When I found out that I was going to California I made an agenda to be certain that I did everything that I wanted to. Once my siblings found out that the kids and I would be in California a couple of them made the trip out to see us from Utah. We were feeling very loved and special!
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.
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.
Everyone probably wants to have my sister in their family, especially since she was the reason why we went on a cruise. My sister is known for finding great deals…and that is exactly what she did for all of us (Larsen, Hansen, Farley) to go on a cruise together. Thankfully we all have terrific friends in our church who watched all of our kids so the adults could be together for a week.
We spent time together eating, dancing, singing, sleeping, talking, playing and eating again! View more of our photos on the ship here.
My sister celebrated another birthday this past year. She is 21…again and I was able to help her celebrate it. I found this yummy chocolate cake a few days before her birthday and really wanted to try it out. So, her birthday was the perfect excuse to bake it. And boy was it yummy. I didn’t like the buttercream that the recipe called for, but I really liked this one I found online (and I used heavy cream instead of milk). I also made the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls. I was quiet the baker last weekend!
Earlier this year a co-worker recommended The Hightaway on the Guadalupe as a great place to take the family for the weekend. After some online research I proposed the idea to the Larsens and Hansens as a long weekend vacation. Everyone liked the idea, so near the end of April we rented both the Hightaway and the Hightout from the owner, Stephen Hight.
These two houses sit on the bank of the Guadalupe River, north of San Antonio in Center Point, Texas. The furnished accommodations come fully equipped with canoes, inner tubes, life jackets, bbq grill, fire pit, swing set, rope swing, etc, etc. The fact that everything needed was already at the house made for a very relaxing vacation.
We spent most of our time on the water, in the canoes, playing on the rope swing, etc. From campfire s’mores to tubing down the river to throwing a big lizard on Makana, I can safely say that everyone had a great time!
And finally, a video of McKay surprising me and Kalani: