Monthly Archives: June 2011

She is Mine

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Today my eldest turned five years old.

How clearly I remember the day she was born. She arrived late, just like her baby sister, and with little fuss, also just like her little sister.

She is such a joy to me. I couldn’t imagine my life without her, and I don’t even want to try.

She is so sweet. She is tender-hearted. There is not a mean bone in her body.

She is so smart. I mean: hardcore intelligent. I love that about her. Her intelligence is a big part of what makes up her personality.

She is not the “easiest” child. She has some “quirks” that often leave me confounded and frustrated, but I wouldn’t change a thing about her. She is who she is and I am crazy about her.

There is a song by Mindy Gledhill that so accurately describes my relationship with my Megan. I cried and cried the first time I heard it.

I don’t mind your odd behavior
It’s the very thing I love
If you were an ice cream flavor
You would be my favorite one

My imagination sees you
Like a painting by Van Gogh
Starry Nights and bright sunflowers
Follow you where you may go

Oh, I’ve loved you from the start
In every single way
And more each passing day

You are brighter than the stars
Believe me when I say
It’s not about your scars
It’s all about your heart

You’re a butterfly held captive
Small and safe in your cocoon
Go on you can take your time
Time is said to heal all wounds

Like a lock without a key
Like a mystery without a clue
There is no me
If I can not have you

I love my daughter and each and every unique thing about her: the good and the bad. She is certainly one of a kind.

And she is mine.

Party Time! Excellent!

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Tomorrow is Megan’s fifth birthday.

I will probably write another post tomorrow about her actual birthday, but we had her party today.


This is the first time that Megan had a “real” birthday party. For years 1,2, and 3, we lived in Iowa with no family near. Year 4, we kinda had a party with my sister and her family. But this time we actually invited all nearby family members as well as a couple of friends from the ward.

We did a water party, complete with a couple of kiddie pools, sprinklers, water balloons, sidewalk chalk, and a slip n’ slide. The kids had a blast.

Megan had such a good time. She got some awesome gifts, and she likely won’t soon forget her fifth birthday celebrations. Thank you to all the friends and family who made her feel so special today.

Megan shares a birthday with my super awesome cousin, Clayton. Happy Birthday tomorrow, Claytron!!! Hope it’s a good one!

Megan-Mind

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Megan loves to play Wii. She has always loved the Wii. I’m not sure what it is about it, I could probably make a few assumptions, but we’ve allowed her to play often since it is something that she enjoys so much. In fact, I recently read a study that stated that it is good for young girls to play video games, especially with their fathers.

“Young girls who played age-appropriate video games with their parents were better behaved, felt more connected to their families, were less aggressive and less likely to be depressed…” (article can be found: here.)

Almost every day, Megan spends a little bit of time playing on the Wii. A few favorite games of hers are: “Wii Fit Plus” and “Wii Music”. More often than not, Adam and I join her; it’s an activity we all enjoy together as a family. But sometimes, the Wii is a perfect activity to keep Megan entertained when I am otherwise engaged (like with her ADORABLE little sister).

So…the point of this story. There is an activity on the Wii called “Everybody Votes”. On “Everybody Votes” Wii users worldwide are asked how they would answer various questions (ex. Which would you enjoy more? A sunny day or a rainy day?) and you can enter your answer as well as predict how the majority of people would answer. Megan really enjoys this activity. She checks for new polls daily, as well as checks the results of previous polls.

Another thing that you can do on “Everybody Votes” is submit possible poll questions for users to answer. Megan likes to enter in silly things and then submit them. They usually don’t make sense, like she’ll just enter her name as the poll question and then Jane’s name or “blue” for the answers. She thinks she is hilarious.

Today Megan wanted to show me her poll question submission. Expecting something silly or nonsensical, I was surprised to see find this on the television:

She created a few more questions before the night was over:

It is pretty darn impressive that a four-year-old can sit on the couch and make up these questions, and type them out(including correct spelling AND punctuation), as well as come up with clever and applicable answers: all by herself.

Adam and I continue to be amazed (and THRILLED) with the incredible things our girl can do.

She is awesome.

On a related note, we watched “Megamind” tonight, and when the title came up, Megan said, “Don’t they mean ‘Megan-Mind?”

And then laughed her head off.

Worth 1000 Words

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My brother-in-law (on the Marshall side) took a formal Johanson family photograph during our recent family reunion.

Anthony did such a great job and we were all very pleased with how the photo turned out. Megan was SO SICK when the pictures was taken, but she was SUCH A GOOD SPORT. I sure love that girl of mine!

The last time we took a “formal” photo with the Johanson family was December 2006. It is fun to see how the family has grown and how much everyone has changed!

Thanks again Anthony!

Johanson Family December 2006


Johanson Family May 2011

Meal Time!

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I am determined to instill good eating habits in my Jane.

I am doing everything “by the book” with this little one, with hopes and prayers that we can avoid the same mealtime heartache that we experienced/continue to experience with Megan.

I have been watching for signs and cues of readiness, and I think Jane has been “ready” to try her first bit of “real food” for a couple of weeks now. Her age is right on target to begin, and she is very interested in food. I wanted to start her last week, but with all the illness we are dealing with, I had to hold off. Tonight she got her first little bowl of cereal, and she did AWESOME. I have no doubts that my sweet Jane will fulfill this mama’s fantasies of raising a good eater!

Getting ready...she has no idea what's in store!


Wondering what's going on...


Trying to decide what she thinks...


She likes it!


All cleaned up after polishing off the entire bowl. Don't worry Jane, you can have more tomorrow!

School’s Out for Summer!!!

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Megan on her first day of Preschool, September 2010:

Megan on her last day of Preschool, May 2011:

Megan had a great school year. The program has been so beneficial for her. Her teacher absolutely adored her and always only had the sweetest things to say about her. They will both really miss each other.

We are all looking forward to some Summer fun, and I am so excited for Megan to start Kindergarten in the Fall. I just love her and enjoy her more with each passing day. What a wonderful stage of life I am in.

A *Very* Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

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Well…

We headed out to Vegas on Thursday of last week for a Johanson family reunion as well as to celebrate Adam’s parent’s 40th wedding annivesary. The trip was filled with lots of highs and lows, and was most definitely very memorable.

Thursday our nephew Andrew became an Eagle Scout, and we were able to attend his court of honor. It was pretty awesome and we were honored to be able to attend.


Friday we spent the day at the Johanson house; swimming and just hanging out. It was fun to catch up with family that we hadn’t seen for a while, and to introduce Jane to immediate family that she hadn’t met yet. Adam also got to meet our little nephew Bentley for the first time. We sure love that kid!

Saturday was Adam and my 6th wedding anniversary. At around 5:30 that morning, Megan woke up very, very ill and kick started our anniversary “celebrations”. We were able to take family pictures with the Johansons, but that’s about all the time we spent with them that day. Megan managed to get sick twice during the pictures, and all day long she was very sick. Around 10:30 that night, we ended up rushing her to the ER because she threw up some blood. The doctor diagnosed her with a bad viral infection, and gave her some anti-nausea medication in order to get her to keep some fluids down. After the ER visit, she seemed to perk up quite a bit, but was still one sick little lady.

Sunday was Adam’s parent’s anniversary, but Megan had to spend the day trying to recuperate. Adam was able to spend some time with his family, including Sacrament meeting and dinner. While with his family, they played a “guess the baby” game, with a photograph of all the family members when they were babies. Adam and his brother Josh were the only two who got all the babies right! Can you guess who is who from our little family? Probably not too tough…


While everyone was gone at church and Megan was resting, I enjoyed a little one on one time with Miss Jane (including a much needed sink bath).

Monday morning rolled around, and Adam, Jane, and I were able to spend a little more time with the Johanson family while Megan stayed with my mom and rested some more. We were able to get one more group picture (which included everyone except Megan) before we said goodbye to the family.

Since Monday was also Memorial Day, and since we wanted to visit Jack’s headstone while in town; Monday evening, Adam, Jane, and I (and my mom and sister and her kids) made a quick visit to the cemetery. We visited Jack in the “Garden of Innocence”, and then went over to the Veteran’s area to have Family Home Evening and see all the flags. Miss Megan was not happy that she wasn’t able to go visit Jack. She sure missed out on a lot this weekend!


We had planned on heading back to Provo Monday afternoon, but Megan was just too sick to travel. Tuesday morning rolled around, and I also got sick and spent the morning in bed. By late afternoon, we thought it would be safe to head out. It was a long trip home, but no “sick” incidents. We arrived home at about 12:00am.

Wednesday morning, Megan started throwing up again. Adam took her to her pediatrician here, and he sent them over to the hospital to do some blood-work. Poor Megan was weighing in at 29 pounds, which is about the 2nd percentile. Our doctor wasn’t particularly happy about that. Later in the evening he called with the results of her blood-work, which were normal, except that her sodium was pretty low. Gatorade was the prescribed medication.

Today (Thursday) Megan woke up much happier and markedly healthier. She has been the BEST sport through this entire ordeal. She is just the sweetest little lady, and is such a great example to me of maintaining a positive attitude. I wasn’t nearly as sick as she was, but I when I was, I was pretty grumpy. Seriously, she has been so pleasant.

Jane also was a pure delight this weekend. One would think that having a VERY sick four-year old and a five month old baby would be quite the challenge. Jane was so low key all weekend. She was patient when she needed me but I couldn’t get to her right away. She was comfortable in the arms of “strangers” (AKA family members she doesn’t know), and she slept very well no matter the situation or where we were at the time. She is a further example of how we should be more like children. So sweet, calm, and happy.

So…like I said, it was a weekend filled with ups and downs. We are crossing our fingers that Megan is finally on the mend and that we will have no more trips to the doctor any time soon… Well actually, she has an appointment at the beginning of July for her KINDERGARTEN check up!!! Ahhh!!!!

We hope, despite the wrench that we threw in the weekend, that Adam’s parents had a very happy anniversary and that the entire family had a great time together. It is unfortunate that our little family missed out on so many of the fun family activities, but I think we all had a truly enjoyable time when we were with the family. We look forward to the next reunion…we’ll work on building up our antibodies now!!!!!