Monday, November 29, 2010

Our Adoption Profile!

Our adoption profile is finally up and available on the LDS Family Services Website!! Yay!!  This is our direct agency profile where birthmoms will be able to view our information and have the ability to choose us as their adoptive couple.  So here is the link.

I'm also attaching this link to my adoption blog so it is connected to the information I have already passed around to friends and family.  Hopefully we will meet our baby soon!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Well we started off September by having a fun little Hansen family get together.  We traveled to Salt Lake to see 'The Lion King'  and went to This is the Place.  

The Lion King was just as wonderful the 2nd time seeing it as it was the first.  I think our camera was MIA again!  Sorry!  I know someone got pictures of us there but I'm not sure who.  It was so fun though going to the Capitol Theater to see the show.  It was way smaller than the theater we went to in LA and so I felt like we could really see what was happening.  It was so much fun especially with the nieces and nephews drinking in the show.

The next day we went to the pioneer monument, This is the Place.  It was fun and interesting to see all of the pioneer activities they had.  It was almost like a mini Nauvoo experience.  We watched basket weaving, made beaded bracelets, visited the printing press and rode the train.  It was a pretty warm day and we were able to cool our feet off while we panned for gold.  That was a lot of fun! I loved seeing the quilt display they had in one of the buildings.  They had quilts from the late 1800s and it was just amazing.
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Doug and I at the Monument.

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Riding the horses!

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Our cute nephew waiting so patiently for lunch.

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Digging for beads to make our bracelets.

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The Blacksmiths!  It was awesome to see them work and some of the things they had made.

Later in September we celebrated my birthday! It was on a farmers market day so I ended up setting up my stuff.  My neighbor was so kind to sell it for me that day.  Doug walked me down the street a little and surprised me with beautiful roses!  We went to dinner and a little bit of the homecoming football game.  Then we just went and played mario kart together!  It was so much fun to just spend time together, I loved it.  Oh and Doug got me this handmade pottery cookie jar!
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Then the Hansen family celebrated with me after Sunday dinner.  Everyone was so sweet with their gifts and birthday wishes.  Thanks for an awesome birthday!
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August went in a blur...

August was filled with more fun...

We enjoyed the Boyer Reunion here in Rexburg.  I enjoyed sleeping in my bed while still being able to show up early and eat food.  We were pretty spoiled this reunion.  We loved seeing all of the Boyer aunts, uncles, cousins, and babies.  The activities, music, dancing, and church were all wonderful like always.

Doug and I painted Grandma Hansen's house.  This was fun but at the same time not so fun.  I loved spending the time with my husband but it was just flat out hard work.  We did work hard though and it turned out looking just beautiful.  From doing that we got to paint Aunt Sharlenes house which was once again fun but not.  No really we enjoyed ourselves and I love the sense of accomplishment when you get done with a hard project.

We went waterskiing a couple times with Bryant, Becca and Craig, and Dallin and the kids.  It was fun and beautiful.  Doug talked me into water skiing and I crashed hard like usual.  It's one of the many talents that I have not been blessed with.  I try though.  I have more fun watching Doug do the thing he absolutely loves.

Doug and his brothers went on Attempt # 2 to conquer The Grand.  Sadly the weather had other thoughts and they had to turn around and come back before they were up it.  Us women at home just chewed our nails and fretted around the house as we watched the black clouds gather.  We were very happy to see our men return home safely.  So next year I'm already planning for Attempt # 3. Hopefully it will be a success.

We filled our Fridays with working at the Farmers Market.  It has turned out to be a great way to advertise for my quilting/sewing projects.  I made a huge king sized Minkee quilt as a custom order and a crib set.  Both were started and finished in August so I was busy!  It was easier to work when Doug started school and I wasn't so tempted to spend all of my time playing!

School started and so did my daily visit to help with the 5th graders.  I have learned just how hard it is to teach in a class room setting and am so grateful that I am a one on one piano teacher!  Doug has so many 5th graders that he can't fit them all in one room.  So I get to take half of them on occasion, and attempt to teach them how to play the violin, viola, cello or bass.  I love the days I just get to tune and walk around fixing positions or answering questions!!  But I am learning a lot!

And that about sums up our August.  We spent time outside whenever we could and enjoyed a wonderful summer.

The Hansen Family Reunion

Right after my parents left we had an official immediate family Hansen Reunion.  We almost had everyone there!  Richelle and Bryce weren't able to come with their boys, and they were very missed.  We decided that since everyone is married and starting to have kids it was time to have our own reunions.

Doug and I volunteered to be the first couple in charge which was a little bit of a chore but so much fun.   With everyones help it turned out great!  We found a cabin in Island Park that had a wonderful kitchen and open living room.  It was a great size for our little family!  It could've used 2 bathrooms but it worked : ).   There was a tree swing out front, fire pit out back and even a hot tub on the deck.

We had a great talent/skit night the first night!  Everyone participated and it turned out to be a fun and laughter filled evening.  Here's the pictures I got before my camera died.

Throughout the course of the reunion we had a horse shoes tournament.  I think this was everyones favorite activity.  I don't remember who won!  But thats not the important thing right?

We also played plenty of games and ate plenty of treats, thanks to my wonderful sister-in-laws culinary expertise.  Everyone pitched in with food and cooking meals.  We definitely had more than enough to eat over the weekend.

We visited Big Springs to see all the big fish, which turned out weren't so many or so big, but it was fun!  It's a good thing we decided to visit because just as we were leaving 3 moose came running out of the woods to cool off in the spring.  There was a mommy, daddy, and baby.  It was an awesome, if not terrifying, thing to see.

We played Minute-To-Win-It my way.  It was a lot of fun!  It's crazy how hard some of those games can be.  But we got a lot of practice after all was said and done.

I got to dutch oven!  Which I love!  And my new favorite crisp/cobbler is Apple-Rhubarb crisp.  It was fabulous, not to brag, and definitely one I will be making again.  We also got to have s'mores and sing campfire songs.

And another favorite, which will always be, was our sunday testimony meeting.  I am always amazed at the wonderful people I am blessed to have surrounding me.  We were spiritually uplifted and grew together as a family.

All in all I think we can stamp the Reunion as a SUCESS.  We kind of had another mini-reunion over labor day so stay tuned for more info on that...