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A few years ago, my friend Aileen recommended I follow the blog nieniedialogues. Author Stephanie Nielson blogs about her adorable family, and it seems that everything she touches turns cute. Cute dresses, cute house, cute crafts, cute kids, etc. Then, tragically, in the summer of 2008, Stephanie and her husband were flying in a small plane across Utah when it crashed. They survived, she barely (80% of her body was burned and she now faces a lifetime of surgeries), and she detailed her recovery on the blog. And now in a new book. The Nielsons were featured in last Sunday’s Parade Magazine (photo). Mrs. Nielson, Nie Nie, continues to make things cute. I was so happy to see the Nielsons thriving. And, Stephanie just gave birth to their fifth child, a precious baby girl named Charlotte.
I have long been a fan of the Ponce family. Phil is the charming host of Chicago Tonight and a cat lover. His wife Ann is an accomplished portrait artist. Here is their amazing home as featured in Time Out Chicago, via Apartment Therapy. Daughter Maria is a talented photographer. In fact, Ann and Maria collaborated on an exhibition of portraits of local news personalities. Both of the Ponce’s sons are Chicago news reporters—my favorite being Anthony on NBC 5. Though Dan is no slouch, he founded an a cappella singing group (I hear they’re almost as good as “Here Comes Treble”). Then came last night’s Chicago Tonight, and my mind was blown! Phil Ponce creates amazing paper cuts! In his free time with a cat by his side. Plus, he hand made papel picados for Maria’s wedding. I am impressed. Can I be an honorary Ponce?