Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Meanwhile I'm still blogging about New Year's Eve and Utah:
Sunday evening after my last nap for the year, we got the children
 ready and headed to my brother Jesse's house for a lovely
 New Year's Eve dinner complete with party hats and confetti. 
A few other siblings and their families joined the dinner too.
My Dad gave a very nice toast in which he toasted to health
 (especially for my brother Topher), the love of Jesus Christ in our homes, 
hearts, actions, and to prosper in all we do.
Then we clinked glasses, and began the feast. 
Jesse was so kind to include on the menu delicious salmon for us 
weird-o Nielson non-meat eaters.

After dinner we ate treats and played games; Clark Jeopardy,
 my dad's famous gorilla game,
 and the name game, you know the usual New Year's Eve festivities. 
I held Sally, while getting caught up in the lives of my siblings.
Around 10:00, we decided to head back to my mom's 
house to finish out our evening, but not before we let 
off a few firecrackers on the street in front of Jesse's house.

Someone....(not mentioning any names), brought a couple M-80's
 to the party which probably scared everyone in a ten mile radius of us,
 set off a few car alarms, and maybe broke a few windows.

Back at mom's house, Lottie got her PJ's on, 
snuggled up on the couch and fell asleep.
Happy New Year Lottie!!
The Little Nies watched movies with my mom and dad,
while Mr. Nielson and I retreated to our mattress in the living room
 and watched a movie on my laptop.
(Bless Costco for selling amazing blow-up mattresses, 
and bless Spencer Jones for telling us about them).
About 10 minutes to midnight, we all got up
 (except Lottie who was already in dreamland),
poured bubblie and played the countdown on the phone
with Ella Fitzgerald singing in the background.
The boys had timed the countdown perfectly with a few more 
fireworks for the big moment.
Mr. Nielson and I kissed barefoot outside in front
 of my parent's house while watching
the boys shoot off more fireworks into the cold night sky.
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New Year's day we slept in and missed breakfast.
So around noon we wandered downtown to one of our
 favorite foodie spots in Provo: Good Thyme
wherein we had a delicious lunch and also wherein we all
had food babies until 7:00 pm.

Did I mention we had brought all of our ski stuff with us
and because of terrible snow conditions, we didn't go skiing once.  
What a bummer.  So we lounged around the house,
 took Angus for walks in the mountains, spent lots of time in
 my moms house talking, movie-watching, and napping- felt so good!
Around evening, we pulled ourselves together for dinner
 with my parents where I wore my slippers and
 Lottie wore her summer dress. Happy New Year to all!
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Look how cute (and Scandinavian) parents are:

Cute authentic trolls and gnomes looking into windows.
With candles lighting the kitchen table everything is so hyggelit!!
Everything my parents do is magical.  
They make holidays so memorable warm.

Happy birthday to my brother Jesse.
I am getting old (and rude) because I can't remember
if his birthday is on the 8th or 9th.
But, hey Jess, Happy 39th birthday!