Friday, December 31, 2010

Oh my Maggie

Last night Maggie and I got 3 hours of sleep TOTAL. Miss Maggie was not happy. And rightfully so I just went to the Doctor and she has a blown ear drum. This is the second one in one month! We had to go to the Doctor Thanksgiving weekend. She got some medicine that helped a little but I just can't wait till my happy girl is back.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Santa I want a Ballerina Music Box!

Monday, December 20, 2010

4 people 1 camara = funny random photos

Taken by Zoey and yes that is Brit changing Maggie's diaper

"Were you just taking pictures of my bum?!" Taken by Zoey

Taken By Brit
Taken by Zoey
Taken by me

I was just cracking up looking at my random collection of photos and thought you would enjoy it too.

Books on CD

These are my new best friends. An hour commute is no longer a problem! What makes it even better? They are free! Got to love the Library!

Da Vinci Code
Odd Thomas
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (glad I didn't waste my eyes reading that one)
AND lots of Fern Michaels

Did you know my favorite author is Fern Micheals?

Christmas cards are on my naughty list

All I have to say is gurrr!
If you get a card via email be grateful, get it via mail count your blessings! AND if you get it via mail in a pretty envelope not only are you lucky but that cost me my patients, many tears and lots of stress! And if you didn't get one at got delayed expect to see it in the mail around December 1, 2011.

Note to self. If I don't get them out before the 1st of December they are NOT going out!

Friday, December 17, 2010

I just made 156 cookies in 2 days

Cookies, cookies and more cookies.
We had a cookie party with the girls on our street. it was by invite only so I felt priviledged to go. I had to make 13 dozen plus one more for taste testing. The party went well and I had fun hanging out with the girls. I came home with 13 dozen different cookies wraped them all up and sent them off to friends houses. If you got a plate THANK YOU for taking them off my hands.

Friday, December 10, 2010

San Diego

Day 1 we went to the beach Maggie enjoyed eating the sand. Brit and Zoey had fun chasing the water. Zoey went to the pool and played, Brit and Zoey went to the Mission and checked it out while Maggie and I slept in the car. We walked around down town and then went for a walk on the pier.

Day 2- Had lunch at Costco, went to Balboa park with the other Millers. Played at the park, had left over pizza on the sidewalk in the gas lap district. Then went to Ghiradelli for a YUMMY Sunday.

Day 3- Zoey colored at the activity center, went to the pool, and the beach

Day 4 Farmers market, pool, activity center, Boston and Jackson had some fun in the tub, sunset market and had street food. I went to the Temple first time ever since the dedication which was my highlight of the trip!
Day 5 Dave and Kelli's house, Brit left for Vegas for a Bachelor party(am I a good wife or what?) Hung up with Tracy Phillips and kids then went to Price ward x-mas party
Day 6 SPENT the WHOLE day in BED SICK! Thank you Aunt Kelli for taking care of the kids
Day 7 Brit got back to Dave and Kelli's packed up and drive home...It was a long drive!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

tonight's tickle torturer

We had fun tickling (the finger tap to the chest) and laughing tonight. Maggie joined in too she helped tap Brit's chest while Zoey held his arms. I pinned Zoey at one point and Brit said I should let her go. I didn't...In mid laugh Zoey said, "Mom listen to your husband, listen to your husband, my Dad says to stop".

While laughing Zoey said, "Daddy,(giggle giggle) you have to stop because (giggle giggle) I'm farting".

Mom, I promise, I promise, I'm not going to get you(while grabbing my arms and raising her hand to tickle me) I promise, I'm just going to give you a hug. Sneaky girl!

Here are Zoey's antagonizing words all within one sentence..."I bet you can't get me, I'm right here....Your the tickle monster Dad. Dad I'm going to give you a hug, woo, ahhh, ha ha no you're not gonna get me. Ha Ha Dad come follow me... Dad I'm right here...Daddy, I'm following you, bet you can't get me... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Mommy helppppppppppppppppppp!

Monday, November 29, 2010


Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?, Are we there yet?
Zoey started in on the "Are we there yet?" in Surprise... Only 1 hour into our 7 hour trip. Over all the girls were great. Brit and I listened to a book on tape and it made the drive go by soooooo fast. It was like we didn't have enough drive time...we had a long book.

St George was wonderful! We have many things to do. Grammy found out that I told Betsy we would leave when we got bored... So she made sure we did not get bored. Maggie started out the trip by waking up with croop on Wednesday morning. After a Dr. visit and medicine we headed to the DI to see Grammy's mission which was quite impressive. After that we had lunch and then split up. Betsy and I went shopping at Target and Brit, Grammy and Zoey went to the dinosaur museum. It was perfect for all of us.

Thursday we had Turkey, salad, rolls, sweet mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and ONE PIE. It was a very healthy and yummy lunch/dinner. I took a very long nap and enjoyed every hour of it...That night Brit and I went to see Harry Potter.

Friday I woke up at 2:45am to start the fun of my Black Friday shopping. I have come to a conclusion that I do Black Friday shopping simply for the thrill. There is something about racing to grab the item of your choice and hoping that there is enough for you. Then racing to the check out line to make sure your not stuck in the long line. It's not about buying the hottest, cheapest, or most popular item. It's simply thrilling just trying to do it. This year I waited in line with my book to make the time go by quicker but people watching was just too awesome to pass up! There were fights, there was snappy moms mad at each other for cutting and there were police officers doing crowd control. It was great! That afternoon we went on a few small hikes in Zion's National Park.

We also went bowling with Scott and Betsy. Zoey got 9 pins down on the first bowl. Maggie and Jack played musical chairs and were passed around for everyone to hold. It was lots of fun..I didn't want to say that I had the highest score and Betsy had the lowest but Zoey kept asking her if she needed bumpers! It was a fun night with GREAT company!

Saturday we started off the day shopping. We dropped Zoey and Brit off at the Sugar loaf so they could play on the rocks for an hour and Margaret and I did some shopping and a few returns. That night we all went to see Tangled. I think that is my favorite Disney movie to date. And of course we played a game of scrabble... Margaret won.

I think my savored moment of the week was an hour before we left. Zoey mentioned to Grammy that she dreamed that Grammy made her a purse...That was music to Grammy's ears. She made the simple wish come true. As I was packing the car Zoey and Grammy were speedily making the perfect purse. A few times I heard Zoey say, "No, the purse was not like that in my dream it was... but this will do".
Zoey knows what grammy likes and Grammy likes to please her. It was a very cute. Zoey now wants to take the purse everywhere! The bathroom, school, dinner, bath, outside, and shopping. Thanks for always making her feel like a 100 bucks! She loves it!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Zoey got sent to the Principle's office on Friday. This is the second time in one quarter. The teacher said that Zoey punched a girl in the face and the girl was crying for a long time. Then Zoey had a bad attitude and refused to do work so she missed recess and was sent to another classroom.

Poor Zoey she was so sad when I picked her up. She walked with her head down and hardly spoke a word. I finally asked her what happened a few days later and she said that a girl was squashing her...against a fence and would not stop. So the second that the girl let up Zoey punched her in the stomach. She said that she tried her words and they didn't work so she hit her to make her stop. Sounds fair to me...

I've taught Zoey NOT to be a tattle tale and whine about things. I've taught her to work things out on her own and solve her own problems. I think I've done a great job. However, I'm angry at the fact that schools teach that the child who cries the loudest or the one who tells a teacher first is innocent.

Don't get me wrong I have taught her a new lesson. When words don't work tell an adult instead of getting violent. But in this situation I am proud to say that Zoey stood up for herself and didn't let a bully push her around.

No wonder Zoey was so sad and refused to do work. She felt injustice and kept getting punished for something that was not entirely her fault. I would be discouraged and unmotivated too!

If you remember she got sent to the Principle's office at the beginning of the year for "biting a girl on the nose". I asked her about that to this weekend and she said she did not bite her. Zoey said she was mad because the girl would not move and was talking sassy back to her so Zoey made a mean face and stuck her bottom teeth out, like a monster, and got close to her face and accidentally bumped her on the nose with her teeth. Again that girl cried the loudest... and the rest is history.

I think the teacher might be mistaking Zoey for someone that she is not...I plan to fix that problem very soon. A parent teacher conference is needed before this week ends to ensure that this does not happen again!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Maggie is 6 months

Today Maggie had her 6th month check up. She is 27 inches long(90%), she weighs 15.12(45%), and her head circumference is 16.5 inches (30%). The poor baby had to get 3 more shots and another is scheduled for next week.

Poor sport

While playing an aggressive game of Go Fish we had a me. Let me was my turn we were almost finished and Brit was winning. I asked Brit for a card and got it, I asked Zoey for a card and got it, Zoey's hands were empty and Brit had his hands in his lap as if he didn't have any cards so instead of asking I just drew a card Brit. Brit thought it was odd but didn't say anything. Then Zoey went and was out of cards. Brit then asked me for a card that magically appeared from his lap. That's when the argument started. I refused to give him my card and then I threw a fit. I put my cards down and said it was unfair and then I bitterly quit. It wasn't my best moment to say the least. Zoey then got up from her chair and said, "Mom, I think we need to talk this out". She proceeded to talk to me about how Dad was not cheating and how I needed to play fair and be a good sport. The whole time Brit and I were laughing and Zoey was trying her hardest not to laugh but a few smiles broke through. It was pretty dang hilarious! Once Daddy and I said sorry per Zoey's orders she said, "I just fixded(yes, that is what she said) the World"! We were all proud of her problem solving skills.

After my melt down she needed a potty break. With out skipping a beat she scolded Brit by yelling, "Daddy, when you go to the bathroom you need to put the girl thing down, try harder next time"!

It was a fun night.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dawson fun

Adelyn loved the singing skeletons she played with them all most the whole time she was here.

Gotta love this face

More saving, more doing

That's the power of the HOME DEPOT
She wanted a picture of her outfit and badge. But she made the craft in her Jane dress...I have a princess present 24/7!
Hand crafted by Zoey Miller
Got to love Home Depot's free crafts for the kids. Zoey did all the gluing and hammering ALL BY HERSELF. I simply watched.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Something I thought of on my way home today

We serve those we love but we should serve those we hate so we can come to love them too

6 years and 2 kids later...

I have finally come that time in my life where I do not have the time, energy or desire to clean. What a bummer! And yes, I do enjoy cleaning it is actually relaxing and makes me feel good about my accomplishments. Anyway, I wake up at 3:15am, on most days, and don't go to bed till about 10pm. Breastfeeding, pumping, work, the commute, Zoey's homework, laundry, dinner and everyday cleaning are all I have time for. Well, and the fun stuff like the park, canning, reading, shopping and playing with the girls. So, I have hired a cleaning lady. I found someone that will clean my kitchen(TOP TO BOTTOM) and all of my bathrooms for $30! Is that awesome or what!?! Totally worth every penny in my checkbook!

How long do you think I can fool Brit that I am doing the cleaning...just so he thinks I am a superwoman?

Maggie is on the move

The back round noise is a bit loud Zoey had Craig and Adeline over. But this is Maggie scooting!

Zoey's outfits

I am making progress. None of this matches and I actually let her wear it. I guess when you have more kids you start to let silly rules go. I can't imagie doing this often but it was not worth the fight today.

This is Zoey's "Arora outfit"
A strange hand-me-down shirt that has not found it's way to the garbage yet, pink skirt, pink pants, pink boots, what else does she need?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

1/2 of our Halloween

This is Marge and Maggie Simpson.
I tried to convince Brit to be Homer but it was a no go.

Brit and Zoey were not matching. Brit was a Zombie killer or as he calls it a Zombie holocaust survivor, to complicated for me, ask him if you have more questions. Zoey was Jane from Tarzan. There is no picture because I was too busy on Trunk or Treat night to take picture (a member of the activities committee). And she would not get in her costume tonight. I'll get it and post another day.

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's a go

I started Weight Watchers on Monday. When I weighed myself on Saturday I lost 5 pounds! SUPER EXCITED to have the motivation! I pigged out at a Halloween party on Saturday night. But come Monday I know that I will be back in the swing of things! Let's see how long it takes me to lose 20 pounds!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We love you Emma Dawson

Emma came in and left this world very quickly but her sweet spirit will always be known. My heart aches for the Dawson's at this time. Sarah has had many difficulties with getting pregnant and has had 3 miracle pregnancies. Sarah is one if the first friends that I made here in Cortina. Her and I have been great friends ever since. She is such a great mom and is so caring to everyone she meets. Sarah and I have a lot in common AND she loves ORANGE TOO!

Zoey and Craig have have been buds for a long time. Chad is actually the one who introduced and taught Brit all about smoking meat. We are going to miss Emma dearly but will are excited to meet her someday.
We love the Dawsons!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Maggie's cute noises

Such a happy girl. This was taken 30 seconds after the first video but I missed her flipping around.

Happy girls

Maggie has this new thing where she spits and blows bubbles. In the video you can tell when she sees the camera because she starts laughing. At the end of the video Zoey tells you a few things that she is proud of. btw this is a still camera video so the picture is a little grainy.

The fishy store aka Bass Pro Shop

Zoey in front of the big fish!
Maggie just chilling
Zoey making a jack-o-lantern

Anyone want to clean for me?

My floor is gross! Spaghetti this piece of spaghetti has been down here for a week...I wonder who will pick it up if I don't?
Maggie is too cute
Daddy's girl...reading a comic book

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Zoey's Mind

A few thoughts from the mind of Zoey Orange Miller
-I want to be a baby doctor when I grow up
-I don't like mosquitoes
-Did you know Ladybugs don't bite
-I don't want you to bother me because I am working on something
-One time there was a girl name funny...ha ha isn't that funny?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kitchen Invasion

The other morning I woke up to find a mouse running from my oven to my dishwasher. I felt so violated. I called my local pest control company...BRIT... and he said, "what do you want me to do about it?" It was a good question because he can't even kill a spider on the first try. So I set out for what I was born to do...solve my own problems! I bought a mouse house trap that locks the mouse inside with no poison just bait. Cost me $4 for 2. Put that down in the morning and by the evening there was still no mouse. I took matters into my own hands by looking under the dishwasher, taking a few things a part and using the vacuum to try and suck him out...Needless to say that did not work because he made a hole in my wall! Gurr! I was unable to catch him. But he did think that all off my commotion was worth checking out a few times. I took a break for a few hours to watch TV. At about 9pm he scurried across the floor to the coat/water storage closet. Let me tell you it was hard to catch him, this guy was fast and jumpy. I chased him into the bathroom and sealed off the exits. It was there where I caught him with a paint cup. I got him out of the house and threw him in the back yard behind us...I didn't have the heart to kill him. And I'm not that horrible of a person because no one has occupied the house behind us for 3 1/2 years.
How he got in our house with 3 dogs in the back yard...I don't know but we think the last monsoon/hail storm has somthing to do with it.
My pest control company was proud of my acomplishments and just kept saying, "Way to go hun, you just caught a mouse!"...Thanks for the help HUN!

Fall break

Monday- Play day at Charity's house
Tuesday- Play day at Payton's house
Wednesday- Car wash, chiropractor, cash out Zoey happy jar at the bank($4.80),Bounce house (3 hours), lunch with Dad
Thursday- Tour of a dairy farm, petting zoo complete with calf, horse, chickens, bunny, sheep, goat, and unicorn...yep you heard right unicorn, lunch with dad and play time at Craig's house while I went to the cannery.
Friday- Barns and Noble, Lego store, play place at the mall, army surplus store, Joe's Farm Grill, plant nursery

Can you guess which days I had Zoey vs the days that Brit had Zoey???

Zoey and Mommy bling

I made these 2 and they are super easy,cute AND CHEAP!
Zoey made the flower and picked out the neckless all by herself

Friday, October 15, 2010

Maggie had a reason

Miss orange loves baby Maggie
Pumpkin by nature
This bugger kept me up at all hours of the nightMaggie sprouted 2 teeth last week. 5 months exactly!


My cute model is in bed so I settled for the sexy one..hee hee

I made them myself! Thanks Lannan for teaching me!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


She loves tummy time