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BYU vs Mississippi State


I wanted to surprise Adam with tickets to the BYU/Mississippi State game in Starkville, MS, which is about 2.5 hours from our house. Jane is the only child who really really wanted to go, so I decided to only send her instead of all of us going. It turned out to be a good thing we didn’t all go because it was blazing hot and humid and Adam and Jane mostly watched the game from the TV screens inside the stadium! They had a great time…even though BYU lost big time (10-35). Jane’s favorite part was the dip n’ dots ice cream daddy bought her. It was a fun experience for Adam and Jane to experience a little of our old life back in Utah with some good old Cougar football.



Back to School 2017


This summer was both super long and super short. I think the new school year was just quietly waiting to creep up on us.  Just like that we have a 6th grader and a 1st grader!

We went to back to school night at the girls’ school on Thursday August 3rd. Megan was DELIGHTED to discover that she had the same two teachers as last year (one week into school they decided to change this up on her and she got 3 new teachers but so far they seem great…) Her 5th grade teachers were so excited to see her, they actually squealed with excitement. They went on and on about how much they love Megan and how they missed her all summer and hoped they would run into her when they were out and about. It makes my mama heart so happy to hear how very loved she is.


Jane was SO NERVOUS about who she would get for 1st grade. She is very sensitive and does not like yelling. She was worried she would have a teacher who would yell. Well we don’t know for sure yet but her teacher does NOT seem like a yeller. She said she was so excited to have Jane in her class and had heard all about her from her Kindergarten teacher.  We walked away from back to school night feeling very excited about the upcoming year.


The night before the first day of school Adam gave the children back to school blessings. Even the little ones and mom requested blessings to help strengthen us through this next school year.

Our Dr. Johanson is also headed back to school! He accepted a position to teach high school physics for college credit at the local private school. He’ll be there 3 times a week before heading over to the university for the rest of the day. I know he will be a great teacher for those high school kids!


This year the girls’ school transitioned to uniforms which we all have mixed feelings about. They do enjoy picking out outfits that match each other and love all the fun knee high socks I bought them. They were darling in their uniforms but they’re darling no matter.

We hope this will be an awesome year. We love their school and the administration and love that it is so very close to our home. Good luck girls!



4th of July 2017


We had a very low key 4th of July. We did hot dogs for dinner and did a few little fireworks in the backyard. It was just the perfect amount of celebration for our kids who haven’t always been fans of the traditional Independence Day activities. A friend gave us a huge lot of fireworks. We lit one that seemed pretty tame and it shrieked so loud and spun in huge circles and then shot 100 feet into the air. So we nixed that activity real fast…

After the sun went down, fireworks starting going up all over our small town. Alec and Charlotte were already in bed but Jane and Megan and I hopped in the car and drove out a little distance for the show. We had a great seat for some lovely firework action.

We are proud to be Americans over here in Mississippi. We have loved this last year living in this great state and seeing more of the culture and people of our wonderful country. Happy Independence Day!

We Have an ELEVEN Year Old!!!


Miss Megan is 11!_MG_4459

Megan is such an awesome girl. She is so strong and so brave and so smart and so beautiful and so wonderful. We love this girl SO MUCH!

We kicked off Megan’s birthday celebration with a mom and daughter date to the Grammy Museum. The museum is about 2 minutes from our house but we hadn’t yet checked it out. Megan’s birthday was the perfect opportunity. Megan had a BLAST. The big showcase was Taylor Swift and we are big TSwift fans around here!


The next day Adam took Megan on a daddy daughter activity to go swimming at the University. Megan LOVES swimming and she had a great time.


Megan woke up on her birthday morning to a door full of balloons. She thought all she wanted for her birthday was books, but Adam and I also got her a ukulele. It was love at first sight and tuning is a breeze since she has perfect pitch. I can’t wait to see how she takes to this new instrument. I am sure she will be AWESOME.IMG_1738IMG_4911_MG_4930_MG_4924

Megan doesn’t much care for cake so we got an ice cream cake. This girl is awesome sauce. She hasn’t been dealt the easiest hand of cards in life but she shows up and throws down and kicks tail and takes names. I love her guts and am so proud to be her mom.


Alec Turns 4!


Our little Alec is FOUR!!!

Alec is such a good boy. He is sweet and obedient and loving and sensitive and funny and content. He is so so so cute. He is such an easy child to love. He and his sister Jane play SO WELL together. They really are BEST FRIENDS. He and little Charlotte play well together too and I think they will only get to be better and better buddies in time. And yesterday he was doing something on the computer with Megan and they were both loving it so much. He just gets along so well with everyone in the family. He doesn’t cry much or whine or complain. He just bounces along so happy and so easy-going. Adam and I are just crazy about him. I feel pretty certain that no mom loves her little boy more than I do him.

His birthday was on a Sunday this year so we did gifts and our little family party on Saturday. We got him several outside toys so we can enjoy our backyard more, some clothes, video games, and Plants vs. Zombies figures. He also got a new nightlight for his room that projects the planets and sun on the ceiling and he immediately started referring to his room as “the planetarium.”

We played and played all day on his birthday and then the next day after church and dinner we did cake. He wanted a Plants vs. Zombies cake so we tucked away a few new figures to surprise him with on his cake. He loved it and was so sweet and excited.

4 is a pretty awesome age and Alec is a pretty awesome boy. We are so so so glad he is in our family. We cannot imagine life without him!!!




Charlotte Starts Nursery



Charlotte turned 18 months old on December 17th which means she is officially nursery age at church. She is such a doll face and she will love having a class of her own. I know she’ll need mom and dad’s help making the transition…since all of my children have…but we don’t mind since she is our baby.

20170115_085439Our ward called two new nursery leaders right when Charlotte turned 18 months. I know they will love Charlotte so much. One of them is a convert of about 12 years and she has never had a calling before and she is so excited and LOVES the babies. I love the church members here in Mississippi and I can’t imagine never have met them or knowing them.20170129_102456

Charlotte is the cutest little spitfire in the whole wide world, and while her nursery leaders only have just one child to tend, she will certainly keep them on their toes.