Oh hi... I haven't forgotten about you.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Ohhh goodness... Hi guys.

Where to begin....lets start from right now.

Right now I am in the car approximately 1 hour and 22 minutes away from our new home.

Ah!!!!

We woke up at 2:50 am this morning and were out the door with kids in tow by 3-we've been driving ever since.

Wanna talk about how fun it is to drive with a sick 4 year old and teething 14 month old for 13 hours?? Ughhhh.

We're SO close its unbearable!

I've been daydreaming of this moment that's about to happen for 4 weeks straight. In fact, I have been living for this moment-nothing in the present time has mattered and it has been all about the future.

Christmas? What christmas? Hardly on the agenda this year. (... Sorry girls!!! I'll make it up to you!!!)

I hate admitting that- whats even worse is that over the last month I have exchanged gym time for packing, eating right for Taco Bell's crunch wrap supremes, and mediation 'me' time for everything to do with Sani Frani Internet searches.

To say I've fallen off the wagon is an understatement, and I feel it mentally, emotionally, and physically.

But! I'm happy that we're so close to our final destination and being "normal" again. Honestly, nothing sounds better to me than a daily routine and closet for all my clothes.

So, here's to a new year in a new place with lots of new adventures! Yay 2013!



SUJA Juice

Friday, December 21, 2012

Suja wha?


Starting January 8th, some lovely ladies and I are joining Lauryn over at The Skinny Confidential in a 3 day Suja Juice cleanse.


I have never tried Suja Juice before...this will be my first experience. But, the more I look into it, the deeper I fall in love.

 It encompasses everything I'm alllll about alllll at once. 

 Suja is raw, organic, and cold pressed juice.
(Plus, so good looking, eh?)

It's basically like juicing real vegetables and fruits from home, but better because its cold-pressed instead of ground. Not to mention you don't have to deal with all the mess and hassle that goes along with juicing---and figuring out recipes that taste good.

Suja did all that for you.

Too good to be true?
It's true!

---Wanna know what else is too good to be true?---

The Skinny Confidential is doing a Suja Juice giveaway just in time for one of you to join in! 

bah! I told you it was too good...

Hurry over to THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL to enter A new year, A new you giveaway!


I'll be keeping you posted throughout the whole process, and if you're interested in doing the juice cleanse with us, go to sujajuice.com to learn more and don't forget to put in The Skinny Confidential's promo code.

Guys, I'm really SO excited about this! I've literally been dreamin Suja.....




My Karate Kid

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ohhh emmm geee. 

Zuri's preschool performance was today, and I about keeled over and died. 

That little baby boo of mine pulled a fast one on me....and she has been for months.

She never ever would show me anything she learned at school...
I would ask her to do karate, she wouldn't. 
I would ask her to show me the dances she's working on, she wouldn't. 
I would ask her what she learned that day, and she always would reply, "I can't remember."

 So, I get to the performance today a little nervous---I didn't know what to expect.
The program starts and all of a sudden she busts out all these amazing moves--I was blown away! 

She's not shy by any means, so when it ended I asked her why she had been holding out on me, and she said ,
"I wanted to surprise you."

Well, surprise me she did.

 I took about a million and a half little videos---they are all horribly filmed on my phone, but at least its something.... 
 [hey, a mom gets to brag about how cool her kid is sometimes, right?]
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Off the Hanger...Mini's

Saturday, December 15, 2012






 Guys....I'm dying over the new People Water kid's stuff.
25% of what you buy goes towards well projects, so go to their online shop and check it out!



Heartache

Friday, December 14, 2012

This morning I woke up grumpy...

I'm tired.

I have to get Zuri to preschool.

I have to get dressed....ugh.

I still have more to pack at my freaking house.

I leave Remi with my mom, drop Zuri off, and get to my box filled home.

Its actually a shell of a home now, and it makes me feel so lonely.

My fingers sting...

My back aches....

 There's still so much to do, and my eyes are burning....I want to bawl.

Then I turn on the TV.

Horror is panning across the screen before me, then I actually do start to cry.

It stops me dead in my tracks as I watch these crying kids leave their school, a place they used to feel safe at,  looking for their family....
The stuff those innocent children had to see today will stay with them forever....forever changing who they are.

It's not fair.

And thinking of the families that don't get to pick up their child or loved one today....
It's more than heartbreaking.
 I will never understand it.

I'm shattered by this...my mom-heart can't take news like this. 
It consumes me and I can't stop thinking about what if those were 
my children.

I want to hold them
I want to home school them
I'm so happy my biggest problem is packing....

Things get put into perspective pretty easily, don't they?

My sincerest condolences and prayers are with the those children and families in Connecticut today.





Zu talk

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Zuri has been busting out some crazy talk lately, and with my new best friend, Siri, its been easier to document these rants in my notes....

Here's a few!

+Me: [really stern] Zuri, pick up all the markers.
Zuri: mom you literally, strategically are being SO mean.
    I asked her where she heard 'stratigically' from and she said Jessie on TV. Hmmm.....

+We're all in the bath tub...Zuri has two mermaid dolls and is pretending that one mermaid is talking to the other, and she says: "And then, I was like, this is SO eggsoxting.  We are never getting back together, like everrrrr."

+At Sonic (for the 2nd time ever in her whole life, I'm 100% sure she doesn't even know the name of where we are)-
Zuri: Mom, are they on skates!?!?!
me: Yes. They skate here.
Zuri: AHHHHH! I knew it! I knew I always wanted to work here!

+Dropping the girls off at the gym play place...Remi is bawling-
Zuri: [to all workers and other children playing] My sister is feisty, but don't worry...She's never angry, just really, really fussstrated.

+I'm getting the girls ready for bed and all of a sudden..
Zuri: I don't want to be a mom anymore.
Me: Oh....ok. Why not?
Zuri: I'm so nervous!
Me: Well, you don't have to be a mom when you grow up, you can be anything you want.
Zuri: nu uh. EVERYONE is a mom. Thems allll have children all the time. Ill grow up and want to, so then I HAVE to be a mom.
Me: No, you'll get to choose-just worry about it when your all grown up, k? But I think you'll be a good mom if you want to be one.
Zuri: Um, yaaaa. No, duh.

+I got the kids shakes at Purple Turtle and am driving home when...
Zuri: BAH!!!! bain feeeeze! bain FEEEEZE! (brain freeze)
Me: Push your two front teeth! Hurry!!!!
Zuri: Ohhhhhh  man! This is a tragedy!

+Remi was being a little crazy one day,  and I noticed Zuri was abnormally concerned with her acting out, then I heard whispers...I spy around the corner to see Zu talking to our Elf on the Shelf. I caught the tale end...
Zuri: Wemi is reallly nice, too. You have to tell him (Santa) she's just a little baby still and doesn't know when to touch you, or not. And I don't like it when you go in my gold fish box....I get SO hungry in the night and I'm not aloud to touch you. So, please do other funny things, but NOT in my gold fishes.

+In the car driving...Kesha comes on.
Zuri: ahhhhhh! Its our favorite song!!!! Turn it up!
Me: YES! I love this song!
Zuri: Me too! I love Nicki Minaj!!!!!!!

ha HA! This little girl cracks me up. I need to video everything she does 24/7.










The subconscious mind

Sunday, December 9, 2012

“Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.”
— Sidney Madwed

Say you're fat, you'll get fat.

Say you're happy, you'll become happy 

Say you're confident, you will be more confidant.

I've known this concept for 4 years now. That you really do create your life and the circumstances you're in whether it's where you want to be, or not....but, only in this last year have I seen this concept work.

And it does work.

I remember watching The Help in the movie theater,  and when I walked out of the theater I vowed to myself that I would tell my children what that maid in the movie told her little babies everyday...

YOU ARE SMART
YOU ARE KIND
YOU ARE IMPORTANT

And I added to it....

I LOVE YOU
DAD LOVES YOU
YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES YOU
...AND WHO ELSE LOVES YOU?
[Then I taught Zuri to tell herself she loves who she is.]

She always responds by saying, "ME! I do! I love me!" and she giggles the whole time.

I'm no expert, but I feel like this is the best thing I could ever do for my children. It's so simple and so easy, yet I feel like it could greatly impact who they choose to become as adults. 

Its working for us so far, and yes, my children are young, but I wanted to share.

xo



Life as of Lately.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

.....it's been intense.

We spent last weekend in Sani Frani [by the way, I cannot call San Francisco San Francisco, or San Fran. Ewe. So, its become Sani-and that's that.]

We found an adorable house in the East Bay area that I feel like I can make into our home over the next 1+ years.

I'm constantly decorating it in my head and adding onto the running list of: what do we need to buy, what do we need to get rid of, where do we get Internet, water bills cost what?! etc....

This is the stuff keeping me up at night.

But look! 

Don't you love it?! I LOVE it. Its so charming and will fit the Christensen fam perfectly.
It's my own little1972 piece of heaven.

When we weren't looking for houses, we were most liking eating with these guys.

The Sistrunks are serious foodies, and I now I know why...
Amazing food surrounds you out there!!

So then, I come back to Utah, sans husband, to my beautiful girls and have a dance-a-thon with my mom and sister in their kitchen.
It was pretty late, so we decided to stay the night, and when we put the girls to bed I noticed Zuri was really warm...I chalked it up to she's hot from our dance fest, then went to bed.

Two hours later, she screaming.
I get her and she is baking hot....Her temperature was 102, which is high, but safe for children, so I gave her some medicine and a cool clothe hoping she would fall back to sleep..

She never did.

Hours went by of her whining and crying-there was nothing I could do. I was so helpless.

Then, all of a sudden, she started not making any sense.
She sat up in bed screaming that she was bleeding on her hands...
I turn on the lights to see what shes talking about, and she sees me and starts screaming that my face has blood all over it.

There was no blood anywhere.

I'm trying to ration with her, and she starts seeing bugs...bugs EVERYWHERE.

She running around, scratching them off of her, and watching imaginary spiders crawl all over everything.

IT was HORRIFYING!

By then, I got my parents I was so scared, and they confirmed....she was totally awake and hallucinating.

I wanted to bawl...it was an actual living nightmare and I couldn't reason with her. 
I debating taking her to the hospital, but after researching online, I found that a lot of children report hallucinating during high fevers... and that I should wait it out.

So that's what I did....she finally fell asleep and woke up the next day with a fever, but not hallucinating.

Now shes totally fine.
Thank goodness.

So THAT happened, and was the worst mom moment of my life,  then I had to go straight to my utahbrideblog.com photo shoot.

I got to wear a crazy amazing dress from Alta Moda and have my hair and makeup done by the amazing Stephanie Brinkerhoff  [PS....she has 4.7 million followers on Pinterest. She's doing something right, ladies. I'd check her out if I were you....]

The whole shoot was so cool because it was an actual mock wedding....they had h'oderves, cake, drinks, a bouquet, and a table set up......oh and a GROOM! 

Before the shoot I got an email of how the day would go, so I read it aloud to Bronson:
-food shows up at 9
-hair and makeup shows up 11
-female model shows up at 11
-Male model, Phillip, show up at 2...

I get to Phillip, the mock groom, and say,
"ohhh, I hope his name is actually Felipe and he from France, or something."
Bronson says,
"Nah, he's going to be from Provo.....and Phillip better not get fresh with you"
me:
"Phillip from Provo...waaa waaa."

and that was that.

So when I show up, I see this dark, tall guy and hear him speak...he has a slight accent....and his name is Felipe--originally from Moscow.
My groom.

ha HA!
 I was laughing out loud.

The day went on....Felipe and I had to snuggle, nuzzle the whole time.... I'm so happy he was cool about it, because it could have been so awkward. 
Instead it was SO funny.

I'll give you this sneak peak but you'll have to wait until the real photos are up on utahbrideblog.com next week.
Its a week long extravaganza....so don't get sick of my face, OK?

Currently: I am planning on finishing this post, then watching SisterWives when I really should be packing.
12 days and counting.....

My life is crazy right now, bare with me.








Off the Hanger...SF style.

Sunday, December 2, 2012





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