Monday, May 31, 2010
Ok, so most of you already know my last name is Nielsen. If you call me Thompson, I'll respond, but if you ask me, I always say Nielsen. Here is why...My mom, brother and I are the LAST NIELSEN's in our family line. My gram and grandpa had 4 girls, all of which changed their names when they got married. Except, my mom who never married. (Well, she did but that's another story...) Thompson is a good name, great actually. Nothing wrong with it, I just chose not to change right when I got married to Scott. But always said I would later on. And by the way, he doesn't really care what my last name is and would be fine either way. I know deep down he'd prefer that I change my name, but has never asked me to do it. I sure love that man! Anyways, when we first moved to Arizona I thought then would be a good time to change my name, if that's what I wanted to do. I waited, and waited and chose to keep Nielsen. Now, I have another opportunity with our big family move to Utah. Should I change my name or not? I still go back and forth and right when I think I have decided, I changed my mind yet again.
I love the name Nielsen. It's who I am, it's my heritage. But, the responsibility should lie with my older brother William. You would think. Not sure he's ever going to get married though. It's so hard to date while you're in and out of prison! :)
It has been a little awkward having a different name though. Teachers have thought I was a step mom or me and Scott aren't married..I do NOT like that at all. My boys don't ask why my last name is different, they just know my name is Lori Anne Nielsen. I have told them that when people get married the woman usually and should change her name to the last name of her new husbands.
So, what do YOU think I should do??? Thoughts? Suggestions?
Posted by Lori Thompson at 4:34 PM
Thursday, May 20, 2010
3 of my friends and I are doing this fun and very creative picture thing, a photog. Where we choose a word for the week and take a picture of what it means to us. In other words a quadtych project. We will be selecting a weekly theme via a random pick of words we all submitted to our leader, Teresa. We all send her our picture then she will combine our four perspectives of that theme into a quadtych. I am so lucky to be working together with such amazing women with this project and making lasting fun memories. Teresa found the great idea from Madeline Bea.
Do you like the first one...with the shadow or the other one with the hands on the back????
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Yet another FUN craft night! This time is was located at my house and besides eating snacks and drinking soda I made everyone green shakes. YUMMY! Well, some of them were! I started out and made Oprah's "Green Fresh" as she and Dr. Oz call it. That is potent stuff! I made 3 or 4 other flavors using cabbage, spinach, kale, ginger root and random fruits. I don't have any recipes, I just toss in a little of this and a little of that.
Stephanie and I made these wrap cover-up's for summertime. How fun! Super easy to make too...
Monday, May 17, 2010
This Mother's day I was in Santa Barbara, but it was fine because I celebrated Mother's Day for a second time when I returned home two days later. Early Sunday morning Scott called to I could hear Will, Jackson and Tyler sing a couple of songs for sacrament meeting in Mesa. A little while later Scott called again so I could hear Tyler give a talk in primary in Mesa. I subbed as the primary chorister while visiting and it was fun being with all the kids. Gavin made this cute bag filled with tissue paper and there was a small bottle of lotion inside. He also stood on stage and sang the Mother's Day song for sacrament.
Above is Will's letter to me, Tyler's talk and picture and Gavin's picture. He drew him and me..can you tell? :)
Here is something else Tyler made for me, an adorable stat chart about me...Pretty funny if you can see it! ("youta= Utah, Tackos= tacos)
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I flew from the Phoenix airport straight into Santa Barbara. It was a little over an hour flight, easy! I had Brig's and Nathan the way there and like always, I got a lot of looks. Three people said I was daring bringing my tow kids on the plane with me. If they only knew how many kids I have...Hee, Hee!! For me it's not daring or really that hard. We travel lot and pack time wasters. My kids have gotten use to flights, and long car drives.
On the way home I had 3 boys, and you guessed it. Lot's and lots of stares. It wasn't bad at all. Gavin and Brig's sat next to each other and Nathan and I were on the other side of the aisle way. They each had backpacks with books, some toys and snacks.
Friday, May 14, 2010
There is a cute little town 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara called Solvang. It's a Dutch town with lots of yummy pastry shops. We heard about this store that sells fabric for $.99! There were rooms, and rooms of these huge bolts of fabric. Satin, chiffon, rayon, cotton, poly-blends.....It was awesome! Buttons 1 penny. Zippers 5 cents. You measure and cut your own material and take your stash to the front register and pay. I felt like I had yards and yards cut and my bill came to $28.00! That's it! Wild! I called some of my gals in Arizona and bought fabric for them too. It was so fun! This store is open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I'm already planning another trip there when I return to SB in a couple of weeks.
While in Santa Barbara I had my mom pull out her old sewing machine. What a surprise that was! I loved using it. It weighs like 30lbs and is older than the hills, but runs so smooth. Aww, I loved it! I brought some projects to work on and only ended up working on one. (The weather was so nice I was outside most of my vacation!) Here is the table runner I was working on. Thank you V and Co. for this idea!! It's still not complete, but it's coming together very nicely!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Gavin flew to Santa Barbara a week before I did. He hung out with Papa and Nana and had a blast with them. By the time I arrived with Brigham and Nathan, he was ecstatic to show me everything he'd done.
As I'm lounging in the backyard reading, he's showing me how he helped Papa pick up Rosie's poop.
We ate lunch outside and he was lovin' the watermelon!!
One of the days while we were in SB we took a walk by Los Canero's lake. We all walked while Gavin rode his bike. We brought a loaf of bread and had a fun time feeding the ducks.
Last night for Tyler's Tiger cub pack we were off to the Gilbert Police Station. It was pretty awesome. I've only been to the SB one, and it was a long time ago. Man, was that place nice. (Not like SB at all!!) One of the cub's dad is a detective and gave us a sweet tour of the place. Above were in the call center room. That was amazing. There were about 6 employees on and at their own desk. Each person had 4 or 5 huge monitor's that helped them navigate through the process.
While walking around there were several cops, they would always stop and talk to the boys. Everyone was real nice and it was a great experience!