Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Parties and more Parties

We had a Neighborhood Halloween Party - in the way of decorating cookies and...

...carving pumpkins.

This is our sweet neighbor Aeva.

The group pictures of all the kids didn't want to post unless they were sideways. :(

This is at our Ward Trick-or-Treat and Dinner that night.

Note: Since there were no masks allowed, Kevin painted Kyle's face free-hand. Wow.

This is Kyle and one of his best friends, Sadie. She is in his Primary class at church and they're in the same Kindergarten class too. They are inseparable. Always playing together and sitting next to each other on the bus.

Here they are sharing candy!

And here we have one frog, one "Bumblebee" Transformer and one kitty cat!

Here's what we looked like 12 years ago. (Oh wait, we looked a lot younger, but...)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

One of the Best Days of my Life...

....and of Audrey's life OF COURSE!!!
On Saturday, October 10th, 2009...
Audrey Elizabeth Hansen was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

In her bedroom with her dress on.

In the Family Room.

In the Living Room.
Note: the day she saw her dress she knew it was the one. It was love at first sight.

At the church.

All of us - Ky was playing peek-a-boo with the camera.

All of her family that could come.
Note: Great Grandma Walton was going to come but she was sick. Also, Aunt Mindy and cousin Mike were planning on coming...until Mikey started throwing up that morning!

Audrey with us and the Andersons -Pops and Grandma Bonnie.

Audrey with us and the Hansens - Great Grandma Hansen, Pops Larry, Grandma Susan, Aunt Melanie and Uncle Steven.

4 generation picture!

Me and "my doll." I am so proud of her decision.

The 3 girls from the ward that were baptized that day...
Celia, Audrey and Nicole. All so beautiful and glowing!
* it was a Stake Baptism and 10 children were baptized that day! WOW!!!

Audrey and her handsome daddy who baptized her.

So of course there were no pictures and video of the ordinance itself but I can tell you
This girl has such a cute personality...she was giggling before and after Kev immersed her. She was just so excited and happy!
Also, it was so cute that afterwards in the bathroom when all the 3 girls were changing into their dresses they were giddy saying things like "that was awesome" to each other and you could tell they were on cloud 9!

Dixie's Diner afterwards hit the spot.

Great Grandma, Audrey and her dad doing "the Hansen" - a special face that's been a tradition to pull whenever possible - for as long as Kevin can remember.

The day after the baptism before church.
*Audrey chose to recite the 13th Article of Faith in front of the congregation when the Bishop introduced her as a new member. She did great! Then she was the first one to bear their testimony for fast and testimony meeting that day. :)

She is my little model.

I was on a spiritual high for a week afterwards. What a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Lucky Number...

...Has Always Been 8! Eight is Great!!!

Audrey is 8 and it has been such a wonderful 8 years with her. She is such a beautiful daughter on the inside and on the out. I can't imagine my life without my "doll." She brightens my life every day!

A: Always happy and excited about everything in life. Every new person place or thing - you name it she is so ready and willing and stoked. She has never even had a problem with certain things some kids might be weary about - dentists, doctors, x-rays, blood tests, wearing a back brace, wearing a space maintainer in her mouth, wearing glasses - they were all a fun and new experience.

U: Understanding. She is very understanding about anything. She is not the type to be let down about disappointments for long. For instance: choosing btw. going to a school barbecue and movie night, a church ward party or her Great Grandpa's viewing the night of her b-day. She choose the viewing whole-heartedly. Then there were tryouts for parts in her dance studio's spring ballet the day of the funeral. I was going to take her to the tryouts after the funeral during the burial and then we'd go to the luncheon afterwards. But, as soon as the funeral was over she said "I don't want to tryout anymore, I want to go to the burial!"

D: Daring. She has been on stage since she was 2 years old - singing, dancing and acting - and she has never been nervous or scared once. She is a born star and one of her biggest dreams is to be on Disney Channel someday. Also she talks to anybody and everybody about anything anytime - always has. This girl has never had a shy day.

R: Really good at so many different things. School, dancing, making friends, art, singing, crafting, acting, remembering facts, dates or memories, making friends and being a true friend, being kind to everyone, and loving and being good with all animals.

E: Energetic. She wakes up with so much energy right from the start and is happy-go-lucky the rest of the day almost every minute of every day.

Y: Yearns to do what is right. She really tries to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She helps me all the time when she is home, many times without being asked. She loves to help others too. She always wants to donate her money to "Pennies of the Inch" - a church program that gives donated money to needy kids. Her favorite Article of Faith is the 13th and she has those traits spoke about in it. She is very ready for her baptism on Saturday and will make a wonderful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Her birthday was on a school day. Her brothers gave her a messenger bag for their present to her that morning. She has wanted one for awhile and was very happy.

Kev made her the "A" pancake and I always let the kids pick a sugar cereal to have that one time of year. She chose cocoa puffs.

When she got home we gave her the presents from us. The main one was this kitty with a hair salon and carrier. She was very thankful!

I love how she was petting it like a real kitten!

That night after the viewing she had her cake. (One is hers, one is a gluten-free one for Kev and the cupcakes were for a secret service project our ward was doing.)

Blowing out her candles...

....trick ones so it took her awhile!

Friend b-day party! My idea but Kev's artistry with the sign.

Again my idea but Kev's talent.

What a hit!

B-day party brownie and ice cream!

Audrey and her cute and sweet B.F.F.'s!

Me doing Jenna's hair.

Audrey's Aunt Melanie and Aunt Kellie (in town from AZ) came to help!

And her Grandma Hansen was amazing with the nail designs!

Audrey all made up.

Celia all made up.

Maggie all made up.

Jenna all made up.

Gorgeous nails.

So cute - they all already have boys after them!

But they say no to boyfriends! Way to go girlies!

I love them all!!!

After the party Kellie let Audrey do her makeup, nails...

...and hair. She didn't do half bad! :)