Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This past month and a half has been long and difficult. Aaron worked out of town for about 3 weeks which left me with a homeschooled crew, a newborn and very little sleep. I would get up all night with the baby, then when I finally get a good slumber going, another child comes in to tell me they are hungry. So then I gotta get up and start the day. By the time 8pm hit I was done. By 9pm I was crashing. I would daydream all day about the things I would do when all the kids were in bed, but my head could not refuse the pillow. And then it would start all over again. My heart goes out to all the single parents out there. It is tough doing it alone. And he has been really busy and working hard since. So I have been doing my best to keep up with homeschooling, housework, a baby and just life. Brigham is so sweet... when he is being held. So the times he takes his naps is when I try to work like crazy trying to get everything done. It's been a marathon. So here is a few highlights. I have also been really bad at taking pictures.

 I tried to be a good mom one night and instead of ordering pizza we made it. I'm a little out of practice but it was fine and the kids like to help. 
 It is so nice having 2 cheese graters in the house so I don't have to do it. 
 Our first month was a planets theme and I saw this cute idea on pinterest. 

 My little blondie
 I found a blog with all of these neat dough ideas. This is moon dough but she had other ones that involved shaving cream that I want to try. 
 There are very few pictures that I have seen of Aaron as a kid, but this one of Anders really reminds me of him. 
 I call this outfit, "The Jolly Green Giant" And he is very bright eyed and bushy tailed.
 Apparently there was a swarm of bees that came through Coolidge and some of them decided to nest under a kid recliner chair in our playhouse. We found out there were thousands after Anders threw a rock at the chair and the kids all came inside screaming...BEES! No one was stung.
 Elsie finally lost a tooth. She is in 2nd grade and was so excited to finally lose one. 

 King of the eggs
 Try to spot the kid and guess which one.
 Elsie made her own kitty mask
We enjoyed watching the moon transform to a blood moon. And the world did not end!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

One goal we made this school year is to weed the garden every morning. The kids have been pretty faithful. The weeds kind of got out of control this summer so it is a slow and steady process, but I have been surprised at how motivated they are!

Flying kites ( or plastic bags with a string attached) 

 Brigham's blessing: it was kind of a rough day from Mayble throwing a massive fit so I couldn't be in there for the blessing, to Ezra sneaking up there during the blessing and hanging on the pulpit looking in at Brigham (so I was told later). This was a somewhat happy moment though before church. And my house was super clean.
Elsie is 7!

I have been thoroughly enjoying these windy and rainy storms!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Last 5 weeks

 We have enjoyed our little Briggers these past 5 weeks. Yes, he is 5 weeks already and a lot has been going on!
 Anders earned his Bobcat and is working on his Wolf
Apple picking. Sadly we missed most of the apples this year due to my pregnant condition.
Lot of visitors! Kimber and Ethan recently moved to Florida and we probably won't see them for at least a year, sniff sniff :(

 Lindsay and her family!
 He made his very own mohawk and loves baby brother.
 My midwife Sue came for a checkup. Midwives really are the best. She drove several times out to my house for check ups and appointments. 
 Made some Independence Day hats. My favorite holiday!

 Brigham's first outing...
 at Aaron's cousins luxurious pool. We had such a great time and his cousin even made us some of the most delicious carne asada I have ever tasted. 
 Fourth of July! Started out at my parents house for a BBQ and swim. My mom bought all the grandkids festive shirts for a picture.We stopped at Target and got a lot of looks and "I love your shirts!" comments.  
 We came back to Coolidge for a Hansen family gathering. Lilly put together a very cute parade with the grandkids. We lit fireworks, watched the city ones and enjoyed the company.

 The kids had their last swim meets. This was the relay meet where one group was all Hansens! (Gavin is a cousin)

I couldn't make the final swim meet in San Manuel but they lucked out with a beautiful overcast day in the 80's. Lilly claimed her champion title for the 2nd year in breaststroke. They each placed and did very well. Ivy had a ruptured eardrum the night before so she could not go to the final meet. I think she cried more because of that fact. 
 End of the year swim team party. 
 I don't know what was in that frosting but it came out looking the same color. 
 KEEP YOUR EAR OUT OF THE WATER IVY! And I'm sorry your stuck in the baby pool.
 Me and Brigham sweating it out at the pool.

 Ezra turned 4!
 The kids have started to learn to mow the lawn. And for now they love doing it.

 Set up the slip and slide at the end of playhouse slide. 
 Mayble was the cutest as she plopped off the end of the slide.
5 weeks old and bushy tailed. I don't know what I would do without my biggest helper!

We have made a few trips to stores and costco with all the kids. I went to Winco all by my lonesome with the kids too! The looks we get are hilarious. We've had a few disgusted looks as well. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

It's A........


 Meet Brigham Horace Hansen
Born June 23rd at home
He weighed 8# 4ounces and is 21 3/4 inches long
 My favorite part is having the kids come in and have them ooh and awe at this little miracle that suddenly appeared. There's just something sweet about having a new baby in the house. 

Here's the birth story for those that are interested. First let me  just say that I prayed for many things with this baby. I really really wanted a June baby because now we now have a birthday every month from December to August! I also did not want to go way past my due date again. We don't have any plans on filling up Sept, Oct, or November by the way:) We also prayed for a nice quick boring delivery with no complications. The last 3 were eventful enough and we were ready for a textbook birth. I felt the Lord looked after us and gave us many tender mercies. How grateful I am for this little  boy and my prayers being answered!

So with that being said, on Sunday I had many braxton hicks all day long and I thought maybe I would have the baby this week. Tuesday morning about 230am I started to feel real contractions about every 20 minutes. This made for a long morning wondering if I would actually have the baby that day. I woke Aaron up about 6am and told him what I was feeling. He immediately got excited and set up the crib in our room and put a fake baby in it. Then he woke up the kids one by one and told them the baby was born while filming. It was hilarious seeing their individual reactions. The older kids were not fooled! Anyways I continued to time the contractions and they were about 10-15 minutes apart and decently strong. But about 10am they started to go away and I tried not to get disappointed. I decided to rest and finish preparations. Then at 2:30 pm I started to feel them come back. So we went through the rest of the afternoon timing them and cleaning up the house getting ready for a new baby. At 430pm we finally decided this was for real and Aaron convinced me to call the midwife. They were consistently 8-10 minutes apart and seemed to be getting stronger. We took the kids over to Aaron's parents house next door to give me some peace. My midwife Sue arrived at 530pm and we found out I was dilated to 4cm and fully effaced. I was a little disappointed I wasn't further along but not really worried about it. With hypobirthing you try not to worry about the time part of it. But it is hard trying to figure out when to have the midwife come because 8 minutes apart really isn't saying much. I was mainly worried that my water would break with a contraction and then it would happen fast. As exciting as Mayble's birth was, we were wanting Sue to be there for the delivery this time. 

Sue said it wasn't a big deal and she would just hang out and call the other midwife when I was further along. It didn't take long before I was getting in the shower and bath to ease my contractions. The other midwife arrived when Sue saw I was getting further along and at 8:15pm our baby was born, quick and complication free! I was so relieved to have the labor and delivery over with that I didn't even look to see what gender our baby was. Then one of the midwifes said, what is it?! and I said, oh yeah! and looked down to see a little boy! I would have been just as happy with a girl, but I will say we were pretty excited to have another boy!

Everything went just as I had hoped and I am so happy that he is finally here and that there were no problems. I felt really at peace with having a home birth and even though it is a lot of work going through the labor and delivery part, I feel so blessed that we were able to have another baby at home. Aaron's mom was surprised when we called to say he was here already and they came over shortly with the kids. They all thought it was another fake baby but once they lifted the blanket and saw him they immediately got a soft look on their face and asked if it was a boy or girl. They were pretty excited to have another brother (especially Lilly since she knew she wouldn't have to share her room with the baby again, lol).

Aaron was determined to have his name be Horace but it just wasn't feeling right for me. Horace is Aaron's grandpa and great grandpa's name so  I was fine having it be the middle name. I think he was a little disappointed but we are happy with Brigham. 

I am so relieved he is here and it is all over with. Now I get no sleep nights and lots of kids to deal with in the morning! But Aaron has been a huge help and the kids love him. Lilly is especially helpful. Mayble is the only one who does not like him and wants nothing to do with him. We are all happy and doing well!