Archive for May, 2010

 On Friday, May 28th Micah and I drove down to Ephraim to meet Grandma Gwen, Micah’s parents Allen & Janis, and other members of the Christensen family to see the C.C.A. Christensen (Micah’s fourth great grandfather and famous LDS artist of his time) cabin that was moved to downtown Ephraim. It just so happened that it was also the weekend of Scandinavian Days.

Welcome to Ephraim sign

Welcome to Ephraim - "Little Denmark"

We stayed the at Micah’s Dad’s cousin’s house for the weekend – Carl & Carolyn Christensen – with Allen & Janis. Carl let us all tag along that evening as he went to water his farm. I’m convinced that Carl & Carolyn are some of the best people on earth. They were so warm and so thrilled to have family staying with them. They made us so feel so comfortable and welcome. They kept asking us to stay longer. Saturday morning they called all of their family and organized a BBQ with their favorite barbequed turkey to entice us to stay. How could we resist? I could have stayed there forever.

Much of Ephraim looks like this

The main purpose of going to Ephraim was to take Grandma Gwen all around town and have Micah film her as she shared stories of her teenage and early married years. Moyle Christensen and Gwenyth Christensen were both born and raised in Ephraim. We visited Grandma’s old house, the movie theater where Grandpa worked and where Gwen got to see movie’s for free during their courtship and marriage.  It was such a priceless experience. I drove Janis’ car while Micah filmed from the front passenger seat, Janis held a voice recorder to Grandma’s lips, and Allen took a nice afternoon nap. I can’t begin to describe how much I admire and love Grandma Gwen. I’m sure you’ll learn about her in many more posts here. I’ll elaborate later.

Gwen and Moyle were sealed in the Manti Temple. They eloped because the tradition in Ephraim was for friends of the newlyweds to kidnap them right after they were married, take them to the edge of town, take their clothes, and leave them there to walk home in the buff! I would have eloped too:)

Micah's grandparents Moyle & Gwen were sealed in the Manti Temple

Micah's parents Allen and Janis were sealed in the Manti Temple

Micah and Rachel were sealed in the Manti Temple on December 29, 2009

The Manti Temple is such a sacred and special place for the Christensen family


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Oh Canada!

We drove 18 hours up to Vancouver Island with our cousins Eric, Nakita & Reese. Eric drove straight through the night until we arrived at the ferry – a true Canadian. We saw a bald eagle fly right in front of our car. Come to find out that’s really common up there. The scenery reminded me a lot of New Zealand. Everything is so green and the ocean views are breathtaking. We stayed at Aunt Jill and Uncle Jackson’s house. It was such a fun and unique trip!

Here we are on a British Columbia ferry on our way to Vancouver Island.

Reese was the best road tripper of us all! She laughed and played the entire time. She even woke up at 3 or 4am just smiling and keeping herself happy. You can’t help but bond after spending 18 hours together in the car:)

Here is Jackson (cousin Jacob’s son) ready to go diving in the freezing cold water. He is an avid underwater sea man. He caught a white back kelp crab and told us all about it while it kept pinching him.

Micah is also part marine biologist as you see him eating squid eggs that we found on the beach.

Two of my favorite things are ice skating and anything involving paddling in water. We went sea kayaking along the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island.

My favorite part of the trip was visiting Mr. Chase. Mr. Chase was born in 1910 and is turning 100 years old in September. After we went seakayaking from Mr. Chase’s private beach, we went into his house to meet him. He was wearing one piece jump suit with his work boots on. His house is like a museum full of treasures that Mr. Chase has accumulated throughout his life including:

  • A collection of locks and keys that are probably as old as Mr. Chase himself
  • Mr. Chase’s father’ s sword that he fought with in the Civil War! There are only two living “sons of the civil war.” Isn’t that amazing to think that he can say his dad fought in the Civil War? His father entered the war at age 13. What an amazing treasure!
  • A beautiful and intricate handmade tiara made out of women’s hair!

Here is Reese sitting under a tree at Mr. Chase’s house while caterpillars kept falling on her head.

Before we boarded the Victoria Clipper to make our way to Seattle, we walked around downtown Victoria. Much of the architecture is the old English style including the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Building.

We stayed at Seth and Amy’s house on Sunday night then met Alickya and James for lunch at Microsoft. Amy took Sam and Ellie out of school so we could all hang out together. After lunch we went to Sky High – trampoline land! Jayne was fearless and loved jumping into the pit. Sam was doing flips and Ellie was jumping all over the place. My 33 year old husband even did a gainer into the pit – he’s still got it:)

One the plane ride home Micah and I wrote down our goals for our marriage and life together. We have so many things to look forward to in our lives!

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