Friday, August 6, 2010

Carly's Spa Experience

Today my little girl is eleven! For her birthday I gave to her what most girls would love to have - a spa experience including a facial, manicure, pedicure, and hair treatment.

As her feet soaked in warm water, milk (great for the skin), and lavender essential oil (for relaxing), her hands soaked in warm soapy water. I then put Log Cabin syrup in her hair, it conditions and prevents split ends. While this sat under a shower cap, I cleansed her face with plain yogurt, perfect for cleansing and tightening pores. Next was a facial of mashed bananas and honey, the perfect moisturizer. I applied vitamin E oil to her cuticles and finished with a manicure & pedicure.

She was not impressed. Actually, she was pretty grossed out by the facials and hair treatment.


I still enjoyed pampering her, though.

Happy Birthday, my sweet girl! I love you.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Celebrating Ali

One of my best friends, Ali, loves celebrating BIG with all her pals. For her 25th birthday we traveled to San Diego and went to Sea World. For 30 we went to Vegas. And for 35 we went to Napa! It was the perfect way to celebrate. We enjoyed fabulous wine, delicious food, and great times with friends. One of my favorite places was Cuvaison. If I ever get to own a vineyard and open a winery I hope it looks as incredible as this. If you get the chance, all 10 of us recommend the S Block Chardonnay. Cheers, Ali. Here's to you and the beautiful person you are. Love you!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pioneer Spirit

Cooper (camp name Slash) made some great friends this week (pictured here with Myles, aka Blue) as we traveled back in time to the pioneer days during Girl Scout Day Camp. This year I had the great pleasure of spending my days at Boys Camp with Slash and 15 other boys, ages 8-12. What a blessing to meet these boys and spend time with them. Truly an adventure!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Johnsons

My beautiful family! I am so blessed.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Margie's 66th birthday!

Yesterday we celebrated Margie's 66th birthday with family and friends. Her new scarf is so pretty on her. Love you, Margie!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sad Ginger

Ginger broke her toe this morning. She's the first one in the family to ever break a bone.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The last day of spring break we got to stay at the fancy-dancy Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Brad was working at a conference there and his client included a room for him. We lived it up swimming and watching movies. Carly and I are definitely hotel girls - we love to stay at nice hotels. This one did not disappoint. Thanks, Dad! Thanks, Chris! Thanks, Lord!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


For the 2nd year in a row and in honor of Elaphanty's birthday today we had dessert for dinner. This time it was pie! A chocolate pie with fresh strawberry whipped cream.

It was a dream come true until the first bite...

April fools! It's just a cleverly disguised Shepherd's pie!

Happy Birthday, Elaphanty!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Billion Acts of Green

Click below and share how you will be a part of the billion acts of green. We're doing our part and starting a compost bin in the backyard.

Billion Acts of Green

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Carly and I are excited about composting.
1st step: getting rid of the weeds

and posing for dad.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


CELP - Catalina Environmental Leadership Program. This is Carly with Marguerite, our camp counselor.

We just returned from 3 days in Catalina where we snorkeled, kayaked, learned about organic gardening and composting, hiked, and challenged ourselves on the climbing wall. We loved it!

Check CELP out for yourself.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

Today's after school snack was Shamrock Toasties: english muffin, melted cheddar cheese and spinach leaves shaped like a 4-leaf clover. A big hit!

In honor of St. Pat here's an Irish proverb sent to me from a dear friend:

May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!

Friday, March 12, 2010


Beautiful green roses showed up on my doorstep this morning. I love my husband!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

my 2 starfish

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sing My Love

Yesterday when we sang this song at church I could hear the Lord tell me I'm lovely. I could feel the Lord touch me and burn His love into my soul. It was beautiful. I felt like I had never heard the song before.

Sing My Love
by Sarah McMillan

Words can never say the way he says my name
He calls me lovely
No one every sees the way he looks at me
He sees me holy
Words can never hold this love that burns my soul
Heaven holds me
Oh, heaven holds me

Can't hold my love back from you
Can't hold my love back from you
I've gotta sing
I've gotta sing
Sing my love
To you Jesus yeah

(Verse 2)
You will not believe the way he touches me
He burns right through me
I could not forget every word he said
He always knew me
The earth could never hold this love that burns my soul
Heaven holds me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, heaven holds me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


(Verse 2)

Oh, nothing's gonna stand in the way
Nothing can get in the way of the love tonight

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Artist

Carly, age 10, is becoming quite an artist. Am I biased?


Fruit of the Spirit


Body of Christ


Le Geek


Cities Reality & Illusion

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Principal For The Day

Students at my children's school earn Taft Tiger tickets by showing respect, making good decisions, and solving problems. The more tickets earned the bigger and better the reward. Cooper earned 100 Taft Tiger tickets and got to be principal for the day! He had so much fun making announcements in the classrooms and working with Principal Coe. We are proud of you, Cooper!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


I’ve known Margie most of my life. When I was 12 I met her daughter, Mitzi, and became a part of the family. I have great memories with this family - my favorite summer ever, oreo cookies, iced tea, cantaloupe at dinner, trying new foods...

Margie is a wonderful person who has modeled grace, generosity and stick-to-itiveness. I’m grateful I’ve been able to call her mom for more than 30 years.

She has been recently diagnosed with cancer. On a recent visit I snuggled up on her bed and we swapped fun memories and caught up with family. As always, she made me feel like I am one of her kids and I love her for that.

I love you, mom.

Homemade Bread

Today would be a good day to come visit the Johnsons. The house is filled with the smell of homemade bread. My wonderful husband made another batch of bread dough and so we'll be enjoying his fresh bread for awhile.

Ah, it's one of the sweetest things.

Double Chocolate Cookies

Seriously delicious chocolate cookies...

Makes about 24 cookies (depending on how much batter you eat)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350ยบ. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of almost-simmering water, stirring once or twice, until smooth; remove from heat. In a small bowl beat the eggs and vanilla lightly with a fork, sprinkle the coffee over to dissolve, and set aside.

Beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the sugars until combined; the mixture will look granular. Gradually beat in the egg mixture until incorporated. Add the chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until the consistency is scoopable and fudge-like, about 30 minutes.

Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop the dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing mounds of dough 1-1/2" apart. Bake until the edges of the cookies have just begun to set but the centers are still very soft, about 10 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Remove from parchment paper and let cookies cool to room temperature on wire racks.

You can make them triple chocolate by adding 12oz of semisweet chocolate chips to the batter after the dry ingredients are incorporated.

My friend, Sommer, makes an incredible vegan double chocolate chip cookie. You can check it out on her blog For Dessert Sake. Or you can click here.


Lent Begins

It is important to slow down and spend time with the Lord. Tonight our family participated in an Ash Wednesday service together. Our youngest, Cooper, had this to say, "tonight was slow and quiet. It was fun to think about God".

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. Colossians 2:6