Saturday, December 27, 2008

Rudolph the Red Nosed Rusty

So judging by the overwelming amount of comments on my last update, so tantalizingly entitled "Boring Update" (bless you Cindy, for your lone comment) I suppose that I have a hoard of people obsessively checking my blog for more fascinating information about my holidays. Well I don't want to disappoint you, (Cindy) so here it is! Actually, I've been a little lax on checking blogs the last few days--I reinstalled Sims 2 on my computer and haven't really come up for air for a while. Yesterday morning while Trevor worked a half day, I spent ALL MORNING playing it, and it was SO nice to just having nothing better to do and no one bugging me to do something better with my time--other than my own conscience. I grew up in a home where my mother likes to call down the stairs, "What are you doing?" And if your answer isn't good, if you aren't doing something useful and productive (i.e cleaning) then she's got a list for you. Computer time is a precious commodity in my Mom's house. So now I don't have her here yelling "What are you doing?" but she's there. She's there in the back of my head, haunting me.

But I digress.

So we had a very fun Christmas this year. I have been debating whether to post a certain video that was taken at our famly Christmas party--I am the only one who got it on tape (thanks to Crockett!) so the power is mine, all mine!
I cannot just throw this video up without some sort of explanation. You see, every year my Mom makes the grandkids do the whole nativity thing. Well, this year SHE HAD A DREAM. That's right. A dream. She dreamed up this whole big thing where all the ADULTS would to the program this year, and we would just ditch the whole nativity idea and go with hard-core Christmas. Yeah. Rudolph. She had it all cast and planned on how she wanted us to do it.
Well we weren't thrilled. Not that you can tell from the video--we all look quite happy and campy up there, but that's because we are Nielson girls. And we know how to smile through our tears. Boy do we ever! Mom even managed to rope Aundi's husband Matt in. Look closely--he's the one holding the "fog" cloud. Which is upside down. My cousin Mike got stuck holding the "history" book, and Dad is a pretty convincing Santa. But no one had a more important role than Rusty, who was called upon to be Rudolph himself. Dad made his "costume" and I have to admit it's QUITE clever. Bee managed to get off easy by playing the music, and Crockett filmed it. The rest of us were relegated to ridiculous reindeer/greek chorus. So here it is, the only copy of this year's "christmas program" which will apparently be done next year by the grand kids instead of us adults. Oh, the things we do to entertain children...

In other news, our Christmas was wonderful. We really enjoyed our time with the family, and especially with each other. It's been a long time since Trevor had this much time off work. We got suddenly VERY addicted to board games this season. Our friends Ryan and Anna are game freaks too, and Ryan distributes games so he has EVERYTHING. We've played more games the last few days than all year! Our favorites are Scotland Yard, Alhambra, Pirate's Cove, Medici, and Elixer. So if if you're looking for some good games, there are some great ones!
Also, Cindy pointed out that have not mentioned our new kitty on this blog. So here he is: TITUS.

Trevor and I got Titus from Mom's next door neighbor. At first, Tarzan was none to happy. But now they are total buddies! They play all the time, and they are often laying by each other. Not quite cuddling--yet--but the distance between them gets smaller and smaller! Titus is sweet and cute and he will cuddle with me (unlike Tarzan) and he never scratches or bites. I just love him! We got a lot of new cats around here. Mom got a kitty for Christmas from Me and Aundi. This is Duke, named after John Wayne, of course. Mom just loves him, and he's so perfect for her! And, because I have a picture of her and she's GORGEOUS, this is Aundi's cat Miley (yes, stupid name, but she was already named when they got her. Urg.) She's a pure-bred bengal, and she's the most striking cat I've ever seen!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Boring Update

So I'm feelin' guilty that I haven't updated my blog in forever. It seems like there's not much to write. So here's what I've been up to:

1. Ballroom. So my kids are peforming on the 23rd of January and it's pretty down to the wire. The latin medley is coming along but they aren't quite there yet. Last Saturday we had a four hour rehearsal, and Torin came and helped me! It was so nice of him to come! I don't feel comfortable posting pictures of my students on my blog, so here's a picture of Torin and me teaching. (Sorry Torin.) Yeah, I look pretty sexy dancing six months pregnant, don't I?
2. Ticket to Ride. Just got addicted again. I play it online constantly. If you haven't discovered it, you are missing something. Keep missing it. You'll have more time.
3. Christmas shopping. I've bought EVERY gift online. I don't think I've gone shopping once! Ok, well, I DID get Trevor a tie at Sears when were were there killing time one night, but that's it. I'm almost done, too! Hooray!
4. Game Night! I got addicted playing board games with our friends Ryan and Anna. Ryan is a game dealer and has all kinds of brand new awesome games at his house. We were there until 2:00 a.m. playing new games! And we're going again tomorrow!
5. Church Stuff. We spoke in church on Sunday, and it went ok. And I got a new calling. Get this--I'm teaching sunday school to the 15-year-olds. Believe it or not, I'm actually thrilled. I mean, I love teenagers! Though 15 is a little on the high-end for me, I'd prefer the 13 year olds but oh well.
Well that's all I can think of for now. Sorry so boring. I read Cindy's blog and I feel like a piece of crap. She's SUCH a better blogger than me. Oh well. My husband doesn't really snore so I guess we're even...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fun with the girls!

So I haven't posted for awhile, so I thought I'd thow some pictures that I took yesterday on here! Yesterday Jill had the fabulous idea that for our "girls night" which we do irregularly thorughout the year, we ought to do a session at the temple together! What a fabulous idea, Jill! I've never done a session with any of these girls, even though we grew up together and have known eachother for years. I don't think I've done a session with anyone but Trevor since I got married! So I was all for it.

We met a Chili's, Me, Kelly, Lisa, Jill, Molly, and Mary. What a merry group we were ! I have so many childhood and teenage memories of every one of them. I value them each to individually, and I'm proud to call them friends. We had so much fun gabbing and eating, and I'm afraid the conversation was annoyingling baby and pregnancy overloaded, since three of us are pregnant! Here's a picture of the pregnant ones! Lisa is due first (and we coudn't help but jibe her not to go into labor during the session, being 35 weeks along.) She's due on the 8th of January. Then my due date is March 11th, and Kelly's due date is June 13th! Nicki was unable to come--if SHE had been there it would have been FOUR pregnant ladies, since she's due on April 1st! Wow! Lisa and Nicki are having boys, and Kelly is being all patient and waitting to find out when the baby comes, as if this is the 1950's or something.:) Anyway, here's a shot of all of us outside the temple after our session. I sure love these girls!