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Monday, December 30, 2013

Halloween

The month of October started out a little frigid.  Eden was dying to play in the snow and make a snowman, so of course I obliged.  

The kids have really started playing together lately and it is so cute to see Axel crawl up to Eden's table and "color" with her.

  
                                                The leaves here are nothing compared to the midwest.  Growing up in Nebraska when the leaves would fall, you couldn't even see the blades of grass.  We loved it and loved playing in them.  So naturally we raked up what little leaves came down and indulged.

With the colder temperatures I introduced Eden to hot chocolate.  

Hmmm...........I think she liked it!  I didn't get my mug back after that.

                                     

My halloween cuties!!


We tried a new method of pumpkin carving this year and Colby and I are converted!

Power drill!!! Makes it so much easier and faster.  



Colby had Eden write her name on the pumpkin and he cut it out! SO cute!


She also drew the face and he cut it out as well!


  Our ward held a Trunk-or-Treat and of course we love going all out!!  This is perhaps the one time that I really love Colby's car.  With the sound system and lift the kids are just drawn to it!

However, I will say we are quite disappointed with the lack of participation from the other ward members.  In St Louis so many families would decorate their cars and go all out.  But here they do it in the daylight and they hardly decorate their cars.  I will say there are a couple, but come on guys, we need to pick it up!

                                       



Our Foxy little girl!!!


The evening of the Trunk-or-Treat was the night of our big revealing.  It was getting harder and harder to hide it so I was grateful to let the cat out of the bag.  

That is right!!!
Johnson baby #3 is on their way coming April of 2014!!

I must give complete credit of the idea of the shirt to my husband!  

He hopes to be the next pinterest sensation!  Ha

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Halloween Night finally came and Eden couldn't have been more excited!
She loves trick or treating.  It was absolutely freezing but it didn't seem to phase her.  
She could have gone all night.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Car Accident

While my parents were visiting I was in a car accident with their vehicle.  Now some of you maybe thinking that is was deliberate on my part just to have my parents stay longer.  I would quickly respond with, "Absolutely not!!"  And in my mind I would be thinking it was an added bonus.

So it was Wednesday night and I decided to run an errand and asked my parents if they wouldn't mind staying home with the kids.  At the last minute I did think maybe I should just take Axel with me.  But alas, I did not.  I headed out the door and was on my way.  About a mile down the road I was approaching the light that lead to the highway on-ramp.  Before approaching the light I did notice that there was still a green arrow.  Heading North, I proceeded to turn the steering wheel to steer onto the on-ramp, when before I knew it there was a silver Audi heading south coming right into the intersection.  I didn't even see her or look at the on coming traffic because I had a green arrow.  Without any time to react I slammed into the driver side of her car and the force flipped my car around.   

As I came to a stop and my heart was pounding with great force, my immediate thought was, "I had a green arrow!  Didn't I???  I swear it was green!"  So as all this doubt flooded my mind I immediately called my father whose car I was driving.  He answered and in a panic I explained what happened, told him where I was and that I was okay.  We hung up as he and my Mother-in-law hopped in her car and drove to the scene. 

As I was hanging up the phone a woman in a Yukon had pulled off the side of the road and was walking towards me.  Approaching my car she immediately asked me if I was alright. The next thing she said slowed down my heart beat and eased my nerves.  She said, "It wasn't your fault! The girls ran the red light.  I was in the car behind her.  Don't worry I am staying until the police come."

Phew!! Boy oh boy I cannot tell you what a relief it was to hear that!! 

After that I was so calm and I called my dad back and told him it wasn't my fault and we had a witness.   

So we did all he typical stuff, exchanged information, filed a report with the police that came and that was that.

I thanked the witness profusely for stopping and giving a statement.  Because of that the girl was issued a ticket.  I thanked her over and over again.  Many of you could speak from experience that when there are not witnesses it is a SERIOUS hassle with the insurance companies and getting the repairs.  The witness was so nice and said she couldn't believe no one else stopped.  She said that she just believes in doing the right thing. Boy am I glad there are still people like that in this world.  I think we could all afford to be more like her.

Seeing as I couldn't open the driver side door I climbed in the passenger door and then my dad hopped in.  When we came home my mother was sitting on the front steps with Eden and Axel.  Eden came running over, gave me a hug and said, "Mommy are you okay?" She then started to cry a little bit.  Oh, sweet girl!


The next day we dropped the car off at a collision shop and the assessed damages were about $5000.  When I called and told Colby his response was, "Nice work Babe!" Ha..... okay!?

 
So my parents got a rental car, they were told the car should be done in about a week and a half and they headed to Utah.  They were at the MTC from July 1-July 12th. 
When they returned to Denver the car was still not completed!! In fact they ended up staying another WEEK!!!  I totally didn't mind but they kind of did.  They were anxious to get to work!  



Finally after much longer than anticipated the car was fixed and my parents headed back to Nebraska to begin their adventure of being full time missionaries!!



First Birthday

AXEL'S FIRST BIRTHDAY

I am so behind with blogging that I am just going to tell it in pictures!















video

Yum Yum Chocolate Zucchini Cake!!!





A couple days later we had friends over for a party.







Happy 1 Year to the most incredibly handsome boy I know!





Thursday, August 22, 2013

June 2013 - Swimming Lessons/Nana and Papa Visit

June was a busy month.  Not only did we go camping as a family but Eden had 2 summer camps at the Lil Gym, she started swim lessons with her friend Violet AND Nana and Papa stopped by for a visit on their way to the MTC.

After having grown up with a pool Colby found it necessary to sit down and have a little chat with Eden.  This has been on his mind a lot and thought that this was the time to have that "chat"  about..... 
not peeing in the pool.

And I will say that so far we have not had one incident!

Eden has been doing great with her swim lessons.  There is a YW in our ward that teaches swim lessons and she was kind enough to do private lessons at the clubhouse pool just for Eden and her bestie Violet. 


 She has really learned so much and is doing really well.  

We also have a little inflatable pool that we often set up in the backyard that Eden loves to play in.  But what she really loves about it is getting Papa wet!

My parents drove out and stayed in Denver for a few nights before heading to Provo to go to the MTC for 2 weeks.  Of course they loved all the time with the kiddos and Eden adores them.  She was laughing and smiling the entire time they were here.




While they were here we took them out to Red Rocks Amphitheater.  It is truly remarkable and I cannot wait to attend a concert there!  It would be so amazing.



The really cool thing about the theater is everyday it is just packed with people exercising.  Seriously, if they didn't use it for concerts it would still be in full use with all the people and the groups that come out to train or just get in a workout.    




Since Nana was going to be in the MTC for her birthday we had a little birthday celebration.  


Probably the most memorable thing that happened while they were here was this....

While running an errand one night a young teenage girl ran a red light and I slammed right into her while getting onto the highway on-ramp.  Stay tuned for more pics of the car and the long drawn out process.