Three Little Birds

Story of 3 little birds and one who soared above us all.

The Johnston Jollies, volume 8

Seasons greetings, happy holidays, happy Chanukah, Kwanza, Festivus or merry CHRISTmas! Hope that covers everyone. I figure the blog has kept everyone fairly well updated from our past year but for those non web-savvy folks, here’s a glimpse of 2011–and I’ll try to not give all the medical gore again.

Wyatt and Ava started the year crawling and babbling away. They soon started walking and are now fully two-year-olds: sweet one minute, and destructive gremlins the next.  They like to give us daily tests of our parenting skills and see just how far they can attempt to push our buttons. I may only be kidding myself, but I still think Clay and I are still in charge most days. 

Wyatt is becoming quite the man of the house and very helpful when it comes to organizing and fixing as most 2 year olds are. He has an aptitude for singing the ABCs and drumming on any possible surface including but not limited to the heads of his sisters or any possible item that is not made for drum sticks. He may be busking on a street corner soon. 

Ava has a particular flair for the dramatic arts and already shows great leadership skills that I’m sure will either land her as a surgeon, CEO or academy award winning actress. She’s proving to be quite the creative and artistic genius as well with her attempts to turn most household surfaces into yet another master piece. Her cleft palate was repaired in February and she no longer is able to do the fun party trick of having different foods come out of each nostril. Plus she can pronounce consonants, so that’s a bonus too. 

Lydia finally made it home on November 16, only 2 years and 4 days after her birth. Its quite nice to not drive to Children’s Mercy daily, and especially comforting knowing there will be no more flights to Boston. She remains on narcotic levels high enough to make Charlie Sheen look like an amateur, but we’ve finally weaned her levels down to the single digits. As long as we keep her close to an electrical outlet to keep her medical gear running, all is well for now. She seems very happy, and makes very small baby steps of progress. We’re hoping to get her unplugged from some of her accessories in the coming year. We’re happy to report one medical gain: her eyes seemed to have uncrossed on their own, so we have that going for us, which is nice. 

Clay continues to enrich the minds of young business students at Benedictine College and I still save lives at Children’s Mercy in the plastic surgery department. I’m on a brief stint as a stay at home mom and have had plenty of time to keep the house clean and tidy, the laundry consistently clean and put away all while making fresh organic dinners for our family and doing daily educational crafts and projects with the children. I am able to have Clay’s martini prepared and slippers out after his long hard day at work. This is all while I keep myself stylish in the latest fashionable dress and heels. With my daily workouts, I can barely keep these size 2 pieces on! At this time we are not planning on summering again in our favorite New England vacation spot, but might just attempt a brief stay in a cozy country cottage in the northern woods of Missouri.

On a more serious note, we do want to say a sincere thank you to everyone who has gifted us so generously during such a trying and exciting year. Your gifts of babysitting, meals, airline miles, travel funds, sounding boards, cards, Facebook comments, words of encouragement, thoughts and prayers have been absolutely essential to our survival and sanity.  We are blessed because you are in our lives.

We happily welcome 2012 and the possible last year of all our existence per the Mayans. Good riddance 2011. 2012, bring it on!

Love, The Johnston 5


1 Comment

  1. Bobbi Keller

    What a great blog entry to take in to start 2012 off!!! I love the “bring it on!” . . . LOVE all the pictures, in fact have an ongoing folder of “Johnston pics” on my desktop 🙂 You write with such candor, elegance & wit, Amanda! You know, you and Clay may want to examine the top of Wyatt’s head, as it looks as though he may be sprouting horns . . . Ohhhhh, that ornery grin of his!! I LOVE IT!!! The girls are always sporting the latest fashion, as well as their brother 🙂 Wonderful you can have a stay-at-home period of time to “regroup”, as I know you all need it desperately after all the ups and downs of the past 2 years!! . . . not to mention, I’m sure Clay is happy to have his martini and slippers waiting for him after a long hard day enriching young minds! hahaha Happy New Year to your precious family from ours!!!! 🙂 Love – Bobbi

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