Friday, February 15, 2019

Valentines Day in the Harlow House


Nielson Family Valentines Day:
6:40 am-
Up.

7:00 am-
I came down to the kitchen to find Oliver making eggs
for Nicholas.  Yes, you heard me, Ollie woke up extra early
to make his best friend, his buddy, his brother breakfast.

7:10 am-
 Pack the Little Nies lunches in
cute bags with Valentine letters 
and heart shaped PB&J sandwiches.

7:45 am-
Drop kids off at school

8:00 am-
Run with Angus

9:00 am-12:00 pm-
None of your business

12:05 pm-
Lunch date with Mr. Nielson:

Flowers-
All day

1:05 pm-
Mr. Nielson attends Lottie's daddy (or the students male figure) 
Valentines Day party where they
built catapults and shot conversation hearts into a bucket.
  
 3:30 pm-
The Little Nies are home from school and
Lottie dumps out her Valentines from her friends 
and shares her treats with all of us, except Nicholas because it
was kind of an "off" day for the two of them.
Then we exchanged family Valentines to each other
with stuff like treats, books, stickers.

7:00 pm-
Heart shaped pizza's topped with arugula, spicy kale, three different cheeses,
and a variety pink drinks.
(Mr. Nielson usually always adds sweet potatoes, feta cheese,
and rosemary to his pies).

During dinner and under candlelight we
went around the table sharing what we love about each other.
It was the highlight of my day.
Oh man how I LOVE my family.

9:00 pm-
Playing our new 2019 Love song while eating
 a smorgasbord of chocolates.
Then I forgot it was only Thursday and not Friday.
Soooo, it off to bed.

Happy Valentines Day to one and all, 
and a very happy weekend!


Spiritual Enlightenment: 



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lovers Holiday 2019


Happy Valentines Day aka: Lovers Holiday!
Here we are again, ANOTHER year of declaring my undying
 love for my one and only, my Valentine, my husband, my man, my Mr. Nielson.
Like every year, I dedicate a love song to him, (for us)
 as we enter another year of life together.
(Kind of like I used to do over the phone to
 my boyfriends in elementary school. I'd hold the phone to the
stereo speaker while the song played then when it was over
I'd get back on the phone and say: "That was for you, OK bye!"
Then hang up really fast....anyone remember that?).

Our love song this year is a song called
"This Is Why I Need You"
by Jesse Ruben.
Especially this part of the song:
"Cause you make the darkness less dark
You make the edges less sharp
You make the winter feel warmer
You make my weakness less weak
You make the bottom less deep
You make the waiting feel shorter
You make my crazy feel normal, every time
You are the who, love is the what and this is the why
You keep the ship moving forward
You make it easy to try
You make my crazy feel normal, every time"

EVERYDAY I pray to God thanking Him for Christian.
I thank God that he's my husband, my protector, and greatest defender.
I thank God that Christian loves and respects me.
I thank God Christian and I have created five beautiful healthy
children together, (and who are a perfect mix of both of us).
And I thank God that I will be with Christian forever and ever
to infinity and beyond.

Happy Lovers Holiday my darling!
"I have too many questions and places to go
There are too many options far too many unknowns
This is why I need you
Everyone talks now but no one is right
There are too many armies with no one to fight
This is why I need you
Cause you make the darkness less dark
You make the edges less sharp
You make the winter feel warmer
You make my weakness less weak
You make the bottom less deep
You make the waiting feel shorter
You make my crazy feel normal, every time
You are the who, love is the what and this is the why
There are too many problems and no one who cares
There are so many roads and they all need repairs
This is why I need you
There's not enough chocolate, there's too many chores
There are so many mountains that I haven't explored
This is why I need you
Cause you make the darkness less dark
You make the edges less sharp
You make the winter feel warmer
You make my weakness less weak
You make the bottom less deep
You make the waiting feel shorter
You make my crazy feel normal, every time
You are the who, love is the what and this is the why
You keep the ship moving forward
You make it easy to try
You make my crazy feel normal, every time
You are the who, love is the what and this is the why"




Other (random) Lovers Holidays:
2014
2018
2017
2008





Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Making Valentines


Over the years I have spent my fair share helping
the Little Nies create Valentines to hand out in class-
it's one of my very favorite activities to do with them.
I just generally love everything about Valentines Day--
and everything about being a mom too.

Can you believe it, Lottie is the only Little Nie this year who
 needed to make Valentines for her class,
which kind of makes me feel sad (and old too).

Lottie picked out amazing scratch 'n sniff cards to hand out, 
 along with little bubble gums in a sack.
She spent over two hours writing in each card and drawing personalized
pictures for each classmate.  It was just the cutest thing ever.

{Happy} Valentine's Days over the years:
 2016


 2012

2017

 2013


 2015