Reunion Craft Ideas: Screen Printing & Snakes

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Summer is officially over for us.  My 5 year old started kindergarten and it's going to rain all week.  Here's what I have to say---Hallelujah!  I loved this summer but I'm super excited for the fall.  My kids have been getting really bored at home so I'm sure that going to school will just help everyone be a little happier. We had some great memories this summer, from lots of trips to swimming pools and splash pads, to our family trip to San … [Read more...]

Good News for Sad Tummies: Lactaid

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I'm pretty fortunate...I've never had a problem with dairy.  I can eat ice cream, cheese, milk, till the cows come home (pun intended.)  But my husband and kids are not so much that way.  And so many other people around the world suffer with some level of lactose intolerant.  To be honest, my family is not that intolerant...if that's the right way to say that.  But if they have a lot of lactose for extended period of time, things start to get … [Read more...]

A Snowy Day in Hell

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I had the best intentions of showing you this really cute and fun Valentines craft today but instead of spending the afternoon working and photographing it, I spent the afternoon crying and rocking in the corner, clutching my knees.  Okay, not really, but that's what I felt like doing inside.  Let me share a story with you... If you live in Utah, you know that we have been absolutely DUMPED on with snow this week.  Every day snow falls, feet … [Read more...]

She would have been 34 today.

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Today I can't deny that my heart hurts.  Actually my heart hurts every single day still, but it's weighing heavier today. Alice would have been 34 today. These are the flowers from her funeral that we saved and dried. I still can't believe she's gone.  And I find that with each passing day I don't feel the pain lessen and I don't come closer to accepting it.  It is almost the opposite.  I feel angry that this had to happen, that we all … [Read more...]

What We’ve Been Up To…

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This summer has been out of control busy so far.  My hubby graduated from dental school--hooray!!  Then after that, we spent the next week packing like crazy.... I would like to pretend that I was sad to leave.  In some ways, I was.  I have some awesome friends in AZ, many of which are also moving away now.  And this was the home where my babies took their first steps. After the packing/cleaninglikemad we loaded up a VERY full minivan and … [Read more...]

On Grief

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  I've joined the ranks of a group that, excuse me for saying so, I would rather not be in.  People Who Have Lost Loved Ones Unexpectedly. The shock and gut-wrenching pain of a loss coming from nowhere is a circle of Hell. Grief is a strange thing.  Much different than I thought it would be.  For me, I'm mostly a happy person.  But then certain random things will set me off and this hollow sick feeling enters my stomach and tears well … [Read more...]

Alice’s Funeral: “Goodbye Temporarily”

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Alice Demske Hansen's funeral was held on a beautiful Monday, May 14th. Kurt and Alice dated for four years before getting married, 1 1/2 of which was long distance.  When they dating long distance, they would spend hours and hours talking on the phone.  They hated to hang up and disconnect with each other.  They always said, "Goodbye, temporarily!" With the help of my florist friend, I put together the funeral flowers. I chose flowers that … [Read more...]

The Alice Hansen Family Fund

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The loss of a loved one is a strange surreal reality.  Life is completely normal except for one large, gaping hole.  Each day the pain seems to become more real and defined as the actuality of what has happened sinks in. My dear sister-in-law Alice gave birth last Wednesday to a beautiful baby girl.  Unfortunately she contracted a horrible infection, strep A toxic shock.  It hit her like a tidal wave and after a hard fight, she succumbed to … [Read more...]