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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!!!




Tumbling Tots



While the girls did soccer, we signed Alec up for tumbling tots. He had so much fun! He really is very athletic and SO coordinated! Provo Parks and Rec has some really great instructors. Charlotte and I loved watching him!


Alec has such a fun personality. He is so sweet and happy and loves to have fun. This was one of my favorite moments of tumbling tots and I am so glad I caught it on video. I love this boy!


Delta State University


I am so behind on my blog. Almost a year now. I would really like to catch up but it seems such a daunting task.

In 2015, Adam applied for a full time position as assistant professor at Utah Valley University. He was working full time already as a lecturer, and a professor position was all that we had hoped for. He ended up being one of the top candidates for the job, but the department ended up choosing a different person. The head of the department told Adam that what it really came down to was research and the fact that he didn’t have a post doc. He also expressed that it was pretty remarkable that he was so seriously considered even without the necessary experience.

We became quite concerned about finding full time employment and quite disheartened that we weren’t going to be able to stay in Utah and at UVU. It really had been something we wanted. Not long after we got word that Adam wouldn’t get the position, the department told Adam that the person who had accepted the job wouldn’t be able to start for a year, and asked if Adam would be interested in a one year contract. Adam accepted and continued to apply for other jobs and post doc positions.

Throughout the next year Adam worked hard at UVU and applied for many positions all over the U.S. He had many phone and conference interviews and onsite interviews. One university was in Mississippi, and was in fact our last choice. But when Adam came out to the onsite interview at Delta State, he felt very assured that Mississippi was where we were supposed to go. It felt different than the other places he had been and he felt like he could make a big difference there.

In late March of 2016, Adam was offered a position at Delta State University. In addition to being an assistant professor, he would also be the director of the university’s newly renovated state of the art planetarium. We knew it was the right place for us and accepted immediately. On April 1st, we announced to our friends and families that we would be moving to Cleveland, Mississippi.

I can’t deny that I was pretty broken-hearted to be leaving Utah and the West in general. Mississippi was so far away and we knew nothing about life there. But we were excited and so grateful that future employment was secured. I’m writing this post almost exactly 1 year after our decision to move to Mississippi. I am anxious to update the blog soon and share more about our life out in the South.