Saturday, December 29, 2007
Greetings from the Nielsens!
Though we try to fool ourselves into thinking our Christmas might look something like the front of this card, we have resigned to the fact that we still call the Las Vegas desert home.
Jon has taken advantage of the desert sun and become a “runner”. People who go out for a nice, leisurely jog every now and again don’t get the true runner label. It takes a certain level of commitment (and insanity if you ask me) to deserve the full title. If you are willing to run even when the sun is a scorching 115 degrees, if your Garmin Satellite watch has surpassed all other inventions as the greatest thing ever made, and if you are willing to run your own marathon of personal design while your wife provides the occasional snack and water stop with the baby in the back of a car then you, like Jon, can officially be called a runner.
Kacey, on the other hand, uses the hot, hot sun as a great excuse to stay indoors. Why melt when the A/C works just fine in here?! Unfortunately the amount of indoor time doesn’t really seem to translate into more housework completion. But she is always sure that all books get read, all TV shows get watched, all shopping gets done, and Scarlet is still alive and healthy when the day is done. Success? I like to think so.
Scarlet enjoys waking up to the early sun, no matter what time it likes to grace us with its presence. Scarlet is an ever-growing bundle of chunkiness and joy. At 9 months she is already tipping the scales at 25 lbs, but that hasn’t slowed her down. Though she has now mastered crawling and assisted walking, her most impressive feat has got to be her palate. There is nothing this child won’t eat. From a big bite of spicy curry to a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, she chows down and asks for more. Every mother’s dream…
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season and here is wishing you the best for 2008!
So you didn't miss much, but here was the letter I sent out this year. Hope everyone had a merry Christmas, I can't wait to read all about them!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Here's the bizarre part. My parents were supposed to be on the Book of Mormon trip with everyone else. But, because my parents were unsure of their financial situation they didn't go. During the time they should have been in South America my mom got sick and had to have surgery. Can you imagine if that would have happened while they were on the tour?! It would have been AWFUL! And now, a week after she gets out of the hospital he gets his license back. I have said it before and I'll say it again, God knows what He is doing.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
My ward is either seriously on top of things or were desperate to get it over with. We had our ward Christmas party on December 1st. Everyone kept asking all night why we were having our ward party in November... almost.
We have a lot of fun couples our age in the ward so we chatted all night. Our friends Dale and Mindy who just moved into town came with us. Dale has been trying to get to our activities for months now after finding out that former BYU Basketball player Mike Rose is in our ward. When he found out, his next comment was, "wow do you have any other celebrities in your ward?" I got a kick outta that. So he got to meet Mike last night, that was pretty exciting for him. And I could tell Mike liked having a fan.
The primary kids put on a nativity, nothing compared to the Earl production every year but decent in its own right. Then, we ate dinner and basically called it an evening. Of course right before we headed out the door, we had a 'special guest' stop by. Since Angie has frightened me away from mall Santas for the rest of my life I just couldn't resist the opportunity.
At first she was very curious about Santa, she gave him the ol' stranger stare she has perfected. But with a candy cane in hand she wasn't about to complain. Oddly enough, I found myself a little disappointed. I realized all I wanted was big crocodile tears pouring down her face as she reaches out for me like every other child has on Santa's lap. How mean am I?
But then we decided we wanted a picture with Jane (Dale and Mindy's baby) and Scarlet together on Santa's lap.
And, I finally got my picture. Poor kid. But check out those chunky legs coming out of those boots! They don't fit her feet very well but I had to buy them a size up so they would fit around those calves.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I just talked to her a while ago and I'm excited I'm going to get the chance to head down to Moses Lake and help her out for awhile. I can think of very few times in my life I've actually ben able to help my mom, it's usually the other way around so I'm grateful for the opportunity. Plus who can complain about a trip home :) I know she will be just fine, but it's just sad she has to go through this. She made the comment to me, "I would rather have 7 babies again than go through this." Thanks for all the concern and well wishes! I will keep you posted.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
1. I always save the best bite for last. For sandwiches, that means working my way to the middle, crust first. Whatever I consider the best bite of whatever I'm eating, that is the last bite I enjoy. I love ending my meals on a very positive note. The big problem comes when someone comes and takes my last bite. Little do they know the preparation that went into creating that final food morsel. Entire meals have been ruined by a poorly timed bite steal...
2. I am a pure slob at heart. Were it not for my love of my husband and child and my concern for my social reputation, my house would probably be uninhabitable. I have learned over the years that I just have to get over it and learn how to clean. But it really has been VERY hard for me. I'm not even one of those people who finally cleans everything then thinks, 'wow that is much better.' To be honest, I almost always preferred a little bit of clutter.
3. Excluding some blond highlights at the age of 13 (from angie) and a few months of bright red hair in college, I have always kept my natural hair color. The weird part is, I get asked about once a month if I've dyed my hair, even by Jon sometimes. Especially after I had Scarlet. I would tell people I hadn't dyed it and they would look at me like I was lying to them. I like to think I'm like a magic-free Tonks (wow what a dorky harry potter reference...)
4. I HATE hand jewelry. I'm really not big on bracelets but its rings that drive me the most crazy. I tried to make myself a ring wearer several times over the years but it has never stuck. I just don't like them! So when my husband gave me my simple and elegant gold band wedding ring that he made, I realized all over again he really was the one for me. It's the only ring I have ever been able to wear for more than a week.
5. I am a closet speed demon. My mom reads my blog so I shouldn't even include this one because I can just see the lectures building in her mind. But hey, I'm an adult right? I had my fair share of speeding tickets in high school but it wasn't until college that I really hit my full potential. My little Malibu could get up to 108 and I actually made the drive from Provo to Boise without ever letting the needle go below 95. Luckily, I have realized the true stupidity of this little thrill of mine and I have turned in my... ok there wasn't really anything to turn in. But I have slowed down significantly.
We're headed to Gridley for the entire Thanksgiving week. So everyone have a happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
My sweet sister Kendall emailed me the other day and asked me if Scarlet had any new tricks. Instead of describing them, I thought I would post this little video for her. Anyone not immediately related to her (i.e. aunts, grandparents) will probably not find this video super interesting. OH and please excuse my super annoying voice throughout.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Speaking of good deals, Courtney just went to Homecoming recently and wore a dress my mom found for under $40. Added a few sparkles here and a little material there, and she looked goregous!
Colorado was great. We didn't do much more than hang out in the hotel room, but it was a great hotel. The nicest people worked there. Scarlet slept in the closet while we were there and she has never slept so well in her life! She didn't take a nap that was under 2 hours. I was pretty sad to leave that closet...
I got a little antsy one of the days we were there and needed to get out of the hotel. I didn't have a car so I could only go to places within walking range. And, as luck would have it there was a nail place across the street. I RARELY have my nails done. In fact, I have never had nails put on and I think I have gotten like 1 manicure in my life. But I love love love pedicures. I think they are so relaxing. I have terrible feet from the fact that I wear flip flops every day of my life. It is so nice to get them all cleaned up and looking so cute. I very much enjoy looking down at my feet and seeing cute toes.
Nail places are also one of the only places where I am a really good tipper. I am an overall good tipper, but I go all out at nail places. Mostly because I can't believe someone has been willing to spend so much time with my feet.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I had a diet breakdown this evening. I have been on a pretty serious 'dont eat anything good' diet for the past month and I don't have a scale so I don't really even know if it worked. Many of you might not understand this but when you're 6'1" it takes a major of weight gain and loss to actually look any different. You know some people you can tell when they lost like 5 pounds? It takes like 10-12 before I look different at all. I'm not even sure why I bother.
But anyways, as I was saying, major breakdown. Everything in the fridge looked so gross, I didn't have anyone but Scarlet to make dinner before and she loved her mixed vegetable puree. And she was already ready for bed so I didn't want to run out and get anything... so I ordered Chinese takeout. a LOT of Chinese takeout. And let me tell you it was gggooo-oooddd. Mmm.
My food getting cold... gotta run.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Scarlet let us sleep in until 9:30 that morning. That was the greatest. What better gift can your 6 month old give you? We spent a little time organizing the apartment and put Scarlet down for a nap that turned out to be 3 hours long. That NEVER happens. We got to just be the two of us all afternoon, which mostly involved chatting about life and lazying around the apartment. When she woke up we drove out to the Red Rock Loop. It is so goregous! Jon and I had both not been there so we really enjoyed playing tourist in our own city.
Her smile in this picture cracks me up!
Then we had a great Thai meal at a new restaurant we hadn't tried before and Scarlet was a doll through the whole thing. The only potentially moment ruining thing there was this nutty couple that came in. The lady was seriously off her rocker. She kept talking to the people who worked there really loud and slow, saying things like, "You are in my country, you should speak my language." and "I was a vodka martini, you know what a martini is right?" Their english was fine by the way. She also insisted they have a male waiter because women are always slow and they just don't understand her. When she first walked in the door, she came right up to me and asked me how old Scarlet was. Then she says, "make her stay that age forever because when they are sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen... (she counted slowly all the way to 25) they are TERRIBLE!" she shouts at me. Quite the adventure.But overall great anniversary. I've got a good little family.