"Never forget that you are a [child] of God. He loves you. Live by your standards. Stand up for what you believe in. Sometimes it is not easy, and you may be standing alone for a while. Look for friends with integrity and character, then go to them and express appreciation for their examples. You might even find someone who has been feeling as lonely as you. Pray for guidance and protection from the Lord. He will sustain you. He will become a trusted friend, and you will discover that your example will attract many friends who will take courage from your strength of character."
W. Craig Zwick, "We Will Not Yield, We Cannot Yield," Ensign, May 2008, 98
I received this "Daily Gem" today and really liked it, so of course I had to share. I believe that not only will this "attract many friends" it will draw our children closer to us and help them learn to live with integrity and character as well.
I knew from the very beginning that I had met my match when I met Brad. I knew we were meant to be together...and am so happy that we found each other. For those of you who don't know, he found me on LDS Singles Online...and a month later we met in person and were practically engaged the next day...then married 3 months later! It all happened so fast, but I wouldn't change a thing.
I love so many things about this man, that my mind is swimming right now! I think what I love most of all, is how much he loves me and our boys. I couldn't ask for much more than to love and be loved. It is the best feeling in the world!
So, Happy Anniversary babe, and thanks for 7 wonderful years! I look forward to all that our future holds!
I LOVE YOU!
A Adventures…Attitudes (come in all sizes!)…Art projects… Appendicitis (Brad)…
B Bananas (to eat and Shari’s mental state!)…BOYS… Bear hugs... Bakugans …Baseball (Jakob’s first season!)… Beach…Blogging – check it out: shortbutsweetlife.blogspot.com…Bugs… Bandaids…
C Clutter (does it EVER go away?)… Chaos…Creativity…Chitchenitza… Cuddles...Cutie-pies…
D Disneyland…Drew…Dirt, dirt, and more dirt!!…Drool…Digging…Diapers… Dinosaurs…
E Enthusiasm (Joshy, in a nutshell) … Expressions…Eskimo kisses…Exercise…
F First steps (Drew)…First tooth (Drew)… First lost tooth (Jakob)…First word (Drew) …Forts…Friends…Family…Fair (OC) …FUN!...Fingerprints on the TV…
G Golf…Grateful…Goobers… “Gimme Five!” …Grandparents…Grocery shopping…
H Haircut (Shari donated 10 inches to Locks of Love)… “Hamily Fone Evening” (aka Family Home Evening – Joshy)… Hands full…Healthy…HAPPY!...Hopeful…
I Imagination…Independent kiddos…Into EVERYTHING…Inquisitive minds …Inventions (Jakob)…
J Jakob…Jumping (on beds, couches, into pools, etc.)…Joshy…JOY!...
K Kindgergarten…Keeping it real…
L LOVE!... “Loco bossa besa” (aka “Loco en la cabeza” – Joshy)…Laughter…
M “Mmmm” (what Drew says when food is yummy)…Messes…Mexico (Brad and Shari) …Mohawk (Jakob for Halloween!)…
O Olympics…Older (Brad:30, Shari: 30, Jakob: 5 (6 in January), Joshy: 3, Drew: 1)…Obstacle courses…
P Preschool… Proposition 8… Primary (Shari teaches the CTR 6 class)…Photography (sharihanson-photography.blogspot.com)…
Q Quickly (how time flies!)...Quit whining please!...QUIET!...Quirks…Quality time…
R Reading (Jakob is learning! Shari’s book club)…Rocks…Raspberries…
T THIRTY!...Twilight (the books, the party and the movie!)…Trophy (Jakob’s first from baseball!)…Tacos…Terrible twos…AND THREES!...Transformers…Trucks…
U Utah…UTTER destruction (NOTHING is childproof!)…Unconditional love…
V Volume levels: LOUD and LOUDER! ...Vacation…Very blessed…Volunteering…
W Wrestling…Weaning…Weightloss (Shari lost about 50 lbs since having Drew in October 2007)... Wardrobe changes – what 3-yr-olds do when they figure out how to dress themselves… “Want a piece of me?!?!” – a game our boys play…
X X-rays (teeth)…X-traction (Shari had to get a dental implant)…X-hausted!...
Y Young Mens (Brad is the YM Secretary)…Yogurt…Yelling…Youth…
Z Zany…Zest…Zeal…This place is a ZOO!...
With so much turmoil and uncertainty in the world, we look forward to this special time of year to remember the Savior Jesus Christ and celebrate His humble birth. Our wish for you is to feel the love, kindness, peace and hope that the Christmas Season inspires.
Brad, Shari, Jakob, Joshy & Drew Hanson
I woke up this morning and found that Joshy had been nibbling at the cookies we made yesterday that were "for Santa" -- I told him to go put the one he was half way finished eating back on the plate, and he said, "But this one has bites out of it! Santa won't want to eat this one, so I should finish it."
Don't you love 3-yr-old logic? :)
Drew has had a really bad cough that has been keeping him (and us!) up at night...and yesterday he was wheezing really bad, bad enough that the mommy-paranoia kicked in (my friend's little guy has recently had pneumonia) and I called the doctor. We were lucky enough to get him in the same day. Good news: No pneumonia. No bronchitis. Just a cold with a nasty cough, for which they prescribed a breathing treatment.
At first he screamed and hated this thing, but eventually relaxed. Then when we did the 2nd treatment at home last night, he screamed and cried again, but as soon as he started to relax, he fell right asleep! YAY! Then when he had his 3rd treatment (we do it every 2 hrs) he was a pro and didn't even cry at all.
So, this morning, I took a few pictures of him - and I wish you could see him trying to lick the air -- it's pretty funny. Hopefully in a few days we'll be done with this! But he slept really well last night, and for that we are all grateful!
Very cute, right? So, I thought I'd share with any of you out there who might be interested. This lady had so much cute stuff on her blog...so be careful, you might get sucked in! Check it out here:
Unfortunately we didn't get to actually write the letters tonight (as originally planned for our FHE activity...) but that's OK. We still have plenty of time. We plan on taking the kids over to Macy's to put their letters in the red mailbox (which also counts as a $1 donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation).
Jakob has already written a make-shift list...and the funniest thing on his list was "junk so I can build stuff" -- CLASSIC JAKOB! I am definitely keeping that one in his baby book. :)
Jakob had the entire week of school off...which I wasn't really looking forward to -- I know, I know...what a bad mom! -- but it was actually really nice to have such a laid back lazy schedule!
I was able to catch up on some of my photo editing, we went to prehistoric pets, mickey d's, carl's jr. (hey, it rained! and we couldn't go to the park...) and spent Thanksgiving over at Brad's brother's house. I made my traditional green bean casserole (i could eat a whole pan of that stuff!!!) and yummy raspberry jello treat with pretzel crust. It's funny how every year, I get out of making the turkey! I wonder how old I will be before I actually cook a turkey. My friend Vanessa tackled it for the first time, and her's looked quite yummy! Maybe for Christmas I'll try it...oh wait, I forgot - Hanson tradition is the have home-made lasagna and mac-n-cheese for dinner. SOO yummy, but just not normal! MMM it actually sounds really good right now! Anyway...
We ate and ate and ate - ok, I ate and ate and ate - the kids played out back with their cousins and our friends the Van Boerums were there too! It was fun visiting with them and we even played the Wii! Jeff is quite competitive! By 7pm our kids were ready for bed, so we packed up and went home. It was a nice day and I'm glad we have family so close to share holidays with!
I have been thinking about things I am thankful for, and I know I could never list them all - but mostly I am thankful for the abundance of good things in my life - namely: Family, beautiful/amazing children, a husband who works so hard to take care of us and loves me unconditionally, GREAT friends, health, comfortable home, car, food, clothing, safe neighborhood, valiant members of the church who work so hard to serve me and my family, beautiful CA weather, my photog business, jakob's amazing kindergarten teacher, $1.79/gallon gas at Sam's club, etc. etc. etc.
Yesterday Pres. Monson (of our stake presidency) spoke in sacrament meeting and I remember him talking about a family's home that was so bare - he was overcome with emotion and was crying - they thought he was crying tears of joy at their missionary's homecoming - but he was really crying because he felt ashamed at how much he had - and how little they had.
Today, while stopped at a traffic light, a (presumably) homeless man walked across the crosswalk, right in front of me - carrying a sleeping bag and a tattered duffle bag - his hair looked like it had been combed, but it was very long and he had a long scruffy beard, dirty clothes, etc. At that moment, I remembered what pres. Monson said...and I felt overcome - overcome with all that I am blessed with...and yet neglect to thank my Heavenly Father for each day.
My friend Tiffany posted a really nice blog about what she was thankful for (click here) and it ended with "...count your many blessings, name them one by one..." If you actually tried to sit down and name all of your blessings, how many would you come up with? I think the list would be endless. Because all that we have and all that we are is from the Lord. I owe everything to Him and am so grateful for His atoning sacrifice that allows me to continually learn and grow and strive to be better so that I can one day return to Him.
Here are a few Thanksgiving time pics:
I've enjoyed reading about all of your Thanksgivings...thanks for sharing!!! I hope everyone out there had a wonderful, relaxing holiday...Christmas is only 24 days away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We had fun red, black and white decorations, quotes from the book replaced framed family pictures along with a movie poster, yummy "blood bites" with a chocolate fountain, bloody drinks ("grizzly bear," "mountain lion," "type-o negative," and "vampire venom" - spicy red-hot cider) and we played a little Twlight Trivia (congratulations Leann on winning the CD!) a fun questionnaire game (congrats Kelsey on winning the Blood Orange Italian Soda!), we had a contest for the best Twilight attire (the prize went to Jenny - "My heart belongs to my husband but...my neck belongs to Edward!") and I'm sure I'm leaving stuff out, but oh well. It was fun, and I think I will be more prepared when it's time to throw a New Moon Movie Premiere Party!!!
I give the movie an "A-" rating -- entertaining, but a bit cheesy/corny at times, the acting was OK, special effects weren't that great, but over all, enjoyable but definitely not perfect! I want to see it again! We'll see if I still rate it the same after viewing it for the second time - hopefully not sitting by a guy who smells strongly of beer. ECK!
I couldn't get this image to post any larger and still be readable, so here's what it says:
"To all of our wonderful, loyal and fantastic fans -
Thank you from the entire cast & crew for your amazing support of Twilight. You’ve blown away all of our expectations, and we feel so honored to have made a film that means as much to you as it does to us.
Without your passion, interaction and support, this film would not be where it is today -- the #1 movie in America!
From every city, every stop, every interview we have done, you've made this an unbelievable, nearly surreal experience…and so cool that we were all in this together.
We just heard from Summit that we’ll be moving forward on New Moon. We look forward to sharing this next chapter with you!
Kristen & Rob"
Official Twilight movie web site: www.TwilightTheMovie.com
Have you all recovered from our fun all-nighter yet? I am still. I woke up with a migraine this morning...BLECH! Took my meds and went back to bed until about 2pm. Feeling a bit better now, at least I can see straight and my head isn't throbbing anymore...but I do have this annoying dull ache right behind my left eye, and my stomach doesn't feel so good. I hate migraines! Brad said "No more all-nighters for you!" I agree. I am just not cut out for it! Even when I was younger, I was usually the first one to konk out. OH WELL! Sleep is good. LOTS of sleep is better. :) As a Mommy I should know that and not mess with that.
Ok, now that that is out of the way (I know you all wanted to hear my crappy health news) I wanted to thank Kristie and Megan for all of their help putting on the best-ever Twilight party with me! It was so much fun, and I can't wait to do another one for New Moon (sans the midnight movie...) and Eclipse and hopefully eventually Breaking Dawn! I will upload pics soon...
Thanks to all who came, and I hope you had a fun time! We missed those of you who couldn't make it, but hope you had a fun night anyway!
Has anyone gone to see it for the 2nd time yet? Hopefully I can get Brad to go see it with me...since he refuses to read the books! Even though I think he'd absolutely love the books. Maybe someday...
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8 Favorite TV Shows I Love to Watch:
- Barefoot Contessa
- Ugly Betty
- Iron Chef
- America's Next Top Model
- Top Chef
- Myth Busters
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Corner Bakery
- Claim Jumper
- Cheesecake Factory
- Chili's (how weird, they all start with the letter C!)
- Schlotzky's (although it has been a loooooong time...I still LOVE it)
- Fudrucker's (it's also been a loooong time...I miss that place!)
8 Things That Happened Yesterday:
- Went to the park with the kids
- Did the dishes - finally!
- cooked dinner
- got my first non-family/friend photography client!
- cried in the car while listening to a sweet country song!
- typed up a list of favorite quotes from Twilight
- talked to my mom on the phone
- fell asleep on the couch (pretty much my nightly ritual)
8 Things I Am Looking Forward To:
- losing 20 more pounds!!
- the Twilight party and movie night!
- going to mexico in december
- finishing up editing/processing images from recent photo sessions
- christmas time - I already have 2 christmas cds in my car!
- drew being able to communicate more...although his babbling is pretty adorable!
- joshy starting pre-school
- jakob being a full-time reader -- he's getting there!
8 Things On My Wish List:
- a nice watch
- new cool diaper bag
- new exercise clothes
- the lid from my pot that was lost/taken from the stake center at women's conference!
- some new lenses for my camera
- a fill flash
- a website
- a logo
8 People I Tag:
Well, tonight I got my first email from someone I don't even know, and who wasn't even referred by someone I know, to book a photo session with me!
How cool is that? YAY! :)
They have since added a 12:10am and a 12:20am showtime. So, if you want to be able to see the movie that night, you best get your butt over to Bella Terra (or go to fandango.com) and BUY YOUR TICKET NOW! :)
Vanessa has claimed my last ticket, sorry everyone!
And now for some eye candy!!! FINALLY, a decent picture of Jacob Black!!!!!!!!!!
This is who I have so far:
You can go to fandango to purchase tickets online, or go buy some tickets at costco and then go to the box office at bella terra to redeem the actual tickets.
And just to let all of you who are waiting on an invitation, we'll be handing them out SOON. I know there is no way we will be able to invite EVERY Twilight fan, so if you don't get an invitation, please call or email me for the party details. :) It's gonna be fun!
Posted: 31 Oct 2008 02:00 AM CDT
“ ‘Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it’ (Eph. 5:25). With that kind of love, brethren, we will be better husbands and fathers, more loving and spiritual leaders. Happiness at home is most likely to be achieved when practices there are founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ (see Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). Ours is the responsibility to ensure that we have family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening. Ours is the responsibility to prepare our children to receive the ordinances of salvation and exaltation and the blessings promised to tithe payers. Ours is the privilege to bestow priesthood blessings of healing, comfort, and direction.”
Russell M. Nelson, “Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women,” Ensign, May 1999, 39-40
I am in no way posting this as a nudge to my husband...but because I am so thankful that he tries so hard to do all of these things.
He helps me with whatever needs to be done around the house or with the kids and only makes a few sarcastic remarks here and there along the way. :)
I am so lucky to have him and even more lucky to have him around as much as I do...I know in a couple of months things will be different b/c of tax season...so believe me, I take full advantage of this more flexible time of year with him.
This song says "I'm lucky to be in love with my best friend..." and I feel the same way. I trust him completely and I love how he encourages and inspires me to be better.
Mmmmmmmmwaaaahhh! Love ya babe!
Yeah, I know this is a cheesy engagement picture, but I love it! Look how young we are!! And we honestly haven't had any recent pics together...I think it's about time we did!!!
Work hard and stay close to the Lord and you will be surprised how blessed you will be.
Don’t believe that it can’t be done, just because somebody tells you it can’t be done.
Hoe to the end of the row.
You have to learn how to follow before you can learn how to lead.
Don’t ask another person to do something that you’re not willing to do yourself.
Find someone you can marry in the temple.
Always make your word good, no matter what it costs.
Spend less than you make and invest wisely.
Always pay a full tithing.
Plan ahead; it’s later than you think.
Make yourself self-reliant and teach your children self-reliance.
Budget your time for family, work, church, community, and play.
Budget your money to achieve your goals.
Avoid fatigue. Early to bed and early to rise.
Become more spiritual. Read and study scriptures, attend classes.
Plan for missions and serve them.
Develop charity in your soul.
Above all, pray often and endure to the end.
He officially took his first steps on September 28th, over at my cousin Kay's house. We were very excited...but he hasn't been too interested in walking here at home. He will walk if you hold his hands, and he walks around furniture, holding onto the wall, etc...and he goes pretty fast with his little walker too! So far I think he just realizes he can go much faster crawling...so that's what he does!
If you say "Hello!" he will put his hand up to his ear and make a talking noise (like he's on the phone), and if you say "Bye-bye" he waves to you. We've been trying to teach him to cover his eyes to play peek-a-boo, but we haven't gotten there just yet. He does however love to put his head on the ground and look up at you under his legs, like this:
When there is a nice breeze, I like to leave our front door open, but I put a gate across the steps to keep Drew from escaping...this is what he was doing yesterday afternoon while I was in and out doing laundry:
And he eventually figured out how to slide open the screen in the kitchen to escape...
Oh, I almost forgot...Drew is really quick to grab things from you, so one day while I was buckling him into his carseat, he grabbed my sunglasses off my face and I said something about him being a "quick draw." Since then, Jakob likes to call him Andrew James "Quick-grabber" Hanson. :) Gotta love nick names from big brothers!
October 11, 2008
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SAN FRANCISCO, October 11 – In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as “lies” claims that same-sex marriage would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a gay wedding...(read more here)