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.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Car Seat for "Real Women"

Look at my aunt Sally sitting on her dad's lap and THEN look at the car seat she got to sit in when the car was moving. She is about 40, I would guess. I remember sitting on the armrest in the middle of the bench seating in our car from about 2-5. Thank the good Lord, there were never any accidents. I am pretty nazi about car seats. It just makes me sick even changing Asher's. I know it is going to turn into a long, drawn-out ordeal because I must make sure it is tight, immovable and as safe as possible. When my mom was here, it was changed 3 times to accomadate my mom in the car with us... We need a larger car, that is for sure. We just dont fit in my car. When all of us were in there, I never got the priveledge of having my very own seat belt. But Asher was safe, Valerie was safe and those were my primary concerns. Of course, I was wedged in so tight between Asher's carseat and Matt I was not going anywhere in case of an accident, but still...

So, ironically, I am researching car seats based on the research article that just came out... and it is one of those issues that people have all sorts of opinions about that I just don't forsee...

Anyway... this is from a friend
I definitely appreciate a well-informed choice, I am just not sure where I will put Asher's legs. They are already at the back of the seat when he is rear-facing.


Colin -N- Lori said...

how funny, your friend allison knows my friend jessi. jessi posted a comment on allison's blog about her kids. That is how i figured it out. crazy world, crazy car seats

Colin -N- Lori said...

My brother told me he got a big car seat for his baby who is just a week older than Cole but over 20 pounds. My brother tried to convince me that it was okay for their baby to be forward facing, he was only about 8 months, just because of his weight. I tried not to freak out too much and calmly tell him that he was supposed to be rear facing until he was over 20 AND at least a year and probably longer. Although when we are traveling and Colin or someone else is driving I get Cole out and nurse him. Gasp, I know.

beckyV said...

I do the same thing when traveling, Lori :)

David and Debby said...

You in-laws can ask your spouse to verify this, but when our family was young, in our first home in Pocatello (1982ish) we replaced our family car with a bright, new long-bed Toyota pickup. Loved that car! To make it kid-worthy, I made a few modifications: shell over the bed; carpeted bed liner with benches for them to sit or lay on; and a sliding window between the cab and the bed for communication to get heat to the bed. No car seats nor belts. It was a different time. We took a number of long trips that way, some in the winter. Other than being a little cold, the kids were all quite comfortable. The boys could even wrestle back there. Fortunately we never had an accident, and eventually we traded for a big Chevy station wagon (Leslie's favorite) which had plenty of seats and belts for everyone.

David Chipman said...

Hmmmm.... very reminiscent of road trips in the volvo wagon or tank as I affectionately (and with loathing) called it in jr. high. I remember laying in the back watching the stars go by over TX in the middle of the night. Definitely different times. (Though it's probably easier to travel that way with restless kids that just wanted to stretch out.) I was always glad that I was so big that I couldn't fit in the tiny space in the back seat!

Matthew said...


If my memory serves me correctly, the sliding window served as a door to the carpeted bed. Also, a little cold would be an understatement during the winter months. Having it pass for a family car reminds me of something Crystal's ex-husband did right before she had Valerie. He traded in his car for a pickup truck. You can imagine how much fun it was for Crystal to get into the truck just after not only having a baby but also having a C-Section. Ouch!

Jason and Dana said...

My memories are of standing right by mom in a van when I was young and she was driving. SO NOT SAFE!! I love car seats. And since the kids don't know anything different there are no complaints and I don't have to worry about them unbuckeling and walking around while I'm driving. I love car seats and I'm also a car seat freak. I HATE that the back seat of the Odyssey doesn't have latch system, and the '05 doesn't even have tethers on the back seat!
Also, car seats have a rear facing weight requirement lower than front facing, so it might not always be safer to be rear facing. Can you imagine a 4 year old facing backwards? No way......

Allison said...

Hi! I was just looking on my statcounter when I saw your blog. :)

I actually just found a new link today, which is kind of coincendental, but here it is:

It was on GMA the other day. And to the previous commenter - technically it is safer for a 4 year old to be rear facing. Most of the carseats are going up in their weight limit so that they can stay rear facing longer.

As far as feet go, I have seen pics of kids that have their feet crossed or hanging off the sides.

Now, saying all this - I'm not sure we'll make it to age 4, but I'm going to try for as long as we can. :)
Thanks for the link!

Jason and Dana said...

That's crazy that that is recommended. I mostly meant no way would my kids stay rear facing until they were 4.

abbynormal said...

David, that tiny space in the back that you speak of? The one you were always able to avoid? Mine. Always mine. Being among the youngest and also the smallest made me an easy target for such spaces. Come to think of it, I'm STILL the one who always gets the tiny space in the car, if there is a tiny space to give. Eh, family?

David Chipman said...

oh well, someone has to be a perfect fit! grin. :-) You're such a good sport though!