Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Mom has reminded me numerous times that it is my turn to write the family letter. I admit it is good to receive them from each of you but for some reason it is hard for me to get around writing the letter.
I know that many of you guys are on face book and other computer programs and keep in touch with each other. Who knows, maybe someday I will learn how to get signed up and be able to communicate with each of you.
This being the thanksgiving time of year, I need to let you know how blessed we have been as a family and appreciate all the support that we receive from all of our family.
Maxine was recently called as a councilor in the Relief Society Presidency. She is in the Presidency with two ladies who have been in Young Women for years which means that she is has the experience and can keep them in line.
Chad’s family is doing well. He is working at Capital Community Bank in Orem and is having about as much fun banking as I am. In case you haven’t noticed, the economy is not doing very well and banking was a lot more fun when banks were making money.
Dylan turned 12 on the 15th of this month. We were privileged to be able to attend the conformation and ordination of him receiving the priesthood and being ordained a Deacon in the priesthood.
Olivia is a real dancer. Her dance class preformed at half time at the Jazz game earlier this month. From Marc’s report she was the cutest one on the floor. Maxine is teaching her, Lily, Emma and Jaidon weekly piano lessons.
Todd’s family is also doing well. He and LeAnna are busy raising their 4 children and running to all of their activities. J R had his 8th birthday the 6th of November and we attended his baptism along with most of our family.
It has been a family tradition that on labor-day each year for the Payson’s Onion Days celebration Todd’s family comes to visit and run the 5k or 10k race along with others. Participants this year were Todd & Leanna who run the 10K. Then Hope, Jaidon, Sara, Anne, Juan, Marc, Julie, Dylan and Olivia run the 5K. Jaidon was 1st place in his division and Hope won 3rd in hers.
Brandon and Hope seem to have most of the drama going on in their lives at this time. The real blessing has been Levi who had his heart surgery on the 10th of the month. We are so grateful for how well everything went. The OPEN HEART surgery was on an Tuesday and he came home on Friday. We were so impressed with Dr Adity Kaza. Hope and I just went to a checkup at Primary Children’s Hospital and the Dr said Levi has a “good heart”. We appreciate all of you and the prayers that were offered for the little guy. Thank You!
Brandon is working at the Spring Hills Suites. We ALL appreciate the family and friends discounts he helps us with.
Anne is working at the mortgage department for Bank of American Fork. I know they have been doing well, and I am sure she loves her job. She and Juan just returned from a vacation to that place in California where the mouse takes all you money.
Sara is cutting my hair along with most of the members of our family. Blake has a job with the school district as a custodian at the New Maple Mountain High School in Mapleton. It seems to be a good job, but he has a swing shift schedule which leaves Sara home at night with the kids. Bryton and the twins started preschool this year and all happen to be in the same group. I think the teacher should receive extra pay for having those three in the same class.
Marc and Allison have some great news. They will have a little baby boy in February!! That will be neat. They have bought a home in Tremonton, Ut and Marc really likes his job.
Just this month, he has been to a SF 49ers game and a Denver Bronco’s game to help with the punt, pass & kick competition at halftime. He also won season tickets to all the Jazz home games.
We are so grateful to have such a supportive and wonderful family.
I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
We love you all
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It's been a long time since I've posted. Thought I would share what's been going on with us the past couple of weeks (and grandma keeps asking me if I've blogged about this yet!).
November 10th we took Levi in for reparative heart surgery. In simple terms he had one large hole and one small hole patched and one valve repaired. Everything went remarkably well and he is now home, happy and on his way to a long healthy life. This surgery should be the only one he will need throughout his life.
Friday, October 23, 2009
this is our holding pasture
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This has been a hard letter for me to write but the tradition must go on; Marvin’s request when he graduated from college, June 1993. They are a history and a treasure to keep and reread.
My life is in a new chapter - nine months without my husband. Read thru his Patriarchal Blessing given to him in 1980 by his uncle J. Angus Christensen. It mentioned our good heritage,
“How blessed to be born to wonderful parents that teach us how to be honest, truthful, accept responsibility, to work and to love our fellow men. These are the greatest teachings you can ever get in life.”
I think these are the attributes he lived by. We enjoyed working together in the Provo temple for six years (1988-1994). Also enjoyed many other church callings, thankful for the health and strength to do so.
Like to mention as a family how you pampered us. 1996 a gift certificate at the Yardly Inn at Manti, UT. It was the Honeymoon Suite full of elegant things. Then again in 2000 we returned to Lavender and Lace Suite. We did go thru the temple, which really made it special.
Back in 1986 in Salt Lake we had a room, 1502, in the Little America Hotel. The room was powder blue and very elegant. We had lobster dinner with Sunday brunch. Still again in 2003 we entered the Grand America Hotel room 1089 (the treats were on us not the hotel in the room). This was on our 58th wedding anniversary June 4th. Went to temple. These were some of the very special times we had together.
The first of this year I did do some traveling to visit my family. Starting on Feb 13 Rod took me to the airport. Off I went to visit Marvin and family being there for Hayden’s 18th Bday. Then to Darrell’s and celebrated Diana’s Bday (note from Diana: it was really Darrell’s birthday). I made it to Susan’s for her Bday – they did a good job relaying me from one place to another.
June meant two handsome Grandson’s graduating from High School – Hayden and Harrison. So Dave and Bonnie graciously took me and we left June 1st. First stop Brookings, OR. Stayed with Bill, Kristen, Kaylee, Elise, Gaven for 6 sleeps. Fun time in a beautiful area. Heading for Livermore we stopped at Darrell’s for 2 sleeps (note from Diana: This is when we celebrated my birthday) Got to Hayden’s graduation enjoying the youth on the 12th. 3 sleeps there then went to San Francisco, from there to Darrell’s. He keep the lights on for us. Up and to Battleground for Harrison’s big event. So pleased to be with them at this special occasion. After 3 sleeps we headed for Perry, UT. Hospitality plus from all.
Our family continues to grow. The blog will keep you updated with pictures. Kenadie Nicole Christensen # 114 and more to come.
“The most important things in life aren’t things.”
They are our loved ones.
Words just don’t seem enough to express my love and appreciation for all of you-
Your a wonderful family. Love,
Mother – mom – Grandma
Monday, September 28, 2009
So sorry to all the September birthdays and anniversaries! I was completely consumed by the show my theatre company just put on (Footloose, the Musical, it was really fun!) and fell behind on so many other things in my life. The show is over now so I have finally posted September, but please, if you ever see me falling down on my job again feel free to step in and pick up the slack.
How is everyone? There haven't been too many posts lately. We have yet to hear from Marvin! :)
I am planning to put Grandma's recent letter on here so everyone can read it, so stay tuned!
Love you all! Diana
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Kenadie Nicole Christensen: Born July 2, 2009 8bs 1oz 21.25 "
Grama Claire is so happy to be here with Kenadie
Proud Daddy and Mommy couldn't be happier!!!!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
For the chiming of bells.....from a steeple ring
Olde songs of wedlock over top hat, and lace
'Fore June passes torch, to July's scarlet face
Sorry I'm late getting the June birthdays and anniversaries posted! My theatre company has a lot going on this month and I have been a bit swamped. I wanted to post that wedding picture of Grandma and Grandpa in place of Grandpa's picture this month in honor of their wedding anniversary, but my scanner is acting up. Does anyone have that one saved on their computer that they can send me? Or, could someone post it for me? I love that picture and it would be so perfect for June. I'd also love it if one of you bloggers with cute pages could update this one with a new background. I planned to do that too and I just haven't had time.
I love all the posts that have gone up. I am waiting for Marvin to post something. He said he was going to, but it hasn't happened yet. Marvin, Marvin, Marvin (come on everyone... chant with me) I also love looking at everyone's blogs. It is so fun to see what it going on in your lives. Keep blogging everyone... I know I am enjoying it!
Love you all!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
They came on Friday and placed Grandpa's Headstone. It is so gorgeous. Grandma did an amazing job picking it out! Moroni on the top of the temple is even gold, it is really neat. My family went up to the cemetery with her on Mother's Day to see it. She said she was up there the whole time the guys were placing it to make sure they did it just perfect!!! Can't wait for you all to see it in person, it is so pretty!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Swimming in the snow
Warming up by the fire
Todd anticipating his trip to the pool
Can you believe this is the first time grandma has ever held a pool stick in her whole life!
Anne and Juan
Marc and Allison
On our way home Brandon and I took our kids for family pictures. Here are a few of the results...