Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The craziness you missed

What Johnson insanity have you missed out on while I've been too swamped to blog? Well, let me fill you in . . .

1. I was almost arrested
2. First looong drive with a 2 yr old (!!)
3. Drive was totally worth it because we got to see my friend Jenn for her 29th b-day
4. Took Emma to her 1st Razorback game
5. Discovered that I WILL suffer from sickness during this pregnancy-yay
6. Saw New Moon (L.O.V.E.)
7. Totally skipped out on company Christmas party-we are such rebels I know
8. Railroad screwed our plans to visit my big brother and his family for Thanksgiving

I can understand that you might like a little more explanation on some of these so here we go:
I was almost arrested for driving around a Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot in Hot Springs. It was getting late and Jeremy wanted to run in and look for something so I stayed out in the car with Emma because she was getting cranky. To diminish said crankiness I was driving around the lot. As long as we were moving Emma was ok-to stop would have meant torture. As I'm driving I notice a Dick's employee in the parking lot kind of watching me funny. So I think to myself that I need to park b/c he's looking a little nervous. He goes into the store and pulls what appears to be a manager over to the front window and is gesturing outside. About this time Jeremy comes walking out the doors laughing, hops in the car and tells me I better drive off becuase the police are on their way. Apparently this dude was freaking out and telling the manager there was a suspicious car outside circling the parking lot and he thought they were going to come inside with guns and rob the place. Really? Really? I know I am not the first person in the world to circle a parking lot while waiting on someone inside. And furthermore, it was light enough he could see that there was only one lone woman in the car. And I'm going to bust in with guns blazing and rob the place. I repeat-really?

That weekend we drove to Fayetteville to see our friends Jennifer and David. All three of us went to UCA together and I really miss not being able to see them more often. The drive with Emma was going great until the batteries in her portable DVD player died. Once Mickey Mouse disappeared all hell broke loose. I wound up climbing in the backseat and pulling out the laptop and logged onto Playhouse Thank the Lord for verizon wireless internet; I'm considering writing one of those sappy thank you letters that could wind up reenacted on tv-watch for it.

Unfortunately we didn't account for traffic and the drive took us much longer than anticipated; we didn't get to Fayetteville until around 9:30pm. Following our arrival there was a mass exodus for the door. Jenn assures me our way-beyond-fashionably-late-entrance was not the cue for everyone else to leave. So, we wound up missing most of the party but got to spend lots of time with Jenn and Dave which was fantastic. (Thanks guys for letting us stay with you and pretty much take over your whole weekend! And the food was excellent Dave!)
Another high point of the weekend was when I totally kicked Jeremy's ass at baseball on the Wii. Aah, sweet victory. We're both extremely competitive if you didn't know so it was a fierce battle of games for a solid hour or two while Emma took a much needed nap. I need a Wii now.

Saturday we took Emma to her first Hogs game and she LOVED it! I was a little worried that she wouldn't take the confined quarters very well but she did great all the way throught the 3rd quarter. By that time is was around 9:30pm and she just wasn't having anymore. We had the brilliant idea that we would avoid the hellish drive from Friday by driving home that night while she slept. Great idea in theory. Two hours into the drive I discovered my pregnancy sickness. Great. Jeremy wanted to keep going but I convinced him it would be a BIG mistake to make me stay in the car any longer so we stopped at a hotel for the night and finished up the drive home on Sunday morning.

This past weekend we were rebels and skipped our company Christmas party and had a date night. New Moon! Ah, Twiligh series how I love you. This movie was ten times better than the first (yay new director) and with the exception of a few corny scenes fantastic. I will buy it on DVD The. Day. It. Comes. Out.
And finally, we were going to meet my brother and his family in Mississippi (mid-point for us all) and spend some belated Thanksgiving time together this Friday but work derailed that plan. (Derailed-get it? We work for the railroad? Ha! I crack myself up with my not-so-witty play on words!) So, hopefully we can reschedule for a weekend in December.
In preggers news- my ultrasound is next week so hopefully Jeremy will know one way or the other if he's going to need to figure out a way to squeeze two or three kids in the back of the Si. Ha! And I'm already having to do the rubber band trick on my pants. Sigh.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Birthday Extravaganza

Whew! Birthday parties are a lot of work. And don't they just get worse as your child gets older? Yikes!

We celebrated Emma's 2nd birthday this past Sunday. I decided to throw her a cowgirl party because 1)I found the cutest pair of pink cowboy boots on ebay that she just HAD to have an excuse to wear and 2)so that decorating would be minimal aka some hay bales here, some hay bales there and done. I should have know that my obsessive compulsive self would not leave the party decorating at that! Sigh. I got the brilliant idea to turn our carport into a wild west town. Which I will fully admit is a completely awesome idea, just slightly ambitious considering I work all the stinkin time and also have a two year old that demands lots of attention.

Long story short- there was much stress because no matter how well I plan I'm always left scrambling at the last minute to get everything done- and Emma had a great time! So, she had fun and that's all that matters!

Some of the wild west town scenes: Horrifyingly one dimensional I know, but cut me some slack here!

A picture for the record book folks! Jeremy is NOT wearing a razorback t-shirt!! Is it the end of the world already?

Baby had to be opened "now Daddy please!"

Is this not the coolest tricycle ever? I've been riding my bike around our house and Emma has been asking for her own so I found this one on Amazon. What is really cool about it is that it is so wide and low to the ground that it is impossible to tip over! All of the other tricycles I could find had reviews written on them about how they were easy to tip over or the plastic tires didn't hold up very well. This one has real tires baby! It's made by Schwinn-I recommend that if you have a child you go and get one now! It comes in red for boys also.

I'm happy that Emma had a good time but I'm thinking maybe next year we'll have a destination party. Someplace where someone else has to worry about making sure everything is set up and cleaned up!

AND, just in case you are the one person in the world my super excited mother-in-law has not told yet- Emma will be a big sister this coming July! We'll know more after my doc visit on Monday but near as I can tell I'm about 8 weeks along right now. Twins and triplets run rampant in our family so I guess we'll also find out on Monday how many buns are in the oven!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Trickin n Treatin

I got a call from my dad early on Halloween morning asking what Emma was going to be for Halloween. A super cute witch of course! My dad: "What? Why are you dressing baby girl up as a witch? Meadow (his other granddaughter) is going to be a cheerleader! How could you?" He was so distraught imagining that I had dressed her up and painted her green with warts.

To those who doubted my costume choice- BAM!!

Have you ever seen a cuter witch in your entire life? I think not!
I was worried that she would have nothing to do with the hat and the entire costume would be questionable but she LOVED the hat. The gloves she threw off in like 2 seconds but the hat stayed. Yes!

We went over to Nanny and Papaw's house early because their neighborhood is swarmed with kids. Literally. We were afraid we would get stuck in the madness. Our goal was to meet up with Jeremy's cousin Meghan and her little boy Konnor and all go trick or treating together on Main Street but they stopped handing out candy at 6pm. What!? Are we giving candy to kids or super old people? Geez.
With that plan foiled we just went to some houses along MeMe and PopPop's street. Emma wasn't all that into the trick or treating thing until she figured out they were putting CANDY in her pumpkin. That caused super excitement. And she told every single person thank you. Ah, a child with manners. Props to our excellent parenting skills.
PopPop and Uncle Justin went to the Hogs game so Aunt B came over to see Emma in her costume and then got roped into going trick or treating too! Ha! Emma absolutely refused to go without B. And B had to hold her other hand while we walked and then when Emma decided she had done enough walking it was B who had to carry her. Mommy and Daddy weren't allowed. Poor Aunt B- you're such a trooper! We love you!!
Here's Emma's cousin Konnor. He was a boxer. Cute right?

Since Halloween Emma has adopted a new ritual. Every morning she asks for candy and I tell her no. Insert dramatics here. And finally in the afternoon after school I let her pick out one piece of candy from her pumpkin. Hopefully the candy will run out pretty soon! I want my sweet angel back in the morning, not little miss drama queen! Maybe I should get Daddy to help put away the candy, hmmm.

Cross your fingers for sunshine on Sunday because it's birthday time! Our wild west theme is in full gear. I have all of the backgrounds painted (horrifyingly one dimensional but there's just not enough time to make them masterpieces), goody bags and other items are a go- I can't wait for her big day!