Saturday, March 9, 2013

The End Is Near...

After months of sporadic posting and overall neglect, I've decided that the days of the Nielegirl blog are numbered.  That's not to say that sometime, in the near future, there won't be other blog projects.  But, as for this one, I think her time has come. By the end of this week content on this blog will no longer be available.

It's been a wonderful run and I'm grateful for all of you who've joined me for it. Thank you for your kind and loving words as I haphazardly chronicled my journey to adulthood.  I will never forget the comfort, clarity, and strength they brought me over the years.

Much love to you all and see you again (hopefully) real soon,
Niele Girl

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas Every Day


Recently, while organizing my inbox, I came across an old email sent from Teeks just a few weeks before our wedding:
"I love you sweetheart and am SO grateful that Heavenly Father showed me to you the night you were dragged across the stake center to see that little brown boy with braces. Because ever since that moment, I never forgot you."
awwww.... ♥

I come from a long line of romantics.  My paternal grandparents were infamous for their wild makeouts in the kitchen.  And the love letters between my Tutu and Grandpa wrote were apparently so HOT that he burnt them to hide the evidence! Their children, my parents, are no different: French kisses in the kitchen, squeezed buns, flirty notes, midday serenades, whistles & winks... the mushiness has no end.

Although the sight of it mortified me as a kid, I'm grateful for the examples of my parents and grandparents.  My Tutu has been widowed for more than 30 years now, but you can tell by the way she talks of my grandpa and the pictures that decorate her bedroom walls, that she's just as much in love with him now as she ever was while he was alive. The love they share is an everlasting, eternal romance--the kind country singers write songs about.

It's little messages like the one posted above and the many love letters from my sweetheart since, that remind me of how grateful I am to have found the kind of love my parents and grandparents share. It is a love that must be protected, nourished, and fought for.  I don't want all the happiness and good times to last for now, I want them forever!! Then Teeks and I will always be able to say, just as I have heard my father declare often to my mother:
"With you, every day is Christmas; every day is my birthday."

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas, From Teeks & NieleGirl!!

Christmas @ Disneyland Dec. 2012

I know I haven't updated this blog in quite some time, but I thought I'd turn my last post of the year into a summary of sorts to make up for it. So, here's what the year 2012 looked like for the Ikahihifo Family:

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Get your kicks..."

"...on route 66!"
(Writer's Note: After a whole month of no updates, I realize this probably isn't the Tonga adventure post you were looking for, but we're still waiting for a replacement usb cable so we can rescue the remaining pictures from our voyage to the South Pacific from my husband's gimpy camera.  Until then, here is a post that should've gone up weeks ago, but I guess I still don't know how to figure out that "schedule-a-post" thing.)

From the time it of its opening, my family has been a regular fixture in the Disneyland park.  To be honest, I probably have more Disneyland annual passport pictures, than school pictures.  I can't help but smile as I reminisce about filled autograph books, fanny packs, Mickey Mouse pretzels, the People Mover, those sour sugar candies that turned your tongue black and so many more sweet memories.  For my family, it's not just Disney magic--it's our magic.

So of course, when the opportunity presented itself for Teeks and I to preview the new Cars Land came up, we JUMPED at the chance!

Monday, June 18, 2012

...Then comes the Baby in a Baby Carriage.

Okay, so this is NOT the post where I announce that I am pregnant.

I'm TOTALLY NOT, btw.

This is, however, the post where I tell you about one of my very best friends and the sweet baby shower thrown by your's truly.
Did I mention it's the first shower I've ever thrown EVER?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Return of the Nephews

For the first week of June, our nephews came to visit!
They are the adorable sons of one of Teeks' older sisters who passed away some time ago.  We don't get to see them very often.  But when we do, it's always a good time!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sister, Sister

Anyone who knows my little sister Mandy, knows that she is definitely her own person.  The goofiest of the Thompson sisters, Mandy is absolutely hilarious and always a good time to be around.

My ALL-TIME favorite picture of Me & Mans

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oh, hey there!

I've missed you...

Wow! Has it really been almost 2 months since I've updated this thing?  It's going to be a doozy of a post, but let the catchup begin!!!