Posts Tagged ‘holidays

25
Apr
11

Hello Again Easter

We spent Easter with family and friends gathered at my mother-in-law’s house. I arrived early to help prepare food and Brandon was set to the task of hiding eggs outside for all the kids. We were very fortunate that the rain they’d been calling for all week held off until after nightfall so the kids got to play outside, have an egg hunt and the ‘big kids’ flew kites for a few hours. Then as is tradition, we closed out the day playing a game around the patio table. The game of choice was Catch Phrase and it turned out to be a ton of fun for everyone who played and even for those who preferred to observe.

It was a nice day. We had some excellent food and the kids got a lot of good candy which all the parents will be pilfering I’m sure. 🙂

Easter Egg Drop 1 year ago - April 3, 2010

Who dresses this child?! Oh right, she does.

06
Jul
10

A Rainy 4th of July

There were dynamite/aerosol can/gasoline bombs, slingshots full of marbles and paint balls, roman candle wars and M-80s. Apparently Mother Nature thought the Johnsons were getting a little too rowdy during the day so just as dusk set in, so did the rain so unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of pretty fireworks exploding in the sky. Of course that could be because everyone decided to set them off, rain or no rain, after I had gone home for the night since I was the only one who had to work on Monday, but whatever. Working on a federal holiday when everyone you do business with is out of the office, probably swimming, drinking beer, polishing off left over fireworks and relaxing outside IS AWESOME.

Video to be added later.

Lyla and her cookie

Aubrey and her Aunt Sarah discussing the roman candle war

Alan in a cloud of smoke

Alan vs Scotty

27
Oct
09

Pumpkin Patch

Our family makes a point of going to the pumpkin patch every year. Choosing a pumpkin from a pile at the store will never equal tromping through soggy fields of pumpkins in search of that perfect canvas for a festively ghoulish carving.

The pumpkin patch we have gone to for the past two years is more of a theme park than a generic pumpkin patch. There are so many things to do in addition to finding a pumpkin that you could easily spend an entire day there. They have slides, train rides, hay rides, a corn maze, tricycles for kids to race, tricycles for adults to race, farm animals to pet, rubber duck races, cutout stands for ridiculous photo ops, snacks and more. In the end you walk away with some fun memories and some very exhausted kids. Unless, that is, you’re a Johnson. In which case you also walk away with a lot less cash and a couple hundred pounds of  pumpkins because both Brandon and his brother have to find the most massive pumpkins they are able to strong arm from the field to the checkout stand. We filled the backs of two SUVs with the spoils of our pumpkin hunting with barely enough room left for Lyla’s stroller.

Luckily, it was an unseasonably gorgeous day. Oh summer, where did you go?

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Down the slide with Maya and Gavin close behind.

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My goodness how those two have grown since last year…

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Gav and Maya in wagon

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Aubs liked the ducks.

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His stud pose.

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Showing off his giant stack of checkers.

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It’s never too early to teach your kids to haul their own pumpkin wagon.

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