"The key to strengthening our families is having the Spirit of the Lord come into our homes. The goal of our families is to be on the strait and narrow path."
Robert D. Hales

Friday, November 28, 2008

Ryan's 27th Birthday and Thankgiving Celebrations!

This year for Ryan's birthday we kept things pretty low key. As a family we baked a chocolate cake with white frosting and purple sprinkles. It was really fun to see how excited Avery was for the whole thing...are there kids out there who wouldn't be excited to eat cake? I didn't think so.

Make a wish Ryan! Happy 27th Birthday! We love you!

This thanksgiving Stacy wanted to make a dessert to take for after dinner. She made a Peach Cobbler! And boy was it YUMMY! She was so proud that it turned out so good for being her first time making it. Doesn't it look delicious?

When we got to the Nelson Parents home Avery had so much fun playing with Audrey (left of Avery) and Savannah (right of Avery). They had the pleasure of sitting together while they ate. Cute kids!!

Here we all are dishing up the awesome food that was prepared! We were all so excited to eat! We definitly came with the appetites needed to stuff ourselves full.

Here us another picture of the good and yummy food.

Here are Holly and Stacy minutes after eating...they still look so happy while feeling so full.

Ryan and Stacy. It's not very often Stacy is the one in the pictures. Usually she is the one taking pictures.

From Left to Right: John Free, Jen Free, Marilee Nelson, Rich Nelson, Audrey Free and Savannah Free. What happy faces!

All the yummy desserts that made our mouths water! They were all so yummy!

So I'm sure you have guessed that the word of the day was "thankful" and at a close second was "yummy." We had such a great time playing games, putting together puzzles and watching a movie. It was exactly what a holiday should be.
Hope everyone reading this had a wonderful thanksgiving as well!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Nelson Family Thankgiving Message

With the fall season comes many things to be thankful for. The simple things, the important things. Helping each person ponder what they are thankful for.

The changing of the leaves, I love watching the leaves change color. It's so amazing to live on this Beautiful planet that our Father in Heaven has blessed us with. I wish that we had more time to enjoy the simple things in life. That we could slow down and pay attention to the things we take for granted.

The Thanksgiving Holiday. It's not my favorite holiday, but I do enjoy being with loved ones and spending time together. To be able to take a time out from our busy schedule's to appreciate what we have. The blessings that are in our lives and the things we have to be thankful for.

~ Call it a moment a "reflection," call it whatever you want. The next few weeks are going to get more and more crazy as the Holidays come and go. I wanted to share with you all what we are thankful for as a family because chances are we won't have the time to do this later. It is a time for thanksgiving...so here is what we are thankful for.

As a family, we are thankful for a Father in Heaven that loves us and watches over us. He blesses us in our times of need as well as our times of struggle. He comforts us when we need to be comforted. He watches over us when we ask to be safe. He is there always and he loves us always. Mistakes or no mistakes he will never abandon us. We are thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ who is our brother, a man who sacrificed so much for each of us individually. We are thankful to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for without the gosple, for with out our religion and beliefs we would be lost in this world.

We are also thankful for all of our family and friends, we love you and thankful for your love and support and we hope that we can we can show you the love and support that you are in need of, when you need us, we are here.

So even though it's a little early, Happy Thankgiving! Have a wonderful Holiday and we will check back with you when things slow down, and the dust settles.

With lots of love,

The Nelson Family

Finally! Our Halloween Story

Halloween. This holiday has gotten more and more fun with having a child. Here is this year's story...And Avery wasn't sick for a change! But, Stacy was :(.

This Halloween Avery wanted to dress up as Sprider Man. Unfortunatly, when it was time to put the costume on, he flatly refused. So, he wore his camo sweats. We went to dinner for family home evening and then did a little christmas shopping, and then asked Avery if he wanted to try to costume on so that he could go trick or treating for candy. Still refusing to put the costume on we let it go and took him to the mall to trick or treat. With his Elmo bucket in hand we set out. From store to store Avery shyley asked, "hick o' heat," and in response the nice employees of the stores would gladley give me him candy. We were about 5 or 6 stores in and Avery looks at me and says, "mommy, mommy!" and I replied, "yes, Avery." Then he says, "wook and aw my handy!" (he had about 6 pieces of candy in his bucket) And I said to him, "wow, that candy looks so yummy." And he replies, "yes, it wooks yummy, but I have enough handy and I want to go home now." What! My 3 year old little boy says that his 6 pieces of candy is enough and he wants to go home?! Who's kid says that?! Obviously, ours does! What an amazing little boy he is. I love how unselfish and non-greedy he is. Needless to say, Ryan and I were quite impressed with his level of satisfaction with the Halloween holiday as a whole. Ryan and I weren't done window shopping so we walked around to a few more stores, but Avery asked to go home a few more times, stating that we didn't need to be there anymore because he was done trick or treating and had enough candy. When we finally got home he had some of his candy and went off to bed telling us how tired he was from having so much fun. I love my son! I am so glad to enjoys life!