Wednesday, February 15, 2017

January 2017

Nielsen family Christmas party was a blast as usual. Pateresa planned this year and she had it in Glenwood. Fun games, good food and even better company. 
The guys all went and helped grandpa split wood. 
Chantry went  snowmobiling with Search & Rescue. 
I planned my first event in Young Women's. We did new beginnings to welcome the girls coming in this year. With the help of the other amazing leaders, it turned out great. 
Randilyn had a field trip to the dentist. 
Marcus and Keshia had their twins, Lakyn and Lanie on the 18th. They are so so adorable! They will be the best parents. 
Chantry turned 36. We celebrated the weekend before in mesquite with a few friends and family. My mom came and watched the kids. On his birthday, we had grandpa over for dinner and cake. Chantry just gets better with age. I didn't take any pictures of him but got this cute one. 
One month come and gone already in 2017.

Monday, January 2, 2017

December 2016

December was busy and full of fun and actually quite relaxing as well.  Loved every minute.

We started Light The World.  We made a chain with 25 acts of kindness or service and tried to do one every day.  We had to play catch up a few times doing 2-3 things in one day but it really helped us get in the Christmas spirit and feel Christ in our home.

Channer turned TEN!!!! I can hardly believe I have a kid in the double digits.  We celebrated by taking two of his friends and inviting his cousins to House of Jump in St George and going to Chuck A Rama.  He picked Cooper and Kade to take with.  Jeff, Sarah and her girls came, Grandpa Charley, Grandma Marcia T, Stachia and the girls and Ginger and the kids, Chy and Andrew and Chantell and Kim.  The Waters and Ortons joined us well.  I did not take even one picture- we must have just been enjoying ourselves! 

The second weekend in December, we had our annual NFR trip to Vegas.  It was different this year without Marcus and Keshia (she will be having her twins next months, so they stayed home this year).  Jamie and Gary came this year with us and we had a great time though.  We met up one night with Tulsa and Brian and Wyatt and Kylee too.  We only went to the rodeo the one night and watched from The D the other nights.

Randi had her first actual dance recital.  I didn’t take any pictures of that either, cause well she stood on the stage and cried and I just sat there wondering what to do lol.

We celebrated Gradnpa's birthday and had him over for dinner.

We also hung out with Celina for her last night here the same night.  That time went so so fast and it is sad she has already moved home to prepare for her mission.

Randilyn had her preschool program- she had stage fright again.  She did try to sing a couple of the songs though, but cried.  Hope she can get over this stage fright thing soon cause she is so darling practicing at home.  It surprises me so much too cause she is NOT shy.

There was a nice snow storm the first day the kids got out for Christmas break.  They played out in the snow for hours with the neighbors.  
Ang and Jason hosted a Christmas party for all our friends.  I loved having us all together.  The kids drew names and got presents for each other.  She had Santa come!! We had yummy food and loved spending time with my "Beardo Family".

I loved having Christmas Eve on a Saturday this year.  We were able to spend most of the day at Chantry's dad- after Chantry took me to Cal Ranch and got me my first concealed gun.

Grandma bought tubes and Chantry pulled the kids around.  That was all I took a picture of.  We had a great time though playing games and opening presents and eating yummy food with the Brindley bunch.

Then it was home to bed to wait for the big man to visit in the morning. 
I really slacked in the picture taking.  Our Christmas morning was magical.  Our kids are at the best age.  We also simplified and only gave them a few larger gifts.  I loved how thankful the kids were and how simple this Christmas seemed.  The boys both got GPS Tracker watches that can call people, books, board games and clothes.  Randi got the magic doll she asked for, a princess tent, tea set, and karaoke microphone. 

We spent Christmas Day at grandpas playing games and visiting some more.  We went to the movie that afternoon with Charla, Blade and Grandma.  Simple but lovely Christmas.

The last weekend of the year, we went sledding on Saturday and had friends over for a little get together.  We played games with the kids and all of us but Randi made it until midnight :)

2016 was such a great year for our family.  Yes, it brought some heartache saying goodbye to people we love very much. Yes, there were moments and times of not so good. Overall, it was an amazing year! I would have to say the best yet for our family.  So much joy!!

Here is to a fabulous 2017!!! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

November 2016

We had to postpone our friend Halloween Bunco party until after Halloween this year.  We lacked a costume so borrowed from the neighbors, we looked radiculous but it was so fun.  
We got to celebrate Veterans' Day with some of our favorite people.  Candice and Mike invited us to the SUU Veterans' banquet.  Candice put a lot of work into it and it turned out great.  It was nice to dress up for the night and enjoy a great dinner with amazing speakers.  

There is not much more I would rather do than to ride out west looking for wild horses and listening to grandpa's stories.  It was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday.  
Randilyn is still trouble, but so adorable.  She came to me and said "Mom- somehow the lipstick opened up and got all over my face. I just don't know how it happened."  She also didn’t know how the toy got up her nose, the whole thing of fish food fell in the fish tank or the pee got in her pants.  Haha- mysteries of a toddler.  
 But she is so stinkin' cute she makes up for it. 
Randilyn had her first dance performance.  She danced at the Talon craft fair.  She was  so excited, see all the posing and smiling.  THEN- when she got out there, she freaked.  She cried and sat by her teacher.  So sad :(  Good thing she still looked beautiful.  Ang and Sadie came to watch her and we watched Sadie later and Randi said she was going to dance like Sadie next time- we can hope.  

Celina got her mission call.  It was a very spiritual moment.  She got called to Taiwan, where she was born, where her mother is from, where her father served his mission.  There were lots of tears and cheering as well.  The people of Taiwan are very blessed to get her there.  
Chantry has been working like crazy in the basement.  He has gotten the framing, electrical, heating and insulation all complete.

Thanksgiving was fantastic this year.  We spent Thanksgiving day at Sarah's for dinner.  Jeff took the kids for their first airplane ride and then we got motel in Richfield that night.  Friday morning we met up to see Santa and go to lunch.  Then, we helped my mom pick out new furniture and headed to Antimony.  We decorated gingerbread houses and the next day went and got our Christmas tree.  Saturday night, we had a soup dinner with the Wiley's and stayed up playing games with the Wiley cousins.  We came home Sunday and got all the Christmas out and decorated.

 November flew by- this whole year has flown by.  Only one month left in 2016 and by the date on this post, you can see that is already half over.