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. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Maggie finds Pinterest

 And now I have lists and lists of ideas for me to do for her. I call it "Mom's Sweatshop". Anyway, one of her ideas on Pinterest was an American Girl doll bed built out of PVC pipe. I looked at the pics she pinned and felt I could manage this. A quick trip to the hardware store and we are in business! She helped sketch out a plan, and helped with the measurements. I think it turned out really cute!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Katie Gets Braces

A year ago, the dentist recommended Katie get braces. I put it off and put it off. But finally I made some appointments to get some consults. I had braces myself at her age. My orthodontist took a casting of my teeth before and after braces. Here is Katie holding my mold of my mouth. Hmm, wonder who gave her bad teeth?

We go to Redwood Orthodontics, which is fairly close to home. We can even walk to appointments. First we started out with spacers. I had them all over, she just had them in between the back teeth.

Two weeks later we go back for the metal. I got a before and after pic. She gets to pick different color bands to hold in the wire. I just had gray. So far she is doing well with them. They should come off in two years.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New car day!

In March of 2007 I was expecting Maggie and we bought a 2007 Yukon. It served us well and took us on many adventures. But it was now nearly 11 years old and had 130,000 miles on it. Then the lifters crapped out. I don't know car parts, but apparently lifters are one expensive job. So Jeffrey starts looking around at more economical cars to get to and from work. After consulting with Jeramy (Erica's husband) and test driving his car, he thinks he really likes the Altima from Nissan. So on the way home from the doctor he decides to stop by Tim Dahle and check out an Altima that was on the lot. Next thing you know he is driving home in a new car!
It's a 2016 with 17k miles on it and lots of warranty left. And it gets great gas mileage. And wouldn't you know? It's exactly the same as Jeramy's car! Erica and I had a good laugh over that!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New couch day!

Our blue denim couch is getting on in years and it shows! It is starting to rip up all over. So time to look for new couches. Jeff and I go to RC Willey on Martin Luther King day and look around. At first we were disheartened, because everything is huge and too many pillows. But after a second lap around the store we find one couch that we both liked. It was the last one, so we got the floor model at a bit of a discount. We also bought an easy chair to match, and they only had one of those left as well, and it had to come from Nevada. It is a nice dark charcoal gray and had cute accent pillows that go with it.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve morning we went to the church service. They had a hot cocoa bar that the girls took advantage of! It was a very nice service, complete with lit candles in the audience and some carols. When we left church, we came home to get ready for dinner. I had prepared stuffed shells, salad, and bread sticks. We took all of this over to my parents house to have dinner with them. We had a lovely afternoon, and soon it was time to go home. The kids and I watched TV for a bit and then it was bedtime!
I really worked hard and planned ahead this year. The house was clean and the gifts were wrapped, so Jeff and I watched TV and then later laid out the spread.

At 6 am I woke up with a start, Santa had put treats in the stockings and then laid them on the floor by the gifts. My brain was sure the dog was into them. I got up and noticed Maggie's light on. She was awake. We start talking and then here comes Jeff. He says "Katie, it's Christmas" and she was up like a shot!

The girls were thrilled with their gifts, especially the kindles we got them. And they were already loaded with books! They also got an outfit each, a mini drone, bracelets and Jobs Daughters charms,
and I made them each a crocheted basket to keep their stuff corraled.

Jeff likes to buy his own presents, so I rarely get to surprise him. But this year I did! He has this photographer equipment vest that he's had for several years. Every time we go on a trip, he collects a patch. He had 29 waiting to be sewn on. It has to be done by hand and it's not easy. I had a brilliant idea to sew on the patches. So for about 2 1/2 weeks every time he would go to work, I would get out the vest and start working on it. The girls were great at keeping the secret. He was surprised!

The month of December I worked on sweaters for the girls. I was in the mood to do some knitting and followed a basic sweater recipe. Maggie wanted a pullover and Katie a cardigan. I finished Maggie's on Dec 3 and Katie's was finished on Christmas Eve. I think I did pretty good.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Faraday Lecture

Jeff has often talked of going to the annual Faraday Lecture at the University of Utah years ago. He said it was very cool. I have always thought that would be a fun thing for us to do. The girls and I have done chemistry in school and its always fun to see it in action. Last October I had seen a notice on a home school board that tickets were going on sale, so I called them. No luck. They were all sold out. Oh well, better luck next year.

The next day, I get a call from a gal at the Dept of Chemistry, saying "they added another day and would you be interested?" Heck yeah!

The show was on a very cold Dec 6. Since we had to be in our seats ready to go at 6:45pm, we decided it didn't make sense for Jeff to drive home after work, just to drive back. So he stayed at the office and the girls and I rode Trax up to the U. That was a very cold walk! We had to get a hot coco when we got to the Library to meet dad.
The lecture was a blast- literally! They did so many cool experiments. Lots of oohs and ahhs from the audience. It was definitely worth the time and effort!