Monday, March 7, 2011

Sunday in the Kitchen

We get really bored on Sundays. Usually we use up all the fun things we can think of on Saturday, and Sunday we stare at each other and ask, "Well, what do you want to do?" Thats when we walk into the kitchen and find something to make. Usually something that takes longer than 5 minutes which is why we aren't up to making it on weeknights.

This Sunday it was Chicago style pizza in the cast iron. Recipe thanks to my Aunt Beaner!

Carrick insisted on an "action shot."

The dehydrator also saw some action.
Black berry and raspberry fruit leathers... didn't turn out as good as we hoped but it's a learning process :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

A girl can dream right!?

Some day, when I have a house I can acutally do stuff to, it will look like this:

It will have awesome built ins everywhere...

Rustic Country Charm? Yes Please!

And white kitchen cabinets.... I LOVE white cabinets. Whenever we look at houses online we usually say what we'd do to them... Now Carrick just says, "Oh those cabinets will be painted white," for all the kitchens.
Where we'll sleep...
And our children...

And YOU, our guests...
Don't forget the most important room in any Johnson house....
I'd actually want to do laundary here...
Or maybe we'll go the "cabin in the woods" route...

There you have it! You can tell I'm into the white trim and blue-green color spectrum. Someday this will become a reality. Until then these pictures will sit in the same folder on the computer they've been in for two years. I don't have photo credits for them and probably should but oh well. Sorry copyright police!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


My head is spinning with the thousand directions it is going in right now...

It has been a while since I've blogged because I've been so busy, and still am, but I figure I can take a little time to update everyone.

Monday was my last day as a nanny. The girls are being put into preschool/daycare. I will miss seeing their smiling and sticky faces everyday, but I must admit I am a little relieved at not having a daily work commitment. It seems like I never stay at a job long because I get too committed with outside projects and get overwhelmed. Funny how I always choose to drop the thing that is bringing in money and stick with the things that leave me broke! haha!

Girl Scout camp is this April again. Last year I said I wasn't going to direct again, but somehow they dragged me in. I just can't say no I guess :) What really happened is there was a wonderful woman here who was going to be the director, then she got activated in the Army and is going back to the states in about a week, and they needed someone to take over... Which is where I come in because no one else knows what to do! Most of the big planning is already done though, just A LOT of loose ends to tie up and then two weekends of staff and CIT training in March and the 8 days spent at camp in April. I will be so relieved when it is over!

I started a new semester of school yesterday. I have three teaching classes and one giant test worth 6 credits in the next 6 months. I planned my semester out on a calendar this morning and somehow I jammed it all in. I also have to take the Praxis 1 exam on May 3rd. Please pray that I pass this test!!! If I don't I will not be able to go into schools and start my student teaching as planned. This is the first test in a series to get licensed. I'm nervous but I have scheduled a lot of time to study and the library here has many study guides that I hope will get the job done.

Somehow in the middle of studying I'm going to fly back to Iowa for about a month in June. My favorite sister Meagan is having the first grand baby, a girl, and I cannot wait! It has been hard for me to watch her belly grow from around the world. I wish I was there with her! I will be spoiling this baby for sure!

Carrick is still sticking with me and keeping me sane! Living here really has been good for us and I'm amazed at how we have grown together. We're truly like an old married couple, in bed reading our books by 9:30 every night! We're planning our future and taking steps to get there. This is the last year we have overseas and we've gone into financial planning mode. We only have two years left in the military and we want to be able to buy an acreage when Carrick is out. We hope to move back to NC in January because the cost of living is much less there than in CA. We're also ready to add to our family! We have no rush but are ready for God to bless us with a child in His own time.

That's about all that is going on. I'm making myself take a break from sewing until after camp I think so I actually get things done. We'll see if I can go that long :)

Thanks for reading and for the love and support from our families! We love and miss you, see you in June!