Friday, December 07, 2012

Ahhh nuts.

What do you have planned for the weekend?
We are hoping and praying for SNOW!
It is supposed to be a bit stormy, but nothing too impressive.  Darn.  
{Family Christmas Card when we lived in New Jersey 2005}
Today Mr. Nielson and I were thinking about when we 
lived in New Jersey years ago.
We were poor and lonely without family around for the holidays.
All we wanted to do was go to Costco and buy a bulk bag of nuts.
I wanted to put them in a big bowl in our kitchen 
for our little family and visitors.
 On our tight grocery budget, it was hard to justify spending the $20.00
 on something so non-essential as that, 
but it reminded us of home and it reminded us of happy times.
Nuts on the kitchen table meant Christmas, friends, family, 
and spontaneous gatherings.
After our Costco run we came home with our nuts.
 I poured them in my Christmas bowl 
and Mr. Nielson and I sat around our little kitchen table cracking 
them open for our small children.
We both felt like we "made it".   We were a true family.
Today in our kitchen, we have a nice assortment of nuts for all to enjoy.  
It still reminds me of my childhood.  
As a child, I can see my dad cracking nuts and watching 
a BYU basketball game on TV.  
Or sitting around the table with my high school friends 
chewing cashews, pistachios, and hazelnuts while deciding 
what to do that evening.
{Life is awesome}

This weekend the Nielson family will:
-Go to Temple Square in Salt Lake City to see the lights.
-Oliver is going to a birthday party.
-Neighborhood Christmas light drive with brother Andrew and families.
-Mr. Nielson and I are going to Blickenstaff's toy store to do a little shopping for the children.
**Starting Monday, Blickenstaffs is beginning their 12 days of Christmas.
 They are giving away thousands of dollars in toys.
It's SO easy to enter.  Here are the instructions:
"Like" them on Facebook. 
*Leave a comment on the blog tell them the "item of the day"
Blickenstaffs will ship anywhere in the continental US!!  Enjoy and good luck.  
{I'll remind you about this in the next few weeks}
 My sweet dear friend Beth painted this beautiful announcement 
for me when I had Charlotte.
I love it.  It's one of my most favorite treasures in Charlotte's nursery.
Beth just had a little baby boy.  Congrats Beth-  I love ya.

Spiritual Enlightenment HERE
I just downloaded the soundtrack to "Life of Pi".  
I think I have listened to it 30 times.

It is BEAUTIFUL and inspiring.

Scattered Showers Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%Partly CloudyMostly Cloudy

Our weather this coming week.