The perfect Earrings to go with your favorite necklace.

So I just had finished the whole post on how to make your Perfect Earrings, and lo and behold, I did something crazy and deleted it all! What are the chances? It is amazing how one slip of the hand can cause such devastation. Luckily I was not writing a thesis or you know something I worked on for decades. But still!!!!!!

Here is hoping that this post will be as coherent as the last post, but I guarantee you one thing, it will probably be a lot shorter:) Because it might happen again…

It is very rare that I buy jewelry, because my dad is the jeweler, and I tell my husband all the time that he is so lucky that he does not have to worry about getting me jewelry! I am sure he appreciates it:)

There are on occasion that I do buy jewelry, and when I do it is usually at a Thrift store, or my neighbor comes over with her amazing finds and then asks to borrow my jewelry tools which I happily oblige to do.

She had found this beautiful necklace at Platos Closet, and wanted to make earrings. So she looked at the necklace and thought, I think I know where my earrings will come from.

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St. Patricks day is coming up fast! Oh what a fun holiday St. Patricks day is. What I like about this holiday is you can go as crazy as you want, and the kids will love it. Or you can do absolutely nothing, and they will still be all right…As was the case last year.

The one thing that is tradition, is wearing GREEN or else you will be pinched. My dad would trick us every year by wearing any color but green except for his thumb nail he had colored with marker green. We would run to find him in the morning and pinch him, and then remembered the green thumb, and we would start running:) That is the kind of house I grew up in, we did not go crazy with the holidays but we did just enough to make it special.

I would like to add a new element to this jewelry tutorial, they are BEADS!!!!!!

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My ideal plan was to make a four leaf clover pendant, and let me tell you I have beginners luck. While attempting my first four leaf clover Continue reading

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March 14th 2014 documented a momentous day for me, not only because it is my beautiful sister Nicole’s Birthday on that day but I started to write down on a calendar what we ate for dinner every night.

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The Mighty Icy Chill of Niagara Falls!

This winter has been COLD!  February came in with a vengeance, and we are still in shell shock.  It is now the middle of April and Grant still insists on putting on his down coat, just in case something cold comes our way!

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We have been to Niagara Falls twice, I guess it is a yearly venture.  It is a sad thing really because we live a mere 45 minutes away from pure AWESOMENESS!

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We were told that because of the cold weather, the ice on Niagara was extraordinary.

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So at the beginning of March on a semi warm day of 30 degrees we headed out to this natural wonder and we were not disappointed in the least.

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Niagara Falls is one of those places that to believe something this incredible exists, you just have to see it live.

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It was so spectacular even Zach who is our dare devil made sure no one neared the mighty falls.

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We are so grateful to be able to live this Canadian adventure.

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We even were able to get a Canadian out of this venture as well!

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Who loves me more than words can say!

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Bennett was super aware of the danger of the Falls!
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And to top it all off, we went to our favorite Timmy’s

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Skate the Dream

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would put any of my kids in hockey.  Even in Canada I saw the going rate of what hockey costs, and I thought…um no.  BUT then a miracle happened.  There is a program called Skate the Dream that costs a mere 10 dollars.  For your 10 dollars you get to borrow all the hockey equipment and they clean it for you for the following week.

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The course runs for 9 sessions from January to March, it happens every Monday from 6-8 pm.  Coaches provided, basically the works. So all this combined, I thought…all right all right.  I guess I’ll sign my sweet Zach up for hockey.

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And guess what?  He loved it!  There are so many layers of pads and a helmet that when you fall, it does not hurt.
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I don’t think we have a professional hockey player on our hands.  In fact the first time out on the ice, Grant started crying because Zach kept falling.

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But true to the Zach style that we know and love, he kept trying, and never gave up.

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This program was awesome, I can’t wait to sign up both of my boys next year.  They say if I have one more child, I would have a whole hockey team:)

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The best part was that at the end there was a family skate, and Zach helped his brothers learn the ropes of all that he learned.

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Grant was taking it all in, and sweet Bennett fell once, and all fury broke loose!

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Jamsey boy our Canadian has just barely learned to walk, but maybe I’ll put him in skates next year…

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Now I am starting to understand why hockey is huge in Canada, they make it possible for everyone to play hockey.  There are hockey rinks in backyards, parks, there are hockey nets and sticks everywhere, it is truly a phenomenon.

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Yet another reason why I love Canada, they embrace the culture of coldness and make the most of the crazy cold weather, with Hockey and Tim Hortens of course:)

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Find the people who make you Happy!

My sweet little Zach had a hard day at school yesterday.  His best friend was not there, and his other friend decided not to play with him.  He was left all alone, and he did not know what to do.

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So many emotions ran through my mind as he told me sad stories of being alone, and not being invited to birthday parties.

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As I held my sweet little Zach, I just wanted to him to be all right.  But I was grateful that he told me his struggles, I was grateful that he let me hug him while he was sorting out all these emotions.

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I was not mad at the situation, because this situation will ALWAYS happen during life.  It is crazy how you can relive your childhood all over again and remember the hard times in school that you wish you could forget!

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I prayed to know what I could do to soothe his sweet, tender heart and an idea came to me.  I got the class picture and said, “Look at each of these kids in your class, I will point to them and you tell me what ones make you happy and which ones make you sad.”

There are a total of 19 students including my sweet Zach, there are 10 boys and 9 girls.  Out of all the kids there were only two that made him sad.  I told him to go to the people that make you happy.

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That calmed him down, when he saw that most of he kids in his class made him happy and that only a few made him sad.  He saw other kids that could be his friends and that gave him the courage to try again tomorrow.

I LOVE my Zach, he has a strong sense of right and wrong and will stand up for what is right.  He is kind, quiet, persistent, pure of heart and always ready to flash a beautiful smile that shines from the inside out.

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It is hard to send your kids out in the world, because sometimes the world is not always kind to your priceless treasure.

But no matter where you are in life, there will always be kind people who will make everything better.  Cling to those people, treasure those people, and strive to be someone who makes others happy as well.

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This morning I asked him what his goal was today and he said, “Find the people who make me happy!”

That is right! And remember Zach,

I love you and you are my happiness!

Love always,

Mom

Why do you have to grow up Jamesy Boy?

DSC_0264 DSC_0301 I have always had a hard time during the first year of a new babies life. It takes the Johnson household about a year before we can figure out a routine and life seems to calm down a little bit. During that time of adjustment, you just grew up too fast Jamesy Boy, and it makes me feel once again badly that I did not treasure every moment like I should have. Or held you longer. But I did take more pictures of you Jamesy boy than your other brothers, and actually tried to do a month by month photo session… Thank you Jamesy Boy for being a part of our family, you make everything better with you smile, laugh, and love for your family. You love your brothers so much, and I tell Timmy that he needs to look at me the way you look at me… When you look at me it is like I am your whole world. Thank you James for looking at me like that, because your brother the other day asked if I do anything, and you understand James, you understand and appreciate that I am doing the best I can:) DSC_0247 Without further ado, here is a month by month picture overload of Jamesy Boy our Canadian boy!

Newborn – you were born on a golden day because the Canadian Womens Hockey team won a gold.  I went into the hospital at 11:30 am and had you at 2:30 pm, it was by far my favorite birth, and you were perfect, and still are:)

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I Married a Saint

Can I introduce you to the best thing that has ever happened to me?  His name is Timmy and he is amazing.  I would love to give a tribute to him:

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A – Awesome – He can do it all!  Cook, clean, build houses, get PhD’s, an amazing dad and husband, kind, perfect…

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B – Best Friend – Timmy has seen me in so many phases of life.  Teaching, being pregnant, moving, having kids, learning how to be a mom, trying to figure out how to be a grown up…etc.  And through it all he has been my right hand man, and my biggest support.

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C – Calm – Thank heavens for his calmness, because things could quickly get out of hand around here.  My only question is, why did not my children inherit this quality as well?

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D – Durable Dad – As soon as Timmy comes home, he is attacked.  He becomes a jungle gym, a punching bag, a wrestling buddy, a trampoline…the list goes on and on.  So far he has withstood the beatings, my only concern is that the boys keep getting bigger and we keep on adding to the amount of boys around here.

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E – Energy – He never stops.  I get tired just watching him!  He is teaching seminary this year, he wakes up at 5:30 am in the morning, he goes to work, comes home to a family that literally LOVES him to pieces, and then he prepares his seminary lesson or writes a paper, goes to sleep and starts it all over again with a smile.

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F – Funny – I tell him he is funny when he does not try to be.  The longer we are married the funnier I think it is.  I don’t know why this phenomenon happened, but it has.  Perhaps there is more inside jokes between the two of us, it could be perhaps our four boys give us many reasons to laugh a lot.  Who knows!

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G – Giving – He is the first to sign up to help someone, the first to give of his time and resources, and the best part is…he enjoys it!

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H – Heart – HE has a pure heart.  What you see is what you get in Timmy.  He is the first to say sorry, the first to forgive, the first to see the good in people.

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I – Invincible – He is a superhero in our eyes.

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J – Johnson Confidence – This basically means, that if you put your mind to it, you can do it, and the world’s the limit.

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K – Kind – Looking at Timmy all you see is goodness and kindness, he has never said one mean thing about anybody.

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L – Leader – He has had some opportunities to be a leader and he is good at it!  He leads by example, love, and hard work.  He is also the perfect leader in our family as well.

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M – Manly – Tim the Tool Man Taylor has met his match!  Timmy is Al and Tim the Tool Man Taylor combined.  He knows how to build houses, can you believe it?  I could not, and then he built my parents basement.  His skills continue to develop as well, he is starting to learn how to work on cars.  Nothing makes him happier than learning something new that requires sweat and a challenge.

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N – Noble – And I quote from the dictionary “possessing outstanding qualities” why yes, yes he does.

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O – Observant, I like to call them his baby blues.  He notices everything!  As soon as he walks through the door I can see him take in all the surroundings and make sure that all is in its rightful place and all is well.  which usually is not the case:)

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P – Precious – Timmy is so sweet and wants to make sure that I am all right at all times.  He will do anything to make sure that his family is safe and secure.  He loves my family like his own.  He enjoys people, and looks out for those who may need help.

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Q – Quick – Did you know he ran a marathon?

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R – Resilient – These past nine years of our marriage, have followed an unusual route.  We have done the school thing FOREVER, but he keeps on going.  He still finds joy in the journey and does not get bogged down on the what ifs in life.  He is a active force that propels forward despite all the obstacles in the way.  In fact he laughs at the face of obstacles and says, “What else you got?”

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S – Soil – He love soil, he majored in soil.  Nothing says love like that!  If you want to get on his bad side, just call soil dirt.  I dare you!

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T – Tender hearted – He sometimes cries, and it makes me love him even more.

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U – Useful – I LOVE HAVING TIMMY HOME!!!!!!!!!!  When he is home is so helpful, he knows how to can food, make amazing dishes, fixes the dents in the house, loves to grocery shop and even sticks to the list.  Puts on Zach’s hockey skates and all the hockey gear, he teaches the boys whatever the boys are interested in learning.  He is here, he is present, and he is a blessing.

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V – Valiant – He is solid in the gospel, solid in his testimony, and solid in doing what is right.  I feel like I am always running two steps behind him trying to keep up with him.  He is my example of how to be a good person.

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W – Wizard -He loves school, he is good at it. We are supposed to work on our talents and he has indeed done that. As an observer of him getting his PhD, you would think it was the easiest thing to get, but I am told it is NOT! Timmy thrives at taking tests, he loves learning new things, and he is a certified genius.

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X – eXample – Timmy leads by example.  For his birthday he wanted to make homemade ice cream with Zach because Zach wanted to do it.  I on the other hand, require a birth month.  When he says we need to treat mommy like a Princess, he shows them how it is done.  Timmy does not ask us to do what he would not do himself, and oftentimes he does not ask us to do anything, but leads a good life, and so that is what makes us want to be good as well.

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Y – Youthful – He gets handsomer by the day, I say that I married Paul Newman’s look a like with his baby blues.

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Z – Zealous – Timmy loves life, he approaches everything with a can do attitude.  How we love him!

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The best thing about all of this is that we get him FOREVER!

 

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