Thursday, September 23, 2010


Johnny Angel-

I hope you have a really great birthday! I wanted to let our friends & fam know some unique and maybe a little embarrassing things about you. So for those of you who are reading this, here is a list of 30 things that will help uncover "the man behind the mask...."

1. When he was a very young boy, he and 4 other neighborhood boys had an exclusive club called "The Feisties."

2. For his next car, he dreams of owning a Camaro. (This embarrasses ME, not Johnny)

3. He is an expert Sudoku player, and likes to do all his puzzles in pen, because he doesn't make mistakes.

4. He is a "Gleek," so we love watching that show together!

5. He can do a crazy hitch-hiker thumb, and bend it way back, so it's basically sideways.

6. He loves all music, but especially Show Tunes and Sam Cooke.

7. One of his first jobs was working at a pizza parlor, tossing pizza dough, sometimes for customers to watch.

8. His favorite movies are "The Departed" and "Moulin Rouge." He likes all genres!

9. He is very tender-hearted and still cries at the scene in the movie "An American Tail" at the very end where Fievel reunites with his Dad. "Fievel?" "Papa?".....

10. He is in his last year of law school at McGeorge, and made the dean's list!

11. His favorite girl name in the whole world is Sylvia, and he thinks if we have another girl that we will name her that. Needless to say, this causes arguments between us.

12. Speaking of arguing, he is very good at it! He chose the right career!

13. He knows the names of each flower in the backyard, and the names of each variety of roses, and likes to greet them by name: "How are you doing my_____?"

14. To explain the picture above, Johnny loves to torture me by growing a hideous beard every now and then. When he's going through one of his phases, it's awful and very scratchy for me.

15. Speaking of hobos, (jk, you know I love you!) he LOVES to wear threadbare clothing. He is known for his Counselor T-shirt, "Rooney" jeans and gray sweat pants that are see-through from being too worn/old.

16. He has expensive taste at the same time, which is unusual. He is dying for a Rolex.

17. He is an excellent painter, and has mad skillz when it comes to decorating. He spent 3 weeks painting Gretel's room before she was born. He has a vision, and is dedicated to completing it!

18. He is really fun to sing duets with in the car; our favorites songs are from the "Walk the Line" soundtrack. He's fun to play duets with on the piano, too. We used to be good at Canon in D.

19. He does a very good Johnny Cash impersonation.

20. He says "gee whiz" or just "gee" when he's in disbelief, and he isn't joking when he says it!

21. He and his dad are certified sailors and have put their skills to use sailing in Australia and Belize.

22. He fantasizes about getting a tattoo. I think he's serious-I don't think he's just teasing me.

23. When he dances in the car, he wiggles his index finger while puckering his lips.

24. He loves working for the public defender's office right now, and wants to do trial law after he graduates.

25. I am amazed at how smart he is- he has a really good memory, and is able to retain information really well.

26. He is a thoughtful and creative gift giver. For example, he did an elaborate treasure hunt with a bunch of clues for me for our anniversary this year.

27. He LOVES gummi candy: gummi colas and gummi bears are his FAVE! (and that one candy from "Clives" ha ha!)

28. He really likes teaching Elders Quorum, and spends a lot of time on his lessons. Some guys in the ward have commented on how much they enjoy his lessons.

29. He makes a mean omelet! Very gourmet looking, and yummy!

30. He LOVES being a dad, and loves babies. He's obsessed with Gretel, and she just adores him too. They are best buddies!!

We love you little Johnny-Poo! You are an awesome dad and hubby!! I really hope you enjoy your thirties....I'll make sure you're "Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving!!"

Love, Wifey

p.s. Happy first birthday to our niece Jane! That's fun that you two share a birthday!

Monday, September 20, 2010

San Diego Zoo

This summer my friend Abby and I took our girls to the San Diego Zoo. We happened to be in Southern California at the same time so it was an impromtu trip. We had lots of fun!

Avery and Gretel were worn out by the end of the day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Funny, random things

The other day at the grocery store, Gretel noticed a package of cookies while we were waiting in the check-out line. I was so glad I had my camera in my purse, because I couldn't wait to show Johnny the picture and tell him what she'd said.
As soon as she saw this little man, she said "Daddy? Getchoo?" (get you) She always says each word like it's a question. She is SO obsessed with Johnny chasing her and saying, "I'm gonna get you!" in a scary voice. She constantly asks him to play by saying, "Daddy? Getchoo?" Then she dives into pillows on the bed or couch saying, "scary scary!"

This picture I took for you, Shauna! We are always noticing hilarious things to take pictures of in public bathrooms. While I was recently in a disgusting bathroom, I saw this sign on the door, and I loved what someone had added. Again I was very pleased that I had my camera with me. I also took a picture of the wet toilet paper covering the floor, but I spared you from seeing that-it was really gross!
p.s. Shauna, we really do need to make that weird bathroom photo album we talked about!

On a recent road trip, we put Gwen on Gretel's lap at the very end of the drive when we were driving really slowly. We thought it was funny that they were both enjoying it so much! Gwen didn't seem to want to come back to my lap!