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Family filled weekend

March 12th, 2016 No comments

Last weekend really made me so happy to be back in the states with family near. My parents and youngest brother flew to Texas from California to spend a week with their Texas family…which consists of me, my two sisters and our Aunt and our families which is about 20 people. We had a girls lunch, a few different family dinners, four birthday celebrations, a baby blessing, and a lot of laughter and memories. I love being with my family.

We enjoyed a campfire and taught the kids some fire safety tips.

We enjoyed a campfire and taught the kids some fire safety tips.

Roasting marshmallows and Starbursts over a fire was a fun activity.

Roasting marshmallows and Starbursts over a fire was a fun activity.

Mason made a small wagon at Home Depot with his uncle Seth.

Mason made a small wagon at Home Depot with his uncle Seth.

Kalani's birthday dinner at Valley Ranch. This was the kid's table.

Kalani’s birthday dinner at Valley Ranch. This was the kid’s table.

Kalani made her own birthday cake. It was devoured quickly and Blake always knew where it was at.

Kalani made her own birthday cake. It was devoured quickly and Blake always knew where it was at.

My parents with their Texas family.

My parents with their Texas family.

Grandparents with 10 of their 15 grandchildren.

Grandparents with 10 of their 15 grandchildren.

Twin nieces are born

August 1st, 2014 No comments

In December my sister informed me that she was expecting a baby at the beginning of August.  Then a week later she found out that she was carrying TWINS!

On July 16 my sister gave birth to two healthy little girls

On July 16 my sister gave birth to two healthy little girls 

Ruby Nilalei (first born) weighed in at 5 pounds and 6 ounces and 18 inches

Ruby Nilalei (baby #1) weighed in at 5 pounds 6 ounces and 18 inches

Goldyn Makana (baby #2) weighed in at 6 pounds 8 ounces and 19.5 inches

Goldyn Makana (baby #2) weighed in at 6 pounds 8 ounces and 19.5 inches

Ruby & Goldyn at 2 weeks old.  Now my parents have 12 grandchildren with 6 girls and 6 boys..with 4 of them being twins

Ruby & Goldyn at 2 weeks old. Now my parents have 12 grandchildren with 6 girls and 6 boys…4 of them being twins

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Hansen family visits the Philippines

July 8th, 2013 No comments

My sister is pretty incredible.  She flew from Utah to Manila (taking 4 planes each way) with her 4 year old and 1 year old while her husband was touring Asia.  The kids and I were so happy to have them come visit with us.  They stayed for 3 weeks and we got to do a lot of pampering, shopping, eating, site-seeing, reuniting, etc.  It was so much fun.  We hadn’t seen each other for 8 months and we are not sure when we will see each other again.  It was also nice to have her around while Matt was out of the country.

What we did while the Hansens were visiting us.  Stuff for the kids, for the moms and for the whole family.

What we did while the Hansens were visiting us. Stuff for the kids, for the moms and for the whole family.

Makana enjoyed a Sunday afternoon at the American Cemetery in Manila.

Sunday afternoon at the American Cemetery in Manila.

The kids and moms enjoyed a day at Stana Elena Fun Farm.  We spent the day fishing, horse back riding, feeding animals, doing a zip line, riding a water buffalo/carabao pulled wagon, etc.

The kids and moms enjoyed a day at Santa Elena Fun Farm. We spent the day fishing, horse back riding, feeding animals, doing a zip line, riding a water buffalo/carabao pulled wagon, etc.

Matt's co-workers treated us to a Girls Night Out at Palladium.

Matt’s co-workers treated us to a Girls Night Out at Palladium.

A friend took us to get our hair colored.  I got purple and Makana got blue streaks through out our hair.  We are the Fruit Loops in a Cherrio world.

A friend took us to get our hair colored. I got purple and Makana got blue streaks through out our hair. We are the Fruit Loops in a Cherrio world.

The kids enjoyed a day at Ark Avalon where we were able to feed fish, hold birds and a python.  Sadly, Jenny the orangutan was getting a physical so we didn't get to meet her.

The kids enjoyed a day at Ark Avilon where we were able to feed fish and crocodiles, hold birds and a python. Sadly, Jenny the orangutan was getting a physical so we didn’t get to meet her.

We spent a morning making sock puppets with young girls who have been abused.

We spent a morning making sock puppets with young girls who have been abused.

The kids enjoyed playing at Kidzville where they could get their energy out and use their imagination.

The kids enjoyed playing at Kidzville where they could get their energy out and use their imagination.

Just the 2 of us went to Taal Volcano on a day trip.

Just the 2 of us went to Taal Volcano on a day trip.

We met 2 more cousins that are living in Manila and had dinner with them at a mall one night.

We met 2 more cousins that are living in Manila and had dinner with them at a mall one night.

We had a long wait for a ferry boat in Dumeguete before we could take the Hansens to Siquijor.  So, we spent time at the mall getting massages, pedicures, fish spa, eating, etc.

We had a long wait for a ferry boat in Dumeguete before we could take the Hansens to Siquijor. So we spent time at the mall getting massages, pedicures, eating, people watching and fish spa…I think she liked the fish eating her dead skin cells!

Now 2 of my siblings have been to Siquijor and visited our long lost relatives.

Now 2 of my siblings have been to Siquijor and visited our long lost relatives.

We all got into our cousin's boat and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Siquijor.

We all got into our cousin’s boat and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Siquijor.

We picked McKay up at the airport and headed directly to Siquijor.  He was really tired and spent most of the boat ride trying to sleep.

We picked Mckay up at the airport and headed directly to Siquijor. He was really tired and spent most of the boat ride trying to sleep.

McKay only had 2 days in Manila with us.  So we made sure he had a spa day and then we went to Pagsanjan Falls.

Mckay only had 2 days in Manila with us. So we made sure he had a spa day and then we went to Pagsanjan Falls.

The kids all loved playing with each other for 3 weeks.

The kids all loved playing with each other for 3 weeks.

I loved having my sister around and showing her around the Philippines.

I loved being with my sister and showing her around the Philippines.

Not exactly sure when and where we will all be together again.  Good thing there is the internet, social media networks, facetime, telephones, etc. to stay in touch!  Thanks for coming to visit us Hansen family.

Nephew #4

March 25th, 2012 No comments

With the birth of this little guy, there are now 5 grandsons and only 3 granddaughters for my parents.

 

Baby Keo

 

My sister gave birth to baby Keo on March 8.  He weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces and was 20.25 inches long.

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Cozumel

December 31st, 2010 No comments

Last port-of-call….COZUMEL, Mexico.  Larsens and Hansens rented a jeep and drove around the island and Matt and I did our own excursions this day.  I told Matt the only thing I wanted to do was swim with dolphins since he did that the year before without me.  The weather was nothing like the day before… It was very windy and we were not able to go parasailing as we planned.  However we were able to swim with the dolphins since they were in their own cove.  It was so exciting and I truly enjoyed it.  There were about a dozen people in our group and we had the main trainer with us, so more information was shared.  We were able to give a dolphin a handshake, hug, kiss, and belly ride.  After our dolphin experience we had lunch and did our last shopping at the port since we had some free time.

Dolphinaris Cozumel

Making friends in Cozumel

I love going on cruises and spending time with my family.  We are already thinking about our next cruise…maybe we will take the kids.

More photos of Cozumel here.  And video and photos of our whole cruise here.