Feb 26, 2009


Ok, my sweet neighbor and friend turned or should I say tuned me into Pandora.com!! Holy smokes I am in love. Some of you may know some may be surprised, but I am a 70's and 80's music junkie, literally, sometimes I need it as a drug. No seriously, you just don't understand! :) My poor sweet husband really doesn't understand!

Sad I know, I blame my narcolepsy, but whatever it is, when I can not seem to get motivated or start to feel overwhelmed, like lately with all the moving and sorting and packing etc... if I can crank the music and loud, I literally dance my way thru it. I need to dance, as I move from room to room! (I know probably not a picture you wanted in your head)

Finding this station is amazing! You can put in a song or artist you like, and it literally creates a station suited to you. The more you listen the more perfect it gets, if it picks a song you don't like, you just click it and it sends it to a different directions. You can also have more then one station going, for example I have my ANYTHING BOX station!! One of my favorites, it now pretty much plays them, (one of my ultimate favorites) and Pet Shop boys, (a close second) and Depeche mode, The smiths, OMD, etc... I love it!!

Then there is my other side, lets just call it my Abba and Belida Carlile side! Oh, yeah, I love to pump this loud when I have tons of work ahead of me, It is great, Kjari loves it too, I have the Mama Mia sound track and she LOVES to dance with me to it.

Short Movie review by Crystal:
(first warning, I only watch movies on my clearplay machine, so if I recommend a movie to you, take note, there might be things I don't know about them... :))

This movie is my new lifetime favorite! Funny things is the first time I watched it I didn't like it. Mistake: I watched it with my hubby! Ok, so we were both laughing and thought it was just too silly, who knows you know how you get going and that is just what it seemed like. We also got int a ton, so the next evening when Kjell was not around, I put it back in to see the whole thing thru! I LOVED IT!! Oh, my and of course already being a ABBA fan, made it even more fun!

Ok, back to the subject, so as you can see I have wide varying tastes in music, because my third channel has all Led Zeplin, Pink Floyd, etc... I mean really how soothing is hearing a talented awesome guitar solo so loud that you feel it in your blood! Seriously a drug for me.....I am not kidding.

I love Reggae and some techno pop, I mean seriously I am everywhere!

I honestly don't know what inspires me to choose one to listen too one day and another the next, but music is it for me! I just need it.

Now I also have days I need to feed my spirit and I love to listen to, here you go, don't laugh, but old Seminary stuff, like Afterglow! But I do have new favorites too, like I love love love, a shocker here for me since I am not really a country fan, but Joseph: A Nashville tribute!

So, I have always thought I was odd, because I like such diversity in music. In my dark hair, white face, all black stage of Junior high (yes that was me for a short time) I would have hated someone like me! Now I just know that I love music! All of it.

(Ok, still can't handle much twangy country, or rap or lets just say most garbage or anything that is heavy yuck rock with no point like metalica etc..) Ok, So I am still a bit of a music snob, but what can I say, I have good taste!!

Feb 25, 2009

Snow Day!

The last few weeks have been typical Montana weather, one day playing at the park, and the next day waking up to snow. This day last week was so nice, it was almost warm out, but the snow hadn't melted yet! I love this first picture of Kjari throwing the snowball at Vance!!

I couldn't keep up with the boys as they were running around the nieghbor hood in what became an all nieghboor hood snow ball fight! I love it, I will miss that part of this nieghbor hood!

Feb 24, 2009


Vance has been begging me for a few weeks now to help him make a pie. He checked out a really old cook book from the library and decided he wanted to make a coconut cream pie. I bought him all the ingredients quite some time ago, but finally on Saturday we got too it. In the middle of two painting projects and alot of cleaning! But it turned out really good. I think that Daddy has a new partner for Thanksgiving and Christmas late night pie making session!

Feb 21, 2009

A House of Order

Ok, I am trying to remember that I started this blog originally so that I would actually journal the crazy life of the Nykreim's. I have done some of that, and some more on top of that. But, as my word for 2009 is ORDER, I remembered that I need to add some order to my blog. Right now my life is about as crazy as I think it can get, with Kjell being gone since September, trying to prepare an already fixer upper for sale, packing and sorting for an out of state move, and taking care of four kids under ten, Oh... and on top of that trying to maintain some sense of ORDER!! Ok, but I am reminding my self every morning that the Lord PROMISES he will not give us things we cannot handle. So.....back to my word. I need to establish more order again. I strongly believe in baby steps. These are my goal for the next week.

1. Maintain what is working and simply add another step:

My kids of course thrive (and so do I) on order, we will maintain our usual devotionals at night, bedtime routine, but we will add having them lay out there clothes for the next day.
See my perfectionist brain tells me, oh that isn't that big of deal that should be easy right? But I am going to stop myself and add that ONE thing for this week.

2. Flylady:
I am going back to my flylady routines, (if you don't know who she is, you must be new to the Internet, or a born organized person and if so you might not enjoy my blog too much! Just teasing, I will let born organized people read, you just can't comment!! .......No I am teasing again, I would love your comments....... unless they go something like, (order is so easy, you just simply do it!! :)) (Or my kids just do all the work GAG!) (Or I just get up 3 hours before the rest of the family!!!) Ok :) Ok. http://www.flylady.net/

So, back to my basic morning routines of flylady and adding......two 27 fling boogies a day.
(This should be easy and very helpful for me since I am moving)
***Definition: 27 fling boogie- Take a garbage bag and pick a room, and throw away 27 things. Then go back and pick 27 things to donate) If your not moving, and just want to declutter, and you are already not too messy, you could make this 10 or 15 or whatever you need. You would be surprised, when you look at things and think, does this truly bring me happiness or am I just hanging onto it because my crazy third Aunt (choose that one because I don't have a third Aunt, not even sure that exist...anyway) gave it to me for my wedding day. The throwing away might seem harder in rooms like your living room on some days, so pick a drawer in the room etc... But really it doesn't seem to be hard for me in most rooms, with 4 kids. I count everything... a candy wrapper, a torn piece of paper lost on the floor. (This is where you born organized people might get lost....., your thinking... "why didn't they just put those in the garbage" if you do find yourself thinking that, again, you probably don't need this at all!! ....Plus I will really repent of the bad thoughts that I might have of you. :) Teasing... I think.

3. Personal:
I am GOING to add some exercise in there too. I know it seems to me right now I have too much going on, but its like reading the scriptures we all know that when we do that first thing, our day goes so much better. No question. I know I will feel better and have more energy to do the rest if I devote some love to my body too!! It needs a lot of love right now!! :(
Ok, so to be more specific, I am going to add a work out, after I return from getting the kids to school. I will post more about that when I get started.

Ok, so I am off, to get back to my life!! It is Saturday, the kids did good helping with there Friday jobs yesterday so I know they won't be too excited when I let them know what we have planned for today......So here I go.....

Feb 18, 2009

Food Storage

I don't know about any of you, but I have wanted for years, those awesome rotating shelves for food storage. But... have no desire to pay the thousands of dollars they would cost to have what I need. I found this on a blog today, and am in love! I am resisting starting the project today, since that certainly wouldn't be moving me forward closer to our move, though I have been really good at finding all kinds of projects to keep my busy so I can avoid packing or whatever. But I am going to hold off, really excited that when we do move, I will have tons of cardboard to work with!! I had an idea to cover them with colored duct tape to make them more sturdy. You can buy white duct tape, that would look nice, or you could even do like yellow for fruit, green for veggies, blue for soup, etc.... Anyway, thought I would pass this on!

Here is a link to a PDF form of the exact out line of how to make it.

This is the origional site that shows pictures of the shelves. This is a great blog!

This blog gives awesome step by step instructions and even has a video also a wonderful fun site for all kinds of food storage ideas:

( I will post pictures here as soon as I have permission from the wonderful author!)

Anyway, happy storing!!

Feb 17, 2009


Another cute hair idea I did for Kjari over Valentines day, even though we all stayed home all weekend with three of them sick!!

Feb 14, 2009

Questions for Kids, Valentines Day

This was on a friends blog who asks these questions every year to her kids, I love it, I am stealing it!!

Vance (10 1/2) Gjori (9) Kjellsen (6) and Kjari (2 1/2)

1. How will you know when you are in love?
Vance: Ok, this is not cool.....
Gjori: I actually have no clue?
Kjellsen: When you get older
Kjari: I love Jesus
2. Why do kids give Valentine cards at school?
Vance: There teacher tells them to.
Gjori: Because I like them
Kjellsen: because I want to be nice
Kjari: yeah you got parties?
3a. How would you like to be proposed to (girls)?
Kjari: Uh, daddy yeah daddy
3b. How will you propose to your wife (boys)?
Vance: I am not doing this.... (took a while but we got him to come back!! :))
Gjori: By giveing her presents and other stuff
Kjellsen: I don't know
4. Why do people get engaged?
Vance: I don't know
Gjori: To love each other
Kjellsen: because they love each other.
Kjari: nice
5. How will you know when someone loves you?
Vance: well I wouldn't know
Gjori: I don't know
Kjellsen: They will tell me
Kjari: uhhh Jesus
6. How do you know your mom loves your dad?
Vance: hmmmmmm she sent him presents on Valentines day
Gjori: Because I hear you say it.
Kjellsen: Because they got married
Kjari: uhh
7. How do you know your dad loves your mom?
Vance: He sent her a card, overnighted
Gjori: Because he wants to stay home with her, and he cries when he leaves.
Kjellsen: Because they kiss
8. What do you think your mom and dad did on their first date?
Vance: Danced in washington
Gjori: Kiss each other.
Kjellsen: they danced
9. What is romance?
Vance: crap
Gjori: No clue
Kjellsen: I don't know
10. What is Valentines day?
Vance: birthday for St. Valentine
Gjori: A day for loving
Kjellsen: A day when you give people presents and a time that you love
Kjari: my diamonds?
11. Who is cupid?
Vance: A made up fairy tale character
Gjori: Person who shoots arrows at peoples butts and they fall in love.
Kjellsen: (Shrugged shoulders)
12. Did you get any special valentines this year?
Vance: no
Gjori: Yes
Kjellsen: Yes, it was from my mom
13. How old do you think you'll be when you fall in love?
Vance: 22 1/2
Gjori: 36
Kjellsen: 16
Kjari: I get married
14. What do you think about your parents' rule that you can't date until you're 16?:
Vance: Cool
Gjori: good
Kjellsen: Against the law?
15. Why do people get married?
Vance: Because they want to look inside the temple
Gjori: Because they want to.
Kjellsen: they love each other
16. Where do you want to get married?
Vance: The Temple in Rome
Gjori: A Utah temple
Kjellsen: At the temple
Kjari: uhh temple
17. What qualities do you look for in a boy/girl?
Vance: Smart, no facial hair, tall I guess, brunette, I won't marry a blond.
Gjori: Nice
Kjellsen: if they look pretty
.18. What would be a fun date?
Vance: fast food restraunt and playing on the equiptment
Gjori: bowling
Kjellsen: the movies
19. What do you want to get for Valentine's Day?
Vance: A lamborgini
Gjori: chock full of candy
Kjellsen: Another pokemon thing, because I lost mine
.20.Why do men give women flowers or chocolate?
Vance: because there on a diet
Gjori: Because they love each other.
Kjellsen: Because they love the girl
21. What do you think about kissing?
Vance: It is crap
Gjori: crap
Kjellsen: That it is bad, when you are not 16
Kjari: uhhh married
22. What will you wear when you get married?
Vance: White
Gjori: black
Kjellsen: Black
23. What will your husband/wife look like?
Vance: Brunette with green eyes, freckles.
Gjori: Probably skinny, and nice.
Kjellsen: short, blond hair, pretty

Happy Valentines Day!

I usually make the traditional heart shape pancakes for breakfast today, but today I did something different. The eggs turned out perfect, the Cinnamon rolls were suppose to be hearts, but oh well, they tasted great! We toasted with your milk and water to Daddy! Wish he was here!

Feb 11, 2009

Kjari and Friends

We had a little princess day! They are all such beautiful girls!

Feb 10, 2009

Valentines Tag

♥ How long have you been together? 12 and 1/2 years

♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating? A month or two.

♥ Who asked who out? I ask him!

♥ How old are each of you? He is 34 and I am 33.

♥ Whose siblings do/did you see the most? About the same for both.

♥ Do you have any children together? Four

♥ What about pets? Apsolultly not, one thing we love about each other! :)

♥ Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? Of course right now, being apart!

♥ Did you go to the same school? No, I did take a class or two at the college he was going to at the time!

♥ Are you from the same home town? Nope. He is from Washington and I am from Idaho.

♥ Who is the smartest? Hmmm, he is definatly more math smart, I am more common sense and reading and writeing smart.

♥ Who is the most sensitive? Definitely me.

♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple? We don't very often, but if we ever get the chance and we are alone it is usually some sort of mexican.

♥ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Wisconsin I think? Butnot alone, with the kids of course. Alone, I think Missouri?

♥ Who has the craziest exes? Definitely him. He only had one or two, but from what I know they are crazy.

♥ Who has the worst temper? Me, no question.

♥ Who does the cooking? Definitely me, though he loves to cook and is willing to anytime.

♥ Who is more social? Definatly him! I make more close friends but in large groups he is always the loud one!

♥ Who is the neat freak? Hard to say, sadly neather of us are, but I like things to be neat and he doesn't seem to care much, so I would be more I guess.

♥ Who is the more stubborn? Both us us. I can prove that because I would say him and he would say me.

♥ Who hogs the bed? This would depend on who you ask.... :O)

♥ Who wakes up earlier? Definatly him!

♥ Where was your first date? To dinner and a dance.

♥ Who has the bigger family? We both have 4 kids in our families, but my extended family is definatly bigger, and my siblings have alot more kids!

♥ Do you get flowers often? Not very often but he knows I wouldn't like that, so when he does do it it means more.

♥ Who is more jealous? Definitely me.

♥ How long did it take to get serious? Are we serious yet? I guess that is what you would call us? Just teasing, not long, not long at all! :)

♥ Who eats more? Him.

♥ Who does/did the laundry? When I am home I do the most, but when he is around, he does it all!! (I know you are jelous!) :)

♥ Who’s better with the computer? Hmmm, depends on what you need on the computer, I would guess we are about the same.

♥ Who drives when you are together? If it is a short distance thing, I almost always drive, long trips, always him, he won't let me! He can't handle it! :)

Tag! You're it! (Pretty please??)

Feb 6, 2009


Music is always apart of my kids lives. We all love it, but nothing makes me smile more when they make up there own little bands. Even Kjari gets involved. This time they used the paino, the guitar, and some interesting homemade instruments!

One of the hardest things about having Kjell gone is of course we all miss him so much, and he misses us too. This last time he was here, Kjari would not let him leave her side. She loves her daddy so much. I love the looks on her face when he walks in the room, and his too when he sees her! I love it!

Feb 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Kjell!!!

Last Friday was Kjell's birthday, we were so glad that he was home with us. We celebrated it with some good friends, at one of our favorite mexican restraunts, (ok it is truly the only mexican restraunt around here that is decent, and decent is about the best word I can use), anyway, we went to dinner and then they came over and played Rock band with us! It was really fun! I made Kjell's favorite cake. I think as he puts it he made it up. It is chocolate cake, with chocolate pudding, cherry pie filling and whip cream on top, oh, and it HAS to be homemade whip cream. I made it special this year instead of the usual way, I made two 8X8 cakes and layered it all, then stuck it in the freezer! It was so yummy!!

Happy Birthday Kjell, I love you!

Feb 2, 2009

Valentines Day!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Valentines day!! I usually start celebrateing on February first. Well, Daddy was home this weekend, so we really just enjoyed our time together, celebrated his birthday (on the 30th) and we will be sending him on his way today back to Seattle. :(

But I have to confess, I bought things for some crafts, I want to do with the kids, and bought some things and have already planned a Valentines party with Kjari and her little friends, so I guess I did start even before February came around!

Every year since we had Vance, so for the last 10 years, we have always had a big fancy dinner with the kids for Valentines day. It has always been more of a family event for us since, we celebrate our Anniversary only a month before. The kids love it. The last few years we have added a mailbox to each send secret notes to everyone in our family the whole month of February. I just love hearing the kids express there love for each other. I found a cute idea on another blog about making there own little mailboxes, and she said she found these cute little ones at Target at there $ section, I bet you can guess where Kjari and I are running after we kiss Kjell goodbye!!! I love target! I heart Target, I am going to send them a Valentine for sure!!!

Anyway, we will be sad to not have daddy with us this year, but we will just have to pull out that handy web cam, not the same but makes it fun!