Thursday, February 13, 2014

4th of July

The 4th of July is by far one of my favorite holidays.  I love the warm weather and the fact that there is something going on in Cache Valley for nearly a week around the 4th.  Between the traditional festivities in our hometown of Hyrum, to the Cache Valley Cruise In and Logan's fireworks in Romney Stadium.  Fun and cheap entertainment!  This year Lilly was with us which made it even more fun to see her get so excited to watch the parade.  I got the girls ready, fixed their hair, painted stars on their cute faces and then on a whim decided to make them buckets to put their candy in.  It was a beautiful day for a parade!  After we had a cookout at my parents house and the kids played in the yard.  The next morning we got up early and headed out for our Yellowstone adventure.  I'm longing for it to be July again.  Warm weather and green grass!

 Conner and Grandpa in the Brush truck.

 I love a parade!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Yellowstone 2013

Wow!  A long blogging hiatus.  Time to do a little catch up.  In July, we pulled the trailer up to Bear World in Rexburg and then on to Yellowstone.  We have been wanting to make this trip for a long time and finally made it happen.  My mom and dad and sister Breck and her family all went with us.  It was so much fun and I wished we could have had a couple more days to see everything.  I haven't been there in years and I wanted so much for my kids to see it.  When I was a kid we were in Yellowstone during all the forest fires and it was quite an experience.  We went back the following year and nick-named it "Toothpick National Forest".  It had changed so much and the fires had destroyed a lot of the trees.  It was amazing to see the growth that had taken place since then.  We experienced some crazy weather while we were there as well.  As we drove into the park it was hailing like crazy!  It was very hot during the day and then later in the afternoon it would either rain or snow.  We only missed going to one of the Geyser Basins because it was pouring rain and wasn't letting up. Still fun regardless.
Bear World

 This pot belly pig at Bear World was my favorite.
 Our campsite at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone.
 Dragon's Mouth Caldron

 Our 1st bear siting in Yellowstone.

 Of everything we saw the Upper Falls and the Yellowstone Grand Canyon was my most favorite.  It's absolutely breaktaking.  I could have stood there forever.  Nature is pretty incredible.
 The classic Yellowstone Buffalo photo.  These creatures caused a lot of traffic jams.  And after a while we called them Loveable, Laughable, Luffabo.  Still makes me giggle.
 Tower Falls
 2nd bear siting, a little baby black bear.
 Yellowstone Lake

 Old Faithful
 We had put this fish on the antenna of the truck and Conner called him our tour guide Troutburger.  He was our mascot and made the trip with us.  Good times.
 Artist Paintpots
The Tetons

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It's Been a While...

It's been way too long since my last post.  Today is the 1st of May, a new month and another fresh start.  April was a rough month and I'm looking forward to see what May brings.  We woke up to snow this morning and I had to crank up the furnace, it was a bit chilly!  I have still been working on Project Life and loving it!  Hoping to be able to work on it this weekend in celebration of National Scrapbook day. :)  We finally replaced our dishwasher after about 2 years without having a functioning one, it's still so weird to load a dishwasher.  Dad and Clay installed it a couple of weeks ago, so nice to have handy men around.  Had my car in the shop a couple of times and still need to take it back, more than a little frustrated about it but looking forward to not seeing my "Service Engine Soon" light on my dash anymore.  Trying to look on the bright side.  I took Clay's pickup in this morning for a new windshield, so he should be able to see a little clearer. ;)  Now just got to get the 5th wheel hitch installed and we will be ready for the summer!  Wait, still need to get a new battery for the 4-wheeler and get it registered and then we will be ready! LOL  It feels good to get some things crossed off my list. 

Clay and I bought new bikes last weekend and I am so excited to be able to join the kids on rides and hoping to plan some rides as a family.  We mowed the law and did some yard work last weekend, it was so nice to be outside!  Conner mowed while Clay and I detailed our vehicles.  Then, later we cooked hamburgers out on the grill for the first time this year!  It was the perfect weekend and an added bonus that the kids were with us!  I love being together as a family!  Sunday we celebrated my dad's 76th birthday by having dinner at Texas Roadhouse.  Dad was such a good sport and rode the saddle!  It was awesome!!  We had a wonderful time!  We are looking forward to school getting out for the summer but working hard on homework in the meantime, planning a fun summer vacation and of course some camping trips.  I love being in the mountains and relaxing!  There's nothing better!!  This summer I am in charge of our annual Johnson Family Reunion and I am so excited for it!  I've got some fun ideas and I can't wait to see everyone!  Lots to do to get ready! 

Friday, December 28, 2012

A fun week for Melvin

Melvin and Barbie playing a game of "Guess Who?".
 Our little guy is a Steeler fan just like us!!
 Little stinker boy!
 Nibbling on some chocolate chips, he even has them all over his little face!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

More Visits from Melvin

This week started with this little guy watching the movie "Elf" downstairs on the couch, popcorn and all. :)
 Then, Mr. Melvin Mischeif took down all the stockings and replaced them with our underwear!!  Look at him on the shelf looking all innocent?
 Melvin didn't cause any trouble when he colored a picture of Santa and himself.  So cute!!

Made a little marshmallow bubble bath in the bathroom sink.  Rub a dub dub an Elf in the tub!  Oh Melvin what will you do next?  Crazy kid!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

More Melvin Adventures

 Melvin got a bit thirsty for some syrup.  It's a well known fact that Elves love syrup. ;)
 The next morning we woke up to a "be good" message in some Christmas cereal.  Thanks for the reminder Melvin.
 I think that Melvin is hoping we get some snow soon and got a little impatient so he improvised with some sugar and snowflake sprinkles.  So stinking cute!
Then Saturday, Melvin caught a cold from playing in the snow and raided the medicine cabinet to try feeling better.  Poor little guy.  I sure hope he gets feeling better.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Adventures of Melvin the Elf

This holiday season we have been lucky enough to have visits from one of Santa's special elves each morning.  Melvin has been pretty mischievous so far and it's so exciting to wake up each morning and see what his latest adventure is.  Hopefully when he sees Santa each night he is giving a good report.....
The first night Melvin thought it would be funny to draw on the pictures of the kids that hang in the hallway...

 Then he toilet papered the living room!!!
 He looks pretty innocent doesn't he???
 Making copies of himself on the printer.
 Melvin got a little crafty and made himself a paper countdown chain and has been patiently counting down and waiting for the kids to come home.  Wonder what he will be up to tonight?????  Tune in to see what our little Melvin is up to next.