Saturday, March 1, 2014

eli's pots and pans

eli is the budding chef in the house. i have had to baby proof and lock more than ever due to his kitchen adventures. he figured out pretty quickly how to open the heavy dish drawers, dishwasher, oven, and fridge (where he casually saunters in and liberally helps himself to grapes and tomatoes.)  he does a lot of fake cooking, eating and feeding others that makes me laugh.

he broke a crock pot at nonna's house at christmas, and one of my sauté pans, so i locked everything up, and left one drawer open where he can keep his little ikea pots and pans.

eli's soup cooking away on the stove next to our dinner soup. eli's soup is on the left:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

friday mornings

i am lucky to live near enough to my parents that my mom comes over once a week to watch these guys for half a day. that is a brave grandma to take on this crowd.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

princess ball

our local elementary school held a royal ball. the girls went with their dad, uncle wes, and uncle eric.

snophie white came down with a rogue fever right before. she fought through how terrible she felt to go, but after a bit, jeff brought her home:

maya obviously felt fine as she apparently break-danced the night away:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ice castles

the boys got dropped off at gwamma's house, and off we went to midway to see the ice castles on their last day open. they seemed pretty structurally sound, but so did those ice caves we built as kids that always collapsed. 

claustrophobia...ugh...jeff is trying to take a photo of us all, and i am pushing on people saying, "get me outta here." uncle eric is in utah for now, so he came with us. 

looks like a scene from some epic journey movie:

cue dramatic triumphant music as they at last reach the great valley:

we made it out of the ice castles milliseconds before the last snowflake holding the entire structure together melted, and the whole thing collapsed and exploded. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

the sound of music

girls watching "the sound of music":

at the end of the "sixteen going on seventeen" song, liesl says, "weeeeeeeeeeee!" 


Thursday, January 9, 2014

3 kings day

this year the winner of the crown was....sophie jensen! the power went to her head pretty quickly, and i heard several comments from her about policies she was going to change. something about bedtimes being moved to a later time and she having jurisdiction over her sisters in all matters. look at her smug little scheming face! UNLIMITED POWER!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

random december

snuggly boys:

snuggly boys with dad:

the girls were all cleaned up and ready for 9 a.m. church, but mom was busy cleaning barf in a crib, and dad was out shoveling snow for half an hour. the joys of december:

maya's favorite shirt this winter. she wore it every day it was her turn to pick:

sledding breanne:

jensens together for christmas

you know the situation that always plays out where parents are going to be gone, and their teenage kids plan a big party at home, unbeknownst to the parents? that's what christmas with the jensens was like this year. nonna and papa were in russia, but that didn't stop any of the jensen siblings from coming to their house to party in their absence. 

i must say, the tree looked slightly less designer this year with nonna gone. there was also the incident where it almost fell on baby soren.

we had some nice snow at christmas. perfect for kids to build a snowman:

these 2 were jealous and watched from the window. sorry, boys. too much work to chase two 1-year olds around outside. no matter what you guys promise me, you always end up running into the street in opposite directions. i'm not going to fall for it.

the usual playing, cookie-making, snuggling, laughing, trouble-making went down:

Saturday, December 28, 2013

christmas morning

bikes, sleds, and one item for each girl chosen from santa's workshop (walmart's toy section.) I took the girls one at a time to peruse through the toys at their leisure. each chose the same thing for the gift they wanted from santa -- a frozen dress. 

the boys got a bathtub toy to share:

girls modeling sweaters they got from france:

and learning to play twister. looks like we have some twister PRODIGIES in the house!:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Lisa's preschool Christmas sing

kids photos dec 2013

5 little loves






mom and dad jumping in