Saturday, November 28, 2009

We are Thankful for . . .

We got the best surprise last weekend - Yaya Julie, Aunt Misty and Cousin Caulder flew out for a quick visit. The best part: Caulder came right in and the kids picked up playing exactly where they left off in the summer. I think it's safe to say these guys are best buddies!
It was Aunt Misty's first visit to Oklahoma, so we showed her all the sights!
We showed off our sweet gas station, "Pops." Yep, that's about as exciting as it gets in Oklahoma. The local gas station is a novelty. Kolby took this awesome picture of June drinking from the giant pop statue.

The kids decorated cookies with Yaya. I accidentally ate 8 cookies. And then I got sick in the middle of the night. Smart, right? Don't judge me!

We spent a Sunday afternoon at the park, too. But the weekend went by much too fast and they had to go home so Tukker, Cole and Grandpa Babe didn't get too jealous. We hated to see them go.
Then came Turkey Day! I had to throw in this picture of June's incognito turkey she made for school. The kids had to make a "turkey with dressing" to keep it safe from the thanksgiving day slaughter. June made hers into a sumo wrestler. I don't think you want to mess with this bad boy.

The turkey was Kolby's baby this year. He brined it over night and got up very early to roast it.
Here's the finished product. Now that's a nice bird!
We had a lovely, laid-back Thanksgiving at our friends' house. The "other" Johnsons. Steph was the ultimate hostess - she made these cute matching Indian- girl outfits for the girls to wear. She knows them so well, dress-ups are a must for these divas.

Steph and Jess - slaving away in our aprons. We're so grown-up!

And here's the boys' club: Spencer, Kolby and baby Luke.

We ate so much that we had to spend the afternoon playing the Wii from the comfort of the couch. Who knew you could golf and play tennis while sitting down?
It was a wonderful family day and I didn't forget to say my prayers at night and thank Heavenly Father for all the blessings he gives to me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

School Days . . .

Presenting June's first school picture! I'm no expert, but I think it was a success. When it comes to school pictures, you primp and curl and color-code, send your child off to school and cross your fingers that they don't have boogers smeared across their faces or smashed hair-do's when the camera flashes. A smile is almost too much to wish for, and a toothy grin is rare. So nice work June!

We are already over two months into kindergarten, and June is rocking it! I met with Mrs. McDonald for parent-teacher conference last weekend and got the best report ever. She's well-behaved, reading like a pro and was chosen as the class's "good citizen" for the term. I'm one proud mama!

Soccer came to an end last weekend, and I think we went out on a high note. Here is June with her good buddy, Kiki. These two started out as timid as a mouse on the field, and now they are right in the heat of the battle! June can't wait to play in the spring!

Jen had a special pizza night for the team and handed out medals. She told June that she was the most improved player, and June was beaming! She's been sleeping with her medal under her pillow and wearing it every day.

After an entire season of cheering, Winn is done being an athletic supporter! She wants to play so badly like big sister, and so she will be on her first soccer team in March with cousin Amos. I can't wait. The other day I took her to the park, and she spent the better part of an hour running laps around the playground! She calls it her "workin' out."

Winn has also snuck her way into June's kindergarten class with Mom when I help out on Wednesdays. The kids adore her and she thinks it's heaven on earth. Especially singing time - She turns the ABC carpet into her own private dance floor when Mrs. McDonald blasts the tunes. She does a mean version of the Destiny's Child "no-no" dance!

This face keeps me smiling all day. I sure do love these girls!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jinkies Scooby!!! It's Halloween!!!

This Halloween, we were off to solve a mystery. These kids are Scooby Doo junkies! So they chose the family costume theme this time around. And we always enjoy our Halloween in a big way at Aunt Becky's decked-out party!
Top row: Mystery Machine, Freddie, Scooby Doo, Hex Girl, Black Samuri Sojo (yes, there is a Samuri Scooby Doo)
Bottom row: Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy

Winnie called herself "Delma" and has been giddy all week in anticipation. She bolted from house to house in search of the next treat. And her excitement couldn't even be dulled by the several spills she suffered. She took a tumble off of a rock wall, and dumped her goods after a large dip in the yard got the better of her. Yep, mom was kicking herself for forgetting the flashlights this year.
June kept pace with cousins Kiki and Jaxon. We didn't worry about losing her this year, that hair was nearly glow-in-the-dark! She got to wear her costume to her very first class party on Friday, too. Now that's a big deal!

I threw this costume together for Kolby on Saturday afternoon. I was painting like crazy to get it done in time! I have a feeling this one is going to be a nice addition to the dress-up box, since Scooby Doo is acted out live every day at our house!
Kolby let me borrow his "coolest" bell-bottoms for my costume. June told me the wig and lip gloss was a little too girly to be Freddie, but the ascot really pulled it all together.

I'm going to have to swipe a picture of Scooby and Shaggy from Tish. After all, they are the main characters! Hope everyone had as much fun as we did! Happy Halloween!!!