Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Oil Ranch

A group of us headed to the Oil Ranch for a full day of fun! We chased chickens, played in the hay, fed a cow, rode a horse, ate snow cones and found pumpkins. We were the LAST people to leave. 


Tex Ren Fest

Friday, October 21, 2016

Family Council: Hansen Style

Growing up my mom was SO diligint at having our family gather every morning for family scriptures. My dad led our family in morning and nightly family prayers. And on Sunday after church, we had family home evening followed by family council.

I can vividly picture getting so mad at having to wake up early for scriptures and prayers. I can also remember feeling like I missed out when I came home after work late or game and missed family night prayers.

A while a ago, we were asked to hold family council. To be honest, it took a few months for me to get it all together.

Flash forward to months later---  I have this group of friends (home school moms') that are a big help to me. We get together monthly and talk about lots of stuff including what we are doing in our families. I also am very blessed to have another set of friends from our time at BYU. We are all an a group app and we "talk" throughout the week to each other. The common denominator? BOTH GROUPS hold family council. They are all moms with kids of all ages and busy lives and husbands that are gone often with work.

I determined then to just get to work and make it happen.

After a lot of searching, I found this agenda.

I can write about how great its been because it been a few months since we first started this. The only change we made is that for the GOOD THINGS" section, we all sit in a circle (like a train) and give each other a quick massage while we talk about what we love about each person in the family.

***TIP: It is REALLY hard to keep my kids attention so we usually do Family Council with a bowl of ice cream or a bowl of popcorn

Boy + turtles = happiness

The thing about boys.... 

Is they love to discover! To be fair, I think most kids love to be outside and discover. It really is important to teach kids to love and respect all of God's creations. 

We find turtles, snakes, spiders, lizards etc in our yard all the time. ALso, deer, raccoons etc. But we don't try to catch those. This little guy was hanging out in our garage this morning and I had my camera on hand! 

(He was safely returned to the area we usually find turtles.)

Eight is Great: Jaedyn's Baptsim

Our sweet Jaedyn turned 8
In our church, that is when you can make the decision to be baptized (or anytime after that)
It really was such a special weekend. Grandparents flew in and family from out of town came. So many friends from our ward were able to make it as well and we all just felt so loved and cared for. 

I didn't take many pictures and that's ok. I wanted to just really focus on the day and an Jaedyn and not worry about taking photos. 

We used the baptism program found here

Thursday, September 29, 2016

An Unlikely Champion

Think about someone in your life who you would classify as an unlikely champion. Is it someone who has beat all odds? Have they remained cheerful and kind amidst incredible opposition? Did they rise from the depths of poverty or abuse to be able to stand strong and proud? When I think of a champion, I think of Olympians and a box of Wheaties. But when I put the word "unlikely" in front of it--- well, a whole new set of faces fill my mind and none of them are ones you would know.

Take the new film by Disney called Queen of Katwe: You can take a peek here

To me, this fully embodies a real champion; unlikely or not. These are people to instill hope and keep fighting when the world says no. For me, I find this champion is my mom- Chris Limary. She is the mother of 10. She raised us to love God, love each other, and serve those in need. When she turned 50, she had a sudden and unexpected heart-attack. I thought I had lost her. I was only 24.

She fought back for her health and for her family. That was 10 years ago. This summer she was rushed to the ER with a heart problem again. And I prayed that she would be able to fight it again. To me, she is the perfect example of an unlikely champion. She has regained her health, graduated from college and is working on her Masters. That may seem so insignificant to most people. But did you remember that she is the mother of 10 kids? She stayed home by choice to raise us. Because she did, I learned about true sacrifice and what it means to put the important things first. She went back to school which inspired me and my siblings to never give up on our dreams. In an age and country that is so different from where Queen of Katwe is based, often times I have noticed that we find reasons to be unhappy with our privileged lives. I saw how my mom went without so we could have food and pay the bills and she never complained. That, is a champion in my book.

This "film is based on the inspiring true story of Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi. Phiona was a young girl living in the slums of Katwe, Uganda. One day she stumbles upon Katende and a group of children playing chess in a makeshift church. Through the guidance of Katende and the game of chess, Phiona is encouraged to believe in herself. Eventually, she finds herself not only competing in local chess matches, but winning in international competitions. Robert and Phiona’s story celebrates the notion that champions can come from the most unlikely places. "


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Water + Chalk = hours of fun. Literally

I'm prone to exaggerate. I know this. My husband knows this. And if you have spent any amount of time with me, then you know it too. However, I am NOT exaggerating when I tell you that the kids really spent three hours playing with water and chalk.

I bought a HUGE bucket of chalk on clearance. I thought it would certainly carry me through these pleasant winter months of Houston. (Its like the only time of the year its nice to be outside. That's why Texans have such big houses! We spend most of our time in it!!!)

Well, it didn't even last a whole day. It lasted three and a half hours. Afterward, I had 4 kids that looked like extras from Avatar.

One of the things we do for our birthday traditions is a family activity. And Jaedyn wanted to play with chalk for hers. I am so happy she did because it really was such a fun day!

Here's to many more days of water and chalk in our future.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Keo turned four!

And I am fairly certain that happened overnight! 


Thankfully my parents were in town and McKay is so good at coming up with games. 

My sister emailed me a list of ideas a few days before the party. THANK You! 

we "won" this cake at a service auction

Jaedyn helped by labeling all the food

my dad made Keo this sandbox for his birthday

It't like he was this big little newborn baby and then all of the sudden, he is this boy who loves to tell jokes, floss his teeth, stay up late "reading" and talking his dad into playing video games at bedtime. 


Keo calls her Kay-La-La and is set on marrying her

We wanted to really celebrate him so we decided to have him plan a birthday party. 
He did a great job and loved helping to plan... and making sure we took lots of photos to boot!

He was so fun to watch and loved every minute of the attention. 
Our Keo is going to do great things. 
He is fearless, a protector of all that is good, and he has such a keen intellect. 

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