Family Pictures

11.30.2011
 {The Nelson Family}
 Yup, there's a lot of us!  And this family is still growing!

 {The Grandkids}
Top: Jaden, Wesley, Micah, Tannon
Bottom: Jedediah, Leah, Brogan, Garrison

 {Flint and Merri Sue}
Kaleb, Mom, Call, Dad, Garret

 {Tyrel and DeAnn}
Brogan, Tyrel, DeAnn, Tannon, Jaden, Wesley, Micah, Garrison

 {Talon and Amber}
Talon, Leah, Amber


 {Bron and Jessie}
Jessie, Jed, Bron



Can you tell I'm a little biased over my own two boys?  Yes, there are four pictures of our little family!  

Group shots are so hard to get right, especially considering it was cold and there were lots of babies and we took them during an awkward time of day; there are shadows everywhere!  But all things considered, I think they turned out okay.  They will serve their purpose to fill frames with faces of loved ones--together.  It was a photography learning experience to say the least.  I have a lot to read up on!

Thanksgiving 2011

11.29.2011
We look forward to the Holiday Season all year long.  We look forward to spending time with family.  We look forward to rich foods and fun traditions.  Holidays with family are often loud and busy and we sacrifice a few hours of sleep because, well, it's the Holidays and the memories are worth it.  Holidays and family, food and traditions (coupled with a little chaos) just go together like the stripes on a candy cane.  A candy cane wouldn't be a candy cane without its stripes, and neither would an end of year holiday be totally complete without family, food, and tradition.   

And even though we've been looking forward to Thanksgiving for weeks, isn't it funny how when the weekend is done and over we can't wait to sleep in our own beds in the quiet familiarity of our own home?  Isn't it funny how we crave our mundane routine again?  In a few weeks, however, we'll be ready to do it all over again because well, it's the Holidays.  Those memories I made as a child with my aunts and uncles and cousins?  They still bring a smile to my eyes and warmth to my heart.  And so indeed, the tradition must go on!   

These are this year's memoirs: 

We had our first real house guests last week.  Bron's brother, Tyrel, and his family stayed a night in our new home.  I was a nervous wreck.  My brand new home was invaded by six boys under the age of seven!  I just wasn't quite equipped to handle the brood!  But we got them calmed down with an episode of Elmo.  Just what is it about Elmo that kids love so much?  

 Micah, Wesley, Garrison, Jed, and Jaden

Our little family of three spent Thanksgiving at the Nelson home in Ririe, Idaho.  It was a delicious meal!  Later that evening, we all headed to Rexburg to enjoy dessert with Bron's aunts, uncles, and cousins.  We ate pie, pie, and more pie!  The older cousins played with the babies while the adults talked and laughed and talked some more.  It was so good to see everyone!

 Ridge is Jed's new favorite person.  Leah loved being the center of attention.  NaKya loved Leah.  
I loved that delicious pie.  And Talon loves his wife.

The next morning we women went SHOPPING!!!  We didn't leave the house until 7:00AM and were still able to purchase everything on our list... plus some!  Amber and Merri Sue bought some adorable pairs of boots for themselves and I bought myself a cute pea coat for 1/3 the normal price!  (Aren't we a horrible influence on each other?)  Then we went out to lunch.  Yeah, shopping with the girls pretty much took the cake this weekend.

Later Friday afternoon, we met up with the extended family for a traditional annual game of bowling!  It was a riot with everyone there.  Then we Nelson "kids" ate dinner at Fong's. 

 Even Jed got into it.  It was his first experience bowling!

 Yum!  Yum!  Fooood!!!  The boys cleaned their plates.
Brothers Garret, Call, and Kaleb

A New Game:
"Jed, where is your nose?"
"Where are your ears?"
"Where is your TONGUE?"

Saturday we took family pictures and finished the day off with a baby shower for DeAnn.  She has six boys and is finally expecting a girl!  Amber and I couldn't resist the opportunity to celebrate with DeAnn.  All of the female members of Bron's extended family showed up.  It was a noisy and crazy party!  We laughed A. LOT.  Better yet, I don't think DeAnn ever quit smiling. 

Really, I promise, it was a more civilized party than it looks!  Haha!

Finally, last but certainly not least, we wrapped the weekend up by hearing {Elder} Garret Nelson give a talk in church.  Then the entire family came back to Momma Nelson's house for lunch and to gab, gab, gab some more.  I guess we didn't get enough socializing in all weekend!  I honestly don't know how that woman does it; Merri Sue hosts and entertains so well.  I am in awe.

Three words to sum up our Thanksgiving weekend: Busy and Fun! 

P.S.
Grandma Nelson had a Christmas surprise for all her grandchildren one night too: Christmas Pajamas!!!  They were super cute by themselves, but even more adorable when all the grandchildren were together!  I can't wait until Christmas!

Thanksgiving Thankfulness

11.23.2011
Thanksgiving is here!  I am glad this day rolls around every year to remind me to count my blessings.  I am a lucky girl who leads a life rich and abundant in good things.  Bron likes to remind me of just how spoiled I am.  However, there is a part of me that is scared to count my blessings because those things can change so fast!  Even so, when things get tiresome, problematic, and even a little dicey, I know I have a Heavenly Father who loves me (and you too) very much.



Some things {BIG and small} I am thankful for:

An attractive, hard-working husband who loves me unconditionally.  I am grateful for little moments of affection and tenderness between us.  I love it when he wraps his arms around me or whispers sweet little things in my ear.  I never doubt he loves me.

A busy and happy little boy

Warm meals, warm socks, warm coats and warm blankets.

Colorful leaves and pumpkins.

Pie for dessert. 
(Okay, food in general.)

My health and the health of my family.

True friends. 
{these gals and these guys and many more}

Family.
{these folks and these folks and these folks}


Snowflakes. 

Joy and peace in my life.

Late night talks with my hubby.


Running and exercising.

{Cute} shoes and dresses to go with them.

A camera, computer, and the internet.

The way Jed smiles and laughs.

To be at home and witness my baby grow.

Cuddling.

Sunshine.

Swimming at the beach on a hot summer day.


Beautiful pictures.

Talents.

Hot showers.

Marrying a man who is my best friend and makes me laugh.

Travel and vacation adventures.

Eating out.
(Is there a food theme going on?)

A beautiful home to live in complete with everything a woman, wife, and mother could possibly need.  That gas stove rocks.  So does our new den.

Cell phones and texting and keeping in touch.

Always having milk in Jed's sippy and the way he guzzles it.

Living closer to family.  


Music.  

Playing my violin.

A good book.

Always having enough + some.


I have plenty of reasons to be happy!  And I am. very. happy.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!

18 Months

11.21.2011
 A real smile.

I love having a one year old!  Or more accurately, a one and a half year old!  Jed is 18 months and so much fun!  I just can't help gushing about him and all of his precious adorableness.  Jed has officially graduated from babyhood into toddlerhood.  He cracks me up and keeps me on my toes with his copious amount of energy.  I am loving every age and stage of Jed's little life.  The months fly by way too fast. The little things Jed does don't seem to last for long.  He is learning and growing every day.  

Jed is growing so tall and his hands and feet are noticeably bigger.  He is getting heavy!  I can't heft him around on my hip for very long anymore.  Instead, Jed holds my hand and trots along beside me in short little steps.  The good news is that I can still wrap him up in a towel after his bath and carry him to the sink to brush his teeth.  I love how his toes just barely stick out from underneath the towel.  It reminds me that he is still so little! 

I often underestimate just how intelligent my little boy is.  Jed gibber gabbers all day long, but he understands a lot of what we say.  He can even understand simple commands like, "Where are your shoes?" or "Throw it away in the trash can."  He can point to various body parts like his nose, toes, ears, and bellybutton.  He can also point to any object I ask about in his books.  "Where is the cow?"  I ask.  Jed's little finger proudly points to the object.  It floors me sometimes to watch him, but also makes me very happy.  I am such a proud momma! 

Jed is also surprisingly obedient.  He is very sensitive (sometimes with tears!) to our words of warning, like "hot" and "no".  And if I enforce a "no" with a trip to Jed's bedroom for a brief timeout, he almost never does that thing again.  Wow. 

Jed is a typical little boy who loves tractors, trucks, trains, and animals.  He points with excitement at any large machinery we see!  He also kicks and squeals whenever he sees the park; those stairs and slides are a ton of fun.  Jed is a dancer too.  Whenever I turn on the radio in the car, he starts bobbing his head to the beat. He is so funny!

This boy of ours is a ham.  He loves to show off for anyone new with lots of grins and laughter and hand movements.  He loves to play games and be chased.  He is a happy kid.  Jed makes me smile every day.  He is my sunshine.  My life would feel so empty without this little man in my life.  Jed makes our family whole.  We love him more than words can say.

 Jed is mastering the art of feeding himself.

Jed loves food with flavor!  He likes his chips dipped in salsa and his crackers smeared in hot mustard.  Then he licks them clean.  Crazy!  He also loves fruit: bananas, applesauce and grapes.  But his favorites are strawberries and raspberries.  I have to ration those.  Jed has also begun telling us when he is all done with his meal by throwing his hands up in the air and yelling, "Doone!" 

 When Daddy comes home... it's time to wrestle!

 Jed's favorite place to play is in the pantry.  The shelf is just his height.  I find trucks and toys mingling with my flour and sugar.

 Jed is my "big helper".  
(This picture makes me laugh.)

Jed likes to have his nose in everything.  He insists on standing on a chair to help me cook.  Jed enjoys seeing what's going on and has to be involved.  As cute and endearing as it is, it's sometimes frustrating.  But I do appreciate his efforts.  If I am wiping something up, he sometimes grabs a sponge to help me.  He also likes to mop and sweep.  I can barely get in a turn.  But his favorite job is sorting the silverware!

One of my favorite things to hear is Jed's little voice saying, "Mum, Mum, Mum, Mum," over and over.  I say, "Jed, Jed, Jed," and he just grins.

"Oh, no.  Where did Jed go?  There he is!"
A favorite game:  Jed covers his face with his hands and peeks through his fingers.  He thinks we can't see him.  Ha!

Jed is a riot!  There is so much personality in that short little body.  We love being parents, especially Jed's parents.  I am so grateful to know that he belongs to us forever.  We love you, Jed!

Snow

11.19.2011
We woke up to snow!  It made me excited for the Holidays!  I can't believe they are finally here.  Perhaps we will even have a white Christmas.  I bundled Jed up and we went outside to play this morning.

We made a "snow creature" just like in one of Jed's books.

Little Footprints

 Rain, shine, sleet, or snow: The sandbox is still Jed's favorite place to play.

 It's cold!



The swingset and slide are pretty fun too.

I called it a morning before Jed did.  He could've stayed outside for hours, cold fingers and all.  Tough stuff.  What a beautiful morning.  I can't wait to do it again!

The Man Cave

11.17.2011

Bron's birthday and Christmas came a little early this year.  I surprised my hunk of a man with a full-blown theater system!  We are now the proud owners of a Samsung 46" LED Smart TV (blah blah blah), blue ray player, and surround sound speakers.  It is FANCY PANTS!!!

Bron has been dreaming of a nice tv for a while now.  But with the purchase of our home, it just kept getting shoved down the priority list: we needed a refrigerator, we needed a couch, we needed a washer and a dryer.  Needless to say, our savings account has pretty much been depleted.  Still, Bron wanted a tv; it's the way he unwinds in the evenings.  Plus, it's football season and he was missing out!  He talked about getting a new tv a lot.  In fact, a few weeks ago, he mentioned how cool it would be to come home and have it all set up for him.  I took that as permission to get 'r dun!  And to get it done right!  (You see, it would be so much less stressful for Bron if he never saw the price tag and just got to sit down and enjoy it.)

I had a tech from Best Buy come out to the house and give me a bid on exactly everything I'd need.  Then I went into the store and changed some of his suggestions--like a slightly smaller tv ("on sale") and Klipsch speakers over Bose speakers--and cut his estimate nearly in half.  Yes, I spent A LOT of money anyway!  I left the store feeling sick to stomach.  What had I just done?     

The week long wait was excruciating!  It was so hard not to say anything to Bron!  Yesterday, the tech from Best Buy came out to the house and installed the entire system in one afternoon.  He plugged in the movie, Cars, to test it.  The picture and sound were INCREDIBLE!  How many times have I seen that movie and not noticed the scratches on Lightning McQueen's paint or not heard how Sally's engine purrs?  I was over the top EXCITED!!!  Bron couldn't get home soon enough.  I waited and watched and waited.

Finally, Bron arrived home.  I had him follow me into the living room to see all the {Christmas} decorating I'd gotten done.  Then I asked him to come see the work I'd done on the den.  Bron saw a speaker in the corner.  I saw his mouth turn halfway up.  Then he saw the tv and exploded in happiness!

Mission Accomplished: Total and Complete Surprise!!!

Bron didn't stop smiling all night long.  This kind of home entertainment is totally new to us.  We rented our first blue ray dvd and couldn't believe how SHARP the picture is!  We feel so spoiled!  I don't think we'll need to or even want to go to the movies ever again.  (Except for Breaking Dawn, of course.  I can't miss that!)

 We will definitely be inviting some friends over soon for food, fun, and a movie!

Creature of Habit

11.15.2011

It's a hat!

Confession: I am 26 years old and I am afraid of the dark.  Or more accurately, I am afraid of what lurks in the dark.  I've watched too many movies and I often let my thoughts run away with my imagination.  Really, I can't sleep without my feet covered.  I like to lay with my back towards the wall, you know, just in case something sneaks up on me.  Then I can stare it straight in the eye before it gets me.  It doesn't make any sense, does it?

Bron is routinely gone one or two nights a week.  And even though he'd sleep through the sonic boom of a jet plane, Bron is my protector.  He cuddles up next to me at night.  He is big and warm and comforting.  I love him.  I miss him when he's gone.  Bron has been at his job for three months, you would think I'd be adjusted to his absence by now.  But I'm in a new house, a bigger house.  There are new creaks and sounds and shadows to become accustomed to.  And so I stay awake until the wee hours of the morning.  I cannot sleep in my own room; it's too big and empty.  Instead, I curl up in the double bed in the guest room.  It's cozier in there. 

I am a creature of habit.  It must be that type A personality in me.  When Bron is gone overnight, it's hard for me to adjust.  The second night, I do okay.  Then the night Bron is home again I sleep so lightly I feel like I haven't slept at all.  It's miserable.  But the second night he is home, I sleep like a rock.  It's so weird.  I'm so weird!  This whole travel thing is really messing with my system!

But that's all you'll hear me complain about Bron being gone.  Bron enjoys his job.  Even though he is gone one or two nights a week, his new job schedule beats the stresses and rigor of school 100 times over!  While in school, Bron worked and studied 6-7 days a week.  And he was so stressed!  We saw each other in snipets of time and treated a free day like it was our last on the planet.  Now, however, Bron may be gone overnight, but Jed and I selfishly get him to ourselves every other evening and all weekend long!  The stress level in this house is minimal.  It makes such a difference.

I honestly don't mind my new found alone time.  The evenings are mine to do whatever I like without feeling an ounce of guilt.  There's more time for fun projects like photo editing, sewing, blogging, and scrap booking.  (And you thought I'd clean my house?  Yeah, right.)  Right now I'm painting and organizing our house!  I'm anxious to finish it.

I feel like my entire life has been thrown upside these past two weeks!  It's that creature of habit thing sneaking in again.  I cannot function correctly when my world is in chaos.  Moving has pushed me over the edge: Where did I put my phone?  Is the mail in the bag or in the car?  Did that bill get paid?  What are we going to eat for dinner?  I'm at the store, but I can't remember the three things I came for.  It's been two weeks since that toilet was scrubbed.  Eeew.  I HAVE NO ROUTINE!!!

This newness and chaos (for the second time in three months) is killing me!  And this time it's taking longer to conquer because this is our home for good; there's just a lot more to do.  Bron simply chuckles at me.  Just another or week or two... then maybe I can get a handle on a new routine.  Then maybe things will feel back to normal.  Then maybe those things lurking in the dark will go away too.

Sometimes I wish I could fast-forward to six months or even a year from now, when we are all settled, when we've made new friends, when we've established ourselves in the area and really feel at home.  {Sigh.}

 You can't tell me my kid isn't cute.  
He's darling!  And so much fun!

Here's to Happiness: This Week

11.12.2011
What made me happy this week:

Peaking in on Jed to see him lounging like a teenager against some pillows while watching an episode of Baby Einstein.  Then I laid down beside him; we looked at each other and laughed.  It was like we were sharing funny secrets or something.

My mom and brothers came out to help me unpack!  The boys entertained Jed and my mom organized my closets.  Then we went to town and ate dinner at Five Guys.  Thank you!  It turned a bad morning into a good day.

Chasing Jed across the house and listening to him giggle.  I love watching his little toddler legs do their funny run.

Bron fixed my washing machine!  What a handyman.  It now spins as smooth as silk.

Finding dollar bills in my new washing machine.  I got paid!

The way the sun warms up my living room in the afternoons.

Stumbling upon the cutest and trendiest fabric shop right here in little Kimberly.  (Can you say money pit?)

 Finally opening a jar of maple cream from New York.  It tastes delicious!

Bron sanded the kitchen cabinet down an eighth of an inch to make my fridge fit.  So nice!

Holding Jed and reading stories for an hour.

Baking chocolate chip cookies.  A house isn't a home until one has baked in it.  And it's no wonder Jed enjoys helping me bake; he ate gobs of cookie dough!

Cuddling with Bron on our new couch.  We love talking late at night.

 Laughing so hard we cried at the dinner table.  Jed is such a ham!  Words cannot express how much I love that boy!

Moving into our new home and looking forward to spending our first Christmas here.

Bron dusted off his chef skills this weekend.  He is the most practical person I know, but when it comes to food, it doesn't matter the price.  Bron recreated a sandwich he ate on his trip to New Orleans.  It's called a Muffaletta.  The spread is made from all kinds of pickled things, like green olives and capers.  I'll admit, I was skeptical, but it tasted awesome!

What made you happy this week?

Yays and Woes

11.09.2011
 There's a story behind my new washer and our piles of laundry...

We live in a HOUSE!  I know it doesn't sound all that neat; there are houses all over the place.  I grew up in several different houses myself.  But this time it's different.  I live in a house and this time it belongs to me!  That garage door opener in my car?  It's not borrowed.  It's not my mother's.  It's mine!  That queen size bed in the master bedroom adjacent to that awesome soak tub and walk-in closet?  Mine.  That brand new refrigerator with the ice box in the door?  Mine.  That baby boy sleeping in that cozy room full of books, blankets, and toys?  Mine.  It is my turn to play house!  This is my home to clean and care for.  This is my home to cook meals and relax in.  It's surreal.  We've only been here a day and it already feels like home.  I am overwhelmed with excitement for the future. 

Maybe I shouldn't say that all this is solely "mine".  It belongs to my hard-working husband too.  He deserves the credit.  There is no way I could afford to have all this all on my own.  We feel very grateful for Bron's job and the abundance in our lives!

We went home to visit the Nelson Dairy over the weekend.  Bron's brother, Garret, just returned from his two year mission to Uruguay.  Garret hasn't changed a bit.  He still looks just as tough as the day he left.  (Garret was a state champ wrestler.)  He sometimes struggles to speak only English, but I'm glad he's back.  I've always like Garret.


 Warming up and relaxing in the hot tub!
Call, Garret, Jed, and Me
(The only pictures I took all weekend long.)

If you knew those Nelsons you'd know that they know how to work hard and then play harder.  Well, this week we got it a little backwards.  We relaxed and enjoyed each others company all weekend long.  Then on Monday, Garret and Momma Nelson turned into a couple of work horses.  They helped us move!  It was so much easier to move this time around than it was three months ago.  It didn't matter if all our stuff fit well or if I had enough boxes because we were only moving a few miles away; we could always make another trip.  Merri Sue and I just threw things into boxes.  Garret packed them into the grain trailer and truck.  Bron came home early and the two men loaded the furniture.  We packed and moved EVERYTHING all in one day.  It was amazing!  I'd been stressing over this move for over a week.  My life was in total chaos, half living in the apartment and half living in our new house while we were painting it.  I was more than ready to  move and regain a sense of sanity and blessed routine.  We couldn't have done it without Garret and Momma Nelson!  I am so happy and grateful they came to help!  Really, a simple thank you doesn't suffice.  We owe you guys!  Just ask, we will be there to cane the raspberries, wash the windows, and help move Garret someday in the far-off future.  

Well, it's two days later and the house is still in upheaval, but our things are slowly finding a place and our new home is coming together.  

EXCEPT... I have this brand new front loading washer.  Because we bought it in Idaho Falls, the store couldn't deliver it.  Bron loaded it into the trailer over the weekend and set it up last night.  It's been nothing but a nightmare.  First, it leaked.  No, it gushed water all over the tile floor.  We mopped the wet up with towels and finally found that the pump filter wasn't screwed on tight.  At least it was an easy fix, right?  Then, while running a load of towels (yes, the same towels we'd used to mop up the floor!) the washer suddenly began to shake violently!  It was noisy and scary!  I thought it was going to explode.  Even sitting on it didn't keep the washer from walking across the floor.  I'm afraid it will run right through the wall.  I'm not exaggerating.  We messed with the feet over and over to make it level.  It's level.  We even placed it on a vibration absorbing mat made for our treadmill.  It helps a little, but the washer is still a beast!  I got a load of whites halfway done this morning before the washer unplugged itself from the wall.  I'm just not sure what to do!  Piece of crap washer.  You were supposed to be a dream come true!

THEN, my refrigerator and six foot freezer (hello, beef and frozen berries!) were to be delivered this morning.  Hooray!  I'd been sticking Jed's milk jug outside to keep cool and it was frozen solid this morning.  Well, the delivery guys got lost.  When I saw their truck making its way down our street I ran outside in my socks with Jed on my hip to wave them down.  Then the door behind me shut.  Uh-oh.  I was locked outside!  All of our new doors open from the inside even when they are locked from the outside.  There was still frost on the ground and I could see my breath.  Neither Jed or I had a jacket... or shoes.  I checked every door.  No luck.  Even the windows were sealed.  The delivery men were kind enough to let Jed and me warm up in the truck.  I felt so dumb.  After several long minutes I called Bron and he suggested trying the small garage door.  Luck!  We were in!  However, the delivery men discovered that my fridge doesn't fit into its space.  Bron and I measured it over and over!  We even exchanged refrigerators because we concluded that the door probably wouldn't open.  And now this one won't fit either.  But maybe it will after Bron takes out the baseboard and shaves down the cabinet an eighth of an inch!  Boo.

So here I sit in a beautiful new house... where nothing works and nothing fits.  At least for today.

It's been a bad morning.

Busy Bees

11.03.2011
We've been busy!  Busy getting things together for our home loan, busy shopping for new items to go in said home, busy painting our new home, busy with Halloween, busy with family, busy with life!  It's really been fun!  However, painting trim is the worst kind of busyness there is.  I think it takes just as long to tape around it as it does to paint it!  The detail is excruciating and the trim just seems to go on forever.  I want to pound my head against the wall.  Will it ever end?

Amid our busyness, here are a few pictures and anecdotes from recent weeks that I don't want forgotten:

October 16, 2011 
Jed's most favorite book in the whole wide world is Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever.  It was given to him by his sweetheart, Anna.  I've caught Jed reading it all on his own.  He'd read it all day if he could.

 October 18, 2011
Harry Barry Park.  On a sunny afternoon, it's our favorite place to be.

October 25, 2011
Jed frequently puts both hands up into the air.  It has one of two meanings: "All done!" or "Touchdown!"
Here, both hands in the air meant "Goal!" on the Foosball table. 

This picture was taken at Grandma Nelson's house.  Because Bron was scheduled to be out of town all week, Jed and I spent two days with family.  The purpose of the trip other than not being lonely?  Shopping!  Merri Sue and I were so excited!  I have an entire house to decorate and we were both in the market for new couches.  Amber and Leah came along as well.  We shopped till we dropped for two days straight.  Merri Sue also introduced me to Kiwi Loco and Orange Leaf: pay by the ounce frozen yogurt in all sorts of delicious flavors!  We got our fill plus some!  I'm hooked on it like a bad habit.  It's a good thing I can claim it's "healthy!"

Anyhow, Bron's plans were changed and he got into town early Tuesday evening.  Our little family of three took off to do a little shopping of our own.  Two hours later, we were $3,000 poorer!  But we had a washing machine and dryer and a brand new sectional with three recliners! (All for a house that we had not yet officially bought!)

When we walked into the furniture store I directed Bron to the sofa recliners that his dad really liked.  Bron put his feet up and had the same reaction I did: "this feels amazing!"  Then Bron looked over at the price tag.  It was in our price range.  The retailer knocked off a few hundred dollars and it was a done deal.  Because it was a spur of the moment purchase, we decided to put the cost of our new couch on my credit card, which has a limit.  The credit card came back denied.

"Do you have anything on it?" Bron asked.

"Oh yeah.  I do.  Ten dollars.  Lunch."

"You put lunch on a credit card?"

"Yeah.  You were out of town and I didn't want you to know and give me a hard time about it!"

We had a pretty good laugh.  You see, Bron is a die hard teaser.  My plan backfired! 

 Love this picture of Grandma Nelson and Jed

 Watching the football game!

The evening of Friday October 28th, we drove to Declo to see Bron's little brother, Kaleb, play football.  Kaleb is an aggressive guy!  He made a ton of great tackles!  Jed was a trooper.  I dressed him in his snow pants and coat and completed the ensemble with a beanie from Bron's mission to Russia.  Jed never felt the cold!  He sat on my lap through 3/4 of the game.  That's a long time for someone so little!  Jed seemed mesmerized by the lights and crowd.  

 Our Dragon on Halloween!!!
(I'm supposed to be Rosie the Riveter, but it was too cold to go out without a jacket.)

We took Jed to the Trunk or Treat at Kimberly Park.  Jed didn't know what to think!  He wouldn't let us put him down.  He must've been wary of all those other weirdos out!  Haha  However, as soon as that first sucker was placed in his pumpkin bucket, Jed was after it!  Jed's costume attracted a lot of attention.  I have to admit, that tail is a riot! 


And that completes our lives as of late!