The Johnson Journey

I’ve been talking about starting a blog for a few weeks now. I’ve signed up with WordPress, purchased a domain, customized my page…quite a few times. I’ve edited pictures, brainstormed ideas, essentially put off doing the most important part of blogging, which is… you know, writing a blog. Now, I’m sitting in the backyard with my husband and dogs by the fire pit, enjoying this beautiful weather we’re having, and…staring at a blank screen. I’ve decided that maybe I should take the plunge, and start by telling you what I plan to blog about and why.

One of my most favorite things in life (apart from my wonderful family) is traveling, be it 1 hour away or 30. I enjoy seeing new places, and trying new things. I like to see the way other people live, learn the history, hike the terrain. I’ve been to or through 20 U.S. States and counting, many of those with my now husband. I have also traveled abroad to Costa Rica, Argentina, and even spent a few hours in Uruguay. On my Bucket List is to go to all 50 states and to step foot on every continent, including Antarctica. That one will involve a VERY expensive boat ride.

I’ve noticed that when planning our trips I tend to read blogs to get an idea of what “real people” encounter and experience. What their favorite aspects were and what challenges they encountered. I feel when you get several perspectives you can get a clearer picture of your destination(s). I even love living vicariously through others who have had experiences that I have not (or at least not yet). It is fun to visualize myself in their shoes. I’m hoping my personal experiences can help others with their travel plans, or just give them a little adventure to daydream about.

My husband and I have been blessed with an almost two year old little boy. One of my favorite things about having a little one is seeing the world through his eyes. He makes us slow down (well actually he keeps us quite busy and on our toes, but I digress…) and truly experience life. He constantly reminds us how amazing even the seemingly simple things in life really are. We love taking him on adventures, both near and far. Whether its a hike at a local state park or nature preserve, or a road trip touring a different state. Our “Monkey”, as I frequently call him, is a little sponge and he absorbs so much very quickly. I only hope I can teach him half as much as he has taught me already.

Much like with traveling, I enjoy reading other people’s accounts of parenthood. Sometimes they share little tips and tricks that I file away in the back of my brain in case I need them. Other times there are creative activities that I would love to try with the Monkey. There are even the “I’ve been there” blogs that remind me that some of the more “challenging” moments are only temporary and that ALL parents have them from time to time. In particular, I plan to share our experience of traveling with the Monkey and other activities we do with him at home and in the area. I’m hoping others can relate to my parenting experiences too.

We also have a few fur babies who will, without a doubt, make a few appearances in my blog. It would be impossible to discuss our “journey” without them. They were our first babies! We currently have two dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, and a couple of fish. I’m sure it sounds like we have quite the circus at our home, and well, we do. But that’s okay I love it. I have always been an animal lover, and so has my husband thankfully.

Well I think that’s all I will divulge for now. If any of this resonates with you, I hope you will subscribe to and share my blog. I would love to connect with others who share my interests, so please feel free to comment or message me.

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