Saturday, May 20, 2017

George's Graduation from Kindergarten

My eyes filled with tears as the program began. George is amazing, such a great kid! I'm so proud of him and how well he has managed moving across the world and starting a new school. I just don't want him to grow up.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Gregory is Baptized

Gregory is being baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Saturday, March 4th at 9:30 am. I want to document Gregory's baptism, it's a very important step in his life, and I hope that his baptism is a wonderful and spiritual experience. 

Baptismal Spotlight

Gregory Stanley Nelson, III
Cascade 5th Ward, Orem Utah Cascade Stake

Gregory is kind, compassionate, loving, athletic and very bright. He has lived in America, Ireland, and Australia. He is very capable at making new friends and adjusts well to new environments. He is the oldest child and does an amazing job at caring for and being there for his two younger brothers.

Gregory loves to be outdoors--biking, swimming, and playing soccer. He also enjoys reading and art. He's very creative, a team player, and a wonderful brother and son. Gregory loves being with people, he's a natural leader, and has a strong desire to choose the right.

We are so happy that Gregory wants to be baptized and confirmed a member of the church. This decision will bless his life and it will help his testimony grow. Making a covenant to take upon him the name of Jesus Christ, to serve Him, and be obedient will allow Heavenly Father to bless Gregory to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and through the atonement of Jesus Christ be forgiven of sin. Gregory, we love you!

Gregory was lucky to have four grandparents AND four great-grandparents attend his baptism. Gregory's Great-Grandma Beth was there 30 minutes early so we were able to sneak in a photo. I love my grandma. I have so many fond memories with her. She makes me so happy, and when I saw her walk into the chapel my heart was full of joy and it brought tears to my eyes.

 This is another great-grandpa of Gregory's He is also my grandpa. I loved going to his house growing up just across the street where they always had yummy ice cream to eat. Grandpa would also bring us chocolate milk and fresh donuts from Provo Bakery every Saturday morning. Happy memories :)

 Gregory and his Daddy. I'm so grateful that Stan is worthy and willing to baptize Gregory. As Stan baptized Gregory I was overcome with the spirit, and felt the love of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that Gregory made the right decision. This was a great day for him and for his eternal progression.

Grandpa and Grandma Nelson.
Grandpa was able to conduct the stake baptism the month that Gregory was baptized.

Family photos just before the baptism began. Happy Day!

Grandpa and Grandma Plothow. Gregory is so lucky to have so much love and support from wonderful examples. He loves his grandparents so much.

My Dad, Gregory's Grandpa Plothow made this for him. It was a very kind, thoughtful gift that will hopefully help Gregory to remember the sacred covenants he has made, and to look forward to and to prepare for future covenants. Gregory also got other gifts. Grandma gave him a glass crystal that he absolutely loves, and Grandma Nelson made him a blanket. Stan and I gave him scriptures with his name engraved on them. Overall, we had a lovely day and Gregory knew that this was his special day.

After the baptism many of our guests met us at Magleby's Fresh for brunch. We had a private room reserved, and it was a nice way to end the morning. It was great to have so much support. All my brothers and sisters were able to come but one. Lyndon and Christine currently live in Singapore with their three kids, so they weren't able to come, we missed you guys! Sam and Erin came up for their Spring Break from California, Maggie and Ky were there with three week old baby Everest, as was Edward, Hannah, and Ethan. Stan's brother and family were in town from Las Vegas so it was nice for him to have a sibling there too. We also had aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins and friends drive far and near to come, and we are so grateful for all the love. <3

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Family Photos

In preparation for Gregory's baptism we decided to take some family photos. It's always a lot of work but so glad we did this! <3

Sunday, February 12, 2017

We moved back to Utah

I cannot believe we have moved back to Utah. It's been so fast and crazy. Some mornings I wake up and don't remember what country I'm in. A few weeks have gone by, and slowly everything is falling in place for us, and we feel very blessed and loved. We have all tried to keep the boys busy doing fun things and spending lots of time together. The boys have loved being home with friends and family and just having a good time together.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Another Aussie Christmas 2016

Christmas was our fourth overseas. It's remarkable to me how time has flown by. It was simple, but lovely. Christmas Eve I fell asleep with the boys in their room, and woke up around 2 am. Stan and I were going to wrap all the gifts together once the boys were sleeping, but we both fell asleep and at 2 am I was wide awake and didn't want to bother Stan. So the wrapping began. I wrapped until about 3 am and then found out that I had run out of wrapping paper but still had a few gifts to go. I grabbed my purse and ran down to the corner store next to our apartment and crazy enough they were still open. I guess they never close, day or night even on Christmas Eve. They had some wrapping paper so I was in luck. So I get back to the apartment and it's super late and I'm getting tired but I finish wrapping all the gifts and I must have done so in slow motion because the next time I looked at the clock it was 4:30 am. I had a roast in the fridge so I thought I might as well get it into the crock pot because after we opened gifts Christmas morning we were going to attend church. This year Christmas was on Sunday, and Stan was going to be apart of our friend's baby blessing. So I managed to crawl into bed after that and at 6 am, which gave me just over an hour of sleep, George was up and he was sooo excited because Santa had come! It was all very exciting and wonderful and fun to be with my little family Christmas morning with so much happiness and love. 

Stan and I had decided not to exchange gifts this year, not a good idea. I had purchased him a card, some chocolate, and cookies... just something that he could unwrap on Christmas morning. What I didn't realise is that he didn't want me spending any money on him, so that he could completely splurge on me. He had wrapped up a huge surprise for me, an apple watch and cordless, Bluetooth headphones to run with. He asked if he could have my fitbit blaze in return and is going to purchase a band to go with. It was fun being spoiled, but I'm always buying Stan a gift for now on!

Near our home, there's an office that puts up this huge Christmas tree, and I make the boys stand near it as I take their photo every year. Ho ho ho! 

This is the Christmas tree that Sydney puts up in Darling Harbour right behind our home.

It's still strange having Christmas with 100 degree weather and palm trees everywhere.

Here I am coming up the elevator with a lot of our Christmas this year! I really had a fun night shopping. Stan went out a few days before me and did an excellent job with Gregory and George. I finished up with the stocking stuffers, all of William's gifts, and just the last bits and pieces.

William's Christmas had a theme... Little People. He loves playing with this set and it's nice having quality toys that last and go together with previous purchases. However, what William loved more than anything was his Toy Story doll, Woody. He absolutely loves him, and walks around the house playing with him. I spied on him a couple days ago, and he was giving Woody a hug and said aloud, "I love you!" It's cute. He sometimes refers to him as Buzz, which is also adorable.

Christmas we ate on the balcony. Here's the boys testing out the grape juice in the wine glasses. We had fun pretending to be fancy!

Merry Christmas 2016!