Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm DONE!!!!

YAY! School is out!! I can't believe it finally over! Just in time too...I wasn't fitting in the desks anymore...seriously. So now we are gearing up for the move back to Rexburg. We are hoping to leave Friday night but think realistically we won't leave until early Saturday, man are we excited for a new adventure! Our goal is to be pretty much settled by Monday night so we can put up our Christmas tree and decorations starting then, we will be in Rexburg for Christmas and it will be our first Christmas away from family on account of I will be 38 weeks prego and having a baby would be just inconvenient on the Montana-Idaho border as we drive up to Washington.

FYI- our phone number has changed to 801-389-8782. And I am hesitant to put our address on the account of numerous fans and stalkers that would likely find their way in our bushes.

Well, wish us luck! If any of you lovely friends in Rexburg happen to be free on Saturday and so bored out of your mind that you are really in the mood to move some are more than invited!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas dress and temple square...

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Poor Nemo

So John and I put "Finding Nemo" on our laptop as we were putting Caity down for her nap and we were upstairs reading when we hear the most hysterical sobbing through the vents. John goes down to check on her- I mean she was SOBBING...and he came up laughing, and I asked what she was crying about. As soon as John opened the door Caity anxiously pointed to the laptop exclaiming "Oh no...Nemo! blabber blabber, Nemo's Daddy! Nemo no go bye bye! Oh no!!!" Nemo was just captured by the dentist in the ocean. Her face was wet and she could hardly talk her voice was so choked up. So I asked John what he said to comfort her and he said he told her "we don't cry" and laid her down. and she responded "Ok. (sniffle,sniffle)."
I share that for two reasons- 1-I thought it was so cute that she cared about poor nemo, and 2-how is "we don't cry" comforting? Poor Nemo is taken from his daddy, but we don't cry, got it?
haha, he went back down and gave her a hug, I am pretty sure they had a moment or something.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

whoops...oh dear

Remember when I accidentally posted a love note to my husband on my PUBLIC blog??? How embarrassing...if you read it, I am sorry- feel free to just delete that mushy stuff from your mind...oh blast...I am just embarrassed. It was on for like 5 hours before I even realized it!! So sorry...but you would write notes like that to if you were married to someone as awesome as just wouldn't accidentally post it for the entire freakin world to see.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pregnancy Pictures

Chelsea asked for a maternity picture- well, here you have it! (this was a couple weeks ago, so I have gotten a little bigger...but you get the idea.) Oh yeah- and I dyed my hair blonde, and John is now black, a secret dream of his I think.... the boy wants swagger. or "swagga" maybe? Anyhow this was just some little thing I threw on last minute, you can't see my heels, but I am wearing them, and wear them every day to highlight my unbloated* ankles, I know- I make pregnancy look glamorous, yeah? Notice how I haven't gained weight anywhere but my belly, I am just lucky that way, after Caity I weighed LESS than before*....I am just a REALLY cute pregnany woman.

If you think I resemeble international super model Heidi Klum....yeah, people keep telling me that as I walk through the halls at school...I don't see it really, but I'll take it.

OK, so maybe if you have a good eye you can tell this isn't me, or perhaps you realize it probably impossible for my husband to change his race...but I don't even have any pictures of me pregnant...but I guess I could get on it...I feel so large the picture would probably have to take up two posts though.

PS- I think Caity thinks my now outie is the baby...I don't mind it so much until we are infront of people and she starts pinching it, saying "Oooooh! Baby cute!" So much for John's comforting, "no one can even tell, Mary"

*HA! What a joke...did I ever even HAVE ankles??
**this statement is far from true...I gained 60 pounds

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Carving Pumpkins

Caity and the pumpkins...
Little Red Riding hood
Going trick or treating on Saturday

The loot...she definately knew what was going on. (those are my knees to the right. And my elbow.)

For halloween we went to a carnival, went to the grocery store trick-or-treat, and went trick or treating at night (in ogden, every one went on Saturday.) We had so much fun and Caity was a blast to watch...I love Halloween.

YAY!! I found my camera cord!

So despite popular belief....we are not dead. We just lost our camera cord and well, you know how that goes- is it worth blogging about it if there aren't pictures to show the world how incredibly good looking we are? You understand. Just a quick update on all of us though:

John- was lucky enough to find a job our first day down in Ogden, he is just doing roadwork, but we are so grateful to have a job, and he likes it well enough. He is still working on restoring his truck and it is coming along pretty well. He is looking forward to starting classes this Winter.
Caity- is growing up too fast!! she is a little talker and picking up waaaay to much of our mannerisms and dialect. so many times I hear saying, "Oh my gosh...its sooo cute!" or yesterday when she put shoes on the wrong feet she stood up and said "Oh dang it!" and she has kind of been a second mom to her aunts and uncle when ever they get in trouble she always mimics whatever my mother in law says. She loves coloring and just started coloring faces, she loves "reading" her books (really just naming all the letters on every page) and of course she LOVES elmo. I think she is pretty excited to have a baby brother and I think she will adjust well, I will just have to monitor her big sister skills closely to ensure a long mortality rate for baby #2.
Me- Besides the fact that I am HUGE, and feel like walking is less productive than rolling would be, thing are just great. Pregnancy is quite exciting (when not annoying) is fun anticipating the changes that are coming our way. And I love feeling Johnnyboy kicking his legs. School is going really well and I am really enjoying being back in classes.
Johnny- (or as Caity calls him, "Johngee" growing more and more everyday and is more than ready to make his debut in the world.

We found a place in Rexburg and we are pretty excited to get settled up there this december.
That is all I can think of update-wise...and I don't even have a picture to post with this.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I don't know how to fix my blog.

How do I get rid of the cutest blog on the block template? I don't know...but I can't get my new background to work because of it....I stink at blogging.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Random thoughts...

1-I miss John. It was nice when he was in school because he would be home between classes, and we typically got to spend the afternoon is still going be like 3 more hours and I am ready for him to come home NOW. Oh well, at least it is something to look forward all day

2- Is it weird that I think the Cake Boss is like the coollest person on the planet? I don't know what it is about Buddy- but he just makes my day.

3- I miss Emily and Caity misses Lincoln. COME BACK JOHNSON FAMILY!!!!

4- I don't think I am Wiggles fan.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's a Boy!!

Yup! Johnny Calhoun V is on his way! Oh yeah, and guess what? I am pregnant! I totally went in for my first ultra sound yesterday (thinking I was just under 12 weeks) THEN when Mr. Doctor pulls up the ultra sound screen guess what we discovered? I wasn't 12 weeks along....I WAS 18!!!! 18 blasted weeks! So instead of a peanut we saw...well, we saw it was a boy. How exciting right? The projected due date was originally the first week in Feb- NOW it is sometime in the middle of december.....Crazy. I go back in two weeks to meet with the radiologist expert person and then we will have a for sure due date and an official gender declaration if you will. But anyway, that is the newest with us.
We have been asking Caity if she wants a baby brother and she consistantly responds we will see how it goes....but anyway- wish us luck!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today was a tender Mercy

I went to bed last night counting all the sheep telling me "tomaaarow is going to be a baaaaad day." There was just so much on my list today and I just knew it would be a day I would let the world down. I really feel like God took mercy on me, somehow everything got done. I honestly don't know how, today was a reaffirmation to me that Heavenly Father knows me and he won't ask more than I can do. It was a wonderful Sunday, I am so grateful to have this day every week to take the sacrament and spend time with my family and God. Even as lately Sundays are my busiest days, they are still my most relaxing- I really feel the Sabbath is a day our spirits recognize as our Lord's day. Today I am grateful for Sundays, God's love, Bishop Stone, having a little girl to wear my old dress, holding hands with John at church and friends who reach out to me and really care.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Growing up too Fast....

Is it just me or Caity not a baby any more?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A couple new adventures...

(Caity outside the Truck John drives for work)

(next to the tire...she doesn't stand a chance)

(Caity and John before Caity's first driving lesson...oh grief.)

Adventure number 1
Our car.....dead. Yes, poor fellow experienced enough of us-Brassells, and choked just outside of McCammon, Idaho on our way down to Ogden. Special thanks to Mr. Police Officer who pushed us bumper to bumper a quarter mile to the gas station. Another special thanks to Mr. Off-his-mission-3-weeks, Jason who hitched us a ride the remaining two hours to Pleasant View- with Brittany in the front seat mind you- poor guy didn't know what to do with himself! And last but not least a very special thanks to our cousin, Jon Barker for selling us his truck for practically nothing! Oh not to forget a thanks to Mr. Towrope for not breaking as John pulled me and Brittany the whole way in the Honda. The engine is shot in our car, so looks like I am going to become a pro at stick. Of course John has something up his sleeve to get the engine fixed. (He always does.) But what a fun experience that definitely kept us on our toes!

Adventure number 2
This one was self inflicted- of course. So with us driving a truck home to Rexburg, John asked his parents to borrow the 4 wheeler his used to ride a child. We currently have a 3-wheeler we got for a great deal on Bulletin Board (soon to be traded for a new engine for Honda.) Now john will be able to fulfill his "lifelong dream" (no kidding) to take his wife four (and 3) wheeling in the mountains, side by side- he's so romantic.
So upon seeing the beautiful weather yesterday I suggested we walk to the park and play- but why enjoy the nice weather when we can drive out to the mountains and get stuck in the snow? And why would Caity want to take a nap when she can risk getting shaking baby syndrome on the back of a 3-wheeler? Silly me...what was I thinking, suggesting to go to the park?
So we took the wheelers up past the temple for some quality time off roading. We had a pretty good time and I held my own (it was my first time going wheeling john-style- aka suicidal off roading.) But then we ran into snow....
Wife: John, this snow is like 2 feet deep if it is hard getting through down hill it will be impossible going up hill.
Husband: No, its not bad...lets just go a little further and then we will turn around.
Wife: I really don't think---
Husband: It's fine Mary, I have done worst before.

We made it through with only having to push once. But then we ran into more snow.
Wife: John- this snow is like 3 feet deep. If it is hard getting through down hill it will be impossible going up hill.
(you know the conversation from here.) I tell him I don't like being out of control, he tells me that is the funnest part....ok.
Well, two snow trails later we turn around and spend the afternoon pushing our wheelers through the snow, covered in mud and exhausted. Poor Caity was so tired she just cried saying, "night night, please!" poor thing.
Besides that little adventure we had a really good time! And even pushing through the snow wasn't so bad because at least I had the satisfaction that I was right. John would put Caity so she was facing me and she would just laugh like was going to catch her....we had so much fun enjoying nature and challenging eachother.
But snow: Good RIDDANCE!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

To my mom

Sometimes I feel like my meaning in life as a mom consists of cleaning the same rooms three times a day, "hog-tie"ing my daughter to the shopping cart in WalMart, reading the same page in the same book only to have Caity flip to the back of the book and ask me to start over. Sometimes it seems like I spend an hour on a meal only to have it strewn on the floor and devoured in less than five minutes, or I spend all afternoon stragically decorating our walls with pictures only to be accompanied by scribbles and stickers. Sometimes the purpose of being a mother feels monotonous and pointless.
Today I can't help but feel grateful for the blessings of being a mother. Among the distractions of a daily routine I know my purpose as a mother is divine. I know I hold a sacred duty to love and nurture. The moment I held Caity in my arms I knew what unconditional love truly is. For the first time in my life I really loved someone more than myself...I knew I would give anything for her. I knew she was a daughter of God and I didn't know what I did to recieve something so special.
Being a mother is feeling so incapable and then discovering extra strength deep down that you know was only provided by your Father in Heaven. It's sacrifice and selfishness, it's heartbreak and joy, its frustration and laughter. Being a mother is a journey to a higher ground and understanding of God's love.
So often I wish I was perfect -I wish I could give Caity everything.
I will forever be grateful for our "moments" together; when time seems to stop and she looks up at me. Something passes between us and I know she loves me and she knows I love her. I capture those moments in my mind forever.
Those moments I feel a connection to my own mom. I wonder if there are memories like these in her own mind. I wonder the love she felt for me. I think about the sacrifices she made for my happiness.
My mom is perfect. She is literally the most perfect woman I have ever met. The older I get and the longer I am a mom the more I understand the vastness of her love and dedication to my happiness. From sewing the sleeves on a homecoming dress minutes before my date arrived to staying up til 2 in the morning hearing every detail. From encouraging me to expand my talents and being the number one fan when I take her advice. There are moments upon moments I will always cherish, when I knew my mom was the woman I could become if I tried hard enough. She is my best friend and biggest example. I hope I can live up to the legacy she has left me. I love you, Mom.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Old pictures

So I was looking through old pictures and this little series cracked me up- Caity drew all over the kitchen floor and her punishment was to clean it off. Every thing is just so much cuter when a little body is doing it.

And then when she got done mopping the floor (with help from mom) She ran to the bathroom and started doing who knows what... (see below)


Monday, April 19, 2010

Catch up

So I know- blogging isn't my forte...but here is a bit of catch up for us:

-yay for sunny weather and a park close by! I have loved taking Caity on walks this summer and she is big enough to play on the slides and everything by herself. Everyday is so much fun. Today Caity kept pushing her stroller up and down the sidewalk while I painted our table and John worked on his truck- she would stop occasionally to kiss her baby and put it back and push some more...moral of this bullet point- I love the nice weather!
- John is restoring a '68 GMC truck, pretty much from scratch, it has turned out to be quite the project -he took the GMC body and mounted on a chevy frame with a GMC motor he rebuilt- it has made me quite the widow this spring break, but I am excited for him. He is learning how to weld for the first time too so he is pretty happy about that.

-September will find us in Ogden so I can go back to school to Weber. I can't wait to get back and then get done!
-Caity loves Dogs (doegs)
-My brother, Matt messed up his knee on his Mission in Thailand and is flying home as I type for surgery. It is exactly at his one year mark so unless the surgery goes terribly wrong he will continue to serve the remaining time when he is all healed up.

-Our Computar DIED- the hard drive completely busted and we have yet to be able to get our pictures off...i have lost hope- but it is so sad.
-Overall things are great for us....hope you all are doing well!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Oh Caity....

Things are great here in Rexburg. Summer in coming and we sure are happy about it!

Friday, January 15, 2010

what a big girl!

Caity is so excited because she can now eat all by herself....


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