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One of those ordinary yet perfectly wonderful evenings that fills you with so much happiness you think your heart might burst……

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2 minutes after getting into the car….


5 minutes after getting into the car…..


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  • April 21, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    Shannon - The kids looked like they had the best time. I loved seeing their reactions to helping fly the kite. The picture at the end is just darling too. You know the kids had fun when they’re exhausted and tired at the end. By the way, Mckay is looking so much older and taller now. Cute kids!ReplyCancel

    • April 21, 2015 - 5:30 pm

      alicia - Thanks Shannon! I think the kids sprinted the whole hour and a half we were there. They were so exhausted by the end. Yes, McKay is growing! He is almost as tall as Jax. Hard to believe!ReplyCancel

“These simple words—’He is not here, but is risen’—have become the most profound in all literature. They are the fulfillment of all He had spoken concerning rising again.” -Gordon B. Hinckley


Easter morning:
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Watching conference: (What is general conference?)
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Evening walk:

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Happy Easter! Because He lives we will, too!

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  • April 6, 2015 - 4:33 pm

    Mary Meyers - This post made me cry! I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, for all that He has done for us, for showing us the way to live. I am so grateful for my family!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 5:17 pm

    tiffany feger - are you submitting these to be used in church magazines/etc? you better! my kids were shirtless and laying on the floor or wrapped in blankets with journals, not picturesque like your familyReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 5:30 pm

    Shannon - Happy Easter! How wonderful to be able to spend it with family. Cute pictures!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 9:21 pm

    Desiree - Great pictures! Great message! Great big happy feeling! Looks like a fabulous day in the life of…ReplyCancel

On a random Tuesday towards the end of February I decided to carry my camera throughout the day and document our daily routines.

A day in the life of the Johnson family:

7:20 – alarm goes off.

7:30 – Ben gets up, wakes Sadie up, and starts to get her ready.  This morning she’s tired and isn’t thrilled about going to school.

7:32 – I get up, get ready, and get Sadie’s lunch and school stuff collected.  Sadie no longer likes cereal so I get her buttered gluten free toast ready for her to eat on the drive to school.


7:48 – Sadie and I leave for school.  It’s only a 5 minute drive.  I always adjust the seat, mirrors, turn on the defrost button, put on the seat warmer, and hit the CD button.  We always listen to Popcorn Bopping.  She loves #10 and I love #13.

We arrive at school, park, and I walk her in.  She doesn’t need me to but I enjoy those last few minutes together and the car line always takes longer.


8:05 – I arrive back home, we eat breakfast, Ben gets Jax ready, and then he showers and gets himself ready.  Ben always throws Jax his clothes from up high and Jax tries to catch them.

McKay has already found his “fastest clothes” and dressed himself.  He probably wore the same thing yesterday but he’s happy and they look clean so I’m good with it.

Jax finishes up some last minute homework.

I get his lunch and backpack ready, get his shoes on him, and comb his cute little head of hair.

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8:30 – Ben and Jax leave for work/school.  Jax is excited and eager to go.


8:32 – I work on some photography stuff – emails to catch up on, a session to edit, a blog post to write.  McKay sits on my lap the whole hour I work. He doesn’t always but he wants the computer to watch a show and isn’t interested in his toys.  I don’t get nearly enough done but at least it’s something.


9:30 – I give McKay the computer so he can watch Monster Trucks and I do a morning pickup – sweep, morning dishes, and lay some laundry flat to dry since our dryer is broken


Dayinthelife810:30 – I force McKay to turn off his show.  He plays with legos while I shower.

Dayinthelife910:50 – McKay is upstairs asking for a “cereal snack” – he loves cereal and usually asks for breakfast twice every morning.  I think it’s junk food so we often fight over the quantity of cereal he consumes daily.  I give in to his cute face and pleading and get him his cereal.

11: 10 – I try on a few outfits until I settle on one.  Then I blow my hair dry but I lose energy/interest half way and stop since I’m not really going anywhere or won’t see anyone anyways. I check on McKay who is done with breakfast and playing with his legos again.


11:25 – I’m starving so I eat Ben’s leftover chinese food. I’m dead tired and know I’m going to need a nap.  I fight the urge to lay down for a few minutes because I know I’m going to need to get Jax soon. I’ve been so tired lately.  I take an iron supplement and mentally tell myself to take one again tomorrow.



11:42 – Mckay and I leave to get Jax.  I listen to the Diane Rehms show on NPR which is usually pretty interesting.  Jax is excited to see us but his mood turns sour quickly – he sticks his tongue out, spills peanuts and yells at McKay.  Sometimes school makes him stressed and ornery and it takes him a few minutes to unwind after pick up.  We talk and he apologizes.

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12:20 – We arrive home and Jax puts his backpack on his hook and they put their shoes on the shoeshelf.  They ask to watch a show and I agree since I’m exhausted.  I get them lunch and then lay down for a 45 minute nap.  I thank the heavens above that the kids are getting older and a nap is possible.


2:00 – We leave to pick up Sadie.  I dislike the car line so I have her as walker except I drive and pick her up across the street from the school with the other walkers. I’m thrilled to see her!


2:25 – We’re back home.  The kids work on the lego ship that’s still out while I get them a snack – peaches, blackberries, and popcorn.


2:45 –  After some more snacks (apples and peanut butter) the kids beg for show.  I agree since I have a few calls to make. After the calls I reply to a few emails and check facebook and instagram.

Day in the life

3:45 –  I force the TV off, much whining ensues, and we head outside.  We usually spend a lot of the afternoon outdoors when the weather cooperates. On this day we walk to the park and then play with the bikes in the front yard when we get home.



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6:15 – We go inside, I start dinner, the boys do puzzles, and Sadie does her reading homework on the computer.


6:45 – Dinner is ready – lemon butter pasta with peas and bacon.  Not healthy but it is what it is.


7:00 – McKay rinses the dishes which he doesn’t do too often but he loves so I always wonder why I don’t ask him to do it more.  Sadie and Jax work on homework which I need to help them with.  McKay is done with the dishes and done a pretty great job so I he picks up his legos.


7:30 – Bathtime.



7:45 – We brush teeth, read books under Sadie’s bed, say prayers, and say goodnight.


8:00 – I catch up on emails, facebook, and a few blogs I follow.

9:30 – A little TV time.  Can’t remember what I watched.


10:15 – Ben arrives home.  It’s his busy season so he works late.  He watches the end of what I’m watching with me, we chat, and then we head to bed.



And another day is done.

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  • March 18, 2015 - 4:45 pm

    Shannon - What a good idea to record your daily activities. In the future it will be fun to look back and see what life was like when the kids were little. Great pictures too! I love all the different angles and colors. Miss you guys!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    Desiree - I might need a nap now too. :) I enjoyed the whole day. Fun pictures and fun you. Hope Ben’s busy season gets over soon! That’s a yucky work day for him.ReplyCancel

I just downloaded the last 9 months of phone pictures onto my computer and thought I’d do a little collage.  I can’t believe how much the kids and our lives have changed in the last 9 months!  I don’t take my camera pictures too seriously – they’re just blurry snapshots taken during the hustle and bustle of life.  They aren’t correctly exposed, sharp, or artistically composed.  But, when they’re all pieced together it seems to create something beautiful.  It humbles me to see all the little moments gathered and reminds me how richly we’ve been blessed.

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  • April 6, 2015 - 9:38 pm

    Desiree - Sorry just catching up on your blog. I love this one (not just cause I made it in a picture). Mostly because of the naked guy putting in your flooring. :) Ya’ll have done a lot of fun things in 9 months and the kiddos are getting so big so fast.ReplyCancel

A few updates I’ve been meaning to jot down….

Gramma Meyers fell while playing tennis on December 26th and broke her hip and wrist.  She’s been in the hospital and rehab facility but we’re hoping they’ll release her in the next week.  She’s been working hard and I’m always amazed by her strength – emotionally and physically.  I know it’s been hard for her but she’s handled everything with patience and perseverance.  She was able to come to Kimmy’s and Sadie’s birthday parties.  Here is she at Kimmy’s party:


We signed the kids up for soccer.  It’s every Saturday morning.  They start with a skills lesson and then scrimmage the last 15 minutes. McKay was too scared to play the first practice but now he loves it!  Sadie just runs around the action smiling and sprinting but hasn’t quite found the aggression to jump into the action and steal the ball away.


I had a big photo shoot in mid-January – headshots for Lavonte David who plays for the Bucs.  They went well. His managing agency loved the pictures!  What  a relief.  Kimmy came along as an assistant and to support me in my hour of need.  We actually all had a great time.  I think Lavonte was more nervous than I was.


I had another big photo shoot last Saturday – my first session for NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep) a service organization which offers remembrance photography for parents who have newborns that don’t survive.  The session was for a woman who lost her 31 week old baby after her high blood pressure caused her placenta to rupture.  It was hard but I held it together better than I expected. I’m on call this week for another similar situation – a couple is having their first child but the baby has been diagnosed with Trisomy 18 and isn’t expected to survive long after birth.  I’m going to photograph the labor and delivery, and capture family pictures just after birth.  I’ve never photographed a labor and delivery so I’m nervous about that.  I’m also nervous about the emotional side of things.

We joined the YMCA this week.  With Ben’s busy season upon us I felt like I needed a little break and boost in my day.  Exercise makes me so happy.  Our closest YMCA also has racquetball courts so I’m excited to go play with Ben.  I played some in college and I loved it! Can’t wait until we can go.

Our avocado tree died suddenly.  Not sure what happened.  I don’t think they go dormant in the winter?  I guess it’s a lesson to take care of what I’m given.  Thankfully, the orange tree is producing great and it makes me so happy to be able to go pick a fresh orange any ‘ole time I want one.


Our friends, the Barnhills, left this week for Switzerland for the next 6 months.  We will miss them.  Incidentally, their move also leaves Ben as the acting YMs President unless they change the presidency.  Not the best timing since this is his busiest month of the year but he’s doing great at juggling things.  He serves with some other great people so it will all work out.  I was called as Primary secretary last month and I’m really enjoying my calling.  The primary presidency is one of the best, hardworking, dedicated presidencies I’ve ever seen.  They’re all about the kids, not the fluff, and every one is so reliable.  I’m excited to learn from them.

Baby Emma was blessed two weeks ago:

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Christy and Cricchios are coming to visit this month.  We’re excited to see them!  I think both are going to stay at our house but only for a night or two.  We still haven’t finished the downstairs shower; not sure why that project is so impossible to complete!

Our dryer stopped working.  I’ve been laying clothes flat to dry for 2 weeks.  I keep thinking it’s going to magically fix itself.  Guess I should call a repair man, though.

Sadie’s eczema has returned recently and she seems to have more mental fog the last few months.  We’ve been really, really strict with her diet and pumping her full of nutritious food.  Just can’t figure out what to do.  Pray for her! Pray for us that we’ll know how to help her. We’ve been exploring several options – all of which are expensive.  We’re hoping to find the right answer so she can be as healthy and happy as possible.

I love my kids.  A few pictures from January…..


Zoo with the sister missionaries.

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The end.

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  • April 6, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    Desiree - Wow. Lots of info and I feel like I could ask 10 questions about each one. What a rock you are. Talented, lovely, spiritual, tender and solid (with a slender body).ReplyCancel