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Do I have the cutest kids or what?

A quick funny Ruthie story:
Ruthie and I were driving somewhere when she started listing off the people in her family.

Ruthie: "Dere's Roofie and Mommy and Daddy and Tycey and Kaya-Waya and Kawyana and Debbie and Taroo and Gramma and Grampa and Header."

Me: "What about that boy that lives in our house?"

Ruthie: "Huh?"

Me: "Who's the boy in our family?"

Ruthie: "Broder."

Me: "What's his name?"

Ruthie: "Huh?"

Me: "Au..."

Ruthie: "Au... Huh?"

Me: "Brother's name is Au..."

Ruthie: "Au... AuBroder!"



This is how our Johnson Easter went down. Saturday the kids "surprised" daddy with the egg pinatas they'd made and filled with m&ms. Then daddy and mommy surprised the kids with a brand new swing set! It was fun to see how excited they were over it. They had to try everything for 2 seconds then something new, then back to the first.

Sunday we celebrated with my parents, where the Easter Bunny also left all our hidden candy. The kids had a great time hunting. Ruthie enjoyed all the chocolate, often eating one bite of a candy then opening a new one - so many (identical options) to sample! Austin, on the other hand traded his chocolates to Ruthie for her jelly beans. We were well taken care of by the Easter Bunny and by grandma with lots of fun presents.


Can You Read 4-glish?

Something I *LOVE* about my boy is his creativity. He has an imagination like you wouldn't believe. There are times when he'll have a handful of legos, a toothbrush and kleenex box and for the next 2 hours he's deep into an elaborate story of rocket ships, caves and heroes. When we put him to bed at night, he always asks for an "invisible" story... which means a story that we make up (not from a book). In the past couple of months he's started to direct these stories and tell us how the story goes.

He has also found a great game on PBS kids called "Dot's Story Factory" where he can draw pictures and then type captions about it. He loves to write his stories all by himself then have us read what he has written. I get a huge kick out of reading Austin's version of English. It actually makes sense in a way! Let's see if you can translate 4-year-old phonetics...

"Austin Johnson [age] 4. [To] Heidi."

"The monster ate Dot and Dash. Then Austin and Ruth flew in the box with wings."

"Add that recycled newspaper in to jugs."

*This one was spelled correctly!*

"They were using." [Explanation: Using a treasure map to get to the green 'X'.]

"Austin Johnson and his favorite color."

"And he has a favorite blanket."

"His favorite color is green."