Monday, December 31, 2012

holly jolly christmas: round five. the last one, i promise.

And now, over in the Miller household, Christmas has officially come to an end.
Yesterday we had our last celebration of the year with my mother-in-law's side of the family.
 
 
 


 Tylan with his cousin, Tia Rae.
They're pretty cute if you ask me.
 
My nephew and my godson :) I also got to feed my godson yesterday. I have to say, it's been a LONG while since I've fed a baby. I was quite enjoying myself until I had to burp him. Did I get spit up on? No, because to get spit up on, there has to be an acutal burp. I feel like I beat the crap out of Bentlee's back for hours! The kid wouldn't burp. I felt like a failure of a Godmother. But after about 30 minutes (literally)...and probably some bruising on his back, he finally gave in and burped. It was probably fake...just an effort to get me off his back (pun intended.)
On the way home, Ty told me it was adorable to watch me with Bentlee. He said I looked like a natural. Which made me feel good because I always feel like a goofball with babies.
 
Here are the two new additions to the family this year, wearing their "First Christmas" hats that Aunt Kimi and Uncle Christopher got them. (Well, Lydia was wearing it right before I snapped the picture.) Neither baby looks quite as thrilled as Kimi and Chris!
 
Lydia also doesn't look too thrilled to be forced into pictures with Uncle Ty and Aunt Lisa. Perhaps she was in a bad mood after pooping through TWO outfits within THREE hours! Yeah, that might have been it. Darn those antibiotics! Luckily, she had gotten some clothes as presents, because Mommy was out of outfits for her.
 
And thus ends another year of Christmas celebrations. I'm officially planning on taking all the decorations down tomorrow, and getting back to a sense of normalcy.
Happy Last Day of 2012.
 
xoxo, wife.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

holly jolly christmas: round four

Oh yeah...we're still going strong in the Christmas department over here.
Yesterday we headed out to Ty's parents' house for Christmas with his family.
My brother and sister in-law were in town with our neice and nephew too.
Again, lots of good food (brunch this time!), lots of good gifts, and lots of fun and laughter.
 
 
 
 
 
That would be three feet of gumballs. Because every 6 year old needs that many gumballs.
 
 
 
 
 
Then jello shots may have been made.
A little too strong...
 
Sicky baby after her bath. You can tell she wasn't feeling so hot.
And she snotted all over everyone all day.
 
It took forever to play bingo with this many presents!
 
Ty with his brother. Cheesin' it up during bingo.
 
Baby Lydia is wearing the outfit I got her. "I love Auntie!"
 
Lots of fun with celebration number four!
 
xoxo, wife.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

my first (and maybe last) vlog!

(Mom and grandma: a vlog is a Video Blog.)
 
Ok. I swore I'd never do a vlog. Like ever.
But Stephanie over at BEAUtiful Mess posted a vlog awhile back that had to do with different dialects.
I thought I'd participate.
 
If you'd like to follow along, the words and questions I'll be answering are listed below.
 
 
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught
  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • What do you say to address a group of people?
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped
    body and extremely long legs?
  • What do you call your grandparents?
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry
  • groceries at the supermarket?
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?


Alright.
That was embarrassing enough.
I will now crawl into a hole.
 
xoxo, wife.

Friday, December 28, 2012

gallery wall inspiration...and project numero uno.

I've decided to take one of the walls in our bedroom and make a gallery wall on it.
Here is the wall that I'm using as my inspiration.
 
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Fawn, over at Always Chasing Life made a gallery wall that has a lot of meaning.
It's not merely a bunch of cool pictures slapped on a random wall.
Mostly everything on the wall has something to do with her and her husband as a couple.
So that's what I've decided to make.
I want the majority of the things on our wall to have some sort of sentimental meaning behind it.
It's going to take quite awhile to collect all of the items I'm going to put on the wall, and most of it I'm going to make (which we all know will take awhile.)
But I ventured out to my favorite crafty place to get started on my first project for the wall.
 
(Cue angel harps.)
 
I took my mom along and got some supplies (and perhaps a new Christmas tree that was on super-sale for next year...), then headed home to get working on my first project.
I'm a ticket stub-saver.
I've saved a bunch of the stubs we've gotten since we've been together.
But I never have anything to do with them.
So I saw an idea on Pinterest (duh.) that I decided to recreate.
 
 
You start with a shadow box. I got a wood-ish one, because it goes the best with our house.
 
 
Then take some burlap (or burlap SCRAPBOOK PAPER...thanks Mom!) to create as your background.
 
I wanted the background to be simple and plain, but not too plain.
So I got another scrapbook paper and attached it to the bottom.
 
My mom also found some sticker borders that looked like tickets. Perfect!
I put two of them along the seam of the two papers.
 
 
 
Then I wanted to add the words "admit two" to the top.
I got some black Thickers to do this part.
 
 
 
Then attach all this to the backing of the shadow box, add your ticket stubs, and voila!
 
 
Now I'm going to have Ty cut a slit on the top of the shadow box, so that it's extra easy to add new ticket stubs to the box after we've gone somewhere.
 
And that's it! The first piece of my gallery wall is officially complete.
Stay tuned for my next project!
 
xoxo, wife.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

holly jolly christmas: round three.

Later on Christmas Day, we went over to my Dad's side of the family at Grandma Wayne's house.
Again, lots of good food.
 
 
 
 
 My grandma has been in and out of the hospital lately, so it was good to have her around for Christmas.
 
 
 
After dinner, my mom had planned a fun Bingo game for us to play, complete with prizes (that I didn't win.)
 
 
Luckily Ty did our little family proud and won us a movie theater gift card.
Date night will soon be calling our name.
 
Again, a loving celebration with family.
 
xoxo, wife.
 
 

 


holly jolly christmas: round two

Our Christmas celebrations continued on Christmas day.
Ty and I slept in til 9:45 (what?!)
Then he gained "Awesome Hubby Brownie Points" by making me a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs (with cheese!) and toast.
And then we opened our gifts to each other.
Not sure why we didn't take pictures.
Oh...I remember.
Becuase we hadn't showered and definitely looked like poo.
(Or "dookie" as my students like to call it.)
Anyways....
 
For Ty: a hunting backpack thingie, several shirts, sweatpants, hot sauces, a necklace, good smelling spray, and a machete. (Yep, that's right, I got my husband a machete...what did you get YOUR husband?)
(And that's not scary at all, now is it?)
 
 
For Lisa: several kid's books for my classroom, a Llama Llama Red Pajamas stuffed animal (also for my class, because they love the Llama Llama books), a pair of gorgeous earrings, a sock monkey winter hat, a winter headband, lots of new nail polishes, and Florida Gators sweats.
 
And, like a good wife, I like to proclaim to the world that my hubby and I are besties.
So I got us these hats.
 
 


Holly Jolly Christmas Round Two: Check.
Love you hubby!

xoxo, wife.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

holly jolly christmas: round one.

To kick off Christmas 2012, we had our first celebration on Christmas Eve with my parents and my Grandma Sue.
There was {too much} good food, {too many} generous gifts, and {just enough} joy.
 
 
 
 
 
I might be kinda biased, but I think my parents are pretty darn cute.
 
 
Now...in this next picture, my dad instructed us to all strike a "gangsta" pose.
Clearly, my grandma did not grow up in the hood, because she had no clue what to do!
It was really funny :)
 
 
Then the gift-unwrapping commenced. We got lots of great stuff!
 
 
 
 
For Ty: clothes, a Jason Aldean cd, Madden '13, an ND sweatshirt, a gift card, candy/gum, etc.
For Lisa: a "Mrs. Miller" cell phone case, clothes, a "Granddaughter" bracelet, gift card, a gift card holder, an Erin Condren planner (because I'm organized like that!), and the most amazing eye shadow that I've been lusting over for about 2 years now!
 
 
 
 
 


For us as a couple: Tickets to see Wicked! And it's on our anniversary!
 
Ty and I also had a sign made for my parents with their last name and the year they were married.
Not gonna lie, I'd like one for our house too!
 
I'd say that holly jolly christmas: round one was a success.
Thanks to my parents and grandma for everything!
 
Stay tuned for the coming Christmas rounds.
 
 
xoxo, wife.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Survey.

 
When do you put up your Christmas tree?
I normally put up the tree on Black Friday. This year, we put it up on Thanksgiving and I decorated it on Black Friday.
 
White lights or colored:
White lights all the way. They go much better with the decor of our house.
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When do you take the tree down?
Good question. I'd LIKE to take it down the day after New Year's...but do I? Not normally. There's just something depressing about taking the tree down. It definitely gets done before Christmas Break is over though, because once I'm back at school, I don't have time.
 
Favorite Christmas song/album?
My favorite Christmas album is probably cliche, but its Mariah Carey's Christmas. It's been my favorite since I was probably 7. It's a classic in my book. As for my favorite song...that's tough. Can I pick a couple? Yes, I can...because it's my blog. One of my favorites is "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." But I also love "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," "Oh Holy Night," and "Little Drummer Boy" (depending on the version.)
 
Least favorite thing to do during the holidays:
Wrap the stinking presents! I hate doing that, and I'm so terrible at it!
Love picking out the cutest paper...hate what the gifts look like once I've wrapped them.
 
 
What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?
When I was living at home, my mom normally made cinnamon rolls to eat after we opened presents. Since I've been married, we've just eaten toast, or a bagel, or whatever else is laying around. I need to start making something more yummy!
 
Favorite Christmas memory:
When I got a puppy from Santa. I still like looking back on those pictures :)
 
Favorite Christmas tradition:
 When I was little, my parents had this Santa ornament that would open up. They always put a little present in there, and it would be the last gift I would open. It was never a special gift or anything, but it was always my favorite one to open. We also take a picture of all the cousins in front of the tree at my Grandma's every year. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but I think it's neat to go back and look at how much we all change from year to year.
 
Real tree or fake tree?
I've only ever had a fake tree. I think that seems to be the smartest way to go, but I'd love to have a real tree ONE year.
 
Christmas Pajamas: Yay or Nay?
I love themed clothing, so yay! Although, I probably haven't had actual Christmas pajamas since I was little. I have tons of Christmas socks though! It's on my December Manifesto, however, to get Ty and I matching Christmas pajamas, so who knows?
  
Favorite Christmas movie?
Don't even have to think twice about this one! The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (the original...not the dumb Jim Carey one) and A Charlie Brown Christmas. I still laugh every time that darn Charlie Brown tree droops over when he puts the ornament on. Never gets old!
 
Easiest person to shop for:
Normally Ty. But this year, my new niece Lydia was the easiest. There's just so much cute stuff for baby girls out there!
 
Hardest person to shop for:
My mom and dad. Love them dearly, but they're impossible to shop for!
 
Something you wish you'd done this holiday season:
Send out Christmas cards. I'm always really bad about that. I want to get really cute ones, but they're always the most expensive ones. So I mess around too long, and then it's too late. Next year though...definitely sending some out.
Oh, and I wish we'd hung up some mistletoe. Always good to get a few extra smooches this time of year :)
 
***What are some of your Christmas favorites??
 
xoxo, wife.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

some things i'm loving lately.

1. Spirit Week.
We've never had a Spirit Week at my school, but we did this past week before break and I thought it was a blast!
I wish I could put some pictures of my kiddos on here to show off their cuteness!
My personal favorite day?
Crazy hair and accessories day:
 
It pretty much took me about 18 hours to comb all the teasing out of that rat's nest on the side of my head. But it was totally worth it!
 
2. Hot chocolate.
I could drink it morning, noon, and night.
With marshmallows, of course.
 
 
3. Donut dates with the husband.
 
 
 
4. My Christmas nails.
I will just go ahead and tell you that it's Rudolph right now.
Because only 3 people all week knew without having to ask.
(And yes, this was BEFORE I cleaned all the polish off my fingers.)
 
 
5. Grumpy Cat.
These absolutely NEVER get old.
Ever.
 
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on the 2nd day of christmas my true love gave to me 2 turtl - Grumpy Cat
 
Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.
 
Love him!
 
What are some things you're loving lately?
 
xoxo, wife.