Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Life Changes

This past week, my brother-in-law got a job offer with the company that he has been interning with. The job is in Michigan and they have to be there at the end of January. He's been interviewing with the position for a few months now, so we were expecting it, but it's now REAL. I can't just got up and see the family anymore. I'm getting sad, even though I'm so happy for them.
They'll do great! Congrats to the Barbers.

Change of subject:

Some have asked about my new job. I work with Precision Concrete Cutting. I'm their new Office Manager. (My title is the Secretary, but I don't do much secretary work!!!) It's been rough in a couple of places. I work with a bunch of guys and they sometimes to think about what they are saying and just say it. Girls are a lot more sensitive. But I need to get my mind in the right set. I do love the work though. I feel like I'm really accomplishing something. I was accomplishing things at my other jobs, I just couldn't stay there. So it's been a good transition. Hopefully communication will get better and less assumption with reside.

I hope you all had a MERRY CHRISTMAS and that you're NEW YEAR will be filled with lots of Joy and Happiness and that unexpected surprises will be cherished with their passing.

Monday, December 17, 2007

May I take your order miss......

Mommy, do you mind if I order? I think I'll have these yummy pancakes. What do you think?

She just picked up the menu and held it like us. Isn't she cute!!!!

I'm sorry that I just keep posting stuff about my nieces. I just got my camera fixed, so I'm making up for lost time.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Go horsey go....

Remember riding on your dad's back when you were little? I loved it and my dad would do some crazy stuff. I saw William and Alyssa doing it and I had to take a picture.
But I do not remember, EVER, wanting daddy to ride on my back. Did you?
Cute that she couldn't even see that it would never work.

Lynn. My Supergirl...

This is my niece Lynn. She turned 6 months on Dec. 4. She looks more like her dad then her sister Alyssa, who is a carbon copy of her mom.
Well, when I was home this past week, I had the opportunity to spend a lot more time with her then I ever have before. My camera has been broken, so I've been using my phone's camera, but now that my camera is fixed, I went camera happy. Although I got some great pictures of Lynn, I accidentally deleted them before uploading them to the computer.

I don't know how she does it, but her bib always gets rotated around so that it's on her back and it looks like she has a cape on. So I call her my Supergirl. I wish I had this picture, but it was one of the ones I erased, where she is on her belly with her arms and legs up in the air and it looks like she is flying. So, she really is Supergirl.

Isn't she so....CUTE! I had a picture of her sticking her tongue out, which she does all the time. She just sticks it out, not wiggling it or anything . Alyssa, her big sister used to stick her tongue out when she was a baby too, but her tongue would be going a million miles a minute. Must run in the family.

Monday, December 10, 2007


This is my niece Alyssa. She's so cute. I can't believe she smiled so real in this picture. I'm so proud of her. She is so obedient and so kind. She loves life and loves to live it to the fullest.

Here she is with her doggy in her coat. She didn't want her to get cold when we went to the store. She goes everywhere with her. She calls her "Mama Dog"

Friday, December 7, 2007

Business Website

It's official. My business website is up and running. Go check it out and tell me what you think!
Oh, and if any of you who have a book that I made, I would love to get a testimonial from you about it. You can say anything you want. I think it would help out my webpage to have that kindof thing on it. My email is and put "testimonial" in the subject line. Thanks. You all are great!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The End

This blog is a tribute to my Grandpa. Arthur Lynn Nielson was born Dec. 17, 1919. He left this life while he was sleeping on Dec. 2, 2007. Husband to Margaret Alma Green Nielson, Father to Linda, Mark, Claudia and Dart. He was a great community leader (he was the Mayor of our town before I was born) and he started the business that my Dad now runs.
I grew up with my grandparents right next store. I was at their house more than I was at mine. I loved to sit with them and just be with them. Grandad was always the hard one. Grandma was the soft one. But together they complimented eachother. When Grandma died in 1998, Grandpa took it really hard, but he was still the same old guy. He softened a bit (I think the great grandchildren helped a bit) and I started to get to know him better. Coming home to visit from college led me to go visit with him and there were times when we would just talk about his life, times when he would just tell me about what I should be doing, times when we would just watch TV together and times when we would cry about life, love and all the stuff in-between. I grew to love him more in those times then ever before.
He is my Grandad and I love him. He's not hurting anymore, and I know that he's with Grandma again. I'll miss seeing him when I go visiting Colorado, but I'll be content living in the time now till we will meet again.
I love you Grandpa. God bless!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Did I make the right decision?

Hey all! I can't sleep, so I thought that I'd write a blog.

I've had a few big decisions to make in the past months and it's been hard to know if I'm even making the right decision.

One: I quit my job because of sewing wrong, which led to an incredibly weird pain in my left shoulder. (We came to find out that I had been sitting wrong for the entire year and a half that I had been working there. I was sewing with my left foot; I had right knee problems; and the machines are made for people using the right foot.)
So I started looking for a new job. But nothing was working out. I was beginning to get very frustrated.

Two: My Grandpa got in a wreck a few months ago and kindof gave up on life, so he needs constant care. It's been really hard on my parents, but they were pulling through great.

These two situations led me to believe that I should move down to Colorado and help my parents out. This decision seemed right and I felt good about it. So I needed to do two things: 1) Find someone to take my place in my apartment while I was in Colorado, & 2) Pack up and move to Colorado. Seems simple, right? Well, this began my whirlwind-of-terror.

I thought the Lord was pointing me in this direction. I had been praying about it, but I hadn't received an answer about any of it. So I took action and made a decision for myself.

Nothing could prepare me for the confusion that began.

At first it seemed that everything was working out for me to move to Colorado. I found someone to take my place in my apartment in Utah. I visited Colorado for a week and helped out with my Grandpa. My Dad said that I could get a job while I was down there, cause I was needed mostly at night, and a job opened up. I even told everyone that I was moving to Colorado.

Then I came back to Utah. I felt sick in my stomach, like something was wrong. I had dinner with some of my closest friends and I wanted to cry cause something was hurting me inside. ( was not gas!! My heart was hurting.) I then tried to contact the girl that was going to move in and she didn't call me back for three days. On the third day she finally called and said that she was going to stay where she was and couldn't take the place. I wanted to scream. How could this be happening? I had applied to rent a Uhaul truck so that I could take my stuff down to Colorado. Everything was falling through.

I didn't move any of my stuff down to Colorado, but I did go down for Thanksgiving. There I was able to be with my family. My nieces are so great and loving and they gave me lots of laughs that I feel I hadn't had for a few weeks.
You have to know that I love my Grandpa even though he swears at me and treats me like I'm his servant sometimes, but he forgets a lot. He's so frail and week. He legs are as thin as my arms. My emotions to need to help take care of him may have over powered the reason why I made the decision.
It was a hard Thanksgiving. I struggled. I had a long, tearful, talk with my Dad. I decided to come back to Utah and try to find a job and see if that was what I needed to do. Lots of tears, and prayers have followed.

I looked online again and started applying for jobs. I got an interview the Monday after Thanksgiving for a place in Lindon and went in and felt really good about it. The position is for an Office Manager. Two days later (this past Wednesday) I got the call that I got the job. Just like that.
One thing that happened right before Thanksgiving was that I got a letter from the Timpanogos temple to come in for an interview. I have been wanting to serve in the temple for 6 years now. But I didn't tell anyone that until I talked with my Dad after Thanksgiving.

So I made a decision and it wasn't the one that the Lord wanted me to do. I'm really glad that I've had so much help these past couple of months. I know that I am blessed more than I should be. I know that I've grown from this and that there were times when I wished it would all go away, but I stuck with it and now I know what I should be doing.

It's been a low point this last month and a half. I only hope that I can listen to the Spirit better in times to come.

You all rock. Thanks for all your help.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Mentos-Coke Explosion

Okay, so I was given a liter of Coke and one Mentos for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and was told that all I needed to do was put it in the bottle and it would explode. I've never heard of this experiment, much less seen it done, so I tried it.
The Coke bottle was opened and I dropped the Mentos inside. Guess what happened next? The spray didn't go higher than 6 inches. Sad...., I know!
We did record it, but it's to sad to see again, so I'll just let you imagine my failure. ;)
It wasn't until afterwards that everyone told me how it's suppose to be done. If you have only one bottle of Coke and one Mentos: Take the lid off and push the Mentos into the lid; Twist the lid back on and shake vigorously; Place on the pavement and let it explode. It's quite the show, from what I hear.
But you can take a look at these sites and see for yourself. Some of these people have gotten paid tons of money to do this. I'm pretty impressed, actually.

This is how it's suppose to be done.

Do you want to try this?

This is amazing and crazy!!! How it's done!

Full show:

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Transporting Livestock.....

Is it just me, or are goats more on the transit paths?
I went to Colorado over the last week and I saw a number of goats in the back of trucks. I was lucky to get this picture when I was getting gas.
It was funny, cause the guy that was driving the truck saw me with my phone, but he didn't know I was taking the picture. I said hi and I think he thought I was flirting. (He was an older Navaho man.) He even tried to wash my windshield. I laughed and enjoyed the goats. They seemed content to travel around in the back of the truck.
It was funny.
Goats in a truck..... Could that be the name of a new food?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I went to a masquerade last Friday, October 26th. It was so much fun! Here is what the invite looked like. I couldn't get very good detail on it, but it is very professional looking. We went in and recognized no one. Everyone was in formal dress with masks on.
Here are a few shots of the girls I went with:

This is Heather Swallow. She went as a pirate. The rest of her costume was great, but I couldn't get a good detailed body shot.

This is Sonja Nelson. Great mask, huh? Her brother got it for her. It was a hit. Everyone loved it. Once again, I couldn't get a very good detailed body shot, so all you get is the mask shot of her.

And these are my roommates and I. Amy Perry is on the left, I'm in the middle, and Trisha Darrington is on the right. Aren't they beautiful? We had so much fun! My mask is like the formal ninja with a feather sticking up out of my hair. Random, but fun! I love dressing up. It was a blast.

All-in-all the night was a success. We had fun and we laughed a lot. I think the best part was getting ready. Girls just get so excited when they get to dress up. Even the tom-boy Jenny has fun getting fancy and girly.

Monday, October 29, 2007

It's really hard to take a picture of my niece, Alyssa, and I, with her looking at the camera. (At least her eyes aren't closed!) Her dad was also distracting her. Isn't she cute though. I love being an aunt. I'll get a picture of her little sister, Lynn, on here soon. She's adorable too!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

"My friend...when long ago I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you to push against the rock with all your strength, and that you have done. But never once did I mention unto you that I expected you to move it! At least not all by yourself. Your task was to push. And now you have come to me, your strength spent, thinking that you have failed and ready to quit. But is that really so? Look at yourself, your arms strong and muscled, your back sinewed and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your ability now far surpasses that which you used to have, yet you still haven't succeeded in moving the rock, and you come ot me with a heavy heart and your strength spent. I my friend will move the rock. Your calling was to be obedient and to push, and to exercise your faith and trust in my wisdom, and this you have done."

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I was asked to share a thought at work for our weekly devotional. This is what I shared. I thought it might be nice to share it will you all too. Have a great day!

Saturday, October 6, 2007


I have grown to love the TV show, "The Office." I've only come to love this show in the past three weeks. A friend of mine in the ward had an Office party and I decided to go. There I fell in love with Jim.......... What a hunk!!
So my roommate, Amy, who loves the office too, found this mug at a dollar store and got it for me. I love, I love, I love!!!!!

I am the safety lead for my team at work. We have been preparing for a fire drill for a few weeks and it happened last Tuesday. I thought I'd document how great we did by doing a mock-MTC picture by the sign.
This proves that I work there. Or at least that I've been there. ;)

WARNING. RITZ CRACKERS MAY HAVE ADDED HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS.....LIKE HAIR. This picture demonstrates that magic can be done. (With the help of very fine human hair.)

My roommate's nephew is so cute. She was baby sitting him last week and I found the way he eats very humorous. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (Maybe we do evolve from monkeys.... or not!!)

Baby Tyler

My friends Karen and Nate Pusey had their first child on September 10, 2007. His name is Tyler John Pusey. He's so cute and I think he's gonna be a heart breaker when he grows up. I'm already hooked!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The move continue and my friends decided that they would try to get the futon mattress and cuddle bug down the stairs by just pushing them down...together. It was so much fun. Amanda, Mich and Jo Jo seemed like they were having a blast.
At around noon on Saturday, I decided to take a break from moving to help Mich move a piano that she got online for free. It wasn't much of a break, because the piano was up in Wet Jordan and it had a metal frame. We had tons of fun moving it, though and successfully got it into their house, with only a tiny hole in the linoleum of the front entry way of Mich's house. :)
Although the move was fun, we did loose one of our numbers. He was squished to death, leading to his eyes bugging out of his head. Please take a moment of silence for our friend, Bubbles. He will be remembered for his love and wonderful singing voice which never failed, even when his battery was low. Bubbles, we love you!!!!!! You will be missed!!!
It was a bit chaotic, moving, but it was all worth it. Look at this view from our front porch. Beautiful, gorgeous, wish you were here.
Have a wonderful day my great friends. You are all worth it!!!! Give me a line sometime, if you want.

4th move of 2007

I've moved four times this year. The first one was on the 1st of January and then on the 13th of January, then again in May and now I hope that my final move on September 1st will be the last. My good friends Amanda and Mike Bright helped me and Michlene and Jolene Johnson gave me some great help.

Each time I've moved it has been chaos and nothing was ever packed. Just thrown in the car without being put in boxes. I tried to make this move different because I wanted to be able to sort through everything when I got to my new place. It's worked well, for half of my stuff, but then I didn't have much time to pack the basement, so my roommate Sonja (in my last place that I lived) and Michlene and Jolene packed it for me. I was so grateful for there help. I was grateful for all the help from everyone who did help.
I didn't get all the pictures that I wanted to, but I was able to get some.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Hey all. I'm trying to do this blog thingy more and more, but it seems like I'm just not doing it right. So all of these pictures are out of order. Hopefully you enjoy them.
Last week on August 18, 2007 I got up at 5:00am to go to Eden, Ut to watch the balloons go up. It was so freaking fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would not get up for anything else, that I know of, on a Saturday.
It was so much fun to see the balloons take shape. Smokey was the greatest one to see. There was a JVC station there and I won a small portable hard drive. I was the first to win anything that day. It was fun. It's always nice to spend time with the family.

Here is a picture of me and my niece and another one of how cute my niece smiles for the camera. And one of my sister, her hubby, and my niece again.

Hopefully all of you are doing great. I know that I'm not very good at keeping in touch with you all, but I'll try to post a blog once a week, so that I can keep everyone updated. I love you all and I'm wishing you a wonderful, joyous day, week or evening. Big Mental Hugs.

Monday, January 1, 2007

My life story

I'm the one holding the baby. She's not mine, but she's my niece. This picture was taken over a year and a half ago in Korea. My parents, Dart and Yong Sun Nielson are standing next to me, my sister, Lucy, and her husband, William Barber on on the left. Oh, and the little blonde one is my niece, Alyssa. Ain't she cute. We went to Korea two summers ago to visit our family. My mom is Korean, and most of her family lives there.
I love my family and don't know what I'd do without them. This is one of the best pictures that we've taken with all of us together like this. It's great.
I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in October of 1979. But I grew up in Dolores, Colorado and don't remember ever living in Vegas. My dad grew up in the same home town, so our family is known there.
I'm the youngest, which means I'm spoiled. But it's a nice spot to be in, cause I usually get what I want. ;) j/k.
My parents pretty much raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, cause my mom joined when I was two or three, so I don't remember anything else.
I graduated High School in 1998 and went strait to BYU that summer where I started my University education. I decided to serve a mission for the LDS church in 2000 and I was sent to Korea, Pusan. I lived there for about 17 months and learned to love the Korean people. I was a great blessing to learn the language and be able to speak with my mother and her family when I returned home. I had my first real conversation with my grandma in June of 2002. Cool, huh?
I'm still in school, but hope to finish in the next year, while working full time for Bee-Hive Clothing.
Well, that's my life so far...... I'll keep you updated.

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