Wednesday, April 15, 2015

We love our Imaginext toys


When I was little, I remember playing for HOURS outside. We would find scrap wood and make forts and my siblings and I even spent a few weeks making a pretty awesome tree house in my Grandma's tree. We would wonder and go on adventures and play make believe. And I, well I had some dearly beloved imaginary friends. Obviously my imagination was very strong. I'm talking hulk-smash strong.

As I got older, that delightful imagination has never quite gotten under control.

I tell McKay often how I really wish Marvel and Justice League and DC Comic world was real. Well, just the heros. Bleh to the Villians.

For my little guy's birthday, I added an Imaginext Batcave to the list. My MIL got it for him and he played with it non-stop. For his family gift, we got him the Imaginext Rescue City. Between these two, he is one happy boy for a lot of the day.

He is still loud. He is still rough. And he can't get enough of playing with his baby sisters. We love that he is "All-boy" and I love that he has a abnormal fascination with Superheros.

I knew he was destined for great things right form the beginning. And at just three years of age, He is rescuing folks from burning building, saving Gotham from the Joker, and capturing bank thieves.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Happy Easter 2015 #Helives

Happy Blessed Easter my friends. 

I love Easter. I love anything that allows me to celebrate Christ really. 

It lets me focus on begin calm and happy and thankful. 

Like thankful for these HANDMADE matching dresses from my amazing, Christian friend, Terry Sowers. oh, and she monogrammed their initials on the dresses

And these sparkly bows and pretty pink necklace from Tiffany at Sheeposh. 

And focus on catching these kids and their love for each other. 

I mean, its pretty great. 
 and we are gonna have some extra walkers in no time

and some gems from behind the scenes.... 

Happy Easter my dears. And if you'd like, be sure to tune into General Conference. Its all about Christ. And between sessions, since Mckay is in charge of all our Easter celebration, we crack confetti eggs on each other. Its pretty much a kids dream come true. 

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Thursdays are my favorite

Thursdays I feel like I can breathe again.

On Thursdays, I take the night off. McKay comes home and takes over and I usually retreat to my room. Its really heavenly. I used to use it to read. But lately I have been using it to clean.

I'm always cleaning. And it never looks like it.

I picked up my little guy from preschool today. We have a great co-op and I feel lucky I get to mix with such talented ladies. Today, I noticed that my friends home was so open and so clean and so organized.  (Usually I am like 30 minutes late picking Keo up. I just grab him and go so I've never noticed). Her pantry was immaculate. Her floors were so clean. I actually felt really really really out of place. I came home and went straight to the computer and looked up The Container Store.

That's where she got herself the immaculate pantry.

 Oh my.

I started to put things in the checkout. Then I remembered. We are moving in a few months. Probably to another rental since we can't make our minds up (also because I want to have some sense of love for a house if we are going to buy it). Moving means boxes and sleepless nights and de-cluttering and then unpacking things all over again.

And what if the containers are too big? That's totally happened to me. What if they are too small? What if we have a barbie-sized pantry?

So I turned off the computer and focused on the chaos of my family. I grabbed myself that Dr. Pepper that magically appears in the Kitchen after McKay comes home and went outside to take photos of all my girls in matching clothes.

Because on Thursdays, I don't want to spend my whole day cleaning anymore. And maybe for Christmas Santa will give me my own immaculate pantry. But until then, let's toast our Dr. peppers and embrace our chaos and the happiness of Thursdays.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My missionaries and other funny things

I love having missionaries to write. I love hearing from missionaries even more. Lucky for us, we have lots to keep our emails and hearts full. Do you have anyone serving a mission?
Zach: Sierra Leon and now Ghana
Kalli: Sweden
Lexi: Des Monies, IO
Jeffery: Chicago West, Il
Parker: Bulgaria (in July. Congrats buddy)

Funny things we remembered to write down:

J: mom, when you and dad are really old and dead, I want to play the violin in church
M: ok, well, how about before we are dead
J: yeah, like when I'm 8. You will be REALLY OLD then
Keo: Hey mom!
Me: Hey Buddy.
Keo: member that time I thew a diaper in your cheek?
Me: uhm.... nooo... I don't.
Keo: WHACK!!!! (the sound of a diaper being thrown in my face... )
J: Mom, I have an idea!
Me: Okay, tell me 
J: How about you be the servant and I can be teh princess
Me: Ok, what does a servant do?
J: they like, cook your food and take you places and clean up and ...
Me: Sounds like a mom....
J: Yeah, you are a servant mom!! 
Keo: Mom, you take a nap
Me: Uhm. Why?
Keo: take a nap mom! takeanaptakeanaptakeanap!!!
Me: Noooo! Why should mommy take a nap?!
Keo: I WANT TOOKIES!! (aka: cookies)
**if I take a nap then he thinks he can eat all the cookies. Well, he managed to do that with me wide awake. Next time, I am just going to take that nap. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hello Love

This month I have been focusing a lot on love. Specifically, on CHOOSING LOVE and not shouting.(orange rhino project) I'm a bit of a yeller anyhow I think BUT, with a two story house and a very fun and LOUD toddler boy... someone seems to always be "yelling" about something.

Its been two weeks and things just feel so.... (sigh) .... nice. I am not sure how to put it really. But NICE seems to sum it up perfectly.

This month I have been also trying to capture more of our family through photos. Thank you Shelby for the reminder.

Oh and stay tuned for upcoming posts about homeschool, my spending fast, and life in an overpriced doll-sized house. I know, its some pretty good material coming up

We like to hang out after at the Zoo especially by these big guys. 

I'm happy they love each other so much. 

Some of our favorite people who homeschool too

do you know what that is? Its a meglodon. And one of our favorite extinct species. 
Megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era. (wiki)

These two are seven months old! 
They are mobile so we have got our hands... and our hearts... very full

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

to do list and Funny things

-write in my journal... haven't touched it in 8 months
-Break out my camera and take real photos
-Write my LDS Missionaries
-Find motivation to do a little more than I am right now

Funny things I have managed to actually remember to document:

Mom: Keo, are you a son or daughter? 
Keo: I am a son
Mom: Whats dad?
Keo: Dad is the moon
McKay: We haven't saved any money. You want to know why?
Jaedyn: Why dad?
McKay: (whispers) Because mom spends everything
Jaedyn: (whispers) tell me more
Jaedyn: Mom , who do you forget things?
Me: I don't know
Jaedyn: Well, when I am a mom, I am not going to forget anything ever.
Me: I bet you won't sweetie, I bet you won't...
Mom: Keo, where did daddy go?
Keo: He's a work making money, so we can have toooookies!!! (cookies)
Jaedyn: Moooommm!!! I really really want some soda!
Mom: No, you had some for dinner and its time for bed
Jaedyn: Ok. Well, Can I have a little bit of water?
Mom: Sure, but hurry because we are about to have family prayer..
Jaedyn: (goes down stairs adn comes back up w a grin) Mom... I accidentally poured soda in my cup and drank it.....

Awkward stuff:
-Showing up to an RS enrichment activity 30 minutes late. Then realizing that my slimming all black outfit is spotted with butternut squash baby food.... gross

-At the above mentioned activity for an hour and after talking with a lot of ladies, my SIL points out that I have something in my teeth. Thank you SIL. No thanks to you random strangers. 

-Neighbor comes knocking on my door: Mrs. Hansen!!! Your son is running in the street!!! 
Me: You sure? Im pretty sure he is napping... 
So I run out to check because, no matter whos kid it is, its a bad idea... and sure enough, there is Keo playing chicken with cars. He got through TWO child locked doors. Heaven help us and we need to move to a 100 acre ranch. Fast

-After my 5:45a class at the YMCA, coming home only to realize that everything I had on to workout in was on inside out... way to go getting dressed in the dark

-Serving dinner to my kids and my daughters little friend. I overhear from the kitchen "Uhm. these biscuits are kinda gross..." I think to myself   "ok, not having you over for dinner, and take a bite of the Paula Deen Biscuits that have a million stars... "Oh, yeah, those are gross....." Bless you child. Curse you Mrs. Deen. 

-Waking up and feeding a bottle in the middle of the night to the wrong baby! No wonder she kept acting like she wasn't hungry since i fed her 30min before. Welcome full on mommy brain mush

-giving a talk in Church and basically crying the whole time because of nerves. I used to be awesome at public speaking. "Used" to be 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

My totally cliche new year resolutions

Funny thing about cliche's right. They become cliches in the first place because they are so common.

Not very long ago I had such specific goals. They incorporated ass facets of living. Emotional, spiritual, physical, mental and something else I can't remember. But you know what, I simply don't have the motivation for all that. I could say I don't have the time but I probably do. I mean, If I REALLY REALLY wanted it, I could. Instead, I will shout from the rooftops that I just don't want to do it.

I have been reading this book by Sheryl Sandburg called Lean in. It really isn't anything new. I enjoyed the stories and some advice she gave. Other things I really disagree with. However, I do recommend every woman and man to read it. McKay actually recommended that I read it. Early on she attacks the idea of "having it all". She says simply that if someone claims to be able to do it all or have it all, they are lying. I am lucky enough to NOT get weighed down by comparisons in that respect. By vice is comparing my body... not to others per say, but to the time in my life when I was in my best shape ever. Such a dumb thing for anyone to ever do. But I do it. I'm working on NOT doing it.

That's not my point. My point is, er, was--- that goals need to be realistic. And I am totally okay with simple and realistic. Will I get up at 5am and go run then come home and make breakfast and then drop off my perfectly coiffed children to school? Nope. That will probably never happen and for a lot of people, that is not even a big goal. Its probably something people do every day in fact. But for this mama who HATES mornings, it really is all I can do to get up 30 minutes early to read the Book of Mormon.

What I am trying to say (and failing miserably) is that goals should not be something that gets you down. They SHOULD be challenging and they should stretch you, but lets be easy on ourselves.

A while ago I wrote a post about our family rules. It was discussed, pondered, prayed, discussed again, analyzed and even agonized over. FINALLY, we got our 6 family rules. Simple. Do-able. In like fashion, here are my six goals for 2015

1. Run a 10k in under 60min. Thats about 9.4mile. schedule here
-sub goal is a Triathalon w McKay
2. Study the Book of Mormon for 30min each morning
-sub goal: read with kids and McKay each day
3. Stay in budget actually, i am pretty good about this anyhow but its a good goal to keep
-sub-goal: travel to a foreign country sans kids (probably Europe)
4. Read a non-fiction once a quarter I LOVE fiction. I really do need to branch out though
5. Be a better friend Sounds very general. But, I do have a plan that involves sending birthday cards, calling up friends and family monthly, having people over for dinner etc
6. Say YES a whole lot more I just really want to recapture that girl I was before marriage and kids. I want to be up for adventures instead of worrying so much.

Well, what do you think? What are your goals, as cliche as they may be? Goals can become a lot like family photos... there is A LOT of work that goes into getting one that works.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Senior photos

Over Thanksgiving I was able to take a few senior photos. This was my first time and I LOVED it.

And then it was Eli's turn:

Who knew a parking garage would hold such promise?!?! I loved taking these photos because we were able to be pretty creative and to also work together and create some memories. 

Thank you Alex and Eli! Congrats class of 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Its taken 7 years to go through a big box of salt

Today I decided we were going to make peppermint playdough. I got out all the ingredients only to discover that I was out of salt. WHAT?! That has never happened in my whole married life. But it did today. That meant no playdough. It also means we better get to the store so we can keep with tradition. Today is a big deal

8 years ago, I waited in my kitchen at college for this neighbor boy to show up. We were going to make pies. He said he was taking a class and they made a really yummy apple pie. I wanted to make my favorite chocolate raspberry pie.

I had no doubt he was NOT going to show up. That was the kind of guys I seemed to get asking me out. The flaky ones.  I was wrong w him. 

Now today marks the day that McKay and I had our first date. Traditionally, we have made our respective pies each year.

Its been a fun thing to share as we have grown in our marriage. Sometimes perfect pie night is something that I do not look forward to. Its usually the days that are busy and the house is a mess--well, I am usually a mess. But I've been really trying these past few weeks. Thanks to our family rules and making a bigger effort to read my scriptures each day, life is really really good for me. And it all started with perfect pie night.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I saw this on pinterest. Here is the link. Maybe I will make this a standard weekly event. Maybe...
The concept presented is an easy and quick way to document what is going on in your life. With this year quickly ending and a new one beginning I already have a few goals in sight. The thing is, I feel like if I start all these new goals all at once, I just get overwhelmed. But I figured out the secret... take it in step. What's the saying? "how do you eat an elephant?"


This next year we have some big things coming up. Well, one big thing coming up. HOUSING! We need to decide really soon if we are going to build or buy a house. I actually do not like that I feel like I am being pressured to make a choice I am not ready to make.  I don't mind renting a little longer but I a) don't want to move again in a year and b) hate the thought of "throwing money away"

I will post my yearly goals after Thanksgiving. One of the things I am going to do is use my time more wisley. I am sure, like you, there is never enough time in the day. There were some good tips I took from here. Its a short and worthwhile read. Especially setting aside time each day to be tech free. This was also addressed in General Conference this pat month. 

Here are my currently items as of this week: 
Reading: Lean in by Sheryl Sandburg
Playing: Lego Batman with Keo
Watching: Once upon a Time
Trying: to lose 30#'s
Cooking: (making): bottle of formula
Eating: Chocolate from Amsterdam
Texting: Melissa
Pinning: Thanksgiving games for kids
Loving: My 3D mascara
Hating: Having to find a house or a lot in two months
Listening to: The silence of my children when they are watching Leap Frog on Nextflix
Feeling: Happy my hubby is back home
Smelling: the baby smell of a 4 month old
Thanking: The country I live in for good hygiene and kids that are healthy again
Finishing: The Book of Mormon
Starting: to train for a 10k

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