In 2013 we missed the yearly festivals where our family in the Philippines live by a week. So, Matt really wanted to be sure to attend in 2014. However, I was about 35 weeks pregnant didn’t want to risk having a baby in the province. So Matt started contacting our brothers to see if anyone would be willing to come out to visit us and then go to Siquijor for the celebrations. One thing led to another and in the end we had 3 of my brothers and a sister-in-law coming out to see us! The boys stayed for 1 week since they had to return to school and work. My sister-in-law stayed for 11 days and we were able to have some girl pampering time together.
A couple of weeks after we left Siquijor for Christmas, we returned again. But this time it was for our cousin’s wedding. Matt and I were asked to be sponsors, Kalani was a flower girl and Mason was an escort. It was a fun experience to see how they do weddings in the province. And the day before the wedding was our little cousin’s 4 year old birthday party as well…it was a short trip, but full of fun and memories.
More photos from the wedding here.
The month of December was packed and full of fun. We had a full house and a lot of memories for Christmas 2013. My parents finally came to visit us and it worked out the best to have them here for Christmas. They only had 10 days in the Philippines, but I think that we packed it pretty full to make sure that they had enough to do and also time to relax. One of the highlights of the trip was taking my dad to the island where his dad (my grandfather) is from (Siquijor) and meeting his half sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. We also had Matt’s brother, Drew, come visit us since he served his mission in the Philippines and speaks Tagalog. After Christmas in Siquijor, we brought our cousin Sherwin with us back to Manila for a few days. It was his first time to Manila and his first time on an airplane!
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.
When we found out that we were going to live in the Philippines for a couple of years we wanted family and friends to come visit us. And our first guest was my brother (that our children call Rah Rah) who arrived December 3 and stayed with us until January 10. He got a first hand experience to figuring out how to live in the Philippines with us since we were still very new to living here. He was with us while we were living in our serviced apartments and then helped us move into our condo. Rah Rah has traveled with us through Europe and also done his own traveling with friends through Europe, but this was his first time in Asia and in a developing country. I think he enjoyed his time in Asia and we all LOVED having him visit us.