Friday, December 31, 2010

The Johnsons Top Five Moments Of 2010

2010 is coming to a close and we decided to come up with our top five moments of the year. After narrowing down a long list...This is what we came up with:

5. Trip Home To Vegas for Morgan's 16th Brithday - What a treat to visit family and celebrate our sweet little sister. After our stay in the AMAZING timeshare, we couldn't keep this one off the list.

4. Tijuana Missions Trip! Our annual TJ trip was especially fun this year... Cameron played God in the evangelical outreach :) and Katie was on the dance team!

3. Boice Engagement/Wedding. Our dear friends tied the knot this year. It was SO fun to be apart of their big day!


2. Our Engagement/Wedding/Honeymoon... This one probably goes without saying. It was quite the eventful year for us! Our wedding was so special and celebrating in sunny Mexico was just icing on the cake! Bliss.


1. Snowy MARRIED! Christmas. Even better than the wedding and the honeymoon is BEING MARRIED! Our first snowy christmas as husband and wife tops off our list of favorite 2010 moments!
Here's to many more good times in 2011! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tis The Season

Cam and I just returned from our trip to Vegas to visit the Johnson fam. It was such a treat to relax with family and we even got a chance to head to Mt. Charleston for some snowy activities.

Next comes NYE. My darling husband purchased Miranda Lambert tickets for us (aka THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER!)... Chris purchased the same for Sky... Thus, the Boices and The Johnsons will be ringing in 2011 in style - cowboy boots for all.

I hope its been a restful and FUN holiday season for you and yours! Happy New Years!



Hats Off To The Chef...


How sweet it is to have a husband that helps peel potatoes.
-K

Adjustments pt.II : Husbands Perspective

Marriage has been an amazing experience so far, and I continue to pray for "the honeymoon stage" to last forever :). My wife is by far the best roommate I've ever had and here is a couple of reasons why.

1) I've never had a roommate who fixes me dinner
2) No roommate of mine has ever done my laundry before
3) Snuggling is always a perk!!!
4) There is not an overload of one type of hormone in the house
5) The newest one of them all is that there are two incomes going toward the same exact goals!!!

Let's not forget that there is the other side of adjusting I have to get used too.

One thing that comes with the territory of living with a girl is the amounts of bobby pins that you find on a daily basis! Some may be in the bathroom, some may be in the bedroom, occasionally in the living room, and even on the rarest of days I might find one on my dresser.

On another note; Never in my life did I imagine that I would have to make a decision about whether the picture frame should go over the dining room table or in the hall way or decide on if the ottoman looks better on the left side of the couch or the right side of the couch.

We have just hit our month of marriage and YES!!! the wedding advice is still pouring in. The latest advice was Communication, Comprehension, and first of all God!!! and he said it in a very motivated speaker kind of way; you know the way when you say thank you and the person still has a very intense look on there face and doesn't say you're welcome and then there's that awkward silence? As funny as those encounters are we love getting advice from different people and different mind sets!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Adjustments

There are certain unexpected aspects of newlywed life that I'm adjusting to (gracefully, of course). These are things that are bringing me genuine joy to the daily hub-bub, but are a life alteration none-the-less. For instance, I'm now way more knowledgeable about meat pricing and preparation. (Seriously, name a meat. I've cooked it in the last month.) My days are filled with pricing meat and my nights are filled with cooking it... Ok, maybe that's an exaggeration - but, for this former vegetarian - the meaty meals are new territory... I've also noticed a sharpening of my reflexes. For example, In the coldest darkest hour of the night, when I feel the soft covers begin to slide from my body and wrap around my husband, you better believe that my hand is quick to snatch it back into its proper positioning. Now, albeit, the first few nights were spent frozen and bitter... but, I've learned!

Although, perhaps the most interesting, and probably temporary aspect of newlywed life is the inevitable, and repetitive answering of the "Newlywed Questions." For those unaware, please allow me to explain...

The "Newlywed Questions" are a set of inquiries that each person (or group of persons) will ask a newly married couple, usually in the first meeting after the honeymoon. There are three basic questions that are asked - and although the wording may change and variations may occur, the 'basics' are to be expected. Before I go on, please do not misunderstand my extensive analysis of 'the questions' as an act of disdain towards answering them... I actually really enjoy answering these questions. I like talking about newlywed life, and I really love all of the advice that my friends and family have offered by way of the 'newlywed conversation.' That being said, below are the list of "NWQ's"

1) First thing is first. The inquiring friend or family member will begin the conversation by asking about the honeymoon. Now, there must be some sort of convention that people go to to learn how to awkwardly giggle and wink... because the excessive, but familiar inclusion of these things is inevitable:

"So, Katie... haha... How was uh... (wink wink...wink...) the uh... (wink)... ha... honeymoon... (wink) haha (wink)?"

2) After a detailed account of the honeymoon is given, the friend will move on to basic question number two. Please note: this is the part of the inquisition that is intended to pull the heart strings and get deep. I, however, have very few complaints or annoyances about marriage thus far - and because of that fact, I sometimes feel that I am disappointing the emotional needs of my audience. They receive no tears, few angry rants, and very little drama altogether. To that I say: Oh well.

"Soooo... what's the hardest part about marriage? Are there things that have been really surprising to you?"

3) Seeking friend will spend a few minutes prying for a better answer than "Well... not too many hard things. I guess the biggest adjustment has been cooking meat every night." ...before they move on to question number three. This is the question that is both the most challenging and the most fun. I get a chance to gloat over all of our brand new possessions, and yet am forced to make a very difficult decision. See below for further explanation:

"How bout those wedding gifts!? What is your favorite thing you and Cam received?"

to which my answer is often lengthy and maybe a little boring. The truth is - I love 99.9% of the gifts we got! I suppose that's the joy of a wedding gift registry. But, when forced to choose just one thing that stands out of the crowd... It has to be the Keurig.



This little beauty has greeted me each morning with joy and warmth. Its a personal coffee maker that quickly (talkin 30 seconds here, people) and efficiently delivers me some of the most delicious coffee I've ever tasted. It is, sadly, one of the most exciting parts of my day... and certainly one of the best gifts we received.

So, there you have it. This is the life of a newlywed and the conversation that has been on repeat for the last month. No complaints from me... I'm enjoying every second, keurig coffee in hand.

-Katie

Friday, December 10, 2010

Add It to The List.

There is a long, growing list of reasons why I love my husband. He is smart, funny and talented. He is a learner. He is good at making decisions. He loves efficiency. I could go on and on... But, instead, I'll let this video speak for itself:



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-Katie

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas...

Ahhh...

Rice Crispie Treats on the stove: check. Clean house: check. Stockings on the wall: check. Apple Cinnamon Plug-in: check... It's starting to look and smell like Christmas around the Johnson household.

Time For an Update...

Well... Its only been about 6 months...

The wedding planning made life a little busy. But - we did it! We're married! and we went on the most amazing honeymoon - a week on board the "Mariner Of The Seas" A Royal Carribean cruise that took us to three different ports in the Mexican Riviera: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Mazatlan was by far the highlight... ATVing in the back country just us and a guide! Enjoy the videos below :)

Now, we're just settling into our condo and our new life as Mr. and Mrs! More regular updates are on their way. I promise this time!

Honeymoon Day One: Please excuse any inaprop. "Smushing" references...
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Honeymoon Day Four: Just after ATVing in Mazatlan
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Honeymoon Day Five: Puerto Vallarta
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Honeymoon Day Five: Happy Thanksgiving! (I turn the camera around... sorry for the brief diziness!)
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