Tuesday, February 09, 2016


It's a tradition for us to go to Utah Lake in the middle of Winter
and explore the frozen water and area.
It's very mystical and calm.  
We love to walk far out on the ice very quietly.
This trip however, was a little less calm since Oliver slipped
 through the ice into water about 100 feet from the shoreline.
We all freaked out for about 20 seconds, and then began laughing hysterically.  
It certainly cut our playtime short since he was frozen to his waist. 
Not that I can complain.  I was freezing.
We were all in our comfies (aka: pajamas), so not really 
prepared for a winter adventure- but it was wonderful just the same.

Monday, February 08, 2016

I {heart} Nurses

I was honored to share some thoughts to the 
 Utah Student Nurses Association last Saturday.
I was such a joy to share my love and appreciation to the 
nurses in my life who challenged me, helped me become stronger, 
fight for me and with me, and nudge me forward on my darkest days.  
We are tougher than we think, and if we desire to be strong and happy, 
we can achieve that even among the worst of situations.
We are great people of strength and passion, and that will carry us 
on the days we find most difficult, those moments have changes my life 
and I continue to carry on, to strive for better and all the while 
becoming a wiser mother and woman.  
At least I hope.

Friday, February 05, 2016


I didn't get out of bed when my alarm went off this morning.  
I couldn't do it.  I woke up and felt like I had run a marathon.
 I was exhausted and drowsy and my body was super achy.
Lucky for me, Mr. Nielson was able to run 
the Little Nies morning circus while I stayed put in bed.
I finally pulled it together, went on my daily hike, came home, 
sat in a steaming hot shower for 35 minutes, then I put my PJ's back on and
 moved slow the rest of the day.
 *Lottie's dress here.
Lottie and I spent most of the afternoon reading books and
 we watched a few cartoons.
Then I tickled her mercifully because she says she hates it, 
but begs me to keep doing it and it's really funny.
 I am hoping the weekend will cure my aches and pains.

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Happy Weekend!  
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