Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Home Sweet Home

If you've been following my Instagram stories, you know that Scott and I are in the beginning stages of building a house!! This has been a looooong time coming. We thought we would be living in it by now. There were so many setbacks with the development of the neighborhood but now it's time and we are really excited. It's a brand new neighborhood here in Northwest Arkansas and it's finally all developed and ready for builders to start building. A few homes have already started going up and we will start framing ours in just a few short weeks. We started clearing the land last week which officially starts the process so we will get to be in our new home sometime next spring! I plan to share our building process with you all over the next 8 or 9 months. There is a lot to do and honestly, I'm handing the keys to my husband on a lot of it and letting him handle it. This is what he does for a living and sometimes you just need to leave it up to the professionals. But I still have my hand in the majority of it (mostly the fun stuff!) so my life is full of showers and cabinets and backsplash and hardware and floors and all that good stuff right now. Needless to say, I'm on Pinterest a lot. And I have a lot of "meetings" and it's all just a lot of fun and really exciting. I'm SO looking forward to moving but I won't even pretend like I won't bawl my eyes out when we move from our current home because I love it here so much. There are so many memories made here and we absolutely love our neighborhood/neighbors. I'm excited about the new memories we'll make in our future home though and looking forward to sharing the process of getting there with you guys over the next few months!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Peaches

Other than our scary night with Bennett, we actually ended up having a nice weekend. My parents drove up on Thursday night (the night we went to the hospital) and got to our house around 12:30 am. My Mom said she just needed to see Bennett with her own eyes and she watched him sleep all night long. She also wanted me to have some help because it's hard to take care of a sick baby. Add a toddler on top of it and that can get exhausting. I was so very appreciative of her help over the weekend. Bennett woke up on Saturday seeming a lot better so we took the opportunity to get out of the house and go to the Farmers Market.
I love going to the Farmers Market but we actually haven't been to very many this summer. I was really hoping they would have peaches because that is my favorite thing to get at the Farmers Market. Thankfully they did have some so I got a bunch of peaches and also tomatoes, my second favorite thing to get at the Farmers Market. Neither were a disappointment at all. So yummy!
After getting our fruits and veggies we had lunch, got ice cream, then popped in my favorite children's boutique and got Bennett a new Jellycat book. Bennett loves Jellycat books--they are his favorites! Campbell still enjoys them too actually but he prefers Little Golden Books the most these days which take a really long time to read when you're used to reading the short little board books!!
Bennett is feeling much better now. He is still wheezing pretty badly. Over the weekend we ended up getting him a Nebulizer so we can do albuterol treatments at home whenever we see the need. He hates it. Poor guy. And Campbell gets so upset watching Bennett get so upset. It's just all around no fun but they do help him so we're pushing through. I managed to get an appointment with an allergy and asthma clinic. It was recommended to me by several people and when I initially called they said they didn't have an opening until mid August. However, they found a spot to squeeze us in this week and I am so thankful. This will be our first step and then we'll just take it from there. I honestly have no idea what I'm doing and I don't even know where to start but this seems like a good way to go. Hopefully we get some answers for our sweet boy soon.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Sweet Baby Bennett

I just thought I'd share a tiny bit about Bennett because I've been getting so many questions about him. I so appreciate everyone's concerns and reaching out to say they've been praying for him and thinking about us. It means the world to me.
Bennett has basically been sick this entire year. It started at the end of January and he's probably had RSV-like symptoms (but always tests negative for RSV) about a dozen times. He also vomits a lot which caused him to lose so much weight in the winter. It was really sad and scary. Thankfully he's been a lot better the last few months but he's still gotten sick for 24 hours here and there, the last time being on his birthday. Isn't that so mean to be sick and vomit on your first birthday? Poor guy. Even when Bennett wasn't sick, I would catch him wheezing for a minute but then it would go away. I never really knew what to make of it. Our peds always asked us if anyone in our family has asthma but nobody does.
On Thursday around lunch Bennett started getting sick. He didn't seem too bad at first but by about 4:00, I had him in a steam shower and he was crying uncontrollably--very unlike him. I picked up my phone and called my pediatricians office to see if they would PLEASE see us before they closed and they did. Our ped didn't like the way Bennett's stomach was retracting and prescribed us a steroid (Bennett's second steroid.....I've never even had one in my entire 32 years of life but my 13 month old has had two!!) and told us to watch him closely. We got home and a few hours later Bennett started vomiting profusely and it scared me so bad. It's not like we haven't dealt with this exact same situation way too many times before but this time felt different. I was crying and scared and my mommy gut just told me to take him to the ER. So I did.
They tested him for RSV (negative) and did xrays for pneumonia (negative) and after a breathing treatment (can't even count how many of those we've had to do at this point) and a little monitoring we were sent on our way.
My brainstorming went into overdrive yesterday and I feel really stupid that it's taken me so long to figure it out but I'm fairly certain Bennett has some bad allergies. Whether it's food or environmental, I have no idea. My ped said yesterday that she would like to start Bennett on an asthma preventative treatment. Just an inhaler once or twice a day for now to see if things improve and I agree that this is a good idea. I also want to test him for allergies though so I'm planning on taking him in next week to run some tests. It's so scary to see your baby struggling to breath and being unlucky with getting the stomach bug so many times no longer makes sense. Although the fact that I have gotten sick right along with Bennett most times does throw me a little bit. Very confusing.
I've had so many people send me messages with similar stories of things that have happened to their child. They've all started with saying "I don't want to over step but....here's our story" and seriously, I don't feel anyone is over stepping at all. The more brainstorming, similar situations, or thoughts from others the better in my opinion. It takes a village and I'm just hoping we can get this figured out for our sweet Bennett very soon. I will keep you all updated as we hopefully find some answers. Thank you again for your prayers. It means so much to us.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lou & Grey

If you follow me on Instagram then you know Bennett was in the ER last night because of trouble breathing and a lot of vomiting. After several tests and some monitoring, thankfully we were able to go home last night. He's a tiny bit better, and I'll share more later, but today let's just talk about something fun instead.
This Lou and Grey dress is one of my favorites hanging in my closet. It's so soft and cozy. It's like curling up in your favorite sweatshirt....except you won't get hot wearing it in this summer heat! I love a dress with big pockets and sleeves. This dress will transition perfectly into fall and will look so cute with booties once the weather gets cooler. For now I'm pairing it with my favorite Target sandals that I can't stop wearing. My fun necklace is from Versona. I'm not linking it because their website isn't that great and they don't have very many of their products available for sale on their site. This necklace is great though and I always get asked where it's from when I wear it.
This Tory Burch bag is one of my favorite prints. I searched and searched for it online and it's all sold out everywhere. However, Tory Burch is having a semi-annual sale right now and their straw tote version of this bag is available on their site. It's already on sale + an extra 30% off!
 
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Dress // Shoes // Bag (similar)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy Meals Part Two

Y'all loved my post about quick and easy dinners I wrote a few weeks ago so I thought I would write another one just to give you a few more ideas. Like the previous post, these meals are super simple to make and some of our favorites here in the Johnson house. Simply click the links under the photos for the recipes.

MONDAY
 
Anything in a slow cooker automatically makes dinner easy. This dish is fantastic. It has so much flavor and everyone in my family enjoys it. The recipe says to brown your chicken on the stove for a few minutes but I skip that step. I just put it directly in the crock pot and cook it a little longer than the recipe calls for. Like I said, I'm all about easy and don't want to do the extra step of cooking it on the stove then having an extra dish to clean. But if you don't mind doing that part then go for it!
 
TUESDAY
 
I said last time that I love sheet pan dinners and this one is yummy because I also really love ranch. A frozen bag of broccoli that you can throw in the microwave is the perfect veggie to add on the side of this meal. Campbell will actually eat broccoli as long as we tell him they're mini trees. Whatever works!
 
WEDNESDAY
 
This meal is heaven. I said last time how much I love Euna Maes (do y'all follow her on IG?). She is my pastors wife and is coming out with a cookbook soon. There isn't one meal of hers I've made that wasn't absolutely delicious. This pasta is so yummy and super easy to make but it makes a ton of food so you would have plenty for leftovers the next night if you wanted.
 
THURSDAY
Zatarain's Red Beans And Rice
 
This meal really doesn't get easier. I didn't add a link because all you need to do is go to the store and grab a box of Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice. I cook it in chicken broth to give it more flavor. If I'm feeling really ambitious I'll slice then cook andouille sausage to add in with it but I normally just get a rotisserie chicken and throw in some chicken with the red beans and rice. Top with a little Tony Cachere's seasoning and you have a supper yummy, super easy dinner! We love this meal.
 
FRIDAY
 
I love BBQ and this recipe is so easy. I usually just grab some cole slaw from the store and open up a can of BBQ beans to go on the side. The easy trick to making canned BBQ beans taste good is to drain them completely, put them on a pot on the stove then mix in your favorite BBQ sauce. Sprinkle in about two tablespoons of brown sugar and you've got some yummy beans. I usually do a side of mac and cheese for the boys whenever we do BBQ. Not exactly the healthiest meal but it's Friday so who cares?


Monday, June 19, 2017

MTA

Hey all! I had a fun weekend. I decided to go to Little Rock and see my family. Scott is working a lot right now so I thought it would be a good opportunity to let him focus on that but mostly I wanted to go down because Miss Arkansas and Miss Teen Arkansas was this past weekend and I wanted to go! I haven't been since Campbell was born. It's just hard to get to Hot Springs but they moved the pageant to Little Rock this year which is way more convenient for me!! Miss Teen Arkansas was on Friday night so Dad watched the boys for me so my Mom and I could go. I'm so glad I got to attend and I hope they keep it in Little Rock so I can go every year.
Other than MTA, we spent our time lounging by the pool. The boys always have so much fun and go so hard that by Sunday they are a fussy, worn out mess!! I was nervous driving by myself with my boys and my girls but thankfully the drive went great both ways. I'm glad I was able to spend some time with my Dad on Fathers Day and we got back home in time to spend the rest of the day with Scott! I thought I was doing him a solid by giving him the gift of a relaxing, quiet, empty house for the weekend but he said he didn't like it and was lonely and bored. Aw. We're glad he loves us and missed the crazy.
We got back into the swing of things with MDO today. We had a fun weekend getaway but it feels good to get back into our routine again.