Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's Been A LONG Time...

I've been out of the blogging world for awhile. I've been slow to read blogs as well as write on my own. Just a little info...

We were able to go to St. George for Thanksgiving and had a fun time with all the family. It was nice to get away for a bit. My brother and wife that live in Montana were able to come down, so that was special as well. We missed one sister and her family since they moved to Spain this summer. We missed another sister for her travelings. In her travelings though she ended in Spain so we got to Skype with both of them and that was fun.

We got home and started preparing for the Christmas Season. The Christmas music came on along with the decorations. With the changes that we've made to our house to accomidate our growing family, I think it leaves some areas more cluttered, but I don't have any other options at this point. We are glad to have it up though.

We are now preparing to head up North for Christmas festivities as well as a wedding. Mike has a brother who is getting married in Logan tomorrow. With that, his parents were able to come in this last weekend to be here for the Events that come with that. We were also able to spend some time with them on Mike's dad's birthday.

In the last couple of months we have had some changes by way of callings around here. Mike was put in as the Ward Clerk. We have learned that it's a pretty intense Sunday calling. It's a struggle for me at times, but it's good. I got a new calling to be the Beehive Advisor. It's a busy calling at times as well. It's a little different with the holidays and such, but Mike is a great support here at home for me. Last activity, I even got to go with out Seth. Thank you Mike!!

I will post soon with pictures and more updates before things get too crazy again.

Life really is good. I'm very grateful that it snowed. I think it is helpful for me to get in the mood of the season and remember those things that REALLY are important. I am very grateful for this time of year and the time that we have to focus on those important things. I am so blessed.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


My little girl is now a 3 year old. I can't believe how fast time flies. We are so lucky to have her. Here are some pictures from the big day.

Present Time:
She got a bunch of dress-up items that she was excited to get. The morning after her birthday I found Ben and Charlie in helping her with a dress and accessories.

The Cake:
My mother-in-law had made this cake in the summer and I decided to try it. It's chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and cool whip for the frosting. It turned out great. While we were eating it, Mike tells me that he's figured out what kind of cake he wants for his birthday. So, we started discussing cake/ice cream combos that we would like. Yum!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

You know your getting old when....

You know your getting old when you have officially found 4 different gray hairs growing on your head.

I really was hoping it would take a few more years to get more than the one that I have had. Hopefully they don't show up again for a VERY long time.

I was also realizing that I almost have a 7 yr old and I still feel like I could be 23 (well, sometimes at least).

When most of the friends that you have are younger than you.

When you start to realize that you really want to add something to your pancakes. Blueberries anyone? Yummy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Pictures

It's time to update our family picture as well as individuals of the kids. We decided that we would just do them ourselves and here is what we ended up with. See what you think.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Seth's Blessing

We were able to bless Seth this last Sunday. Thank you everyone who was able to join us. We appreciate the love and support that we receive from all of you. I did get some pictures so here they are:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Smile on Camera

FINALLY!! Seth has been smiling for two weeks tomorrow and this last weekend I was able to get it on camera. I've got lots of pictures where I tried, but finally it worked out. So, here it is:

Thanks for getting him to smile Ellen. :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Too Long

It's been quite awhile since I have posted anything and I have been thinking about it and meaning to for quite some time. I have a few tings that I didn't post about back when they happened, so I will do it now.

Here is a picture of Seth's first bath. Yeah!

Charlie started pre-school and here are some pics from his first day.

I have been wanting to go to the Temple, but right now it's quite difficult to go. I decided that I would take the kids up and we could enjoy the Spirit while being on the Temple Grounds. I love going to the Temple!

I tried to get a picture of all 5 kids, but they didn't cooperate at the same time.

Jacob and Brigit held hands while we walked around. It was too cute to not take a picture of.

Then this last Saturday, Mike participated in The Dirty Dash at Soldier Hollow in Heber City. For those of you who aren't familiar with The Dirty Dash. It's basically a 10K obstacle course in mud. So, that's why they are all covered in mud. Here are some pictures of he and his team (2 bros, 1 bro-in-law and 1 sis).

Finishing the race:


We were there:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weight Loss

I really hate to be a braggart but I am feeling really good about myself and need to spend a little time gloating.

Unfortunately I am not naturally disposed to having a health looking body (i.e it is really easy for me to look unhealthy/overweight), and over the past nine years I have done little or nothing to change that fact. In high school as I played football and ran track I was able to maintain a descent weight even though I stuffed my face with whatever I felt like. In the year between my graduating from High School and leaving on my mission I ballooned fairly unfortunate proportions. Then came a 2 year stint in Peru eating rice and beans every day and walking everywhere. One of those weeks in Peru included some jungle sickness where I lost 10 pounds and reached my lowest adult weight of 175.

After my mission I returned to my life of idleness with occasional forays into extra physical activities but none of them ever stuck. As I replaced clothes that where worn (and maybe a little tighter), I found myself looking at bigger sizes than I have worn before and justified it to myself by saying that everything is cut differently and clothes are just smaller. I moved up to a 40 inch waist and began buying XXL shirts. My weight topped out at 244 (at least that was my highest measured weight).

In January my parents decided to sponsor a Biggest Loser contest. Not wanting to adjust my life style too much I figured I could make minimal changes, lose a few pounds and still walk away maybe in third (I apologize now to my family for my lack of confidence in your abilities to lose weight, we all did wonderfully). So I added 2 nights of Basketball to my weekly schedule thinking that it would be enough to lose a few pounds.

After a couple of weeks I had lost nothing! And I was getting frustrated! About this time I read several articles about adjusting your eating being more important for weight loss than exercise. So I began eating less. The major change I made was in not taking seconds. I had got into the habit of eating until I could not eat anymore, usually a large first serving with a descent second serving. I made my first servings the size of what my seconds had been and was done after my first plate. I also made my snacks healthier and limited the amount of sweets I would eat (one desert a day, 2 scoops of Ice Cream instead on 3). And I began to lose weight! Slowly, I lost 1-2 lbs a week.

I was able to consistently maintain that weight loss all the way through the summer. In July I began running again and ran a 10K on the 24th of July. The big race that I have been training for is coming up on Sat., The Dirty Dash a 10K in mud with Obstacles and I am really excited. As of last week I have really reached many of my goals and had a few extra bonuses thrown in. I am now wearing pants with a 36 inch waist (I actually got a 34 inch pair on and buttoned but nobody wants to see me in skinny jeans) and the shirts that I buy for the most part are larges. As fun as this is it does tend to be a little hard on the budget. And for the most significant accomplishment, I now weigh less than 200 pounds! This is the most healthy, and best I have been in my adult life! I have plans to keep it up and I hope to get down to even healthier levels but I am very satisfied with where I am now and am excited for Becky to join me as we work together to be healthier.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Much needed. Mike got to take Ben and pick him up from his first day of school. After he dropped him off, he got to come up and bring Seth and I home from the hospital. Here are some pictures from that first day (or 2) home.

Ben, mad that it's not time yet to head to school

Ben, happy to be at school

Seth ready for his car ride home from the hospital

The "boys"

The bigger three heard Seth crying and so they went to investigate.

Brigit holding Seth

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Day of Firsts

I will have to post pictures later. I'm a little tired and lazy right now, but I wanted to make note of today.

Today was Ben's first day of First Grade. It's a little strange to have him gone all day. I've been having mixed feelings about it for awhile now.... It really is hard, but good at the same time. It'll be interesting to see how things go this week adjusting to his new schedule.

Seth and I came home from the hospital today, so that was another first for us. Everyone was excited to have us back home. It'll be interesting to get some routine going and figuring out how things are with 7 of us now.

There weren't that many firsts today, just a couple of big ones for us.

Thank you for your well wishes for us. It's fun to make these kind of announcements.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Seth Orvel Johnson

Well, last night at about 9:00 we felt it was time to visit the hospital again. It was very convenient because the older three had just gotten back from Camping with Grandma and Grandpa Hansen and Grandma and Diane were here to watch the kids.
When we got there we were told that Becky was at a 4 and that we would stay until the baby was delivered. So we stayed all night long. By 6 in the morning Becky was at a 6, the contractions having calmed down quite a bit after we showed up at the hospital. The doctor then decided to speed things up by putting her on Pitocin at 7 and lilttle Seth arrived at 9:30.
Here are some pictures that we have taken since then.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Life is good!

Here I am thinking about how great life really is. Maybe part of that is knowing that I will only have one child over night. My wonderful mother is heading up to a family reunion and offered to take the older 3 with her. It'll be fun for them. We'll see how this goes, she may decide never to do it again (hopefully not though).

I am still pregnant and actually not feeling too bad about that either. I'm ready for this little one to come (and to find out if it's a boy or girl), but it's ok that it hasn't happened yet. I am sure hoping that by this time next week though, that we are on the other side. :) We'll see what happens with that though.

We have lowered the price on our home and it may be getting more activity now. So, that's a good thing as well. We'll see how things play out in the next few weeks.

You just never know what will happen do you. Life sure can keep us on our toes. Hopefully as we are going through this time our legs will surely be strengthened by standing on our toes so much. :) Thank you for your help and the blessing of just chatting with some of you. We will keep you posted as to what happens and when.

Monday, August 16, 2010

More Venting in the Waiting Game

So, I thought I wouldn't have another post until the baby is here, but I can't sleep and it's 3 AM. I've been having a pain that isn't helping me in the sleep department. I have my Dr. apt tomorrow morning and I keep thinking about that as well and I don't think that's helping me sleep either. Also, I just keep having to go to the b-room that it's not helping at all. I've been 4 times since 12:30. Of course, I'm also thirsty, so I can't get up without getting a drink.

I'm getting anxious for this little one to arrive. I think the pains aren't helping either. Mike and I also figured out that this is the longest I have ever been pregnant. I've had all my kids exactly a week or more early. I'm just hoping that my Dr. will start me and I'm hoping it will happen by Thursday so I can at least get home before back to school night on Monday and school starting on Tuesday.

I'm trying not to complain, but I can't say I'm doing too well in that department. I'm just getting anxious and nervous to see how things are going to work out. So, there are my early morning thoughts when I can't sleep.

On a side note, I think we have narrowed down names a bit. YEAH!! I've determined that the name game is the hardest part of pregnancy. We'll see if we can finalize it by the time this baby does come and we get out of the hospital. :) We'll let you know as soon as we know the name. Anyway, enough for tonight. We'll see how things go and I'll probably post again soon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ventations of a Pregnant Woman

I feel that I need to write a few things and let others know what's going on and to help me remember down the road a bit.

I have been to the hospital 3 times at the time of writing this. I have been having contractions and go to the hospital only to have them send me home about an hour later. I went in Monday night, they checked me. There wasn't much happening so I got sent home.

Yesterday was Mike and I's anniversary and we decided to go to a little Peruvian restaurant in Provo. While eating I started having contractions again. In the car on our way home, I started having pretty intense contractions...worse than they had been the night before. We came home and started timing them and debating what to do. We finally decided to just go in. The pain was getting bad and it had been about 2 1/2 hours since we started timing. We then arrive at the hospital and she checks me and I really hadn't had any changes. They monitored me for an hour and then checked me again and still nothing had changed. They gave me a shot of morphine to help me sleep and ease the pain of contractions. We then got home and I went straight to sleep (I was actually pretty loopy by the time we got to the car).

This morning we got up and about an hour after getting up the contractions started again. Basically as painful as last night. So, after a bit we decided to just head to the hospital. We get there and I get checked again and this time I was actually dialated to a 2 (one cm more than last night). They monitored me for an hour, checked me again and nothing had changed, so I got another shot of morphine and I slept the whole way home. Right now I am still under the influence of this fine drug and I'm not really in any pain. I'm anticipating the medicine to wear off and start this all over again.

If you really want to hear me complain just call me in about an hour when the pain starts again. :) I'm hoping that the next time we go in it will be the real thing. I'm tired and frustrated with what's going on with my body right now. I have learned that every pregnancy and delivery really is different. You just never really know what's going to happen. I'm very much hoping that the next post is of a new baby or that things have died down enough that I'm not worrying about this part any more.

I don't know how helpful this all is or if it's anything any body really wants to know that much about, but it's nice for me to get it out in writing. Now you know a little of the therapy that helps me. ;) We'll see how things go.

Friday, July 2, 2010


Things are going fairly well around here. Some days patience grows more thin than other days, but I guess that's to be expected... It just may surprise you that it's not so much kid related as it is house related. We are still here and hoping/waiting for the perfect person to come see our house and love it!

Also, I have begun to realize that we will be having a baby fairly soon and that school will be starting as well. It's weird to think we only have 7+ wks left until both things happen.

We have been thinking again about names....I think it might be the hardest part for me in having a baby, deciding on a name. I decided to take a few gender predicting quizes and it looks like according to them, it's a girl. So, if that's the case those that think we'll have a girl will be right.

As you can see we still have a few big things that we are anticipating having happen. My patience gets tried, but I know things will work out how they are supposed to. I am looking forward to the changes and all that will be taking place in the next little while.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3....

So, I just wanted to post something that is fun. Since Charlie's surgery I haven't noticed too much the difference in his hearing. This morning though, I realized how his hearing is affecting him. It's time for him to change his clothes and take a bath. He's pretty much just been wearing the same thing since surgery and it has reached the moment of stink that needed to be addressed. He wasn't excited about getting in the tub, but after some coaxing he is finally in there. I put some bubbles in the tub and I was sitting with him and he asks what a noise is. We talk and it's the sound of the bubbles all popping. I left and came back a min later and there he is with bubbles in his hand and he's holding them up to his ear. HE CAN HEAR!! What a blessing hearing is. It is really a miracle unfolding before my eyes. I am so grateful for Doctors and the advance in technology that makes this possible.

I'm guessing that as I watch him and as he gets feeling better that I will see more manifestations of our own personal miracle in our lives. What a wonder.

Also, in other news. Jacob is taking more and more steps. I think he will reach his goal of walking by July (I'm not sure how much he understands his goal, but that's what it is none the less). Things are going well, just hoping our house will sell soon. We have found a couple that we like and can't make any offers until this one is done. So, we'll stay patient and it'll work out for the best.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Surgery Day

So, today was the day. Surgery day for Charlie. We talked to him about what was going on a few days ago and he seemed to handle it well. I don't know how much he has actually understood about what was going to happen today, but he did well.

What do you expect from something like this?? Well, he really started to act nervous/scared when they came to take him back to the operating room. When they had us come back to see him he was obviously just waking up from the anaesthesia. It was a good thing dad was there to hold him. He was thrashing about and not doing too well. We finally got him to calm down and he fell asleep. He slept for quite awhile before he woke up and was calm. He was then ready to try something to eat and then he had to take some pain meds. He was good eating some jello and then when we got the medicine for him, he really didn't want anything to do with it. Finally, he took it and then they monitored us just a little bit more before they would let us go home.

So, we expected to be home by 1:00 and it turned out to be closer to 2. It was a long time, but good. He seems to be doing well and is currently asleep and isn't supposed to get more pain meds until 9:00. In about an hour we might find out how much pain he really is in.

I'll probably be able to post more later with how his hearing seems. We were told that his worst day will probably be day 4, so on Sat. we'll know how that is and maybe have a better idea on how his hearing is.

Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 Dino Camp

So we just spent 4 days in Central/Eastern Utah camping and exploring a variety of dinosaur associated sites in the Price area. On Monday we arrived and set up camp at the Huntington Reservoir State park. It was a very nice camp ground with a lot of grass but little shade. The biggest benefit though was that it was empty. There were 22 sites and no more than 5 were full each night. We had a simple meal of roasted hot dogs and then spent the night eating a wide selection of S'more variations. These included using Keebler Fudge striped cookies, Chocolate covered Graham Crackers, Grasshopper cookies (Mike's favorite), using peanut butter cups instead of plain chocolate, A banana boat (banana sliced open and stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate and heated till the chocolate and marshmallows melt, Ben's favorite) and the classic S'more (Becky's favorite). (Charlie, Brigit and Jacob were content to eat the various ingredients uncooked.)

We began Tuesday with a lesson in Baseball (I never realized how difficult this would be to teach). Ben and Charlie had gotten Balls and Mitts for Easter and had been practicing throwing and catching for a bit. This week we introduced the Bat. We had both Ben and Charlie hit the ball. Ben from a soft pitch and Charlie from in improvised tee (my hand). They both did great with it and we will try to attach the video of Ben hitting the ball.

Of course this was the hottest day of our trip and we chose this day to visit the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry and go for a hike. The Quarry was about a half hour away (14 miles of that over dirt road), and includes the single largest source of Allosaurus bones in the world. One full skeleton was there on display and more than 40 others are on display throughout the world. We were able to see an excavation site and then spent some time hiking around the Quarry. There were several trails and we chose the moderate difficulty 1.5 mile trail and took of walking and looking for dinosaur bones. I thought that 1.5 miles would be easy even with Jacob on my back but I did not count on having to travel at the slowest pace or that we were truly in a desert. We spent about 2 hours on that trail. Ben did an Awesome job of leading us (though he did keep confusing the trail with dried out water creek beds. Charlie did well for about the first mile. Towards the end he got really tired but he did finish the whole thing. Brigit did fine though she did need to be carried occasionally. And Jacob fell asleep on my back. It was a fun adventure.

After returning to camp we spent the rest of the day and all of Wednesday pretty much recovering and trying not to get any worse sunburns. Being right on the reservoir we were able to get into the water a few times and cool off there and just enjoy camping in general. Wednesday night I tried my hand at Dutch oven cooking for the first time and it did not go too bad. We had BBQ chicken which was great but I had trouble baking the Potatoes at the same time. We'll have to try something different next time.

On our final day, Thursday we headed home through Price with a stop at The College of Eastern Utah's Prehistoric Museum. It was a neat place to visit with several full skeletons including a Mammoth, Saber Toothed Tiger, Short Faced Bear, Wolf, Allosaurus, Raptor, Ankylosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and many others. The kids were able to dig for bones and they had a great time.

With this being our first major trip of the summer I think we have stepped off on the right foot.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lots of happenings....

So, I realized that I STILL hadn't uploaded pictures from our camera and we are going camping today, so I figured I better post now and get ahead of things before I have camping pictures to add.

Mother's Day we spent dinner up with my Mother. My brother-in-law did a wonderful job with the ribs and I ate to my hearts content. It was great! Here are some pictures of the event.

Next we have Ben's graduation from Kindergarten. He got to dress up and there was a ceremony with all the Kindergarten classes. Here are some pictures of my recent graduate.

The next big event that we have pictures from was Memorial Day. It was great to spend some time with family. We have always had a reunion at the Perry Park on Memorial Day and it was decided that it was the last one this year, so we'll be coming up with new Memorial Day traditions I am sure. Here are the pictures I have from this event.

Ain't no need to watch where I'm going, just need to know where I've been.