Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Evening with the WHOLE Fam

Every Christmas day, our entire family gets together to celebrate and enjoy a potluck dinner. This is all grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on my mom's side, as well as the immediate Johnson family.

This is usually a pretty chaotic night so I don't get to take many pictures. Here are a few of the few.

Brooklyn and our cousin, Erin.

Aunt Jenni and Great Grandma.

Molly (my sister--in-law!) with cousins, Nicole and Stefanie.

Oh, look! There's me! It's probably the only picture of me the entire week as I was usually the one behind the camera. :-)

Drew, Eric, Sean, and Larry (Pops).

We ended the night with our annual family Secret Santa. Eric had my name and got me an awesome green scarf and an Old Navy gift card (yay!). I went out just a few days later and bought new jeans that were desperately needed (another yay!).

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Day Morning

Before Brooklyn went to bed Christmas eve, she picked out two (quite large!) cookies for Santa Claus.

Santa needed those cookies to give him the energy to carry all this loot down the chimney...

And yes, Santa wraps EVERYTHING.

On Christmas morning, we awakened to find this...

And, unfortunately, this...

Poor Brooklyn was not feeling so well when she woke up. So we propped her on the couch with a bowl and a towel and just brought her little presents one at a time.

But Jake was ready to roll!

She perked up a little bit when she saw that Santa brought her what she REALLY wanted- Zhu Zhu pets!

And she really loved the pre-school memory book from Mommy and Daddy.

And once Brooklyn felt a little better, there was one more surprise.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is always spent at Oma and Opa's house in Trinity. We had a great time with the Bader family and enjoyed seeing Jake explore the house and both kids open presents. :-)

My dad with his parents, known as Oma and Opa to everyone.

I just loved seeing Uncle Eric play with his nephew and niece.

Jake loved the race car track that Oma and Opa bought him....but he decided he knew a better way to play with it.

There was a lot of following Jake around the house. :-)

Brooklyn was excited that the biggest present had HER name on it!

And she and Nanny played with it right away...after Daddy assembled, of course. :-)

And there may have been some holiday wrestling, too. :-)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Let the festivities begin! (the first of several posts looking back at our Christmas celebrations)

We started our Christmas celebrations at Jake's school on Thursday, December 23rd. His teachers had a class party complete with yummy snacks and a "Secret Santa" gift exchange. This is probably the best year to do Secret Santa since the kids can't say anything to each other yet- ha ha!

Jake and Ansley killing some apple juice. (I'll just save this photo for the wedding slide show- ha ha!)

Such a handsome little boy.

Opening his gift from Olivia, his Secret Santa. It's a really neat popper thing.

We then left the party and headed over to Greensboro Urban Ministry, the local food pantry/night shelter for the homeless. Our church hosted the meal that evening and Grace Reigns Down provided the music. It's always an uplifting and God-blessed event, but that evening was particularly special because it was Jason's last time drumming with GRD. We will miss him so much when he leaves in January to start Graduate School in Savannah!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Jake At A Glance

Our precious little guy is 14 months old today. So, what's Jake been up to the last 2 months?
He's saying more and more words every week.
Favorites include: mama, dada, daddy, baba, bowl, baby, BoBo, dog, woof woof, ball, nana (which can mean Nanny or banana)

Jake started walking at about 13 months, taking a few steps here and there, but at about 13.5 months, he started really taking off. Now, he actually chooses walking over crawling, and if he gets going, he even runs a bit (until he gets a bit top heavy and topples forward).

He loves playing with his "scooter toys" and push toys. He loves balls and blocks. And he loves playing with his big sister (only if she doesn't take toys away from him). He also likes walking around the house with a tobaggan on his head.

Jake is probably the most inconsistent sleeper ever. He usually goes down around 7:30pm, but he could wake up anytime between 5am and 7am. We see 5:20, 5:45, 7:00, 6:15am....never the same two mornings in a row. Coming from Baby Brooklyn who slept like clockwork 7pm-7am, this has been a bit challenging for us. But we're pushing through. :-) He used to go to sleep by himself without a peep....bedtime was super simple with just a snuggle and a prayer. Then, you could lay him down and he would crawl around like a puppy, find a spot, and go right to sleep. Unfortunately, the last few nights, we get to the "lay down" part and he sits straight up and starts yelling. But, being the "mean" second time around parents, we just leave the room, and he usually calms down and puts himself to sleep after about 5-8 minutes.

Jake continues to be a great eater. He eats all "grown up" food, including his favorites: macaroni and cheese, baked beans, french toast sticks, yogurt, whole milk, chicken pie, Cream of chicken and wild rice soup (Panera), bananas, apple sauce, mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, ravioli, spaghetti, chicken and rice....and I'm sure I am missing something. :-)

I think we go back in January/February for a 15 month check up. Not sure of exact weight but I bet its still right at 25-26 pounds. He wears 18 month clothes (or 24 month pajama sleepers). And still rockin' the size 4 diapers. He's just perfect. :-)

Tricks, etc.:
Jake knows where his head and hair are, but when it comes to other body parts, we are still working. :-) (He's shooting 50% with finding his ears.) He knows that a puppy says "woof woof" but growls for all the other animals. His favorite book is "Brown Bear, Brown Bear." His favorite music is Twinkle Twinkle, ABC's, and Grace Reigns Down. He gives sweet open-mouthed kisses on command on your cheek and does a mean high-5 when asked.
Happy 14 month birthday, Jake! You are growing so fast but I am loving every minute of it!

Friday, December 24, 2010


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Way Back When-esday

Here are some pics of the Johnson family the week of Christmas 2009....what a difference a year makes!

Friday, December 17, 2010

On My Honor...I Will Try (not to cry)

Well, if you know me at all (or maybe you can even guess it by the blog title), you know Girl Scouts is a huge part of my life. Not only have I been a professional Girl Scout for 7.5 years, but I was a girl member of the organization for about 10 years, even earning the Gold Award (the highest award in Girl Scouting, and YES it's like the Eagle Boy Scout Award...only harder to earn) as a High School Junior.

But I digress...

This is about my sweet, grown up Brooklyn. Tuesday night, she had her Daisy Girl Scout Investiture Ceremony, where she became an official member of Girl Scouting.

She had to recite the Promise all by herself.

And helped add a petal to the "Girl Scout Law Daisy Flower"

And then all the moms got to pin the membership pins on their daughters...
It was a wonderful ceremony. The girls all did so great! This Daisy troop has been great for so many reasons, but one awesome bonus is that Ms Jeanna's pre-school girls get to have a mini-reunion every other Tuesday night.
And she has two pretty neat leaders (who also happen to be pretty special grandmas).

To say I was proud was a bit of an understatement...

Brooklyn and one of her best friends, Kate. I'm so glad they can do this together!

When did she grow up?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Annual Wonderfulness

Last Saturday, 6 "girls" from UNC gathered together for our annual holiday get-together. This was our 10th annual celebration.

Last year, we looked like this:

And I wish I could show you what we looked like this year...but well, when you have these adorable friends in attendance, somehow we just didn't make it in a picture. :-)

(Sweet Cooper, 5 months)

(Precious Graham, 6 months)

(Gorgeous Nora, 9 months)

We had a great time catching up, laughing, reminiscing, and eating yummy food. Marisa and Marc were wonderful hosts, and Chad and I even got a whole night away, spending the night in Huntersville, while my parents watched Brooklyn and Jake at home. Unfortunately, we returned to a sick little Brooklyn who had encountered a stomach virus while we were gone. Nanny and Grandpa get bonus points for that sleepover. :-)


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