Saturday, March 28, 2009

Everything is Amazing & Nobody is Happy

Here's a funny but probably true bit that I got a good laugh out of. Sorry you can't just watch the video here but embedding was disabled for some reason, guess you'll have to click on the link...I know, so much extra work...guess that's kinda the point...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fun Questions to Ask Your Kid

The other day I was meandering through Facebook & found this fun set of questions to ask your kid. The best part is actually writing down their exact responses & then laughing while you read them to your own mom or husband or somebody who really knows you well.

If you decide to do this with your child/children it will give you a pretty good sense of what they think of you so be prepared for tenderness, bewilderment, and a reality check of the best/worst kind!

So here are the 20 questions and Michael Anne's responses (keep in mind ((especially when you read #6))- she's 5). My thoughts & clarifications are in parenthesis.

1. What is something mommy always says to you?
I love you!
2. What makes mommy happy?
Me & Addi
3. What makes mommy sad?
NOT me & Addi
4. How does your mommy make you laugh?
tickling me
5. What was your mommy like as a little girl?
She liked her mommy & her friends
6. How old is your mommy?
60 (Seriously...that's almost double my age!)
7.What is her favorite thing to do?
play with me & Addi
8. What does your mommy do when you're not around?
plays with Addi
9. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
you'd become a famous writer
10. What is your mom really good at?
giving me kisses
11. What is your mom not very good at?
oh, I know... umm, no I don't. I don't know anything you're not good at (that earned her a bowl of strawberry icecream...good girl Michael Anne)!
12. What does your mom do for her job?
teach (remember Mikey, mommy doesn't go to work anymore) right, teach me how to read
13. What's your mommy's favorite food?
salmon (it's actually lobster)
14. What makes you proud of your mommy?
her giving me kissies & taking me to playdates
15. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
mamma, is Hannah Montana a cartoon? (No baby she is not) okay then I pick Scooby Doo
16. What do you and your mom do together?
17. How are you and your mom the same?
we like playing
18. How are you and your mommy different?
you like tomatoes & I don't
19. How do you know your mom loves you?
she gives me kissies
20. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?

Red Lobster. Correct? Was I correct? (Yes dear & don't forget Hawaii) Yeah but you said favorite place to GO & we never go to Hawaii but sometimes we go to Red Lobster so that's what I picked! (Yes baby, that is true).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Michael's 6 inch Haircut!

Today started out like any other... mommy trying to comb out the tangled rat's nest that is Michael Anne's hair after a long night of sleeping & squirming in her bed.
You know how it goes, first an "ouch" then a tear or two, followed by gallons of tears, sobbing, screaming, running away... Poor girl. We even employ the wonderful de-tangler spray but even that sometimes doesn't work well enough. So I said to her what mothers of all eras have said to their little long haired beauties "Beauty knows no pain." She replied "This beauty knows plenty of pain!" So then I said we could cut her hair off so the pain would be less & she got all excited and said "LET'S DO IT!" So we did & here it is... (By the way, Daddy doesn't know yet. He'll see it when he picks up his little girly on his way home from work from her playdate - Michael wonders if he'll know who she is!!!)

Not sure why I didn't take a before picture but it was down to the bottom of her shoulder blades in the back, which is about the end of this next picture!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Some Fun & Random Pictures

Here is a collage of fun/random pictures over the past few months:

Meet GEORGE. Michael made & married George. He's a bit of an Air Head, but very amiable.

Michael during a READING lesson. This is a GREAT program, Frontline Phonics (click here for a link to their site - it's kinda expensive but Derek got a deal on EBay)!

Working on her "HOMEWORK" Let's hope she's still so excited for homework in the years to come!

Comfort Food, mom's Lasagna. This was the first time I'd ever made it & it was delish!

Family DINNER, even Adds loved the lasagna

Our version of ANTS on a LOG, we used chocolate chips as there were no raisins available.

Michael got this brilliant idea to soak her feet & Addi got a brilliant idea to splash in the water!

Family Home Evening

FHE, adapted from the Friend magazine (click here for a link). Match the scriptures with the picture of someone showing faith in God.

How to have FAITH

Addison has discovered that THE BOX is the MOST FUN of ALL

Brenden setting up HIS Experiment for the Science Fair

Michael Anne setting up Her OWN Experiment

Michael Anne carefully preparing her Labels

The Lima Bean Plants (oddly, Michael's grew & Brenden's didn't even break the surface so we used the data from her's for the science fair project!)

Watering the precious Lima Beans (they're still growing strong)!
Michael Anne wants to grow the beans & smash them up for Addi to eat, what a thoughtful sister.

Addison is a little TORNADO. Here's what she did to their nice & neatly organized closet.


Playing with Sis in THE BOX

Addi Climbs the Stairs - she's been doing this for a while now

Michael Anne chillin' at the Nu Skin store in Provo

Addi & cousin Kate playing House

Michael looking rather Pretty at Church

Michael Anne Rock Star Johnson & her homemade Guitar

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day was a lot of fun this year. We began our morning with the Primary activity at church, which Michael Anne totally enjoyed. Of course, anytime David is around she's in Heaven!!! The kids got to make Valentine's for the missionaries, play Valentine themed games, make cute little mice out of Hershey Kisses, beads, & yarn, & they had a cupcake walk for a nice treat. Here they, Michael Anne & David, are at the Primary Party, don't they make a darling pair (yikes)!

Michael REALLY wanted to do something special for David for Valentine's & truth be told she probably made him about 20 Valentines but I told her that we could do something nice for his whole family instead. So, after the party at church we went over to Krispy Kreme & picked up a dozen Valentine/Heart-shaped doughnuts. It was a good time & she loved every minute of it! Here we are at David's house delivering the tasty treats. By the way, David is 7 and the two girls are his little twin sisters who are actually Michael Anne's age. I must admit that this was a fun little adventure with my girl.

We had a nice Valentine's brunch after Michael & I returned home. I made heart-shaped pancakes & some spread raspberry jam on them, which I think made them look like bloody hearts. Even Addison got in on the good stuff & enjoyed her Valentine pancakes too!

Finally, before Brenden had to head out for his date to the Sweetheart's Dance at school, we all exchanged Valentine cards which Michael Anne totally loved! We even made her a little box to keep them in & now 6 days into March she still gets them out & looks at them!!!

Isn't he handsome in his PINK shirt!?! They wore pink & brown & we thought he looked smashing! Not sure what that smile is all about but he really looked nice. His date, April, also looked very nice & supposedly there are pictures from the dance to prove it but we haven't seen any yet!!!

Welcome Home! Isn't this the coolest!!! A little Valentine decor made with my fancy Cricut Expressions machine.

Sick, Sick Babies...

A few weeks ago our little girlies got a case of the sickies. They both had high fevers, runny noses & were so uncharacteristically tired & worn out (I eventually got the worn-outs & runny nose too). It was very sad to watch them feeling so miserable. Thank goodness for their beloved bears, Kellin & Strawberry Milkshake & my GREAT hubby! Fortunately everyone got better but not before we missed our trip (Boo Hoo) with Grandma & Grandpa to Washington for cousin Eric's 8th birthday & baptism.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Addi in the Stylin'Studio

Girl Tech - Stylin' Studio

A Post Card from Paris!
Grandma found a Great Deal on the Stylin'Studio
Here's a Hipped up Michael Anne (I did this one) in Paris, I hear she had a great trip!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Christmas 2008

Christmas was a lot of fun this year (last year that is). It was the first time I did most of the getting ready, well the decorating the house & wrapping gifts part. Here are some pictures of Christmas, Family, & Cleaning up after the holidays.

Out in the COLD to procure the perfect Tree!

My favorite Nativity from Panama

The Girl's Favorite Nativity from Fisher Price (with a few visitors)

Addi's Favorite gift to try to Unwrap (daily, hourly, by the minute)

Who is that guy? I think he smelled like Beef & Cheese!

Michael Anne & the Primary kids Singing some Holiday songs for us (notice the boy in the green soccer shirt, that's David... the love of her little life)!

Enjoying some Yuletide Yummies at the Ward Christmas Party

The Tree on Christmas Morning

Merry Christmas my Baby Girls!

Here they come!

Michael Anne's Stocking (don't be fooled by my name on it, Hillary made this beautiful stocking for me years ago but Michael loves it so much that she gets to use it)

Addi's Stocking
Hey, what's this stuff??? For me??? Nice.

Addi's 1st Christmas Gift of her Whole Life!!!

This is so fun, for everyone!
Isn't it great when a simple Baby Food Box is the Christmas hit?!?

Michael Anne made this BEAUTIFUL picture of our family for me for Christmas! Thank You baby Girl!

Michael's Christmas Crafts

Some cute Santa Stuff

Michael Anne & Audrey A baby is born! Oh Dear!

What great Doctors these two make!

What a beautiful Girl! Good Bye Christmas...