Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
i guess this is mostly for my journal keeping, or myself (deep breaths and letting it all out).
or my parents to "check up" on us everyday...
or just because i like to hear myself type....
or to document our way through unemployment...
the plan for today: donate plasma!
this week kyle can make $80 (more grocery or gas money). if i had the nerve, i could add $80 to that (i may just have to "suck it up" as josh would say!) i sort of have this fear of really big needles, and plasma needles are of the extra HUGE variety. i feel dizzy just typing that.
anyway, my point is OBVIOUSLY we are not making the same amount of money as when kyle was gettting a paycheck. BUT there are little ways out there, if you just look, to bring in SOME cash.
the thing is, SOME is better than NONE.
he's off to get his plasma sucked.
sidenote: often kyle and i talked about a ("hopefully it would never happen to us") day when he could loose a job. he ALWAYS said over and over, "i would do ANYTHING i had to while i was looking for a job to help support my family!"
good to his word, he has! i am grateful that is one promise he has been willing to keep.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
(...say that 10 times fast!)
one more blessing in our life (and we mean it!) josh's best friends dad, let kyle tag along today to earn some grocery money.
he (the friends dad) actually has a VERY successful business doing this. Sucking poop out of potty's.
(could it be that no one else really wants the job?)
kyle learned one more new skill today to add to the resume.
i think he can certainly be called a "jack of ALL trades" now.
PLUS, he has some really fun stories to tell at family bbq's.
Silver lining in the face of joblessness....you can actually earn money shovelling other people's s.......tuff!
(i know you thought i was gonna say another word!)
Come on now, let's hear your best poop jokes!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
the leakage does not stop with my eyes, those darn tears.
my nose, the snot resulting from the tears.
my heart, dripping, DRIPPING, with gratitude.
now while i would probably trade the situation we are in(gladly and willingly)...
i would be remiss if i did not thank those who have stepped forward...
WOW! the world is certainly filled with good people.
from the bottom of our DRIPPING HEARTS,
we LOVE you-
Monday, July 20, 2009
which we never would have taken had we had a tiny glimpse into the future. Ever...
money is too precious of a commadity for us at the moment.
my husband called with the devastating news that he had lost his job.
we are both shocked, and numb, and did i mention shocked?
there was no foreshadowing. there was no warning. there was no time to prepare.
it has been a day of many tears. (which in my case leads to migraines and lots of vomiting...TMI?)
so we ask, any who read this, to pray, if that's what you believe.
to light a candle, if that's what you believe.
to send some good, "working" vibes our way, if that is what you believe.
at some point, i will continue with "life is a beach, parts 3 through 8", until then....
word of mouth and prayers are appreciated.
kyle has already had one, very real, offer to help josh's best friends dad (you got that, right?) scoop poop. (he owns a very sucessful porta-potty business...and hey! someone has to do it)
nothing is beneath keeping food on the table and our home.
Please, just keep the Kyle & Dorien Nielson's in your prayers....
Thanks to all those who have called to express love, for really, that is the greatest blessing in itself--to know we are loved when the chips are down.
And if anyone has any extra coupons, send them our way...my frugality will now be tested and taken to a whole NEW level!
Well here is Day 1 of our Southern California Trip....all the pictures are in the wrong order and upside down (from end to beginning), but I was too lazy to reload everything again! So, here you have it!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We sent Josh on a little adventure this week...
We could blame it on Cy Holt for making the call.
OR we could blame it on Wayne and Libbi(minus Libbi), who were ALREADY driving to California this week for ANOTHER reason.
But the call was made, the Nelson's van was heading south and so the adventure was decided upon.
This year Cy and Josh (well mostly Cy and a few other friends, Josh just got invited along for the ride, and a good ride it was to be invited along for) decided to do the EFY (Especially for Youth) in Southern California (University of California at Santa Barbara to be exact) INSTEAD OF the BYU campus.
I mean really, was it ever even a choice?
Kyle just happened to have a cousin driving there, so the boys could be dropped off (no airfare) and we just happened to be coming down to get them at the end of the week (the start of OUR vacation...which if you do the math right tells you Josh gets TWO FULL WEEKS in California!)
The bags were packed, best wishes were bestowed, Josh made his obligatory phone call upon his arrival in Southern Cal.
I was glad he was alive and well, and somehow after hearing words like "perfect", "75 degress", and "walking on the beach", my mind went into a funk.
This morning I was awake bright and early, checking emails (mostly junk), ebay sales(two--yippee!), and facebook updates (one from josh, still alive!) when I decided I needed to google the campus where Josh and company were staying all week.
So I bravely went into a "google" image search...and found the Santa Barbara campus.
It is pictured below.
Folks, I have one thing to say...
Next year, I AM going to EFY in Santa Barbara. Do you think it's too late to apply as a dorm mother? a speaker? the lunch lady?
I think that one week nestled against the blue skies and ocean waves are calling me.
Monday, July 6, 2009
In preparation for our long drive to California, the car went to visit Dee. If you DON'T know Dee, and have a car...well, lets just say you need to make his acquaintance.
In the world of engines, combines, turbines, water pumps and wheels, he is da bomb!
He worked on fixing the creaks, rattles and jiggles (and fixed a busted water pump as well). My seemingly ancient*(see footnote), and well loved, mini (as in VAN, and not COOPER) is now in working order.
With one SMALL exception (which caused me to kick my car mightily, curse and re-break my toe ...ok, none of that is true except the extra broken car part!)
The thing is, my windshield wipers have ceased to function properly. Oh sure, they are such a small thing you say, just 2 little ole wipers resting quietly on the front of my car.
BUT they are such a big thing too--think of all the dead bugs they must remove, all the rain they must slosh away, and the snowflakes they must push. (hopefully snow will not be encountered on this trip, I'm just sayin'!)
They are central to a survival plan should emergencies arise on the long drive. One must be able to peer from one's own window without distraction. (Certainly more than enough distractions will be coming from INSIDE the car....3 kids, long drive...you get the picture)
So one more thing on my list of things to do...fix the wipers!
Off to my backyard to pluck some more bills off of the money tree...didn't know we had one did you?? (And don't any of my neighbors come looking for it either...you need "magic glasses" just to see it!)
*ancient: term used to describe mini vans made before the day of auto slide doors and standard issue dvd players. Thus causing mine to fall into this catagory.
I guess in my hurry to get to the tree, I have forgotten to "ODE" my wipers....
hmmmmm, one must stick with what one knows...
there you have it...my ode to wipers!