Sunday, November 29, 2015

Images of Our Thanksgiving

Images of Our Thanksgiving...

Ready for Grammie and Papa

Girl time -- a movie and popcorn... its getting harder to take selfies with the belly to work around

Listening to one of Papa's audiobooks

What's the news, Grammie?

Rifle Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning

I led the cheering section

My parents did well with Tracey Ann

Doing her share of the Thanksgiving cooking

Having fun in the snow

Mmmmm - pumpkin pie!

Our neighbor has beautiful Christmas lights up

Ready for the Michigan game

Hubby is missing from the pictures because he was out hunting in Wyoming again... trying to come home with an elk.  We missed him like crazy and are happy he is back home.  Here are his pictures from Thanksgiving...

 We hope you and your loved ones had as blessed a Thanksgiving as we did.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rivalry Week

Today, Michigan plays Ohio State -- the biggest game of Michigan's season each and every year.

This awesome Saturday marks the end of Rivalry Week for College footbal, and it is a great one.

In honor of today's game, I have some stats on the Michigan game... and a funny football commercial.


... and a great football commercial...

Friday, November 27, 2015

My Letter To Macy's Regarding the Parade

 To Whom It May Concern Regarding The 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,

I have loved watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade for as long as I can remember.  Now, I have young children who are beginning to also enjoy the parade each and every year.  It is a fun and exciting Thanksgiving tradition for us, now spanning generations, as I know it is for many families around the country.

As I am now "the mom," I am not always able to give the parade my full attention for the duration of its airtime.  Unfortunately, I did manage to catch the Build-a-Bear float and accompanying song in this year's 2015 parade.

I am very displeased and disappointed with the choice of song performed this year on the Build-a-Bear float.  While Sofia Carson looked beautiful and was appropriately attired -- she, initially, appeared as though she would make a good role model for young children -- the parade's target audience -- until her song began.

"Rotten To The Core" is a horrible message to be not only condoning but promoting to children in a most public parade appearance and advertising campaign of the Holiday season.

As a mother, I am appalled that Macy's -- the company that asked the question of American, "Do you believe in Santa?" and now reminds the public that, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa," and to, "Believe in the Magic of Giving," would want to, in any way be associated, let alone deliver such a message.

Now, instead of campaigns like, "Believe in the Magic of Giving," and songs like, "Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," from the parade, I can expect campaigns and songs with messages like, "They say I'm trouble, they say I'm bad, they say I'm evil, that makes me glad"?

I hope you seriously consider the message with which you want to affiliate in the future.  What I take away from the parade this Christmas is that Macy's is changing with the times and encouraging children, 'You don't have to be good -- in fact, be downright rotten, and proud of it.'  This is definitely NOT a message I want my children to hear or receive any time of the year, but most especially headed into the Christmas season.  

I have come to expect better from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and want my children to grow up enjoying the annual tradition as I did.  If these sort of songs and messages continue, my family will no longer be participating in the tradition or taking our business to Macy's.

Mrs. Brooke Miller

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Currently I'm...
Loving:  The fact that today is Wednesday instead of Saturday... all last night it felt like Friday night and today should be Saturday.  It's not!!!  It's Wednesday!  I love that I have  five days ahead to get a LOT of work done and hopefully be ahead of the game come next week!

Reading/Watching: Well... Watching Dawson's Creek reruns, actually.  They are on Pop TV and I record them and then play them at night when I'm writing blog posts or working on our Christmas card addresses.  Reading the last chapter of the Child Development textbook from which I have to prepare the LAST lecture for the community college class that I'm teaching this semester... well, that's what I'm supposed to be reading -- I'm actually watching Dawson's Creek reruns at the moment.
Trying to: Keep a really positive attitude about the remainder of my pregnancy... some days I'm more successful than others...
Wishing:  For a joyful, fun, memorable Christmas season -- I LOVE the whole Christmas season and all the fun hustle and bustle and activities and I REALLY want this Christmas season to be just as joyful and fun as others despite my ever growing size.  I am excited to decorate our new home, do Christmas shopping, Christmas baking, enjoying the season with my parents here with us, taking Tracey Ann to visit Santa, and more!!!
Excited for: My parents to set up camp in our guest room indefinitely and HELP with everything -- our rambunctious toddler, our two lovable animals, our unpacking in the new home, our Christmas decorating, our twins preparations and more... How exciting to have family actually nearby for a little while!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Preggers II -- Twins: 30 Weeks

How far along?  30 weeks

How I am feeling?  Frankly, pretty overwhelmed.

How big are babies?  The size of cucumbers... between 2.5 to 3.8 pounds and 15.2 to 16.7 inches long

Sleep:  Sleep has sort of become a relative term... I nap in between trips to the restroom.

Boy/Girl, Boy/Boy, Girl/Girl Predictions: Two babies

Babies Nicknames:  Babies, or Twins 
  Best moment this week:  Our baby sprinkle was really a lot of fun with friends and family.

Food cravings:  Nothing specific.

Missing:  The ability to touch my toes with ease.
Movements:  Yes, although they are not as frequent any more now that the babies have less space.

Labor Signs:  Well... some cramping but nothing concerning.

Comparison:  Here I am carrying Tracey Ann at 30 weeks

30 Weeks with the twins
General Attitude: Didn't I answer this with "How am I feeling?" -- pretty overwhelmed.

 What I am looking forward to this week:  I am hoping to catch up on work for the college class I'm teaching and write my final lecture and the course final at some point this week.  It will feel really good to have that done.

Milestones: I don't know if its a milestone that I'm starting to feel overwhelmed instead of my usual gratitude and optimism... Not fun, but the truth at the moment.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pictures Like These...

Pictures like these can only mean one thing...

We took this year's Christmas pictures this weekend...