Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spring & Summer update

It appears I have ignored the blog. And pretty badly I might add. Here is the longest post none to man. What can I say.. sometimes life gets in the way of updates. So, here are some of the fun things we have been up to lately (meaning the past five months). In May we finally went to the U2 concert. It was postponed a year due to Bono having emergency back surgery.
The Fray opened for them. Love this band!!
What a fun show it was. Seriously amazing! And we were SOOooo close to the stage. We got in the inner circle and only got in the general admission line at 4:00 p.m.
I got a visitor at work. My niece came to the Church Office Building. Here she is at my desk.
In June we had cousin time at the Granddaughters of Brigham Young luncheon at the Lion House. It was fun to catch up and to even have some of my AZ cousins come. The food is always amazing and this years speaker was Richard Turley, Assistant Church Historian.
On June 14 Abe's little brother Aaron got married in the Salt Lake Temple. It was such a beautiful day for a wedding followed by a great reception that night.
We just love Aaron and Annique!
Also in June, we celebrated my Dad's 60th birthday and Father's Day. My sisters and I listed off 60 memories we have had with him. It was fun to read all of our different memories. There sure have been a lot. And of course more to come!
Abe has been graduated from Brighton High School for TEN years. Here we are at his reunion. Mine is next year.. wow.. where does the time go???
We celebrated the 4th of July. We started the day at a ward breakfast. The ward my Dad grew up in. Then we headed to Farmington for a celebration at Abe's Aunt's house.
Also in July we spent some time up in Huntsville with some of my friends from high school. It was a great weekend at the Banks' cabin including a trip to Pineview Reservoir.
Sushi was eaten at some point this summer. We highly recommend Red Ginger and their half off sushi!
We welcomed a new nephew into the world.
Sawyer Thaxton Johnson
6lbs 12 oz
19.5 inches

We are in love with this baby!
Also in July, we headed down to Lake Powell. It was a rather a last minute trip but we were so glad we went. We spent some time getting to know some new people and hanging out with my cousin and his wife and my Aunt and Uncle.
The crew at Rainbow Bridge on Pioneer Day.
We did some wakeboarding, slaloming, double skiing and knee boarding while there.
At one point during the trip while cruising in the boat up Nauvoo Canyon we got caught in an intense rain, thunder and lightening storm. We waited it out and once the storm let up we were left with waterfalls. It really was amazing. I have been to Lake Powell tons of times but have never ever seen anything like it.Thanks to my cousin for inviting us. We don't get to see them too often since they live in Phoenix so it was good to catch up and make some memories.
Now that brings me to August.
Last weekend we headed down to Spanish Fork to the Utah County Fair to watch Abe's old neighbor and son compete in a demolition derby.

Cowgirl boots, illegal hits and dirt flying everywhere makes for a great time. And one of them took second place... not too bad at all!

I really need to update more often because this is just one long-winded post. And for you few readers out there that read the Johnson Jig thanks for making it through this entire post!

And more adventures are to come... September is going to one busy month.
We're head to Cali for the Utah v. USC game, then going to Provo to watch the Utes beat the Cougars and then the last day of the month we're headed Kauai. ALOHA!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chopped Chef Critic

I think Abe and I have been watching the Food Networks show "Chopped" a little too much! Last night I tried out a new recipe. A pasta in clam sauce recipe to be precise. It was real tasty if I do say so myself. The best clam sauce recipe I have found yet.

Well, when Abe was eating it he started breaking down the recipe... our convo about the food went like this...

He said, "the sauce is good it even has a bit of a kick to it."
I said, "yep, it has a splash of hot sauce."
Then he said, "is it a cream base?"
I said, "sure, it has buttermilk in it."
Then he proceeded to tell me, "the noodles are slightly over cooked and that they needed to be a little more al dente."
I said, "okay, well the lid was on it to keep it warm until you got home so that could have made the noodles a little more tender."
He followed up with, "I am just analyzing it like I was a Chopped Chef."

Oh goodess ... so is this what I get to put up with every time I cook now?? I have a food critic living with me. Too funny! That boy makes me laugh so hard.