Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Here are some of the latest pics of Hank.
Hank in his latest church clothes, a gift from his Uncle Derek and Aunt Emily.
Posted by The Johnson's at 12:09 PM
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thanks to my friend Seth for his awesome Thanksgiving post. Here is my list of things I am most grateful for:
The Gospel: Of course, that comes first because everything else I have comes from having the gospel. For my testimony, my temple covenants, and the tender mercies of my Heavenly Father I am grateful.
Shane: Truly a blessing second only to the Gospel. He is truly my best friend and there is no one I would rather share my life with. He loves me, he makes me laugh, he keeps me in check (in a good way), and he is an incredible father. I adore him.
Henry: We waited a long time for Hank to join our family, and when he finally arrived he turned my life upside down. There were times in the beginning where I truly did not believe that I was cut out for motherhood, but he stuck with me (maybe that's why they don't learn to walk right away) and now we are a happy pair. He has made me so much better, so much more patient, selfless, and structured. My days are full of Hank and for that I am grateful.
My Family: For the family I was born into, and the family I married into. For their love and support, and for those life lessons that can only be taught by those you call family.
My Calling: I can't tell you what I meant to move into a ward that I feel like I already belong to. It was a fulfillment of Heavenly Father's promise to me that I would find my life in Kennewick. I love the sisters I serve with, and those I try my best to serve.
My Friends: It is truly a blessing to have so many of my closest friends be members of my family, and a blessing to have friends that feel like members of my family. So to sisters, cousins, neighbors, running buddies, A-Listers, VBBFF's, WB's/former roommates, and of course, Traci, I am grateful.
Home: This has taken new meaning this year for this Army brat. Home, which was always more of an idea than a place, became a tangible address. I am so proud of our home, and grateful to have it.
The Impossible: I am grateful to achieve the impossible and prove myself wrong this year by becoming a runner.
Now my list of one word answers:
Chocolate (I'm with you Seth)
Posted by The Johnson's at 9:13 PM
Monday, November 19, 2007
Posted by The Johnson's at 10:49 PM
Saturday, November 17, 2007
My heart is breaking for my friends.
Details aren’t important, and maybe the only reason I am doing this is to reach out in someway to those who I can’t speak to yet. But if you are there, know that I love you and am praying for you.
When heartbreak comes, you realize there are no good guys and bad guys, just people who make terrible mistakes. When heartbreak comes you realize what a blessing normalcy can be. When heartbreak comes, you listen to Alanis Morisette, and thank God for rain and M&M’s.
And now, Mr. Langston Hughes.
I loved my friend.
Posted by The Johnson's at 11:51 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I just got back last night from a fabulous girl's weekend in Las Vegas! Though I can't share all the gritty details (it may be too shocking for some readers!), I can say that we had an absolute blast! Any day I get to spend with my girls is a good day. 4 are living in Mesa, AZ, 1 is in Henderson, NV and of course, me!
On my flight there, I was flipping though a magazine and found an ad for a dance club called "Polyesters". It was 4 rooms, each playing a different decade of music 70's-Today. Since we love dancing more than fat kids love cake, we set off to the Stratosphere. It was a total blast! It wasn't too crowded, it was playing some of my favorite tunes, and people were so fun and respectful. It was like a Stake dance on the strip! We actually got complemented on how fun we were having without alcohol. We had so much fun we went back for a second round on Saturday night...
We buffeted, shopped, got pedicures, gabbed, rode the roller coaster, cried, and got absolutely no sleep. It was off the hook!
Some photographic evidence:
Some pretty high stakes card playing...Notice the lovely poker faces
The girls (clockwise from the top Erin, Lyndi, Kelly, Me, Bethany, and Melisa)
Posted by The Johnson's at 2:30 PM
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Last night, I was so priviledged to be able to speak at our ward's young women Evening of Excellence. My remarks were based around the song "Will you have eyes to see what Heaven sees in you?" from the "Women of Destiny" CD. I think it went really well. The room was decorated so beautifully, and the spirit was so strong the entire evening.
For those of you who are interested, this is the video I put together using pictures of our girls and the leaders. It was a big project, but so worth all the effort.
Like I told my mother-in-law, it's so wonderful to know that Heavenly Father cares so much about these girls, that he made it so clear to me what I was supposed to say.
Posted by The Johnson's at 10:09 AM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
After: Behold...the terrifying...the inhuman....the MONSTER!
Let's just say, it was an interesting project. He didnt love having his hair sprayed black (though I will say it finally made him look a little like me), and we had to distract him with Teddy Grahams in order for him to sit through makeup. But the finished product was quite fabulous in my opinion. All this kid needed was an angry mob and we would have been set!
Here we are at Hank's first try at Trick or Treating, at our friends the Killians:
And after a long evening of terrifying the neighborhood and ward Trunk or Treat, our monster needed a bath!
Posted by The Johnson's at 11:30 AM