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. 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Mostly crap on TV

I once heard a power couple give advice. One thing they said was find a brainless show to watch on TV together. For them, it was Biggest Loser.

Over the years we have enjoyed watching shows like Amazing Race, Merlin, Once upon a Time, and the cartoon version of X-men even. 

Recently though, there just hasn't been much to watch on TV. We did start watching Poldark-- but its a very short series. So, now we are in the no TV slump and I wonder how will we be a power couple if we can't watch TV together??!!! 

Let me preface and say that the mentioned couple above used that time to catch up with eachother. It was a set aside time to reconnect. I know people can do this so many ways other than TV but, there is something to be said about TV. I know there are terrible things on it. However, there are also beautiful and educational and emotional things to experience as well. 

That's how I felt about the Eleventh Hour on Feeln TV

Feeln TV is like Hulu or Netflix. Its a paid streaming service. BUT... its all heartfelt-feel-good movies. Shows that make you think, make you internalize and make you FEEL GOOD after watching them. 

There is a new show called The Eleventh . The Eleventh is a Feeln original drama series that focuses on a young girl's journey to getting to know her estranged grandmother in order to bring closure to the past and unite her family.

"People aren't good or bad. They are complicated." That is one of my favorite parts of the show. I have been able to see a few long clips of the show. I think that this show does a really great job at showing how hard how empowering forgiveness can be.

Watch full episodes of The Eleventh on Feeln and be sure to check out the many many many other shows they have. You will probably recognize a lot of the cast members too!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Reading with Dad

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.  ~ Unknown

Even though this guy is so busy working so hard for our family, he makes a point to read to the girls and check in with the older two. Every day he makes sure he does something for me. Its like I won the lottery for husbands. 

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!
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