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Can you figure this out?? (…plus, a few personal things to share)

Have you ever played the game Mad Gab?  It’s a card game that has a whole bunch of nonsense words written on it and if you read them fast enough and over and over, you’ll hear a hidden phrase within the mumbo jumbo. 

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 However, it’s hard for the reader to hear the hidden phrase because they’re reading the weird words and it just isn’t making a connection with their brain.  So your teammates, who are listening, have a better chance at figuring it out since the written words aren’t confusing them as much.  I used to play this in college from time to time, late at night (later=funnier), with my roommates.  The person saying the nonsense words would read it as fast as they could and slur the junk out of those words, and the listener would somehow decode it and shout out the answer.  We sounded pretty ridiculous and always got extremely loud……but if this skill could go on a resume, we’d all be highly sought after. But BYU-Idaho didn’t have a Mad Gab degree.  Imagine that…  (You remember this, right, Katie? I remember you and I getting particularly intense when it came to this game.  ha!)



Okay, if you’ve never played…’s an example:



If you read the words in the bubble, it sounds ridiculous…..but if you read it really fast and slur it all together, you’ll hear the hidden phrase, “A roll of toilet tissue”.



Get it?





Here’s one more to practice…..



Go on, slur those words in the bubble together…….


…….and you’ll soon hear, “Newspaper Report”. 





Well, here’s one that I’ve created and want to see if any of you can figure it out.









Did you get it? 






Say it again…..FASTER!





Still no?  Well, I can’t just GIVE you the answer. 


Maybe these clues will help you.




Whatever the “Mad Gab” clue is, it’s contributing to some problems I’ve been having lately…



Like walking into the bathroom and not remembering why I walked in there.  (Ummmm……right.  To use the bathroom.  I should put sticky-note reminders on the mirror.)





Our family has been eating a lot of this for dinner.  (hey, it’s vitamin fortified…)







I can’t stand the smell of these.  (Oh gosh…..ewwwww.)






Oh my word, my face feels like I’ve reverted to my darn teenage years.  Darn pimples.  Ack…..don’t look!!!. :)






I only want to wear yoga skirts or maxi dresses.  Pants bug the heck out of me.  (I think I have like 12 all together.  And I just rotate over and over.)






I can’t get enough of this.






Sweets are my best friend.  And help calm my belly.  (Truly, I wish it were broccoli florets that made me feel better…..but as much as I tell myself I want veggies instead of sugar, my brain inevitably changes the subject.)






If I wake up during the middle of the night (or a child wakes up and needs consoling, help going potty, etc.), insomnia kicks in and there’s no “falling right back to sleep”.  It’s annoying.  So, I grab this little lifesaver and start browsing all the different apps I have on here, hoping to bore myself back to sleep.  Such a pain.






Have you seen this movie?  Do you own the soundtrack?  The silly little lyrics somehow make me cry.  Even after I’ve re-played it for Chloe 738 times.  (It’s not just this either……my eyeballs have serious plumbing issues lately, and start leaking for any ol’ reason.)

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This little girl has been found many a times, patting my arm while I’m slumped across my bed/the couch/the floor, saying, “Mommy’s sick.  Again.  Shhhhh….






Have you figured it out yet?!!



Well, here’s that Mad Gab card one more time. 



Say it one more time……real fast.





Ha!  Did you have the Mad Gab code already figured out? 


Or was it the fact that my family has been eating a lot of cereal for dinner?  And my face is a pimple fest?



But yep, the Johnston home is having another little one.





And my belly is definitely with child.

**Yeah, I don’t fool around.  I grow them large from day one……look at that belly!  (But remember how my last baby was 11 pounds…….oh, heaven help me!)





We brought the kiddos to the 20-week ultra sound and let them watch as the tech did her thing.





They thought it was fascinating.  Okay, let’s be real…..Chloe had no idea what was going on with those black/white blobs on the monitor.  She was more fascinated that it was dark in there and some lady had a magic fairy wand on my belly.  But whatever……I’ll show her pictures one day that she was in attendance, because she probably won’t remember a thing.


Elli and Connor, however, were completely focused on the screen, looking for the first signs of the gender of this new little baby.  Elli wanted another baby girl so badly and Connor, well, he would have given his left arm if he knew that would help to bring him a baby brother.  We told the kiddos Christmas Eve that we were having another baby (I was about 12 weeks at the time…) and all they have talked about since then, is whether this baby was going to be a girl or boy.  Oh, the conversations and battles that have ensued since then.



So the ultra sound tech looked…….and finally told us the news:





Connor. Was. STOKED!  He jumped up and down and screamed, “Yes!  That’s what I wanted!”  I glanced over at Elli and her face fell…..and then she moaned.  Chloe looked up at Elli, matched her face to her big sister’s……and let out a little copy-cat moan as well.  Steve and I (and the tech) just laughed.  Elli is a pattern girl and a math girl and an “even-steven” girl.  She likes life to be very even and fair (maybe it’s an oldest child thing??), so once I told her that the gender score in our family is now even……she perked up and agreed that it was better that we’re having a boy.  Whew……grieving process averted!


(And for the record, this is the ONLY baby that I really REALLY knew the gender.  The other kiddos surprisingly came exactly how I verbally requested them…..haha, but I didn’t really “know” what the first three genders were.  However, I just knew this little kiddo was a boy.  So, once she told us… was no surprise to Steve and I.  And we are THRILLED!)


While checking out the rest of the baby, the tech kept noticing the long arms and legs and commenting on how long they were for his 20-week age.  I reminded her to look at Steve and I…….and then she laughed.  (Remember, Steve is 6’5″ and I’m 5’11”.)  Yeah, tall genes are written all over this baby.  No surprise. 


While we were finishing up the scan (the baby thankfully looks completely healthy, by the way), we asked the kids what they wanted to name the baby.  Elli wants to name him “Max” (a good solid, normal name), Connor wants to name him “Spike” (oh dear, it’s a baby not a dog), and Chloe wants to name him “Baby Elli” (yeah, sorry, that name is already taken)!  Haha……we all had a good laugh again.  We told Connor later on that we probably weren’t going to name the baby Spike and his face kinda fell.  I really think he thought the name was a serious contender.  He demanded to know why we weren’t going to use his name and we told him that, well, mommy and daddy get to choose.  Steve then told him that he could call the baby Spike as a nickname and he immediately thought that was a great idea!  And the conversation ended happily.  Whew!


After the appointment, we had lunch together and then did a little new-baby shopping.


Out of curiosity, I told the kids to all pick their very favorite baby boy item in all of Old Navy and to come show me.  Elli can read now and thought this onesie was so silly….so that was her pick.  Connor picked these shoes because I think he just wanted them in his size, and Chloe……well, she didn’t want to pick blue clothes for the baby.  She wanted pink.  Lots and lots of pink!!!!  Oh my.





Such a fun day together, celebrating the little guy growing in my belly…




And well, now, another 19 weeks to wait.  I’m totally okay with that…..because holy smokes, WE’RE HAVING ANOTHER BABY!!!!!




And yeah, sorry for keeping this a secret for so long.  I have been dying to share…..because we are giddy with excitement to welcome another little soul into our home.  And it’s so hard to share.  However, we really like to see and know that the baby is doing well and thriving and all that, before sharing the news.  We have shared too early before and, well, sharing the bad news is painful. 



Now, buckle up…..because I cannot even WAIT to start sharing little itty-bitty baby boy ideas.  Oh, the things I want to make are crowding my brain!  Ack…….so excited!!!



And again, thanks for always loving on my family.  I have always been able to comfortably share bits about our family here on this blog……and interrupt the normal crafty blogging posts.  But I love that I feel like I can share such personal and exciting news to you, my dear blogging friends!  So thank you.  Now, go enjoy the rest of your day.  And if you’d really like to celebrate with me…….buy a family size bag of cadbury mini eggs (the current sugar craving of choice) and eat them all up!  Hey……sympathy cravings are REAL! :)



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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Can you figure this out?? (…plus, a few personal things to share)
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  1. Carina Garcia says:

    Felicitaciones!! Realmente me emocione mucho con la noticia, sigo tu blog desde hace años y los siento como amigos, a toda tu familia.
    Bendiciones para todos!

  2. Oriana says:

    Congratulations!!!! What awesome news to share :) Funny, my youngest is 8 months old and today, for giggles, I put a cute maternity shirt on. (I work out of my home office so NOBODY will see me) But the thought of being pregnant again kinda makes my body hurt right now..haha!

    Best wishes to you and your {growing} family. Super duper happy for you :)


  3. Ellie from Canada says:

    Congrats!! I’d love to join you with those chocolate eggs, but I need to lose 10 lbs!! My husband and I gave up the smokes last fall…good for us, huh?

  4. Marleen says:

    Congratulations!!! I love to see your boy projects! My baby boy os almost two and started walking two weeks ago, so definitely not a baby anymore. So I’ll live through you, and enjoy the heck out of all the little boy stuff!

  5. Natalie says:

    Congrats! I’m a couple weeks behind you, expecting my first boy after three girls. I can’t WAIT to see what your ideas are!! I’ll be stalking your blog for ideas… Haha!

  6. Svenja says:

    Wanna giggle?
    I just sent my boyfriend an E-Mail – he’s not that much into crafts, but I show him the occasional thing – along the line “Ashley from makeit-loveit is having another baby!”
    What is the answer not a minute later?
    “She made it, she’ll love it.”

  7. Saray says:

    You made me laugh and cry! What a beautiful blessing! P.s. I’m so excited for you! And your beautiful family! I’ve been reading your blog almost 4 years… And I can’t wait to meet the new member! I know the cravings… I only have 2 babies… My oldest 4 and my little 18 months…

  8. Erendira says:

    OMG!! Congratulations!!

  9. Heather G. says:

    ha.. hope that was clear–I meant, our 2nd as in.. my husband and mine.. not ours as in yours and mine! :)

  10. Heather G. says:

    Somehow I missed your post here, but hooray! I’ll join in with you, I’m expecting too! ;) Due September 2014 and have only shared with a few close friends. <3 Our 2nd child together!

  11. Lesley says:

    Congrats! I finally got it after 2 clues! I’m so happy for you- I’m a little teary-eyed :)

  12. Amanda says:

    Oops, I’m quite late on reading the news! I am also a serious blog-stalker of yours and I just wanted to chime in and say congratulations! Nothing like a sweet new baby, I’m very happy for you!

  13. kari-lynn says:


    I have been following your blog for forever…I have made several of your things. Let’s just say, I’m an Ashley wannabe. We both went to Ricks/BYU I, our kids are the exact same ages…seriously maybe off by a few months. We just had our 4th in January. CONGRATULATIONS on your little guy!! Anyway, I love your blog, your realness about life and your humor. Without even meeting you I feel like we could be good friends…is that weird. Please take that as a compliment and not creepy :) We are FINALLY finishing school after 10 years…Whew and selling most of our stuff to move from St Louis to Seattle and I have been obsessed with how to decorate my new home. I noticed your dining room chairs in this post. Those are exactly what I envisioned. Where did you get those? If you don’t mind sharing. Once again, I want to copy you :) Thank you and Congrats again!!!

  14. shepard says:

    AHHHHHHH!!! So excited for you! I’ve been following since around the time you had Chloe, when I had just had my second. :) I’ve loved watching how they grow in the same ways, which is so weird since we’ve never met! I’ve had our third since then, but once I got the mad gab I told my husband it’s time to start trying for a 4th! Lol. And a boy this time! We have all girls so far, but I can’t wait to see your cute little boy projects. Maybe it will inspire my uterus to think boy…haha. Congratulations! You have such a sweet family!

  15. Marei says:

    Great News! :)
    I’m very excited for you and hope you have enjoyable days ahead of you!

  16. Kristen says:

    So incredibly happy for you!

  17. Liz says:

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you. I hope you are feeling well and the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly.

  18. hooda says:

    I love you! The best mother:-)

  19. Hannah B says:

    I feel like i just heard that a personal friend is expecting! That is wonderful! Congratulations on your new little one! I’m so happy for you! Seriously, I wish I had someone to call & tell, but it really wouldn’t make sense to anyone!

    1. Hannah B says:

      PS I can’t wait to see your baby boy creations!! I have a 2 yr old and 10 month old. And 3 little nephews! :)

    2. Hannah B says:

      Boys. All boys… Maybe this mommy needs to go back to bed!

  20. Amber Omer says:

    Congrats! Cute way to announce!

  21. Nancy says:


  22. RobyGiup says:

    Congratulations Ashley!!! I’m so happy for you all!
    Tha picture of the children looking at the monitor is amazing, I think they will remember this moment forever (and yes, you should show the picture to little Chloe in the future so she can have a memento of this moment too)

    A very big hug to all the family! :)

    PS: I had a hard time with mad gab but finally I got it! And my native language is not English, does that counts?!

  23. Lynne says:

    Congratulations!! Very exciting news! I, too, am excited to see all the little boy ideas you have – I have 12 grandchildren, 6 are boys and I seem to sew more for my granddaughters & I’m now looking forward to getting in some things for my grandsons. Yay!

    PS/ I almost had the mad gab right – does almost count? :)

  24. Emilee says:

    Congratulations! And I’m so excited that you’ll be sharing little boy things because I am 24 weeks along with my first boy! (I have two girls and the oldest was very disappointed it wasn’t another girl because she “wanted Daddy to be the only boy.” But we’re working our way to excitement about it–usually by looking at cute little boy clothes and stuff.)

  25. Jess says:

    So exciting! Massive congratulations to your whole family! X

  26. Linnae says:

    Hooray! How exciting!

  27. Nisha says:

    So Sooo happy to here the good news…

  28. priya says:

    Ohhh,Happy to hear and Congrats dear

  29. Nicole P says:

    Congrats on another family member! Hope it all goes well!

  30. Linda says:

    Congrats! I know your family is so excited. It will be fun to follow along & see your new projects.

  31. Emma says:

    Congratulation!! I am so happy for you and your family. :) I love your creative post telling us the news.

  32. Regina says:

    I’ve read all the many wonderful comments you received and I am in complete agreement with everyone. The one thing I will add is that you look just beautiful, you are truly glowing. You are carrying the pregnancy so nicely… should be proud of how well you look. You have always amazed me with all your projects and yet you still have time to raise 3 darling children. I have followed you since you posted the stuffed turtles you copied from pottery barn (I think that was the store). Anyway, I made two of them and was so pleased how they came out. You have always written the best instructions…….another talent you have. I will be anxious to see how you decorate the baby’s room……will he be sharing with Connor? With being one of seven, what number grandchild is this for your Mom and Dad? My best to you Ashley and your beautiful husband and children. Heartfelt congratulations to all !!

  33. Jolynn Keel says:

    I am so happy for you and your family! I love the things the kids picked out for their new brother, even Chole’s pink stuff! Congrats!

  34. Jenny says:

    Yay! Congrats to you guys!

  35. Vikki says:

    Congratulations! x

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Vikki!

  36. Meg @ Snap Happy Mom says:

    Congrats! That puts you at the beginning of July, I think?

    I’m just two or three weeks behind you, and I just found out mine is a boy yesterday. My son was just as excited as yours! And I’m excited to make boy-projects right alongside you.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, how fun! Congrats to you too! And haha, those boys just want to have little buddies to play with. :)

      And yep, due July 14th. :)

  37. Amanda says:

    Congrats! I was visiting my parents’ ward last week and there was a beautiful musical number going on and I kept looking at one of the ladies saying, “I have seen her before. Where have I seen her?” (I’ve never been to that ward before). Turns out it was you and my sister is in your Sunday School class and has nothing but great things to say about you! Congrats on An Utter Bundt Un Loaf Joey!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word……haha, that’s CRAZY!!! You must either be Ashley’s sister or Leslie’s! I adore them both and have a lot of fun with those teenagers. (And the poor kids, being pregnant makes me extra weepy in there when we talk about certain things……ha!)

      How funny though……such a small world!

      And thanks Amanda! :)

  38. Anonymous says:


    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much!

  39. laura g says:

    congrats!!! always awesome to hear that kinda news!! ive got 3 nieces and 3 nephews and 5 sisters and 6 brothers!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh wow, you have lots of family to love……and probably more to come! I love it! :)

  40. Tracy Patrice says:

    Congrats, Congrats, Congrats! That’s one lucky Baby….(I mean from what I can tell from your blog, lol) God Bless!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha……that’s true! But thanks so much……we’re thrilled! :)

  41. Christina H says:

    So happy for you guys, congrats!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Christina!

  42. Becky says:

    Yay! I’ve wondered! Your blog quieted down last fall and I wondered if you were sick!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha……I know, things were a little spotty in the fall. I hate not telling because it would sure explain a lot. But now it’s out and I can’t wait to share more! :)

  43. Bethany says:

    Congratulations! At the risk of sounding like a complete weirdo, I just wanted to say that I started following your blog when you had your little Ellie and I had my son at the same time. And now I’m expecting again too–it makes me feel like we’re {pregnant} friends. :) So happy for you!

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha……not a weirdo at all! Some of you who have been around for so long, have seen my kids grow and understand more of the back story of this ol’ blog. I love hearing that you’re still around! :)

      And thanks for your excitement! We couldn’t be more thrilled!

  44. Laurel K. says:

    Congratulations. What a cute blog post.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…..I had fun with it. Thanks so much Laurel!

  45. Genevieve says:

    Congratulations! What a blessing. Hope you feel great soon!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Genevieve…..I really am feeling so much better already! :)

  46. Leigh Anne says:

    Congrats! That’s beyond exciting! I loved your post to announce it …….so cute! Makes me feel like we are chatting in real life ;). I am sitting here nursing my #4….I have 2 boys and then 2 girls too. So fun! That 4th one is easy-peasy!

    1. Ashley says:

      Yay……that makes me so happy! And I love that you’re a nursing multi-tasker. I’m always the same way and kinda love that my babies were able to eat while I did this or that with my free hand. And congrats to you too! :)

  47. Estrella says:

    Congrats!! :D Your kids are just too cute, picking names and clothes for their new brother… I was melting!! So I’m sure he’ll be the happiest baby on earth!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Estrella…….we had so much fun!

  48. Mellany says:

    A hearty congrats all the way from South Africa.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Mellany…..I always love hearing from friends so far away. Makes the world a little smaller! :)

  49. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations! We just welcomed my nephew into the world today…it was incredible! Looking forward to all the cute baby boy ideas so I can make them for our new little Bentley. So happy for you! :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, how perfect! Congrats to your family too!

      And thanks so much Stephanie!

  50. Jess says:

    Funny enough, we are both at exactly the same week in our pregnancy. Also my 4th and also was sure on the gender of this baby–a girl. Small world. I will be sure to follow you and see who goes first!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, no way! How exciting for you too……congratulations Jess!

  51. A. Weight says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on your Bundle of Joy!!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much!

  52. Diane W says:

    Congratulations! How exciting! We have 7, (mostly married now), but i wouldnt of traded my life for anything. 2 girls and 5 boys. My advice is, the more you have, the less you know!! Just love and enjoy them and instill the 10 camandments in them.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, we are exactly the opposite in my own family……5 girls and 2 boys. There was always something going on and someone to talk to! :)

      And thanks for the advice… true! :)

      Thanks Diane!

  53. Lindsay Carpenter says:

    I didn’t read all the comments but I wanted to share what I just made! I have only girls so I always enjoy making little boy things for friends! I just made several (ok, like 7) bow ties for a friends baby. I know, lots of folks make bow ties. *But* I added little plastic snaps to the back and gave her a bib, onuses in 4 sizes and a couple of t-shirts with snaps so she can snap the little bow ties onto the various tops and the little boy can always look dapper! So cute! I can’t wait to see him in all his cute little bow ties!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word…’re going to die! That’s exactly one of the projects I’m working on. HA! I used to make Elli (who’s 7) headbands that had interchangeable bows/flowers that would snap onto the headband and I would sell them. Years later, I thought I should do something for little boys that was interchangeable….because it’s so darn fun……and that was the idea! But then I had a baby girl (Chloe, who’s now 3)….and so the idea stood still. I hadn’t thought of doing it on bibs though. How cute! But the interchangeable bow ties was something I thought would be fun, so that baby boys could have an “accessory”. That cracks me up…….maybe you should just come over and craft WITH me! :)

      Anyway, you’ll probably see something similar in the next few weeks. :)

  54. Sue Epling says:

    Your family is beautiful!! I enjoyed the game but never figured out the message even though the clues were pointing to a pregnancy. You are truly blessed~

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha…..I’m happy I tricked a few of you! More fun that way!!!! :)

      Thanks so much Sue! :)

  55. Angieg says:

    Wow, congrats on the new bundle of Boy! Glad you share your family along with your craftiness.

    1. Ashley says:

      I just can’t help it……thanks so much!

  56. Jen says:

    Congrats, so happy for you! We have 4 kids too! Boy, girl, girl, boy. Four kids is a party I love having so many.

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re just opposite of us……so glad it’s a party!

      Thanks Jen!

  57. Юлия says:

    It is sooooooo great!!! Cool!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much!

  58. Amber says:

    I was just thinking today, “I hope she gets pregnant so she can post more baby things on her blog!” Congrats!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha……so, this pregnancy is your fault?!?! ;)

      Thanks Amber!

  59. Maree says:

    Hi Ashley,
    Congratulations and all your kids are so cute. I wish I could meet you all but then I am from Maldives and am v v v far from where you all live. Still I follow your website v closely and have made a few things from your blog. Anyway, I can’t wait for your upcoming baby projects coz u always always amaze me with your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing and Congrats once again!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, I would love to meet every single one of you too! Thanks for your excitement……and yes, I have a whole bunch of little boy stuff to share. Can’t wait!!

      Thanks Maree!

  60. Bonnie Ditto says:

    So happy for your family. Have so enjoyed watching your kiddos grow. It crossed my mind a couple of days ago that your Chloe was just not a baby any more. Can’t wait to see what you do for Halloween now!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      I know……I keep telling myself that even though I don’t feel older, my kids are going to keep growing. Ack!!!

      And haha, I have actually thought about Halloween, as funny as that sounds. :)

      Thanks so much Bonnie!

  61. Liz says:

    Such a fun way to share with all of us!! You are amazing!! Congratulations to all of you!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Liz!

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