A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Ohio Update

Who doesn't enjoy a little Yahtzee to pass the time?

These are the glasses Jack uses when he uses the table saw. He's going for the European look.

And you wonder how he gets so many black eyes. When he gets to high school
he'll be like Teen Wolf. (You know, car surfing with Styles).

This is one of Jack's favorite things to do. He'll say "back back back" about 30 times until let him walk on me.

This is Jack throwing away his "broken" binki

Is it spring yet? The kids and I are really getting cabin fever even with the trips to the library 2x a week and preschool. Jack just can't get enough of being outside and Mia wanted to ride her bike today. I guess I should bring the bikes into the basement for them. I just want to start going to the pool again.

Today I went to the doctor for my 12 week appt. He did another ultrasound and Mia and I were able to see this tiny, tiny baby moving around. I can't believe how much the baby was moving already! It is such a miracle. The doctor said everything looked great. I will be having my full ultrasound mid to late March, hopefully before we go to Idaho which we are very, very excited about. I just wish it could be a longer visit!! I am feeling pretty good and coming out of the tired 1st trimester exhaustedness. Mia, the other day, said that my belly was starting to get big and yes, it is already. I live in my "stretchy pants" and even wear my maternity jeans even though they are a little big yet. I just can't stand the tightness.

Jack is doing great without his BB however, he has decided to NOT NAP for the past 3 days and he is not even two yet. I tried Saturday and let him cry on and off for 1 hour and today I left him there for 2 hours. I know it sound cruel but he is just too young to stop napping! I think most of it is because he doesn't get out the energy he us used to during the times we go outside. I don't know. He is really starting to talk and my favorite is when he says, "NO MIA, NO!" You can imagine he says that a lot. She just loves the heck out of him and loves to make him scream. It really reminds me of my younger brother Robert and I.

Mia, oh Mia. That girl comes up with about 5 different and extremely interesting baby names a day. I should really write them down for all of you to enjoy. She is so good at pushing my buttons but I have found out that taking away some of her favorite things like TV and preschool to be very effective. She is so much like me. She talks of going to Grandma and Grandpa's every day and would pack right now if I would let her. Since it has been about a year and a half she has forgotten what it is like there and asks me questions and has confused it a little with my parents but she remembers the tramoline, the cats and of course Mike and Dana's kids.

Colin-- I will put in my comments here. I have actually started wearing my stretchy pants too (Choncho - I need to borrow some sweats!). I started Pediatrics Friday, hospital peds, not outpatient clinic. There is a very big difference. I'm a little bit out of my element there and it's taking some getting used to. I'm really excited about my upcoming 14 consecutive vacation days. Hopefully soon I will actually know what I'm doing in July. I'll know for sure soon. I thought it was a sure thing with ER but apparently it's not. I do know that everyone at my hospital wants me to be there. It's always a funding issue though. I just took the last step of the boards, Step 3 (there are actually 4 tests, 2 Step 2s). Anyway, I'm that much closer to becoming a real doctor. As soon as I pass it I can apply for my permanent medical license. Then next year I can start moonlighting and make some sweet moolah.
That's about it for me. Not much else to say about me. We'll post more pics and videos from the kids. They're much more interesting than me anyway.
The End.

Back to Lori--We still don't know about "next year" meaning July and what and where we will be. We have really had to just step back and say it is out of our hands. I really feel like we have done all we can to this point and I know the Lord will take care of the rest.


Jason & Dana said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That Yahtzee picture has me laughing so hard!!!

Crystal said...

Better watch out with the yatzhee one, I have a similar one of Valerie and she HATES it, but it did make me want to post it so you all could see... she was wearing a huge pouffy tulle-skirted dress on the potty. I digress. The kids look very happy. I hope your vacation is totally restful and wonderful. I keep thinking of you guys for match and next year. I bet it will be really amazing to look at this all next year and see how beautifully it all worked out.

notthecroshaws said...

Mia on the pot reminds me of an old black and white we have of 2-3 year-old Leslie (maybe you've seen it), sitting on her little potty chair, intently reading a tabliod, on the back page of which you can clearly see a Huggies ad that says "America, we're out to change your diaper." If I can figure out how to scan it, maybe I'll post it, unless of course, Leslie objects. Leslie?

Lori, Colin, Mia & Jack said...

I have seen that picture of Leslie and it is very cute. You should post it. I know Mia will love this in 5 years.

notthecroshaws said...

i'll post the photo later. last night i was quite stressed when i read you posts, and i had a strong feeling that i don't need to worry, it will be just fine. i have to go with that. matt, as well. heavenly father is intimately involved in our lives. as pres. hinckley said, 'things will work out. things always work out." i miss him. mom/debby

Crystal said...

They do always work out. In fact, Matt and I went to the temple last Saturday and the most-overwhelming feeling was that it was going to be ok and we just have to trust. I bet that is exactly the same for Colin and Lori. It is an adventure for some and a subway ride for others. Yay for adventures, but wow, my legs are getting sore, are yours? Wait... I think that may be a Metro sign ahead?

Lori, Colin, Mia & Jack said...

I really miss Pres. Hinckley too. He is the prophet I remember most. I am sure Pres. Monson will be the same way for me. I was very touched when I was watching the news conference yesterday. Thankfully Colin called me in time for me to get home, get the kids lunch and then watch most of it. Man, my kids can be needy. Thank you for worrying about us Debby and whomever else is. Sometimes I do feel like we are on our own with this but I know that it is satan getting into my head when I really know that there are many prayers being said in our behalf. It is a great lesson in life to learn over and over that really we are not in charge but someone perfect and all knowing is.

abbynormal said...

Colin and Lori, I just scheduled my Idaho doctor appointment, and I'll be going on March 21. So, pretty much I'll be seeing you!

Jason & Dana said...

Abby, will you be there March 28?!