Monday, December 25, 2006

Meet the Nelsons!

Here's the whole lot of us! This was taken by Chris Becerra of Becerra Photography. You can see the rest of the shots there. We are just behind my father-in-law. My son is in the blue shirt, sitting on my knee, my daughter behind me to the right, and my DH is holding my squirmy 3yo.

Smiles to all!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

So I should be working but....

I'm overwhelmed and tired. I looked at the calendar, and in the 23 days of December we have had so far, I've been home in the evenings with nothing to do a total of 3 days. Yep, just three. The days have been packed with work and cleaning and cooking and planning and errand running and the gestalt of my daily life. So that now, when I finally have a bit of a free day (yes, we have somewhere to be tonight---we are having a Nelson Family Caroling night to cap off the 50th Event) I don't know where to start, and more importantly, I DON'T WANT TO! I just want to have a day to sit and breath and delete the 800 or so emails I've been ignoring for the past 23 days. I'm not ready for Christmas to be here. I need more time. This is why I don't even try to send out Christmas cards or to make any kind of meaningful Christmas gifts. There just isn't time.

On the flip side--we spent the day at OMSI yesterday seeing the huge Star Wars exhibit and it was SO FREEAKING COOL! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I'm not even a Star Wars Geek by any stretch of the imagination. This was a two-level, ginormous exhibit with actual costumes and props and models used in the movies, as well as interactive, hand-on science displays to explain and allow the kids to play with the science prinicples behind some of the movie's technology (like air scooters and maglev hover cars, etc) and an interactive movie showing what's being done with robotics today and big cut outs for pictures and a lot more. Even my three-year-old had a good time! (Just for further information, we took Joel's brother and family who were visiting from Utah for the Event). We also saw the new Planetarium show "Black Holes" If anyone reading this blog can get to the OMSI Star Wars event before it leaves in January, GO NOW!

Well, back to work. I have to make some treats for my girls at church tomorrow, as well as write each of them a Christmas card, make some bracelets for gifts, and get things cleaned up some more so we can go caroling. I also am singing for tomorrow's service, so I need to make sure I'm ready for that.

Take Care all....and may your Christmas, in your galaxy far, far away, be a Merry one!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I know, I know....

I have so many blog posts running around in my head! However, we are smack dab in the whirlwind of Joel's parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration. I have to word it like that, because it's turning into a week long event. ALL of Joel's NINE siblings are in town, with their kids. We had a family evening last night with about 50 people. That's just the immediate family folks.

It's busy busy busy busy busy....!