Tuesday, January 19, 2016


"Take the first step in faith.
You don't have to see the whole staircase, 
just the first step."
-Martin Luther King JR.

Yesterday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day!  
We woke up late, ate eggs and oatmeal, 
and ran around in our PJs, throwing pillows at each other.   
If, by chance, in your mind, you are imagining an idyllic "PJ pillow party,"
you need to push that out of your mind.  
This was war and tears.
Mr. Nielson and I also set up an obstacle course using balloons
 and our kitchen swings.  
We had a few more tears, bad sportsmanship, 
and one of us Nielson ladies wet our pants.
We finished off the morning together on the couch, watching a movie.
(Have you seen Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes? It's a must-see.)
 Very Hygge!

After the movie, we drove up to the town of Midway
which is about 30 minutes from Fox Hill
and visited the amazing Ice Castles with our good friends,
the Binghams. Our families match up almost perfectly, and I
am pretty sure that Amy and I are really sisters.
We wandered around the beautiful ice formations and several times
I felt like I was in that scene in Superman. Do you know what I mean?
It was gorgeous, and we were blown away 
by the different ice sizes, shapes, and colors.
I had talked up this Ice Castle event to Lottie weeks before we went,
and she was convinced she had been invited to Elsa's castle.
  So naturally, she wore her Elsa dress, crown, and red lipstick.
Lucky for us, Elsa was there taking photos with other little girls.
When Lottie spotted the trio (Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff), she started stripping her
coat, gloves, and hat to look like the ice princess.
But when it was time to take the picture, Lottie got shy,
cried, and ran away even after Elsa coxed her over.
So we wandered to the refreshment area for
 hot chocolate and warm cinnamon rolls.
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