We ended up delivering our special little guy at home (yes it was planned!) I'll be posting more about my amazing birth story soon. I know I've taken quite the blogging 'hiatus', but hopefully will post more updates, more often. We're still adjusting to life with TWO kids, but so far, all has gone pretty well. Mom and baby are doing fabulous and we're all just loving our time together!
Disclaimer : Contains graphic images - proceed with caution
I have a lot of blogging to catch up on, but I thought I'd share the good news before I attempted at documenting the last couple of months.
So without further ado... I bring you the next member of the Johnson family!!
We're THRILLED to finally know the gender and to start planning!! One of each - WOW! Avery will be such a great big sister and is already VERY sweet and gentle to her dolls which she affectionately plays with while saying "baby" over and over again. Pretty sure she has NO idea how much her life will change soon, but I know she'll do great!
(I have a bunch of pictures to catch up on again, but those can wait for now!)
I love this season. Of course I love the turkey, and the stuffing, and the yams and corn and rolls. But I love the spirit that it brings. The chance to forget about all of the problems in my life, all of the things I DON'T have, and all of the things that will ever so willingly creep back into my life soon enough. I love the chance to reflect on the things that I AM grateful for!
- A wonderful mother whom I can't wait to get to know someday - I'm sure I'm more like her than I'll ever realize.
- An amazing other mother who taught me many of the things I know, and who always is there for me.
- A wise father who is humble, kind, honest, and respectable.
- A (very large) family who always give me a reason to smile. Despite our craziness sometimes, we're one great group!
- The gospel of Jesus Christ. Where I'd be without it, Heaven only knows!
- My Savior who gave his life for me.
- My sweet and tender husband whom my love grows for each and every day.
- For my darling Avery and the utter happiness and joy she brings.
- For a new a precious little soul that is preparing to join our family. (Beginning of July 2010)
I could list off thousands of other specific things I am grateful for this season! But rather than read all about my blessings, I hope that you can take a moment to reflect on yours. May the spirit of the season grab hold of you and help you realize how wonderful life really is!
We had a few birthday's to attend recently. Neil's niece Elle turned 4 and we had a fun little party for her. Sadly, I put my camera away shortly after we arrived and didn't even get a picture of the birthday girl.
Avery was glad to see her 2 great uncles, Uncle Steve and Uncle Toe (Robert)
This is the skirt I made for Elle.
The following week we went to a birthday party for our good friends' little girls Maili (3) and Alexa (1). They have the same birthday! These were the skirts I made for them.
It was so fun to see all the excitement that a birthday can bring - especially to little girls!! Avery's is just around the corner. It will be fun, but at the same time, it kind of makes me sad that she is already going to be one! Slow down Avery....at least a little. I'm not ready for you to grow up yet!
Neil and I celebrated our 6 year anniversary on September 12th! It's crazy to think that 6 years have gone by, and that we now have the beginnings of a beautiful family! (No, that's not an announcement!)
I wish I'd have taken more pictures, but alas, I didn't. It was my year to plan, so I was a bit preoccupied.
We've been following the traditional list for anniversary gifts (found HERE). This year was candy/iron. I'm not sure why it has two, but I thought I'd go with both. I got this cute wrought iron Eiffel Tower to match with a painting we brought back from Paris.
Then I made him a candy bar card. Disclaimer: If you read the card, please note that ALL candy bar cards are incredibly cheesy.
He made me breakfast in bed in the morning and then we went to a 9-12 rally at My Noah's in South Jordan. We dropped Avery off at my mom's afterward and had a picnic at Murray Park (where he proposed to me) and then went and saw Transformers 2. After that, we picked Avery up and went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse, and then went home, put Avery to bed, and cuddled to a movie
Thanks Neil for an amazing 6 years and for many more to come! You fill my life with such joy and I love you so much!!!
P.S. He went with the chocolate theme and got me a DIVINE box of See's chocolates, which he handpicked all of my favorites! Can I just say HEAVEN?!