The Johnston Family Blog

Happenings and musings from the Johnston family

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Decorating Our Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

In the Johnston household, the Christmas season is in full swing! It's a tradition for us to cut down our Christmas tree, so on Friday we went with my family to find our tree and came back for pizza and games. Today, we decorated our tree. We put all of our decorations out and had the Christmas music going, and I cooked a special breakfast with my personal favorite, cinnamon rolls! Yum! It's been really fun to see David take it all in this year. He's old enough now that he's really enjoying all of the celebrations and festivities.

David especially loved being at the Christmas tree farm and running through the trees with his Daddy. We were determined not to get a huge tree as in years past (our trees have filled up half of our living room!) and we found the perfect tree! Dave chopped it down with David "helping" of course. We went back to the Christmas shop to buy our annual ornament and David even got to meet Santa! Santa gave David a special candy cane and we got hot apple cider and bought our special ornament. It was Owen's first time and he was all bundled up and adorable. It was a wonderful time together.

Today, we decorated our tree and David was so cute picking out his ornaments and putting them on the tree. We then put the manger scene out and Dave read David the Christmas story and then we let David put out the baby Jesus. David took his job very seriously and was concentrating very hard. It was so cute. Little Owey was just taking it all in. David has been so sweet and loving with him lately. He just goes up to Owen and kisses him and says, "I love you Owey." all the time. It warms my heart to see the love he has for his little brother and Owen's eyes just light up when he sees David. I'm thankful that they have each other.
It's been so wonderful just being together as a family these past few days. We love it when Dave is home with us. We all miss him each day when he's gone to work and it's always a celebration when he gets home. To be able to have him home for four days is such a treat!

Tomorrow, we found a beautiful scenic outlook nearby, so weather permitting, I plan to take my tripod and camera and get some family shots.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Some Thanksgiving Memories

Thanksgiving morning, we made some memories doing some Thanksgiving crafts, making a thankful tree and making some cookie turkeys. We had a lot of fun together. David was so excited about it. He kept running around saying, "It's Thanksgibing, Mommy! Happy Thanksgibing!"

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving feast with all of Dave's family! Good times, good times. From the, ahem, late arrival of the corn (ha, ha, ha) to David and Kaylynn playing so nicely, to celebrating Terri's birthday, to just being together, we had a wonderful time. We ended our time by going outside to Jay and Pearl's wonderful neighbors house to see them turn on their Christmas lights! They go all out and we were not disappointed. It reminded me of the scene in National Lampoon's Christmas was great! My favorites were trees with lights and coordinating Christmas music! David didn't even know what to think. He was wide eyed just looking back and forth at everything! What a fun way to end the night. We are grateful for our family.

David and Kaylynn had their own special table, complete with a princess plate and a Lightning McQueen plate!

Owen's first Thanksgiving!
Owen with his Mommom.
Terri's 30th birthday fell on Thanksgiving! We celebrated her with an ice cream cake and Kaylynn and David "helped" Terri blow out her candles!
Uncle Mike was feeding Owen a yummy bottle. Owen will love Uncle Mike for life!
Kaylynn was so adorable with her little pretend hair things and makeup. She went around to everyone doing their hair and putting on makeup. I was so excited when she did mine, Mommom and Terri just looked at me and said, "You need to have a girl!" true, so true.
Next stop: Sarah's parent's house for dessert! We enjoyed my mom's pies and we all helped decorate their Christmas tree! David enjoyed it so much! He can't wait to decorate ours!
We enjoyed being with both of our families and we're so thankful for each and every one!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!"
Psalm 118:1

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

This is what greets me in the morning...

Happy 5 Months Old, Owen!
Am I lucky or what?!?

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Today, I took the boys to get their pictures taken! I took David for his 3 year old photos and some of the boys together and also for their Christmas pictures. They turned out really cute and I purchased the CD so that I could have all of them. Here are some of my favorites...Enjoy!