Sunday, January 22, 2017

Our Pet Maui + Fandango Gift card giveaway

We got a pet. 

It's a Bearded Dragon. 

His name is Maui. Like the Demigod. 


One of my kids is allergic to dogs and cats. So we have a lizard. And guess what the craziest thing is?! We all love him. He's the PERFECT pet for us and I've realized when we talk about our family, we also talk about this guy.

Do you have a pet you love?

Growing up, we ALWAYS had pets. We raised animals and had cats and dogs and even rabbits and goats. I actually haven't loved pets. They were never really my thing. To me, they took time away from other things I could be doing. But not this lizard!

Maybe its because our kids have always wanted a pet --- but my heart is softer towards the idea of having a pet and Maui has been a dream pet to have. The kids love to feed him and hold him and play with him.

Have you seen previews for the movie "A Dogs Purpose"?


I saw a preview a few months after we got Maui. Oh good grief, this preview made me teary eyed and reminded me of all the dogs I have had over the years.  I turned to my husband and said "oh, we are TOTALLY going to see this movie! " And I want YOU to go see it too! 

The folks at Grace Hill Media want you to see it too. So, they are hosting a Fandango Gift card giveaway right here on the blog. From Grace Hill: 

"Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A DOG’S PURPOSE, is a sweet and lovable family film that shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  Told from the perspective of “everybody’s best friend” the film highlights the importance of familial bonds, and the unconditional love we have for our best friends.  The movie stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, and John Ortiz.

To enter, just comment with why you love your pet so much. 

A Dogs Purpose hits theaters Jan 27th. 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

LDS Family Home Evening Favorites: Updated

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! Live ALOHA! Follow the Prophet. It ties to our family motto that we ALWAYS follow the Prophet


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. "

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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! 

Goodness! 

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. 

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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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