Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

4.17.09
Yes, it's November, and I'm finally catching-up on our blog! So...family...bear with me ;-)

Daddy's birthday was fun! Macey was so excited to give our daddy-sweet her gifts. She made a BUNCH of really cute pictures (if you know her, you'll know that she LOVES to give pictures!) and individually wrapped them in tissue paper. It was too cute!
I don't think the pictures were his favorite gift though! Check these out!!! She has really learned to lay one on ya! (kind of scary, but hey, we love them!!)
Mommy got him a work table that has MANY uses! It can be used as scaffolding (or to change a light bulb)....or a fort...or Macey thought it would be best-used as a bed!Mommy rallied the families together and asked for some dough to buy daddy a REAL BBQ! The poor guy has been using a camping one that sat on the ground and maybe fit 2 hamburgers :-)! He was quite excited!
We love our Greg!! He truly is the best husband and father we could ask for!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

No spanks or time outs!

(pics of the PRINCESS with her sleep mask she's been wearing every night for the last few months or so :-) )

Tonight as I was laying Macey down to bed and we were talking to Daddy on the phone, we had family prayer and then our scripture story. The story was about Lehi's family reaching the promised land. We were talking about how after Lehi passed away, Laman and Lemuel began to disobey the commandments...again. Macey said to me, "But Mom, (with a pouty look on her face) sometimes I do noddy things in the day." I told her that Mom and Dad do too, and that it's okay as long as we are TRYING to choose the right and obey the commandments - that we can repent each night and tell Heavenly Father we're sorry.

She then told me, "But remember next time that you don't spank me or have time outs."

I then asked, "Well, what should we do when you do something that's noddy?"

Her reply: "Just SNUGGLE ME."

And I think that's probably what I should do!!!

One of the cutest things she's told us yet.....okay, there are like a million, but this was pretty darn cute!

My man's got some SKILLS!!

So, a couple of weeks ago, our water heater decided it was DONE! And, please somebody tell me who the genius was who thought it was a good idea to put them in the attic? I was beginning to feel pioneer-ish after a week and a half of heating water on the stove to bathe Macey, do dishes, and getting my butt to the gym JUST so I could take a hot shower afterward. Boy, did I gain an appreciation for instant hot water! Aren't we just spoiled these days!? It took me three rounds of 4 pans full of boiling water to fill just a small amount of a bath for Macey.

Greg decided he would try his handyman skills at installing a GAS water heater! You heard, me, gas! I was worried he was going to A: Blow up our house, or B: Put a hole through my wall getting the old water heater down from the attic! I really and truly had nightmares the few nights before he put it in. He did manage to get two SWEET missionaries soaking wet with sweat (and water, hee hee), but he did it!! My man saved us a whoppin' $300 for installation!! I love you darlin' - you rock! Oh yeah, and you're really HOT! (especially when you're savin' us money! ;-) )

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just like Mom...

Lately, Macey has been wanting to do EVERYTHING like Mom. Scary, huh! I won't tell you ALL of what this entails, because that would just be too embarassing. (I'm guessing she'll eventually give me away when she does/says something she learned from me!) Well, for now, I'll just blog about one of the more innocent things she's learning from me :-)
This morning we were getting ready for school and Macey told me that her hair wouldn't dry right and was getting her back "all wet".
She said she needed her towel "like mommy's" so it could dry better.
I just thought she looked super-funny! Guess I do too!

Too quiet for too long...

I'm sure this one will probably be the LEAST harmful of the "too quiet" moments!
Isn't she lovely?
She was just SO excited that I left the sparkles out :-)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My New Baby....

I wish I was talking about the kind that coo, babble, spit up, and smile at you....ok, so this does SOME of that :-)
My dad and Greg got me THIS for Christmas...
She is so pretty, and works so well for me that she most definately deserves a NAME! What are your votes???
My first project was an apron for Macey of which she picked out the material. That was so fun. Here she's bakin' cookies w/Daddy.
Then made one for me, of course, and learned how to read a pattern. It took a good eight hours...I'll get quicker!It was so pretty, I was afraid to even use it for a while!...ok, I still have a hard time using it :-)
Anyway, this is what took me away from blogging for a while....and it was SO worth it!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Series of Unfortunate Events: Part 3

Greg "broke in" the New Year!!
He was upstairs getting boxes down for me to put Christmas stuff away, and.......Anyone recall him bragging about his impeccable BALANCE??
OOPS!!!!

Series of Unfortunate Events: Part 2

The second part of the series was that: Macey never fully recovered! A week and a half after the horrible shot/stitches experience, Greg went out of town, and Macey carried a fever of 104 degrees for about 4 days. I took her back to her doctor, and guess what?...Oral antibiotic!!! All of that for NOTHING!!! She had to go on the antibiotic anyway. Grrr....

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Series of Unfortunate Events: Part 1

The weekend after Christmas, Macey had the signs of Strep, so I took her to her doctor. It was pretty advanced by the time I took her in (I didn't know, until I saw the spots!), so the doctor suggested we give her the shot that would clear it up within 24 hours (versus the 10-day antibiotic). We were a little hesitant, but after she insisted, we agreed. The nurse then came in with a 20 guage needle. My eyes popped wide open, realizing that this was the same FAT, 1-1/2 inch needle that I do my butt injections with during an In Vetro cycle!! I mean, this is the same needle that I am deathly afraid of and have NEVER FELT, because I put a topical ointment on my skin and ice the area for 40 minutes!!! The nurse decided to do the injection in her booty, because she thought there would be less movement than in the leg, so she got her on her stomach and Greg was helping to hold her down. Unfortunately, wow - can I underline, bold, and stress that word enough? - UNFORTUNATELY, one of her arms got loose just as the nurse was starting to press the needle into her skin, and Macey grabbed the needle out of instinct and it SLICED her skin! Now we faced still another poke into the OTHER booty cheeck to get the medicine in her, and then back to the wound for some numbing injections and STITCHES!! What a nightmare. After the wound was made and the doctor said she'd need to stitch it up, I hopped up onto the table to hold her on top of me and comfort her, and hold her down better. I have never felt like a worse mom. Holding your child down against their will while someone is hurting them felt so animalisitc! It was aweful! I wanted to yell and bawl as much as she was!

Here are some pictures. She was so good and let me take the stitches out. I let her choose a treat as an incentive to be brave, and she chose to make purplicious cupcakes for her and her friends we were babysitting the next day! We had fun making them!
Note to self: Next time, we're goin' with the antibiotic!!!!! Duh!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Holiday Happenings - Part 2...

December started out with a fun package arriving at our door from Grandma and Grandpa Johnson. They sent this o-so-christmasy polka dot dress for Macey to wear for the Holidays - Thanks Grandma & Grandpa!
We really enjoyed just hanging out together as a family, getting lots of Macey snuggles, and getting odd-ball projects done. Greg & I decided to build a dollhouse for Macey for Christmas, so I got to work printing off pictures of ones I liked online, drew one up (with dimensions, of course) for Greg, and put him to work! This really seems to be the magical year for the little one, where she's just really excited for things, so we were in turn so excited for the big day! We spent all of our date nights in December getting supplies, putting it together, painting, putting flooring in, etc. (OK - so GREG built it - but I'm the mastermind behind it :-) ) Side note: one date night while he was building, I cleaned out my flower beds taking out old plants, removed all of the old mulch (really crappy job), and planted some bulbs (I know, a bit late), and to my dismay, my bulbs are coming through the ground already!! AAA! Didn't plant them deep enough? Anyway, here's a picture of the dollhouse finished...Didn't he do a great job? (Notice the cut-out picture window w/bar between what will be the kitchen/dining room - yeah, no furniture yet)We spent the month doing all of the usual things...listening to great music, watching chrismas movies, looking at all the house lights and nativities, shopping, eating great food, watching our amarylis grow (Macey kissed and coaxed it daily) and on and on. We really quite enjoyed spending time with just the 3 of us! Our Ward Christmas Party consisted of caroling to inactives, then back to the church for some hot chocolate and goodies, singing with our old bishop, and Santa! Notice - Macey's still not too sure about sitting on Santa's lap. I was surprised she even sat on his lap, because at the mall, she ran away from him! So weird - because she is normally TOO friendly to strangers.Three days before Christmas, the pilot light went out on our water heater, and Macey and I took a shower - SCREAMING - as we went, and then got warm by the fire...I just had to post pics of her toasting her buns!!
On Christmas Eve-Eve, I actually got my tri-pod out (my Dad gave me his old one a LONG time ago, and I hadn't tried it out) and we snapped some shots together. Macey had a blast pushing the button for the timer, running to get in the photo, and then running back to try to "beat" me and view the picture. She just laughed, and laughed, thinking it was so funny! This one is of her saying, "Wait, wait" to tell us something...These are my favorite ones of the family...(please note that I didn't actually DO my hair for these, we just decided to take them on a whim)One she actually took of G&I...Macey and Me...And my favorites of Greg & Macey...
And this one's my favorite - the "this is MY Daddy" look that we see so often...Chrismas Eve was a party at the Johnsons! Woohoo! We had yummy soup, lots of casserole-type dishes, finger foods, and Greg's home-made bread and pies. Yup - Greg bakes like crazy! It was a little awkward though, one night the week prior when I went to a friend's birthday gathering alone, and when everyone asked, "Where's Greg?", I replied..."Baking a Pie!" He was practicing, and yeah, they all thought he was a little gay I'm sure, but they didn't complain when they came over to eat it! Oh man, was it ever tasty! Back to Chrismas Eve: we ate, had the missionaries read stories and sing songs, decorated gingerbread houses (ok, they were graham cracker ones), and then had the kids do the nativity. It was short, sweet, and fun! Of course, here are some pics...
A bubbling-through-the seams berry pie, a scrumptuous pumpkin cheesecake, and Grandma Lila's Swiss Bread...hungry? (no making fun of my purple countertops :-))
Our sweet missionaries...Making gingerbread houses and Macey's finished product...And Macey's first debut as Mary... She has been practicing since she was one year old and saw her first picture of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus out in the foyer of our church...After everyone left, we cleaned the house (all the way) and put out the cookies, milk, and carrot (for the reindeer - guess they'll have to share?) Yes, Macey did check out our fireplace and ask how he was going to come down the chimney when there wasn't a hole? Our fireplace is totally enclosed. I panicked for a moment, but then calmly used the answer my parents always gave me, "Santa's magic!" It'll work for just about any of those questions, right?Then we opened the Christmas Eve jammies...I found a whole get-up on after-Thanksgiving Day clearance!
Christmas morning WAS magical, just as we suspected it would be. Greg and I got Macey some "longer dresses", some barbies for her dollhouse, and Grandpa sent a Radio Flyer horse! His name is Oreo, in case you were wondering...
Then just like every other family, the After-Christmas CRASH!!Lots of events still to post from this last week: stitches, G "breaking" in the New Year...stay tuned... (this is why I haven't posted in forever!)