Are you guys excited to take a look back at your year?  I’m actually excited to make it to the last week where we make predictions for next year!  So I’d like to welcome  you to Week 1 of the Review Extravaganza 2012.  This week we will be recapping January, February and March.

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{January 2012}
I was beginning to throw my heart and soul into trying to create yet another link party.  I started a link party with Cherished Bliss to get people jazzed about Pick Your Plum.   I really fell hard for this company and wanting to find a way to be apart of the amazing growth by sharing their products and ideas with as many people as possible. 

I also bought my first ever ticket to a blogging conference that was set in September that I later did not even attend.  Sad.

I also got involved in getting people geared up for Valentine’s Day with crafts I created in a series with Ashley from Cherished Bliss blog.  I think this might have been my favorite:
Rayne was just turning 4 months old.. time really does fly:

{February 2012}
Seriously Shawn & Impulsive Addict created a blog swap and I was paired up with my favorite swap partner to-date new Mom Stacie:
I forgave Stacie for the ghost pooh because it allowed my kids to cut up and have fun! You can’t put a price on that!
I shared a very embarrassing video from highschool when I tried out for mascot.  I was questioning how life would have been different if I had actually made it.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day and took some pictures..
I can’t recall how Reese got the bruise on her noggin’ but seriously, that picture is just adorable!
{March 2012}
Erik had to leave for 3 weeks of Army Training- his yearly duty but instead of the normal training, he was going to school for his promotion to Staff Sergeant.  We took at trip down to visit him.
Its just crazy looking at how Rayne was so little and Ryan even looks so much younger. 
So, big surprise… I created another link party!  The PYP party fizzled out so I thought getting people to link up favorite finds might generate some fun and it did but eventually petered out too..

Stacie from Park Avenue shared a great find in March for St. Patrick’s Day.  I had to try it myself and give them as treats to the kids at school.  Stacie is responsible for teaching me some great tips!
I got crafty with peeps and decided to gear up for Easter by making a wreath. 
It wouldn’t be a Johanson Journey without some footprints of my kids for decoration!

Ryan also started to get very involved with Karate, starting at his school!

What a fun time of year.   So, what were your highlights?  Time to link up and get started with entering the contest to win those awesome prizes.  Add your post to the Mr. Linky- then use the Rafflecopter form to start collecting your points.  If you have any questions as to how any of the forms work please leave a comment and we will help you out as soon as possible.

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Stacie said...

Thanks for all of the love, and of course the forgiveness! I love strolling down memory lane with you guys each year!

Anonymous said...

I love all your crafts! I wish I was as crafty as you. That video is AWESOME!!!

Mrs. Match said...

WOW your kids grew so much this past year!! It goes by way too fast.

Jill said...

Oh my gosh, it's crazy how fast time passes... I mean, I thought Rayne was born during this year!! Seriously?!? LOL Your kids are growing up, what little cuties!!

Nicole said...

Ok you are just tooooooo darn crafty! I'd like a peep wreath by the way ;). But seriously, I wish I was that crafty! I guess my challenge is time and actually sitting down to do it. I also love the butterflies and that bruise picture is precious!

VandyJ said...

Very crafty--something I can never quite pull off.
That picture of Reese is too cute!

Connie said...

Why do babies have to grow so fast?

becca said...

wow busy woman you were and i'm still looking for the stop button on time

Emmy said...

Oh yea I remember these all! Stacie mentioned you too :) Yes looks like they had so much fun with the ghost poo. And PYP is awesome-- sorry for some of the drama that went down there.

Love that picture of Reese- too cute! And yes when you look back like this you realize how quickly they do grow up and change.
Thanks so much for hosting with me and for all you have done for it.

Anonymous said...

I adore all of your crafts! They are way too cute.
Aw your little girl has gotten so big! It's so crazy to look back on pictures of when they are little babies :( makes me so sad haha!
I miss the Show us Your Find link up! It was one of my favorites.. I think it should make a comeback - I would totally cohost with you :D
Sounds like you had a wonderful first three months :D

Jamie said...

I love your projects. So fun! I'm a big fan of looking back, too! Part of the reason I blog. ;)

Lauren E said...

I just love your blog! You are so crafty and your kiddos are absolutely adorable. That Peep wreath looks delicious. :)

McVal said...

How fun! Thanks for stopping by today!
Your kids are seriously aDORABLE! And you are SO crafty... And I think I know just who to send snowman poo too...

Jessica McCoy said...

Rayne was so little! They all were! I remember you making the peep wreath! Cute!!

Can't wait to read your next recap! :)

cherished bliss said...

Ahhh what memories! I remember all those posts : ) Back when I could sit down, lol. Miss you!

Mom of 12 said...

Such cute kids! You should have a dozen at least.

jennie p. said...

love the st. patty's day treats... my recap is at https://growninsouthernground.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/2012-review-extravaganza-first-quarter-recap/

also, check out this post and let me know which charity i should donate to this month... i will donate $1 for your comment! http://growninsouthernground.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/comments-for-a-cause-2/

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