Saturday, September 19, 2015


IMG_5091 Since Lexie & I stayed up late last night, it was hard to get up this morning at 6:30. We got up, got ready for the day, and headed over to Nate & Riannon’s so I could get Autumn ready for her cheer pictures. They were at 7:15 this morning!!! What a cute group of cheerleaders.

IMG_5101 The sky this morning looked SO COOL! It looked like being underneath the water and looking up at the waves of the ocean. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

IMG_5107 It’s homecoming this week, so Autumn’s coach paid one of the Moms to make each of the girls a mum. Mums are a HUGE thing here in Texas, but I’ve heard that Texas is the only place that does these. In high school it’s ridiculous b/c the mums are so big and over the top.

IMG_5122 I love my little bug so much! I know I’m biased b/c she’s mine but I really do think she’s such a beautiful girl, both on the inside and the outside.

IMG_5136 Here’s our girls w/ their mums on, and ready to cheer the Lions on to victory.

IMG_5166 It’s always fun to see the boys come running through the banner before the start of the game.

 IMG_8929 Lexie & I left once the game started so we could go to TOFW. We were only an hour late. I am OBSESSED w/ the program for the Time Out For Girls. The peacock background w/ the tropical flowers and the pop of hot pink! LOVE IT!!!

Brad Wilcox & Meg Johnson were my favorite talks. I’m so thankful that Lexie & I have made this a tradition to go each year. It’s a great way to spend time together and also recharge our spiritual batteries.

IMG_8937 We got done at 3:45 and went over to Nate & Riannon’s to pick up Autumn. They were so great to go to Autumn’s game, bring her back to their house, and watch her for me. We came home, picked up Nick and went to the $1 Store to get some things I need for church tomorrow. We also stopped and picked up some dinner since we were all hungry.

IMG_8940 Autumn knows that when Aunt Lexie comes to visit that they will have some “girl time” to do hair & makeup. I was so tired that I laid down on the bed to just rest my eyes and woke up an hour later! It looks like they had a lot of fun doing each other’s makeup,

IMG_8951Lexie brought her Jamberry stuff and we did pedicures. These things stay on really well, b/c I still had mine on from when she did them 3 months ago in June! Lexie had originally planned on going home tonight, but we were both so tired so we called it a night and went to bed.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Time Out For Women With Lexie

IMG_8920 I have been looking forward to this weekend since May! Lexie drove up from Austin and came to my work. We left a little before 5:00 to go to Time Out For Women (TOFW). It’s our tradition to get a big bag of peanut butter M&M’s to eat and share with others sitting around us.

IMG_8921 We love getting to spend time together and being spiritually uplifted. There were quite a few ladies from my ward there, and they were kind enough to let us sit by them. I also saw several ladies that I’m friends w/ on Facebook. It’s like a fun reunion!

IMG_8925 Riannon was an angel again and picked Autumn up, took her to cheer practice, picked her up from cheer practice, and let her spend the night. Even though this picture is super grainy and the lighting is horrible, it makes me smile. When Lexie & I got home at 10:30 we stayed up talking and laughing and watching Dressing Your Truth videos. We finally called it a night at 1:30 am, b/c we have to get up early and we have a big day ahead of us!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Too Early???

IMG_8913 Is it too early to start listening to Christmas music??? Not to freak anyone out, but it's 99 days from today! I had a hankerin' to listen to some Christmas music, and you know how the saying goes … “you can’t deny a hankerin’.” I know there are some “Christmas Music Purists” who won’t listen to Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving. My Dad is like that, and that’s how it was at our house when I was growing up. But, I have to start listening to it earlier, b/c it just makes me SO HAPPY!

IMG_8918 Autumn & I came home, had some dinner, and I laid down on the couch to rest my eyes for a few minutes. Well, I woke up an hour later! I guess I was really tired and my body needed the sleep. We went over to Curt & Mary’s to drop off some Project Life cards for a project I’m working on. Ashley was there w/ her kids and her littlest one had a shirt that matched Jessie’s shirt almost exactly. Too cute, and completely unplanned.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Activity Day Girls & Project Life

IMG_8903 Since we had the youth temple trip  last night, we didn’t have a Young Women’s activity tonight. So, I volunteered to teach Autumn’s Activity Day Girls class (8-9 year old girls). We also combined w/ the older class (10-11 year old girls). We talked about the importance of record keeping, and then I showed the girls how to do Project Life. They each left there with at least a few pages completed! I am so proud of them and hopefully this sparks their desire to keep a personal record of their joys, triumphs, failures, lessons learned, and everything in between. I wish I had tools like this to record my life when I was their age!

IMG_8912 As soon as that was over Autumn & I hurried over to her optional cheer practice. They were practicing their stunt for the cheer game this Saturday. They are looking good and doing a great job! GO LIONS! It was SO NICE to not have Young Women’s tonight. We came home, Autumn showered, and we spent time reading and getting her homework done. I don’t know how parents do it that have multiple kids in multiple activities. I only have one child in one sport and we’re busy bees with just that!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Youth Temple Trip

IMG_8883 Today after work I stopped by Chipotle to get some dinner, and then I went to the temple for my ward (congregation) youth’s temple trip. Riannon was an angel and said that she could get Autumn from daycare and watched her for me so I could go, when I asked her last week.

P1130049Usually at temple trips I am bustling around keeping things running smoothly, but I really felt strongly that I needed to just sit and visit with the girls as they were waiting their turns. It was a great way to get to know the girls better and bond. I LOVE this group of youth so very much. Most of them had loads of homework to do, but they made the sacrifice to go to the temple instead, which is way more important.

IMG_8891 It’s tradition that we stop on the way home and get Little Caesar’s pizza and soda and just stand around in a parking lot and eat and talk. It was a wonderful evening, and I’m so thankful that I made the time to go. We have such incredibly strong & spiritual youth. I went over to Nate & Riannon’s house so Autumn wouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night and be scared.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Bahama Bucks & Old Navy

IMG_8871I told Autumn that if she wouldn’t fight me about having Family Home Evening tonight, then we could go to Bahama Bucks for our treat (we had a coupon for a buy one, get one free). It was a good FHE, and the treat was good too. We even saw a few people from church there, which was fun.

IMG_8873 Autumn has been asking me to take her clothes shopping since we haven’t gotten her any new clothes since last year. She’s starting to grow out of her pants. We have been to several stores, and she hasn’t found anything she likes yet b/c she’s so picky. She suggested Old Navy, so we hurried over there after our treats. I brought her at least 13 pairs of pants to try on and she found one little thing wrong w/ every single one of them. The store was closing in 5 minutes, so we left empty handed. I told her we’re running out of options of places to find her some pants. She had suggested Macy’s, but I am too cheap and refuse to pay $30 per pair of pants since she’s growing so fast.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Happy 60th Birthday, Papa!!!

IMG_8867 I stayed up late/early to watch the final 5 minutes of the BYU game, and am I ever glad I did! Another amazing Hail Mary TD and then on the next play an interception and TD to win the game for BYU!!!! Go Cougs!!!

IMG_8865I posted this picture on Facebook today w/ this caption, “I can't believe that my FABULOUS & FAITHFUL Father is SIXTY years old today! I am blessed beyond belief to have him for a Dad & for Autumn to have him as her Papa. This was back when he had lots o' muscles and lots o' hair. When this picture was taken I bet he NEVER could have imagined in his wildest dreams that he would be celebrating his 60th birthday in South Africa while serving a couple's mission w/ the love of his life. WE LOVE YOU!!! ♪ ♫ Happy birthday to you ... ♪ ♫

IMG_8868 It is also Grandparent’s Day today, so I figured that we had better call our only living grandparent. It was so good to talk to Grandpa Johnson. He’s 87 but is still very mentally on point and was asking Nick all sorts of questions and making us laugh. I’m thankful for incredible grandparents who raised such great kids, who in turn raised me, and are wonderful grandparents to my Autumn girl.

After church I stayed for BYC (Bishop’s Youth Council) while Autumn went home w/ Liz & Liberty. It’s good to see the youth in leadership positions, and let them shoulder some of the responsibility for the youth program. At 7:00 the sister missionaries came over to say hi. We got 2 new sister missionaries, and one of them is from New Zealand and has the coolest accent. They challenged Autumn to read in the Book of Mormon for 5 minutes every day. Autumn said, “no way! I don’t like reading scriptures.” They asked her what her favorite food is, and she said the croissants from Cheddars. We banded together and told Autumn if she’d take their challenge then we would all go out to get croissants from Cheddars as a reward. I hope she does it!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Go, Go, Go!!!

IMG_4977 Today was jam packed from the moment we woke up at 7:30 to the moment we went to bed. It was Autumn’s first cheer game of the season and the game started at 9:00, so we had to be up and getting ready pretty early. I love that the girls sat in a big circle to do their stretching.

IMG_5023 The team looks great this year! I like that their coach has each girl take a turn calling out & leading the cheer. Obviously this time it was Autumn’s turn.

IMG_4999 Last year they had buckets to sit on in-between cheers, but this year their coach wants them standing and watching them game when they’re not cheering.

IMG_5001 Here’s the big group of parents that come to cheer on the cheerleaders. We laugh about it every year that the cheerleaders have a bigger cheering section than the football players.

IMG_5034 It was a really good game, and we scored first but ultimately ended up losing by 2 touchdowns in the last 6 minutes of the game. But, we still made a tunnel for the players to run through b/c they did a great job.

IMG_5044 Team huddle, GO LIONS, and then time for snacks!

IMG_8807 We came home, had some lunch, and then I went to get my nails done. I was sitting there enjoying getting my nails filled when someone came in and asked who owns the blue Ford out in the parking lot. I said it was mine and they said it had just been hit by a car!!! WHAT!?!?! I ran out to the parking lot and what happened is that this red car was parked (no one was in it) and the parking lot is on a small slant, and I guess the brake went out and it rolled into my car. These nice ladies from the business next door saw it happen and with the help of my nail guy they pushed the car back into it’s spot.

By this time the owner of the car came out to see what was going on and he got in and put on the emergency brake. I looked to see what damage was done, and there is just a little tiny scuff mark on the underneath side of my bumper. You can’t even see it unless you’re kneeling down on the ground. I went ahead & got his insurance info anyways just in case there’s an issue w/ the muffler & tail pipe, which are near that part of the bumper. He was so apologetic, but it wasn’t his fault. The whole thing was a completely random accident. I’m glad no one was hurt and that there was no real damage.

IMG_8827 After I got my nails done I told Autumn we could go over to the fair. They have a fair at one of the local churches every year for just a weekend, and we’ve never been able to go before b/c we’ve had other things going on. We had a few hours to kill so we decided to check it out. Autumn really wanted to ride the Ferris wheel b/c she’s never been on one before.

IMG_8818 She was holding on to my arm for dear life. She was squeezing it so hard and would NOT let go! I guess she’s a little bit afraid of heights and didn’t know it. When the ride was over and she was back on solid ground I asked her if she liked it and she said yes. LOL!

IMG_8829 We walked around to check out some of the other rides and games. We ended up going on one more ride (tickets were $4 each per ride!!!) called the Scorpion. It was CRAZY!!! Autumn’s face in this picture cracks me up, b/c she was NOT excited to try this ride. While we were on it I could just picture the seats we were in coming loose from the ride and flying off into the street (you can see behind me that it was right next to the sidewalk). I don’t know how many G forces we felt on that ride, but we were both a little dizzy when we got off. I’m proud of Autumn for trying a scary ride with me.

IMG_8844 We left the fair and went over to the convention center to meet up w/ Nate, Riannon, Olivia, Liz, Liberty, and Jacob. Nate got free tickets from the police break room to the Home & Garden Show. I’ve worked at these shows before and this one was pretty dead. There was hardly anyone there! I felt so bad for the vendors. We had fun walking around and seeing what there was to see.

IMG_8862 Autumn & I came home and got some chores done b/c our house was getting messy. I cleaned off all the piles on the kitchen counter (a huge feat), vacuumed, did some laundry, and made dinner. Then at 7:00 Liz & Alison came over to watch Far From The Madding Crowd. We had fun talking, laughing, snacking, and watching the movie. I’m thankful for good friendships. WHEW … what a day!!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Remembering 9/11 (14 years)

IMG_8784 My morning started with a trip to the dentist for a cleaning. I had a really hard time not letting the tears flow freely as I watched the news coverage of “Remembering 9/11.” Especially when they had a moment of silence for when the first tower fell and when the Pentagon was hit. All those emotions from 14 years ago are still so powerful! It felt good to have my teeth cleaned since it hasn’t been done in a long time. I’m usually at the dentist for major dental work like root canals. Of course after the cleaning they found a few cavities and 2 teeth that need to have crowns put on. That’s going to cost me a pretty penny! UGH!!!

IMG_8787 I took Autumn to cheer practice after work/school, and then went and dropped our season football ticket’s for the game tonight to a lady I visit teach. I came home, did some laundry, caught up on some TV shows I had recorded, and edited pics. Karri texted me and said they had 2 extra tickets for the game tonight if Autumn & I wanted to come. So, after Autumn’s cheer practice was over we went to the game. It was fun to see our friends that we gave the tickets to just one section over from where we were sitting.

IMG_8790 We left in the middle of the 4th quarter b/c we were winning (45 to 9) and it was late and Autumn needed to go to sleep. We talked to Mom & Dad (it was 5:30 in the morning there) b/c they had called to tell us they were leaving for the weekend to go on a safari for Dad’s birthday. I’m glad we got to wish Dad a happy birthday since they’ll be gone on Sunday (his actual birthday).

Poor Nick showed me this bandage he had to get at work. He was reaching to get something and felt a little scratch on his arm. He didn’t think anything of it and kept working. But then he felt something dripping and looked to see that it was blood dripping off his elbow! I guess whatever it was that cut him must have been pretty sharp b/c it was a fairly deep cut. I had him take off the bandage so I could clean it w/ hydrogen peroxide and assess it to see if he needed stitches. Luckily he didn’t need stitches!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Babysitting Olivia

z One of the ladies at work is going through a really hard time right now. She can’t seem to catch a break, and it’s just one bad thing after another. She was really feeling low yesterday and questioning if she’s doing something wrong b/c of all the trials in her life right now. These 2 quotes from apostles came to my mind, so I printed them off and put them on her desk before she came in today. I hope they help ease her troubled spirit a little bit.

IMG_8779 Tonight we went over to Nate & Riannon’s after work/school to watch Olivia. Riannon is attending a citizens police academy and Nate was working. I’m so excited that Nate is going to have all sorts of cool stories to tell us about his job. We used to ask Dad what was the grossest/coolest thing he saw at his job but now it will be Nate that we’ll ask.

Autumn is such a great babysitter. She is just so naturally loving and nurturing. I was cleaning up the kitchen and I turned around to see that Autumn had helped Olivia up on her lap and was feeding Olivia some of her food. What an good helper!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Human Foosball

IMG_8773 Our already busy Wednesday evenings just became even busier. Autumn’s cheer coach wanted to have an optional cheer practice tonight since their first cheer game is on Saturday. So I got Autumn from daycare, we rushed home to scarf down some dinner, and then I took her to cheer practice.

P1130043 I picked her up and we rushed over to the church for the youth activity tonight. It was Young Men/Young Women combined and the 14-15 year old boys were in charge. We played “Human Foosball” where we had to hold onto these PVC pipes and pretend like we were a live game of table soccer players. I took the 2 new YW Advisers in another room for a quick meeting to just go over what their calling entails. I’m so thankful they’re both in Young Women’s, b/c the girls already love them.

P1130040 To be honest, I thought it was going to be lame and was going to get boring after the first 15 minutes but it was actually A LOT of fun. It was a great workout and I was sweaty by the end. We split up into 3 teams and each group got a chance to play against each other. It was a busy but great night.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Purple Cows

IMG_8764 We had Family Home Evening tonight since we were too tired & sick to do it yesterday. Autumn said she wanted to learn about the heart, so we watched a couple of videos about the circulatory system. Someday if she becomes a famous heart surgeon we’ll know it started with watching videos during FHE. LOL! We talked about how our bodies are such incredible miracles w/ how they work. What a miracle from Heavenly Father it is to have a healthy body. For our treat we had “purple cows.” It’s like root beer floats but instead of root beer you use grape soda. YUM!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Laziness

IMG_8752 It was a huge blessing to have the day off today. Autumn & I just lounged around the house, took naps, stayed hydrated, and used up a whole box of tissues. I hate that we’re both sick, but at least we can be sick in the comfort of our own home instead of having to be at work & school. Savi is trying to help Nick learn & understand more about money, so he has this thing called “Money Matters.” We worked on it with him to figure out what change he would owe back to us if we bought something from him.

zNate & Riannon had texted earlier in the day to see if we wanted to come over to BBQ & swim. We had to tell them we couldn’t b/c we’re both sick. This evening there was a knock on the door, and it was Nate! He had stopped by to bring us dinner. There was grilled pork chops, salad, and even homemade cookies! That made our whole day. Neither of us are looking forward to getting back to the usual schedule tomorrow.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sabbath Day Holy Sunday

IMG_8755I’m FOR SURE sick b/c I slept for 11 hours last night! We got up and got ready b/c our Stake switches meeting times the first week in September instead of the first week of January. We got moved up 2 hours, which is great by me b/c we get to sleep in a little but then have the rest of the afternoon available instead of getting home so late. I am still sick, but luckily I don’t have a fever and can still function. This is the one item Autumn tried on and approved of at the kid’s consignment store yesterday.

I took her over to our friend’s house so I could go to ward council. I got to teach all the Young Women combined today. I chose to teach about “Keeping The Sabbath Day Holy.” I talked about WHY it’s important to keep the Sabbath holy.

1) It’s a SIGN:  “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.” ~Exodus 31:13

“How do we hallow the Sabbath day? In my much younger years, I studied the work of others who had compiled lists of things to do and things not to do on the Sabbath. It wasn’t until later that I learned from the scriptures that my conduct and my attitude on the Sabbath constituted a sign between me and my Heavenly Father. With that understanding, I no longer needed lists of dos and don’ts. When I had to make a decision whether or not an activity was appropriate for the Sabbath, I simply asked myself, ‘What sign do I want to give to God?’ That question made my choices about the Sabbath day crystal clear.” ~Elder Russell M Nelson

2) It’s a COVENANT: “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.” ~Exodus 31:16

What we promise as our part of the covenant: D&C 59:9-13
What Heavenly Father promises us: Leviticus 26:2-12

3) It should be a DELIGHT: “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:” ~Isaiah 58:13

“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:” ~Mark 2:27

“What did the Savior mean when He said that ‘the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath’? I believe He wanted us to understand that the Sabbath was His gift to us, granting real respite from the rigors of daily life and an opportunity for spiritual and physical renewal. God gave us this special day, not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief. It means for a man to have the joy and happiness which the gospel promises, on this day he must sacrifice the world, set aside his employment as possible, and keep the eternal covenant of the Sabbath day.”

IMG_8748After church we came home and just vegged out b/c we were still feeling sick. I laid on the couch and took a small nap while Autumn sat on the floor and did rainbow looms while she watched a movie. I’m so thankful we have tomorrow off so we can stay home and recoup.