Monday, February 20, 2017

Jane turns 14

Last Saturday my beautiful Jane Bronwyn turned 
14 years old...can you believe it?  14!? 
In the morning I made Jane the usual birthday breakfast:
pancakes with whipped cream,
 strawberry's, sprinkles, maple syrup, and a candle on top.
Part of our Nielson breakfast tradition is wearing the birthday crown
 while eating breakfast.  It's just a thing we do 
and so far no one has ever put up a fight...(yet).
Lottie helped me make the buttermilk pancakes and 
I dyed them three different colors of pink to make trendy ombre pancakes.

Jane opened up her gifts then lay on our hardwood kitchen
 floor covered in her new heated blanket, reading one of her ten new 
birthday books while the rest of us did our Saturday jobs.
Later in the afternoon, we all loaded in the car and I drove to 
Salt Lake City to pick up Mr. Nielson from the airport.
He was in New Mexico where he was attending a cattle convention.
SO glad he's home!
We took the kids to lunch and then to the mall where
 Jane got her ears pierced (for the 4th time!!).
I may have caved and Lottie may have gotten
 her ears pierced too! (More on that later).

We came home, got in our Pj's, watched movies, ate popcorn and 
brownies, and drank Dr. Pepper.
 Nailed it.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cavity Test

I spent most my day today cleaning up Fox Hill.
I was only gone a few days, but something the way the dust settles 
in my house makes it feel like its been weeks.
I have been cleaning out drawers, deep cleaning the refrigerator and the floors. 
And I swear I've done 10 loads of laundry today- and I am not done.
I often wonder just how much I could get done (and how fast) 
without any interruptions. It actually sounds dreamy...but thus the life of a mother.
I had to stop several times in the middle of my cleaning-fest
 to take a forgotten lunch to Jane, watch Oliver give his school report, 
take an overdue library book to Nicholas, play a few games with Lottie, 
and then take all the kids to the dentist.
I scheduled us all for cleaning/check-ups at the same time.
 We rule the office for about two hours and everyone there is so good to us.  
We all cleared the cavity test except for my youngest children; Nicholas and Lottie.
Which means, I'll be back in the office to get those fixed up and
I'm pretty sure Nicholas has dentophobia, 
(which is a real condition, I looked it up).
My boys woke up this morning, checked the weather- a whopping 50 degrees!  
Time for shorts! 
Mr. Nielson will be home tomorrow, and I am so looking
 forward to seeing him.
And It's my Jane Bronwyn's 14th birthday on Saturday!  

Happy Weekend!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017


 I am home.
Walked in the door, dropped my bags and showered with Lottie.
My head was spinning and I was so exhausted! 
Can't wait to blog about my days in NYC tomorrow!