Tuesday, April 07, 2020

"Project 8" Day 2

Lottie's secret special "Project 8", it was Jane's turn.  

Jane had planned on treating Lottie to a spa, and turned her
 her bathroom into a luxurious pampering spot for Lottie.

Jane did Lottie's hair, gave her a facial complete with mineral mask,
a cucumber eye treatment, hand massage,
 and a mani-pedi with pink glittery cupcake smelling polish.
Jane had Lottie's favorite sparkling water drink and her favorite music
playing in the background.
It was a dream come true for Lottie, and Jane had worked so hard
to make the spa super special for Charlotte.

After the spa, Jane and Lottie read books 
until her next adventure with Oliver was ready...

Monday, April 06, 2020

"Project 8" Day 1

Over the weekend:
Friday, Lottie turned eight!! Saturday/Sunday we enjoyed a very
 fulfilling and an amazing General Conference,
 and today Lottie will be baptized as a
 member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
But for today's post, I'm going to write about Lottie's eighth birthday.
The other Nies accuse me of treating Lottie as my favorite child.
She's not my favorite, she's my youngest so yes, I admit I may
treat her differently, and it's mostly because she's my last..., my baby!
I think all moms baby the family baby, right?! Can't be helped.
Weeks ago when it looked like Lottie would be having a
home quarantined birthday, I planted into the minds of the
Nies a plan to make Lottie's birthday super special.
  I named this plan "Project 8" so we could refer to it and Lottie 
would never know what we were talking about.
For Project 8, I asked each Nie to think of something special they could do
with Lottie on her birthday.  It could be a craft, a project, playing a game,
 or whatever they could think of to do with her.
 The rules were simple:  it had to be just the two of them,
and the project had to be a minimum of one hour.
Days before April 3rd (Lottie's birthday) we finalized Project 8.
The Nies wrote down any materials they needed for their project
and the night before Lottie's birthday, I had Mr. Nielson take Lottie
in the car and Nies and I had a planning meeting.
We sat at the table wrapping her presents and prepping for Project 8.
Claire would kick-off the first of the many wonderful memories
for Lottie's special day.

She woke up early while everyone was asleep and made
Lottie's favorite breakfast of crepes to serve her breakfast in bed.
(in the boys' room).
After breakfast, Lottie opened up presents downstairs and she and
 Claire played with her new horse stable.
(I put party hats on all of her horses and people).
As Claire's project 8 plan came to an end,
 Jane was upstairs preparing for her project: 
The Spa...

Friday, April 03, 2020

Lottie and GC!

(More on Lottie and her birthday and
her baptism next week!)

Well, folks, this is it, the weekend the Nielson family 
(and ALL Latter-Day Saints) have all been waiting for:
In preparation for this special weekend, the Nielson family has 
been on a full-week social media fast.  
We've given up Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, games, 
movies, TV shows, and anything that is distracting or that could
take away from our preparation to hear our
 Prophet speak to us this weekend.
For me, it wasn't too hard, in fact, it was refreshing!
  I've been weaning off Instagram for months now,
 I hardly check it and when I do, I limit my time. 
I like to post, mostly for a personal record, and also for my 
 sister Lucy and mom...and probably my brother Andrew, maybe Katy?
(Honestly, I'm not sure who else in my family follows me).
But I get so exhausted and weighed down
 by negative and unnecessary comments from strangers
 that taking frequent breaks is good for my emotional state.

 I love this quote by President Nelson:
“If you are paying more attention
 to feeds from social media than you are to the whisperings of the Spirit,
 then you are putting yourself at spiritual risk—as well as the 
risk of experiencing intense loneliness and depression.”
I don't want to ignore the Holy Ghost.
I don't want to have intense lonely feelings,
I don't want to be depressed, and I certainly don't want 
to put me in spiritual risk!

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Prophet Joseph Smith
"There is no dispute about what Joseph Smith accomplished,
 only how he did what he did and why. 
And there are not many options. 
He was either pretender or prophet. 
Either he did what he did alone, or he had the help of heaven.
 Look at the evidence, but look at all of the evidence,
 the entire mosaic of his life, not any single piece. 
Most importantly, do as young Joseph and “ask … God, 
that giveth to all men liberally, 
and upbraideth not; and it shall be given [you].”"