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Christmas Devotional and Caroling

We invited our lovely senior missionary couple from Provo over to watch the Christmas Devotional this year and participate in our cookie tradition.  They were so sweet and fun to have around and helped out while Shane took and emergency call from a patient.  The... read more

Back to Tradition

This year the boys begged us to go cut a Christmas tree instead of getting a precut tree.  We went to our traditional Christmas tree  place, but since the weather wasn’t too bad we headed out to the fields with a cart and a saw.  We hadn’t cut down a tree... read more

Thanksgiving Feast!

We loved having our family over to our house for Thanksgiving again this year.  The food was delicious as usual and the company was the best.  We just wish we could transport the whole family here for the holidays.  The cousins enjoyed playing together all day along... read more

Thankfulness Tree

We continued  our family Thankfulness Tree this year including putting the Nativity up under it after Thanksgiving.  Some of my favorites this year were, “I am thankful for being good to people.” – Brooke.  “I am thankful for ideas.”... read more


The kids had fun this Halloween.  Our trunk-r-treat was cold but the kids managed to stay warm and enjoy their friend’s costumes.  On Halloween we went to our cousins house for a party.  The kids had a wonderful time playing games, trick-or-treating, and making... read more

Still in Shortsleeves!

We took advantage of the last really warm day in late October to go for a family hike.  The Delaware River was very low so we walked out to an island and explored it.  On the way we found tadpoles and crayfish.  We also enjoyed reviewing hiking safety for Cub scouts... read more


Our last trip while Shane’s parents visited was to the newly opened National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem.  We clocked in when we entered and then enjoyed a tour through time in the industrial history including seeing one of the first electrical... read more

Shane’s Birthday Trip

For Shane’s birthday we took a family trip with his parents to Palmyra, New York.  On the way we stopped at the Priesthood Restoration Site and took the full tour.  The kids had a wonderful time and enjoyed learning about church history.  Once we reached the... read more

Our Sunshine

I’ve never seen anyone happier to have her birthday.  Brooke loved every moment from having her Grandparents there to her requested purple unicorn.  We love our special sunshine girl and all of her joy at the simple things of life. So excited! Expectations Her... read more

Favorite Pumpkin Patch

Grandma and Grandpa K. are out to visit.  To celebrate we met up with the Johnson crew at our favorite pumpkin patch.  We loved the hayride, especially the apples to snack on our trip out to the field.  The kids loved roaming the field to find their pumpkins.  I... read more

Happy Birthday to Me!

I had a charming birthday.  The kids knew that Aunt Mimi and crew were coming in the morning so they got their school work done quickly and cheerfully.  I joked with Mimi when she came that she needed to visit every day.  Mimi surprised me with beautiful flowers and... read more

Philadelphia Temple Dedication

September 18th 2016 will always be a beloved day in my heart.  We got up and left the house by 6:30 am so we could drop our three oldest off to attend the 9 am dedication with their aunts and uncle.  Then we dropped our two youngest off to be watched by Grandma and... read more

To the beach!

All summer we wanted to go to the beach again.  We finally fit in our trip on the Friday before Labor Day.  The surf was up thanks to a late summer hurricane brewing further down the coast so we only went in up to our knees.  Walter just loved being bowled over by the... read more

Happy Belated Birthday!

Walter had a wonderful birthday this year!  We did a secret trip to the toy store where we observed what he liked and then bought it on the sly.  I love it when you can still do that.  He also was able to tell me what kind of cake he wanted and picked his colors. He... read more

Trip Into Philly

A few weeks ago we attended the Philadelphia Temple Open House and visited Independence Hall.  Our visit to the temple had some special moments.  My favorite moment was with Brooke sitting on my lap in the Celestial Room.  I whispered to her about how she could come... read more

A Refresh

I decided it was time to refresh the playroom.  Walter is better about banging on the walls with hard objects and we still had an extra gallon of paint from Marie’s room that I just loved.  I spent an entire day spackling and sanding the walls.  Thank goodness... read more

Visits from Cousins!

We were so pleased that Ryan and Ann came up to visit us while they were here to see the temple.  Mimi and Doug came up as well and the kids spent the day having lots of fun together.  Claire wanted to play in the pool so I got out the bouncy house for them all to... read more