Monday, December 17, 2007
Now I know this is absolutely nothing compared to what is yet to come for me as a mommy. So I guess my questions to all of you mothers out there are the following: How do you EVER take care of sick children when there are more than one of them? ESPECIALLY when you are sick, too? I honestly can't imagine it. And...do you ever get used to cleaning up vomit and poop? Oh, one more thing...Thank you mom! I love you!!!!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Blessing: March 17, 2007 by Daddy
P.S. WAY too much Brynn, I know. But...here are some videos anyway! I call I get to go overboard a little on my first baby's first b-day! Dibs! Yessssssssss!
Just a few days old!
Sweetest waker-upper EVER!
Monday, December 10, 2007
On Sunday I played violin in a local production of Handel's "Messiah." I haven't played much since college, so it felt SO good to be playing again! And the music is absolutely inspired and amazing. I can't believe he wrote the entire work in only 24 days (after which he collapsed and slept for 17 hours). But of course, with God, all things are possible. Handel wrote, "I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself." If any of you ever get a chance to attend a Messiah Sing-Along, I would definitely recommend it. It is a wonderful and uplifting experience.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I am a den mother for the bear cub scouts in our ward and I love them all! Brynn does, too. I am always surprised by how much attention they pay to her. I thought that they would be almost oblivious to a baby girl, but they are always taking turns playing with her and holding her, and none of their turns are "long enough!" And Brynn is every bit as happy to be playing with them. For some reason, she especially loves Jace. She snuggles right up to him every time! Anyway, here is Brynn right in the middle of one of their games at a pack meeting. She was the cheerleader!
Brynn's contribution was to sneak into the box of graham crackers. I'm sure Brynn sneaking food won't always be cute, but at the moment I was SO proud! :) "Look what she did all by herself! I didn't even help her, Marty! Look, look! Are you looking?"
My apologies for the REALLY dark video, but Emma's proud explanation of her creation was kind of too cute to not post.
Monday, December 3, 2007
*By the way, this is a very lengthy blog...that is my disclaimer to anyone who is not in my family and has already lost interest. Or anyone IN my family that has already lost interest... :)
We were so excited to have so much family coming to visit our beloved Mesa for Thanksgiving. It was going to be crowded, but I prefer the term cozy. Four people flew here on a Saturday, and we were expecting two more by the next Wednesday. But on Monday, we found out that we were all going to be making the trek back to Utah for a funeral. Neil and Greg were able to change their plane tickets, and the seven of us here in Mesa rented a van and drove 12 looooong hours to Saratoga Springs, UT. With three babies in the back. Really, we only had all three of them screaming for about an hour, and I guess 1 hour out of 12 isn't so bad. But between the crying babies and trying to coordinate a Thanksgiving dinner in a matter of hours (we arrived in UT at about 2:30 am the day before Thanksgiving) our nerves were a little shot. However, we managed to actually really enjoy most of the car ride. Marty chatted the entire way with his big brother Kelly, and I got to have some fun girl talk with my Sister-in-law Christy. I am so blessed with wonderful in-laws!
They made beautiful music together!
Of course every visitor who comes wants to go to In and Out so I happily obliged and we brought it to Marty on his lunch break. We also went to Organ Stop Pizza, which I know is so nerdy, but I LOVE it!
Here is Thanksgiving dinner at Kelly and Christy's! It was SOOO yummy - and don't the babies look so sweet in their matching overalls? It was so great to have all the Johnson's together again. Kris Anne and her baby Joseph came from Missouri and Greg stayed at Kelly and Christy's as well. We had lots of fun playing Dance Dance Revolution with the master - Greg.
I gave Brynn a ponytail one day and could not BELIEVE how old it made her look!
Brynn loved the last rain storm even more than I did. My arms were getting tired holding her up to the window to watch the rain, so I created a little set up for her to look through the window herself. She was there a really long time! Maybe I have a nature lover on my hands. Unless of course she was more interested in the buildings than the rain....
So that is my lengthy blog. Congrats, Mom and Dad, and maybe one or two others - you made it!
Monday, November 26, 2007
This turned out to be a bit of a sad holiday for us. Marty's Grandma Johnson passed away on Monday night. We are all very relieved for her, as she has been really suffering for the last month, but we all wanted to see her live to be 100. The last couple of years that I have known her, she has absolutely amazed me. She was SO witty. She had the body of a 99 year old, but the mind of a brilliant woman in her prime (even if she did tend to repeat things!). She taught in Relief Society until she was 88 and was always having long and deep gospel discussions with us about the block of scripture that she had read that day. She is such an example of enduring to the end. She NEVER missed a BYU game, and was one of the few people that I've met who could out-shine Marty as a Cougar fan. In fact, her funeral was held on Saturday (right in the middle of the BYU-UT) game and I think I heard about 15 different people say that she was probably missing her own funeral to go to the game instead. My first experience with her was her thoughtful commentary of a jazz game and hearing, "LeBron James looks like a demon!" Yes, she was very sassy. I am grateful to have known her, and grateful that Brynn was able to meet her. She will be greatly missed.
Marty loves this picture because he loves to see Brynn's soft, newborn hands placed on top of Grandma Johnson's wrinkled...and more experienced hands. They are two sets of Heavenly hands and two very spiritual beings.
She served as an LDS missionary in the North Central States Mission, and she served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, earning the commission of lieutenant, as well as commendations for her diligence. I think she was one of the very first women in the Coast Guard.
She graduated from Spanish Fork High School as Valedictorian and from Brigham Young University with honors. In 1928, she started her 30 year career as a Nebo School District teacher at Goshen Elementary. Decades later she was honored as one of Springville's most outstanding teachers. She was also honored as one of Nebo School District's top three teachers one year.
But as I sat in the funeral and looked over her amazing posterity, I realized that that is the most important thing she has done on this earth. The most important and eternal title she ever held was that of a mother.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness...."
2 Timothy 4: 7-8
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Thanks for Thanksgiving, for turkey and pie.
Thank you for fall and gold leaves floating by.
Thank you for play dates, for swings and for slides.
Thank you for Mommy and warm, cozy cuddles.
Thank you for daddy and rides on a sled. (ha ha)
Thanks for the moon and the stars up above,
This has been a rough week for Brynn. She has been teething and about a week ago the poor girl cried all night long and there was nothing we could do to calm her down. We tried oragel, infant Tylenol, teething toys. We finally just put some ice in a baggie and let her chew on it. The outside of her mouth and her nose were bright red, but anytime we took it away she would SCREAM! It was heartbreaking to see how miserable she was, but she has now officially cut her teeth and she is feeling much more like herself. Which means LOTS of cute games, giggles, smiles, kisses, hugs, melting mommy's heart and wrapping daddy around her little finger!
As for Marty and me, we have been busy trying to get our little 2 bedroom town home ready to accommodate SIX guests (yes, that's in addition to our three!) over the Thanksgiving holiday. We are SOOOOO excited to welcome Marty's brother and sister in law and their adorable twin boys as well as another brother and Brynn's Grandpa Neil! I can't wait to see you all!
As soon as we figure out what's wrong with our camera, I will be sure to post some pictures - we have some REALLY fun new ones!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
We visited the Arizona Museum of Natural History. The only thing Brynn loved more than the dinosaurs was Grandpa!
I was trying to think of a reason to post this one, but to be honest I added it just because I thought it was CUTE!