Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rolled over

Raegan rolled over 5 times yesterday, it was a great sight to see. I hope that rolling over is a start to bigger things to come. When I get a chance I will post the video I took yesterday of her rolling over.

Also I want to wish every one a Happy and Safe NEW YEAR.......

Friday, December 26, 2008

Mommy & Daddy's Igloo

Snow in Vancouver

With the help of a couple of friends we built this igloo tonight

Aaron & Billy

Aaron, Cali, & I

Me, Peter, & Mark

Christmas Pictures

Christmas Day, and a new hat from Great Grandma & Grandpa

Raegan & Jett on Christmas day

Raegan & Santa

Raegan & Grandma

Raegan & Kennedy

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Raegans 1st Christmas was a good one. It even snowed on her first Christmas. Thank you everyone for the great gifts and the Christmas wish's. I hope everyone had a good Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Nutter Butter Balls

Since I was snowed in today I thought I would make these and they turned out great, and they also taste really good.

Start by finely chopping the cookies…

Combine with cream cheese and peanut butter and roll into balls…

And dip in chocolate… easy!

Nutter Butter Balls

1 pkg. Nutter Butter cookies (broken… use cookie with the cream center)
1 8oz. package cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup peanut butter
chocolate bark

1. Finely crush all but 5 cookies in a food processor or place them in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine consistency.
2. Combine with cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
3. Roll the mixture into 1" balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet.
4. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper covered cookie sheet to dry.
5. Once dry, refrigerate and enjoy!

Makes about 30 balls.

Dr. Mary

Happy Birthday Dr. Mary!!!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snowed In

It has been snowing for days and it doesn't look like it is going to stop any time soon. Since it has been so cold, and I am sure most people haven't been able to get out and finish their Christmas shopping I thought that this would be a great idea. Coco and hand dipped candy canes. A perfect gift for these cold days.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


1st lair

2nd lair

3rd lair

Raegan all bundled up and out in the snow

Raegan opened her eyes and was blowing the snow away

Friday, December 19, 2008

Growth Charts


Raegan had a doctors appointment today and she weighs 8lbs, and is 19.5in long. It is exciting that in two weeks Raegan put on 8oz. Last month she only put on 8oz. I am hoping that this month she will put on a pound. My goal for her is to be 8lbs 8oz on January 5th when we go see the pediatrician for Raegan's 6 month check up. Wait I can't believe she is almost 6 months old. Boy how time flys when your not in the NICU.

Today was a very good day we got to see Doctor Mary, Laura, and Mitzi. Oh and we got to meet Dr. Marys dad Dr. Rogers. Today's doctors appointment was a NICU follow up just to see how Raegan is doing as far as meeting milestones. Raegan is ahead of where she should be for most things. The only thing that she needs to work on is being more vocal. Raegan is vocal, but not in the right way. As I shall put it more talking less yelling. We also had them print out Raegan's Grow chart to see how she is doing, she way off the chart. I will go scan them and post them here so everyone can see. Just so everyone knows I have no complaints about Raegan being small. We get good use out of things, and that right there should make any parent happy.

I hope everyone is doing well, and having fun in the snow (if you have snow). Stay warm and have a great weekend.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Oh my is it cold... 21* outside, but I am sure for those of you who live in the Portland/Vancouver area you are aware of this. So the reason for this post isn't for everyone that is reading it now, but it is for Raegan. For those of you who don't know already I am going to take all of my blog posts and turn them into a book to give to Raegan. Some people scrapbook, but I just can't get in to that, so I am blogging. When I started blogging I knew it would be for Raegan, but it has also become a great way for people who don't see Raegan very often to keep up dated on how she is doing.

Any how, I just wanted to tell Raegan that yesterday was her first snow. It was really cold outside, so we just watched it snow from the window. Mommy was waiting for it to snow more before I bundle you up to take you outside to see the snow. Yesterday there was just a light dusting of snow, not enough to cover the ground. Watching the news, all the towns around us had snow, but not here in Vancouver. I am watching the news now, and lets hope the news man is right and we get snow later this week. Not that you can play outside in it, but Mommy and Daddy want to build you a snowman.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Black Dog Photography

So after a long day yesterday, our business has a new website. I posted the website under the links, just look to the left and you will see it. Let me know what you think.

Christmas Pictures

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I am almost afraid to say it, if I do will it stop happening? I guess I will just say it for the last 4 days Raegan has slept through the night! She eats around 6:30p-7:00p then she will take a nap till about 10:00-10:30, then she eats again and goes to bed. She will then sleep for 6-10 hours getting up between 6:00a-9:00a. It has been really nice. The only thing we worry about is that if she doesn't get up in the middle of the night is she getting enough calories. We went to see Dr. Vaughn on Friday and she said that Raegan needs to eat at least 13oz a day to get enough calories. I will do the math for you 1oz = 25 calories, 13oz = 325 calories. I am hoping that we can keep her eating the much and maybe get her to eat more. Raegan has always had a hard time with feeding, but with the help of the doctors we are figuring out the issues and working on them. Our goal is to get Raegan gaining 1-2 pounds a month. This last month Raegan only gained 8.5oz and she did not gain any length staying at 19in.

On Thursday at the mom's group I go to at Legacy Salmon Creek the guest speaker talked about car seat safety. We talked about how long a baby should be rear facing and most people think 20lbs or 1 year. I asked if they can sit rear facing for longer than that, because Raegan might be 2 or 3 years old before she hits 20 pounds. The lady said that baby's can sit rear facing up to 35 pounds. The other thing we talked about was booster seats and how long a child should use one. Again most people think 100 pounds or 8 years of age. They lady said that you need to be at least 4'9" to not have to sit in a booster seat. I said well if it is 100 pounds or 4'9" then Raegan might be going to get her drivers license and still in a booster. Everyone in the room laughed.

When people talk about their child growing out of things, I always joke about how long it will take Raegan to grow out of things. When people talk about how they hope they get their moneys worth when they buy something. We get our moneys worth and some. There are nice things about having a child that grows really slow. I am always finding a way to make a not so great situation a positive situation.

So I will leave you with a great idea I just though of while typing. I am going to start walking around with penny's in my pocket, and every time some one stops to ask me how Raegan is or if they comment on how small she is for her age, I will move a penny to the other pocket and when I get home I will put the penny's in a jar. Then when Raegan gets older she can see how much attention she got, and she may just be rich! So with that thought have a great day.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Johnson Family

2008 Johnson Family Thanksgiving

Monday, December 1, 2008

Big weekend

Raegan sticking her tongue out.

Dr. Rocco showed Raegan how to stick her tongue out when she was still in the NICU. She now smiles when she does it.
Thank you Rocco =)

Raegan has had a big weekend!!! She has found her hand and now sucks on her hand and thumb. It is very cute to watch. I also spent 4 hours this weekend doing laundry and hanging clothes up.... why you ask.... Raegan has grown out of preemie clothes and is now in newborn. Newborn is still a little big for her, but we make due by rolling the pants and sleeves.

Today Raegan got her first shower and loved it. She just watched the water come down from the shower head, and she kicked her feet as the water fell on her. It was very cute. I think Raegan is going to be like her daddy... spend as long as they can in the shower/bath!!!

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