Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Calli also went a lot different and got a pixie do! It is so dang adorable. I wish that I was as bold as she is when I was her age. She knows what she wants and you can't change her mind. She also loves her hair and so do I!!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Hey there all of you possibly following my progress with weight loss!! I like to imagine that there are a lot of you!!! It seems to be helping me...I lost another pound this week which is especially wonderful considering the yummy goodness that was produced and brought to my home for the cookie exchange!! Thanks girls!!! That was a lot of fun and every year the yummies just get better and better! It is also fun to anticipate some of the regulars that we have come to expect. Thanks!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
We spent Thanksgiving Day at Nelson's with Quenalee and with Jeff's siblings and families. The only one missing was Andy who is in Argentina serving his mission. Ryan and Becca came up from Vegas and Alex came home from BYU. It was fun to be able to see all of them. My cute husband got to carve the TURKEY!
This year I am most grateful for living close to home when the holidays come because our siblings come home and we get to see everyone. It' s hard some days too because we have to split our time with the families-but we are so grateful to be here so that we can spend what time we do get.
The boys helped their mom set us her enormous Christmas tree
and we all got to help decorate it.
Mack even got up on the ladder to put a few ornaments up high.
It was difficult not having Galen there. We missed him for our first Thanksgiving without him, but Quenalee is so amazing and created a delicious meal and continued on with her traditions. She always gets the girls a nativity scene and the boys an ornament and she gives it to them early so that they can display them that year. It was a chore to get them all together and of coarse they aren't all smiling or even looking-but here's the Nelson Grand kids waiting anxiously to open their gifts.
A tradition that my family does on Thanksgiving is to decorate Turkey Cookies. So, I took some cookies over to decorate for the Nelsons.
My family had gotten together the Night before Thanksgiving and had dinner and fun together. It always is so much fun to watch the kids together and see all great they get a long with each other. I just love that the next generation are getting to know one another and building those bonds.
"Tanner and Maddie" were here from Utah. That is what all three of my children call my Brother Jon's family. When our families are together, no one is ever bored. Even me! I love to be by my brother Jon and his family. Quentin, Calli, and Mack have a corresponding cousin their same age and it is just so much fun to see them all hang out.
The only girl cousins in the house are Calli and Maddie and whatever you do....Do not try to separate them! There will be tears! I promise! They are adorable!!!
We also got together one day and went to go and see BOLT. It was a really cute show and I really liked it-especially the Hamster! ha ha! Michael and his family hung out with us most of the time and as always, it's fun to be around them too. I offered to have all of the cousins over for a sleep over one night (minus the baby) and so that night, Jeff and I had 9 sleeping children under our roof. It sure was fun-for one night!!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
This is what my stove top clock read when I came home early morning from viewing the Premier of the new movie made from the "Twilight" books...TWILIGHT...ahhh Twilight! I have yet again been entranced by this story. I love to go to movies-most of you know that about me, but my favorite movies of coarse is anything that involves such a love story as Twilight does! As with any movie-I loved to be entertained and "get lost" with the story line and feel as if I was able to escape the "real world" for 90-120 minutes or so! Twilight definitely did that last night! I fell in love all over again with the characters, the story line, and with Vampires! I just loved it! I was so not even disappointed with the casting! They did an amazing job!!! It was fun to feel the energy in the theater and to have everyone laugh at the moments that only the people who had read the book would laugh at! It was fun to have all fans (mostly) in the theater with us and to feel of the "Twilight" energy! It was worth the wait and it was worth staying up until 3 in the morning for!!!! With all of that being said, last night one of my friends said that she needed a date with me so that she could hear my story of meeting Jeff. and I would still love to go on that date...but I have been thinking a lot about our "meeting" story because another friend has been posting old e-mails on her blog of her courtship with her husband and I have found it awfully romantic and fun to read. Maybe mine won't be as fun for those who are reading, but it is fun for to share it for those who might be curious and just for my own record keeping benefit. I have written about it in numerous ways with scrap booking or journals-but here it is on my blog.
MY LOVE STORY
by Becca Nelson (he he)
I met Jeff when I was 15 years old, a sophmore in an Indiana High School, and very much attatched to a boy friend. My parents had the missionaries over for dinner quite a bit-which I happened to enjoy extremely because well, let's face it, I liked boys, and I didn't have a lot of LDS selection of Young men in Indiana (there were 10 LDS kids at my HS of 2000). I really enjoyed the missionaries coming to our home and sharing their time and testimonies with us. One Thanksgiving, the Elders came to spend the day with our family. One of the Elders had been serving in Fort Wayne for a while and I really thought he was a lot of fun and I enjoyed him. He was Elder Wyrick, and his quiet, shy, companion was Elder Nelson (Jeff) from a small town in Idaho. He was nice enough, but Elder Wyrick was a lot more goofy and fun to be around. We had them to eat a few more times after that and my mom evidently really liked Elder Nelson. I always said that she fell in love with Jeff long before I did. Jeff didn't even stay in Fort Wayne much longer than three months. However, when it came time for Elder Nelson to go home, I am pretty sure that Jeff invited our family to come to his Mission Farwell that they had for the missionaries that were going home. Mom, my bro Michael and I went. It was that night while I was listening to Jeff give his talk and his testimony that there was just "something" about him! I climbed in that car that night and my mom said, and I quote...."Do you think that he will wait for you????" I was shocked and not sure what to think-but also very much was "in like" with this young man (who happened to be 5 1/2 years older than me!). He wrote our family periodically keeping in touch and my Junior year when I came out to visit my brother at BYU (DAD, remember that long and wonderful bus ride?) all I could hope for was that I would be able to see Jeff. He did come visit me all the way from Idah! All I remember from that day was that we drove and drove and drove all over! We talked and talked and talked and never ran out of things to say to one another. We would stop and shop, or visit Bridal Veil Falls, eat, etc. I know it sounds so cliche-but it was a magical day!!! That was the day that I fell for him! He brought me home late and it was way before cell phones and so my dad was not impressed-but nonetheless, I really liked him!! When I went back to Indiana, I wondered how a guy that much older than me would ever even consider waiting until this junior in HS graduated and could date a little before he would want get married. Yes-I was already thinking about getting married!!! TO JEFF!
We wrote letters (before e-mails!!-man I'm ageing myself) and he would send me tapes (I'm way old!) that he recorded music on, mostly love songs and ballads from groups like Bon Jovi and Whitesnake, etc. I memorized those tapes and still love every song on them! We talked on the phone a few times and always enjoyed talking to each other. He helped me through a couple rough patches with friends and even boy friends my senior year. When my dad got a transfer and came to Idaho Falls to look for a house, he and my mom went to visit Jeff at his work and I was soooo jealous that they had gotten to see him!!! When we moved to Idaho Falls the year I graduated, he had moved down to Utah to get his residency so that he could go to shcool down there. We went there first to be with my grandparents for a week and Jeff and I spent every moment together that we could! We picked right up where we had left off!! It is so much fun to remember how I felt back then! I went to IF and he stayed in Utah. A few weeks later, he moved back to Idaho Falls and I was sooo happy! I like to think that I had something to do about that....:-) We dated the rest of the summer and agreed that we were probably going to get married, but agreed also that I needed to go to college and experience that first year before getting married. What a guy! I dated him all trough that first year-but not exclusively. I dated a lot of other guys too and even found a couple that were able to confuse my feelings about Jeff a little. It was a crazy year. I really loved Jeff, but I really still wasn't sure. With my fickle attitude, Jeff got understandably impatient with this immature 19 year old!
When school was ending, he was dating another girl every once in a while and I didn't like that one bit! One day, I was in town shopping with my mom and we were parked in the ShopKo parking lot and I will never forget what she said to me, and I quote again..."You had better get him before he gets away!!!!" Remember, my mom really loved Jeff! After her saying that I knew that I loved Jeff more than anything and that I HAD better get him before he got away! (Thanks mom!) I called him over that night and told him how I felt and the rest is history!! He asked me to marry him the next month and we got married and moved to Boise to start our life together before the summer ended.
And they lived Happily ever after!
There you have it! Our love Story!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Mack: "Mom, I am really, really, sorry but I stuck a hand up my nose."
Me: "Okay, it's alright, just don't do it again. Is it bleeding?" (I have caught him picking his nose and it does bleed sometimes)
Mack: "No-it's not bleeding, but it's still up there!"
Me: "Mack, what is still up there?"
Mack: I put a Lego guys hand up my nose and it won't come out!
Thoughts by me...Oh no! What did he do? I am going to have to go to the emergency room!! I can't afford that for a little thing up his nose! What was he thinking? Jeff's not here...What am I going to? I knew that Mack would be my emergency room kid! Maybe I will be able to get it out with tweezers! Maybe we can just blow it out!
Me: "Okay-it's okay. I will get a tissue and we will try to blow it out."
So...we blew and we blew and we blew and it finally came out. I was relieved. Now, my question to all of you...What do little kids think when they put things up their noses? When I was little, I put a bean up my nose. Myabe this is just payback for my parents sake.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Reading John Pigs Halloween
Ranay-Ooh la la!
The Whole Kindergarten Clan
Jeff finally turned 40! He has been dreading it for about 3 years now. I know that it is easier for me to make fun of him because on any one of his birthdays, I am 51/2 years his junior. However, I just think that he is one year wiser, hotter, and more amazing!!! I love you BABE! This is a picture of him being surprised at his surprise party where I took him and the family to go see a movie at the local theater, but the movie playing was a movie that I had made all about him from birth to today! On the BIG screen! It was so perfect!! It was exactly how I imagined and even more! It wasn't that hard to keep it from him. The kids didn't even know (except for Q when I had to tell him to be home at a certain time Sat morning so that he could be there in time). There were a lot of family and friends there to celebrate it with us and to laugh at his Don Johnson white suit and my big hair, and to cry when we were watching our family grow and change through the years. A few of the guys (Lacy, Travis, Megan, & Don) from work made some
You are amazing!! Later, we had a small family get together with one of Jeff's brothers and their family, my mom and dad, and Jeff's mom. Here is he with his mom modeling the tie, shirt, and pajama pants that he got for his birthday from all of us! Here's to 40 more sweetheart! I love you!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
There is so much to write about our exciting vacation that we took last month! We took off the first week of October to venture to the west coast and get ourselves to Disneyland! A few years ago, the kids were wanting to go to Disneyland and we told them that we needed to wait for Mack to get a few years older and so we told them that we would finish reading the Book of Mormon and then we would go. After about 3 1/2 years, we finally finished reading it and it felt great to give this trip to all of us as a reward!
On Tuesday, we spent the day at the Beach. We went to Laguna beach (great suggestion Jenni) and had such a fun day there. It was a nice relaxing time and a perfect day to go considering that it was 100 degrees! The kids just kept wadding in the water waiting for the next wave and playing all kinds of water games. Jeff stayed on the beach and read his book mostly. He did help Mack out with a sand castle for a while. I just stayed out with the kids taking 200 pictures!
What a fun day!
On Wednesday, we spent the day going back and forth between the two parks hitting our favorite rides! Calli's was a toss up between Space Mountain and California Screamin' and Quentin's favorite was the Matterhorn (He kept calling it the Behemoth!!!), and Mack's favorite was also Space Mountain! I think my favorite ride was any ride that wasn't too dark or too fast so that I could catch a look on any of the kids' faces. What an amazing time I had watching them smile and giggle through everything. Mack's highlight of the whole trip was his Jedi Training where he was picked to go on stage and train to be a Jedi and fight Darth Vader! He got a little certificate at the end and he kept looking at it all day long!!! He was so proud of that! It was fun to watch him do it! He was a brave little Jedi and fought Darth with all of his might!
I cannot wait to go back!!
On Thursday, we spent the day at Sea World. I thought this would be a highlight of our trip and it was fun, but definitely not as great as I expected (no offense to any Sea World lovers). We had a fun day though and it was amazing what the animals could do. The kids are obviously into rides after Disneyland and were disappointed that there weren't more of them there.
We headed home on Friday and were so sad to say good-bye to California! We all can't wait to go back!! It would be a yearly activity if we could afford it! On the way home, we stopped in Las Vegas to see Jeff's brother and his family who have moved there recently from Mississippi! We are excited to see you more you guys!!