A Family Night with the Nielsons

‘Boooo-ooooys, F. H. E. roooooom, Nooooo-ooooow!’, Dad bellows the customary announcement down the staircase. Boys number 3 and 4 race up to see who can get ‘the chair’. Boy 1 walks slowly, obeying the instructions. Boy 2 really drags his feet, he would prefer to play the PS2.

Boy 4 has opening song, and chooses ‘Do as I’m Doing’. He starts spinning around with his arms straight out to his sides. The middle boys use this action as an excuse to whack into each other like helicopters flying to close. Boy 1 observes, mouthing the words. Boy 4 sings with the enthusiasm you might expect from a recent Sunbeam graduate, and Dad follows his lead. Mom tickles the ivories.

After the song the youngest says the prayer. He is called upon because Dad knows he will throw a tantrum if someone else is called. We let him ramble for half a minute, and then guide him to a close.

Dad has the scripture, and because of the subject of the lesson, reads the verses normally associated with the oath and covenant of the priesthood. He wonders if the boys got anything out of it.

The oldest son has the lesson this week. He chooses a lesson on Aaronic Priesthood duties because the brother just younger than he will be turning twelve in a couple of months and become a deacon. After he reviews the basic offices, and the duties, he hands out a priesthood office – priesthood duty matching game for the younger boys and we help them through it.

We have a closing song and prayer prior to the activity and refreshment portion. Boy 3 has the activity this week, and has been keeping it a secret. We ask him what he wants to do.

Napoleon Dynamite.

What?! Again?!


Wouldn’t you rather do something else?


Are you SURE?


Ok….But it’s getting late. We won’t watch all of it.

While the boys get the movie started, Dad goes off to the kitchen to make his famous chocolate – banana milkshakes. A brief wave of happiness flows over him as he reflects on serving his family in this way. How blessed we are. What a nice little family we have.

Dad brings in the cups, which are eagerly snatched by the boys. Mom and Dad sit back and endure a few moments of a dumb movie with their precious boys. Not everything is right with the world, or with our family. But, we have our moments.

7 Responses to “A Family Night with the Nielsons”

  1. 2 Naiah February 13, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Delightful, Eric!

    “Not everything is right with the world, or with our family. But, we have our moments.”

    –and those are the best moments!!!!

    We gotta come visit you guys sometime. Maybe next time we’re in Ohio, we’ll all scoot over there for a day. Bobbie would be in heaven with all those boys! (Poor lil’ guy–he just has a sister!)

  2. 3 Eric Nielson February 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks Brian.

    Naiah: Maybe we should set up some bloggersnacker in Kirtland some summer.

  3. 4 Mom February 14, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I would give anything to be there with you all for Family Home Evening. I would even do helicopters with them! It won’t be too much longer with we are heading back to the US. Tell them we love them all and are proud of them and you. Our last FHE we had the 4 Elders over and had chocolate pudding cake and ice cream — they loved it and we had a good time.

  4. 5 Eric Nielson February 14, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I remember that chocolate pudding cake….

  5. 6 Becoming LDS October 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Oh the fun times with FHE. I love hearing “the not so perfect yet still in many ways absolutely perfect” events of other families Monday night happenings. Thanks for sharing.

  6. 7 Eric Nielson October 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Your welcome. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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