January 27, 2015

Camping with Cousins

Finally got around to posting about such a fun camping trip we had with the Johnson side last summer.  I want to go back!     Camping with the Johnsons at Smith and Morehouse


January 26, 2015

Time Capsule–Part One

In 2000, when I was a Young Women leader in the Montgomery Village Ward in Maryland I did a time capsule activity with my Beehives.  I decided it would be fun to do one myself.  I thought it would be interesting to note some of the details of our life, what we enjoyed and where we thought we’d be in the future.  At the time Chris was 26, I was 25 and Ryan was 18 months.

I recently pulled it out for Family Home Evening and shared it with the kids.  SO FUN to go back and read exactly 15 years later.  I’ll add some notes {in Red} to my original 2000 notes.

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  • Scripture study after dinner and dishes.  Emphasize studying and marking scriptures.
  • Temple Attendance – once a month!
  • FHE every Monday night – start with a song & prayer.  Have a lesson/activity with family.
  • Chris will enjoy family time from 4:30 – 8:00 but needs to be studying by 8:00pm every week night.
  • Ryan’s night time schedule.  At 7:40 pjs, story/song, brush teeth, say family prayer and then to bed by 8:00.
  • Be better about morning and nightly prayers
  • Sunday morning: by Ready to go by 10:00.  Then read scriptures, watch church videos.  Be to church 15 minutes early.

{Sounds like the list of goals I’ve had every year since}


  • Chris: “I wake up at 5:45am and leave for school at 6:20am.  I spend the day in classes or studying and get home at 4:30.  Lisa, Ryan and I play until 8:00 or so.  I often have a basketball game or young men’s activity.  I go to bed around 11:00pm thinking I probably should have studied.”
  • Lisa:  “I wake up when Ryan does… usually about 7:30 or 8:00.  Then we eat breakfast and lounge around upstairs getting ready, checking email, and cleaning up.  Because I’m pregnant I eat quite a few times a day.  I often watch Price is Right during one of my lunches.  I scrapbook, or clean, or get together with friends in the afternoon and fix dinner while watching Oprah.  We eat, read scriptures, play and I’m ready for bed by about 9:30pm.”
  • Ryan: Wake up, eat a ‘nana’, watch a Disney movie, eat again, play with Fisher Price little people toys and animals, eat, take a nap, play with the kitchen stuff while Mom makes dinner and wait for Daddy to come home, play, play, play with Daddy, eat, play, read stories, go to bed.


We enjoy spending time together.  We enjoy camping, hiking and playing outside even if it’s just a short walk.  Chris loves sports… especially golf, soccer and basketball.  I love scrapbooking, tole-painting, and am starting to get interested in sewing crafty projects.  I love to email and write to my family and friends.  Ryan loves to play with balls and little people and animals.  He LOVES 101 Dalmatians and Lady and the Tramp.  His face lights up when he sees the playground.  He loves to run around and play with Dad.


Music we listen to a lot right now:

  • Chris – Anything 80’s, Les Mis soundtrack, Christmas Music
  • Lisa – Celine Dion, Hope Floats and Runaway Bride Soundtracks

Favorite Movies:

  • Chris – Star Wars Phantom Menace
  • Lisa – Runaway Bride, You’ve Got Mail
  • Ryan – Toy Story 2, 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp

Favorite Meals:

  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Roast and mashed potatoes, Tacos, Lasagna, Jell-O, Blizzard Fruity Pebbles, Macaroni and Cheese Spirals (Lisa) PB&J sandwiches (Chris)

Favorite TV Shows:

  • Friends, ER


Our Ward is fantastic.  We are in the Montgomery Village Ward.  Bishop Christensen is bishop.  President Harmon is the Stake President and an incredible man.  Our prophet right now is Gordon B. Hinckley with President Monson and President Faust as counselors.  Our callings in the ward are with the youth.  Christ is the 1st counselor in the YM presidency.  Lisa is the Beehive Advisor.  Ryan just started going to nursery and loves it.

CAREER DIRECTION  (written by Chris)

We plan to do a Pediatric rotation at Madigan next year to help us get a residency slot there in two years.  After the three year residency, we will spend the rest of our time in the Army at Madigan except for a two year tour in a different country.  Barring the possibility of a fellowship in Pediatrics, we will leave the army in the year 2012.  Then I think we will move to Utah to work in a clinic or at the Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.  I will retire in the year 2030 to pursue other interests.

{Actual: We did do Pediatric rotation at Madigan but ended up deciding to pursue Radiology and were excited to get a Radiology Residency slot at Madigan which was a five year residency instead of three years.  We did not spend the rest of our time in the Army at Madigan but we did do a tour in a different country – a 3 year assignment in Germany.  Additionally we lived in Columbus, Georgia and Colorado Springs, Colorado before getting out of the army in 2015.    I don’t think retiring in the year 2030 is likely either… what were we thinking?}


In 5 years we will be in our 3rd year of residency at Madigan.  Lisa will be due with or will have just had our fourth child.  Our guess: 3 boys and 1 girl.  We will be living in base housing and preparing to buy our first home.

{Actual: We were in fact doing our 3rd year of residency at Madigan – only it wasn’t in Pediatrics, it was in Radiology.  In 2005 I did have our fourth child – Megan.  That would be 1 boy and 3 girls – exactly opposite of what I had guessed.  We never did live in base housing.   In 2005 we built, purchased and moved into our second home in DuPont, Washington.  We kept the first one as an investment and rented it out.}


We’ll have 6 kids.  4 boys and 2 girls.  Mom is busy driving the Suburban from sports to piano lessons.  We’ll be taking great family vacations and fun adult vacations with Adam and Marilee.

{Actual: In 2010 we did have 6 kids.  We got that one right.  But of course we have 3 boys and 3 girls.  Matthew was born in May of 2009.   I was a busy mom driving from sports to piano lessons but we didn’t have a suburban.  I really loved my red mini van with automatic sliding side doors.   We loved taking great vacations – some of our favorites were a trip to HAWAII with Adam and Marilee, a CARRIBEAN cruise with the Walton Adults, a trip to DESTIN, FLORIDA, with the Johnsons,  a DISNEY CRUISE with the Crawfords… }


Our youngest will be 10 years old.  Ryan will be just home from his mission (foreign).  Our Second will be a freshman at RICKS.  Dad’s golfing a lot and driving a 2015 Honda.

{Well, we are still five years away from this 20 year prediction.  We’ll just have to see!}

January 24, 2015

Time Capsule–Part Two

After reading our Time capsule’s from the year 2000, I had the kids predict their own future for Family Home Evening.  The originals will go in our FHE binder…  These make me smile.   I love that you can just tell that these are our children – and I especially love that our little boys ‘teenage’ predictions seem to nod to Ryan. 


  • In 5 Years:  I will be 21.  I will be home from my mission and going to BYU or BYUI.  I will be dating lots of girls a lot.  Ballroom Dancing/Double Dates with Katie
  • In 10 Years:  I will be 26.  I will be married to a beautiful woman.  She will be pregnant with a boy.  I will have a job (or be in school) as an orthodontist/doctor/something mathematical.
  • In 20 Years:  I will be 36.  I will have 6 Kids.  The 3 oldest will be in elementary school and my youngest will be turning 1.  We will go on a Disney Cruise.


  • In 5 Years:  I will be 19.  I may be leaving on a mission (Deutschland!) or being an EFY counselor, preparing to to to college at BYU.  Lots of dating!  Double dates with Ryan.
  • In 10 Years:  I will be 24.  Getting married to the man of my dreams or dating.  I’ll be done with BYU and be working as an Elementary School Teacher.  I’ll be holding Ryan’s babies!
  • In 20 Years:  I’ll be 34.  I’ll be pregnant with my 5th child.  (3 boys and 2 girls).  William – Henry – David – Macy – Amber


  • In 5 Years:  I will be 16.  I will have a drivers license and will be going on double dates.  I will be in 11th grade, will go to Stake dances and Seminary.  I will also have my own red car.
  • In 10 Years: I will be 21 years old.  I will be engaged to a strong, tall, BYU fan.  I will have already gone on my mission to France and I will have 3 1/2 years of college left.
  • In 20 Years: I will be 31 years old.  I will have an 8 year old girl, Olivia, a 5 year old boy, Brian, and a 3 year old boy, James.  I will also be pregnant with twin girls.  I will live in Oregon near Megan and our kids will be best friends.


  • In 5 Years:  I will be 14 and I will love Seminary and dances.  I will be in 9th Grade and will still play soccer.  Yeah!
  • In 10 Years: I will be 19 and have three more years of BYUI.  I will be engaged after this amazing, tall, strong, handsome, faithful guy.  I will go on a mission to Japan.  I will be a 7 Peaks lifeguard.
  • In 20 Years: I will be 29 and will be pregnant with my 3rd baby girl. I will have to have a ‘sea section’ for my 3rd kid.   I think I will have 5 kids overall… 2 boys and 3 girls.  My job will be a Mom.  I will live in Organ (ha!) with Emily.  Our kid will BFFS!


  • In 5 Years:  I will be 11.  I will be in 6th grade.  I will hav big home work to do.
  • In 10 Years: I will be 16.  I will look cool.  I will dants with girls.  I will be in high school.
  • In 20 Years: I will be 26.  I will be married to a pretty girl.  What should I be?  I don’t want to be a fire fighter cuz then I might die.  I don’t want to be a doctor because then I’ll have to work all day long. … I will be a doctor and work all day long.    (in Picture form… Luke 40  wife: Lillie 41   Kids: Charlie 14, Sam 12, Jack 7, Mary 4, and Jane 1.


  • In 5 Years:  I will be 10 years old.  I’ll be reading scriptures by myself and doing homework.  I’ll be in 5th grade.  I’ll be in Cub Scouts.
  • In 10 Years: I will be 15 years old.  I’ll be in 10th grade at Pine Creek High School.  I’m going to like girls and dances.  I’m going to be a soccer player.
  • In 20 Years: I will be 25 years old.  I’ll get married to a pretty girl.  My wife will have a baby and if it’s a boy it will be Sam and if it’s a girl it will be Amber, because it’s a pretty name.  I’ll have a red car or a BYU car.  (Then he drew a picture of ‘the girl and me getting ready to kiss’.  Then he broke out into song “Kissing, kissing, always kissing.”  So funny!”

January 15, 2015

Catching Up

Two new posts – put in chronological order…

January 14, 2015

Ten for Today

OK.  Today is the day when I start blogging and try to get back on track.  I can’t believe how little I really got recorded last year and I’m hoping this year will be an improvement.  To start off, I’m going to write a little “Ten for Today”.

  1. We had a district pronounced ‘late-start’ because of all the snow this morning.  We were informed last night so we got to sleep in, which was wonderful.   Every tree branch was covered in snow and frozen there and with blankets of white all over the ground and the blue skies above it looked just beautiful.   
  2. I got my first Mammogram today.  Chris booked the appointment for me a month ago, anxious to have it done before we got out of the army.  In the last couple of days I’ve chatted with my girls and  explained the procedure and they cringed and wished me luck.  Truthfully it wasn’t bad at all.   It was kind of fun, since Chris is the Chief of the Mammo Department at the Hospital.  The Mammo techs and department ladies he works with are great. After the images were taken I  popped in next door to where Chris was pulling them up for an OK.   Chris told the ladies that he was going to take me to lunch because of ‘everything I’d been through’ – and the ladies started spouting off additional ‘caring husband to-do’s     --- ‘she needs jewelry too’.   -- ‘and she can’t do the dishes tonight’   -- ‘and she mustn’t do any vacuuming for six weeks’.   -- ‘and a backrub would sure make her feel better.’ It was pretty funny.
  3. We ate lunch at a Thai place together.  We love a good chicken curry with rice.
  4. I worked on the kids Family History binders today.  I’m really motivated to get them all organized.  We read and talked about my ancestor… Samuel Wittwer for FHE last night, which was so interesting.  He was born in Bern, Switzerland – which I’ve been to.  I love Family History.
  5. I ordered a skirt for Mike and Carly’s Wedding.  They are getting married on March 7th in the Gilbert, Arizona Temple and the colors are navy, grey, blush pink and cream.  The men will be in navy suits and the ladies will be in blush pink skirts and cream shirts.  I hope it fits and I like it when it comes…
  6. I couldn’t help but smile as Matt, Luke and I sat in the front room this evening and I listened to them simultaneously read their different leveled BOB books to me.  Nothing like killing two birds with one stone.  They have to read each book twice in a row – the second time with expression – and then they get to put a sticker on the outside of their book.
  7. Chris worked at Memorial tonight so he didn’t get home until 8:30. Tomorrow night too.  He works too much – looking forward to finding out if he’s going to be getting the GS position.  The paperwork is in and we’re just waiting.  But, everything looks good.
  8. My house feels so clean/undecorated with all the Christmas stuff away.  It’s always so fun to get all the Christmas stuff out and so fun to put it all away.   We put it away later than ever this year with so much company in town.
  9. I can hear the constant swish of the washing machine in the room behind me and I’m grateful for kids who switch over the laundry all afternoon and evening.  Megan, Emily, Katie and Ryan have to do fifteen minutes of laundry each day as part of their Responsibility Charts.  They talked me into letting them do double laundry if they could watch a show tonight after everything else was done.  I even rolled my eyes a bit to let them think I was really doing them a favor.  ; )
  10. I love the Stress Relief Eucalyptus Mint Body Wash from Bath and Body Works.   And I love hot baths before bed. : )

November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving in St. George

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Church at the Chapel across the street from the temple and then a little wandering around the Temple Grounds.  I love this Temple!  Quite a few of my ancestors married here.

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Brian came down to spend the first weekend with us.  Always fun to have him around.

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Winter Home of Brigham Young

After the Temple we decided to head over to Brigham Young’s winter home.  It’s been a really long time since we’ve been here and I’m not sure if the kids had ever been here.  Fun to go on the tour and see original pieces of furniture and imagine how they lived. Brigham Young spend four winters in this home before he died.

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In 1854, the LDS Church sent families to live in Santa Clara, two miles northwest of present-day St. George.  St. George was named in honor of Mormon apostle George A. Smith, (below right) also known as the “Potato Saint” because he urged early settlers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes to cure scurvy.  Interesting!

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This is our second year spending some time in St. George over our week long Thanksgiving break.  We drove down on Friday and drove back the next Sunday (except for me who flew to my Grandpa’s funeral on Friday). Lots of days to relax, sleep in, exercise at the gym, swim at the indoor pool, watch movies, go out to eat, play baseball at the park, grab some Wild Mango and Sugar Cookies at Swig, eat at the Habit Burger, play 7wonders, go golfing, get a birthday Pedicure, play in the leaves, eat at Pizza Factory, stay up late, go to movies, and play with cousins.   A few iPhone shots to capture the week…

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Watching Brian sketch…

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Thanksgiving Dinner

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Luke & Spencer, Matthew & Kayla, Tyler & Bode & Emily, and Megan & Katie… Good food and fun to be together!

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