• Celebrate Schools 5K

    10.04.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Today we ran in a 5K that supports the school district I work in. You wouldn’t think it would be all that festive and fun to run a school district run, but you would be surprised. There are few runs that I can think of where I would know that many people. The whole time I’m running, I’m also greeting friends, former students and present ones too! I cried as I greeted some of my dearest, former, in-building colleagues. I hadn’t realized I missed them so! Today I spent the bulk of my run with Jude and a current student, while Bradley ran with our Gigi. We followed the event up with our traditional shopping adventure. It was a very good day!


  • 12

    09.27.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Our nephew, Luke, turned 12 recently and asked for the best birthday gift- for our whole family to get together like we used to, before Mom and Dad moved to Idaho. Miracle against miracles, we did it and 100% of the Hansen clan got together. If was a fun day!




  • The Magical Floating Leaf

    09.22.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Every Wednesday our kids have an early release. The most recent one was spent exploring the park and seeing the wonder of the world we live in. They trampled through the valley, explored stumps, and even suspended leaves magically from their hands!


    Have you ever been walking outdoors somewhere and seen a leaf just floating magically in the air? When we go to St. Edwards, we see them all over the place, so rich in spiders and falling leaves, and Bradley has taught the kids how to capture them and make them their own.

    This is a worthwhile way to spend our time. This is the homework that is important. This is knowing our world.


  • School Days

    09.21.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Almost every morning I get a text a little after 9:00, when Bradley has left the kids at school, of the kids. It’s our last ‘see ya later’ of the day before we all come together again after I get home. It’s really nice. This year, with the added commute and shift in my start and end times, I’m leaving the house at the same time, 7:30, but my return home time isn’t until around 5:00, compared to the 4:00 time over the last decade. Little things like my daily kid pic help to keep me connected and in the loop. I love this little Littlejohn tradition!

    And if you’re wondering how the little one is doing with this transitions into full time first grade, here is what he looked like at the end of this last Thursday:

    Someone is worn out, tired out, exhausted and ready for more time with his Papa Bear. I think the papa misses the boy just as much. He drew this the other day as a response to missing his lil’ buddy:

    We miss them too, as they go off into this big, wide world.


  • Back to School

    09.20.14 | Permalink | | Comments Off

    Jude and Guinevere started 1st and 5th grade this year…

    First day fun

    Gigi’s seat (at meet the teacher)

    Jude’s seat (at meet the teacher)



Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.