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Miss O


I have created my very own LightRoom Preset.  The first of it's kind.  Meant to be moody, warm, film like & just a tad hazy!  I love it! And I love HER!






















with love, Lela
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Keeping Calm



I have started to becoming particularly uncomfortable with a relationship I have with a family member.  Different things they are saying, and trying to do is making me feel uneasy-like the intentions are not as they should be.  I am not really sure what to do about it because if I say something to anyone, it would just cause several different emotions from several different people.

It's hard to get advice from people I know (or confide in) because most everyone I know is close to my family & close to me in a way that they would also be uncomfortable with the situation and the conversation about the situation.  They would not only judge the family member, but possibly me as well.

I suppose it is something I can handle myself, but I am just not sure how to approach it or if I am perhaps reading to much into it-which I honestly don't think that I am.  I am a very open, honest & approachable person & so over the years, I have found that people are attracted to me that need help, advice, a kind nonjudgmental ear.....and I have provided that type of friendship to several people & perhaps that is all this family member needs too.

I have started to meditate recently, to try to find a way to release some of the stress I am feeling concerning this relationship as it is causing me to not sleep well.  I find it a struggle to tell people how I am feeling when I am not pissed off or offended.  It's not something I am proud of, because by the time I finally let someone know how I feel - it comes out of my mouth and in my body language like I am a stark raving lunatic & then the issue that caused it all isn't addressed - just me feeling bad about my own personal behavior.  I can't let this happen for this particular relationship, as there is to much at steak.  I really hope the meditation works & I am able to find some peace and answers on how I should handle it if it doesn't stop/change on it's own.

with love, Lela
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Dry Shampoo


Dry shampoo is something I discovered several years ago due to BirchBox when a subscription I received that month had a sample of amika.  Since then I have tried four different brands & I have my top three out of those four that I like, and here's why:


  1. amika - smells amazing, absorbs quickly but it's about $22 a can...eeeek
  2. Batiste - smells really good as well, but not as good as amika and does absorb pretty good without leaving the hair to grey or dull looking.  The cost is way cheaper at about $4 a can.
  3. Not your Mothers - CLEAN FREAK - very inexpensive, about $3 a can and the can is pretty large.  Doesn't have that exotic smell...but does a great job with absorbing as well.



The one thing I love the most about dry shampoo is that:

  • You don't have to wash your hair as often (duh)
  • You can spray it in the morning, brush & style as normal (total time saver)
  • Hair is silky with less flyaways
I have literally not washed my hair for a week and just used the dry shampoo to freshen it up in the mornings before work.  Runs through the flat iron so much better!

with love, Lela
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Easter with the Johnson's


Easter morning, after Miss O checked out all her goodies in her Easter Basket, we alone dyed some eggs.  The boys rather had slept, and so I left them to that as my little shadow and I had a great time together as dad watched on happily.  She was so careful and sweet as she did all her eggs, though she never did get to enjoy eating any of them.

After we dyed eggs we got ready and head to the hunting camp to enjoy some good food, some good company and some good ol'fashion egg hunting.  We always have a good time hanging out with the family and today we couldn't have asked for a prettier day.

I hope all of you had a great Easter.


with love, Lela
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Cows.


I don't know what it is, but I love the painted cow prints I saw at Hobby Lobby recently!  I think I'm going back on Monday to make a purchase of at least one of them!!!!


Thoughts?
with love, Lela
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Baseball & Easter Eggs


Last night was our last game in the SMAC ornament.  FWMS went to the championship game, against a team that had beaten us all  year long, LBMS!  Guess what, they beat us again!  The kids were so disappointed, mainly Xander since he was the starting pitcher.  He said "they started hitting off me and I couldn't get any help in the in or out field!".  It was true, the kids were all just having a bad day & it just went down hill with the first error.  I love my son, but X can be a bit of a bear when he feels the slightest injustice against him & being pulled out of the game really got in his craw.

This weekend we have a lot of things planned, today for example Billy is getting up early to put new brakes on the truck, and have the property mowed.  Tomorrow we're having some company over (lots of kids) for a big family dinner in celebration of Easter.  Sunday we're heading out to the hunting camp to celebrate Easter with Billy's family!  Monday, I am working on taxes and spending the day with my sweet boys!  Olivia is pretty excited about dying eggs & having the Easter Bunny visit the house, she won't stop talking about it.  She also doesn't understand why the basket she brought home from school today had to be cleaned of easter grass before it could enter the house-lol!  I hate easter grass....with a passion!

In other news, I think my sweet baby bro is finally happy again!  He's coming over on Saturday with his new girlfriend (her kids) and of course Shawn & Layla.  He texted and said he was "excited" about the visit, and I have not heard him talk that way in over a year.  It really warmed my heart.  I think it has a lot to do with this new lady in his life, and the fact that he's finally away from the Polk Correctional System ;) either way, I am super happy for this great guy!

We have a Hobby Lobby in LC now, and I've been & it's amazing.  It's nice to have something I enjoy doing (shopping at Hobby Lobby) so close to home, and not in a busy part of town like the one in Gainesville is in.  Olivia and I went there on Monday this week and toured around.  She found lots of stuff she wanted of course, and so did I.  I kept texting B showing him what new things we'd soon be looking at in our home, lol!

Happy Easter Loves!
with love, Lela
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Forgiveness & Love


I have a lot of shit to say, and some of it isn't friendly - so I am glad that no one really reads my blog.  But I've had a lot of my mind lately.

This particular blog was set up as a way to post/host photos of the kids growing up, and just our active life.  At first it was just me and the boys and so I had it named something appropriate to that - and then it was me and the two Johnson's and I changed the name to incorporate my new life with B&X, and my boys.  Honestly, I loved that name & blog.  It was called "More than Johnson's" and that is what it was, what we were - and that is still the case - but after O was introduced into our lives, and when that entire situation was happening - I needed to disassociate myself from the "Johnson" name - as I honestly didn't think my marriage with my husband was going to survive such a betrayal and such heartbreak.  I didn't think I had it in me.


with love, Lela
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Waiting for Lela




One of the hardest things I've had to do in my life, aside from forgiving B - was waiting for myself to return.  The loss, anger, disappointment and well trauma (yes trauma) you feel from such a betrayal leaves you much changed.  It leaves you alone.  It leaves you very very much alone, and before you know it you do not even know yourself anymore - you've turned into this bitter hateful person, who can do nothing but lash out at the one(s) that brought you the pain.  Often these lashes are subtle and no one would really ever notice (or blame you).  In fact, B had taken on the role of being my emotional punching bag for the better part of three years while I wanted for Lela to return to my heart, my soul and my mind.

with love, Lela
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