Monday, May 28, 2018

Camping Season 2018 begins!

All winter long we look forward to the day we can get the trailer out and go camping. Memorial Day weekend was our first trip of the year. We returned to one of our favorite campgrounds- Ponderosa on the Nebo Loop. We really like this little campground, and the fact that it is so close to Nephi really helps when we realize we need some extra supplies.
We did our grocery shopping the night before and Friday morning we were able to get up and get things packed. The girls are older and are able to help more and more. This is awesome! We had our truck and trailer packed in no time and we were off!
We get to our spot and the weather is amazing. We all pitched in to set up and were soon enjoying a relaxing evening by the campfire.
Saturday morning we got up and made a great breakfast, once that was cleaned up we decided to go in to town to the Market. We forgot to get hamburger patties the night before. We also got some extra bundles of firewood. And an ice cream treat!
Back to our camp and we spent the day relaxing and the girls did lots of wandering around. I made some great burgers for dinner and we roasted Twinkies over the fire.
Sunday was a much cooler day. We even saw some rain sprinkles here and there, so we were glad to stay inside and play board games. The girls found a friend from the camp next to us so they had fun playing with her.
Sunday night, once we got the fire going, we roasted hot dogs for dinner and then enjoyed some s'mores!
Sunday morning we woke up and started packing up. We made record time! We all pitched in and got stuff packed up and put away and drove off at 10:40am! Which put us home at 12:30. It is fun to go but nice to get home and cleaned up.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Jobie fun

On Earth day Bethel 16 decided to help Tree Utah plant some trees at a park in South Salt Lake. Many people came out to help and the leaders told us there were 10 trees to plant. They divided the people up into three different groups, all the Jobies were in one group, and showed us how to plant the trees to their specifications. Three hours later the trees were planted and we were tired!

A week later was the long awaited Skit Competition. The girls of the different Bethels all write skits to perform at a competition. I helped Katie and Maggie make their costumes. I think they turned out rather well. They both did a great job and had a great time- which is the objective! The skit was a time travel escapade to the 90's. Maggie was a pager, and Katie was a computer and 'toys and games of the 90's'.

The following Thursday saw us at the Utah Food Bank helping to sort food donations to be distributed to locations around the state. We worked really hard for about 2 hours, the girls all had great attitudes. It was actually a rather fun evening. When we were done I took the girls for an ice cream at Sonic. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spinning Guild Fun

Last September I joined the Spinning Guild. I have really enjoyed it. In March was their annual "Fiber Swap". You get 2 pounds worth of fiber and then dye it to the specifications of the challenge. This years challenge was 'Over dye'. Basically, you dye it one color and then dye another color over the top of the first. Having never dyed wool before, I was really hesitant to do a bunch of dying with chemicals I may never use again. I did, however, find a method on YouTube that shows you how to dye wool using Kool Aid. So that's what I did. It worked amazingly well, and Maggie really enjoyed helping with the process. The wool we dyed is the red at the top of the picture.

At the March meeting the fiber was swapped. Maggie came along to help. It was really fun seeing all the fiber people brought, and hearing about their method. Once you described what you did, you dumped your fiber out into a pile and then everyone went around and picked up a small braid from each pile. We ended up with a lot of great braids.

Then at the April meeting, in honor of Tax Day, we made felted coin purses using the wet felting method. Katie and Maggie both came along to make one and talked about it for days later! They turned out really well. The clasps we found at Jo-Ann's and I stitched them in. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

A few months ago I saw this pattern on Ravelry (a knitting community). It was for a felted bucket. So I thought they would make great Easter baskets/purses. So I got to work. The actual knitting went relatively quick and then I threw them in the washer to felt up. I made up a pattern for a lining for the bucket. I think they turned out great!

We decorated eggs, but the girls decided that they didn't need the 'egg hunt' part of the morning. I did assure them there would be treats! They were relieved.

They loved their treats and their buckets.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


On March 29th, we celebrated our 16th anniversary. Jeff took a day off and the four of us spent it together. First was a delicious lunch at JCWs. We all love a good cheeseburger!
Then we went to the Living Planet Aquarium. None of us had been there before. It was busy but not terribly crowded. Lots of amazing fish, some penguins, and different birds. We had a good time wandering through looking at all the exhibits.
We spent about 2 hours at the aquarium. The girls' were excited to go to Gan's for a sleepover that night so that Jeffrey and I could go out for a delicious steak dinner. It was a very lovely day.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Break Fun

Spring Break this year fell in the last week of March. Maggie had been looking at Pinterest and was dying to make a stuffed whale. I told her "during Spring Break". Well the first day of break she was up, pattern pulled up on Pinterest, and was ready to get cutting. I told her I had to have my two cups of coffee first. Haha!
This was a cute pattern and we used one of her old pairs of pants. The pieces just barely fit and I made her do some of the stitching. But two hours later we had a whale!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Goodbye Jeramy

Jeramy Evans joined the Hansen family on September 24, 2016 when he married my sister Erica. But really, he was part of the family long before then.
Sept 24, 2016 L to R: Romney, Erica, Jeramy, Victoria, and Chloe
He got Erica to go camping!
But did promise her all the comforts of home. 

Jeramy was the kind of person who could meet you and then 5 minutes later talk to you like you were best friends for the last 15 years. He was a positive, loving guy and always up for a good time. He would walk through the door of my mom's house and give us all hugs. He loved us and we loved him. This past year as Jeff and I dropped the pounds, he would always give us a compliment and a word of encouragement. He was our best and most enthusiastic cheerleader.

He made Erica very happy and brought a sparkle to her eye. They were always together, just like velcro.

He loved hanging out with all of his brothers in law. They spent many a Sunday on the back porch discussing current events, and whatever else guys discuss.
Thanksgiving 2017 L to R: Jeff, Adam, Jeramy, Derek

Sadly, on March 1, 2018 this happy, wonderful guy was taken from us way too soon. This is a hole in our hearts, and family, that will never be filled. Rest in peace Jeramy.
Jan 15, 2017, game night at our house.