Sunday, October 26, 2014

bentlee's 2nd birthday.

Yesterday my mother-in-law and I headed out to my godson Bentlee's 2nd birthday party.

It was a baseball themed party, complete with a hot dog machine, popcorn machine, and baseball pinata!

Unfortunately, when you're only two, you don't typically break the pinata...especially with a nerf bat haha!

But you still get a lot of candy when it does break.

Sometimes when you turn two, it can be very scary when a bunch of people start singing "Happy Birthday" to you. And you might sit back in your chair with a very unsure look on your face.

But as soon as the singing is over, you're ready to blow out those candles!

When you're two, you're expected to eat with a fork...unlike last year, when you just got to stuff your face by using your hands.

But sometimes that's hard to do and you get frosting all over. And using napkins doesn't come until you turn three, so it's still socially appropriate for you to lick frosting off your arm.

Happy Birthday Bentlee! I can't wait to see how much your grow and change in this next year!

xoxo, God-momma

Sunday, October 19, 2014

pinned it. did it. #1

A couple weeks ago, I posted on Facebook that it was about time to conquer all the stuff I've pinned on Pinterest. I spend MORE than enough time pinning all this stuff I'd like to do someday...but I never actually DO any of it. I looked through some of my boards, and realized that I have some pretty good stuff on there, and I should get to work.

I decided to start off easy...those of you who know me know that I don't stick with stuff very long. (To be honest, I'm pleasantly surprised I've stuck with this teaching thing longer than 3 weeks.) I figured if I started off with something easy--and something I knew wouldn't fail--I'd be more likely to keep going.

So without further ado, I present to you my first "Pinned it. Did it" project. Here's the image I pinned:
This is "car essentials kit."

Ever have to meet someone after work, but don't have time to go home and freshen up first? Ever broken your nail, but don't have anything in the car to take care of it? Ever have a really bad cold, but forgot to grab some tissues before you left the house? I can raise my hand for all of those...and more. So I decided it would be a great idea (and really, why hadn't I ever thought of this?) to make one of these kits. 

I filled my kit with things I always wish I had in the car with me: makeup, bobby pins, tissues, and Advil. I also put in some things that I could see myself needing at some point during a long day: nail files, deodorant, bandaids, Tide to-go Pen, and a few other things that aren't pictured. 

This little kit was so quick and easy to put together, and will fit nicely in my center console (once I clean it out, that is.)

So there ya go. I can officially check something off the Pinterest list.

xoxo, wife.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

bad boys, bad boys

Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

The police came to school today. And for once, it wasn't for anything bad! Kindergarten and first grade are in the thick of a unit about communities. One of the huge things we cover is community helpers (people whose job it is to help us in our community.) We set up for some police officers to come and speak with our kids about what they do.

What I really liked was that they geared everything toward the kids and told them that even KIDS can go to jail if they make too many bad choices. They brought the van that they use to take kids to the Juvenile Justice Center, and gave our kiddos an up close look at it.

One of my students said, "It doesn't look very comfy. And it doesn't even have seat belts. I never wanna ride in this van." And I said, "Good. I never want to hear about you riding in a van like this!"

Then they brought out Dex, the K9. The kids (most of them, anyway) loved Dex, and even got to pet him. Then the K9 officer showed us how fast Dex can run, and some of the commands he gives. It was really neat. 

It was definitely a good experience for these kids, whose only impression of police officers is that they are bad, because they took their daddies to jail. (I heard more than enough stories today about who's parent is/has been in jail.)The police officers did a good job of ensuring the kids that police officers keep them safe, but that they also need to make lots of smart choices so they don't end up in that van!

xoxo, Mrs. Miller

Monday, October 13, 2014

i am capable of keeping a baby alive.

Sometimes I think people assume I'm not domestic enough to do certain things.
Like cook a fancy meal from scratch.
Like produce the perfect stain remover from household ingredients.
Like have my house in tip-top shape every day.

And maybe they're right. (Actually they probably are right, about that stuff at least.)

But one thing I CAN do, is keep another human alive. Especially little humans.
If you actually take time to think about it...that's kind of what I do for a living. Keep little humans alive. 22 of them to be exact.

And while those little humans aren't babies, I knew I could keep my 5 month-old nephew alive for a few hours the other day while my in-laws took my other nephew and niece out for some early-Halloween fun.

 Fun fact: I took a babysitting class at the hospital when I was 12. I passed with flying colors.

Case in point:

Bonding time. Watching Notre Dame and talking about life and stuff.


It may not look like he's still alive...but I promise he is.

Time spent building self-esteem by telling the baby how cute he is.

Manners lesson: how to fold our hands politely.

Naked anatomy lesson: how to find your toes and eat them. 

We even had some animal bonding time, where cat and kid played together in perfect harmony.

I fed the baby human. And then changed the baby human's diaper after that food promptly went right through him.

Friendship time.

And then he fell asleep for another few minutes before everyone returned.

During my 6ish hour stint as babysitter:

His mom called to check up on me.
My husband checked up on me.
And my father-in-law checked up on me.

In my forever quest to become more domestic, I hope I proved to the world that I can, in fact, take care of a baby for a few hours. He came away alive, fed, changed, entertained, and unharmed. (And I think he loves me more now than he did before. I think I'm his favorite aunt!)

xoxo, aunt lisa

Saturday, October 11, 2014

miller family pictures 2014

Recently it was brought to attention that the last Miller Family Picture was taken like 9 or 10 years ago. Way before me or any of the kids were around. So we decided to make some updates. Last night we headed out to Bonneyville Mill to get some good shots. There were probably about 300, but the following are some of the best ones. Enjoy!

I think this is my favorite picture from the day.

This captures Jason and Tara's personalities to a tee. Always funny...but usually inappropriate haha!

We love these kids!

Lydia's stubborn personality was captured perfectly here. There was a moment when most of us were unsure of whether or not she would cooperate...but she did :)

I'm so glad we got to do this. The pictures turned out really nicely, and we had a fun time. (We also got quite a few laughs out of some of the outtakes!)