Friday, October 19, 2018

We rented another RV

Today we are taking our family on another epic adventure.
We've rented an RV and plan to head north to Virginia Beach,
 Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey and New York.
Our itinerary includes visiting several historical
 Civil and Revolutionary War sites,
 museums, LDS temples, and Church history sites too.  
We have been looking forward to this trip for months.
Of course one of the main reasons for the trip is to visit Tarrytown in NY 
where Washington Irving wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Perfect for Halloween. 
 (I mean honestly, this is where I want to go most of all).
We will visit Washington's estate and the cemetery where he and other 
notable persons are buried. (It's kind of a spooky cemetery too).
I love that my children are older and will
remember these family adventures we have together.
My girls have been preparing for the pre-ACT test all week and are
delighted for a little break from school.
 I am personally really excited to have a little break
 from making 5 lunches everyday.
I don't mind doing it, but a little break is always
 appreciated now and then.

We looked into a boarding home for Angus for the next week
 and found a "pet spa" option here in Chapel Hill.
He will pretty much be spoiled for a week, 
(they have their own pet swimming pool for crying out loud!).
I wonder if he will even miss us.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I will be posting from the road!

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Enjoy a few favorite Nielson Halloween costumes:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

My Little Dolly

Everyday at 3:00 I drive to the park where Lottie's bus drops her off.
Everyday she jumps from the bus and runs to me, and we hug like
 we haven't seen each other in years.
It's definitely is one of the highlights of my day.

Then she comes home and drops her backpack right by the
 door the second she walks in. 
Seconds later she zips straight up the stairs to where her
 dollhouse and toys are, and picks up where she left off the day before.
I ordered a bunch of wooden "dollies" from my niece in Utah.
She hand paints and designs gorgeous little wooden dolls.
Lottie LOVES them.
I've ordered just about every princess (and a few princes too),
 a Halloween set, a Thanksgiving set, and a 
Christmas nativity set.
She could play for hours with these little guys, and I could too!  
(I really don't mind playing dolls with her, except she prefers her sisters).
I think for Christmas I'll have my niece make our family.

You can check out these cute dollies on IG at: @painted.dolly

Two more days until our east coast RV trip.
The Little Nies are so excited they can hardly sleep.
I hope I see some fall color- my friend said fall here is 
in slow-motion.  She's right, I can spy a tint of yellow on the trees,
but for the most part they are still pretty green.
Come on Autumn!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Miss Ozzy

When I was a little girl I was obsessed with school- particularly my teachers.
I didn't necessarily love the school part, mostly I just loved watching
my teachers interact with me and the other students in the classroom.
I loved how they decorated our classroom for holidays, 
I loved the way freshly copied worksheets smelled, and I loved getting read to.
When I was about ten years old I transformed 
my basement into a full-blown school.
I called it "Little School" and invited little cousins and neighbors to come.
I moved my brothers weight sets, sport stuff, and my
 dad's hunting gear into closets and corners,
and hung up calendars and 'welcome to school posters'.
I even talked my 5th grade teacher into letting me have five 
very old desks that were being unused in the schools basement.
I'll never forget the day I called my mom to tell her the school 
gave my teacher permission to let me have these desks dated 
back to the 1950's, probably when my dad was a student there.
One day after school, my mom pulled up and together 
we piled five heavy desks in our 1989 Suburban.
I was on cloud nine!
I spent any money I had, (or could scrounge up) at the print 
shop on BYU campus coping and laminating 
worksheets and holiday decorations.
I had every single marker and colored pencil known to man. 
I took the kids on field trips, decorated cookies, had a school program,
and even we had school photos.
(I've GOT to find those!).
Lottie has the same teacher bug.
Each day she comes home from school and sets up her own "Little School".
She asks her siblings to come- and they usually don't, 
so she talks to herself, or to her stuffed animals, or even she
 sometimes suckers the neighborhood kids to come.
And she's really bossy.
Last week, the Little Nies had two days of school cancelled 
  because of Hurricane Michael.
Lottie took full advantage of her freedom 
and set up school in every room downstairs.
Because I am a good mom, I made the older Little Nies 
sit down and participate with Lottie, aka: Miss Ozzy.
 (even Mr. Nielson was the PE teacher).
I told the kids if they made fun of her, laughed and/or
didn't take her seriously, or so much snickered at her,
 I would add on 15 extra minutes of school.
They ended up playing for nearly an hour.
And Lottie was on cloud nine!