Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Travels

The little guys have probably had their fair share of travelling for awhile... grown ups too! First off, we took a last minute road trip with Adam's family to Kanab, UT. We all had adventures driving ten hours in and RV with a 15 month old a three month old and of course trying to sleep in the same RV with the same babies!




Watch out! Eli will steal your Root Beer Float.

We also explored Zion National Park and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. When we visited the sand dunes, it was Eli's first time playing in sand. He. Was. In. Heaven!




To play in the sand with or without pants is the question (for Eli, not us grown ups)?! We chose without... which resulted in a diaper full of sand and a bum caked in it too...

A week later we climbed back in the car and traveled to Bear Lake to spend conference weekend with Adam's family at the time share. Liam got to go swimming for the first time and also got to visit with some VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE while we were there.





What else have we been doing this spring?

"Keep Eli Busy" Projects.

Helping daddy make St. Patrick's pancakes.





Coloring Easter Eggs.



Yard work.



Celebrating Easter.



Being cute.


Practicing sitting... That needs more work...


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Oh Happy Days!

What a wonderful week we have had!

We celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday at the local library.


We celebrated my Grandma's 80th birthday. She is an amazing woman who just keeps pushing through life, even when it hurts.



We were sealed to Liam for time and all eternity in the Rexburg temple.



Liam had his blessing at church too.



Aren't my boys so handsome?! (All three of them! Adam is looking pretty great! He has lost 25 lbs!)


Everything was so special because Liam's birth family came to celebrate with us. They are so great!!! We are so lucky that they are our family now too!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Brothers

This year, or 2015 rather, we spent Christmas in Evanston, Wyoming where Eli got a new baby brother and we got a precious son through the wonderful gift of adoption! We marvel that our adoption journey has helped us celebrate the birth of our Savior in such special ways for 2 years in a row. Adoption has helped bring a special view of the Savior's atonement and the plan of salvation for us. We can never thank HIM or our boys' birth parents enough for what they have done for us.


Liam Thomas Johnson was born in Evanston, Wyoming on December 22, 2015. He weighed 7 lbs and was 20 1/4".




He had a little trouble at first and had to be on oxygen for three days, but he is growing and thriving now.


We sure have our hands full with two baby boys...





 But let me tell you, just seeing these two boys together makes all of the craziness worth it! Can you see the love? These boys are bound to be best friends!



Eli loves his little brother so much! I can't even count the number of kisses and head pats that he gives little Liam everyday! It is so heart warming, but Eli is too fast for a camera to capture the precious moments.


 Without adoption and my Savior, we would never be able to have these precious spirits in our lives for eternity. I thank heaven everyday.




Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review of 2015

2015 and Eli's first year are quickly coming to an end. So much has happened and so much has changed. And, as usual, I didn't get Christmas cards done...

THEN:


NOW:

We moved to Idaho Falls.


Eli legally and eternally became a part of our family.



Adam graduated from his doctorate program of physical therapy.


Adam got a real grown up job as a physical therapist in the hospital.
We bought a house.
We sold a car.
We bought a car.
We played a lot.





Adam has gotten stitches twice.
Eli has had a year full of firsts like first bath, first steps, first 4th of July, etc, etc, etc. Here was his first time swimming.


And his first time being eaten by a pumpkin.


We've celebrated Eli's first birthday.



Eli also met Santa, but he didn't like him very much!


And our next adventure is this:


Coming any day now!!!