Pomp and Circumstance

Drew has officially graduated from his first year of preschool. I have never participated in the “Joy School” type of preschool before. There were four of us and we took turns teaching two days each month. It was an interesting challenge with four rambunctious little boys, but in the end we made it through with minimal trauma. I can’t say I am going to miss it, but I know Drew definitely will. Drew has loved going to school. Each week he can’t wait to bolt out the door and go learn new things with his three best buddies: Andrew, Mason and Micah.

Graduation consisted of the boys marching out to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Each boy wore a graduation garbage sack and a cap. They all looked SO cute! Drew recited Humpty Dumpty and together the class sang a few songs. Then Suzie handed out their diplomas and treats. We finished off the graduation with angel food cake, berries, and whip cream.

Congratulations Drew! You did it!! Next year Drew will attend Bear Hollow Preschool and give mom a year off!


Drew Michael Johnson


Graduating Class of 2024


Drew leading the class in the Pledge of Allegiance. Notice they all have the wrong hand over their hearts. Maybe we weren’t such good teachers! 🙂


Drew, Claire & Ellie

Thanksgiving Point

This past week me, Drew and Ellie met up with Rachel and her kids and G’ma Jan and went to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point. Due to my hectic schedule it wasn’t perfect timing for me and honestly I wasn’t really thrilled to be going. However, it turned out to be a near perfect outing.

The weather was great, the kids were pretty good, and the tulips were amazing! I also really enjoyed looking at the new “I Am the Light of the World Sculpture Garden” that displayed bronze sculptures of Christ (and other biblical scenes). By the time I loaded up the kids and headed home I realized how grateful I was that I went. I am glad I didn’t pass up the chance for a little family fun and a lot of great scenery.


Drew & Ellie


G’ma Jan and some of the grandkids.


Me, Drew & Ellie


Ellie Bellie

Drew and his Dinosaurs

Drew has had a real obsession with dinosaurs. He plays with them ALL the time. I’ve noticed his favorite thing to do is take each dinosaur out of his bin and set them up in a row. It will sometimes take an hour to do this (he has a lot of dinos). He patiently sets each one up. I don’t recall all of my kids having such obsessions like Drew has had, but I want to document it so we have memory of it. If you ever come visit, ask him to show you his collection. He will be thrilled to do so!

Bum cheeks for breakfast!

I woke up this morning to find Drew eating his cereal like this (You may need to click and enlarge the photo):

I got a good chuckle out of it. I asked him why he was eating breakfast in the nude. He looked at me like I was dumb and said, “When I went potty I got pee on my undies so I threw them in the washer.” Of course! Why else would he be eating breakfast nearly naked?!

I then proceeded to ask why he had a paper towel under his butt cheeks. He never game me a real answer, but I think it was because the seat was cold. I am just grateful he decided to use the paper towel, even if for nothing more than sanitation purposes!

For me, it is silly little occurrences like this that get me through the harder days of being a mom!

Drew turns 4!

Drew had his 4th birthday party yesterday. Anyone who knows little Drew knows he LOVES dinosaurs. They are the first toy he plays with when he wakes up and the last toy he plays with when he goes to bed. So it came as no surprise when he wanted a dinosaur birthday party. Thanks to my dear friend Jen, I had plenty of dinosaur decorations to use that made the day just perfect for Drew.

He woke up to a pterodactyl flying from our fan, dinosaur posters, and the basement was set up like a jungle full of dinosaurs. He was so excited. I know that kids don’t care too much about decorations and that parties are mostly for the parents, but I am telling you, he was thrilled. His face just beamed all day long. It made me shed a few happy tears several times that day.

He had some of his closest buddies over. We began by playing dinosaur tag. Then we made safari vests and went down to find dinosaur eggs. Afterward, we played “Pin the claw on the T-Rex” and played pop the dinosaur egg. We finished up with cupcakes and presents and then just let the crazy little dinos have some free play. Considering the party consisted of ten 2-5 year olds and the fact that they have an attention span of about 1 minute, it went really well.

We sure love our Drew Buddy (as he likes to be called). He is such a joy. Although he has a temper at times, he is mostly very kind and sweet. He has a huge imagination. He is very content having pretend play with his dinosaurs or his super heros. Today he asked if I could arrange for him to meet the “real” super heros in person. I’ll have to see what I can do. He is such a cute kid and often wins the heart of all those around him. I just can’t get enough of that boy. I love you Drew! You sure are getting big and whoa, look at those muscles! 🙂


Look at all those cute dinosaurs!


Playing dinosaur tag.


Coloring dinosaur pictures!