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I can't be the only one that wants a clean floor


At what point does a mother get to turn off her mind?  Is it when I finally am to old to remember stuff, or have a horrible brain disease such as Alzheimer's?  I mean, why must I remember every single thing, for not only my own life but for my husbands life, and every single one of my children's as well?

For years now, years...we have trash on Monday' mornings.  For years now, I have to say every Sunday-don't forget to take the trash down.  If I don't say it, it doesn't happen-EVER!  No one ever remembers.  I have literally let it pile up for three weeks, and still no one remembered to take it down.  Every Monday, the boys get off the bus right near the empty trash can, yet every Monday evening when I get home from work I have to say, go get the trash can and bring it back to the house.  If I don't, it sits there all week.  Every day, for five days, they get off the bus and see it.

Something gets on the floor in the kitchen, they drop it or it falls off during the wiping down of the counters (which they've also been told to do but don't ever remember so I have to tell them every day when they do dishes), they just leave it there.  Like some how it's going to disappear.  I have literally stood and watched while one of the little shits wiped something off the counter, watched it hit the floor and they just was like meh, and went about the wiping of the counters.  I waited for them to go pick it up, and they never did-they just threw the rag into the sink and tried (TRIED) to walk back to their room.  I scream...GET BACK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess I could save myself the "trouble" and just do it myself, but that just doesn't seem fair to me.  So I guess for the rest of my days, or until my brain just stops working - I'll have to remind & tell everyone to do everything, like some sort of crazy cleaning Nazi.  I mean, seriously, I can't be the only person in our house that wants a clean house or clean floors?
with love, Lela
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The John's Wedding


Sneak Peak of a Wedding I did this month!
Isn't she a beautiful bride?
with love, Lela
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Those Davis Boys 2016


Well I was lucky enough to work with the Davis Four again this year.  Their sweet mama brought them by the house & we went for a quick walk.  The youngest, isn't he adorable, well he wasn't having it......he didn't want to be around me for not one hot second......but we made the best of it & I personally think they are fantastic!  I'd love to hear what you think?


with love, Lela
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Our Little Family!


 Thanks to my sister in law, this year we did get a few snaps of us as a "family"; of course we're missing the two oldests...but who knows if we'll ever all be together again!


The boys being silly......but O sure thought it was funny!
with love, Lela
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2016 Sucked. 2017 will be Amazing.


2016 has kind of sucked, hasn't it?  For one, so many celebrities have passed away such as:
  • Lemmy Kilmister
  • Natalie Cole
  • David Bowie
  • Alan Rickman
  • Craig Strickland
  • Dan Haggerty
  • Harper Lee
  • Tony Burton
  • Patty Duke
  • just to name a few!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not to mention several people I know personally who have had losses of their own.  It's never easy to see people you care about loosing people they care about.  Or or little souls that have not even made it into the world yet......


Then, of course the election.  This election year brought out in people, what most of us already knew was there - but perhaps just over looked it throughout the year for whatever reasons.  I don't want to spend to much time on this particular subject, because it's a done deal as far as I am concerned.  I watched facebook, mini explode (I only have about 4 "friends" on facebook that are actually democrats....so that is why I say mini explosion lol, anyway-post stuff before the election, and after the election-that coming from the self proclaimed "accepting, loving all, hugging trees, free speech" folks - a lot of hate, discrimination and just plan mean ass shit.  I saw people lash out at others, I saw friendships & families divided and I even fell victim to a situation myself - where a friendship was lost.  But this post isn't about that, because again-that's a done deal....and I am just fine with the decision.

But it brings me to how just maybe, 2017 will be amazing!  I have my very first new years resolution.  I will no longer waste my very limited time doing things I don't want to do, or being friends with people I know are just not a good fit for me, out of not wanting to be rude to someone.  I am going to use the word "No" and maybe the words "No Thank You!" much more often.  I am going to do for me, and my family.....because in the end.....they'll be the ones at my bedside, holding my hand as I exit this beautiful world.....not fair weather folks.  Because, life isn't about fair weather is it, it's about good and bad times, it's about understanding & not understanding....we have the power to be able to either cope with our feelings or lash out like a child.  I for one, am pretty good at coping.  I am a coper!  LOL  That's not even a word is it?  That's alright, I'll a coper just the same ;)

with love, Lela
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The Homblette Family


My baby sister is expecting her second daughter in less then two weeks, can you believe it?

Jessica and I worked out a deal; she'd make me a beautiful afghan and I'd do pictures for her-though I would have done them without the gorgeous blanket-so this was certainly a bonus for me!  I have been wanting something like this for years to use in my photo sessions!!!  Now, she's here....I just have to name her-any ideas?

with love, Lela
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Social Media Isn't Real Life


Social media is fun.  You can connect with people on facebook from all over the world, people you went to high school with, hell even people you went to elementary school with.  You can share news stories, your stories, photos, donate to a good cause.....you can literally do so much!  But, it's not real life.  You can hurt someones feelings, you can make someones day.....you can sell your old car or printer.....but it's not real life.

If you delete someone from facebook, you are not deleting them from life-just your social media "life".  If you block them from instagram, you're not blocking them from life.  You are all still here, we are all still around.  Watching, waiting, living our lives-our real lives.

What matters is the day to day, face to face interactions.  Being told good morning by a friend, a co-worker, hell a stranger - face to face is so much sweeter then something you read on your tiny phone via facebook.

When you ignore someone in real life, it's different then when you do it via social media.

Social media is also a public forum.  Sure we all have "our pages" but they are for the public to see, you type stuff for the public, your peers to view, see & comment on.  If you didn't want people to notice it, or read it - then you wouldn't have put it up in the first place.  A lot of times, most of the time-in fact people don't agree with you.  And a lot of times, they choose not to say anything.  But other times,I guess they feel their cup is full & they may say something.  It's happened to me a few times, and as an adult I tried to fix the situation-talk about it.  Not ignore it, and the person.  Though hard albeit.

We are becoming less and less human and more and more machines it would seem.  Uncaring, unkind, unapologetic.  I hope that in the new year, I can change this about myself & hold my human interaction more dear & seek it out more instead of spending my evenings on messanger chatting with my sister-instead call her up!  Or my BFF Yvonne...call her up instead of waiting to hear back from her on messanger or text.  Maybe others will see that change & we can be more human again & start living a real good social (not social media) life :)

xoxo, Lela
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Let the Change be You!


I am here to make the best of my life, not the best of your life.  So if you don't like it - get the fuck over it............is what I read this morning when scrolling through facebook.


with love, Lela
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It's Looking like Christmas Ya'll


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas guys.....just 23 more days.  Just 20 more days until Gavin comes home for Alaska on leave.  Our family can't wait to see him, we missed him very much and are very proud of him.

This is the first year that I feel so good about the holidays that I am going to bake and make treats for my family members to share and even give away as gifts.  This isn't something I often do, so they are all in for a very nice treat ;).

Why do I feel so good about it you ask?  Well I am just about done with my Christmas shopping.  I have to pick up a gift for my MIL & my teenage nephew Dylan...and that's it aside from treats for the stockings, which is always just yummy candy, gum and a new toothbrush lol!  Maybe this year I'll toss in a pocket knife or a flashlight ;)

This year hasn't been a great one, so many disappointments and sadness.....but it hasn't been worthless, we've grown, we've learned new things & we've experienced new things as well.  All of which are something to be grateful for, at least I am grateful for them!  Through good times and bad, there is always light at the end.  Listen to me being all optimistic and shit, this is so unlike me-I must really have the holiday spirit.....must be time to put up that Christmas tree ;) that will certainly seal the deal won't it?

xoxo, Lela
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Downton Done


This past weekend, PBS had a weekend long airing of Downton Abbey, a show my husband and I started watching back in 2011 I believe.  We watched the first three or four seasons & then for some reason, stopped recording them & wasn't able to watch the final seasons....well thanks to the airing this weekend - we are all caught up...and happily surprised that we enjoyed the final episode.

A lot of times, I find myself rather disappointed in the ending of series, be them TV shows or movies.  I thought the ending of Hunger Games was depressing and ordinary!  But I can't say the same about the ending of DA.  I'm so in love with all the characters, even Mr. Barrow!

xoxo, Lela
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Family Update.


I've been so busy visiting with family & friends the past several weeks I have not had time to post much on facebook, instagram or blogger...but things have slowed down for a bit ... until Christmas of course :) though I cannot wait.

The only thing that I didn't get sorted out was getting our tree & decorations out of storage.  I guess we'll work on that Monday when the boys get home from school.

Olivia is with us a bit longer this week, she didn't go home per usual because her baby brother is sick.  When I read the text from BM asking if she could say Olivia blurts out "Oh, I sure can!" with glee and happiness & literally SKIPPED to her bedroom.  It warms my heart to know that she enjoys her time with us......we do love her so!

We spent Thanksgiving Day with Billy's family at his sister & BIL's hunting camp in Mayo.  It was pretty nice, had AC, a bathroom, running water & a big screen TV...much nicer then how we used to live at hunting camps when I was younger.....no power, fires to cook our food, no running water or toilets...yeah that was really "roughing" it.......

with love, Lela
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Thanksgiving is COMING!


It's hard to believe that is already November 16th.  Just a few short weeks and it will be Thanksgiving, and we'll all be gathered around eating homemade fixings that our beautiful family members have made.  Our week is filled up with different family gatherings.

When I was younger, I used to find all the traveling and pushing and pulling back and forth a bit of a burden - but as I have gotten older, I realize what a gift it is to have so many people wanting to spent time with me and my children.  It's still hard to accommodate everyone, but now I feel differently about the effort made to make it all happen.

We have Thursday-Sunday packed full of family, friends & FOOD!!!!  Some of my favorite things!  Now I just have to figure out what to make for all these gatherings ;)


with love, Lela
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Hashtag Truth



Well, it's the truth......lol!  And it's not just true for myself personally, but it's universally true.  It's funny, because I literally say this every time I have a melt down moment at home over something not going my way, or going wrong - there has been a sock on the floor for a week now-it's right by the sofa where the kids folded laundry-the sock got left behind.....and I pointed it out to both boys & to Billy (it's his sock), and yet it still is on the floor.  I refuse to pick it up.  But eventually, I will have a melt down about the sock being on the floor & then will have to say that I am sorry for acting the fool.

Raise your hand if you've never acted the fool?  Didn't think so!  Life is hairy & so are we-hahahaha.....
with love, Lela
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O and her Glasses





This girl is so much fun, it's hard to have a bad day when she's smiling at you!!

xoxo,  Lela
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Oh, happy day!


Today, I have been in an incredibly good mood.  I can't even explain why because literally nothing is really going smooth out there in the world right now.  Maybe it's because it's a Thursday & I have off on Friday (Saturday, Sunday & Monday), maybe it's because I am going to my sisters house tonight for dinner, maybe it's because all the kids are home, happy & healthy this week.  I just don't know.  I wish I could contribute it to a single thing, but do you really have to have a good reason to be in a good mood?

This weekend, we will have a busy one.  Friday (tomorrow), it's Veteran's day & we are having a cook out at my home with the family, Saturday the boys have a double header out of town in the morning/early afternoon & later in the evening I am going to visit and hang out with a friend of mine, Sunday I have a photo session & WTD that evening.  Monday!  NOTHING!

I have finished Christmas shopping for TWO people on my long list of people.  Good gifts too, which makes me happy. I am not schooled in the art of gift giving.  I was not blessed with that sadly.  And I never just trust in myself when I find something, I fret about it way to much!

Happy Weekending My Sweets!!!

xoxo, Lela
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Do you know who you are?


I am a republican, sure-but don't think just because I am a republican that I don't have 100% of the same views as this article states.  You can't just dump people into these two categories.  For example: I believe in FREE LOVE and equal rights!  I think if you're a human you should have equal rights to things, including the opportunity to get married-no matter WHO you are or who you want to marry!  I am a LOVER of LOVE!!!!!!!!  I have no issue with someone disagreeing with me, or having a different opinion then I. My only issue is the generalization of people who voted for who they voted for.

I read this today, and it was a good read.
ANYWAY - ON TO THE ARTICLE 
The political landscape of the United States is dominated by two major parties, the Democrats and Republicans. Though there are some differences between democrats and republicans, it’s next to impossible to classify everyone based on every political issue, there are many specific important points that members of each party agree with. These important points are generally found in each party’s platform.

with love, Lela
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GOOD MORNING AMERICA


I had really wished that this morning I would have woke up, and finally not had so many hateful posts flying around on facebook regarding the presidential race last night.  I voted, my family voted-we always due our civic duty & proudly so.

And I am happy to report that most people I know voted, whoever they chose-I do not speak of that.  But to read, from people I respect, love and care for post things on facebook/twitter about how "stupid Republicans are" and "way to go Florida"..among other things.  Is this really the time to be ashamed of your country men?

Sure, if the vote hadn't went my way - I wouldn't have been "Happy" either.  But I wouldn't be trying to continually and cowardly put people down on social media-people who are my friends & family no less.  I mean, we're talking about a social media outlet that is riddled with people who love you!

During this election, I have lost so much respect for people I once called friends, and it's not for their political beliefs...no it's for how they act!  After this election is over, no one is moving to Canada, or Ireland..no-we're all staying right here with each other, so let's be nice to each other people.  Let's stick together as a country & keep on pushing towards a better tomorrow for our children.

xoxo, Lela


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West Family Sneak!


A little sneak peak from my Sunday Session with the West family!


I have had the honor of working with this beautiful mama for years now.  As her family has grown, I have been there every year to capture them.  I love that she gives me (and the kids) free range to just be free.....and by being free we are able to capture some beautiful images together.

I can't wait to show off the rest on my photography blog!!!   www.lelajohnson.com/blog
with love, Lela
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Holidays Are Near


The holidays are riding upon us.  I have decided to start my Christmas shopping just a little early this year, I actually started in October!  A lot of the stuff is small & the kids didn't even ask for it, but I found it-thought it was cute & decided to just order it.  The boys are already showing signs of excitement, it's rather adorable.  I can't wait to spend this valuable time with them, this year Christmas week falls on my weeks with O&W....fantastic, that mean's I'll be home with them all week & get all that great time with all of them.  The plans for X are still up in the air.  I would have hoped we would have planned something with his mom by now, but we have not heard & B told me to not mention it, that it wasn't my responsibility to make sure they saw each other that it was hers-and I hear him, but I still care for X and I care about his needs and desires-whatever they may be, and maybe I am reaching.
Last night, at the baseball game-I walk up as the boys are all out in the outfield warming up.  X is the closest to the fence that I am walking past to head towards the bleachers to take my seat.  He sees me and says "MOM".....and it warmed my heart.  I really am a lucky "mom" to be given the opportunity to raise two amazing bonus children.  God knew what he was doing when he gave me these two crazy people.

So those are all good things, I bet you're wondering what I have to rant & rave about?  Well, one thing I've noticed about social media is that there are so many people out there shaming others into donating to various Go Fund Me pages, they post the link on their page over and over again - begging or asking people to donate to this "good cause" and trust me, they all sound like good causes & I would never begrudge someone help if they really needed it - but the people asking, and making a fuss-if you look at the donors...they have not even donated.  Maybe they feel they are doing their part by "putting it out there so more can see & more can give..." and that is their contribution, but the feeling of self gratification is what bugs me.  Ah well.  If that's my only complain this week I guess it's not so bad...but it's not, hahaha.  Best Buy, I could write a book about how pissed I am at them right now!

xoxo, Lela

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Not a gift from God-sorry!


Recently, I came across a lot of screen shots I had saved from when I was dealing with my husbands infidelity.  As I was going through them, I thought about how far I have come & that I could finally delete them & wipe them off the face of the earth.  I came across one that the other woman was publicly thanking God for something....small miracles I think is how she put it.  What she was actually thanking, on her page for the world to see - was the fact that I had asked him to leave once I found out about her.  So he had basically been "kicked to the curve"...and she was thanking God for this & for this situation.  I had read text messages between the two of them at the time it was all going on and she mentioned God a bunch of times and how wonderful God was for bringing them together.

Well.  The truth is, lady-just in case you're confused still by this....God will never send you someone else's husband.

We live in a world were self gratification takes precedence over decency.

This is now how I raised my children, and not how I continue to raise my children.  They are learning to stop and think before doing things that could not only hurt themselves, but the others around them.  And to have shame & humility - so they will not have to say sorry later for the things the shouldn't have done today.

xoxo, Lela
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O, Sunshine & Brothers





































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