The Johnston Family Blog

Happenings and musings from the Johnston family

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun and Traditions!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We celebrated with Dave's family and spent the day with them. David got to play with Kaylynn and Uncle Dan played hide and seek with them (Owen followed them around thinking he was joining in on the fun!) which was a highlight for David. :) We enjoyed a feast with our family and were once again so freshly grateful for each one of them. How blessed we are to have such wonderful family!

After dinner, we headed to my family's house for dessert and David and Shai and Mikayla helped decorate Grandpop and Mimi's tree, a Thanksgiving tradition. We played games and ate way too much and had a grand time. We got back really late and went to sleep for just a couple of hours, before I got up and headed out to shop at 5 AM! I hit Toys R Us, Walmart and Kohl's and was able to get many of David's and Owen's toys for a great deal as well for some of his cousins. It was crazy and so much fun! The stores were packed!!!

Later that day, my family came over for our annual trip to the tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree! We had so much fun, even though it was freezing and got our best tree yet! David and Owen loved all the trees and the Christmas ornament shop and it was again another fun day with my family! We all had lots of snacks and egg nog and cookies when we came back to our house. David and I baked snickerdoodles and peanut butter blossoms and I made some hors d'oeuvres especially for the occasion.

We decorated the tree today, and Owen was thrilled! He LOVES lights and continued to exclaim, "Pretty tree! Pretty tree!". He was so proud to help decorate the tree and David had a ball! He could not WAIT to put the ornaments on the tree and he kept track of all the ones he put on. :) It was such a great family memory. I love traditions and it just keeps getting better and better each year. And next year, we'll have another little guy to join in the fun! Both of our boys also LOVE egg nog and if they could each be hooked up to an egg nog IV, they'd be happy. :)

Here's our tree!

Owen with Uncle Al...who he loves!

Scoping out a possibility...

Dave cutting down the tree with David "helping" of course!

Our finished tree!

Last: putting up our angel

David being silly :)

Owen loved decorating the tree

Sunday, November 22, 2009

David's 4 Year Old Pictures & Christmas

This past weekend, I was finally able to start taking David's 4 year old pictures and attempted to get their Christmas pictures taken too. I still want to go to another location and finish up, but I was able to get some sweet ones. I still have to edit all of them, so these are SOOC (straight out of the camera). Enjoy!

My sweet I love him!

And I couldn't resist taking a few of Owen too...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's a...

BOY!!! Another boy. We can't believe it! We are in TROUBLE picking out a name for this little guy. He was VERY active! :) Here is our little boy...can't wait to meet him!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Meredith's Baby Shower

Today, we threw a baby shower for Meredith! We are all eagerly anticipating the arrival of the P's baby boy. It was a lot of fun and Meredith and Adrian got some adorable things for their baby. Can't wait to meet him in a few weeks!

The cake made by Beth Anne

The Mama

Thanksgiving Playgroup

On Friday, we attended our playgroup's Thanksgiving party. It was so much fun! We sang 5 Little Turkeys, read the Thanksgiving story, colored a Thanksgiving coloring book, ate turkey and cheese sandwiches with apples and corn, and made oreo turkeys. It was such a great time watching the kids so excited about everything.

Reading all about the first Thanksgiving

Attempting to get a good group picture with their Indian hats

Mmmm...what a feast!

Making our oreo turkeys

David's turkey

EATING the turkeys. Yum!