Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our Twins are 12 and were Ordained Today.

Wow, 12 years ago I was falling in love the second time in my life, obviously the first was Dennis, but when I held my 2  and 3  pound twins for the first time I fell in love a second and third time.  I knew when I held them the 1st time that Heavenly Father had blessed me with 2 very special little boys.  It is often hard to remember all of those feelings.  When I first held them so little and sweet and so vulnerable to this new life.  I was so overwhelmed and overjoyed at the responsibility that was before me and today was no exception, what a special day.  It was definitely emotional for me.  Brendan and Jordan turned 12 on Tuesday, but they received the Preisthood today.  I think that today I realized how old Dennis and I are.  Our boys have grown up so fast right before our eyes.  Seeing the boys in their suits brought tears to my eyes.  They were so cute and so excited to start this new time in their life.  Their dad and I are so proud of them and love them so much.  I am sure that this is the beginning of many days to come when I reflect on how quickly the years have gone by and in 7 years I will be kissing them good bye for 2 years.  It is all moving by so fast.  I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has entrusted me to be their mother and my only hope is that I can teach them all they need to know as they continue on in the next few years.  I was blessed to be the mother of twins and there truly is two to love.

Trip to Seattle

Dennis and I had a blast in Seattle.  I had no idea Seattle was such a food Melting Pot.  You name the food this city had it.  We loved the fresh seafood.  I had the best clam chowder in my life at a place called Steelhead Diner.  The best homemade cheese down on Pikes Market, and yes, watched them throw fish.  We had wonderful crab so much I was stuffed.  A beautiful Museum, where we walked through a beautiful atrium.  We ended our trip in Chinatown at a Yummy find it was seriously in a hole, by a stinky market, but wow was the food yummy and cheap.  All of the cuisine was cooked in coconut, lots of veggies and the ambience was can I say warm and spectacular, to top it off Dennis and I shared a coconut dessert that was to die for.  Yummy, we need to go again, Soon!!  Thanks Honey, for a great weekend.

Trip to Seattle

Fireside with President and Sister Jensen

I had a great time a few weeks ago when I was invited with some of my fellow NYRM to participate in a fireside held in Ogden.  President and Sister Jensen came and spoke about Missionary work while a few of us sang Joseph Smiths First Prayer, with no practice and a prayer and I am sure some angels we sang pretty well.  The best part of the whole evening was talking to President and Sister Jensen.  It was so nice, we set in a small room to talk and become reacquainted.  It was just wonderful being in the same room with all of them.  I Love my Mission President and Sister Jensen.   They are awesome.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Nintendo Kids

The Twins wanted to be Mario and Luigi and that started it we made Payton, Yoshi and Emmalia was Princess Peach.  They are all so adorable.  But of course I am the mom. 

Halloween 2008

My Mom and Sister Holly.  She was the cutest wind up doll with a key that really moved.  Here i am having fun as Mary Poppins.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tagged 4th Folder 4th Picture

I like this tag because it brought back some memories. It is so random and the picture that it is made me so happy. This is a picture of our family the day Brendan and Jordan got baptized. So that gives me a chance to blog a very special day 4 years ago. Scary that they will be 12 next month and experience another very special day. I love my boys and are so proud of them and all that they are and all that they do. I am so grateful for my family and how very blessed I am. So if you want to take a possible trip down memory lane then tag your it. Thanks, Chelsi

Monday, October 13, 2008

Flying on a Library Card

As many of you know, I turned 36 on October 2nd and had a great Birthday, I am telling you I had more Birthday wishes because of facebook than ever in my life. Anyway, I left for Kansas City to go teach classes at CKC. I was flying with Kristina and we got to the Delta ticket counter and handed her our ID at she looked at me and said, your Drivers License expired a week ago. I was shocked! I hadn't even thought about my license expiring. She said you can't fly on an expored license. Kristina said to the Delta ticket agent, "What are our options?" She said do you have something state issued. I said like what, she said, like a library card. I was surprised, a library card I laughed, she was serious and lo and behold I had two in my wallet. I handed over my library card and she took it and she looked at it and shook her head yes. I am not sure how she verified it. Only my signature was on the card. Anyway, she handed it back to me and I got my ticket, said you better get someone to mail you a passport it might not be so easy to get on the plane in Kansas City with that. Still it was so funny, that I flew on the plane with a library card.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A fun filled date night

My Mom took the kids for a cousins sleep over and that was great for the kids and for us. We decided to go to Maglebys Grill with our friends in our neighborhood, Mel and Jake, Tracy and Jeff. We had a blast. We ate good food and enjoyed great conversation.

I had some movie tickets and was dying to see Dark Knight. Dennis and I decided to go and see it later that night. WOW!! Heath Ledger was amazing and every time he came on the screen he sent chills up my spine. He made the role of the Joker very real not like a comic book villian, but an actual real person. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Warning, it is very long, but it went by so fast. There are a few twists that I wasn't expecting. Definitely a movie to see on the Big Screen!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Dennis is 35 and Lookin HOT!!!!

August 3, 1973

Well for 59 days Dennis and I are the same age!!! Yeah, now that I got that off my chest I can wish him a HAPPY Birthday. Sorry this is late Honey, but it took me a while to get internet again. Ha! Ha!
Dennis's Top 10
10- Continual Education (He would love to get paid to go to School)
9- Reading and Collecting Magazines and Catalogs
8- Watching the Tour de France
7- Annual Bow Hunt with his Dad and Brother
6-John Grisham Novels
5-Coca Cola
4 -The Beach, Scuba Diving with his friends, Water in General
3-Riding his bike up grueling hills and fast speeds (UGH)
2-All of his Children Brendan, Jordan, Payton, and Emmalia
and The #1 thing he loves is............ Drum Roll Drum Roll Drum Roll
Me (Heather, his wife) of Course!!

The Bird Family Summer of Events

May-Went to Meet Theo for his 1st Birthday
May-Went to Buffalo New York for a Show
June- Went to the Hogle Zoo with the Bird Family
June- Went camping with Terri, Brent and Dianna and the Bird Family
and then went and had Suschi with Dennis and his Brother and Sisters
June-Dennis went to Chicago
June- Went to Montana for Girls Weekend
July- Went to Vernal to Bird Family Reunion
July-Went swimming a lot!! Holly's Pool, Vet Pool with Melanie and Tracy
August-Went up the canyon and played on the rope swing
August-Dennis went to New Orleans
August- Watched Dennis ride the ULCER (100) miles

First time on the tramp!!

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Can we Jump?

Finally pictures of can we jump?

I know it has taken me a little while to
post this but here it is.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Can we jump?

We have been telling our kids since our garage sale in the fall that we were going to get a trampoline and finally about a week ago we got one. The kids were so cute all of them were in the backyard helping him set it up. When we got the mat up and on its springs they asked if they could just sit on it. It was so cute, all 4 of them were so excited and were content to "just sit" on it for a while. It wasn't long and they were asking if they could jump. We still needed to build the enclosure, but we let them all jump for a little bit. I am so happy to have a backyard they can enjoy playing on. Dennis worked really hard to get it set up and I would post pics but he took them with him on his trip to Chicago. So I will get them when he gets back.

Hope Of America

We went to the boys Hope of America concert it was amazing the boys have been practicing so hard for many months. It blew me away. The fifth graders are dressed in specific colors that make up an American Flag. Many fifth graders in the area participate from several schools. The boys took this very seriously. If you know my boys you will know why, can we say DRAMA!! That's my boys. We had to have cool sunglasses, flashlights, the works. The end number was beautiful all the kids have flashlights that they turn on, it is all choreographed so well. It was very moving and brought me to tears. Thank you boys for a wonderful performance. I will post some more pictures soon.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Do we have to dig all these?

Well, one of my not so fond moments growing up were digging up dandelions for FHE. I remember my dad giving us knives and we all went out and started digging dandelions in our yard. Well I decided it was high time to give my children the same experience. The dandelions are out in full force this year. I went to Wal-Mart and bought some weed diggers (No Sharp Knives) and we all began digging up the dandelions in our front yard, at first Brendan said, "Wow Mom this is really fun." I knew this wasn't going to last long, but it was such a beautiful day and we had a ton of dandelions that needed digging. Three hours later we were finally done. The boys did really good and really stuck with it. There was a few, "Are we done yet?", "I'm hungry can we go in and eat." but I really tried to make it fun and we took a break to get some cute photos for the blog and of course to scrapbook. So hopefully I helped pass on the old Jensen FHE tradition of Digging Dandelions, Thanks Dad!!

Digging Dandelions for Family Home Evening

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Joseph Smith Oratorio

My brother Stewart called about a month ago and told us about this concert at Temple Square. We all got tickets and we took Brendan and Jordan on Saturday Night. Wow, it was beautiful. The name of it is Joseph Smith the Prophet and it was composed and conducted by a very talented young graduate of BYU, Rob Gardner. It was beautiful, a few vocal perfomances with a full orchestra. If any one ever has another opportunity to see it, go you will not regret it. My brother traveled down from Boise just to see it. It was the Highlight of my day. There was one song in paticular that really touched me, it was called Irene (Your Baby Was Here). Emma sang this one and it was all about her still born baby and how she was too perfect to live on this earth. It was very touching to think what Emma went through. I am fortunate that I have never had to suffer this kind of loss. I hope I never do. My children are so precious to me. I couldn't help, but look over at the boys throughout the concert. They were so good and listening so intently as they admired all the musical talent as did I. I asked them what they thought after it was over and they both just said how much they liked it. Thanks Stewart and Julie for letting know about this. It makes me realize how fortunate we are to live so close and have the experiences to allow all of us to strengthen our testimonies.

Joseph Smith Concert at Temple Square

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Turkey Hunt

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Jordan's Guided Turkey Hunt with Dad

Jordan won a Turkey Hunt and has been gearing up for this day. I have to say he is so cute in all his camo from top to bottom. He and Dennis left early look at the clock on this picture. I think they were up at 4:00. Jordan even asked us if he cold sleep in his camo. They went to Nebo up by Birdseye. They saw about 70 turkeys, but weren't able to get close enough to get a shot. Jordan came home full of excitement and with a truck load of turkey calls that the guide gave him. He was so excited they got to see them and learn how to call them in. He has until May 31st to get one. So I am sure this won't be the only early Saturday Morning for him and Dennis.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Quick, but Memorable Trip to Mesa!!

I left for Mesa to teach classes at CKC, the day after Emmalia's Birthday April 17th. It was a quick trip. I was delighted to be able to take one of our Designers, Diane Oliphant with me. We had a ball. It was Diane's Birthday on Thursday and I told everyone I could. Including the guys at the rental counter who obliged me with giving her a Diet Coke and singing Happy Birthday. We got to the convention and immediately began the long haul of boxes from one end of the convention to the other. Diane was a real trooper. We taught 2 classes that night including the 6x6 album crop, went to Wal-mart to buy some supplies and crashed in our Hotel Room.

Friday we woke up early to work on some samples and then off we were to the convention to teach more classes and go to the crop. We ate dinner late some KFC and crashed.

We had some time on Saturday morning and decided we would go check out the Temple Visitor Center. We met my cousin, RaNae and her children, Shilene and Blaine and there 2 darling daughters, Lydia and Alayna and saw the most beautiful photograhs of Christ, I have ever seen. We walked into this darkened gallery and the Spirit hit me instantly. I have felt like this several other times in Visitors Center one in paticular on my mission when I went to the Hill Cumorah Visitor Center. These pictures were so full of emotion. I will add the link here so you can all see what I am talking about. As we walked through the gallery there was beautiful music playing in the background as well as scriptures on posts to educate us on what was being depicted in the photographs. By the end, Diane and I looked at each other with tears rolling down our cheeks and was so grateful we made time in our busy schedule to stop by and see this exhibit. It was the Highlight of our trip.

We finished with teaching class and finding a couple of new designers and having a wonderful time at the show. Thanks Diane for a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Emmalia is 4 Years Old

Happy Birthday Emmalia,

Wow what a Day!! I thought I could squeeze a birthday party in along with all the other things I need to do to get ready to go and I am going crazy. The girls started showing up in all their princess dresses and wow they all looked so cute. We played kiss the frog and got lip gloss for our prizes and then we made wands, princess hats, opened presents and had a tea party. We took tons of pictures and had a wonderful day. We love our princess!!!

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Closing on our House

Finally, We are home owners Again!!!
Here we are at Provo Land and Title with our Good buddy Brian signing papers. We are so excited to have our own house again. Now we get to start painting and working to make this house our own.

Dennis wanted to take the boys for a hike on Saturday morning with his brother Brent. Dennis didn't tell the Brent that the boys were in the car. The boys managed to stay quiet until they got up to the canyon, when Brent reached back to get something in the backseat he still didn't know they were there, they scared the crap out of him. Dennis was still laughing when he told me about it. The boys were pretty tough Dennis said, they hiked quite a ways and got to see some large herds of Elk. Dennis is so happy that his boys are finally old enough that he can spend some real time in the outdoors sharing with them the things he loves.

My favorite Layouts

I wanted to do something different and not just scrap a holiday, but some of Payton's Personality that one day I will forget and want to remember.Last year, Everyday before he went to school he would throw the biggest fit and not want to wear socks. I took some pictures of him crying one morning and the instant I took a picture of him cryng he started laughing because it was not like me to take pictures of him crying. I got the best pictures you can still see the tears on his smiling face.Of course a year later he doesn't cry anymore. So glad I decided to remember this fleeting moment of his life.

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Mommy's Princess Layout

Emmalia is Mommy's Princess and I truly believe she belongs in a castle. I am so blessed to have her in my life. She already loves me to paint her fingernails and toenails and put cute ribbons in her hair. I love her so much. She is so animated here, all the boys were playing Star Wars and she had to join in. See her attack pose with her flowered wand. She is so adorable!!!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I've been Tagged

1.What is your most embarrassing moment? I say crazy things all the time that get me in trouble ask my friend, Kristina. "This year our birthdays are only 7 days apart"
2.What is something that you think about and laugh at every time? My first kiss with Dennis
3. What is you favorite season and why? Summer, because it is finally warm, and we can go camping, fishing and dutch ovens and BBQ's.
4.Who is your hero? This is a tough one I have to many. My best friend Jenni. (She died of cancer almost 4 years ago.
5.What have you learned throughout your life that you would share as advice for others? Treasure your Good Health. Don''t be afraid of Trials they always make us stronger.
6.What is your favorite goofy thing that your spouse does which makes you fall in love all over again? Dennis has the best sense of humor that really dry kind. Just being around him makes me laugh. The way he is with Waiters, He still remember Bry the waiter who served us on our first date.
7.What is your favorite book(s) of all time? It has to be I want to grow up, I want to grow hair and I want to go to Boise (Children surviving Cancer)
8.What is one of your pet peeves? My lack of Organization
9. Where has been your favorite place to travel and why? Carribean Cruise, just got back and I love the sun and R&R.
10. Leave a Question of your Own. What do you love about yourself? My Big Brown Eyes
11.My question to leave is: Would you take a million dollars if you could never use a computer ever again!? Yes, I have to work on my computer daily and I would definitely replace work with a million dollars.
12. My question is: What is something you admire about your mom or dad? My mom and how she just loves all Children. She has the BIGGEST heart!!

We Passed!!!

Well Brendan and Jordan have been attending a Hunters Safety Class while we were on our cruise and Dennis has been working with them every Tuesday and Wednesday since we got home. They went out in the cold and wind to do their shooting test on Saturday. Dennis said they did a great job. Tonight they came in with their heads hanging low and I knew they were trying to trick me. They both had huge smiles on their faces and said, unanimously, "We Passed!" I am very proud of them they have worked really hard for this. I was busy working on putting some new music on the blog, I was downloading Your Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins, and I suddenly realized that my little twins are growing up before my eyes. I need to take every moment to cherish all of the milestones in all my children's lives. This year they will be turning 12 and this is a bit of evidence that they are growing up too fast.

Friday, March 28, 2008

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Friday, March 21, 2008

March 19, 2008

We got home this morning at 2:00 am. We were supposed to arrive in Salt lake at 11:00 pm but our plane had a broken windshield so we had to wait for a new plane to come in unload and then be cleaned before we began boarding. It is nice to be home. The kids woke us up with BIG hugs and Kisses at 7:00 am. So we are home from our Cruise and getting back into the swing of things. Our vacation was amazing. Cruising is the best way to vacation here are a few photos. Enjoy!!

Reflections of Christ Mesa Arizona

Reflections of Christ Mesa Arizona

March 23, 2008

Easter Morning the kids found their baskets filled with candy and a few fun things for the backyard. Now we need some warm weather.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday
Lookin so Good

Happy Easter

Happy Easter
Easter Morning