Thursday, July 28, 2011

Things that happen while I'm at work... #6

I was actually working at home and caught this myself :) All three of my boys are so snuggly!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Heaven is for Real, Seriously

I have a lot of blogging to catch up on from vacation, but one of my favorite things from it was reading the book Heaven is for Real. Seriously! It was one of my favorite things I did. We had a long haul from Jackson Hole (where we were staying for the week) back up into Yellowstone, so I thought I would kill some time. Normally I get super car sick if I read while riding, but this time I read with no problems at all. I got this book from Tim for my birthday and it was the perfect way to entertain myself on the drive. I actually ended up entertaining Ron, Terri and Tim too, because I read aloud to the whole car. Anyway, back to the book.

It is about this little boy, Colton Burpo, who is 3 years and 10 month old the day the life changing story begins. The book gives you lot's of details before you get to this point, but that is when it gets good. Colton has to have emergency surgery. At the time, no one knows this has happened, but over the next few months and years he starts to reveal to his parents that he has gone to Heaven. For how long his dad asks, "three minutes" Colton replies. In those three earthly minutes Colton experiences so many awesome things. Jesus for one. He learns about a family member who never made it into our world. He meets his great-grandpa, who died well before he was born. He say who sat at the right side of God, and the left. So many things a 3 year old wouldn't be able to just make up. It is absolutely worth the read. Hey, I loved it so much I will even read it to you :) It definitely gets you thinking about everything, here and in Heaven.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Things that happen while I'm at work... #4

"Good morning meme"

Tony's Guacamole

Tony, who I work with, makes yummy guacamole so for the 4th I thought I would give it a try! I think it was pretty successful even though my dad of course pointed out everything that was missing. My MIL (mother-in-law) loved it though :)

6 regular avocados
1/4 of a yellow onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup Pace Salsa
a little pepper
a lot of salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder

All ready to mix up! I used my Kitchen Aid with the the wire mixer, but I am sure you could mix it by hand or with a hand held mixer too.

Yum! I did have to beat some of the bigger pieces out with a wooden spoon after putting it in the mixer.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wyatt hides from the fly-swatter!

Wyatt doesn't like it when I am on a rampage to kill every fly in my house. Can you see him down there? He basically put himself in timeout to avoid the fly-swatter. Best. Mom. Ever.

Dylan Chase Whitaker Jr., a.k.a. Dutch

Is here! I work with Dylan at 417. Him and his wife welcomed Dutch into the world on Thursday at 12:10 a.m. His birthday is 7/7/11. Hopefully he'll be one lucky kid! He weighed 8 lbs even and was 21.5 inches long.
Check out that hair!

They say I look just like my daddy

Why hello

He had just eaten and was so alert the whole time I was there

I stole this one from Anna's Facebook page, but here is the happy, new family of three. Anna, Dylan and Dutch.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Cruze is looking like such a big boy!

Combs and Susan were in town for the 4th of July and her nieces birthday party, so they stopped by to say hey. I, of course, had to bust out the camera. Cruze is growing so fast! He is thinking about crawling too, but right now he has the plank position and army crawl down!

Friday, July 8, 2011

4th of July 2011

For the first time since I have been a part of the Johnson clan we weren't at Ron and Terri's for the 4th. The big James River, I Love America Celebration is always within watching distance from their house, so we would BBQ, play games, east homemade ice cream and watch some fireworks. This year we did just about the same, but the "games" including lounging by the pool, and the fireworks came courtesy of The Brooker's and ALL of our neighbors, which we could see from our back deck. There was quite the show! I think it might be a tradition we carry on for the next few years.

The boys and their "pool snacks"

Grilling out the steak and chicken for our Taco Bar!

Me and Ashton

Mary, me and my special husband Tim :)

Amanda and Ashton starting off the firework show

This picture totally makes me laugh!


Wait, who's in that smoke?!

Oh, a couple of bada**es, that's who!

So appropriate they are.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sprucing up the backyard

We've needed to plant our pots out back, for well, a few months now :) We finally had the time to do it this weekend and it totally paid off b/c we got all of our flowers (excluding the tree) for $53! Everything at Family Flowers in Republic was buy one get one free! We were really excited–last year I spent almost $180 on flowers! I guess it pays to procrastinate.

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