"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sundays at Grandma's

We are really going to miss this porch sitting time as the weather cools.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Will turns 8!

Will turned 8!  This is a big year and we are so excited for all it involves.  Will had a friend party this year.  I had a swim party when I was 8, and that is exactly what Will wanted as well.  We invited some of his favorite friends over for pizza, root beer, swimming at the Kamas pool, and then applesauce cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I will always have a soft spot for my first born.  8 years ago I became a mom, and it was because of him.  What can I say about this boy that I haven't already said?  He has turned into a great friend and truly tries to include everyone.  He is still the best big brother on the planet!  If I need him to, he will play with Paige for an hour just so I can have a little rest.  He is SO SMART.  Will is turning into a little athlete and has some real get up!  I'm excited to cheer on a track star one day.  We love him.  He is our favorite boy on the planet!  Happy Birthday, bud!

Week 4

Things calmed down a bit in the neighborhood this week, but that's a good thing! It means that they are ready for us to start working. 

This last week our basement and garage slab were poured, and temporary electrical was installed. Coming up this Saturday-- we start pounding nails!

Week 3- Backfill!

Now that the house is all back filled, we can finally see how big our lot is. There will be plenty of space to run around, and even for Dallas to build a shop in the back yard (one day). 

The rough plumbing was completed, and the basement and garage floor were prepared for the slab. 

For now, we don't mind relaxing in the basement on the rocks. 

And look!!! Our sign is up! :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I Love to See the Temple

The first temple day was in Salt Lake.  Dallas and I had the opportunity to see his cousin Nate be sealed to his wife, Becca.  It was a beautiful ceremony and reminded me that the most important person in my life is my incredible husband.  He is, as the sealer said, my ticket to the Celestial Kingdom.  We can't get there without each other, and I don't want to be there without him.
Dark and early the next morning I filled up my car with a group of valiant young women and headed down the canyon.  We were in the Provo Temple at 6AM, and within what seemed like no time at all, the waiting room was filled with youth ready to participate in Baptisms for the Dead.  To see that many worthy young men and young women was inspiring!  There is so much good in the world.

The very next day my husband and I sat with his grandparents as our building was made to be an extension of the temple for the purpose of rededicating the Ogden temple.  What a wonderful opportunity we all had to participate!  The meeting was beautiful, and I was humbled to be there.

I don't know if I will ever end up in the temple three days in a row again, but I hope I will.  Everything we are taught, all we are asked to do, leads to the temple.  What a blessing it is to be able to participate in sacred ordinances and to be reminded of all our Father in Heaven has in store for each and every one of us.  

Friday, September 19, 2014


It's always cute to make your kids match.  Even when your kids are 31 and 23.
***Side note: Scooter needs a haircut.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Boys will be boys!

I cannot keep up with Will.

The holes in clothes, the dirt, the scrapes!  It's one thing or another with that boy these days.  In the last week he has ended up with a terrible rope burn on his neck from riding his bike into a twine rope stretched behind someone's property, he's come home from his friend's covered in mud from head to toe, he showed me a rad new trick on his bike, and he cut half his eyebrow off with scissors.  I can't make this stuff up!

He turns 8 in just over a week, and I have a sick feeling this is just the beginning...

That Annie!!!

These are old, but I have to be sure they are not forgotten!  I'm betting they were said about April of 2013.  Annie still kills us!

"Mom, why did Jesus create bum cheeks?  I think it was to hold in our #1 and #2."
My cute friend Mindy that just so happens to be 4'10" came to bring us dinner after we had Paige.  Annie says, "Mindy, you are so cute and so little.  Are you a kid or an adult?"

We laugh and Mindy says, "I'm an adult!"

Annie replies, "When I grow up I want to be just like you.  You are so cute and so little."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Week 2

I may or may not drive by the house up to 5 times a day.  It's like a moth to a flame!  So much is happening and it is all so exciting.  This week our foundation walls were poured, and the waterproofing was painted on.  The other houses are coming along, too.  We were told that they are being built according to which home is easiest to frame.  Of the 6 homes that are being built in this phase, we are 4th in line.

The kids still love to go and see what has been done on the house.  Paige is the most content.  Give that girl a pile of rocks, and she'll be happy for hours!

Friday, September 5, 2014


I have so many memories of my mom canning.  Since I was called the "Pickle Pusher," it was my job to scrub all the cucumbers.  I would help my mom remove the skin from peaches, pears, tomatoes, and apples.  Our house would be steamy, hot, and full of preserved quarts of delicious harvest for the coming year. It was a labor of love.

I have loved carrying on this tradition with my own family.  My mom taught me everything I know, and this was the first year that I didn't can with her by my side.  Usually I take a day or two and spend it canning in Syracuse with her, but now that I have two kids in school, it is much more difficult to get away.  I will admit, that I loved steaming up my own house, and having my rooms smell like pickles for a change!

I even got my own little helper this year.  I didn't even have to ask, Will just came into the kitchen and asked how he could help!  He was a champ.  He took care of the blanching and the peeling while I filled the bottles.  We were a dynamic duo!

My bushel of peaches only filled 21 quarts this year (we ate A LOT of peaches in only a couple of days.... probably a little too much), and I got 14 quarts of pickles.  Plenty to keep our shelves stocked for the coming year, and to keep our name of the "Pickle Nicoll's!"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


The temple is perfection on earth.  I don't believe there is a flaw in that entire building.  During my tour of the Ogden Temple yesterday, that is all I could think about.  Did it take lots of time? Yes.  Were there mess ups that likely had to be redone?  No doubt.  With patience, time, and a skillful hand, it was finished.


The Lord will shape us in a similar way.  Be patient.  Don't worry about how many times you have to start over, just keep trying.  Eventually, we will all be perfected in Him.

I attended the open house with two of my young women, Hailey Ostergaard and Rebecca Hokansen.  We had such a great time together!  I am so blessed to serve them.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Week 1: A hole and footings.

Last week we got a hole in the earth! They broke ground on August 26, 2014.  It's pretty astounding to walk through the neighborhood and see 6 giant holes and mountains of dirt all around. Also a little overwhelming to think that we'll be building the homes that go in those holes- and they still have 3 more to dig! Things are really happening!

I swung by today and they poured our footings this morning. It is all so exciting and so great to see progress. In the words of Annie Kate, "This is more exciting than Disneyland!"

Monday, September 1, 2014

One Crazy Summer

From Seattle, to Yellowstone, and Afton and Causey,
We flew through our summer spending an awful lots-y;
On gas, and plane tickets, food and Lagoon,
it seems every night we played under the moon.
We ran down the mountain to hit Seven Peaks,
picnicked in parks, and ate lots of cold treats.
 We shoved it all in thinking any second,
we'd start building our house and that would end it.
We made plans and we waited, building delayed.
So what did we do?  We played, and we played!
With Jenn, James and Alli, and so many friends,
it's hard to believe our summer has come to an end!
Good memories from Girl's Camp, family reunions and more,
of geysers, and Grandparents we'll be sure to store.
We're ready for calm.  For leaves to fall down.
We're ready to spend time in our own lazy town.
This summer was great, we'll never forget it.
Here's to the next season, this one's my favorite.