Some Favorite Songs . . . We've got too many to list here

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Family Pictures

Family Photo Session August 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Raining days

Some days it seemed like the rain would never
end. The kids didn't seem to mind,
as long as playing and splashing was involved.
Our puddle rules are....
If you have boots on splash away anytime
and anywhere!
Just don't get anyone else wet.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Little Mama

Azure is the BEST little mama.
She always wants to help,
(She has a "mother's heart"
which is what Miles always says about me)
I love to watch her.
Kenya can get her to do just
about anything,
even if that involves coming downstairs 10 times
after being tucked into bed
to tell us all the things Kenya "needs"

I enjoy seeing her in action.
This last weekend we went "back woods" camping.
(camping out in the woods, alone)
The kids ran around and got as dirty as they
wanted. Jovi was eating a cheese stick,
in the mean time she had gotten dirt on her hands.
(I was on my way to Jovi)
Azure ran over to her, put Jovi's cheese stick in her
pocket. Wiped Jovi's hands off, then pulled the cheese stick
back out and said "here you go Joves, you're ok"

Not to mention the long period of time she told us she had
a baby in her belly :)
(or maybe still does, she just hasn't told us recently)

She is SO sweet and I know she will be a great mama.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Too Busy

Blogger is being slow at the moment so enjoy the few pictures.....

Some days I wish I was still picking out Azure's outfits for the day

In the kitchen with my babies

One of the best smiles captured

Both my babies, random little kids (some I don't even know)
ask me often "why do you have 2 babies?"
Jovi still climbs, climbs and climbs, the table
being her favorite place.
Kenya enjoys holding Reef and when he
wants- he does a good job helping.
Of course my puppy..... that I don't always enjoy
BUT I still think EVERY child should
have a dog. Having a newborn and
a puppy (2 weeks later) isn't
wonderful but the future will
only be more busy.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meet Jimmer

My birthday present (1 month early) this year is
this cute little guy....

Meet Jimmer our little 9 week old puppy.
Miles, Reef and I drove up a little past Seattle (3 hours, each way)
to pick him up.
Thanks to my mom and sister Karli
Kenya, Azure and Jovi stayed home and

Miles has been a HUGE help with Jimmer.
The kids love him LOTS.
I'm thankful for my steam vac,
and that he doesn't smell like a dog.
Jovi plugs her ears when Jimmer
cries and howls
from being in his crate.
He likes to be
next to us as much as
his breed is also known as "the velcro dog"
Our neighbors probably hate us
BUT since most of them rent and have
dogs that I hear all day, I think oh well
Happy to have a puppy!
(for now)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Our Newest Little Bambino

Reef Thurman Johnson
was born Saturday morning
at 5:45am
7ibs. 7oz.
19.5 inches
Everything went very well.
I was able to leave the hospital
Saturday night only 14 hours after
checking in which was GREAT!
We are all doing well.

These are the only pictures
of Reef we have on
our computer
right now.
Miles took them right after he was born, more to come....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The beginning of our Jovi

Now that Jovi JUST turned 16 months old it's the perfect time to
recap her birth or maybe a better reason is because little baby #4 is ready come anytime he wants.....

On November 9th I checked into the hospital at 6:45am, being 15 mins. late since Miles needed gas in the car of course- we only live 2 miles from the hospital

I was being induced because my amniotic fluid was low. My Dr. said he wanted to induce me (2 days before I was 38 weeks) even though the non-stress test showed the baby was doing very well, she could possibly benefit more being born.

After all the set up and paperwork things finally got going...
  • At 8:05am the nurse started my pit drip at 1 ml a min. since they knew my labors go quick they wanted to start it lower then normal.
  • At 8:20 my Dr. broke my water I was- 2 cm.
  • 9-something, the nurses turned down the pit. drip to .5 ml per min. they said the contractions were "too strong" and could stress the baby
  • At 10:05 the nurses shut off the pit. they said there was too many contractions to keep the pit on (I wasn't very happy, good strong contractions mean a baby will soon be born, I asked them several times if they would turn the pit on, they said no, especially since I was still having contractions on my own- just not the good ones) my contractions were now a steady 2 mins, apart
  • At 11:05 I was 4 cm
  • At 12pm I was having heavy contractions, my Dr. came back to check on me
  • At 1:15, 5 cm
  • At 1:55, 7 cm
  • At 2:45 I was 9cm, they paged my Dr. who made it right in time. They called the "on call" Dr. into my room, seconds later my Dr. ran in. If it wasn't for the FEAR on the nurses faces telling me not to push until my Dr. arrived Jovi would of been born sooner. Is it ever really nice for them to tell you not to push?
  • 2:54, Jovi was born after about 4 min. of pushing and 3-4 pushes.
Jovi Atha Johnson
6 ibs. 15 oz
19 1/2 inches

This birth was the best for recovery since I had no tearing or stitches but it was also my longest labor, being about 7 hours. I know it would have gone much faster if they left the pit drip on.

Miles and I walked the hall for a few hours to keep things moving. But after having nurses chase me down time after time asking if I could feel the strong contractions (of course I could) and then telling me they would rather if I stayed close we just hung out in the room

Cloth diaper bum.... aka brick bum

right from the start Jovi was getting
used to a mama
that multitasks

First bath with papi- I hate how
the nurses try to take over and just do
everything, at least this is my experience

One of Jovi's first glamour shots.

Miles has a co-worker that tried to dress
up to look like this and took a picture-
strange I know, trying to picture a grown man
copy this picture.
(this picture is the one Miles sent to people at work)
I wish I had the picture.

I think Jovi looks like a dead frog
under the heat lamp
but she was super healthy

brand new

I really really hate being in the hospital. I would rather have a baby in the parking lot then hang out at the hospital for hours and hours. If I felt it was safe I would also rather have my babies at home. I would love to have a water birth but I never want a midwife.

I always try to get released as soon as possible, with Jovi the "on call pediatrician said I had to stay 24 hours after Jovi was born (the longest I have had to stay) so I was stuck. After the hospital we went and got her ears pierced.

  • I could probably think of a million complaints about staying in the hospital, I don't enjoy being waited on one bit.
But my main complaint this time would be after Jovi was born and her sugar levels dropped really low, (they needed to do footprints so I waited for them before nursing her, when I knew she needed to eat). After a nurse tested her sugar she told me I needed to give her a bottle of formula, of course I refused.
The nurse tried to pressure me into feeding her the formula and even told me she would get me a syringe so I wouldn't have to give Jovi a nipple.
I still said NO, I'm not giving her formula I would instead nurse Jovi and then they could test her sugar again.
She called in a "baby nurse" who also told me that I needed to give Jovi the formula because babies whose sugar levels drop so low, almost never go up on there own. Jovi could end up in the ICU with brain damage,
SO she wanted to make sure I was making "an educated decision."
I continued to nurse Jovi and when they tested her again her sugar levels had jumped really high. I will admit I really wanted to say "I told you so," as they both were surprised by the results. One thing I have learned quickly as a mom is to do what I want and what I feel is right no matter who tries to tell me differently.

We are thankful for our sweet Jovi, she is ALWAYS so happy. People have always asked us from the time she was born if she ever cries, she hardly does and she is hardly ever grumpy either. I sometimes wonder if it is possible to have a more happy baby.

Having 2 kids was super easy for me it wasn't much different then 1.
Moving up to 3 kids was harder and more of an adjustment,
I also had a lot of other things going on like daycare.
I'm not nervous about 4, I think I'm ready and even if I wasn't
too bad since our little guy is coming at any time.
Which might be the next post.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seattle Trip

When we decided we were getting a puppy from our breeder
I asked Miles if we could go visit when they were little,
his reply "we will see" since I get whatever I want (so does he )
we did exactly that. Yesterday we made a
trip up to Seattle, Wa. which is about 3 hours away, each way.
We got up early and left since we had
an entire day of "adventures" planned.

  • First stop Tacoma, Wa.
Lowes has a free kids
workshop a couple of times a month. You get a kit to
build something, along with an apron and goggles to keep.
Each time you go to the workshop you get a badge to sew
onto the apron.
This time the kids made race cars and love them!

Little Jovi gets to hang out on my back so we
don't have to chase her down. Most of the
time she doesn't mind, as long as she can see whats
going on.

  • Next adventure was Seattle.
We went to the pike market, they have
lots of vendors who have things
to sell. Most of it was in a covered building but also FREEZING
so we didn't stay long.
There was pigeons that walked around
everywhere, the kids liked chasing them.

Each of the kids took turns on my back,
in our hiking pack. Miles had Jovi in a
different pack, while Azure was on my back.
Jovi couldn't see
well so we traded. Then Azure didn't like
being on Miles back so she was on his shoulders for a while.
The market isn't very kid friendly
and people didn't seem to watch out for the kids
at all if they walked, even though they were right
next to us holding our hands.
Kenya really likes being in the hiking pack so he got the last ride.

We were going to go on a boat tour, since it was SO cold we
decided to skip it.
  • Next stop was the space needle.
Kenya was SUPER excited about this-
he has seen the space needle on the
Little Einsteins so he was happy
he could visit it.

I had this camera when I was little,
the kids like to play with it and "take pictures"
It has a flash which makes them like it even more.
Kenya wanted to bring it along to take his own

  • Last stop was to see the PUPPIES-there is 6.
Not the cutest puppies I have ever seen
(saggy and chunky things aren't that cute to me,
including chubby babies)
but the MOST pretty dogs.

It was hard for the kids to stay entertained. The puppies are
only a month old and can't even really run yet.
Because of this we did our best to have the kids stay
on their knees and crawl around next to them, not an easy task.

Once Azure realized she could sit and hold
the puppies she had more fun.

3 kids and 6 puppies made non stop movement so
we didn't get very many clear pictures.


  • Last week (2 days) of babysitting. I'm excited!!
  • Jovi has been sleeping in her twin bed for a few weeks and does a very good job-no more crib.
  • 4 weeks until my due date- hoping for less
  • 5 weeks until we pick up our puppy
  • 1 week until we stay at my sister in laws and watch their kids (total of 8 kids and a puppy) while they are out of town for 8 days (hoping the baby waits to come until after that)
  • Jovi went potty on the toilet tonight. She stays dry for long stretches, but last night she did dribble ALL down the hall right after I got her down from the toilet. Thankful once again Miles bought me a steam vacuum for Christmas- to keep me sane.
  • Azure turns 3 on the 14th of March, waiting for her naughty stage to pass!
  • Still loves being a "princess" and doing spins. Jelly cat goes everywhere with her, she tucks her into bed (making sure she sleeps on her tummy, and is covered). She told me "Jelly cat is my best friend, she is my pet" I never thought at stuffed bunny rabbit would be SO loved.
  • Jovi also has a Jelly cat that she loves to sleep with and pack or sometimes she will have a baby. She still does good talking a little and signing a little. My favorite sign that she does is dog, she signs and says "puppy" at the same time.
  • Jovi likes to get the toothpaste tube out and suck on it, even with the lid on, Azure did the same thing as a baby.
  • Kenya still loves to learn, cut, color, glue, watch "in the womb" ask LOTS of questions and the meanings of words. Also asks for quite time everyday instead of a nap. Is very good at playing "angry birds"
  • Miles got a new phone from work :), continues to train for hood to coast, working with the scouts with involves camping about once a month.
  • I had an ultra sound done on Thursday to make sure the baby has enough fluid since it was a little low with Jovi, and ended up being induced at 38 weeks.
Our little BOY looked great, kept his legs crossed and has plenty of fluid.

They estimate he weighs about 6 pounds right now. Babies can gain UP TO 1/2 Ib. each week the last 3 weeks of pregnancy. I hope he is born around that size, I love small little babies.
Our family is getting over colds and I have lost about 3 ibs from being sick so there is a chance he can still be small. I'm still measuring "smaller" then normal, the Dr. told me since the baby looks good in size etc.. I'm a trim and lean pregnant person---- I will take that as a compliment.