Monthly Archives: May 2008

Less Than a Month…


Megan has been so much fun lately. She is talking “LIKE CRAZY” and it is absolutely adorable. She tries to repeat everything we say, and I just get the biggest kick out of it. Each morning when I go in to get her, I say: “hi, Bug!” Now she says it to me before I get the chance! Also, she has started answering her own requests. She’ll say: “juice please” and then immediately follow it with “okay.” If she falls down, or trips, or gets bumped on anything, she always says “you okay?” Usually she is fine and continues on what she was doing, but it just breaks our little hearts when the “you okay?” is asked in the saddest little tone, followed by tears.

It is a hard truth for me that Megan will be two years old in less than a month. Of course I love the little girl she is becoming. But I am sure that all mothers will agree that the growing independence is a little hard.

Lately Megan has been allowing me to take pictures of her. She’ll actually say “cheese” and smile! Enjoy some recent pictures of our little Megan during the last month before she is two…

Three Down, Forever To Go


As of today, Adam and I have been married for three whole years. Perhaps a lot of people feel this way, but it feels like much, much longer.

Since the day we were married, our relationship has not been filled with ups and downs or any drama of any sort. It’s just been all ups. Adam has NEVER been angry with me. Not even once. He has never rebuked me or snapped at me, or even raised his voice at me.

Adam is such a great daddy to Megan. He really loves her so much, and she just idolizes him. She gives him kisses (of her own free will) ALL the time (mommy has to beg for even one kiss) and he can make her laugh like no other.

I am one lucky little lady. I look forward to the years to come, and I am excited about the future. For now though, I am loving living in the moment, and I especially love living it with my Adam.

The HUGE Bright Light at the End of the Tunnel


Lately it has been very hard to get up the motivation to clean my house. Most days I just feel so sick that it’s all I can do to get out of my pajamas and take a shower (most days I end up just putting on another pair of pajamas after I shower…if I shower…) At the end of the day, everything is picked up and the dishes are done and every couple of days the bathrooms get a good once over; but the one room that NEVER gets done is our bedroom.

So I finally told myself that I was cleaning my room no matter HOW sick I felt, and I just got down to it. I think that Adam was out running errands, which is good, because if he was home there is no way I would have had the motivation to get anything done. So anyway, Megan was in the room (pulling out some things faster than I could put others away) and I really wasn’t paying too much attention to her. When I finally tuned in to what she was doing, I realized that was RUNNING around in circles on my bed singing “Ring Around the Rosies” and laughing her little head off.

I guess it’s moments like this that remind me how worth it pregnancy is. I am not one of those people who loves being pregnant. BUT in the end, when the result is my little Baby Johanson…I realize just why I go through it 🙂

Alphabetical Organization


One of Megan’s favorite things to do is play with her ABC animals. There are 26 animals, and each one starts with one of the letters of the alphabet. She love, love, loves to place them one by one (in alphabetical order) on a rack in her room. She does this OVER and OVER and OVER again.

The ONLY letters that are allowed to be on the top shelf are “A”, “B”, and “C” and sometimes even “C” doesn’t make the cut. After each letter, Megan says “Good Job!” and then shouts “Hooray!”

When she is done, she immediately pushes all the animals off the shelf to start over again. I literally had to hold her back to get this shot of the finished product (notice how “A” and “B” are enjoying the top shelf all to themselves and the rest of the animals are crammed together):

It’s amazing how long this will keep her entertained. She also has to sleep with two of the animals. As soon as I lay her down at night, she tells me which two letters she wants. I don’t even have to ask, I just hear “W-I” or “M-J” or…well, you get the point 🙂



Sonya and Loren found out today that they are having a little girl! I am so excited for them because I just LOVE little girls 🙂

I know for sure that Sonya and her little girl are going to be best friends and that her daughter is going to think her mom is the coolest mom ever!

And Loren gives new meaning to “Daddy’s Little Girl”. 16 years from now all those teenage boys better watch out because no one is going to be more protective of their little girl than Loren!!!

We were all SHOCKED when little Noah was born with FIRE RED hair. I can’t wait to see what this next little Marshall baby is going to look like!

This Time Around


So now that Megan has spilled the pregnancy beans, I guess it’s my turn to share some thoughts (especially since this is kind of like a journal for me).

Adam and I are SOOOO EXCITED that we are having another baby!! It was a decision that we did not take lightly, and we absolutely know that it’s the right time for us to add on to our family.

With Megan, I was pretty sick. I threw up pretty much everyday for about 10 weeks. This time around, it is MUCH worse. Of course I don’t remember exactly what I felt like with my first pregnancy, but I do know that I was finishing up my last semester of school, and I was working. There is no chance that I could be doing either of those things this time.

This time I am also extremely exhausted. I try to go to bed between 10 and 11 each night, and I am able to sleep in until a little before 8 each day. One might think that 9 or so hours of sleep would be plenty, but no…by Megan’s nap time I am struggling to stay awake.

Well, I guess those are the main things. Throw in many of the other pregnancy symptoms (headaches, backaches, frequent trips to the bathroom…etc.) and that’s me in a nutshell.

Okay, so when I was pregnant with Megan, I gained A LOT of weight and I felt so unattractive. I took hardly any pregnancy pictures (until the very end, I mean like the night before labor) and I regret that I have NO pictures to look back on. So, regardless of how I feel about how I look this time around, I want to post a picture each month. So here is the first picture of me taken a couple weeks ago (at 2 months pregnant/8 weeks):

2 Months Pregnant

Lastly, I mentioned before that Adam and I did not make the decision to get pregnant lightly. When Adam and I were engaged to be married, we met with our home stake president. I will never forget the inspired counsel he gave us about planning our family. He told us that it was no one’s business when you decide to have children but your own (and Heavenly Father’s) but it is not a decision to be taken lightly. He said you should never bring children into a marriage that does not have a firm foundation, and a foundation is determined by MANY things: financial security, spiritual strength, marital strength, mental health, physical health…etc. Of course, only the parents know whether these areas are strong and firm enough. I am very grateful for the relationship that I have with my Adam. I will likely never forget the confirmation I felt that it was time to add another child to our family.

I just love being a mom! I can’t wait for this little “Turkey” to join my family 🙂 (Thanks to my cousin Josh, I have lovingly begun calling our baby “Turkey” since I am due on Thanksgiving).

Our Weekend in Kansas City


This past weekend we met up with Carrie (Adam’s sister) and Matt and Mary and their girls (his brother) for a nice little relaxing get together. Carrie had a business conference in KC and so Adam and I drove down from Iowa and Matt and family drove up from Arkansas.

I was so worried that I would be miserable the entire trip because I have been so sick with this pregnancy, but actually, I hardly felt nauseous at all! I think we were just too busy and having too much fun for me to even think about being sick. We visited Independence, Liberty Jail, the Hallmark Visitor’s Center, the William Rockhill Gallery of Art, a delicious barbecue restaurant, and even had time to go swimming 🙂

It was so nice to get to be with family. It was also nice to have a weekend away from school, work, and all of our other responsibilities. I have to admit though that I spent this entire week recovering from the busy weekend. Poor Adam had to jump back into school right away, but he finished his last final today (and so far his grades are looking gooood!!!)

We really did have such a great time in Kansas City. Matt, Mary, and Carrie spoiled us and little Megan. I’m so happy to be part of the Johanson family! Thank you guys! I can’t wait to see you again soon (just 82 more days…but who’s counting?!)