Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Happy Day!

Every morning Lottie wakes up she thinks it's a holiday.
(She gets jazzed about holidays just like her 'ol mom).
Today she woke up and was sure it was St. Patricks Day, 
and we were going to the ranch too!
How would it be to go to bed everynight thinking 
that it was going to be a holiday when you woke up?
And then most the time when you wake up it's not
 that holiday you thought it was?  That could be very dissapointing.

I wish everyone could have a Lottie in their lives.
She brings so much happiness in my life which I really really needed it tonight.
I was pretty grumpy, and when I say "pretty grumpy" I mean super grumpy.  
My body ached, my hands hurt, and
I have a crack in my heel the size of Rhode Island.
Mr. Nielson is at the ranch, and we had a major snowstorm
today-and for me driving in the snow stresses me out.
Then while taking Jane to school this morning
 my car did a 180 on a busy icy road.

Also, sadly I have to report that I think I yelled at Nicholas 
about 56 times today- I don't know if I'd say yelling exactly, just
raising my voice....
(but I am yelling pretty loud at him in my head).
Tonight I put all the Little Nies in bed, 
kissed them, prayed with them, and told
them I loved them and I was sorry that 
I was impatient to them, (especially Nicholas).
I told them how thankful I was that I could ask God to forgive me and my
shortcomings and I could ask for strength and have faith for another day.

And really, isn't that what life is all about?

So, Happy-Whatever-You-Want-It-To-Be-Day!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Stop This Train.

Jane wanted her ears pierced for her birthday, so the family (all seven of us)
hopped in the car, and went to the mall to support our new 14 year old Jane.
Lottie then announced she wanted her ears pierced too.
I have to admit, I was freaking out a little bit.  I wasn't ready for this because
I think something inside me thought she'd stay little forever,
and earrings makes her look so old.
So after Jane got two little gold earrings pierced in her ears, 
Charlotte popped up on the stool and told us she wanted 
pink diamond hearts. 
The next thing I knew I was holding Lottie on my lap 
as two girls shot holes in her pure little ears. (Sniff, sniff).

Then the song "Stop This Train"
 by John Mayer played over and over in my head
 for the next 24 hours because I just want someone to stop this train 
and not let my children grow up.

"Stop this train
I wanna get off and go home again
I can't take this speed it's moving in
I know I can't
'Cause now I see I'll never stop this train."

Also, Oliver was having a really wonderful time.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Roses are red....

Before I left to NYC I had all of the materials for the Little Nies to make
their Valentines and asked Clane to help everyone put
 them together (since I was going to be gone).
This year I ordered our Valentines Day cards from Pinhole Press
like I do every year because they always turn out gorgeous.

I also ordered this cute little Family Faces Book for Lottie.
This will be so great to keep her busy and (and quiet) during church.
Claire sent me some photos of the kids putting together
their cards, treats,and boxes.
Looks like they had a lot of fun crafting!
I was really sad to have missed Valentines Day since it's Oliver's last 
VD in elementary school.  But then again, I'm just generally sad that my kids are growing up.

Happy Weekend to you and yours!!
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