Monday, August 03, 2015

Ranch 2015 Day 5 & 6

Hiking, swimming, eating, painting, quad riding, snake hunting, gun shooting, 
barn dancing, and braid making took up the weekend. 
Here we go:

Aunt Alice put real pioneer braids in Lottie and her new
 favorite cousin Margot's hair:

I still spend a stupid amount of time working on my paint by numbers. 
 I am becoming anti-social:
 Lottie holds a dead rattlesnake:

Then she fell asleep in my arms while swinging in the barn:

The cousins pretend to be pioneers and make a big pot of vegetable soup.  
(Come to think of it, I am pretty sure that pot of soup is still outside.  
They never ate it because it was taking too long and they wanted to go swimming...
remind me to get that tomorrow).
Lottie tries pushing Jane in the water hole:

Mr Nielson sleeps:
 The younger cousins perform "The Wizard of Oz" in the barn 
before we all ripped it up on the dance floor. 
I haven't sweat that hard in years. 

I am typing the post from a very quiet Ranch house.  
Everyone has gone home except for my little family and the Boss and Mary.  
We will enjoy the gorgeous ranch a few days more. 
Before we said our goodbyes, we had the family sing-a-long, which we 
moved inside because of bad weather.

Sunday we attended church.  It was wonderful, humbling,
and uplifting.  I was very touched.  Ir's important for our family to never miss 
going to church on the Sabbath day no matter where we are.  That is the beauty of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; anywhere in the world
on Sunday, you can find a meeting house and go to church.
  It is the same service in Utah as it is in New Mexico 
as it is in Denmark and Japan.  Cool hu?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ranch 2015 Day 4

Day 4 at the homestead was actually quite chilly.  
It rained last night and we woke up to mud and sweaters.
I actually hit snooze on my alarm clock about 5 times because outside was gloomy
 and I justified not exercising for fear of sloppy running and muddy shoes.  
Absolutely worth it.  
One of my favorite things about any vacation,
 is waking up at the same time as Mr. Nielson--
which we did and so enjoyed.
I spent all morning on my paint by number which in reality, 
still doesn't even look like anything.
 I hope I can make some serious progress in the next few days.
When the sun came out it warmed up quite a bit and the Little Nies and 
Mr. Nielson took a chilly dip in the water hole.  I watched and took photos.
Before dinner some of the gang hopped in the old '78 Ford pick-up 
and headed to the gun range area. 
Cute niece Savy is engaged to cute Kevin and will be married later this summer.  
It's always fun to see engaged couples together
 because it's such a happy time of life.
 Cute boys:
Cute girls:
Lottie wore down and I held her in the the truck while we
listened to Country music and guns popping every 
5 seconds. Then she dozed off.
  The country here is unreal.  So gorgeous and colorful.  
I've already planned and designed my future ranch house someday.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ranch 2015 Day 3

Today's objective: practice shooting with the Little Nies.
As soon as we pulled up to the shooting area, 
I spotted a rattle snake coiled up by a tree stump.
I stayed pretty calm and the boys jumped off the quad so fast 
and made a plan of action to dispose of the rotten rattler.  
The rattlesnakes are very dangerous and we don't want them near the ranch house,
 so we shoot them, and I feel fine about that. 
The sky goes on and on forever here at the ranch and today the 
 sky was mostly gray with big ominous clouds.  
We knew rain was on it's way, and boy did it rain!

Of course Lottie fell asleep in my arms while I rode home on the quad. 
 I was able to transplant her from my arms to my
 bedroom where she had the best 4 hour nap.
  The windows were wide open while the wind, rain and thunder activities made us
feel safe and cozy and comfortable inside.
It was the most ideal afternoon.
I worked more on my paint by number while Mr. Nielson helped fix the roof,
 the pluming, and the tractor.  He stopped to come inside to eat a few 
crackers with cheese and take a nap on the hard bench 
in the kitchen near me while I painted.  

After naps, the girls dressed up as pioneers and played around outside.
I feel so happy at the ranch.  Everything is right here; 
the weather, the company, the sky, the grass, the rain and the ranch house.
Really, it can do no wrong.
We feel happy and content and the joy I feel seeing my children having
a childhood like Mr. Nielson had here at the ranch is indescribable.  

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