Monday, December 13, 2010

Our live Nativity Star!

Kayla was baby Jesus for our local live nativity for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was very neat, except for the fact that she cried through the entire thing :). Everyone says that they think it adds to the reality that it's a real baby up there. It is really neat to think about how Mary must have felt holding the Christ child, and realizing all that would be required of her dear sweet baby. I am grateful she was willing to experience that so that we could be blessed by our Savior's ultimate sacrifice. This was a wonderful way to start the Christmas season. Here's the happy baby before the show, surprising how quickly she changed her mind on the whole thing.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Making Gingerbread Cookies

We made Gingerbread cookies for the first time this year and the kids had so much fun.
Tyler did not get the process at all, he basically used it as playdough and we did not dare to cook and eat what he was playing with....I don't think there's enough heat to kill those germs :).
Braden and Kayla, so happy to be part of everything. Braden is a good brother to Kayla, she "talks" to him in the car now. He loves it!

Brinley is such a good helper, she was so cute at putting it all together. She has really been stepping up so much lately, she is definitley my big helper, I know that I can depend on her...whether it's to feed Kayla a bottle, or to pull Tyler off the table, she's great!
The happy kids with cute faces!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

We did a last minute trip to Utah and the kids had so much fun in the snow!

Braden 5 yrs

Brinley 6 yrs

Tyler 2 yrs

Kayla was with mom in the nice warm house :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Brinley has learned the term BFF and she drew this picture. It was so cute, the kids were coloring and Kayla was fussy so I put her in the bumbo to watch them. So fun!

Some more loving!
The boys get so excited when Marc gets home, they are literally all over him to come and play.

Kayla part of the action too...she also lights up when Marc comes in, he's such a great dad! He's such a huge blessing to me, I am so grateful that he married me.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween 2010!

We celebrated Halloween at the ward Trunk-R-Treat. We had a yummy chili dinner and the kids had fun trick or treating and seeing all of their friends. It was a great time!

Helping Mom

My sweet boys just love Kayla! Braden does not hold her often, but when he does I catch him in these cute poses just soaking it up. :) And Tyler loves her and he's actually getting better at loving her "gently" but we can't say the same for how he plays with his friends...the little stinker! But he does look cute in his new favorite helmet. We've decided it's never a bad idea for a 2 year old to wear a helmet. :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Kayla's smiling!

This isn't her smile, I just love this little Zebra outfit so I had to include this picture. You can't see it in this picture very well but there's a little stuffed Zebra that goes in the pocket in front, what can I say....darling! Thanks Brooke!

Here's her smile! It's not the best picture of it, but she has the cutest smile and she smiles all the time. She is especially smiley when dad gets home from work, she's already joining the other kids in celebrating his homecoming. He's a great dad and Kayla's already learned that.

These big eyes remind me of Tyler as a baby. So cute! She sleeps great and usually only needs 1 bottle in the night and then she's right back to sleep. She is such a sweet blessing to our little family. The Lord knows what He's doing, He always has!

The kids have so much fun with her, it is so nice having some helpers and protectors for Kayla!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kayla's 7 weeks old

I know I'm biased, but isn't she the CUTEST thing you've ever seen?

She brings so much joy to our family, the kids just love her! She brings a wonderful sweetness to our home, she's such a blessing.

My curious handful...Tyler

Tyler is my curious little guy who if given enough time can figure out just about anything! He turned 2 in August and he can already open a new 2 liter bottle, take off child door knob (not just open the door - literally he takes the child locks off), he knows how to take apart and put back together his breathing nebulizer plug it in and put it on his face. He has figured out how to climb up on the desk to where we "hide" the camera. He can turn it on and we see bright lights in the other room and hear "cheeeeeeeese" as he takes pictures of everything and anything. This may not be extreme to some of you, but it is driving me CRAZY! As my mom always said..."it's a good thing you're so cute!"

Here's Tyler in his usual spot on the desk taking pictures when he's caught by dad...

This is one of those "you're so cute" moments, but don't let him fool you :)
Another picture taken by the photographer Tyler, I love how he was able to squeeze in the picture of him with food all over his face. We literally have dozens of these beautiful pictures.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kayla Johnson is here!

Kayla Johnson was born 8/7/10 at 7:15 am.
She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz and was 18.5 inches long. Welcome Kayla!
Kayla's birthday

1 day old

Kayla - 2 days old - getting ready to go home!
*She's so precious*

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Look at our little sweetie pies!

Long Post Warning - I wanted to get the whole story written down, so scroll down for pictures of the kids if you don't want to read the whole story!

Kayla made her arrival an unforgettable one for us and the hospital. We arrived at 6:30 or 6:40 at the hospital and the ER staff just laughed, apparently 20 women (or it seemed like to them) had come in to deliver that night. When we got to the floor, they put me in a tiny room to sit until there was a delivery room available. Since my babies come fairly quickly, the nurse moved me to the OR so that I could have some privacy and could lay down. She checked me and I was about a 4 or 5 but she did say that the baby was sitting low. The contractions were getting very strong, but I was in line for an epidural and it would be a little while until I could get one. I thought it was going to be a long day if I was only a 5 and the contractions were that bad already....little did we know...

The nurse found an empty delivery room and went and cleaned it herself so that I could move over. When she came back she had me move to a wheelchair but I was in so much pain I could barely move. I sat in the chair and it felt like I sat on a waterballoon because my water broke and went everywhere. I just remember saying I needed to push and the nurse telling me to not push yet and then everyone was panicing to get me across the hall quickly to the delivery room without slipping on the water all over the floor. (Marc included) :)

They had me lay in the bed and the Dr. was throwing on his robes quickly and I felt an incredibly strong urge to push so I pushed and then everyone just kept telling me to give one more little push. I couldn't figure out why they would say "little" they never tell you to only give a "little" push. I hadn't realized that the 1st push was her head and the little push was the rest of her. Needless to say I was in shock for the next few hours that I had really delivered a baby. I went from a 5 to delivery in 15 minutes! It was crazy, exciting, and unforgettable for our family! She's such a blessing already, she's happy and she sleeps well! I definitely am blessed to have this sweet family of mine!!!

Kayla was born the day before Tyler's birthday (yes that's what happened with Brinley and Braden too - go figure???) Tyler loves Kayla despite his grumpy face in this picture. He was just extremely tired, but I loved this picture, so it's included here. Happy 2nd birthday Tyler!!!! We love you bud!

Braden is our little "protector" for Kayla. He is in charge of making sure Tyler doesn't poke or prod her when we're not looking. He is so cute with her, he calls her "little cutie." He's getting so big, he starts Kindergarten this year!

Brinley is Kayla's 2nd mom - although she would argue she's the 1st mom and I'm 2nd. :) She is definitely a little "me" I remember my mom having to remind me that she was the mom! Brinley is extremely helpful, she will sit and hold Kayla forever and she loves to help feed her. She is also good at protecting from Tyler. Don't get us wrong, Tyler has good intentions he just isn't gentle as he pokes her eyes or tries to "hug" her.