5 things this summer

Five things summer

When it comes to summer (especially in Texas), the heat can get so bad that it truly does put a damper on your schedule and prevents you from getting out of the house to have some fun!

Today, I am going to share with you 5 ways my family tries to make the most out of summer, and always try to find something positive/fun to do!

Θ Go on an adventure.  We live out in the country, so when we pack up the kids and say “we are going on an adventure”, it means that we are going for a long walk/hike through the fields in our backyard and experience nature at its finest.  It’s so important for children to see the beauty in the little things.

Θ Go see a movie.  This is something that I just did yesterday actually with both of the kids, but it’s so fundamental to do something that they love, as well! Going to the movies not only gets everyone out of the house, but it can be really fun to see how much closer your family can get,when they all have something in common to talk about and remember together.

Θ Travel.  It’s always fun to get out with your family for the day (such as schlitterbahn, or drive to the coast), but it’s also fun to do a multi-day travel (such a flying somewhere and visiting/exploring a new place), and making memories that will last a lifetime.  Don’t forget to always capture it as well, so that they are able to be shared for many years down the road.

Θ Go to the zoo.  Children are always learning about animals and their habitats and the noises that they make, but they truly don’t understand until they see it in person.  Watching the lion exhibits and learning about their behaviors, feeding the peacocks,or watching the amazing jaguars react to one another, are just some fun and exciting things that happen there.  It’s such a fun place in general, whether you live by a large or small zoo, the children will cherish the experience for a lifetime.

Θ  Go swimming.  Whether it’s in the ocean, or the pool, there are only a few months out of the year that the water doesn’t feel like it’s freezing, so you must take advantage of it.  Please remember to always wear sunscreen at all times when outside, and remember water safety is so important for children and adults.  Please invest in life jackets for the younger children, if they are unable to swim on their own.  SO many accidents happen around water, but don’t let that keep you from enjoying your summer to the fullest!

Those are the five ideas I had, but what are some of yours? I would love to hear in the comments below!
I’m linking up with Karli, who blogs over at September Farm, so head on over to her blog to join the link up party!

Happy FRIDAY!! Hope everyone had a great week!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.


We are done!!

Five ThisFriday

Well, hey everyone! It has been pretty stressful over here at the Johnsons lately, as we were preparing for our home study, then having our home study, and checking off the last 3 things off our list (did two of them yesterday) that we need to complete before all of our paperwork officially gets entered in the system and we become LICENSED foster/adoptive parents (hopefully Monday)!! It’s so amazing that this journey has caused us to look deeper into our marriage, friends, family, and all of the relationships in between. I will share about our week, and hope y’all do as well!

∗ My week started off recovering from the eventful weekend we had loving on our family/friends! There really is no better thing (except maybe not waking up at 6:45am Monday morning) in the world, than spending times with those you love.

∗I overslept Wednesday morning and barely made it to work at the gym on time. Literally only a couple of minutes late, NOT bad for getting both Brielle and I ready in 7 minutes flat. Score!

∗ Our home study went better than ever, and we are SO glad/blessed/happy that we switched from CPS based out of San Antonio, to FamilyLink in Gonzales. Seriously best decision ever! As you can read from above, hopefully next week we will be licensed foster to adopt parents!!

∗Today is my niece’s (Rhyleigh) graduation, and I cannot WAIT until I see her walk across the stage, receive her diploma and celebrate her graduation Saturday night.  I am beyond proud of her, and the person she has become.  Follow along my social media platforms (facebook, twitter, snapchat) to see some gorgeous pictures I took of her!

∗ Best for last–Shane is turning 29 next week and we are celebrating his birthday Sunday since everyone has Memorial Day off! I cannot believe he will be 29, and the fact that I met him when he was 18.  Such a baby compared to now, and I am so glad that we have literally grown up together, in many aspects of life, and that we get to celebrate another birthday/holiday together! I Love you babe!

I’m linking up with Karli, who blogs over at September Farm, so head on over to her blog to join the link up party!

Happy FRIDAY!! Hope everyone had a great week!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.





It’s Friiiiday!

It’s Friday, which means it’s for a little weekly catch-up with 5 this Friday! This week has been exhausting yet so fulfilling at the same time! Thank you Lord!

∴  Probably the most important thing that happened this week was that we finally switched out adoption agencies from CPS (the one run by the state of Texas) to one near where we live, and we have LOVED working with them so far. The other agency would take what felt like forever and would always find more problems for us to fix, instead of moving forward, and this one new one is the complete opposite.  They are willing to do whatever it takes to lend us a helping hand! 🙂


∴  Another important change that occurred was that for the first time in months I went to Bible Study with my Sister in Law and it was amazing.  I really want to develop and grow the relationship I have with the Lord, and the only way I am going to be able to do it, is by spending more time with Him.


∴ I have officially worked out 5/5 days this week and killed it! I mean, I think they probably killed me.. but I am so proud of myself for not finding excuses each and every day to not go, and just went.  It’s so true about that quote that “you never regret not going to the gym, after the workout is complete”.


∴  On Wednesday, Brielle had an appointment at the dentist, and did SO good! She literally barely cried when the Dentist was too rough when brushing her teeth.  YAY!  I wanted to reward her by taking her to the park, but I couldn’t remember that fun park that we had went to 6 months ago, and settled for the City Park in Seguin which had this beautiful rose garden, and gorgeous little creek flowing through it.  BUT, there was no actual park (swings, slides, places to have fun), but we both still really had fun and went to eat at this amazing little cafe called Amy’s and Cathy’s take out, and boy it was de-li-cious!  Will definitely be going back!



∴  Brielle has had a little interest in choosing her clothes lately (especially when I am folding them/cleaning out the old and replacing with the new), and one day this week I let her choose completely what she wanted to wear, and she looked SO cute! I definitely wouldn’t have chosen it for her, but I am happy with her style!


I’m linking up with Karli, who blogs over at September Farm, so head on over to her blog to join the link up party!

Happy FRIDAY!! Hope everyone had a great week!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

5 steps to building a fence!

5 simple steps

If you remember my post from Tuesday on 10 tools that you need to build a fence, then this post on how to do it will make perfect sense!  Hope this gives hope to anyone looking to do so in their future!

○dig hole with auger.. fill hole with 3 inches of gravel/rock  gravel (for the 4 corner posts + two gate posts you must dig 33 inches with auger, for the rest of the post only 14 inches)
○put post in-level it with the other posts
○fill hole around posts with concrete mix and be sure to pack hole and make sure it is flat and closes all edges near post
○ place fencing on post-make sure it is level and then staple it securely and cut extra fencing/wire at the bottom
○build gate and place in the middle two posts and make sure it is secured on to the posts and that it works effectively.

** Bonus would be make sure you trim off the top of the posts to make them all level and place a header on top.. We are hopefully finishing that this coming week! 🙂

I’m linking up with Karli, who blogs over at September Farm, so head on over to her blog to join the link up party!

Happy FRIDAY!! ❤

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.