Monday, September 18, 2017


 I got up super early this morning & took Spencer to seminary, b/c I got to teach. The regular teachers had to go to an in-service meeting & they needed a sub. I was happy to do it, and I think it went pretty well. It was nice to be up so early & to see the sunrise.

I went to work, and then left to go to a doctor's appointment. Frank met me there, and we found out that we are FOR SURE pregnant!!! We knew back on August 25th, but didn't want to make a mass announcement until the OBGYN appointment today. I was so relieved to see only ONE baby in there, b/c Spencer kept saying that we were going to have twins. Twins run in both of our families!

I am 8 weeks along and am due at the end of April. I haven't had any morning sickness (knock on wood), but my stomach has just been a little bit more sensitive than usual. I've also been feeling really tired, but that's normal when you're growing another human inside of you!!! We went to a nearby BBQ restaurant for lunch to celebrate. Then we both went our separate ways to go back to work.

We announced it on social media just to let our friends & family that don't live close by know about it. The outpouring of love & well wishes was overwhelming. Frank & I had talked about if we wanted to have more kids or not when we were engaged and knew we would be getting married. It wasn't a deal breaker for me if he said he didn't want more kids. But, we both felt that there was another spirit up in heaven waiting to come to us. I don't think either of us realized that it would be happening so soon after we got married, but we're both thrilled!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Flavors Of The Season

I was so worn out from yesterday that I only took this one picture today. I LOVE egg nog, and some egg nog ice cream isn't very good and doesn't taste very egg noggy. However, this Kroger brand is SO GOOD!!! I'm not ready for fall/winter weather, but I am ready for the flavors of the season. YUM!

We had a leisurely morning, Autumn made brownies for Frank's sunday school class, and we headed off to church. It was a great 3 hours of upliftment, feeling the Spirit, and recharging my spiritual battery. We spent the rest of the day eating dinner, relaxing, and resting. Then Frank & I went to our self reliance business class. I love learning new things & finding ways we can grow & improve a business if we decide to start one.

Update on Dad: He got to London ok, but then his flight to South Africa was cancelled so he had to stay in a hotel overnight & will catch a flight home tomorrow. Poor Papa!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Partying At The Pool With Papa

Autumn & I got up early so we could get ready for her cheer pictures. We headed over to the school & got their cheer pictures done before the game started. What a great looking group of kids & their awesome coaches. 

 Autumn was so happy to have her very own cheer section again this week. She was so happy that so many family members came to support her. Frank had gone over to someone's house this morning to do some handyman work, & he called to ask me if I wanted him to bring me a drink b/c it's so hot out. I said sure, so he brought me the big cup of Sprite that Jackson is holding. Jackson asked if he could have a small sip, so I said sure. Next thing I know, the WHOLE ENTIRE THING WAS GONE!!! Lol. We got such a good laugh out of that.

 Autumn is so happy & proud that they're able to do full extensions this year. They really have come such a long way & they looked great out there on the field during half time.

 After all the football game, we stopped by our house to pick up a bunch of food, and then we headed over to Mom & Dad's house to PAR-TAY!!! We had hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, a veggie tray, deviled eggs, and drinks. Everyone had fun eating, talking, swimming, laughing, and creating memories together. I am so thankful for every single person in this picture. We were for sure missing having Mimi w/ us!

 We also had a big Costco cake to celebrate all of the September birthdays. There's Matthew, Papa & Spencer, Nick, Riannon, & Savi's Mom! YAY!

 The 3 Johnson Men

We kept razzing Dad that he's not a REAL missionary b/c he was swimming & doing things that most missionaries don't get to do. We laughed so hard when we saw that he was wearing his missionary name tag on the back of his swim shorts. What a guy!

 We got to FaceTime Mimi, and she was SO JEALOUS that we were all together & were having fun w/out her. She was so sad that she didn't get to watch football.

 As you can tell from Spencer, we PARTIED HARD! Everyone was pretty worn out at the end of the day. Papa & Nate's family

 Papa & Nick's family 

 Papa & Lexie's family

I'll have to find the pic we took of Papa w/ me and my family??? We had sandwiches & chips for a light dinner, and then said our goodbyes. Nate took Papa to the airport around 7:00 in the Corvette. Lexie & her family packed up and went home, too.

Frank & the boys had left around 5:00 to go and finish up a few handyman jobs they had going on. Frank got paid really well on one of them, so he & I went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse to celebrate & spend some time together. I'm so thankful for him & how hard working he is! We hurried home to be w/ Autumn so Grant could go pick up Spencer & some friends at the Stake dance. What a fun day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Time With Papa & Football

 Dad got to sleep in this morning, which is good b/c his body for sure needed it. I LOVE this 3 generations picture that Nick sent to me. Mimi is SUPER JEALOUS that Papa gets to meet & love on Baby Matthew before she does.

 Spencer had fun on the riding lawnmower w/ Papa. I have a picture of Autumn & Andrew when they were little like this doing the same thing! LOVE IT that Papa's carrying on the tradition.

 My boss is AWESOME & told me to leave early today b/c it's Friday & was so slow. It gave me time to run by Costco & pick up some pizzas & salads for dinner tonight, and to also get some things we need to feed the masses tomorrow. Lexie & Jon & the boys drove up after the boys got out of school to spend time w/ Papa too. Jon is so WONDERFUL & brought his adjusting equipment to help Frank's shoulder & back. I was laughing about how short Frank looks compared to Jon, and then you add Nate into the mix and Jon looks even taller! LOL!

 I'm kicking myself for not getting a picture of everyone while we were together. But I was busy running around getting the food ready. We had pizza, salad, drinks, and then Papa & Nate & Riannon & some of the kids went to the football game. I bet Papa could never have guessed that he would get to use his season football tickets this year!

 Lexie & I went and picked Autumn up from cheer practice and we ate about half of this bag of peanut butter M&M's. It's a tradition that we have some of these when we go to Time Out For Women together. But, since we didn't go together this year we had to make up for it tonight. I LOVE US!

 Frank & the boys went to see the new "IT" movie. I refused to go, b/c I don't like ANY scary movies. The boys thought they had died and gone to heaven by going to the super nice theater where you can order food & drinks during the movie and lay back in recliners. I'm glad they were able to have some fun guy time together.

 Us girls had fun at the house. Lexie made this beautiful blanket for Baby Matthew. She's so talented!

We loved taking turns kissing & snuggling on Baby Matthew. I still can't get over how much dark black hair he has. He's a snuggle bug for sure and is still so small!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Date Night With Frank & Papa's Home!!!

 So, Mom called yesterday to say that Dad has to escort a missionary home to the States due to some medical issues. It was a last minute thing, and she wanted to know if I could pick him up at the airport tonight. OF COURSE!!! Not only that, he gets to stay for 2 days!!! YAY! I called Savi to let her know that I would take care of all the food, so she didn't need to worry about it. She asked if I could do her a favor, and I said sure. She said she needed a ride to the doctor's office in one hour. SAY WHAT!?!?! Luckily I have AWESOME bosses, so I was able to leave work at 2:30 to get Savi to her appointment in time. I sat in the lobby & watched part of Brigadoon (weird musical that I had never seen before) while waiting for her.

 Then I dropped her back off at home, went and got Autumn, and we went & got the car washed. It was FILTHY, and we LOVE this place b/c they wash the whole inside and outside for just $20!

 When we got home, we were greeted by 2 sweaty & hard working guys. I'm so thankful for these men in our lives! Frank & I had plans to go out on a date & we ended up going to Chipotle (b/c I wanted to try their new queso) and we talked for a long time. It was nice to just be one on one for a while & talk through some things that have been on our minds. I'm thankful that we're both very open & understanding & comfortable w/ each other. That makes communicating so much easier. I'm thankful for Frank!

 I was going to go to the airport alone, b/c he didn't get in until past 11:00, but Autumn insisted on going w/ me. It was nice having her there since his plane was delayed a little bit.

 I had some left over Chipotle & took that for him to eat. It's a good thing I did, b/c he was so hungry. We took this picture to send it to Mimi to rub it in that Dad was eating good food without her. We're so mean! I was telling her that it's too bad she couldn't come w/ him. She said if she had come home, she wouldn't have gone back to South Africa, so it's good she had to stay there. LOL!

 Everyone in the family but Nate knew that Dad was coming home. So, I called Nate when we were getting close & told him I needed to talk to him. He didn't believe me & knew that something was up. But, he had NO IDEA that it was b/c Dad was home. He came walking up to my car w/ his police flashlight out. It was AWESOME to see his reaction when he looked over into the passenger seat & realized it was Dad. He was beyond surprised to say the least. SO FUN!

We finally dropped Dad off at home around 12:30 and he went straight to sleep b/c he was beyond exhausted. We're so happy that we get some unexpected time w/ him!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Free Lunch

 I think my bosses felt bad that I had to drive the forklift yesterday, so they brought me lunch today. It wasn't the best Chinese food I've ever had, but it was "free" so I have no complaints!

 The Snapchat filters today were fun. Random fact ... I've NEVER seen E.T. all the way through! I've seen bits & pieces of it, but I've never sat down and watched the whole movie.

I have, however, seen The Devil Wears Prada several times. I think I would look good w/ white short hair. What do y'all think? Too bad I can't get my makeup to ever look this good. LOL!

Also, happy birthday to Dad & Spencer today!!! I wasn't able to wish Dad a happy birthday, b/c he's actually flying to the United States today!!! More info on that in the next post ...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Forklift & Missionary Discussions

 All the guys were gone in the office today when a shipment came in, so I had to drive the forklift. I don't mind it, but it's not my favorite thing to do just b/c I'm worried that I'll accidentally drop something and break it.

Grant went in to work w/ Frank early this morning, and he worked hard! He fell asleep sitting up on the couch as soon as they got home. I made dinner, we ate, and then Susan came over for another missionary lesson. We're loving the opportunity to have the discussions in our home!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Grant The Helper

I'm lame and didn't take any pictures today! I think I was too wrapped up in watching the 9-11 tributes and the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. Frank texted me this picture of him & Grant getting some supplies for work at Home Depot. I'm so thankful that Grant is here & that he's able to help Frank & me. It's been awesome to sleep in & have Grant take Spencer to early morning seminary.

We had a quiet & relaxing evening at home ... just the way we all like it to be.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Poor Gecko!

 Baby Matthew is so stikin' cute! I haven't gotten a chance to go see him since they've been home, but luckily Savi sends me pictures like this to drool over. I slept in today & then left to go visiting teaching.

Luckily I went out the garage door, b/c Frank sent me this picture of what fell on him when he opened the front door!!! EWWW! Poor little Gecko. Frank captioned it saying, "Well, I guess we won't be saving 15% on our car insurance." LOL!

I got home from visiting teaching, we all hopped in the truck, and headed off to church. They read in Grant's records today, so he's an official member of our ward. YAY! Church was really good & uplifting. We came home, ate dinner, and then Frank & I went to our self reliance business class. It's kind of a pain that we don't have our Sunday evenings free anymore. But, we keep reminding ourselves that this is going to be SO WORTH IT!!! We love the things we're learning.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Temple, Cheer, & An Impromptu Security Guard

 I look super tired in this picture, b/c I AM! We got up early to go to the temple before the craziness of the day started. We didn't have time to do an endowment session, so we did sealings. It was great, b/c we got some work done for some family names that Frank's Mom gave us. Also, Pres. W was one of the sealers, which was neat b/c he's the one that sealed us originally.

 We hurried home so we could get Autumn to her first game of the season. It's fun to see how much the girls have grown & improved over the years. They did a GREAT job today, even though our team lost really bad & we didn't even score one point!

 Autumn even had her own cheering section. She pretended to be annoyed when Grant & Spencer yelled, "GO AUTUMN." But secretly we all know she was LOVING the attention.

 We got home & had planned on just relaxing the rest of the day. But, Spencer came running into the living room telling us that a famous guy that he watches on Youtube (Jake Paul) was in the area collecting donations for the Hurricane Harvey victims & he wanted to know if we could go over there & see him. It ended up being Spencer, Grant, and 2 of Spencer's friends. I had offered to go, b/c Frank just wanted to rest. But Frank (begrudgingly) ended up taking them. And it's a GOOD THING he did!

I was just going to drop the kids off and go hang out at the mall until they were ready for me to pick them up. But Frank ended up volunteering to help as security, and he was AWESOME at it since that was his job before he moved down here. He fits the look & sound perfectly & people listened to him. It ended up giving the kids a chance to get really close to Jake Paul & some other "Team 10" kids. They had access that no one else did. One of the real security guards even gave Spencer a pizza to share w/ his friends! Frank is THE BEST!!!

In this video, you can see Frank standing against the wall at 22 seconds in, and then Spencer and his friends go running by the camera at 52 seconds in. Super fun!

 Autumn & I had a good time hanging out at home together alone. We snuggled in bed & caught up on some recorded shows. She wanted to braid my hair after I got out of the shower so that it would be wavy tomorrow.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Night Lights

 Frank & Grant went to Home Depot today & started laughing when they saw this Snickers bar. Anytime I get super fiesty, I just say that I'm "HANGRY!" So, they bought it for me. LOL.

 The boys went & got haircuts, I went & dropped Autumn off at cheer practice, we had dinner, & then headed to the football game. This is the first time Frank & the boys have gotten to attend a football game in the MASSIVE & super nice stadium. They were impressed w/ "The Biggest High School Band In the Land."

 We ran into a bunch of people from church, which was fun. All of us (including Tricia behind the black pom pom) had a great time. We won the game & left w/ 5 minutes left in the game so we could beat the traffic home.

Nate stopped by tonight to drop off a clue for Riannon's birthday in a few weeks. He's sending her on a scavenger hunt & our house is one of the stops. Grant wanted Nate to cuff him & lean him up against the car so that it looked like he was being arrested. LOL! I wonder what on Earth my neighbors must be thinking since we have a cop car in our driveway a lot. BA HA HA!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

 Frank & Grant got Spencer & Autumn from school today, b/c they had a special treat planned for them.

They went to Krispy Kreme & got a free box of regular glazed doughnuts, hot off the press! 

 They also brought home a box of these different & fun flavored ones.