Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School Feast 2014-15

This year Mr. Nielson and I both prayerfully agreed on our family theme.
The quote was taken from a talk given by
 Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. (HERE)
It's perfect for our family and for this day and age.
{Claire and Jane have already memorized it}.
Thanks to A Vintage Poster for making this gem.
You can personalize your own family theme or
order this very one at the website.
As per tradition, I made each Little Nie a crown and gave them 
each a beautiful glass star.
 The stars had each Little Nies name on it and the school year.
You can order your own beautiful glass star with your family theme on it,
or you can order this exact one HERE.
 Clane was really excited about their stars this year!
I have beautiful children, see below:
{Charlotte Christiansdatter, age 2)
 {Nicholas Jones, age 7}
 {Oliver Christian, age 9}
{Jane Bronwyn, age 11}
 {Claire Elizabeth, age 12}
 Mr. Nielson and I had a few moments toegther in front of the camera.
I love this man and love the family we have created together.
 All together now:
 Before dinner I alwyas "gift" the children with a few fun favors.
This year I got the girls some cute goodies from one of my 
And the boys got the coolest Lucha Libre masks.  
They. Loved. Them.
{In fact, after dinner they wrestled in their undies with 
slathered coconut oil all over them).
For dinner, Mr. Nielson and I prepared:

Grilled Salmon with fresh corn and tomato relish.
Warm white rolls.
Fresh Arugula salad with heirloom tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.
Warm apple pie with creme and berries.
 Here we are unveiling and reading our new theme to the children.
I also had 5x7 laminated theme cards made for the Little Nies
to keep in their backpacks or lockers.

Dinner is served (with Umi and Packa)
 Thanks to Justin Hackworth (and his beautiful assistant Tia)
for photographing this wonderful, spiritual, and happy evening!
If you and your family have a Back to School Feast, 
please use #backtoschoolfeast
Share it on social media and let all of us 
 know your theme, decor, menu and all the exciting details!


Have a wonderful weekend!!
Spiritual Enlightenment HERE

I have decided to share with you some of the details of the night for your information:
Glass Stars
Lucha Libe Masks
Theme Posters
Flower poms 
Glitter hearts
Clane's dresses
My dress
Lottie's dress
Lottie's shoes
Ollie and Gigs bow ties.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Feast preview....

Well, we did it!  We had the Nielson Family 2014-15 'Back to School Feast'.
I think it was the best one yet.  (I always say that).
Mr. Justin Hackworth came (as he always so graciously does) 
to photograph the event, and I can't wait to share with you those,
 but in the meantime, enjoy these few cute ones.
I encourage you to show and share your back to school ideas and themes!
Use #backtoschoolfeast  Awesome!

**AND, Suzanne who is a cute friend of mine just sent me this:
(Please help!)
On August 17th 2014, our brother and sister in laws home and vehicles were burned in a house fire. As a result of the stress from this tragedy, she went into an early labor with her baby girl.  Naomi Elise Hall was born the next morning healthy and beautiful as can be and is a surely a gift from heaven.  Having been released from the hospital yesterday morning, they had no home to return to and all earthy belongings were lost in the fire.  We are trying to raise money to help this young and faithful family get back on their feet.  So much goodness and graciousness has been seen through this trial but I can’t help but want to do more!  The fund that we set up for them is

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First day of school 2014

Today was the first day of school for the Little Nies.
Jane complained of a stomach ache and stayed home.
 She lay in bed most of the day.  
Poor poor little girl.
No one wants to be sick on the first day of school!
As a result, I decided to cancel the Back to School Feast.
The boys were up, dressed and fed in impeccable time
also about 30 minutes early to school.
  This is kind of a big deal in our family since we are 
frequently late for almost everything.
As I drove Claire to school I began crying.  
This is kind of a big deal for me--Claire in junior high!?  It's hard to believe!
I was happy and sad and everything in between. 
But I made sure she knew that this was a very very happy event for her.
As I drove her closer to the front door I gave her a little pep talk.
This chat was short, sweet, unexpected and unplanned.
But I deeply wanted Claire to know that 
she needs to be a leader among her peers.  
I want her to understand that there is always someone who is suffering, 
someone who struggles, someone who needs a friend 
and I want her to be that friend.
I want her to be aware of others needs, I want her to seek out and pray for those
who need help or support, or just a simple smile.
Claire is a genuine, happy, kind, sensitive, confident and warm girl.  
She always has been and because of those wonderful traits, 
she will succeed at all she does.
I took this last Monday.  
The gang together before summer fades away.  I have cute children.
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