Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year Spotlights

So we are almost to the middle of the school year, but this is a tradition I don't want to skip on.  I love remembering my kids at each age and their likes/dislikes, and especially their thoughts.  They grow up so fast!  I think especially once they hit 12-13 time just starts zoooooooming!  We had a photo session with my friend Meloni before Tanner left on his mission, and I love these so much.  
Adri
age 16

Favorites ----
Food: smoothies, stuffed shells and sour-patch watermelon candy
Song/Artist: songs that talk about loving life & living to the fullest.  Also songs about strong women who don't need boys to be happy
Movie: Charly
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything: play guitar & ukelele, sing, reading beautiful literature, planning trips to exotic places, quality time with siblings and going on adventures with friends
New this Year: dating, working at Pizza Pie Cafe, blonde, early morning Trouvere's (singing/performing group), oldest Ferrara at the high school, & teaching piano lessons
Future Goals:  BYU-Hawaii or Study abroad program through BYU-I in Europe, go on a mission, and married in the temple
Fears: Not finding the right guy, and not meeting my potential
Anna
age 14

Favorites ----
Food: anything I make myself - I love to cook! Popcorn, cheesecake & ice cream
Song/Artist: anything pop & fun with a beat
Movie: Percy Jackson & other adventure movies
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything: Netflix, texting, hanging out with friends, anything outdoors and with animals
New this Year: High School, seminary, church dances, lots of new friends, and Freshman Choir
Future Goals:  Culinary School, married in the temple and have horses and a dog
Fears:  Talking to new people
Mars
age 12


Favorites ----
Food:  Pasta, potato soup, & cheesecake
Song/Artist:  Alessia Cara - Seventeen, How Far I'll Go, & Scars To Your Beautiful
Movie:  Adventure, Inspirational & Romantic movies
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything:  hang out with friends, read, sing, explore, dance & play basketball
New this Year:  only Ferrara in Middle School, no more braces, cello lessons, new bedroom, YW at church, girl's camp, & new friends at school
Future Goals:  go to BYU, go on a mission, & have an eternal family
Fears:  having to move and leave friends behind or change everything
Elli
age 9

Favorites ----
Food:  Pesto pasta, & popcorn
Song/Artist: everything by 5th Harmony
Movie:  Heaven is for Real
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything:  Barbies with Lea, make musically's, watch movies, play with friends, play on my ipod, drawing, and singing
New this Year:  oldest Ferrara in elementary school, violin & best friend moved
Future Goals:  Be an actress & singer and a mom
Fears:  Spiders
Lea
age 6

Favorites ----
Food:  Pesto pasta & ice cream
Song:  Would you still love me?  Anything her sisters like
Movie: Trolls
Things I like to do when I don't have to do anything: Barbies with Elli, playing with friends, drawing & coloring, dress-ups, and watching movies
New this Year: new front teeth & lots of spaces in my mouth, 5 days-a week in school, reading, clogging, and soccer
What I wanna be when I grow up: I want to work at Wal Mart because I get money
Fears: the dark
Landon
age 5

Favorites ----
Food: goldfish, cereal, spagetti, and chocolate
Movie:  Finding Nemo & Trolls
Things to do when I don't have to do anything:  write letters to tanner & draw pictures, play trucks & dinosaurs, play on the kindle, ride bikes, play outside, and watch movies
New this Year: preschool, soccer, & learned to ride his bike
What I wanna be when I grow up:  a teacher like dad and even a snowcone maker (straight from his mouth!)
Fears:  monsters
Mason
age 3

Favorites ----
Food: bread with jelly
Movie/Show: Dinotrux
Things to do when I don't have to do anything: play dinosaurs & cars, read lots of books, snuggle with mom, run as fast as Flash, play in the sandbox & tricks on the tramp
New this Year: potty trained!!!  Big boy in primary now
What I wanna be when I grow up:  The Flash
Fears: zombies


And of course - we can't forget my other 3 kids even if they don't live here any more!!

Corina & Daniel


New baby is due in 2 weeks, Daniel started in a new position at work, Corina got a 4.0 at BYU last semester and is taking this next one off to care for her new baby, and they still live in Pleasant Grove Utah.

Akayla & Dex
Living in Vegas until February, both have great jobs & the perfect living situation for now but are ready for their own place & change, bought a nice new car so they could come visit us for less gas money, school & work is their life right now, and hoping for a baby in 2017!

Elder Tanner Ferrara

He has been serving in a tiny town - Buffalo Wyoming for the past 3 months and having amazing growing experiences!  We loved skyping him on Christmas, and we know he is happy (even though it's hard sometimes) and really learning to LOVE his mission and the people he is serving.  


good things:
online journals
snow days
helpful kids

Monday, October 3, 2016

thoughts about September

Life just moves along at an ever-increasing pace.

I remember when I had only young kids people would tell me to enjoy it now because it goes so fast.  
I used to feel annoyed by that sometimes because I thought I was enjoying it even though it was hard.

I think once you get to the point that your kids are leaving you wish you had taken more time to have fun when your kids were little.

I'm not very good at that.

I always think work comes first and then fun.

But in all reality -- the work is NEVER done.

I'm really good at taking the moments to talk and laugh with my kids.

They are truly my best friends (along with my sweetheart of course).

But, I need to take my kids out and play more!

The weekend before Tanner left on his mission we took our kids to the Wellness Center right up the road from us.  We played soccer, volleyball, and had a delicious picnic.  It was a perfect night, and I'll forever remember that day.  I seriously don't remember if my house was clean that day or if I got all my laundry done.  It was just a little piece of heaven.  

Tanner has been gone for over a month now and it's gone really fast.

I got to talk to him for 45 minutes when he flew out to Montana.

He taught me a really important lesson from his time at the Missionary Training Center.  This is from his email at the MTC:   Prayer has been my absolute best friend! At first the days were so very long and they got increasingly worse. I didnt wanna be here, I missed home and all you guys, I didnt like my companion or my district, I hated everything! Then an answer to my prayers came. I had been worrying about the "I" in everything. I was homesick. I didn't like everyone. I didn't like this place. I was having a rough time. In my prayers I kept saying: help me feel better. Help me do better.....I prayed really really hard to be able to turn away from myself and lose myself for his sake. I just got on my knees and said "Ok Im here. Do what you will with me." I knew I needed to forget myself and so I tried it! I prayed to love my companion and love what I was doing and more importantly I prayed for others to feel comfort and I prayed for my investigators....and Honestly I havent even thought about home in a sad way since then! I absolutely love my companion. I love my district. I love this work. I love it here!  You don't need to worry about me:) One of the biggest lessons Ive learned so far is how much I need my savior and really how to rely on him. I love the gospel and I know it is the truth! 

I'm so proud of that boy!  It is much easier for me when I know he's happy.
I'm totally going to use that too - I need to stop thinking of me and let the Lord lead my actions.

Life is hard.  We might as well laugh and love and have faith and help each other get through it!









the district 



good things:
Monday p-day (missionary e-mails coming soon!)
walking on grass without shoes
fuzzy jackets

Friday, August 26, 2016

a little peek into the end of Summer....

TANNER'S MISSION FAREWELL....
so many great people came to support Tanner!
We had a whole day with all 10 kids (last time in 2 years),
including our married daughters & their hubbies.
We had family pictures taken and had a lovely day!

Corina was napping -- it's exhausting being pregnant!
Aren't these girls lovely?!

some of the friends that came - love these people!

Tanner's best friend since 4th grade came from
Arizona and surprised him
 (Josh Pratt on the left)

Dex & Akayla drove all the way from Vegas just for a couple days...
we sure love and miss them!


Tanner's best friend Emily....gonna be hard to leave her!



Our fruit trees are producing like crazy!
Dave threatened our cherry tree last year that if it 
didn't produce this year it would be cut down!  
We had cherries coming out of our ears this summer!!


 Mason loves to hold his baby cousin Evelyn!


Picnic at the park with friends from Illinois & Dave's brother Jim (and family)


Tanner's first time through the temple.
We chose the Logan temple because the
Idaho Falls temple is being remodeled.
It was a wonderful experience!

 
 Mason with toothpaste in his hair....long story!

 
4th of July!!

Snowcones!
We couldn't get enough of these this summer
so we finally bought our own shaved ice machine.....
it's better than you can get anywhere!!





Mars & Elli had a lot of fun together 
this summer marking off their bucket list!


They went and found wildflowers and made their own flower crowns!!

just have to add this picture with Mariah's beautiful red hair!

Tanner has spent a lot of time this summer
preparing for his mission.
He's been working tons and has done some
pretty amazing projects (I'll do another post on that).
Gonna miss this boy!

JOHNSON FAMILY REUNION!!






2 weddings in the family this summer 
only 2 weeks apart!! 


my little sister Carissa & her new husband Rick
I'm so happy these 2 found each other - what a joyous day!



so happy these 2 made the trip out this summer!


love my girl!


my 2 oldest beauties!


preparing for the reception -- such good helpers!

it was an exhausting day --
Mason didn't make it through the reception

my baby brother Foster & lovely wife Kenzie

cute little cousins!

I love this picture with all the kids --
these 2 are so great with all the nieces & nephews
  

Just enjoying the beautiful summer nights!

Anna & her 2 best friends - CJ and Megan

dad helped the kids build an awesome fort!
they slept here for at least a week and told lots of "scary" stories!

 Adri worked at Zion's National Park 
for most of the summer - we were all super 
happy when she finally got home!  

I got lots of snapchats of Adri with different cute boys -
she went on a lot of dates this summer!

Adri went on lots of great hikes - it's her favorite thing in the world!
   

water fight!

playing "Down by the Banks" for family night

Cool Rain in the park with the Fire Department!

starting soccer
Landon, Lea & Mason invited their cousins
(Jacob & Alex) over for a sleepover in the tent!



that's my grandbaby right there!!
celebrating our 22nd wedding 
anniversary with a weekend getaway!



Mars got to spend a week at her 
cousin's house in Utah- we missed her 
soooo much but she had such a great time!!


gotta spend a few afternoons watching Netflix and bingeing on popcorn!

Anna & Mars went to Girl's Camp!



Steadman's Farm waterslide!




Just a few more parties before school starts --
Adri & her boys!



Back to School shopping & lunch at Panda Express




Youth Temple Trip
Tanner got to go and do some of the baptizing.
Annalisa said it was awesome having her brother 
there doing the baptizing - 
it made the experience even more special!



5 lovelies on the first day of school!
I will admit I cried for a few days, 
but things are going well.
It's going to be a great year!




Annalisa is a freshman at Highland High School
and she gets to be in seminary with her daddy!



good things:
livin' it up!
school clothes fashion show
family visiting