Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve!

We may have started a New Year's tradition - playing the Wii. Since our house is so tiny and some of my family was in town for the big wedding and we wanted to spend time with our friends - we went to my work for our party! It's the perfect place - lots of room, comfy couches, toys for the kids, and a kitchen. We hooked up the Wii, spread out all our munchies and played card games. We rung in the New Year more than once and all headed home about 11:00 pm. Don't worry though - I rung in the New Year laying on my bed reading one of Stehenie Meyer's books. No better way to start a new year!! To all those who party pooped out and decided not to come - you missed out on some fun times!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Welcome to the Family Janie!!

My "little" brother, Jeremy, is getting married!! He is marrying Janie on January 2nd, 2008. We LOVE her!! Stacey and I originally got to meet her early 2007 when we went down to Provo and had lunch with them. So now we spent today helping them move into their new apartment. They are both BYU students and had to be out of their single living apartments before they were married. So Jeremy borrowed our air mattress (poor chap) and moved into their Wymount apartment with all of his and Janie's stuff. They put up a couple of decorations and here they are showing one of them off. Aren't they so cute??

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas

Once again Brian worked this Christmas so we headed to Idaho early. Santa came to see us! He told a story and handed out a gift for each person. The kids were so excited! I got a scarf and mittens and Brian a flashlight. We did the gift exchange for the adults. In Brian's family everyone brings a "white elephant" gift. The youngest picks first, up to the oldest. However, you can steal a gift someone else has. When your gift has been stolen, you can pick another or steal. This year was hilarious. There was a pair of slippers and a red neck Santa hat flying around. We brought Canadian candy for ours and whoever got it, would eat it until it was stolen. The couples would work together to get what they wanted back from others who stole it. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. We celebrated the December birthday boys with cupcakes. We wanted to spend time with all the family but some of them were at work. So we went to their house and stole their children. We forgot the vehicle we had wasn't going to fit all of us. However, we made it work and it made for a great picture! Brian and I then enjoyed a nice, quiet Christmas at home. Some people felt sad that we weren't going to be with family on Christmas day or have a big dinner, but we were happy hanging out in our jammies all day. Plus, my family was arriving in two days to get ready for Jeremy's wedding.
Merry Christmas everyone!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Welcome Baby Xander!

A new nephew - Super cute Alexander Lawrence was born December 10th, 2007. For short though, he is Xander. I wish they didn't live so far away so I could go visit. Isn't he so cute!

Friday, November 9, 2007

I got an award!

I got an award from the Head Start Association for my work with children with disabilities. The award ceremony was held in Ogden at a hotel. Part of the award was a free night stay at the hotel. One of my co-workers had also won an award. I checked into the hotel and went up to the room. I used my key to unlock it and found my co-worker inside! We had been assigned the same room and were both planning on staying with our husbands. There was only one king-size bed! The hotel seemed to have no idea what was going on. We finally got our own room, but when we checked out in the morning, our bill was under my co-workers name and they expected us to pay. Well, it all got worked out but it made the event a little more memorable.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Colton and Sarah visit!

Our friends from Idaho came up this weekend to party with us. They brought with them their newborn daughter Kenna and 3 year old Kayla. We, of course, partied it up with Crystal, Tim and little Gavin. We shopped, ate good food, watched movies, stayed up too late and played the Wii. Boxing is a great exercise - both physically and because of all the laughter. We love having such good friends!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Brian's 30th Birthday!

Yep that's right - I am older than Brian by 7 months. He loves to rub that in! For his birthday we invited over a whole bunch of friends and had cake, cookies and ice cream. We hoped to have it outside but the weather was horrible. The wind was so bad we lost lots of shingles off our roof. We were pretty packed in our tiny house but it was a great party. Plus, who can turn down cake and ice cream!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Welcome Baby Cassidy!

We went to Idaho this weekend to meet our new niece, Cassidy, and to attend her baby blessing. She's so cute and such a good baby! After the baby blessing we had a picnic at a park. The kids all ate suckers and turned their mouths fun colors. We played on the playground and visited with friends. Even though Cassie is super cute and I totally monopolized holding her, it didn't make me baby hungry. YAHOO!

Trip to Canada

We needed to go to Canada to get our marriage certificate. We had been married for about a year and still did not have the certificate. When we filled out all the paperwork for it, we were told all that was left was for the temple to mail in their part. Well, we were told wrong. We had to pay some more money - of course - and fill out another paper. Since we got married in another country, I was able to use that as an excuse to get my driver's license and social security card changed. However, the bank kept bugging us for it and since they currently "own" our home, we thought it was a good idea. We found out that Greg, Amy and Barry were all going so we planned our trip at the same time. We managed to get our marriage certificate money paid and paper filled out before we even got to my parents house. That left us time to play with the family. We celebrated Jacob's birthday while there - doesn't he look like the happiest birthday boy ever?? We got our Christmas present from my parents early - a Wii!! Barry and Brian got to work on the family tradition we have. The ladies decide on a craft project, the men cut it out and the ladies craft away. This time we made letters for the seasons. I didn't have time to paint them so someday when I finish them, I'll post a picture. I had to include the last picture because Maddie, my niece, has curly hair!!! Now I'm not the only family member with naturally curly hair! Yeah Maddie!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Trip to Minnesota

Brian and I took a trip to Minneapolis to see all our family out there and to FINALLY meet Xander. He is six months old now and I've never see anything but pictures. Such a cute kid! It was fun to be with family. We played, played, played, rode bikes and went swimming. Greg had us all over for barbequed ribs and chicken. YUMMY!! Stacey and her family also moved to Minnesota and I was happy to know that Livy still remembered her Sha-Sha. It went too fast though and we missed Amy and Barry by one week! I included a picture of all my ADORABLE nieces and nephews hanging out at Uncle Greg's house.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Bathroom!

Brian's parents came up this weekend to help us redo our bathroom. The man we bought the house from was a strange person. He used caulk inbetween the shower tiles so everytime I washed the walls, the caulk would come out. We also found out the tiles he used are not shower tiles. When we took the tiles down, the wall behind was FULL of mold. We had to replace everything! Also, we bid a VERY happy farewell to the green toilet seat, the green shower head and all the chipped and pealing gold fixtures. Plus, now one room in our house is no longer the same, boring color and it's so nice. It's like a whole new part of our house. I feel like I am walking into another house when I go in there. Soon we will replace all the green doors and carpet the green stairs. I use to like dark green, now...not so much. Brian's mom taught me how to make curtains this week and we made and hung curtains in the master bedroom and the guestroom. It's crazy how little changes make such a big difference. Thanks Mom and Dad for all your work on our house!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Philadelphia!

I went to Philadelphia this week for a work training. I asked my company to fly me back the Sunday after it ended and Brian came and joined me for the weekend. If you haven't been to Philly before, you totally need to go. I loved it! We bought City Passes and they picked us up at our hotel and took us into the city. We could ride on their double decker buses with tour guides. They told us so much information about the city we wouldn't have otherwise known. The buses would drop off and pick up at 20 or more locations. The City Passes came with entrances to several places. We went to a museum all about submarines and boats. We got to go onto a retired Navy submarine and ship. I can't believe how many people they fit on the submarine. It would literally be body to body all the time. And the whole cot sharing thing?? Crazy! Of course we tried true, authentic Philly Cheese Steaks - YUMMY! We saw the Liberty Bell, where the Constitution was signed, and several more historical sites. Most of Philadelphia is row homes. That is because back in Colonial times home owners were charged per exposed wall. So they built row homes, with corner stores, to save on their taxes. On the second level there are these funky looking ornaments. They are called busy bodies. Home owners would look through them when someone would knock on their door. If it was the tax man, they would knock on their wall to warn their neighbors. I learned so much. My favorite place was the Constitution Center. After an amazing presentation about why people wanted a Constitution, you tour an entire level dedicated to the Constitution. You start when the Consitution was formed and as you go around the room it talks about the admendments and all the people who contributed to the Constitution. Absolutely fascinating!! Trust me...you have GOT to go some day!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Welcome Baby Mallory!

Stacey and Brett welcomed Mallory Gail to their family on March 1st, 2007. It was fun to have them in Utah. Stacey called me early in the morning to tell me she was in labor. See, she was suppose to go in today to be induced but the hospital called to say the hospital was too full. Stacey went into labor anyways. So she called me and said it would probably be several hours but just to be prepared. I stayed at work. About two hours later she calls again and says to get there right now, she needs to go to the hospital. So I cruise down there, and get pulled over by a police officer for running a green light. Not a misprint there, he thought I ran a red light but I didn't - it was green. I was going East/West, he was headed North/South. Anyways, I finally get there to hang out with Olivia and Stacey and Brett head to the hospital. Olivia and I got to hang out with Grandpa Hansen too. Mallory was born about three hours later. Grandma and Grandpa came to visit right away and we sure did have fun. Congrats Stacey and Brett!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Sally's 30th Birthday!

Brian threw me a surprise birthday party for my 30th. Not only was it a surprise but he offered to give buddy passes to all of my family to come. Amy, Barry and their kids, and my mom and dad took up the offer! He invited all our family we live near, all our friends and several of Brian's family members even came up from Idaho. He ordered pizza, organized excuses for everyone and set up an alibi while he and my dad set up the church for the party. Pretty sly he is! It was the best way to bring in my 30th! Here I am blowing out the candles on one of my many cakes! I got another cat for my birthday. Funny thing -I am a dog lover - Brian is the cat lover! So we welcomed Mokie into our house. It took awhile for the two cats to like eachother but now they are great friends. I'm so glad that only took a week because it was hard to see them dislike eachother. Happy Birthday to me!! :)