happy thoughts of april

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It’s the last day of April, so I am joining with
EmmyMom to share my Top 10 things that made me happy this month.  Tomorrow Emmy and I will be sharing our April Heartfelt Acts! Excited to share our special acts!

1}  I think we can all agree that as parents, the first words you are waiting for your newest baby to say out loud is “Mommy” or “Daddy”.  The next words that melt your heart are hearing them say “I Love You”, especially on their own.  With each of our kids, we seem to have developed a unique way of saying I Love You to each.  With Ryan, I always say, “ I love you with all my heart”.  With Reese, I say, “Love you to the moon and back”.  With Rayne, we are still working on our verbal expression but I think she might be our silent case as this is the way we tell each other we love you.
Hand is brought up to the side of your face and slightly tilted.  Seeing her do this makes me smile.  She’ll even do it to Ryan and Reese.  It’s the most tender and genuine sign.  Means the world to us.

2} So proud of Ryan and his love for Baseball!! Go Giants!
3} I realize its only the end of April and June is still far away but around these parts, you have to plan ahead or miss out on booking a place for a birthday party!  I finally got Reese’s birthday party booked!  The theme is Dora!  She’s not my favorite pick but Reese asked for her, so I shall accommodate!

4}  Ryan has been very lucky to have found such good friends and I am equally as lucky because the friends he has have great Mom’s.  Through the Baseball team program, Ryan has been matched up with his pals again and I’ve got my Mom friends back regularly!
5} My flowers purchased in early March are still alive!  These are rose bagonias! My newest favorite flower to plant!
6} The first spring Erik and I lived in our home, we planted 5 Easter Lilies.  I felt sortof defeated because they only bloom once and that particular spring, the wind was so bad that it blew all the petals off.  Last Spring, they were back but had multiplied.  They multiplied again this Spring and you can see the green sprouts in the front garden.  There is currently 1 already in bloom and the rest are right behind it! So pretty!
lilliesopen lily
7} So with all the flowers in bloom, its no surprise that Spring has made its appearance and I’m already fearing the summer heat—but for now, we are loving our days at the park!
Rayne swingingReese jumpsryan parkkids at the park
8} I love seeing Halloween costumes that can be worn over and over again.  It sure helps the pain of the cost for these cute outfits to be part of the dress up games the kids play year round! 2 Spidermen (one is our neighbor Evan) 1 firefighter and Rayne is in a little monkey costume Ryan wore his 1st Halloween!
dress up kids
9} I love drawing with chalk… maybe more than the kids—its just fun to see the sidewalks so colorful! I drew our family name and the word love in the corner and Ryan drew a picture of Mackie.  So sweet that he includes her in his drawings.
The johansons chalkRyan's drawing of mackie
10} What can I say, this guy makes me so happy all of the time! Love ya Babe.
me and my honey

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Stacie said...

Love it all! Your flowers are beautiful, my tulips are fading and I am kind of in a lull until my dahlias bloom in early summer.

The kiddos look so happy and are such characters!

Feel you on the bday thing--Elise won't be 1 until October and I already have it almost planned out.

And weird fact about me, I hate the way chalk feels...

Jill said...

Such a sweet post, and so many reasons to be happy & smile!! :) Love the park pictures, it looks like you & your kiddos were having a great time! yay for spring!!

Sarah Shumate said...

That sure is some artistic sidewalk chalk art! :o)

I really love how you and Rayne say 'I love you'. How sweet that it's a body language thing instead of words!

Krystal said...

Saying I love you is very important. I tell my kids every chance I get. With Silly though, I tell him with sign language. He can talk but some reason this is the best way for him. He says "I love you" as we sign it so its extra special.

You would get along great with my kids! They love to play with sidewalk chalk. I am no where near artistic so I just take pictures of their artwork

Mrs. Match said...

Love that the kids play dress up all year. I've got some old dresses I'm hoping will one day make it into a dress up closet for a future lil girl. I also save all our halloween costumes so that Wyatt can play dress up too. :-)

Loveeeee Rayne's I love you sign. So sweet!

Go giants! All our friends here are huge giants fans. You guys should come visit so we can go to a game! :-)

Love the chalkboard artwork. I can't wait to have an excuse to go color our sidewalk! I'm dreading the summer heat too. It's already in the 90s here. UGHHHHHH!

Emmy said...

Great list!! I don't have quite the same love of sidewalk chalk as you- maybe become I think I am going to draw something Awesome and it never turns out very good.
Your flowers are so so beautiful!
Dora isn't my favorite either- but hey it's for the kids. Ryder always calls her D-D-Dora, probably because of the song.
Thanks so much for linking up!!

Nicole said...

Great list! I love that you drew on the sidewalk as well! All such great things to be happy about and smile about this month!

Poekitten said...

Looks like you had a fun month! Spring is so fun, with the flowers and being able to play outside again! Glad your family is making the most of the nice weather:)

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

Lo ve this list! you are so adorable and I'm glad you are my friend!