Friday, December 15, 2006

Archer's Christmas Program

Who knew he was such a little show boat?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Who stole our dog?

Who does that? I mean it is one thing to take some food if you are hungry, or something that you need, or even an inanimate object. But c'mon, someone's dog? I heard our gate open last night and I thought it was my grandparents stopping by, but then there was no knock. I didn't think much of it until we went to get some tacos and the gate was open and Maggie was gone. In the past, if the gate was open, Maggie would sit on the porch. OK, even if she did get out, it has been 24 hours and no one has called and said they found her. I was so angry yesterday but the scripture in Matt 5:44 played over and over in my mind (go look it up). I am going to imagine that she is in a good home full of kids who will play with her and take care of her. For now, it is my only comfort. I only hope the bitterness will subside.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tristan and Nathan's Birthday Party

We had so much fun at the birthday party today. I can't believe how the boys are growing up so fast! We ate pizza, had a 3-legged race, a frisbee toss, pinata, cake, and watched the boys open gifts. Here are a few of the pictures from today. Thank you Amy and Allison for all your hard work. It was super fun. Archer said 'Thank you for parties' in his prayers tonight. He thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a very full day and very full bellies by the time we finally made it home. We went to Grandma's and ate turkey with all the 'fixings'. It was so great to see everyone, although I couldn't help but miss Jon and Cameron. Then we went to Papa Calder's and it was a full house! Lots of kids, family, food, and a jumphouse. What more could we ask for? Oh yeah, Harvest Day Pie. Yummy. Thanks for everyone's hard work, time, and effort, it was appreciated, especially by my stomach.

Thanksgiving Korean Style

Here are some pictures Jon sent me from Korea with his e-mail attatched at the bottom.

Here are my Thanksgiving pics. We had so much fun. It was the best thanksgiving ever. And my thanksgiving dinner was so awesome. I stuffed myself just like do every year. I took the pics of the leaves from a taxi and they turned out pretty good considering it was only a 5 minute ride. Did I already send you these pics sorry if I did. I'm sending it to a bunch of people. So what did you do I mean what are you doing right now. That's too weird its already the next day and you are probably eating right now. your bro, Jon

Monday, November 20, 2006

Elder Miller

I am sorry these aren't in order, I was too lazy to organize them.

Last week my family and I flew to Utah to drop off my brother Cameron to the MTC. He will be there until January 30th before heading off to Taiwan (there is more info in a previous post). Dropping him off and saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I am so glad that I was able to be there. The Spirit is so amazingly strong as thousands of missionaries are being 'schooled' in sharing the Gospel. Over 600 missionaries were processed that day and as we sang "Called To Serve" I couldn't help but think of my son and how I much I hope, wish, and pray that he will one day go to the MTC as well. OK, enough already, I am getting teary-eyed! Yes, it looks like I am smuggling a small person in my coat (well in a way, I guess I am). Good editing skills on the scar Mom.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"I'm A Skeltalin!"

Because you can never use too many knives when spreading frosting...

Had a good time this Halloween. As you can see we made cookies, carved jack-'o-lanterns, and got lots of candy. For some reason I didn't get the memo that no one wears their costume to preschool, so my kid was the only one dressed up. Whatever.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Why do I feel like I am contributing to animal abuse?

An indifferent ghost.

Giving the pony love.

We made a visit to the pumpking patch last week for Family Home Evening. I am not sure about other places, but it seems like here in Orange County, pumpkin patches are turning into big productions, like mini-carnivals. So we went and Archer jumped in a jump-house 'village', visited the petting zoo, and rode a pony. The pumpkin was a bit of an afterthought.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

So The Mayor Stopped By My House...

Here is an embarrassing moment for the record books, hope you all enjoy. As some of you know, Chad is out of town for a week so I have been playing (pregnant) single mom for a few days now. I will admit that my house is a mess with the dog chewing everything and Archer running amok. I don't mind it too much, maybe because I am so tired, I am not sure. Anyway, this morning I was in my pajamas playing with Archer when I heard a knock at the door. I ran and put on a sweater and answered the door thinking it was my visiting teacher. It wasn't. A man in a suit and tie introduced himself as Leland and explained that he had talked to my husband and that Chad had asked for a Gov. Schwarzenegger sign to put up before the election. I knew immediately who he was, Mayor Leland Wilson, who also happens to live one street over from us. I was MORTIFIED and I quickly explained that I am usually dressed by this time in the morning, but my husband was out of town and I had been up with my sick toddler, which was a lie. Don't worry though, I was punished for my fib when my healthy looking son walked up to the door with his pj's still on, one arm out of the collar, and shoving a cookie in his mouth. He then offered the half eaten cookie to Mayor Wilson, but he kindly turned down the offer. Anyway, that is my super embarrassing story, I thought I would share it with you all. I am glad that I can laugh at it and that I kind of don't care. But I am even more glad that we have a "Re-Elect Mayor Wilson" sign in our front yard. I will leave you with the comforting words that Allison left me with "What's the worst that could happen? It's not like he can turn you into Child Protective Services for feeding you kid cookies for breakfast."

Friday, October 13, 2006

5th Anniversary

Yesterday was our 5 year anniversary and I have to say it was the best one yet. My brother Cameron is leaving on a mission in a month and he went through the Los Angeles Temple last night, which is where we were married. It was so nice to be there with family, especially Chad. We even got to peek into the sealing room where we were married which made it even more special. I would also like to post a disclaimer that I am not sure what I am doing in that last picture, but it isn't very attractive.

A Fire Engine Visits the Preschool.

Holding hands with his friend Andrew.

Crying during the group piucture and clearly annoying Sammy, the girl next to him.

Group picture in front of the fire truck.

Sitting in the fire truck. Notice the serious expression on his face. This is all business.

Holding hands with his favorite Irish teacher, Ms. Maria.

Holding onto the class rope walking out to the parking lot.

When the fireman came out in his full get up, half the kids started crying.

The whole school.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

New Fence

We have a fence! This is very exciting for a few reasons. The first being that we have wanted to do this for a long time. The second reason is that it keeps Archer and the dog inside the yard without Chad and me worrying about either of them running into the street. Chad designed the fence and decided to make it out of redwood and keep the natural wood instead of painting it. Elder Norton and Elder Clark helped the first day to dig holes and set the posts. The second day Dick and Andrew came over to help put up the actual fence. Then yesterday the Elders came back and Chad was able to finish. It looks very beautiful. Thanks to all who helped, it was really hard work and we really appreciate it! Maybe now people will stop mistaking our lawn for a park and I won't catch people napping in my yard.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Growing people is hard work. Here I am at five and a half months pregnant (this is for you Jon).


For Chad's 30th he got a Boston Terrier puppy that we named Maggie. She will only grow to be about 10 lbs. The longer we have her, the more nick-names we come up with; Maggie-May, Magsies, Maggie-mags, Biddie, and Puppy (Archer's favorite).