Recent Fun Stuff.

First things first my friends...the winner!
Kate had an amazing 322 comments!
Followed closely by HeatherW with 284 comments!
Since you both tried so hard and commented waaaaaay more than I thought anyone would, you can BOTH send my your address via Etsy and you will BOTH get a goody bag!! :) You gals kept me entertained all weekend! Thanks for being such good sports! :) I'm sure to feel lonely for a while...not getting hundreds of comments and all...
I was Lazy with a capital L yesterday...and pretty much all weekend...but yesterday I even stayed in lounge clothes...and they earned their name. :) I did rearrange the living room and mantle, though. Does something look funny to you in these photos? If you can't tell...I'm not telling. :)
I love a good change. :)
And I still love the color of this living room. :) I even touched up all the scuff marks this weekend (see Bethany...your not the only one who does that). :)
Moses is doing many cute things at the moment. One of which is making me sing "If your happy and you know it..." but he only like the "Shout Hooray" verse. And boy does he shout "Hooray!" and jumps at the same time. :) I have lost count of how many times a day he makes me sing it...when his dad comes home he get him to help him jump even higher while he shouts "Hooray!"
Lately he has all the guys come to breakfast. Saturday morning we had to take all these guys minus Elmo to the post office and the bank. :)
I love it when he wears this hat. :)
This morning we went to Panera for breakfast and then took Moses to the playground.
He love the slide.
Not as much as he loves his daddy!
This is the view we pass on our short walk to the playground. I love Virginia. :)
And just how precious is this? He stopped to pick a couple "pretties" as he calls them and held on to them through snack time. :)

Hope your Monday is a grand as mine has been so far. :)
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P.S.

FYI---for the giveaway-know that HeatherW has 13 comments that have not shown up because I accidentally deleted them. :) You girls are entertaining!
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Some answers to FAQ

I tend to get the same questions from many of you via email, convos comments, etc...I try to answer them when I remember to but often I am only answering them in my head and not at the computer. So since I feel like I have neglected to answer too many for too long, I decided that this will be my FAQ post and I will link to it in the tag cloud over on the side and do the same with any future FAQ's. :) Okey dokey? But first the disclaimer: the thoughts below are just MY philosophies or opinions...you do what works for you and I will do what works for me.

One question that I often get is how I get so much done. This is much more of a complex question than it appears because it has so much that goes into it. More than anything I think it has to do with balance and priorities in many many ways. Since having Moses we have had to shift our balance quite a bit. We make him a priority while also making our marriage a priority. Doesn't make sense huh? Let me explain a little better. For the first two months of Moses life he was perfect in every way. Great sleep, great eating, great growing, everything. Perfect I tell you. Then the third month came and something happened. He began waking up 8-12 times during the night, not being able to fall asleep on his own or self-sooth in anyway. By the end of that third month I knew that something had to give...I was weary, as a result Doug was weary...our family was very off balanced and all about Moses for all the wrong reasons. I did some research and found Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. I ordered it immediately based on the reviews. We implemented it almost the day it came in the mail and overnight our lives changed. He immediately went from waking up 8-12 times a night to 1-2 times to a short time later sleeping through the night. That quick. From the second or third night on he has also gone down for 99% of naps and night time without a peep. And he has always gone down awake...not asleep.

We learned that his schedule must be our priority at all times for him to be the healthy, happy and loving child that we wanted him to be. I remember reading in that book the first time a paragraph about a couple who had a child who everyone commented on, who everyone loved to be around and thought was so laid back and happy. I wanted that baby. To get him it took a lot of self sacrifice. And it will continue to require that. You can ask anyone who knows us...Moses' schedule is our priority. Sometimes we miss events, parties, weddings, etc but honestly, who wants to drag a cranky, tired baby to something anyway? Sacrificing his schedule makes us all suffer...him the most. At the same time, by making Moses' schedule our priority, we also make our marriage a priority. Moses goes to bed at 7:30-8pm every night...it used to be 6:30pm. That gives us A LOT of time to do the things that we want to do, both as a couple and as individuals. It gives us time to stop parenting for a few hours and just be together. We also stick firmly to nap times as well. Whatever errand we have to do or run can wait. Good naps = good days and a good nights sleep for all of us.

And guess what? I can't go anywhere that I don't get a compliment on how happy he is, or how well behaved, or how loving. :) Jesus and Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child make Moses the baby he is today. :) The best part is that now he will have healthy sleep habits for the rest of his life! :)

Next question. No I am not closing my shop when this baby comes. Not sure what it will be like but I am fairly certain that Little Bit Funky is not going anywhere. :)

Right now (July 6th I am about 6 and 1/2weeks pregnant). Baby is the size of a lentil bean. :)

We only let Moses watch Sesame Street and Elmo's world, occasionally some PBS or Sprout. Whenever we turn off the TV we try to remember to change the channel to one of those stations in case Moses turns it on...we don't want his mind littered with some of the garbage that is on TV these days. I try to do the same with the radio in the car as well (tuned to Spirit FM).

We only keep healthy food and snacks in his sight. So basically anything he sees he can have. We honestly try to ONLY buy things that we are OK with him eating as well. That makes us all healthier. (We keep our little treats well hidden...and honestly there aren't many of them.) :)

Moses is 21m.

One more: Why did I share my pregnancy so early on? The way I look at it the more I tell, the more there are to pray. Same goes if something terrible were to happen. The more people know the more who can pray.

Ok, so that took a little longer than I thought it would. I hope that answers a majority of the questions that were out there...if there are more you just let me know...either here or via etys/email. :)
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A head start for the giveaway...

Look at that handsome boy!
He was my little crafting sidekick last night...he kept taking those buttons out and placing them just so on the fabric circles...played with them for a good while. :)

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Photos below of the goods for this weeks giveaway. The person who will win this week will be the person who leaves the MOST comments on this post! They must each be at least a sentence and cannot be jibberish. :) Don't think that you are annoying me or I will think you are stalking me...it's been fun reading all the comments all morning and getting my ego puffed up from all the love you are leaving. The race ends at noon on Monday! You better get commenting. :)


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About to bubble over...

...from the AMAZING last 24 hours or so that we have had!! The first AMAZING news is that Doug got a promotion!!! YAY!!! He works so hard and this is just the next step to getting up that ladder to where he wants to be eventually. The good things about this promo are that we don't have to move(yet), he gets a bonus and a raise! The bad part is that he will be working overnights...the good part is that we will have most mornings together and honestly I think it will be great once we all get used to it. And...I love my husband and he is a great father but it's not like he woke at the sound of a baby whimper during the late nights with a tiny Moses...two times we counted that he was up at night with me...and I never minded...he could sleep through a truck ramming the house...so it's not like I will be missing all the late night help. :) So YAY Doug!!! I am so proud of you!
Another fun thing is this adorable pillow! You need this right?
I am trying to work through all the random projects that I have all around...cause I will be losing my craft room to a tiny new family member. I still have a couple more pillows to get out of the way. This one is in the shop...just waiting for you!
And I got some of these made last night...while Doug watched the Olympic swim trials...
Made these this morning...since I was up at 5:40 anyway...
And THESE. Oh. These. I am so excited about these...part of the reason I got no sleep last night was because I had just thought of this fun idea as I drifted off to sleep and I kept waking up and thinking about them....they are sweet little tags with chalkboard on them!!!! So you can write and wipe away!
How stinkin' cute are these? You could use them for organizing your pantry, craft room, closets...etc...

Or use them for tags on goody bags for parties with each child's initial or name. I just can't get over how much I love them...also in the shop. right. now. :)

And last but certainly not least cute...this sheet of ADORABLE birds in hats...I plan on printing them off on sticker paper to use on cards and tags. How can you not smile when you see these?

Hope your day is amazing too! Loves-XOXO

P.s. Ribbon is from Joannes
Flips are from Target $10. :)
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things i lub









(note the placement of the throw pillows...all his work and i never move them when he helps)

Have a happy day!
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Success. An answer. And a request.

This may look like a simple meal to you. But to me...it says success. See that macaroni in the corner there? That is no ordinary macaroni. That is my mother in laws macaroni and cheese. A staple to the Johnsen clan. Some time ago I asked her for the recipe to make it for my husband. I have had had several unsuccessful attempts at making it...each time, upon the very first bite I could tell what was missing from it...salt, butter, etc. Last night was different. Last night it was perfect. So much so that I can't wait to eat the leftovers for dinner tonight.
I would post the recipe here but that may get me banned from NJ so if you would like it you can find a way to contact me and I can share it with you that way. :) Like passing a recipe to a friend.
Doug was off again today...the last time for a while...we started the day by taking Moses to the previously discovered playground. By the end of this trip he was so tired that he asked Doug to carry him...and was covered in dirt and sweat.
His average time on these was about 4 seconds...
Unless another child was on this two seater...and then Moses couldn't get enough...each child pulling in a different direction...I was just waiting for heads to bonk together...
And...someone on my last post inquired about why parents would choose not to place their child in the nursery during church...I thought I would address this...at least from my family perspective, I can't speak for others. First of all...we only started going to our current church a few months ago. When we moved from Radford, Moses was about 6 months old. Had we stayed there he would have stayed in the nursery during service from the get go. Note that I said during service. Not worship. I will likely never take Moses to the nursery during the entirety of worship as I feel that that is a family affair. Yes, when he begins to fidget about TOO much, I take him then but not before. And of course there may be days when his demeanor makes it impossible to stay in for any length of time but in general I want us to experience worship as a family. Since we have begun to attend our current church Moses has gone to nursery each time...only Doug and I had been taking turns going and staying with him. This was for a couple of reasons. Mostly because we didn't know anyone. I am not about to leave my child's care in the hands of strangers...we wanted to see how they handled the children, their demeanor, etc. I wanted to know how things were run and know what my child would experience. Another reason that we took turns staying with him was for him to become familiar with the surroundings and people. We did it this way to ease the transition for all of us. And it worked. :) I may also add that one of the requirements for any church that we were considering or will consider in the future will be that they are family friendly. That noises from babies and toddlers are a welcome part of the experience and that we would not be scorned for allowing a noise to escape. I have been in churches where a cry from a baby brings dirty looks and that made me want to RUN from that church. So, that is why we do what we do. Please note that I am just explaining how we believe and feel about things...I know that each family is different and some do prefer a more traditional experience and that is OK and wonderful for you it is just not how we choose to experience the Body. :)
And, one more thing...I need some post ideas...so give them up! What do you want to hear about...ideas...requests? Leave them in the comments...please. :)
I lied...one more thing...if you took the time to link a photo of the mess in your house...please send me your address via Etsy and I will send a little something your way. :) We'll do that again...next time with a little warning. :) Have a great day friends!
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The narcolepsy game.

This weekend I played a game...it's called get things done before narcolepsy hits you at 2 in the afternoon. I lost this game Saturday and Sunday. I got nothing done. I was basically a blob who followed Doug around on errands. :) Today however, I won. I got things done...thanks in part to Moses waking me up at 5:45...he went back to sleep but guess who didn't? We still managed a fun weekend. :)
While Doug and my uncle played golf they found a new and awesome playground for Moses. We took him there as soon as he was up and ready from his nap on Sunday. :) It was the perfect size for him and he could do most of the things on the little kids part on his own. As he would go down the slide he would say "mama, dada, b (my uncle), mama, dada, weeeeeeeeeeeeee". Every time. It was precious. It's hard to tell who was having more fun, right?

Also this weekend, we took Moses for his first semi-kids meal...I am very anti-fast food...especially for kids, so Moses has never had anything that resembles it. The closest to fast food we eat is Chic-fil-a and even that hardly ever happens. So, Saturday for lunch he had his little chicken bites, fruit cup and milk and he loved it. Doug and I have not enjoyed lunch as much in a while...it was just fun to sit there with him and watch him enjoy his treat. :)

And on Sunday we took him to nursery in the middle of worship, when he started to fidget...and though he protested just a little at the beginning...he was perfectly fine. When we came back to get him he was sitting at a table, having snack...being all grown and all. The nursery workers said that he didn't cry at all but played and had a good time. When we left Moses leaned into the main nursery worker and laid a wet one on her! :) Thank God for answered prayers and sweet boys!

On my heart lately...is just how stinkin' blessed I am. I mean seriously...I couldn't ask for a thing. Not one. Sure my life is not perfect but in every area I can see hope, improvement, joys, blessings, love...in this moment nothing seems too difficult or overwhelming. God is all around us as a family and it makes me want to work hard to keep it that way. :)

The winner of the package this week is Amanda (I think that is your name). :) To choose the winner this week I just went through the list of entries and choose this one because it just pricked my heart so much...I am such a baby when Doug is gone for a day or two...I can't imagine not seeing or hearing from him for months! Amanda you can contact me through Etsy also to leave your address. :)
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Cute or not?

I made these funky little trees last night and I know that I love them...the questions is do others? Just trying to come up with some fun new things as there are now more than several shops that mirror mine exactly...or at least they try to. ;)
Wouldn't they look adorable tucked into a window ledge or perched on a door frame...or paired with some little houses? :)

Hope your Saturday is wonderful...there are a million things that I need to get done but so far have done none of them... :)
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Avoiding...

Above is what I should be doing. I should not be blogging...I should be folding the three loads of laundry that is sitting on my bed...looks exactly the same now as it did hours ago when I took this photo. :) There's a real life photo for you. At least the bed is made, right? This morning I awoke to find that my husband had thrown his dirty clothes into the mix (while they were piled in a basket near the laundry room)...I was like "those are clean...can't you tell?" :)

So now I dare YOU to post a real life photo...go on...go find your messy spot and put it out there for all to see...I'll give out a bonus goody to the person who posts the messiest photo...just make sure I know where to come see it. :)
Got some yummy treasures in the mail today...sweet, sweet Jen from Noodle and Lou made these darling little houses just for me...packaged so sweetly...
I simply adore them...especially the little red one with the polka dots...
See...made just for me...my name on 'em and all. :)
One of these things is not like the others...one of these things just isn't the same...so yeah...I may not look pregnant but some overwhelming force made me buy chocolate and peanut butter Pops at Target yesterday. I usually can't stand sugary cereals for the most part but I had to have these...plus when you buy four boxes you get a $5 gift card. :)
And I just had to share these ADORABLE little houses with you...how stinkin' cute are these little gift boxes? Love them...just need a reason to buy them...Go see her other fab and cute things at Daisys and Dots.
And speaking of cute and houses...how about this one from Janesays. :)
She called me to chat yesterday...sounds as cute as you would think she should...
And one more...can you believe how talented Mrs. Scottie is from Tiddlywinks. She is fabulous too...you should go visit this sweet little flower doll in her shop. :) And she is having a sale!

And finally...in exciting home front news...Moses peed in the potty!! When I clapped and made such a fuss over it, he totally gave me this look like he was saying "Lady...it's just pee". :)

:) Well that's my day...anyone want to come fold some laundry for me?

Don't forget to post your mess and come tell me about it. :)

And I sent out the swap email...let me know if you did not receive it or if there are any problems. :) Have a fabulous Friday!

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