Thursday, October 05, 2017

We made our yearly pilgrimage to an apple orchard to take family photos and get our bushel-ful. It was actually our first year doing so in Cincinnati, having previously procured apples in Michigan (oncetwice) and Indiana (once), so we weren't sure where to go or what to expect. My original intention was to make the trek to Tuken's Orchard, but it was farther than we wanted to go on an uncharacteristically busy weekend for us. To A&M Farm Orchard we went. And it was the right mix of festive and unfettered. We might check out Tuken's next year, but A&M was the perfect fit for us (though I could be persuaded by some apple cider doughnuts).

Hey, and now we finally have family photos with baby Hetta (who turns 1 in 1 month!).




A&M Farm Orchard 2017 from serenity johnson on Vimeo.


Friday, August 18, 2017

We're New England Vacationers now. Dan had vacation time to use up, and we wanted to go to the beach, but we didn't want to go somewhere hotter (because we are not summer people). Furthermore, as an avid Babysitters' Club reader, I've always been enamored by Connecticut, home of the cool and classy Stacey McGill. So it is that we settled on the New Haven area of Connecticut. We actually stayed at a hotel in Milford, which is around 20 minutes away, but pretty centrally located for all the things we ended up doing. The trip was lovely, the weather was perfect, and we're basically buying a summer home now (just kidding, the kids love hotels too much and hotel fun figures prominently in our vacation happiness).

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The end of May and much of June was spent on near constant house renovation. My dad came to do all our big projects (siding, closet combining, front steps building). My brother came to get addicted to The Block. It was a busy and special time. We ate lots of Frisch's, lots of Izzy's, lots of ice cream. I unwittingly and owing to my characteristic impatient laziness turned half my clothes into paint clothes. Joash laid on my laid up brother and watched him play hours and hours of Zelda. Hetta giggled every time Grandpa came into the room. Ammi deigned to dole out a few stingy hugs. I finally got to watch the season finale of Fixer Upper. Big stuff, people. Big stuff.

And, now, July. Bonnie came for an overnight, and we forced her to play Russian Roulette with Bertie Botts Every Flavor Jelly Beans (some of which are vomit flavored, some of which are cherry flavored), and now she'll never return. Yesterday we had Kenny and Korie and Baby Sam (with whom Ammi is free with her affection) over for a patriotic lunch, a kiddie pool splash, and some smokey fireworks. The kids but barely made it to the end of the day for smores and sparklers, and no one woke up from the cascade of fireworks that I peeked through the front blinds to watch. It was the kind of day that makes you extra thankful to have a place of your own. We were in and out of the house, up and down those stairs my dad put in, and I couldn't stop that urgent gratefulness that wells up from tender moments of actual satisfaction, not too much, not too little, exact enough. It's a good feeling.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Me Hungry for Baby Cookie (or Things People Say to Make Babies Laugh) from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Hetta Turns 6 Months!

Our sweet Hetta Rae celebrated her half birthday, so I took some updated pictures of the kids.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

From February

Good Morning, Hetta from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Inspired by Rio from serenity johnson on Vimeo.

Ammi's Thoughts on Life from serenity johnson on Vimeo.