Thursday, February 5, 2015


By looking at what the girls opened during their 5 celebrations of Christmas, it's save to say they were very very very good this year!  They both woke up with colds on Christmas Day, but runny noses couldn't put a damper on what Santa left under the tree at the Johnson house!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Christmas Cookies

Happy 2015!  I know I'm at least 3 weeks behind, but I swear I will catch up ... even if it's summer before I do!  This blog was made to be an online scrapbook, for us to keep track of what the girls did, funny things they said, and how they celebrated holidays, birthdays and other big events, so I figure better late, then never! 

A big Christmas tradition in this house is making Christmas cookies.  Me, I'm not a fan of baking, nor did we do it growing up (I come from a boxed cake + brownie mix kinda family!), but Nick's family did it every year, so we will continue to carry that on in our house.  I can suck it up for one day for the love of frosting and sprinkles, right?! 


Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Tour 2014

Happy "five-days-til-Christmas-Eve!"  I don't think we could be any more in the Christmas spirit if we tried!  We've watched every Christmas movie we own (five times), baked over 10 dozen cookies (+ counting!), sang every Christmas Carol, wrapped every present, and we still have plenty of Christmassy fun planned for this weekend!  As always, I wanted to share some photos of our Christmas decorations this year.  As you know, we try to theme each room in the house a little different and although I'm missing some rooms this year (need to still take pictures of our Iowa State Cyclones themed basement tree + the girls' rooms), here ya go!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Santa, We know him!

Let me just start by saying that we had a MUCH better experience with Santa than we did last year!  Remember last year my no make-up, 3 week post-partum self had to make an appearance in the photo  because although Avery was talking a big game, at the last minute she decided she wanted n-o-t-h-i-n-g to do with the man in the red suit.  Thank you computer, for letting me crop myself out of this gorgeous photo.
But a new year, new Santa day!  This year we adventured to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, where they win my award for "Best Mall Santa Set-Up." 
Right before you meet Santa, you get to go into your own private Ice Castle, where not only did you feel like Elsa, it really snowed!  It was hard to pry my kiddos out of there!  Let it go my children!
 And VOILA!  Successful Santa picture!