Monthly Archives: May 2012

Megan’s First Piano Recital

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Megan has been taking piano lessons for exactly two months now.  She LOVES it, and LOVES to practice.  On May 26th, she had her very first piano recital.  Grandma and Grandpa Johanson were in town so they were also able to attend.  Megan chose a very simple song, and she did GREAT.  She was by far the youngest and littlest performer there (not to mention the cutest!)

All ready to head out to the recital.

At the recital hall. She was so excited!

In the middle of her performance. How cute is she?

Her bow at the end. So cute.

Megan is sure growing up on us, but each new stage of her life is so fun and so wonderful.  Have I mentioned that I am just absolutely crazy about this girl?  Her next recital is in the Fall.  I am looking forward to seeing the progress she has made.  I am sure she will continue to excel!  Love this girl!

Our Graduate

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Megan in the beginning of the school year.

All ready to head out on her LAST day of kindergarten.

The school year is officially over!!  What a year it has been!  On May 24th, Megan graduated from Kindergarten.

Showing off her “diploma.”

 Megan’s graduation day festivities included: the class performing all the songs they learned about “colors”, a slide show of various class activities, a performance of the class talent for the school-wide talent show (as well as a few individual talents), the handing out of diplomas, and lots of yummy food.

Singing the “colors” songs.

A picture of Megan during the slide-show.

The class talent. One student laid on the ground with just their legs showing, while another student sat on top and pretended that theirs were the legs of the child on the ground. It was very cute and very funny.

Megan took her role as the “legs” very seriously.

A video of the class talent:

Megan performing her talent. She sang “The Fifty States that Rhyme.”

Megan also performed her song for the school-wide talent show (she was the only Kindergartener who did a solo act!) Her is a clip of her performing for the parents at the graduation party:

My cute Megan waiting to receive her diploma.

Shaking her teacher’s hand and receiving her diploma.

Jane was there, too. But she did NOT graduate! She is still my baby!

 Megan’s kindergarten experience was filled with ups and downs.  Academically, she excelled: no problem.  She was the most advanced reader in her class, and was five reading levels ahead of the next child.  There were never any struggles when it came to learning.  She ate up all the new information and loved it.  Socially, she struggled.  Emotionally, she struggled.  Behaviorally, she struggled.  But she made leaps and bounds of improvement in ALL those areas.

When we met Megan’s teacher for the first time, I was sure she wasn’t going to be a good fit.  Honestly, I am not sure what I was expecting, and I was so apprehensive about Megan going to school that I don’t think I could have designed a teacher that I could have deemed good enough for her.  But Mrs. Lee was perfect for Megan in so many different ways. She was the perfect balance of patience, discipline, compassion, kindness, and intelligence.  She never got frustrated with Megan.  She was never mean to her or overly strict.  Not one other student in Megan’s class behaved the way Megan did and Mrs. Lee treated her just the way she needed to be treated.  And honestly, I don’t think Mrs. Lee had a clue beforehand what to do with Megan.  She was just ultra sensitive to her needs, and she was ALWAYS communicating with me.  I am sad that Mrs. Lee can’t move on to first grade with Megan.  I am terrified that she has raised the bar too high for any teachers to come.  I could not have asked for a better teacher to initiate Megan into the classroom setting.

Megan and Mrs. Lee

Adam and I are so proud of Megan and her kindergarten accomplishments.  It wasn’t easy for her.  She is different than EVERY other student in her class, but she hung in there and did her very best.  We are anxious and excited to see how she does in first grade this fall.  First grade??!?  NO!!!! 🙂

Daddy and his graduate

I love this girl so much!!!!

We had a gift waiting for Megan when we arrived home for the graduation festivities:

Graduated from Kindergarten…off to see the “world!”

We love you Megan!!  We couldn’t be more proud!!!

Field Day

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May 17th was “Field Day” at Megan’s school.  I have fond memories of field day as a child, so I was excited for Megan.  She had such a great time.

When I arrived, Megan was playing four square. Sometimes she waited patiently for the ball to come to her…

But most of the time, she waited for her turn while dancing around!

More dance moves.

Turns out, when the ball does come to her, she’s actually pretty awesome at four square.

Jane had an awesome time running around Megan’s playground. She LOVES her big sister.

There was a sidewalk chalk station. Jane wanted to do everything Megan was doing.

Megan only got to the do the slip-in-slide twice.  The first time, she ran the entire length without sliding. I thought for sure we were going to end up in the ER!

The second time she slid on her knees. She loved it!

Unfortunately, the kindergartners didn’t get to enjoy too much water play because there were so many other children and they only attend half-day.  So after field day, we met up with some friends at the splash pad in Spanish Fork, and they had a blast playing in the water some more.

Jnae had zero qualms about getting wet. She loves the water.

Megan had a great time at the splash pad. She is going to have so much fun this Summer!

A lot of the reason I blog these days is because Megan loves to go back and read when I post about what we have done.  I also love being able to share pictures of my adorable girls and what they are up to.  We have so much fun all day every day.  We are only one week in, but we are LOVING Summer already! In fact, it is well after 9 in the morning, and both girls are still asleep!  Better get some more blogs posted while I can!!!

Mother’s Day 2012

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I am so grateful to be a mother.  I love my little girls: so much.  But motherhood is not defined by the physical process of giving birth alone.  I am so grateful for all the women in my life who are such wonderful examples of motherhood to me and my children.  I had the opportunity to give a talk in sacrament meeting on Mother’s Day.  What a wonderful experience it was throughout the proceeding week to study and pray and research what it REALLY means to be a mother.  All women are mothers by divine design.  I am so grateful for the knowledge of my role as a daughter of God, and I love that I have two little girls that I can raise up to also be mothers; no matter what their future maternity or marriage status may be.

For Mother’s Day, Adam and the girls beautified our front porch for me.  So we had a shoe bench that we got from our sister-in-law Mary but hadn’t been using for shoes.  Adam turned the bench into a planter.  He also put some flowers into a pot and into Megan’s old rain-boots.  Add a hanging plant and the porch was complete.  I love walking out on the porch and feeling the thought and love that went into my gift.  I’m a lucky gal to have such thoughtful kiddos and husband.

Megan, who does NOT enjoy getting her picture taken: at ALL, wanted me to take this one of her with the planter.  She is such a sweetheart.

I hope that my own mother and my mother-in-law also had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year.  No amount of words or gifts could ever do my love and appreciation for them justice.  Happy Mother’s Day CJ and JJ!  I love you!

Family Night: I Love to See the Temple

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For Family Home Evening a couple of weeks back, we took the girls to the temple.  We first took them to the Provo Temple, and then we took them to the new Provo City Center Temple Site.  They both loved the temple and temple grounds.  We talked about what is done in the temple, and about the importance of a temple marriage.  Both girls had a wonderful time and it turned out to be a great family night activity.

On Saturday, May 12th, Adam, Jane, and I attended the Provo City Center Temple Groundbreaking.  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland presided, and gave wonderful remarks about the old tabernacle and the new temple.  It was a wonderful experience and I am grateful that Adam and I were able to go.  You can read a summary of the event: HERE.  I do not take it for granted that we will soon have not one, but two temples within a mile of where we live.  Hooray for temples!