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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Oklahoma Church

 I'm so glad that Frank & the boys got to go to their old branch in Oklahoma today. He sent me these pics of his Mom, niece Alexis, and her baby.

 The boys w/ Grampsy in the background.

I stole this pic of Facebook. This was right before Frank had to take the boys back to their Mom's. Such HANDSOME Anderson men!

Grampsy, Frank, Mason, Spencer, Julian, Austin (Frank's nephew), Johnnie (Frank's brother)

Frank & Spencer got home around 9:00 tonight. We're all glad that there's no school tomorrow.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Steal Of A Deal Saturday

 I got up early this morning so I could make it to a sale at this kid's consignment store. They were selling baby "onesies" for 50 cents each (usually they're $1.50 each). I got there a little before 9:00, but they didn't open until 10:00. So, I talked to Mom & Dad for a little bit and then I walked down to a grocery store and got a drink and a bagel for breakfast. As soon as they opened at 10:00 it was a bit of a mad house on the aisle that had the onesies. I got some super cute ones in sizes 03 - 12 months.

After that, I went and got my nails done b/c they were grown out and it was time. After getting my nails done I walked down to another kid's consignment store to see what they had. They had a sale where you could get as many clothes as you could stuff into a plastic WalMart size bag for just $15. I ended up getting $118 worth of baby clothes for just $15! YAY!!!

 We spent the rest of the day relaxing, watching TV, and looking through the baby clothes. Some friends were getting rid of a bunch of baby stuff so they brought over a nice wooden Ethan Allen high chair, a toddler bed & mattress, and 2 boxes full of baby clothes & bed linens. WOOT WOOT! Nick & Savi & Matthew stopped by unexpectedly to say hi. It was fun to love on Baby Matthew. His grandma cut his hair, and he looks so grown up!

Frank picked up the boys (and their cousin Austin) tonight at 6:00. They went to the theater to see the new Black Panther movie. I miss him so much when he's gone, but Autumn LOVES it b/c then she gets to sleep in bed with me like we used to.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hey There Good Lookin'

 I don't know if it's the hairstyle or the dark blue color, but Frank was looking extra HOTTIE today so I had to take a picture.

We have a joke about him getting hickeys when he goes to physical therapy. He said today they gave him a lot of hickeys! They use those suction cup things that Michael Phelps used. Frank & Spencer went up to Oklahoma for the weekend so Spencer could spend time w/ his Mom & brothers. Also, so Frank could spend time w/ Julian & Mason. Grant didn't go this time b/c he had to work.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Multicultural Night

 It was Multicultural Night at Autumn's school, so she & I went to check it out. They had different tables set up from different countries. Parents & students from those countries shared info about their country such a customs, languages, and even some food!

 This family from Nigeria were dressed up in amazing outfits.

 Autumn was excited to see her friend, Vinny, who had a table set up about India.

Her other friend, Isabella, is from Brasil. It's interesting that both of her friends kind of look like her ... long dark hair, glasses, and brown skin. I'm so happy she has good friends and that she likes going to school. It was a fun evening. After we got done, we surprised Frank & Spencer at Kroger, b/c they were there getting a few groceries.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day 2018

 I got up a little early this morning to set out some Valentine's Day treats on the counter for the family. The massage ball & tennis balls are to help with Frank's shoulder rehab. His physical therapist told him to put the tennis balls behind his shoulder and rub against the wall to massage the area that is hurting. Random gift, but one that will help him.

 Autumn got some chocolates and soft cookies that she loves.

 The boys got some chocolates and Takis.

 I had my 30 week OBGYN check up today. They said I'm still measuring bigger than usual but everything looks great and I'm healthy. I'm so glad I passed my 3 hour glucose test and don't have to deal with gestational diabetes.

 Frank was CRAVING Golden Corral tonight, so we went there for dinner. Luckily we got there early, b/c it started to fill up fast. It's so nice to have such a huge selection of food to choose from. There's something for everyone. I especially enjoyed the salad bar.

 We even got to have chocolate covered strawberries to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Everyone was so stuffed when we left that we felt like it was Thanksgiving. Grant wasn't with us b/c he was hanging out w/ a girl named Bella that he works with. We all came home and just vegged around b/c we were in a food coma.

It's wild to think that 2 years ago for Valentine's Day we were in South Africa visiting Papa & Mimi. Then last year I wrote, "I could NOT.BE.HAPPIER!!!!" Little did I know how much happier I would be this year. And next year will be even sweeter because we'll have a new member added to our family to celebrate Valentine's Day with.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Early Valentine's Day Gifts

 I got home from work this evening and was so surprised to see a card, flowers, chocolates, and a healthy salad sitting on the counter for me! Frank surprised me a day early, just like he did last year! Except this year they didn't have to leave at 9:30 to dive back to Oklahoma. YAY!!!

Frank is the best Dad to Autumn & made sure to get her something too. After dinner we spent the rest of the evening watching TV & the boys played Fortnite.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Peanut Butter Brownies

After dinner tonight, everyone had a sweet tooth so Autumn & I made brownies. Frank wondered out loud what it would be like with peanut butter & chocolate chips in it, so we tried it out. It was SO DELICIOUS, and super easy to add in those 2 extra ingredients. I melted the peanut butter in the microwave to get it soft. Then I put some dollops of it around the brownie batter and swirled it w/ a toothpick. These were gone within 15 minutes because they were so amazing.

We had a little dance party tonight too. Frank played whatever songs we requested on the TV and we danced around and burned off some calories and energy. It was so fun!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Ravishing Rags

 I wore another one of my new dresses from Ravishing Rags to church today. Here' is the non-pregnant angle.

Here's the pregnant belly view angle. I LOVE having early morning church. Sure, it's hard to get up and especially to get the kids up and doing. But, then we have the whole rest of the day to eat lunch, take naps, relax, and spend time together. I feel so well rested and ready to tackle a new school/work week.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Greatest Showman Karaoke Night

 Frank has been playing the soundtrack to "The Greatest Showman" nonstop in the truck, and he really wanted the boys to see it so they would know the story that goes along w/ the songs. So, we got up and went to the early bird showing. Tricia came with us, and it's the THIRD time the she & Autumn & I have seen it. I LOVE it and would go see it again, b/c it's so good. The boys ended up loving it, too.

 Liz saw on Facebook the other night where we were doing karaoke & she said she wanted to have a karaoke night. They were super nice and brought over dinner (pasta casserole, grilled veggies, and Texas toast) and we did dessert (brownies & tres leches). Then after dinner it was time for karaoke. She wanted to do songs from The Greatest Showman. She got sooooooooooo into it. I took a video and was laughing so hard. She's hilarious and cracks me up.

After about 30 minutes we were even able to get Liberty in on the action by playing some Metallica songs. Frank sang a few solos, and Liz & I did a few duets (Dancing Queen by ABBA). It was an awesome night and we had a blast!

Friday, February 9, 2018

3 Hour Test & Nuggets

 I failed my first glucose test, so I had to go in this morning for the THREE HOUR test! I had to go fasting and they took my blood as soon as I got there. Then I had to drink the super sugary stuff and have my blood drawn every hour on the hour. Frank was a total sweetheart and came and sat w/ me all 3 hours. I told him he didn't have to, but he wanted to. It was AWESOME to have 3 hours of alone time w/ him. I took my laptop and got some work emails taken care of in between us talking. That last hour was a long one, and Frank even fell asleep at one point and took a nap.

As soon as my blood was drawn for the 4th time, we hurried over to Chick-fil-A to pick up a big platter of nuggets & a fruit tray for me to take to work for a sales training. We were both super hungry (me especially from fasting since this morning), so we sat down and ate some nuggets before I had to rush the food to work.

Frank said these were the BEST chicken nuggets he's ever had (b/c they're really pieces of chicken meat) and that no other chicken nugget (from places like Wendy's or McDonald's) will ever be good enough now. LOL.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Carpet Cleaner

Frank found an AMAZING deal on a barely used carpet cleaner on Facebook. It was only $25, so he went and got it today. When I got home, he had made dinner and had carpet cleaned the living room. I told Autumn & the boys that that is true love ... making dinner & cleaning. Forget the roses & chocolates. LOL! After dinner he did our room, Spencer's room, Autumn's room, the stairs, and Grant's room! He's already gotten his money's worth out of it in one day. LOVE HIM!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Ice, Ice Baby

 The kids were really hoping that school would be cancelled today, b/c we got an ice storm in last night.

However, it only got the plants & lawns covered in ice. The roads were completely clear.

For Activity Days today, the girls went and heart attacked the new Bishop's door at his house. I dropped Autumn off, went to Nate & Riannon's to pick up some belly butter (lotion) she had made and drop off some mail. Then I ran by Frank's physical therapy place to say hi b/c he was there getting treatment. He was almost done, so I waited for him and we ran to WalMart to get a few things we needed before I went back to the church to get Autumn. WHEW!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Baby Aubrey

 Marissa posted this picture of her & Baby Aubrey on Facebook, and I couldn't believe how blue Aubrey's eyes are! I can't wait to get back up to Oklahoma and kiss those sweet baby cheeks.

Frank had a follow up appointment today w/ his shoulder surgery doc. The doc said things are looking good and to keep going to physical therapy to get the range of motion & strength back in his shoulder.

After dinner both Frank & I were super tired so we went and laid down and took an hour power nap. It was so nice to wake up feeling refreshed but still knowing I'd be able to go to sleep tonight when it was time. I watched the new episode of This Is Us and am so sad it won't be on again until after the Olympics.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Karaoke

 After dinner, I was freezing so I went and took a nice hot shower. When I came out, Frank had set up the karaoke machine to the TV & sound system. He was jamming out to some country songs. He's actually really good & I'm going to sign him up to sing at our upcoming ward talent show.

Then Autumn joined in for some Greatest Showman karaoke. LOL! It was fun to sing at the top of our lungs and not care.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Olivia's Birthday Party

 Church today was really good. I even got up and bore my testimony. After church we came home, had lunch, and rested. Then Frank & Grant left to meet Spencer & his Mom halfway to bring him home. When they got back they came over to Nate & Riannon's house. We were there celebrating Olivia's birthday. Her birthday is actually on Groundhog Day, but they had her family party today. Her other grandma (Riannon's Mom) gave her this pretty dress/tutu outfit. She LOVED it.

 We had to get a sibling picture (sad Lexie was missing). I told Nate not to get my "fatty arm," so I squatted down and he snapped this pic while we were all laughing about that.

 Riannon had made 2 big pots of zuppa toscana soup. We also had garlic bread & fruit. It was super delicious!
Savi, Nick, Autumn, me, Sofia (Savi's sister), Liz (Riannon's Mom), Riannon, & Olivia

 Spencer & Matthew were sitting in their high chairs nearby.

 After dinner we did up some dishes and talked and relaxed for a while. Then it was time for cake. Olivia wanted a chocolate bundt cake. It was so good! She loved being the center of attention as we all sang to her. 

We gave her these plush Anna & Elsa dolls. They used to be Autumn's, but she doesn't play w/ them anymore. She wanted to give them to Olivia, b/c she knew Olivia would love them and enjoy them. It was a fun evening.

We came home & watched the halftime show of the Super Bowl (we were recording it), and the last 5 minutes of the game. I wasn't really cheering for either team, but I'm glad the Eagles won since they were the underdogs and had never won a Super Bowl before.

After that I had to kick everyone out of the bedroom so I could watch This Is Us. It was soooooo good & sooooo sad!!! I'm obsessed with that show.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Happy 90th Birthday Grandpa Johnson!!!

 Today is Grandpa Johnson's 90th birthday! Uncle Rett was in town visiting so all these family members got together with him for dinner last night to celebrate. I'm so thankful that he posted some pictures on Facebook for those of us who couldn't be there.

Uncle Kerry, Aunt Tafta, Uncle Wes, Uncle Todd, Uncle Rett, Cousin Andrew, Uncle Stacey, Aunt Esther
Aunt Carol (Grandpa's sister), Tristen (married to Kelsi)
Grandpa, Cousin Kelsi

 The Johnsons definitely have strong & distinct noses. We just LOVE Aunt Carol. She used to make cakes & made the one for my Mom & Dad's wedding.

 It was nice to sleep in this morning. I tried going to the 12:30 endowment session at the temple, but it was FULL & was Spanish speaking. So, I sat in the chapel and waited for the 1:00 session. I flipped open to Romans & loved this verse in Romans 13:12 ~ "the night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and LET US PUT ON THE ARMOUR OF LIGHT." I have heard of the armour of God, but I have never heard of the armour of light. I thought that was interesting. I LOVE going to the temple, b/c I feel such PEACE when I'm there. The lyrics to the song, "Where Can I Turn For Peace" kept going through my mind. Especially the 3rd verse:

♪ ♫ He answers privately,
Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the pace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant his is and kind,
Love without end." ♪ ♫

Frank was going stir crazy & wanted to get out of the house, so Autumn & I talked him into going to see the Greatest Showman. We had a gift certificate that someone had given us for Christmas so we used that. He ended up LOVING it and downloaded the soundtrack on the way home. YAY!!!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ultrasound & Girls Night Out

 Frank & I met up for lunch today before my OBGYN appointment. He picked Chick Fil A. It was so fun to get to sit and talk and spend time alone together in the middle of the day.

 At my appointment a few days ago the doctor said that my uterus was measuring about 2 weeks bigger than it should, so she wanted an ultrasound done. I'm kind of glad, b/c we never got the anatomy ultrasound done at the specialist. They went ahead & did that today as well. They said the baby is measuring a week and 1 day bigger than what they thought. But, there's no cause for alarm and everything looks great. In this picture, you can see her face and her little hand up underneath her chin. We call it her "Uncle Rico pose." LOL!

 In this one, you can see her face on the right hand side, her hand in the middle, and then her 2 legs on the left hand side. She's got her knees tucked up into her chest. It's crazy to me that we could see 2 leg bones in both of her legs. It was wild to see her spine & rib cage. Technology blows my mind!

These are her 2 feet, the left and right one. The right one isn't a very good shot, but that's OK. We are so excited to be kissing on those stinky little feet in about 3 months!

 Frank & Grant took Spencer to Oklahoma. They met Spencer's Mom halfway so that Spencer could spend the weekend up there w/ her and Julian & Mason. The usual time was last weekend, but he couldn't miss 2 days of school and the next usual time won't be until the middle of Feb. Autumn & I went to Taco Cabana & shared a cabana bowl & sopapillas for dinner.

Then we went and got Liz and went to one of the local high school's musicals. They did "Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical." I'd never heard of Ellie Greenwich before, but she wrote A LOT of hit songs in the 60's. It definitely was NOT my favorite musical, but I'm glad we went to see it and that we got to have a Girl's Night Out. Our favorite part of the musical was watching these 2 boys dance. One was over the top animated and one was horrible at dancing. We kept looking back and forth at the 2 of them and cracking up. Good times!