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