Sunday, May 30, 2010

Milkshakes for Dinner

Yes.. this is what my mother and I had for dinner one day last week. We have always been a bit out of the norm and I love this about my family! Most of my time at home is spent "just mom and I" so it has been easy to do such fun things. The other night we were leaving Tupleo after a day of shopping. It was about 6pm and we were getting a little hungry and my mom suggested milkshakes for dinner. I quickly agreed and we pulled in to chick-fil-a for an oreo milkshake! Probably not the most healthy or diet conscious meal ever but it does not harm every now and then. Throughout my years at home I have had many meals like this. It was not odd to have chocolate cake for breakfast or ice cream for dinner. I hope that I remember how fun those times were when I'm a mom one day. Of course you can't give your kids things like this for meals all the time but what a treat every once in a while! I have the fondest memories as a child of not following the typical "childhood rules." We ate whatever we wanted, I didn't have a real bedtime or even a curfew when I was older. I definitely was a happy little girl! This may sound like madness but hey, I think I turned out ok! So one day when I have my kids on strict bedtime and make them eat all their food groups at every meal you all have to remind me of what I'm saying right now!

Insert Picture of "little girl Johnna" when I can get my pictures to cooperate! :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day :)

What a great day today is! I am so very thankful to have such an amazing mother!! I'm sure everyone thinks their mom is really amazing.. and I'm sure they're right. But my mom is special. You see, my mom is my bestfriend!! We've spent 6 years (3yrs-3rd grade) just the two of us... this is something many people who are fairly new to my life do not know. Its funny growing up in such a small town I've never had to really tell people my life story and it's not something you just come out and say... and quite frankly it hasn't come in convo with most of my college friends. But my dad passed away suddenly when I was 3 years old. He had a very unexpected heart attack. He had heart problems for a while and even had open heart surgery but he wasn't even 50.. no one expected him to be gone this soon. Anyway, reason number one why my mom is my hero, she has experienced that and lived to tell about it! I can not even imagine what it was like for her to have to go through that. I was too little to really understand but from the stories I've heard it really hit me hard.. I just didn't understand. She had to be strong.. for me! She has to be the strongest women I know! My mom remarried when I was in 3rd grade to the best step-dad I could ever ask for. Reason number two my mom is my hero.. she cared what i thought when she got remarried.. she asked for my opinion and my approval. She married him because he loved me! She put me first.. At this moment it's hard to hold back a tear or two. Just thinking about it makes me so humble and thankful... and BLESSED! I thank my God everyday for giving me such an amazing mom.. and family!!! My mama really is my best friend. I share everything with her. She is my number one go to girl and advice giver!! She knows me so well and always knows what is best. My friends and I were just talking last week about how crazy it is how our moms just know everything. Moms just have an uncanny sense to pick out the good, the bad, and the ugly. They just KNOW.. it's crazy! I guess they've just been a girl long enough to know how girls are! And you know what else.. she always knows how to make me feel better! When I'm sick or sad no one makes me feel the way mama does. She is one fabulous gal let me tell you!!

I can't have a mother's day post without mentioning my sweet Nanny. She is not my biological grandmother but she is the closest thing I've ever had to one. She has kept me almost every day of my life from the time I was 6weeks old until I could stay home by myself. She continued to cook me breakfast and take me to school until I could drive. She is pretty much my second mom and grandmother. I owe so much to her! I would not be the lady I am today if it were not for her! Anytime I would leave her, especially when I got out of the car each day at school, she would say "Be sweet!" Its such a simple and given thing but if you think about it, if everyone would just "be sweet" the world wouldn't have near as many problems. So that, my friends, is my motto: "Be sweet!"I absolutely love my Nanny!

All of this being said I am so incredibly blessed by the women in my life! I am surrounded by amazing, strong, loving women!! If I can just be half as great as they are I will be a wonderful woman. Happy Mothers Day!!

PS:Sorry these pics are sooo old and from High School but all of our family pics are on my mom's camera so these were my easiest access!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Thanks for a fabulous sophmore year..

Today I packed up all of my things from my cozy little 4 person sorority house room and moved back to Booneville. As I pulled out of my "never got a decal when I moved into the sorority house at Christmas" parking spot I took the extra long way off campus.

This year I feel like I have really bloomed here at Ole Miss. I've become comfy in my own skin. I have relationships this year with the friends I met last year. I have made close friends.. I've acquired bridesmaids! :) I've lived on a floor full of girls that have my heart and I have lived in a sorority house with sisters in a room smaller than my own at my house in Booneville shared with 3 other girls and I can not wait to do it again next year! I've learned to be independent and do things on my own but I have also learned that I can depend. I have learned that I will never truly be alone and I've experienced a support system that's unbreakable and always on my side. I know that nothing is completely certain and things change.

I've been hurt.. deeply.. but have learned to forgive. I have loved and I have been loved. I have not been perfect by any means. I have really really fallen in love with Oxford! I have brushed up on my ballet skills and become more graceful. I actually have a planner that I update now.

I have enjoyed myself thoroughly. I have stayed out too late and danced way too much. I have sometimes been too venerable. I have put myself out there. I have missed classes but I have not sacrificed my grades. I have spent many late nights and early mornings studying.

I have been blessed!!

Thank you so much Oxford for my ballin' sophomore year!
(roommies at the baseball game)


Thursday, May 6, 2010

almost there..

I'm almost done with finals! I have physics tomorrow and then I will be all done.. I can not wait! Finals week is just not for me.. too much constant studying for such a wondering mind! One more night of endless studying and one more super early morning to cram right before it. BTW I have no packed a thing from my room. My mom is really going to love me tomorrow when she gets here and my room looks just the way it did a few weeks ago when she stopped by. It will take us all afternoon to get out of this place! O well... what else is there to do?
Anyhow all of this procrastination has given way to lots of thoughts here lately. Stay tuned for some good blog posts in the next few days while I'm at home.. Back to studying...


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

finals are making me fat...

Along with finals come procrastination and also snacking! I have been doing alot of both of these tonight. The DG house had kool-aid packets which pretty much made my day! I've always been a kool-aid kid but it has been forever since I have had it... Yum! I've pretty much snacked on everything in the kitchen!! My fabulous roommate Saralauren just brought Em and I a surprise which has also made my day!! Gooey goodness of a chocolate chip cookie that you cook in the microwave and pour fudge on top!! BLISS!! Just what I needed to get back on task... well right after my blog post of course!

Notice the notes behind it.. definitely what we should be spending our time on.

AND- Avery had her first dance recital last night! I can not wait to see the video but I know she stole the show! Between her mom, other aunt, and I she has to have some dancing genes!!!

All my love,

Monday, May 3, 2010


So all day today I have attempted to pour my time into my books. This has been a complete failure! I hope this is because I don't feel the rush of fast approaching finals.. Tomorrow, yes tomorrow will be productive! Please be responsible Johnna and study really hard tomorrow!! The end of this semester is just so close in sight.. And what am I doing at the moment it being finals week and all? I'm looking up motivational quotes because thats going to make me ace my tests!!

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
-Beverly Sills

-Nikki Giovonni
I like to think I'm a try-to-do type of girl! I hope so atleast...
Anyway, maybe these quotes gave you a little pep to keep going on through this busy week.. more to come later from procrastination at its finest!

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Guess what, I just fixed it where my readers can leave comments now(all 5 of you)!! ha
I just checked my settings and what do you know, I had it set to where only members could leave a comment which makes it hard since I'm the only one who is a member of my blog!
Anyhow, please feel free to express yourself and entertain me though your comments now!

Love you much,


So it is the Saturday before finals. I'm sitting in the coffee shop where Em and I came to study. I am getting nothing done. I want nap and a sunny day. I am just in no mood to study and it doesn't help that my hardest test is on Friday and it's physics so its just a bunch of math problems. My other finals don't count anymore than regular tests and neither are cumulative. My motivation is out the window... at the moment I'm seriously debating changing my major. I do this periodically but this time it's for real... maybe.

Yesterday was our crawfish date party. A few of my friends and I decided to go dateless which ended up being a great choice! It was a very chill party and we had more crawfish that anyone could ever eat! Afterwards we went to Phillips Grocery for Whitley's birthday! It was alot of fun and we had planned to go out after but the day was long and it was storming so we opted to stay in for a lazy night.

This weekend has been and is supposed to continue to be all dreary stormy and tornado-y. This makes for great study weather except for the fact that it makes me want to nap... Always!