Friday, August 27, 2010

1st Grade & Freshman Year

Wowww, can you believe we've got a first grader & a college freshman in the fam!!! Michael Anne started first grade this past Wed. & Brenden started college at Utah Valley University :) What a big day for all of us!!!
After dropping Michael off at school we were too sad to go home so we went to play at grandma's. Thank you grandma for taking our minds off missing Michael Anne!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Little Bears

A few months ago I signed up to be a material CUTTER, not SEWER, for our church's humanitarian projects. When they divided out the jobs guess who was asked to be a sewer...ME! So I was given the material to sew up these little bears. Sounds easy enough, but come on folks, I don't sew!!!! Well I put it off for a couple of months & then the day came this past week to take them to the church for stuffing & finishing. So I sewed them with my sewing machine about an hour before I had to be there & to my surprise they turned out pretty well. When I got to the church I was amazed to see all the work the ladies had done, they had made zillions of quilts, receiving blankets, hats, booties, nightgowns, newborn baby kits, you name it, they made it & it all looked REALLY nice & finished so beautifully!

When I sat down with about 5 or 6 of these "older" gals (they are not really old just a lot older than me) I began to realize that not all successful & productive Mormon women can sew! I think I may have had more sewing experience than all of them combined!!! Yeah! It felt good :) So we stuffed those little bears & I sewed up all of their little stuffing holes & they looked great. Some little children will love them soon & I'm glad I got to be a part of that little comfort they will bring to little hearts.

After we finished up the bears I had a little time left so I made a heart that will be given to heart patients at the hospital. Here's how it turned out.

By the way, I've decided to stop calling myself a non-sewer. I can do it, I just don't do it too often! You can find a lot of the projects that inspire my novice self on Amy's Sew&Tell .

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ah, The Joy...

...of being a puke & a laughing baby to go with it!!! He got a real kick out of this mess & I have to admit, it was pretty funny :) I should have known better than to hold a full baby above me and jiggle him but it was too fun watching him giggle, even when the puke began pouring out!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


We had a fun play day inside today. Polly Pocket got married to Superman & in the temple no less! Glad to know she has such high standards :) Also, the girls wanted to play farm so they put their bonnets on & had breakfast on the farm. Michael Anne cooked up some tasty grub & Addi had a good time cleaning up while Michael Anne "picked" toy fruit from mommy's "limbs." Good Times!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pioneer Day Bonnets

This was a fun project to make bonnets for my girls to wear at the Pioneer Day parade this coming Saturday. Michael & Addi are so stinking cute & I think they look adorable in their bonnets! I got the pattern from the website Mother Earth News. I didn't count the hours but it definitely took me longer than the "under two hours" they claim, but I think they came out pretty well considering that I'm definitely not a seamstress! In fact, this project was sort of a "bust the sewing machine out of the box & figure out how to use it" project more than a "hey, let's make bonnets" project. It was pretty fun though & now I'm not so scared of my sewing machine!!!
Ok, so I'm really proud of these little bonnets. I don't sew much at all so these were quite a project & I'm so excited about how well they turned out. To celebrate I'm going to try linking this post to my friend's Sew&Tell blog. Wish me luck!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Henry

Henry Christopher Johnson, 4 mos. old. Such a HAPPY baby!
He's a BIG BOY, wears 12mo. clothes already.

Prince Henry

The other day Michael Anne decided it was high time for her baby brother to become a PRINCE! So while Grandma Johnson held him "still" she went to town draping him with scarves, stickers, & of course a crown! He's pretty cute don't you think :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Michael's Science Experiment

Michael Anne decided to do this experiment the other day. She set it up all by herself, except for me cutting the paper towels. I think she got the idea from Fetch with Ruff Ruffman on PBS kids. She's quite the little genius :)First, use different colored markers to make a line along the bottom of a paper towel strip. Label each towel with the marker you are testing.Then dip it in water to let the capillary action of the towel disperse the colors contained in the ink of the marker.Finally, observe the colors that make up the ink colors of each marker. Number 1 was a regular black marker. Number 2 was a black Sharpie. The colors in the black Sharpie ink did spread out a bit but it held pretty fast to the towel so its hard to see.
It was very fun & interesting!

Michael Anne & Happy Henry

Look at these CUTE kids!!! Aren't they AdoraBle!!!
Michael Anne & Henry hamming it up together!
Addi feeding "her" baby.
I was on the computer one day & Addi was supposed to be napping, but when I heard a noise I looked over & there was her little bumb toddling on the craft table!
Addi tossed her baby doll & it landed in this cute yoga pose!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Where have we been???

Michael Anne's 4-H Dance Club performance, Tahitian Dancing.

Butterfly, face painting from the walk-a-thon carnival.

Silly baby!

Addi has been enjoying dress up lately.

April Fool's dinner. Jello "drinks" & meatloaf "cupcakes" with mashed potato "frosting." Good tricks!
Michael lost her 3rd tooth. The new on is already 1/2 in!
Henry had his first sleep-over at Grandma & pa Church's.
Henry loves his bouncy chair.

Henry's bed at Grandma&pa Church's.

Henry on St. Patrick's day, all dressed up for a friend's baptism. What a handsome little guy!
Hangin' out with Mom.

At the park.

Chillin' with Daddy.

Sticking his tongue out on his 3 month birthday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wisdom Teeth Wake Up - HaHaHa!

This is so funny, a little long but so funny!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Look a Baby!

Addison is pretty facinated about this baby in my tummy. She seems to have a pretty good idea about what's going on but lately she's been looking for a baby in everybody else's belly too, including her own. This afternoon we were playing babies & we tucked her smallest baby doll into her pajamas. She was so thrilled that her tummy was big like mommy's & when she unzipped it & pulled the baby out she really got a kick out of that! Here is a funny little picture of her with her baby! Oh, she cracks me up! Next thing you know she'll be trying to feed her baby dolls mother's milk, just like Michael Anne did when Addi was born! So funny!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cyber trash finally caught up to my blog...

Dear Reader,
Today I was looking at my blog. It's been kind of boring me lately so I was checking it out seeing what I wanted to change & guess what I found...something not so boring but pretty icky.
I noticed that there was a new comment on my previous post about being in the hospital last weekend. BTW, thank you everyone who was concerned about me & especially those who called or facebooked me to wish me well. I'm still doing well so that is good.
However, someone left a comment to that post with an add for some sexy girl cam. YUCK! Not so nice to see on my family blog. So I deleted it & just enabled comment moderation on my blog to hopefully discourage future spam/inappropriate comments. So when you visit my blog feel free to leave a comment but I regret to say I'll be checking up on you! Keeping you/me clean and family friendly :)
Thanks for all your nice & encouraging comments. I do love hearing from all of you from time to time!
Love ya, Julie

Saturday, January 2, 2010

What’s up w/You? ... Here’s what’s up w/Me!

Here I am in the hospital. I've been here since about 12 midnight, this morning. What happened is that I was getting ready for bed last night around 11:15pm when I went to the bathroom & noticed light pink bloody discharge (TMI, I know). I got nervous & called Derek at work. He suggested I call Dr. Wold just to be sure, so I did. Dr. Wold said I ought to go to the hospital to get checked out since there was no obvious reason for the bleeding. So off I went, leaving Addi & Michael Anne in bed with Grandma & Grandpa Johnson upstairs. When I arrived at the hospital I got hooked up to the monitors & they did a pretty thorough ultrasound to check the placenta, my cervix, & the baby. There seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary so they went ahead and did a urine test to check for a bladder infection. That came back negative as well so Dr. Wold asked them to keep me under observation until the morning.
It was a long night. I called Derek at the hospital, too bad he doesn't work at this one! I told him what was going on so he called in the on-call person & went home to be with the girls. I tried to sleep but couldn't really so I watched t.v. and tossed & turned a lot. It was nice that the nurse was so accommodating; they all have been very kind & helpful. It is nice to have good care when things are up in the air. Finally, this morning around 8:30 Dr. Wold arrived and checked me out. He was about to send me home when he noticed that I had been rubbing my belly on the right side. He asked if it was bothering me, which it was. So he said we'd better take a look there with the ultrasound. So he did & sure enough that's right where my placenta is. Since it is often difficult to detect bleeding from the ultrasound he said I'd better stay here to keep an eye on things. If the placenta tears or begins to separate from the uterus it will cause the baby to die as its blood, oxygen, & food source would be cut off. That made me worry and I almost burst out in tears but I'm glad he is taking good care of me and helping to make sure that the baby & I are safe. I am so excited to have this little guy join our family. I would hate for something to go seriously wrong & compromise his health. We don't have a name for him yet but he is very much wanted and loved already! Dr. Wold did say that if he comes sooner rather than later he should be okay, but it would of course be better for him to remain tucked away in his little hot tub until he is actually full term. They did however; give me the steroid shot that would help his lungs develop more quickly just in case he needs to be delivered sooner. I am so amazed at the ability of the body to make babies but I am also so impressed with the knowledge, care, and intuition of my doctor & the nurses who have taken such good care of me!
So the day has been long. I had a headache for part of the morning and then again later in the afternoon. I'm feeling pretty good right now, although lying in bed seems to make me more tired than you would expect. Thankfully, the H1N1 scare has died down enough that the hospital has relaxed its visitor policy. So Derek brought the girls by for a while, until Addi needed to go home for her nap. They are so dang cute. Michael Anne brought me some things to keep me comfortable, a beautiful picture she drew of our family (I like seeing how she writes at this point, sounding out names like Brenden & writing it Brendin), a little bobble head dog toy of hers, a lucky penny to make wishes with, a couple of treats (candy cane, Clementine, nuts, and a grape Dum Dum sucker). She also came with her mothering mode on. She wanted to do everything she could for me. She loves to take care of me when I'm not feeling well. She says things like, "anything for you mom," & "your wish is my command!" She also climbed up in bed with me snuggling and watching Animal Planet with me after Daddy & Addi left.

A little while later Mom & Dad came for a visit. It was nice to see them & I'm glad my mom is feeling better today. While they were here I got to talk with my brother, Jeff. Before they arrived Dave called & later in the evening Kevin called. It sure is nice of them to take the time to check on me & make sure I'm doing alright. I never thought of us as super close when we were younger but I have really felt their love over the years and that means a lot to me. Michael Anne went home with Grandma & Grandpa Church. She loves going with them & it will be nice to not worry about her while I'm here.

Argh, my bootie is sore! I need to squirm some. That's better! I kind of can't wait for my sleeping meds for tonight as it is so hard to get comfortable in these hospital beds. They did however change my bed from a birthing bed to a regular'ish one once it was determined that I would stay here for 24 more hours. Another NICE thing that is keeping me busy is my baby computer! It is so nice to be able to sit here typing my story and surfing the net while I've got the time…all the time I could possibly want! Thanks Derek!!!!!!! It is also cool b/c it has a built in web cam which I used to take a picture of myself lying here & posted it to my Facebook profile. In fact, maybe I'll just post this journal entry onto my blog as it's been pretty neglected lately & this is what's going on with me! Yeah, that's what I'll do next.

Hopefully I'll be going home tomorrow morning with no foreseeable complications or indications of anything else to come except for a healthy, happy baby! Wish us luck, I've been wishing with my lucky penny!!!