Thursday, January 15, 2015

I know, I know I'm WAY behind. But with good reason

So part of the reason I don't seem to blog anymore is because we decided to homeschool at the beginning of the school year. After much promptings over the years I finally decided to give in. So we are very busy in the mornings and I have added a lot to my plate. It's been a good experience so far and the kids really enjoy it. Consistency and a firm schedule is the key. It can definitely be frustrating and overwhelming at times, but I feel it is a good decision for our family.

The other reason is because back in October we found out we are pregnant. Yes, expecting #7 now. I am finally starting to feel better and get my energy back. Life is feeling more normal again. So we are excited for a little one to come around June or July. Not sure if we will find out the gender yet. 

So here is a quick review of the past couple months. I will try to keep it short. 

 This is only a small portion of what me, Aaron and Peggy shelled out back in November. Pomegranates galore! They are all nestled in our freezer for a snack now.

 We finally purchased the groupon for the phoenix children's museum to see what all the rage was. It was stressful trying to keep track of all the little ones with so many places to see and go but it is definitely worth a visit.

 Serving up some ice cream by Mayble. 
 They loves all the stations. Especially the food and ball play centers. 

 The kids played city soccer this year and really liked it. Lilly wasn't crazy about the co-ed part with all those scary aggressive boys so she was about half into it. Anders took it on like no big deal, and Elsie has turned out to be quite the little soccer player. She was a go getter and the top player on her adorable team. She was very fun to watch.
It was a Hansen Thanksgiving year with all the usual fixings. Mayble cuddled right up onto Nana's lap to help with her famous rolls. 
The feast!

I just thought this was cute. Lilly made a "spot it game" and put together a bunch of toys for the kids to look through and find various things.
 On to Christmas activities! We had a humanitarian service project making rice warmers and put together these bags for some special people in our ward. Me and the kids made these salt dough ornaments for ourselves and the bags as an added touch.
 There wasn't much in them but I headed up sewing the rest of the rice warmers and then put the bags together. It consumed a full 2 days. But well worth the good feeling you get afterwards.
 The rice warmers would not have been too time consuming to sew except that our chairman wanted to sew sections so the rice would stay more even. Making 35 was quite the project! We had the young women help one night along with making the cards. 

 We had our Hansen Christmas party a couple weeks beforehand. Aunt Holly brought the best project which totally  entertained the kids for a long time. Basically stringing beads on pipe cleaners into whatever you shape you wanted.
 We had our white elephant. Notice the deer head on the left which came back after a few years. 
 Our family Christmas card photo. Aaron finally cut his hair, yay! Actually I was kind of getting use to the long hair, but after he cut it I don't think I want to go back. 
 We spent Christmas eve at our house with the Whettons. We decorated cookies, Santa came for a visit, we ate dinner, snacks, and goodies, played games, each family presented a skit (that was a hoot!), and then had white elephant games. 
 My dad has to take a least one nap when he comes over :)

 I think the kids white elephant was the biggest hit. There was no stealing and the gifts were basically dollar store things. The night was a lot of fun. For the skits, each family had to come up with something. So Kier and Heath had this fun game where they interviewed the kids beforehand and then the adults were suppose to guess the most common answer. It was very fun and clever! Kimber and Ethan dug out an old Whetton Christmas home movie. I was about 13 and it was pretty funny and  definitely embarrassing. Lindsay and Donnie sang a funny song together. I had Lilly do this dance to Mary's Boy Child that she had memorized. I have been practicing "O Holy Night" on the piano for the past couple months and decided to played that. It was a fun night and even more fun to host!

Christmas day came and went as it usually does. This year we taped up wrapping paper on our hall entryway so no one could sneak out and peek. It would also serve as a great alarm for us. I failed to take a picture of it though. 

 This was the first Christmas that we had no plans and just stayed home. We just lounged around all day and eventually made it outside to a fire.
 So a big highlight of our Christmas break was making a trip to the snow. Aaron has been working out of town a lot and saw some snow at Oak Flats after that big storm. So I put on my brave suit, asked my father in law, Don, if he would come with us and made the trip to Oak flats without Aaron. It's only about an hour away which made it so appealing. It really was the highlight of break! The kids went crazy in it and it was so fun. I always worry about the littlest ones and Mayble and Ezra were so happy out in it until the end. Especially Ezra. Didn't wear a jacket the whole time and never complained. We made sack lunches and Peggy sent some super yummy chili that hit the spot. I also managed some hot chocolate. The weather was pretty nice but eventually the kids got cold from getting wet, especially Elsie and Ivy. 

I couldn't believe how much was there. It was pretty deep too. 
Ezra refused a picture, but Opa got him in the way background.
 This is the ride home so they obviously had a great time. 
 Another highlight, making Anders volcano erupt. 

 Anders turns 8!
 Our little man was baptized on his birthday. It was a perfect night. We had dinner at the church afterwards with cake and lemon squares. 

He was so excited to be baptized. Even told the bishop he didn't care if he got presents for his birthday. So grateful for this boy!

And that concludes our holidays. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween 2014

 I tried to do some fun things the week of Halloween. I found a recipe for candy corn cookies. They look like candy corn but taste like a cookie. No real candy corn was involved thank goodness. The cookies were okay. They were tiny and needed some frosting.
 Pomegranates are ready! The kids have had fun with Ompa shelling them out. They fill a bowl up then Ompa slathers it in whip cream. Yummy! They are equally as good plain.
 Their two trees probably put out about 300 pomegranates! They kids enjoyed helping pick. 
 We went to my parents in Mesa for Halloween. My mom and dad are super fun and dress up. This year my dad was a skeleton pirate on stilts. Always a neighborhood favorite! He gathered together this awesome authentic pirate costume. 
 Anders was excited to put together Indiana Jones
 As soon as Ezra saw the 3 sizes too big spider man costume that is all he wanted to wear for a couple months. He started to climb this stinky bush and smelled like it all night. 

The Gwirls 
 Babies was probably the cutest that night. I had this little princess costume that Lilly use to wear (sniff sniff). She got the point of trick or treating down pretty quick. She was really cute running around with her bucket weighing her down. 
 Aaron was roped into carving a pumpkin. I think it turned out pretty good!
I love that my parents dress up. My dad has a lot of fun on Halloween if you can't tell.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


 Schnepf Farms 2014 
(BOGO Thursdays is always good!)
 The Spooky Train Ride
 Ezra FINALLY got to ride the roller coaster. The most fun he's ever had I think!
 These are the rare moments I look forward too. If only I can figure out how to make them a more common thing...
 The trick me and my older sister use to do as kids. And the indirect cause of my worst bike wreck ever.
 Kimber always throws the best birthday parties. I did not see the "wear your costume" on the invitation and we showed up under dressed. Kimber whipped out her costume box and insisted that everyone had a costume. She is the best! That made the kids day for sure! Anders is the swamp monster in the back. 
 The cutest Captain America I ever saw.
 Finally the first day of nursery
 One of the kids favorite things to do is dig for worms. There is an abundance in the ditch. 

 Youth Trek fun run to get them excited to be without everything important in their lives. Not sure if this was motivating for them :) We are the ma's if you can't tell.
 Can you guess our theme? ( Minus me)
 Lilly is just dying to learn to cook, so I try to get her involved as much as I can. 
 Pumpkin shaped rice krispies
We take the golf cart everywhere! Including the ward trunk or treat. Ahh the benefits of living in a small town. Yesterday I took the golf cart to soccer practice. I could drive it anywhere on the big field where I wouldn't be yelled at. It doubled as my chair to watch kids and when they got bored we rode around. I even passed a cop on the way over, with 6 kids hanging out. He didn't even blink (even though I don't really know because I avoided eye contact). Enjoying this less hot weather. I can't say it is cool yet.