Every Christmas we receive some extra special gifts from Ashlyn's birth family. We enjoy opening these packages separately and remembering the amazing gift that was given to us through adoption. Ashlyn's birth-grandparents always pick the perfect gifts for both our girls! We are so grateful for our contact with them.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Santa brought new bikes!! Too bad it's such a winter wonderland outside..
New books and coloring books
One of Sammy's favorite toys- her microphone from Aunt Darcy
Always posing for the camera!
Norwegian Christmas brunch. So yummy... soooo full!
All the Hansen cousins (from L to R): Sammy, Ashlyn, Hayden, Grey, Finn & Jude
Setting up Grandma's cool new train
It wouldn't be Christmas day without our 2nd annual "Just Dance" party!
2012 Christmas dresses (thanks Grandma!!)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
We began our two days of non-stop holiday celebration at Corbin's parents where we spent our time playing games, eating (and eating), and opening a never-ending supply of presents! We were short on cousins this year, but there was still enough joyful noise to fill the house :)
Grandpa explaining the many symbolisms of Christmas. One of these years they will actually remember what everything represents.
Opening all the presents for Grandma's & Grandpa's toy room. Trust me, it's the envy of neighborhood!
Glitter nails with my girls
Ashy wanted to do her own nails :)
Back over to Stef's parents house to sleep.
A little quality cuddling time with Aunt Brookie before going to bed.
Grandma told them an elf brought a big sack and inside were dream lite pillow pets for all the grandkids!
Kind of a waste of a queen sized bed...
Yes, Santa delivered... as usual.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
In keeping with our tradition, we spent the day before Thanksgiving with Corbin's side of the family and then hung out with Stef's family on Thanksgiving day. That means we got to experience Thanksgiving dinner twice- which made Ashlyn extremely happy because mashed potatoes and gravy is her favorite food. Consequently, if you ask her what her favorite holiday is, she will tell you "Thanksgiving, because we get to eat so much smashed potatoes and gravy!"
All the cousins (except Emilee, Ally, Anna & Ethan) from L to R:
Gabriella, Dash, Ashlyn, Samantha, Isabelle, Layla, Jacob, Max, Parker, Olivia, Liam
Alec & Zackery (above the couch)
This is what too much turkey does to Daddy :)
The traditional kids "freeze dance"
The 4-year old "cool" kids
Ashy & Sam LOVE their baby cousin, Layla :)
Thanksgiving Day story time with Grandma
Preparing for Black Friday!!!
We finally signed the girls up for some Ballet lessons in November. They were pretty excited!
Not bad form for amateurs :)
November also brought our first big snow storm and Daddy, Ashy & Sammy wasted no time using most of what fell to build a 6 ft something snow man.
Kids HAVE to eat snow. They just can't help themselves :)
They found a plastic toy carrot and some old charcoal from the shed to complete the masterpiece.
Time to catch up (again) on the past 3 months! For Halloween this year we decided on "The Wizard of Oz" for our family costume theme. It was Ashlyn's idea, since she had just recently seen the movie for the first time and really liked it. Hopefully the girls will keep letting us dress up with them for a few more years!!
Ashy was "Dorothy" with "Toto" in a "basket" and everything.
Sammy was "Glinda, the Good Witch of the North" because she looks like a princess, of course.
It took a lot of work (and tin foil) to transform that Burger King crown into a head piece fitting for Glinda!
Mommy got to be "the Wicked Witch of the West"... pretty scary, huh?
And Daddy was the "Scarecrow" :)
Sammy's preschool Halloween parade
We made a trip to Lagoon's Frightmares... and stayed away from all the Haunted Houses at the girls' requests. But we made sure to hit all the spinning rides :)