except for my chin. Hopefully that will be taken care of soon!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Waiting for the bus

Every morning, Olivia waits with the older kids while they watch for the bus. Now that it's cold enough to wear hats and mittens, she puts hers on too. This morning she sat next to Zane on the steps with her hat on. She had tried to get her mittens on too but couldn't. She gets very upset when they actually get to go outside and she has to stay in. It's cute how she tries so hard to do what the older ones are doing.

Michael is only 3 hours from home. It will be about 1am when he gets here. I am quite excited about it. He is too. Tonight as I was getting the kids ready for scriptures and prayers we had a knock at the door. Some one had "BOOed" us. The kids were so excited. As we were opening the package there was another knock at the door and Ben and Becky were there. Ben works with Michael and Becky is his fiance. They are both very nice. They came in a visited until about 9:30. The kids opened the package and it was filled with popcorn balls, cookies and candy. They each picked one thing to eat and then spent the next hour wrestling Ben and (the boys) sneaking kisses to Becky. Now they want to BOO them tomorrow night. It was fun and the kids got all tired out from wrestling and went right to sleep.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween Cookies

Yesterday we made our halloween sugar cookies. Makenna and Zane got invited to see High School Musical 3 at the movies (which if you don't know is a HUGE deal), so the rest of us decided to make cookies (partly because Maddi was in tears because she wasn't invited and we needed to do something to pass the time). It was a lot of fun. The decorating was the most fun, of course. Michael is still travelling and won'tbe back until early Tuesday morning. I was supposed to speak in church today but last night as I was trying to finish up my talk, Maddi came downstairs and informed me that Zane had pooped on the dirty clothes pile in the bathroom. I went up stairs and sure enough, he had. He had laid a towel over the top of it all and went back to bed. As I was cleaning that up Maddi informed me that Zane had also thrown up in the garbage. I looked and once again she was right. I cleaned that up too, started a load of laundry and made a few phone calls to let people know I may not be at church. 45 miles is a long way to go when we can't even make it a few feet down the hallway without an accident. While I was on the phone Zane came running down the stairs holding his backside (Makenna was in the bathroom upstairs) yelling he had to go potty. He made it to the entryway and had another little mishap. I told him to go stand in the shower and I would come. Obviously it felt a little uncomfortable because he started running with his legs apart so everyting started running down his legs and onto the floor. So I cleaned up that mess, bathed him, made another phone call saying I for sure was not coming and then went to bed. The missionaries have to speak in my place. We seem to be doing better this morning, but the girls are complaining of upset stomachs so who knows what the rest of the day will bring. At least we have yummy cookies to eat and I have some leftover M&Ms if it gets too stressful! Michael did make it to Ohio last night and this morning he is on his way to Lexington. He will spend the night there tonight. And I got the fire in the stove started all by myself which is good because it is cold today.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Here are the pictures of the kids playing in the snow.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

First snowfall

Yesterday we got our first snow of the season. The kids were so excited. As soon as they got home from school they got on their snow clothes and went outside. Makenna even went down to the basement by herself (usually she it too scared to go by herself beacuse of the spiders and everything) and brought the snowpants and boots up. They played until supper time. It was a really wet snow so they came in soaked through but very happy. It all melted today. The kids were upset, but I was glad. Michael has to go on another trip this weekend, so I am hoping for everything to stay melted. He has to go to Minneapolis, then to Chicago, Ohio, and Kentucky (driving, of course). He'll leave Saturday and get back early Tuesday morning. Not too much fun for him. I am not too excited about it either. I have to speak in church on Sunday and I will have the kids by myself. I'll have to find some one to sit with the kids while I speak, but Olivia is not too keen on any one but mom and dad right now. I'll also have to have her while I do music and sharing time. Can we say slight distraction? Oh well, it will be fine I'm sure and if not - not much I can do about it! I can't get my pictures to download so I will have to add them later.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Eggs, anyone?

This afternoon, I had gone upstairs to do a few things. The three youngest kids were downstairs watching "Go, Diego, Go!" Michael was home, but also busy. After a little while we heard the boys calling because Olivia had changed the channel. I came downstairs and Olivia was sitting in the kitchen floor in a pile of broken eggs. Dillon had gotten a drink out of the fridge and left the door open. Olivia found the carton of eggs on the bottom shelf and taken them out. There were broken eggs here and there throughout the kitchen, but the biggest pile was right in front of the doorway and she was sitting in the middle of it covered in eggs, and might I add, very happy. Michael gave her a bath while I cleaned up the floor and started the laundry. I think she preferred the eggs!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hendricks Fall Fest

Today is the Hendricks Fall Fest. We went in to town and painted pumpkins, played in the big corn box, made scarecrows, ate hotdogs, and walked around to see what all the shops and vendors had out. Later on they will auction off the scarecrows and the winning ones will get $100 of Hendricks bucks. Then there is a taco in a bag feed and tonight at the school there will be a free movie on the big screen for the kids to go to. It's a lot of fun. Our kids look forward to it every year. This year is the biggest they've done though. Here are pictures of this mornings fun.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mud and green hats

The boys decided yesterday afternoon to carry water from the puddles in our driveway to their dirt pile. Olivia thought it looked fun to play in. Strangely enough, she is the only one that came in covered in mud. Zane, Dillon, Zeke and even Makenna (who was supposedly keeping an eye on her) came in spotless. As you can see from the picture, she was not happy when she came inside. Once she got bathed and changed she felt much better.

Later on in the evening, Dillon found this bright green furry hat and put it on her. She wore it around until bedtime. Zeke wanted a green hat too so he found my Ireland hat and wore that so he could match Lala. They are best buddies. She gets so excited to play with him and he does a very good job at letting her play (most of the time).

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Boys, dirt and hot wheels

What could make little boys happier? Dillon and Zeke love to lay out in the driveway and play with their hotwheels. They make tracks in the dirt and build mountains for the cars to drive over. The only thing that gets them out of the driveway is Michael coming in the truck or else a daddy long leg crawling up the drivewway. That would also get lots of screaming and stomping!

Primary Program

I am in charge of writing our primary program this year. I was in charge of it last year too. We aren't having it until the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I finished writing it today and we will start going over it on Sunday. We only have 12 active children and 1 semi active child. I am only expecting 11 children the day of the program. We have a small branch so I get the privilege of being primary president and music person. I also am supposed to do activity days. My counselors are also the primary teachers. Our pianist we only get for a few minutes at the beginning of sharing time because she is also in the young women presidency and has to teach most every Sunday at the same time we do sharing time and music. Surprisingly the children have learned their songs really well and things go relatively smoothly despite the juggling of different callings and small numbers. The children are excite about the program and we only have one that gets a little shy in front of people. The congregation always loves it no matter what happens during the program. I'll give you all an update after the program.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Show of Friendship

Through all of this frustration and worry, we have been humbled by the people around us. The people in this community have gone out of their way to help us and support us. I get phone calls daily of job leads and ideas. We have a house we can move into when we find another job. We have offers of help and words of kindness and support. I get told often that they don't want to lose our family and how much we mean to this community and school and they are doing all they can to keep us here. I even had the principal call me this morning for somejuob ideas and last years principal is going to talk to the people at his church and see if anyone has any ideas. It has humbled me to see how much the community likes our family and wants us here. I have never experienced this before from so many people. I got birthday cards filled with kindness telling us what good examples we are to others and how much they love our family. So despite the difficulties that we are facing with how to feed and take care of our family, we have seen a silver lining in the kindness and concern that is being shown to us. It shows me that people do watch and they can feel the spirit when we do our best and try to live our lives the way we have been taught. Even though we haven't found answers yet and our struggles don't seem to be anywhere near over, it is a testimony to me that Heavenly Father is still there and is still watching over us.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Horse Riding Lessons

Michael has been teaching riding lessons every Tuesday night at the Olsens house. Josie, Claire and their cousin Emily take lessons and Makenna rides too. The rest of us come watch and play. It's always fun and the kids are never ready to go home. Olsens have a ride on toy that our kids love to play with so Pam always makes sure the battery is charged and ready for them. She also has juice or water for them afterwards. Last week Chad was there and he got out their pony for Ellie to ride. Zane and Zeke also got rides on him. Afterwards Zane got back on the pony. The pony's mane was full of stickers so they made it stick straight up like a unicorn. Zane thought that was so funny he wanted a picture taken. Some of the pictures are hard to see because it was dark. There is one of Makenna during lessons, one of Maddi and Olivia on the gator, one of Ellie and Zeke and one of Zane.