Sunday, May 01, 2016

Its a bubbly day

I like to keep bubbles around.

I know that bubbles will stop any tears, bring out smiles quickly, and generally fix anything. If your car is out of gas, just blow some bubbles! If your boyfriend just broke-up with you, bubbles to the rescue! Trying to lose 20 pounds.. yep, bubbles can help with that too.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Houston Temple

I have been trying to make it more of a point to take time to really enjoy the moments I am given. I am lucky enough to be close to a Temple and am able to go a few times a month. On one of those days, I remembered to bring my camera. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Don't leave us!

Last year when my parents visited for Christmas, my mom asked me to find my dad a project to do. Well, living in a tiny townhouse (which we were renting) I didn't have the space for any projects.

So when I found out they would be here in March, I made sure to have projects for him to do. And my mom being the go-getter that she is, she had a fun craft project for the kids. We enclosed the septic system in a beautiful lattice box, built and filled a sandbox in time for Keo Birthday, and moved the huge playset from the front yard to the back. Grandma made felt easter eggs for our banner and the kids loved it.

I am the planner and like to spend time with family doing things so I made sure we all knew what we were doing each night. The first night was a family dinner and roasting smore's.

I LOVED having the extra hands and also having my kids make memories with their grandparents. We celebrated birthdays, ate yummy BBQ, filled our bellies with Hawaiian food (even poki) and took family photos. When it was time to say goodbye, many many tears were shed and a few crying phone calls were made begging them to come back.

I love my parents and I love that both McKay and I came from large families. We agreed we have the VERY BEST siblings, no matter how crazy they may be :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Movie ticket giveaway! Enter to win

Have you seen this trailer yet? Its for Midnight special

I was sent an email from my friends at GraceHill Media and they wanted ME to give YOU some movie tickets to see this.
So it kinda reminds me of a mix between sixth sense and interstellar. That's based only on the 2 minute. Rolling Stone has a review here you can read, they have already seen the movie. 

A father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.

So to win, just comment below!
Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter

Easter Egg Hunt Season is here!

I am part of the Woodlands MoM group. I have only been a few events but they are si much fun and it is an easy way to meet new people. I mean, if you really can't think of anything to talk about then you can always talk about what it is like having multiples.

Saturday we went to the first egg hunt of the season! Its obvious I didn't move much from the girls. Thats probably why Keo was that one kid at every egg hunt with a bucket overflowing with eggs... not sticking to the 12 eggs per kid rule.

I have to say, it was a "egg"-cellent party

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Oh Philly. We love you too.

Even months later, Jaedyn will come up to me and say "mom, I loved that Franklin Institute. That's my favorite place. Do you think we can go again and see the Hippos and pick apples?" And every time I reply "Yes, sweetie. We sure can." I sure wouldn't mind going back either! I mean, I had waited my whole 33 years to see the Liberty Bell and it was really quite striking. We saw every historical thing you could see... from the oldest street in America to where they signed the Bill of Rights to the Prison.

We journeyed out of Philly to visit our dear friends. Oh man, we sure were spoiled! Talk about getting first class service! We picked apples, had dinner with a few friends, ate the best Italian food I have ever had and stayed up late talking. The kids were in absolute HEAVEN being able to play together again.

Philly and the surrounding areas were so beautiful. We spent a day at Gettysburg. History came alive and it really gave me such a deeper sense of gratitude for our Country AND it seemed really obvious that God had his hand in the country winning independence. 

Thank you to Grandma who came and stayed with the twins so we could go on this trip! It really was such a bonding experience for us and Keo and Jaedyn seemed to love having us be able to give more attention to them. 

LDS Family Home Evening Favorites

They are also known as Family nights. Still no clue what I am talking about?

In my church, we have asked to set aside time each week to spend time as a family. Traditionally, it is a Monday night but it can be any night. Growing up it was usually a Sunday night since we were heavily involved in 4-H and school sports.

read more here

We have a schedule we follow. I think I must really be a toddler at heart because I really function best when I have a schedule to follow.

1st Monday- Lesson and activity from The Friend Magazine
2nd Monday- Lesson and activity from The Scriptures 
3rd Monday- Family History Story
4th- Monday- Safety or behavior lesson
5th Monday- Kids choice! 

Our schedule has kept our FHE's diverse and fun and I feel like we are having more fun and learning all sorts of things we should be learning. 

I read in the Romney Family Cookbook that they had rice krispies for Family Night. I just loved that it was a tradition and I am always looking for ways to create memories and traditions with my family. We adopted that into our family and we have Rice Krispies now too (at least when I remember to get the ingredients) 

 Ok, this sounds way overkill but, I have a whole file drawer dedicated to FHE. Yup, crazy mom! But what I have found is that there are some lessons that they really love and we do over and over and others that just fall flat. I thought I would share with you a few that are our family favorites. 

Zelmgid- Golden Rule
David and Goliath- big Goliath to hit with mini marshmallows
Confidence cookies ( We are doing it this month)

So on the second Monday, we might do Daniel in the Lions Den. 
The third Monday we would choose a story from our ancestors or our selves as kids or even tell a story about when the kids were little babies. They LOVE it. 
On the fourth Monday, we do fire drills, check our 72hr kits, learn about respect or being honest. 
The kids LOVE when there is a 5th Monday. They get to pick. It usually is a movie or a bike ride or just whatever they want to do. But whatever it is, they all have to agree. So it has been a great tool in teaching about compromise and family dynamics. 

Then to finish off our night, we kneel in prayer and say our family cheer! That is another family tradition we really really love. Go COUGARS! Go Hansens! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

That time before we were sick

Way back at the start of the month, we took a family hike to a nearby park. Now between the start of the month and now, we have basically been home-bound-quarantined-in-bed-sick. Yeah, it is about as awful as it sounds. 

We caught pink eye, then bronchitis, then sinus infection, ruptured ear drum, Roseola, mysterious hives, pink eye (again) and finally now, we can breathe and be around other humans. 

Oh man, except that the blooms are coming out and now we are dealing with allergies. 

At least they are not contagious! 

Looking at these photos make so happy. I am happy because its one of those times that I intentionally took photos. I just want to capture these moments and not forget them. 

It makes me happy to see reflected the love we all have for each other and love of life and sense of adventure. 

Childhood really is fleeting and should be fiercely protected. Families should have happy moments and parents should love and respect and delight one another. 

Summer is quickly approaching and that means that days like this won't happen because its just too hot and too muggy to be outside for hours on end. But the Houston winters? Well, now that is what we muscle through the summer months for. 
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