Sunday, November 16, 2014

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast... ya, I'm not talking about me and Adam, I am talking about a play we attended this weekend. We met my mom and dad and Nate and Abby at the theater to watch Adam's sister, Alesha, perform in the musical.

She was a member of the chorus and an enchanted table, but we pretty much thought she was the star!

Best enchanted table ever!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

National Doughnut Day

Today was National Healthy Food Day... and National Doughnut Day. We chose to celebrate Doughnut Day!

Hmm... tomorrow is National Nacho Day!

Also today was "The Best Day Ever" Day in the Johnson household. We found out that for Christmas we will be given the amazing gift of a wonderful baby boy! Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween

We hope that you had a Happy Halloween! If you are ever in Utah in October, you should stop by Mabey Farms in South Jordan to pick up some amazing pumpkins. They have over 35 different kinds and their pumpkin patch was featured on the local news this year. The Mabey's are Adam's family. They are great people and have a great pumpkin patch.

We were lucky enough to have a Mabey Farms' pumpkin this year and look what we turned out:

Can you tell what it is?

We also have some Mabey pumpkins that we are hoping to turn into pies or other delicious goodies. We've only ever used canned pumpkin, but are excited to try using the real thing!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Farewell October

The end of October brings scary things like Halloween... and my birthday. This year I turned 28. Mostly people look at birthdays as a happy time of celebration. Lately, for a long time really, I've been making the mistake of using birthdays, holidays, and milestones to look at the past and future and dwell on what I don't have. For example I will think to myself:

" OMG, we've been married over 5 1/2 years and we still don't have any kids."
" We've been graduated from high school for over 9 years and we still don't have kids."
" So and so is pregnant again. Why can't that be us?"
" We've been trying to adopt for 3 years and still don't have kids."
" I'm 28 and I still don't have kids."

I think that this year has been especially hard with our recent failed adoption and our miscarriage that was almost 1 year ago. This year was almost the year that I had exactly what I wanted for my birthday! It becomes almost consuming at times. So, maybe you will understand why I was dreading my birthday as usual.

But you know what? It wasn't so bad. It was actually good. I felt the love of so many people. And thanks in part to "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" movie that Adam took me to see today (He came and got me off work early), I am trying to set a goal to become a better person by enjoying my life in the here and now and enjoying holidays and milestones for what they are. You guys gotta help hold me to it!


This week was Spirit Week at work. Monday was PJ/ Crazy Hair day. Tuesday was Zoo Animal Day. Wednesday was Decade Day. Thursday was Nerd Day. Friday was Halloween costume of choice.

Check me out on Zoo Animal Day:

I was supposed to be a leopard, but I think it had a little more of a mouse vibe going on!

And check out this:

I came in to work for Nerd Day/ my birthday later than usual because Adam and I had our home study update this morning. My awesome co-workers had this great surprise waiting for me along with a special home-made card and delicious cake. Stacey was so thoughtful to make me an oatmeal cake because she knows that I like oatmeal pie! The people in my life sure know how to make me feel special.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Boise Weekend

This weekend Adam helped with pediatric screenings for Shriner's at the ISU campus in Meridian. My mom, dad, and I tagged along for a weekend away. One cool thing we did was visit the Boise Aquarium. We got to feed salt water fish, touch star fish, and pet sharks and sting rays. I loved it! As a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be a marine biologist.

We also dined at a couple places from "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives." If you are ever in the area, check out Rick's Press Room and Westside Drive In. Yum!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Roller Coaster Month

The past month has been a rocky roller coaster in our lives. Among the usual hecticness of life, we had our adoption profile presented to a birth mom and she chose another family over us. Then, a week later we were matched with a birth mom, were packed and ready to fly out when the baby was born, had our nursery all set up, and then found out a couple of days later that the birth mother had decided to parent. Although this has been tremendously hard, a well timed Sunday School lesson taught us that we still don't have it as bad as Job because we've been surrounded by supportive friends and family. We can feel your prayers and your love. We're thankful for the gospel and the knowledge that it gives us on the importance of agency in this life. We can not begrudge this birth mother her agency when we know that we fought so hard for it in Heaven.

Anyway, on to happier things, we were able to celebrate Locklynn's 2nd birthday with him yesterday. We sure love that nephew of ours! Right now he is into airplanes so he had an airplane themed party with a donut hole cake.

As is standard with birthday parties, we sang a rousing round of Happy Birthday, which resulted in tears. Poor guy, our voices must be pretty bad. :)

Despite our tough month, we have good things coming up. I have the privileged of attending Women's Conference at the conference center next weekend with my mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, and niece. General Conference weekend is also coming up and Adam and I will be spending a weekend in Boise soon.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

We had a great Labor Day weekend. I hung out with my family and Adam spent most of his time hunting with his dad. We got an early start to the holiday weekend when Lockie came for a sleepover Thursday night. It was his mom and dad's anniversary so he hung out with us. We ate dinner, had some ice cream, and watched a little bit of his favorite Frozen. Lockie's mom and dad forgot his toys, so I dug some of our stuffed animals out of our hope chest for Lock to cuddle with.

As you can see, we are still "selfie" challenged.

Locklynn did a really good job for us. He did have a tough bedtime though. It was his first sleepover ever without one of his parents. In the morning Lock helped us pick some veggies out of our garden.

I was sure sad to have to let his parents take him back and go to work!