Friday, July 25, 2014

It's not over yet.

All of a sudden I feel like summer is over.
I guess because I am preparing for our back to school feast, 
preparing for the new Nielson family theme, school shopping, 
and I am also making preperations for our last family summer vacation.
Mr. Nielson and a few of my siblings are headed to the gorgeous state
 of New Mexico in a few weeks for a little ranch therapy.
I am so excited and the Little Nies can't talk about anything else.
A new dear friend, Stephanie Hock has re-created this summer beach scene for me
with her painting talent.  Stephanie is a wonderful artist.
I have it hung up in my bedroom so I can reflect on the summer, 
that day and even that very moment.
Because I can remember it, and how I felt, how it smelled, what the children were
doing, where Mr. Nielson was, and how my back ached holding Lottie
sound asleep in my arms on that hard rock.
But I was happy.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Spiritual Enlightenment HERE;
Modern Day Pioneers.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pioneer and Proud

 {a VERY favorite Mormon artist Minvera Teichert}

Did you know that today is an official holiday in Utah?
Our state was founded by strong and brave Mormon Pioneers in 
1847, and so we celebrate today as a holiday.
It's awesome.  Usually my family gets together and we let off a few fireworks,
and then we talk about our rich pioneer heritage at some point during the day.
Today we are headed to my sister 
Page's cabin in the mountains for family time and heritage discussions.
I always remind my children when life gets hard, that they they can
overcome anything because they have a long list
of brave, strong, and dedicated ancestors who came before them.
These men, women, boys and girls overcame and pushed forward
when life got hard- and it was hard!
Sometimes I think we are pretty wimpy.
 {My little pioneers... photo cred: Justin Hackworth}

You can get really wonderful "pioneer" art and other beautiful things
at Latter-Day Home...and 24% off today only.
Happy Pioneer Day!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cookies by Clane

My brother Topher is living in London for a few months.
He takes a group of college students over to Europe each summer
for a study abroad program at Utah Valley University.
I invited his widow, Lisa and their darlings over for an evening swim and treats.
I hate when Mr. Nielson leaves for 48 hours, and I can't imagine
months.  That is hard. Go Lisa!!
Each morning, I get up early to exercise and last night, 
Lottie was in my bed (and awake) about 70% of the time, so I was exhausted when
I stumbled out of my bed at 6:00 this morning to hike.
Around 1:30 when Lottie usually takes her afternoon nap,
  I gave myself permission to take a little nap too.
I asked Clane to make some cookies to serve our guests tonight.
I use this recipe every time I bake chocolate chip cookies.
It's practically fool-proof. (thanks Steph)
Clane nailed it, I snoozed, Lottie snoozed, and all is well.

PS:  Check out this awesome clip of Topher.
He's pretty cool.

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