Tuesday, May 24, 2011


It was one of those moments when Bryan thought I was watching Luke and vice versa. When Bryan discovered the little man, Luke was quite proud of himself. We were terrified. The gates are going up.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bargain Season

Ah, it is that time of year when the birds are singing, flowers are blossoming and YARD sales are happening on every street corner! It might be the most wonderful time of the year. I do love a good yard sale. My friend, Kelly, invited me to go with her on Saturday morning. We did not leave empty handed, lots of other peoples' "treasures" now belong to us.

We might need to take a trailer next time for all of our loot.

Bryan is quite determined that our little family will be going camping this summer. I decided to embrace this adventure and purchased a camping chair for Luke while we were out and about. He lasted almost a minute in it.

This is definitely his favorite spot in the house. ANY time he hears the spring on the dishwasher he stops what he is doing, crawls incredibly fast to this magnificent toy and plops right down. I make sure to put all of the sharp knives within arms reach. :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Different Bug

Well, the domestic bug I had was overpowered by a nasty stomach bug that came to stay for a day or so. Yuck! Luckily, Luke nor Bryan have caught this bug, fingers crossed. However, since I was a little slower at getting around to things, Luke managed to step up to the plate and take care of himself, more or less.

Learned a few new ways to entertain himself: 

This is called "Luke the Turtle." Creative name, we know.

Next, he learned a new "illusion" - a.k.a. magic trick.

****Drum roll****

Poof!! That's right. The WHOLE golf ball.  

Scrounged up whatever he could find to fill his belly.


Bryan took pity on Luke for the lack of attention he received and made it up to him with his first chocolate chip cookie.


Nothing like a little comfort food to ease any pain. :)

 Luke did get pretty bored around here. He dressed up all fancy to see if Bryan would take him into the office so he could learn the ropes there-having exhausted his resources at home. He really thinks that "sales" is in his blood, he might just have the "Nielson Boy Charm." Could you say no to this face? 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Snow Day!

Yesterday, MAY 12th, it snowed here in Castle Rock! Not just a little skiff on the ground, a full on snowstorm. I loved it! We haven't had much of a winter here and it was kind of fun; I also knew that it would melt and be gone today!
Charlie, Luke's friend, invited him over to play in the snow. The boys had a great time, but I think their moms enjoyed it a little bit more. Here are a few pictures from their adventure in the snow!

Luke making himself comfortable.

Luke relaxing on Charlie...poor Charlie was using all of his stomach muscles to support him AND Luke. Luke's looking at his buddy and wondering what the problem is... 

As you can see, Luke is already kicked back and loving the idea of sledding. As for poor Charlie, I think he is beginning to wonder who invited this kid over!

The initial excitement of the sled moving across the snow...didn't last long

 Uh-Oh! They only made it a few feet, maybe inches, before they toppled over. Valiant effort.

What? No tears??  

(P.S. I love the look Charlie is giving me in this picture..."What's wrong with you lady? Help us out!"

Okay, yep, there are the tears.

We rescued the poor boys from their mothers' idea of a good time and took them around individually on the sled. The boys liked this much better. However, I am still laughing about the previous pictures.

Luke bundled up for his turn on the sled. He thought it best to lay down this time...might have a longer chance of staying on the sled.

Success! He loved it! 
For the grandmas out there, I'm sorry that I don't have snow boots on your grand kid, but he is wearing 2 pairs of socks. :)

We had a great time in the snow. Thanks for inviting us over!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Domestic Bug

As of late, I have caught the domestic bug, not sure where it came from-I'll see how long it sticks around! I made a few baby items that were quick and simple.

My sister-in-law, Jess, shared a bib pattern with me that I just loved to make the following.

Last time I visited Utah my mom showed me some burp cloths that were made of terrycloth and "minky". They were amazingly soft. We visited a few craft stores for the fabric I wanted and this is how they turned out.

If only I could transfer via picture their cuddly, cozy texture. I might just use one on top of my pillow tonight.

Mother's Day

This Mother's Day was my first "official" Mother's Day. I have wonderful examples in my life of mother/womanhood. My own mother, mother-in-law, grandmas, aunts, sister-in-laws, church leaders, etc have all done an incredible job with setting an example for me to follow. I had no idea (and probably have only caught a glimpse) what being a mother would mean to me. I'm not sure what words to type to describe how hugely blessed I feel to have Luke in our family. Bryan and I love that "little stinker" so much. It has opened my eyes to the love that mothers feel for their children. Being a mother is, by far, the most challenging and rewarding work I have ever done. As the saying goes, "I thank Heaven for little boys"...

...especially, this one. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Double Trouble!

Luke loves being around other kids, especially Charlie. Charlie lives just a few doors down from us and we love when he is able to come over and play! I have a feeling that in just a short matter of time, these two are going to be partners in crime...

I promise that we usually let Charlie inside of our house to play, but the boys seemed to like playing this way! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we enjoyed a festive, Mexican dinner. We tried a new recipe and loved it! I think the key with this fish taco recipe was the lime vinaigrette, yummy! We added guacamole, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and more of the lime vinaigrette to the tacos (I forgot about the coleslaw in the fridge-oops.) To make it more "authentic" I added rice and beans as a side. We also enjoyed our own version of a Pina Colada with my classy glasses from the dollar store. These glasses have a cactus for the stem, hilarious and perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

You can almost catch a glimpse of the cactus stem on the glass, but not quite. 

Luke joined in on the celebrations with his first Pina Colada...

Can you say "sugar rush"???

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Homemade Freezer Strawberry Jam


"Sprouts," one of the local grocery stores was having a good deal on their strawberries, so I loaded up in hopes of following through and making some strawberry jam. Today, I made it happen. The recipe I used is from my mom, and it is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. Warning, if you are diabetic or not a fan of sugar, this is not the recipe for you. For the rest of us, enjoy! :)

Homemade Strawberry Jam

2 cups crushed strawberries
4 cups sugar (yes, 4 cups)
1 box "Surejel" --- I use the generic brand and it turns out fine
3/4 cup water

**Wash and de-stem your strawberries**

**Next, mash strawberries**
I like to put them in a 9x13 pan or cookie sheet to mash.  I also use a simple, ol' potato masher

 **Pour 2 cups mashed strawberries into separate bowl from sugar.
Add sugar to strawberries and mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. **

**In saucepan, combine 3/4 cup water with 1 package "Surejel". Bring to boil on High heat. Stir constantly. Boil 1 minute, stir constantly. Remove from heat.

**Dump "Surejel" into fruit and sugar mixture. Stir for 3 minutes to completely dissolve sugar.**

 **Pour into freezer containers and chill.**

That's all folks!


Luke learned when he crawled that only his knees and hands were touching the ground. I think he thought to himself, "I wonder what it would be like to have only my feet touching the ground."


Well, he figured it out! I guess he just needed to sleep on it. (That's my solution for a lot of things, too.)

I brought him downstairs from his nap and his favorite show, SportsCenter, just happened to be on. He must have wanted a closer look at the stats.