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The Johnson Journal

Click the link below for our 2008 christmas newsletter

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random things i love about my husband

1. i love that he always open EVERY door for me. The only problem is that at least once a week we get a knock on our apartment door cus Brian was so preoccupied with opening the door for me, that he forgot to take the keys out of the lock!

2. brian sing in the shower. and loud. but he never knows the words to any songs. so he makes them up. so cute

3. he makes up the goofiest nicknames for EVERYTHING!

4. he opens the fridge about 18 times a day, just to look inside. 

5. if you ever watch an old musical, i laugh everytime they break out into song and dance. i always thought it seemed so unnatural… that is until i married brian. he breaks out in son more than anyone i’ve ever met!

6. he is a garbage disposal. he will finish anyones food no matter what it is. i swear he never gets full.

7. he LOVES to give presents. he can’t stand that he has gotten me some christmas gifts and that he can’t give them to me yet. in fact, he couldn’t stand it so much that he made me open one today!

8. when we watch chick flicks (or any movie that has even the tiniest of romance) Brian smiles the whole time something cute or romantic is going on… or if they kiss. 

9. last night he did a ribbon dance because i had a punch of ribbon out for a project. so funny! not really graceful, but entertaining!

10. he adds and “s” to verbs to make them plural unnecessarily. For example, “i misses you and i loves you”

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ornaments

so i decided a couple years back that i was going to someday be a grown up and have my own place. and because i love christmas so much, that meant that i needed to start collecting items for decorating 🙂 so every event or new place i went to, i bought a christmas ornament. i am so glad that i did. i have a tree full of memories. So here is some ornament proof of my travels

Spain

Toledo, Spain- 2005

Germany

Germany- 2005

First Road trip with Brian in Colorado

First Road trip with Brian in Colorado- 2007

Freiburg, Germany

Freiburg, Germany- 2005

India- Brian got me this one

India 2007- Brian got me this one

Myrtle Beach, SBP 2007

Myrtle Beach, SBP 2007

Cancun, Mexico- Honeymoon

Cancun, Mexico- Honeymoon

Paris, France- 2005

Paris, France- 2005

Venice, Italy- 2008

Venice, Italy- 2008

Myrtle Beach, SBP 2006

Myrtle Beach, SBP 2006

Lusanne, Switzerland- 2005

Lusanne, Switzerland- 2005

Lima, Peru- 1999

Lima, Peru- 1999

Brugge, Belgium- 2008

Brugge, Belgium- 2008

Minneapolis yumminess all the time!

Minneapolis yumminess all the time!

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Scariest night of my life

Last friday it was snowing outside. I couldn’t sleep. So i opened the blinds just a smidgen so that i could watch the snow falling outside, hoping that would relax my mind and let me sleep. At 3 in the morning, i heard a noise and looked out the window. There was a man standing at our window… peeling the screen off!!! i was so scared! adrenaline rushing, i woke Brian up. He ran to the window and yelled at the man to get out of here! then he called 911 (instead of running outside to whoop up… i’m glad he thought it thought first!!!) Anyways, so the cops are on their way when we hear voices outside. Brian went to the window (and i pulled the covers over my head! i’m such a scardy cat!) one of the voices belonged to the man trying break in. Another was to the woman next door. they denied ever trying to break in and even laughed at us (meanwhile, out screen is hanging off the window.) Brian told them the cops were on their way. They said that they had forgotten the keys to get into their apartment and that the caretaker wouldn’t let them in. (we found out later that they had been partying and drinking all night and being really loud so the caretaker kicked them out cus of the noise violations). So we waited for the cops. Somehow they got inside the building and where yelling and fighting in the apartment next door! scary! we could hear them yelling about us and how “those f****** newlyweds pay 400 a month and we pay 900! and don’t have a job!” scary to hear people so mad at you 😦 Anyways, the cops came and talked to Brian. Then they talked to the lady. Then they left. But the yelling and fighting continued for another couple hours. I don’t think i slept a wink! how awkward is it now??? i mean that was the scariest thing ever! what if Brian wasn’t there? what if it wasn’t the drunk neighbor, but instead a man trying to rob us? Just another reminder that i can’t rely on myself. I need Jesus. More and more each day. i don’t need to be safe and sound in my bed every night. i need jesus. He is my jehova jira, my provider. we have started praying for our neighbors… literally.

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.:my first real tree:.

This year brian surpised me with a date to a christmas tree farm. He really thought it through! it was so cute! blindfold… coffee… the works! i am so blessed to have that cutie pie 🙂

Brian driving me on our date 🙂 i was blindfolded so i’m impressed this turned out 🙂

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Yay! i love coffee! especially when it is cold outside and we are going on a secret date 🙂

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My lumberjack stud muffin 🙂

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And did i mention it was snowing? just little flurries so you can’t see them in the pics, but thanks to picnik.com i added them in 🙂 yay! am i really this short???

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its beginning to look a lot like christmas!

Especially around my house 🙂 As newlyweds we have been talking a lot about our new holiday traditions that we would like to start now and when we have kids. Things like reading charles dickens christmas carol as a family and going to the holidazzle parade and the 8th floor show thingy at macy’s and when we do christmas and thanksgiving and which side of the family. Last weekend Brian came up with a secret date. my only hint was that it was the beginning of a new holiday traditions. he was so sketchy all day… making secret calls from the bathroom and such. Then he made some hot cocoa and told me to put on my long johns and scarf, hat and mittens. Then he blindfolded me and we were off. after a 30 mins he helped me out of the car and had me take of the blindfold. I saw him holding a hand saw and standing in a forest of chirstmas trees! i have never had a real christmas tree! let alone cut one down from a forest!!! turns out that Brians aunt and uncle own a christmas tree farm and let us pick whatever tree we wanted for free! then they gave us some money to help us decorate our first tree together 🙂 i love family! One thing i learned though, is that if a tree seems small in the “wild” it will still be too big for our tiny apartment! but we cut it down and made it work! now it looks AND smells like christmas in our little home! so fun! i love decorating for christmas. we put on a christmas record and decorated. so fun!

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Thanksgiving was great. we went to my parents and had my brother and his wife and eliot and olivier come over. olivier is only 9 months old but he was walking around and getting into all sorts of trouble. and Eliot just LOVES her uncle brian! i think it is because he chases her around the house and throws her in the air and giggles with her like crazy. so cute. he will be a great dad someday!

 

Of course, as tradition demands it, my mom and sis and i participated in black friday.

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i don’t really know why we went. none of us have any money and didn’t buy anything. its just so fun and funny to say we did it! and we do it every year! we got up really early and went to IKEA. this was our free thing of the day….. free breakfast!!!!

12it is normally 99 cents, also a good deal for that yumminess. but it was free all weekend from 9-11. I’m not going to lie. We went back on saturday too 🙂 then we went to MOA and realized that was a horrible idea, so we went back to rosedale mall and target. then home for more decorating of the christmas tree! i think it is an exhaustingly fun tradition. Oh! and of course that night we watched It’s a Wonderful Life. One of my faves!

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