Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TWENTY-SEVEN!

My pretty awesome husband turned 27 in June. I was so, so excited to celebrate this guys big day. Not only does it mean hes older than me and I can give him a lot of crap for it (for 6 months), but he is so deserving of a little spoilage every now and then. 
I told him the day before that we all needed to be ready and out the door by 10 am. He was so confused... And not very happy that he had to be up and ready so early :) 
So we got all ready and ventured off to Cedar Hill. Paul and I went to Ellen's Amusement a few times on dates so I thought it would be fun to take our kids there. It was a hit! The kids had a blast and it wasn't unbearably hot, so that was a major pro. 



When we got home, it was lunch time and the kids were spent but I'd promised them that daddy would open gifts when we got home. So Paul dug into gifts. This year he got ceiling speakers (to upgrade his surround sound), his driver re-gripped, and a new grill cover. He was pretty dang excited, mostly about the ceiling speakers :)

   

After gifts comes cake. Yep, we had cake and ice cream for lunch! Happy birthday, kiddos! 


Once we got down on some birthday cake, the kids went to bed and we cleaned up and got ready for a hot date...


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Happy birthday to this great man of mine! I love you, Paul!

Just a few randoms....

For Mother's Day, Paul got me a fun new toy! A Cannon PowerShot SX50. I absolutely love it! Here are a few random pictures from the first few days. It's been fun to get to know my new lady friend. 
^The ones of the kids outside was a fun time. Paul had to work super late unexpectedly and I was pretty annoyed because I had plans to go out. The kids were super bummed, too, so we went to the store and got some push pops. They had so much fun eating and laughing and playing. It turned out to be a pretty good night!
 These are from Urban Air in Mansfield. We LOVE this place. They have "Jumperoo" time for kids 6 and under and its way discounted and cheap. It seems like they only do it during the school year, so we're looking forward to going back in a month or so. The kids were thoroughly exhausted after we were done. Win-win!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mommy of Three


In May my brother, Beau, came for a visit. It's always a good time when he comes. We never get to see enough of him. 
This time I asked a favor of him... See this guy (along with my sister and other brother) can do great things with a camera. So somehow I bribed him and he took these AMAZING pictures of my kids. It was quite the task.. and he was hilarious trying to get good pictures. I love how they turned out. I hate how big Abby and Jared look though.. Wah wah. 
These are just a few of the ones he sent me. Thanks Buncle Beau! 













Blessing Day

Isabelle was blessed on May 4, 2014 by Her Daddy :)
Lets be honest.. the day itself was insane. Trying to get up and out the door by 8:30 am so you can be to church before it starts and get a decent seat with 2 kids and a newborn? It was crazy. It was one of those days where I wish I could go back and do it over. but you live and learn, huh?
Anyway. 
We got to church in time and got everyone settled. It was so nice to have so much family there. In our church, we don't baptize babies. Why? Because we feel like baptism should be saved for when a child/adult is old enough to make the decision themselves (the earliest time being 8 years of age). Once you are baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, you are then accountable for you actions. Of course there is always the Atonement.  
So our babies are blessed. 
In that blessing Paul was able to listen to the spirit and bless Izzy with some beautiful things. It was so wonderful! There is a lady in our ward who has decided to write down the blessings, frame them and give them to the parents as a gift. It's really just wonderful. When I was a baby, I was in this same ward and she did that when I was blessed! Back then she just wrote it on a program and handed it to you though ;) I love to look at it!
 Like I said, the day was crazy.. and the craziness didn't end until late that evening. Then I realized I didn't even get a picture of Izzy in her blessing dress... So the next day I dressed her in it again and got to see her personality shine through. I also got to reflect and think about how blessed I am to have 3 beautiful, healthy babies. I love them so very much. Izzy has been such a blessing in our lives. I'm so grateful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the knowledge that I have. As long as we are faithful to our covenants we have made with our Heavenly Father, we will be together forever. I LOVE that. It's why I live the way I do and try to be the best I can be. I'm also so thankful for the Atonement to make up for my shortcomings, because I have plenty. 
I'm also so thankful for Paul. He works so hard to be the best father to our kiddos and he does a fantastic job at it. 
Izzy Claire, we love you!

1 Month

 Isabelle Claire at 1 month. 
Izzy had a 6 day visit to the doctor where she weighed in a 7 lbs 11 oz (1 oz away from her birth weight) (55%)
Her height was 20 1/2 in (90%) and her head was 14" (90%) 
Then she had a 2 week visit where she was 8 lbs 10 oz. (75%)

The first month was a roller coaster. I was trying so hard to nurse her but he little gal was just hard. What is it with my girls being so hard to nurse? So I nursed her for about 3 weeks and gave up. I'm still no so happy that I gave up... mostly because formula is so. dang. expensive. I know Izzy will be just as healthy and strong as any other nursed baby so I don't worry about that at all. 
Izzy slept so much the first month of her life. And her big sister, Abby, was (and is) completely obsessed with her. Izzy was never ever laid down. Everyone wanted to hold her all the time ::)
 Izzy and Abby. They are going to be quite the pair when they grow up. Abby, like I mentioned earlier, loves to hold, feed and help Izzy in any way. One day I was cooking dinner and Izzy just wasn't having it. She was screaming her little head off. Abby was holding her and then all the sudden Izzy stopped crying. I walked over to find this....

Abby had thrown Izzy up on her shoulder and Izzy calmed right down (and maybe fell asleep? I can't remember). It was so incredibly sweet/scary. I couldn't believe my 4 year old knew just what to do to calm my 3 week old down. Such a sweet little mommy.


And here are Izzy and Dean! Born one week apart. I LOVE that my kids have cousins so close together. I wish these two were a little bit further apart just because I wasn't able to help out Chelsea like she's always helped out me. Dean is her sweet little #5 and so incredibly sweet. 

The first month wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was a HUGE relief to not nurse anymore and I really truly think that that's why it was an easier transition. Nursing has never been an easy thing for me and to take that huge stress away when I had two very young kids still needing so much for me was a great relief. 
Up next? Month #2 :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

More of #3

The day after I was put into a recovery closet.. ahem room (it was such a small room though. Literally looked like a closet with a hospital bed), Karen and Danielle came to visit me. I was so thankful! It is so fun to get to visit with friends! Danielle had just had Brandt not too long before and Karen was going in to have Molly in just a week or so! This is the 2nd time I've been able to have a baby around the same time as my friends. When I had Abby there were 4 of us that had the same age babies! (Stacie, Karen, Danielle and Sarah)

When Danielle sent me the link to these pictures she snapped I cried (worse and uglier than) a baby. Isabelle is such a sweetheart and I have thoroughly enjoyed having her in our family. She brings such a sweet, fresh spirit into our home! And not knowing if she's our last baby has made me love (most) moments with her even more. 
Check out my cute Izzy :)



^ I'm an absolute, sleep deprived mess in these pictures but I still love them and love to remember sweet moments that happened in the hospital with just the 3 of us before going home. 

Thank you DANIELLE! You have given me some sweet, sweet pictures of a wonderful moment in my life.

Izzy's Baby Shower(S)

 TWO BABY SHOWERS! Yes, I'm totally and completely spoiled. The first was thrown by Lindsey and Christie, some really wonderful friends from my ward. They gathered up a few people and took me out to Texas Roadhouse. Really, that's the easiest way to get into my heart. I have a deep love for that place.
That night was so, so fun. I love all these ladies! 

My 2nd shower was thrown by the best friends I could ever ask for. We've all been such good friends for so long! They've helped me through my crazy times and been right by me for some of the happiest times. And they understand my undying love for burlap and lace <3 p="">


 I mean, really. ^This banner is hanging in Izzy's room. It reminds me every time I go in there of my wonderful lady friends!
 Cake, fruits, veggies, Mrs. Karen's wonderful chicken salad and Danielle's to-die-for oreo balls! Can life get any better?
 Mrs. Karen also made this adorable "I" for Izzy. It's also in her room. I love it!
I was completely spoiled by my friends and family. It was so sweet of all of them! My sisters, sister in law and mom also helped out with the shower and that was too sweet of them!
These are they. Stacie, Karen, Sarah and Danielle. They complete me. 
Especially with their awkward hands....


My MIL, SILs, Sisters and Mom

Two very special nights before my life was turned upside down by three kiddos ;) I'm so very grateful for each one of these ladies who took time out of their ridiculously busy schedules and lives to show their love for me and my sweet Isabelle! 

Paul's Graduation & Party

I cant believe I forgot to blog about Pauls graduation! This man worked so hard for this and I am so proud of him! It took a longer that he (we) would have liked, but he did it! He graduated on Mother's Day 2013




I threw a party for him the day before graduation because of his graduation being on Mother's Day. It was way fun and he got to play with his new grill to cook for everyone :)



Unless you/your spouse has gone to school with 2 kids at home (these were pre-Izzy days ;) AND worked ridiculously full time hours at work a long with holding a church calling-- you really wont get the full grasp of this accomplishment. Paul's a rock star and we are so very proud of him! 
Currently (a year later) Paul is taking the last few classes he needs to sit for his CPA. He'll be done with those classes in 3 semesters and then a year or two later he will have his CPA! Can't wait. Love you, hunny!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Quiet Room

It's so quiet in my house. It's also 12:21am in my house. Maybe that's why?

I've been working on my lesson for Sunday for a couple of hours now. I finally finished up, well sort of finished up, and I went to close my computer but I decided to check out a couple blogs first. When has it been this quite in my house? Ever?

One of these blogs is a little sister to a friend of mine. She just graduated high school. High school? When was that? How many years ago was it? What year is it again? How long has this spit up been on my shirt? After answering all those questions I came up with 8. EIGHT years ago. Holy mother of simpler times, huh?

Sometimes.. every once in a while... sometimes frequently... but not so much... anyway.
Ahem.
Sometimes I wish I could go back to those simple days. Not even high school really, because high school wasn't my friend.. but maybe just after high school? Or even just after I got married. Staying up late, going places on a whim, having (quite literally) not a care in the world.

And now here we are. Paul turns 27 in a couple weeks. Eeek. We be ageing. That means in 6 months I'll be up there with a 7 in my number, too. I know about 90% of my friends are in their late 20's to late 30s, but bear with me while I have my little quarter life crises here.

Where on earth has all the time gone? All the sudden I have 3 little rugrats-two that run around and drive me crazy and yet make me love them more than life and one who is hardly ever more than 4 feet from me and kills me with her sweetness. We bought a house. We've been married over six years. We're about to pay off the medical bills for our 3rd child. I drive a freaking mini van for heavens sakes! (and I don't allow my 2 or 4 year old to say freaking). I've turned into a control freak and there's a bit of extra love in my handles... one day that will be gone... Anyway, lets not go dark.

What I mean is life, somewhere down the line, got put on fast forward. I wish sometimes (sometimes-almost always) that it was so much easier and simpler than it is right now. But I am so thankful for the knowledge and life that I DO have now. In about 5 hours my dear 'ol third child will be wailing and gnashing her gums at me... but then two ounces later she will be her happy, ridiculously smiley self that will make me the happiest person on earth at 6 am in the morning and all my wishes of easier days will melt right away.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Isabelle Claire Johnson


 On March 14, 2014 we welcomed Isabelle to our family! Paul and I left for the hospital nice and early that morning for me to be induced. I got all hooked up to everything by 6 am and we were on our way to meeting our little girl! At 10:30am I finally got my epidural. I was in lots of pain by then, but we had to make sure we paid for the epidural before I received it (yay for self pay!). From then on I was so comfy until my blood pressure got super low. I was pretty sick because of it and my nurse (Deb, who was such a sweet lady, but I wanted to hurt her) tried to fix it with tons of fluids even though the anesthesiologist said he could fix it quickly by just tweaking the dosage of my medicine. So, once she gave in a let him do that (2 hours later) I was sitting (but mostly sleeping) happy. (I love epidurals. Its one of the best things about pregnancy ;)

At 4:41pm, Izzy finally decided it was okay to come weighing in at 7 pounds, 12.2 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long. We couldn't believe it took so long! We really thought it would just be a few hours, not nearly 11! But we were so happy and relieved. I still need to pull some pictures off Paul's phone of right after the delivery, but my goodness we were so happy.

Abby was absolutely ecstatic. I mean really. And even now she's still elated every time she sees Izzy. On the day Izzy was born we could hardly pry her out of Abby's arms for other people to hold her. I love how much she loves her, but my goodness- it's a bit overwhelming at times :)
Jared, on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with Izzy for the first couple weeks. When he came in after she was born he said "Hi baby Izzy. Ok. I wan go bye-bye now!". He was having way too much fun with Aunt Beth.



Here's our new and improved family! I love my THREE kids. I still can't believe I had three, but I sure do love it!



And finally, 2 days later... we got to go home! It was so nice to finally be home. We had to stay an extra day because during labor I got a low-grade fever and they wanted to monitor Izzy.
Surprisingly adjusting to 3 has been fairly easy. Paul got to stay home the first week after. I'll be forever grateful for that week. He did the same with the other two, but this time it was more appreciated because Abby and Jared would have been a mess without attention. And they love their daddy!
So many people from our ward and family brought us dinner that we had to ask them to stop! I couldn't believe the outpouring of love from our ward. I heard later that people were literally fighting to bring us dinner. Just typing that brings me to tears. No, we didn't HAVE to have people bring or provide anything for us. We were perfectly capable of it. But holy cow it sure did help ease the burden. We had so many great leftovers, too.
We are so, so blessed. Having a baby is such a fantastic, spiritual experience. Yes, its hard and yes, it stinks sometimes... but it is easily on my top 3 list of times I feel closest to my Heavenly Father. I feel His love and presence all around me in that delivery room. I feel His comfort in hard times in the days after. And I see His hand in my life as people support and love our family though the transition. There is really no adequate way to describe the feelings of love but I hope I forever remember it.

Welcome to our family, Isabelle!