Welcome to the Johnson Family
Dwight and Marilee
Age 12 -- The leader of the pack. Burnell loves to teach, is inspirational to his little brothers, and rocks at the piano, guitar, and fiddle. He loves music and is constantly putting something on for us all to listen to, or for him to pick out on the piano. He and Orin are 14 months apart and are like 2 peas in a pod, doing everything together. Burnell is Daddy's right-hand man, especially when it comes to milking the goats. He's been proficient for several years now. A real member of the team. :-) He often boasts that he can run almost every piece of machinery on the property - which is true: Tractors, bobcats, mowers, etc. He's a stud!
Age 11 -- Orin is a delight to our family. A joyful young chap, Orin loves to be outside as much as possible. Orin loves to test the limits and do all things physical! His most recent challenge was to do 30 situps/day, 50 pullups/day, and 30 pushups/day! When inside, he is often at Daddy's side, helping stir the scrambled eggs or wrestling and tickling. He loves to ride bikes, do backflips on the trampoline, and chase chickens. :-) He is also a pro at entertaining the little guys and has a gift for making them laugh.
Age 10 -- Chance is one of the oldest trio. He helps his bothers with the milking each morning and evening. He is also the leader of Pack 2. :-) Chance is very creative and is always coming up with fun games that he can play. Ty follows him everywhere; they are always together. Chance is just beginning to play the fiddle and is taking piano lessons from Burnell. He's quite a little scrapper, as well, hanging in there with the big guys. Chance holds the record for being able to build soap-boxes the fastest. He's a machine!! We affectionately have nicknamed him, "The Goat Whisperer," since he has such a way with the goats. He is patient and calm, and they love him.
Age 8 -- Ty is constantly making us laugh at his funny antics and hilarious comments. He loves a good grapple and is always punching and showing how tough he is. He has to keep up with his 4 older brothers! I wouldn't mess with Ty. He is also a little sweet-heart, telling Mama how pretty she is. He is kind-hearted and a snuggle-bug.
Age 7 -- Quint's personality is as laid back as they come, with that sly mischievousness. We find him quite the entertainer. He's built like a brick and was given the nickname Quintus Cerilius Maximus because of his stout physic. He's become and avid gardener this year, learning all he can about how things grow. He's also our water maintenance man - helping turn on sprinklers, wheel lines, etc - especially when Daddy is gone. One time he even turned the water irrigation pump on all by himself. When Quint smiles, it makes us all smile. Ooohhh ... that little charmer. :-)
Age 5 -- Our little crazy man these days! Wyatt has been really developing his fun, happy, and often goofy side. He always has a good attitude and is a big helper to Mama in the kitchen. This spring, he "graduated" from dishwasher-unloader to goat milker and has his special goat, Goldy, that he milks. He and Vienna are 2 peas in a pod. He's a very patient big brother, and helps her with rights and wrongs.
Vienna Rose Cheri, age 3, is our little flower. If you were to ask her what it's like to have 6 protective, doting, older brothers she would tell you she loves it! You'll often hear her say "Where's my boys?" as she seeks them out. She's bright and cheery and all go-- chasing her big brothers and trying to do what they do. She mastered the "bounce" on the trampoline at a record age and regularly climbed out of her bed starting at 9 months, so you know she's a go-getter. Now, she's an older sister, too, and loves her "Royer-baby" whom she snuggles and leads all over.
Our 8th child (7th BOY!) just turned 2! What a little charmer he is, cute to the bone ... sweet and content, Royal adds so much life and joy to our crew. Vienna is a fabulous little "mother" to her buddy. He's also developing a little commanding spirit, in which he goes around taking care of "business" like feeding goats, helping with trash chores ... anything that needs to be done. He'll be a force to reckon with! You can often hear him singing out in a loud voice as well. He'll be a musical one for sure!
And ... baby #9 is due in March! We are thrilled to be adding another one to the crew and can't wait to find out who it will be. Surprises are awesome, so it will most likely be March before we find out - unless I (Marilee) get overcome with unrestrainable curiosity.