Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Just thinking...

Tonight Mr. Nielson and I lay in our bed each armed with a laptop. We are such nerds. Both of us are worn-out. And somehow opening the windows and listening to the crickets and each others keyboards relaxes us.

I prepared all day doing last minute shopping for school supplies.
I got all the food for tonight's Back to school feast.
I chatted with old friends.
Met new friends.
I kissed babies.
Answered e-mails.
Didn't clean my house.
Didn't make lunch.
Helped pick out first day of school outfits.
Made back to school crowns.
Made dinner.
Biked to back to school night.
Ate dinner.
put kids to bed.

And now my feet are swollen.

I was thinking about my post about the hiking the Y. What was I thinking. I said "I did it"-true of course, but I didn't just do it alone. You all did it with me. I couldn't have even possibly thought about it if it weren't for you.
I owe you an apology.
I also owe you my heart-felt gratitude.
Thank you.

I also was thinking about my new life. My new outlook. My overwhelming love I have for my family. My unconditional love for Mr. Nielson (who now is packing up the bucket bike with garbage bags that we can't fit in our can. He is going to evenly distribute our garbage to other people cans along the street. That is rude, but why is that rude? I mean, would you care? It's just garage...but anyway...)

I am thinking about our past trip to Seattle. I remember driving down the freeway and out of nowhere among the majestic pines was the Temple. I frantically announced to all the children to look out their windows and I happened to glance at Ollie who, desperately wanted to see. He poked his head out the window and in my rear view mirror, I caught a glimpse of his excitement and honest thrill when he saw the glorious temple. It was as if he urged to be there where all peace is restored. It was a beautiful moment, one I will remind him of for years to come.

I was thinking about Nicholas' new love to say "poopie-head". I guess I need to get my "flipper" out and oiled up. (right mom?!)

I was thinking about the amazing e-mails and letters from people who love me.
Specifically one from Candace.

I was thinking of Claire's absolute love for Monkey bars, and Jane's new love for her bike.

I was thinking about my achievement in hiking the Y. That was awesome.

And now my friends, I am thinking about going to bed.