Sharing Christmas 2017

The last few years my parents have gifted us cash and asked us to go do something good with it. They only ask that we write it up to share with them. Here is our report for 2017.

Like a lot of other families these days, most of our Christmas shopping is done online and the good people of UPS, USPS, FedEx, and other delivery companies bring the packages right to our doorstep. No matter the weather, these guys and gals are hustling and working hard.

This year we decided to buy a bunch of drinks, snacks, candy bars, and other treats and put it out on our porch for these good delivery folks.

We got lots of good feedback from neighbors, friends, and delivery guys too. One FedEx guy came by two days in a row, taking a bunch of goodies. The second day he made a point to ring the doorbell, thank Manina, and then chat for a few minutes about how to save money on expedited shipping during the holidays (spoiler: don’t pay for overnight, just do second day air, everything is processed like overnight service during the last week leading up to Christmas).

Word got out and we had some drivers make stops at our house even though they weren’t delivering packages.

We had a lot of fun seeing their reactions. We have a security camera and caught some of the best moments and compiled a quick video.

We hope the goodies gave them a little more energy to get through their routes and long days of work. A little Christmas boost.

Girl’s Camp

Both my oldest girls, Meg and Katelyn, went to girl’s camp in June. It is always something they look forward to attending each year. They seriously have the best group of girls and leaders anyone could ask for. Although I have never been with them I always love hearing about their experiences through the week. I don’t have a lot of detail to add, but I know they had tons of fun, went on a long hike, performed skits, and the weather stayed nice all week (unlike last year). Below are pictures which show some of fun things they did.


Survivor – Johnson Family

So I started watching Survivor during its first season years and years ago. I have not missed a season since. It is one of my very favorite things. It didn’t take long for that love to wear off on my family. Seth, me and my four oldest watch it regularly. My littles also watch it when they can.

Well my girls thought it would be a great idea to have our own shortened version of Johnson Family Survivor. Seth and I acted in place of Jeff Probst by running the challenges and tribal council. The kids were one tribe, the Galang Tribe (stolen from a real season of Survivor). Challenges ranged from some hilarious food challenges, puzzles, memory games and more!

Planking…our first Survivor challenge. Ellie won immunity!

Immunity Idol courtesy of Katelyn and her clay molding skills.

This was the first tribal council. Notice the fire ring. We got real technical.

Another immunity challenge was to see who could stack the most dominoes on their hand in one minute. Megan won!

This here is our jury. Notice the tears. Ellie was the most recent member voted off and she was pretty sad about it.

Megan and Drew were our two finalists who had to give their speeches to the jury.

Sole Survivor of Johnson Family Survivor: Megan! Lets be honest, does this surprise anyone? Over the past year or so Megan has gone back and watched EVERY past season of Survivor. She really is a pro and quite good at challenges and at speaking. I actually have a video of her speaking to the jury. Ask me about it sometime and I will show it to you. She deserved her win! 🙂

Halloween 2016

This Halloween the kids got creative! Megan and her friend made gumball machine costumes. Katelyn and her friend made these cute bags and were robbers. Claire decided last minute to be a green M&M. Drew was the cutest lil’ old man ever and kept pointing his crooked finger saying, “When I was young…” Ellie wanted to be a police woman and Seth and I were Cleopatra and her dead husband (a bit of a last minute throw-together).

There was lots of parties, candy and fun had by all! Happy Halloween!


Happy 40th to this old guy!

Happy 40th to this ol’ guy! I know turning forty sounds overwhelming but it didn’t seem to phase Seth one bit. He is fit, healthy, and in his eyes just a youngin’. I love that about him!

For his birthday sent the kids off to school and headed out to hike a 8.5 mile loop over up Grove Creek and then across and down Battlecreek Falls. It was a solid uphill climb to a beautiful open valley and then a steady decline back down Battlecreek Falls.  It was prefect weather and a beautiful hike and best of all we were practically alone on the trail.



After the hike we met up with his parents at Texas Roadhouse for dinner and then headed over to Eskaped where we barely managed to “eskape” this 1960’s themed trailer. 🙂


We also had some friends over for dessert on the Sunday before his birthday. Seth isn’t a big fan of parties nor the celebration and attention being about him (another thing I love about him) but I knew people wanted to come over and wish him well on his special day so I did something small anyway. I don’t think he loved it but the kids thought it was fun and it was a good chance to chat and visit with everyone.



The real celebration will come in March when Seth and I sneak off to Kauai to celebrate both of our 40th birthdays! Happy birthday to the man I love!