Saturday, December 27, 2008

Twas the Night Before Christmas...


Here we are observing our family tradition of "sleeping" under the Christmas tree.
The original poem, “Twas the night before Christmas” was written by Clement Clark Moore around 1822 with the name “A visit from St. Nicholas. It’s been almost 200 years. It may be time to ruin it with an updated version.

Here is the Johnson version:

Twas the Night Before Christmas
(with three kids 19 months and under)

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was sleeping. Not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung over the window in disarray, in hopes that our Amazon order would arrive without delay.

Our daughter had finally stopped fussing and was standing up in her bed, with visions of Elmo and Dora the Explorer burning tiny materialistic holes in her cute little head.

And with mama on the couch and the twins screaming in my lap, we sat there praying that they would go down for a 30-minute nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clamor that I got up gingerly to see what was the matter. Over to the window I walked with my boys, nearly tripping twice over my daughter’s toys.

When what to my bloodshot eyes should appear, than a broken down UPS truck being pulled by a shiny new John Deere.

With a tired old driver who looked worse for wear, sporting a long scraggly beard and almost no hair.

He was dressed all in brown from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all covered with muddy snow and dirt.

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work, threw down all the packages marked “fragile” and kind of acted like a jerk.

But then he looked and saw my boys, and on the ground the little girl toys.

He smiled just a little and his mouth opened wide, and I wasn’t sure, but I think he got a little misty-eyed.

He said, “my kids are all either at college or in the war. You may not get much rest now, but I sure miss the way it was before.”

You’d better enjoy the sleepless nights while you can, because before you know it, they’ll never happen again.”

The John Deere fired up, and the UPS truck took flight, as the falling snow slowly turned the world to white.

I held my boys tightly as he disappeared from sight, realizing that a Merry Christmas has nothing to do with sleeping through the night.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Lately...

Asia has decided she doesn't like to wear pants...at least on her legs.
Waiting at the Dr's office...Reading is great! Don't worry she isn't sitting on Slater.

Slater hanging with Daddy.
The little munchkins...
Asia with her umbrella sent to her from China...she loves it.
Trying sushi for the first time... Yum! Gotta love those veggie rolls.
My little men...or as their shirts say...
My kiddos...
Asia just woke up from her nap.
Leif

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Great Pick-up Lines from the Bible


Our Five Year Anniversary Photo

Somewhere in between the diapers and the dirty laundry, the romance of living with the girl I love and married well over five years ago can get a little lost. So, to my wife, (and to anyone else who happens to have so little of a life that they read our blog) I give to her (and you):

Great pick-up lines from the Bible.

Here is proof that for thousands of years, guys have been trying (and often failing) to express how they feel about the significant other in their life.

Now, if you think about these lines in the context of the day (a long time ago) and location (ancient Israel), I’m sure they really spoke to the girl he was talking to. But they do sound a little...different now.

Need to spice it up with the one you love? Try one of these 2,500 year old zingers.

Here goes:

“I liken you, my darling, to a mare (that’s a horse) harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh.”
(Song of Songs 1:9)

“Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing.” (Song of Songs 4:2)

“Your waist is like a mound of wheat encircled by lilies.” (Song of Songs 7:2)

The only female line: “How can you say ‘I love you’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” (Judges 16:15)

“Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead.”
(Song of Songs 4:1)

And, here’s some lines that could have been in the Bible, but aren’t actual quotes.

Abram to Sarai: “I love you and I want to marry you, but we’re going to wait a while before we have kids.” (Genesis 21)

Lot to his fiancĂ©e: “If you marry me, you’ll never look back. At least you probably shouldn’t.” (Genesis 19:26)

Shem to his girlfriend: “If you marry me, I’ll take you on a round the world cruise. Do you like animals?” (Genesis 6)

And, to finish up, this isn’t my original thought, but it’s a good one.

You lips drip sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue. (Song of Songs 4:11)

There you have it: undisputed evidence that no, it is not a French kiss.

It’s a Hebrew kiss.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Great-Family Visits

My grandparents(Tiegs) stopped by for a quick visit...along with my Aunt and Uncle.
Leif and Slater are my grandparents 22nd and 23rd great grandkids. WOW! Here I am with my dad, my kids and my grandparents.
Comparing the boys... Grandpa is arm wrestling Slater.
Aunt Jodi with Leif.
Grandpa with Slater.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Catching Up

For lack of a better title...we'll just call this what it is... My attempt at catching up posting of pictures. Life's a little crazy around here...

My darling hubby and precious kiddos...
What they really look like...Asia loves to make her "silly" face.

Asia has learned how to undress herself...and is now working on the dressing part...she loves to wear Mommy and Daddy's clothes... Here she is wearing Daddy's shirt.

Brian's aunt and uncle came for a very short visit...and Asia really liked Uncle David...

Brian and the kiddos with Dave and Barb.

Asia loves to read...but she also loves to pull every book she owns off of the shelf and climb in.

My little darlings...
As I said...Asia loves to read books...yes...even when she gets her diaper changed.

Our Thanksgiving Day family walk...
A girl and her olives.
We finally got Asia's haircut...just about an inch or so off the back... Don't worry she still has her mullet... haha We are just getting closer to the day when she will be mullet-free.
Oh...and for those of you who care...
Today, Sunday, December 7, is a day that will live in Johnson family history. hahaha We made it to church for the first time with all three of our kids. And believe it or not...we were on time. Asia was very quiet...notice I didn't say that she sat still...boy, does that girl have the wiggles!!! haha She stayed in church with us the whole time. The boys were also very quiet... Slater stayed in his carseat and Leif just needed a little holding from his daddy. Don't worry...I know it won't last.