Monday, March 31, 2008

Johnny Napalm

For those who Love Guitar Hero III, this is for you. While we were out at Thomas we came across a Johnny Napalm look alike taking his son out for the ride. This is Awesome!!!!!!!

Easter Fun

What a Great Easter!!!! The Easter Bunny came and went at our house and of course he left candy and hid many eggs. One of which was stuffed in sock and accidently got stepped on while the boys were hunting for the eggs. Nana J and Papa J came out to color eggs with us and then we went to great Nana Needs house and hunted for more eggs and got more candy.

Thomas The Train

Thomas was in Grapevine Tx this week, and we went out to visit him. Brenden has been a big fan of trains since he was itty bitty. So to go see Thomas was a big treat for him. He was so excited to see him and so was everyone else in the metroplex. It was packed out there and there were screaming children every where. It was great. Riley was going to be in the picture too but at the last minute he decided that he was too big for Thomas and didn't want to be pictured with him. Go figure, but the had fun none the less.

Bryce of course slept through the noise and the train ride. It is amazing how they can sleep through all the noise and whistle blowing of the train. Not to mention the wonderful Thomas music that was playing on the train.

Papa Johansen works out at the train station there in grapevine and that is how we knew Thomas was coming. Well of course the tickets to ride the train were full so Papa snuck the boys on the train to ride in the engine with the conductor. It was really neat. There was something surreal about it. We definitely got the special treatment that day and the boys were so happy to get to spend some time with there Nana and Papa.

There were other activities at the big Thomas day out. They got to see a blacksmith and that was cool. He made horse shoes for the boys with there initials on them. It was really neat to see how the horse shoes were made. They used hot coals and pounded out the horse shoe and melted in there initials. They enjoyed it alot.

In all it was a great day out withthe Family and Thomas The Tank Engine.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tummy Time

This was our attempt at tummy time. I don't think that it was too successful considering the fact that with in like 5 minutes he was passed out. Now the only problem with this is that his brother Brenden was not too carefully when he came in the room and stepped on him. Now it wasn't as bad as it may sound. Bryce didn't even flinch, We must have worn him out.

2 Month Check-Up

Little Baby Bryce went in for his 2 month check up and he is not so little anymore. It is crazy how fast they grow. He has doubled in height and weight, weighing in at 14 lbs. and 24 inches. Although he still looks small to me it seems so sad that they grow so fast and I just can't help but think that the next time I turn around he will be crawling.

This last week he started to coo and smile at us and it has been alot of fun getting to know his personality. If only you could slow them down when and then speed them up through the bad times. Some one should make a remote for that, like the movie click.
I would fast forward through the temper tantrums and slow down this stage in his life. We are definitely enjoying this one a little more because we know that he is our last. I just wish that they didn't have to grow so fast.

Children are the most wholesome part
of the race, the sweetest, for they are
the freshest from the hand of God,
Whimsical, ingenious, mischievous, they
fill the world with joy, and good humor.
We adults live a life of apprehension
as to what they will think of us; a life
of defense against their terrifying energy;
a life of hard work to live up to their
great expectations. We put them to bed
with a sense of relief - and greet them in
the morning with delight and anticipation.
We envy them the freshness of adventure
and the discovery of life.
In all these ways, children add to the
wonder of being alive. In all these ways,
they help to keep us young.
- Herbert Hoover

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Boy's New Toys

Well today we decided to get some new toys for all the boys to play with. I got a brand new 150cc 4-wheeler and the boys got a brand new 90cc go kart. When we got them home we couldn't wait to take them out for a test drive. I began by taking each one of the boys individually on a test ride to get them familiar with the controls. It wasn't long before we were joy riding through the quiet streets of our neighborhood. Now I thought the streets would be better to ride on because the sidewalks were very narrow and Brenden had already driven the kart into a fire hydrant. We were having a good time until in one split moment Riley decided to take his eye of the road so he could wave at some passer-by's. In that one moment he drove our brand new go kart into a park car and managed to bend the steering column and flatten the right front tire. Fortunately there was no damage done to the parked car. The only damage was to our kart and Riley's pride. Oh well, hopefully we will be able to repair the damage (the kart's and Riley's). Maybe go karts wern't such a good idea.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Greetings From Guam

Hello Everybody,

We are finally on our way home, and I can't wait to get back. Japan wasn't as much fun as thought it was going to be. It was definately the wrong time of year to go there. I am sure it would be a lot more fun to go when there is more free time available to really get out there and experience the culture. Unfortunately on this trip it was cold, rainy, and we had to work a lot. I did get the chance to go out in town and experience a little bit the city had to offer. Here are a few of the pictures I took. Well actually just one of them, the connection here isn't much better then what I had in Japan. At any rate this is a picture of downtown Iwakuni.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Greetings From the Land of the Rising Sun

Hello everybody, or Mushi Mushi as they say in Japan. I finally figured out how to sign in to our blog from over here. The website is in japanese, but the postings are in english. Weird. Well we are almost done with our mission over here, and we will be leaving here soon. I can't wait to get home and see my family, and that awesome room that Brenden has now. Just thought I would get on here and share a few of the pics that I have taken so far, but the stupid internet connection that I have here won't let me. Oh well. Stay tuned for pictures when I get a connection that is not so retarded.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Crazy Texas Weather

What is up with this weather? Yesterday it was a wonderful 65 degrees, and today it is snowing. April let me borrow her camera and I taped the boys playing in the snow. I remember when this was fun, but now it's toooooo cold to stay out and play. Getting old!


This amazing thing happened over the last three days. My Sister April and her Husband Jamin, Brother Brandon and his wife Jess, came over to my house to give Brenden the surprise of a lifetime. Dino Country was created and he is the happiest boy on the face of the earth. They did a fantastic job.

I asked Jamin if he would come over to paint some little dinosaurs in the corner of Brenden's room. We had just got done painting Riley's room and I think he was feeling a little left out. Jamin said sure and recruited my brother and they broke out with this masterpiece. Now I would have been more than happy with just a little corner but they went above and beyond.

This little room has many residents. There is one giant T-Rex, one huge Stegosaurus, two Pterodactyls, and many little hiding cavemen. In addition to the wonderful giants we have hills volcanoes, meteors , and trees.

They did such a good job, we are really blessed to have uncles and aunts that love our kids so much that they would come out on the weekdays and paint for them. The boys are grateful and we are too. It looks great guys and WE LOVE YOU all and THANK YOU so much.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Where's The Library Book

We are searching for a very past due Library book. Today before Riley went to school I had him look under the bed for his book because once again it is library day and we have a past due book. I was wondering what was taking him so long and this is why. After they went off to school I decided to search because lets face it they look but not very well and I thought I would give it a shot. This is what I found all of this mess came from under his bed. And to think that I thought he was really cleaning his room. Right!!!! But haven't we all cleaned this way at some point. You would have thought the book was hiding under there with all that stuff, but NO it is still missing. I think that I am going to have to pay for this one. It made me stop to think about how much of our money the library was really going to see this year. $$ Cha Ching $$