Friday, April 24, 2009


It's another weekend of Oh Sweet Sadie! This weekend the show is spread through 3 houses! And holy cow, Daybreak is a beautiful place.

I want to move in.

Right now.

Come out and check it out. It's so much fun. You'll get sucked in and want to spend lots and lots of money. I can promise you that.

Remember, Mother's Day is coming up. . . I'm just saying

This is the house my stuff is in. Isn't that gorgeous!

And a little sneak peak of my display.

It's right inside the front door, you can't miss it!

Buckled In


Yesterday while I was working from home, Nolan was playing in the living room, as usual. The car seat from Ben's car was in the house, having been removed for cupcake transport last weekend, and Nolan LOVES to sit in it to watch TV when it's there.

Yesterday, he took it to a new level. He INSISTED that I buckle him in. And then he spent 20 minutes trying to buckle and unbuckle himself. Maybe not a skill I want him to know just yet. . .


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Video Moments

This is insanely long. It has been WAY too long since I've caught up on importing video.
And since I edited this, I'm behind again.

If you have almost 6 minutes (Yikes!), take a gander. Or break it up into smaller pieces. I won't be offended.

He really is very cute, though.

But I may just think that because I'm his mother.

Graduation Cupcakes

My cupcakes have been blogged again!

The graduation cupcakes I made for Nathan's graduation last year were posted again on Cupcakes Take the Cake just a week or so ago. . . and again on this sweet blog that I didn't know was out there, but I will now totally be following, Be Different. . . Act Normal. Thanks for the shout out, Lorie!
And now I will become addicted to your blog. . .

I may need to make a BYU version of these for Jer & Emily this weekend. . . just for fun.

Selling the Cupcakes

I participated in this awesome Art/Gift fair last weekend, selling cupcakes, of course, and I'll be doing it again this week. It was all I could do not to buy up everyone else's goodies. There are so many beautiful things to see and buy.

Come to the show! It will be held out in Daybreak on Friday and Saturday.
See details below.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Cell Phone Captured

I have many many things I could blog about. . . but I am ill prepared today, so I will, instead, offer you a random smattering of cell phone photos of Nolan. Because between our iphone and Tamera's, we have a lot of funny moments caught in all of their badly lit, out of focus glory. Welcome to Nolan's life:

This is what his normal days consist of:

Shape sorting in the boat from the Easter bunny. And for the first time ever, he's got 2 binkies, not just one. (I cannot get him to repeat this)

Ta-da! Very proud of himself for something

Farm magnets on the fridge

It's not a shoe! It's a phone!

Reading Tamera's book with her

A rather posed moment with his toys

He loves being outside. If only it would stay warm!

running around the cul-de-sac in Seattle while dad visited with an old friend. Nolan needed to get rid of his wiggles.

And then he was done

And playing on one of the neighborhood slides.

I find that more and more, my photos of Nolan are when he's eating. Why? Because it's the only time he's strapped down and can't run away:

Cheese! (one of the few recognizable words he says)

Bagel sandwich in the back seat.

Sharing mom's shake, in the same back seat (only in a rental)

Juice box and chicken nuggets at McDonalds

Feeding himself yogurt. always an adventure.

He has ANOTHER cough/cold at the moment. . . which makes him pretty miserable. You know he's wiped out when this is how he watches Curious George.


The Love Sac makes it SO easy for him to climb up into, and hang out on, the window sills in the living room. Which is fine (there is a soft landing all around) until the windows are open. We still have to convince him that it's not OK to press on the screens.

And lastly, a small glimpse at the trick he pulled out yesterday while he and Ben were hanging in his bedroom. Yeah, we are now, officially, on the lowest notch the mattress will go. Then what?

Thank you for your indulgence.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


OK. . . I stole this from Audra, who stole it from someone else.

You will most likely think it's stupid unless you're LDS, in which case you will find it highly amusing. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Time

It is a tradition in the Nielsen family to have an Easter egg hunt in my grandparent's back yard every year. It's a well orchestrated event. . . incredibly fair. . . each child is told to only pick up one of each kind of candy. And while the new inlaws have pointed out to us that this is a bizarre practice, and that egg hunts should be a free for all. . . we persist, because it's all about fairness in our family.

Nolan was far too little to participate last year, but this year we figured he'd love it! And he did. . . he loves candy. . . but he didn't really get it. Mostly, he just tried to carry the candy around in his arms, not understanding that the basket was to be used to carry it all. And after picking up 5 or 6 pieces, he just planted himself under the swings to enjoy. . .

Here, he is highly confused about why everyone keeps telling him to put his candy in the basket. . .
And now he is enjoying his spoils. . . He has this thing lately with keeping food in his cheeks for hours, sometimes. A great many of our pictures from the Easter egg hunt were of him looking like a squirrel.

NOW he's getting it!

He even got to hit the pinata!
(Yes, it is duct taped together. . . everyone had to have a chance to hit it, and it would have broken way too early otherwise)

The hunters
Also a tradition to take a picture on the steps after the hunt and the pinata.

A family picture

Nolan's sweet Easter outfit.
Unfortunately these are the only shots I got of him that day. It was a very busy day, and very warm, so I didn't leave him in all of the layers all day.

Posing for me

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 09, 2009


My Easter craft project was a bevy of sock bunnies to go to all of the nieces and nephews (11 in all). I started with 6, to make sure I didn't suck at it before I doubled the crowd. I'm almost done with the second set, but first, these sweet things have already gone truckin' to Nolan's cousins far and wide. . .

But before THAT project, I spent nigh unto 3 months crafting felt food for Aubrey's birthday. She turned 2 the end of March, and a basket of food to go with her play kitchen is her birthday gift (though she's yet to receive it, as we haven't seen her. That will be remedied this weekend) Since Aubrey doesn't read my blog, I don't think it will ruin the surprise to show them to you all:

Sandwich, with ham, cheese, lettuce, and egg
Chocolate covered strawberries

Cupcakes (of course)

Pizza with pepperoni
(the toppings are interchangeable, but I shot them on top of the pizza each time. . .)

Pizza with tomatoes and green peppers

Pizza with green peppers, mushrooms, and onions

Hopefully Aubrey will enjoy playing with them. . . Nolan needs a set now, as he has had a great time playing with them while I tried to pack them up for her.


I can't even remember where our food came from this particular day. . .
I think maybe Green Burrito. . .

Ben labeled Nolan,

and then Nolan labeled Ben. (and then stole the sticker back to put on his own head again)

But if you're going to put someone in a box, "special" is an OK one. . . as long as you don't mean it that way