Monday, December 07, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 Wrap-up

We spent Thanksgiving in Mesa, Arizona 
with loved ones and enjoyed amazing food and good company.

Day 1: Drive from Utah to Arizona. 13-hour car trip.
With one memorable stop for dinner in Flagstaff.

Day 2: GrandMary's house.  
Oliver learns some football skills from uncle (former BYU quarterback) 
Dave. AKA: Projector Dave:
Mr. Nielson and I took part in an interview for the
Arizona Burn Center documentary:

Day 3: The Jonesons reunite at the Jones residence, where
 Spencer has crafted an amazing Christmas light extravaganza
over his driveway:
Mr. Nielson takes his girls to a farm to see a cattle operation:

Day 4: Thanksgiving at the Nielson headquarters.  
Boss Nielson carves the turkey:

 Over 50 of us, Nielson's sprawled around the table(s)
for fantastic food and good company:
13/14yr Nielson girl cousins:
Jane, Claire, Grace, Juliette, Lucy, Isabelle, and Mary.

 Day 5: Good times with the Jones family:

Day 6: A temple visit in Gilbert with Mr. Nielson's siblings and parents.  
Beautiful temple, beautiful night:
 While we were at the temple, apparently, Lottie and Riggs
 got married at a humble backyard ceremony.
I heard it was emotional and kissing with a lot of red lipstick:
Then, dinner in town with Lindsay and Spencer:
Bless Arizona; the in-season citrus, warmer temperatures,
good food, good people, Mr. Nielson's old stomping grounds, 
and the cemetery where a good portion of my 
ancestors are buried.

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Luke 1:41-42

When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, 
the babe leaped in her womb.

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