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!!
Spiritual Enlightenment: Mountains to Climb

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Valentines Day 2017

Valentines Day in NYC- could there be anything more romantic?
Mr Nielson and I had a busy day speaking and meeting with 
missionaries pretty much all day, couldn't have loved it more!
We got to our hotel in the late afternoon and collapsed on our hotel bed 
and slept for hours and when we woke up it was dark outside.
Then we watched the entire season of "Stranger Things" 
 (sooo scary and NOT romantic).  
We decided to take a break half-way through episode five to go get dinner.
 We walked and walked the streets of Manhattan enjoying 
the sights and lovers along the way.
We decided to eat breakfast for dinner- 
(who doesn't love a good plate of french toast for dinner?), 
but I was freezing cold and I didn't really feel like walking any further 
so we high-tailed it to our hotel, called room service and ate pizza in bed.
Perfect way to end a perfect Valentines Day

The End.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hello again!!

Chatting tomorrow!  Join me.
Mr. Nielson and I have been back east to New York City several times 
since we moved from New Jersey in 2006, but we have never 
been back to our town of East Brunswick.
This trip we made it happen!
We drove the familiar roads, freeways, and side roads 
until we made it into our neighborhood.
Then I felt emotional and cried.

The house and neighborhood looks about the same.
We found our little yellow house and parked 
around the corner so we could walk up to it.
I felt the familiar love and loyalty for the neighborhood and the house.
My mind was flooded with memories!
I remembered the streets I walked when I was in labor with Oliver.
I saw the window to my bedroom where Oliver was born.
I saw the front lawn where I planted flowers, had picnics, and
where the girls and I caught lighting bugs in the Jersey summers.
I saw the windows that Mr. Nielson installed when we remodeled the back bedroom.
I saw where we discovered a cesspool in the backyard
and the front door that Christian painted (still red!).
I wandered up the driveway where the little girls would
 run up and down barefoot for hours with princess dresses on.
And best of all, our neighbors across the street still had the GOOSE!!
She looked healthy and happy and dressed!!
We also visited Colgate-Palmolive where Christian worked, 
and we drove to South Amboy where my dear friend Aimee still lives!
 I totally remembered exactly how to get to her house. Amazing.

After spending all day in New Jersey, Mr. Nielson and I took the train back to NYC
 to our hotel room.  On the train we talked about our life in Jersey years ago.
We talked about the hard times, good times, happy times, and we 
laughed at the funny things that seemed to happen to us daily.
I am so thankful for those experiences.