Thursday, March 30, 2017

Good Brother

So... I'm pretty sure these two and Lloyd were just squeezing for space at the window and trying to knock on the window to wave at our neighbors... but I love that Howard's little arm is around his sister.  Howard really is such a good brother.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Larger Canvas

I love this picture because the other day, my sweet Tracey wanted to paint a picture.  Now, I am all for washable paint to create beautiful pictures when the weather is nice and they can paint outside wearing swimsuits.  For indoor painting, I resort to water paint where Tracey chooses a picture from her paint-with-water pad, and then she paints water across the page which creates the colors.

Well, the other day, I had to laugh because she painted all the water across the paper... and then the next thing I knew, she had crumpled up the (now very soggy paper) and was using her paint brush to paint a much larger surface area of the table in front of her.

As her mother, I had to correct her and remind her that she was just supposed to be painting on the paper... but what I really was thinking was that my wonderful child's imagination was just too large for that piece of paper, and she needed a larger canvas to express her inner artist.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So True

These are both way too true to be funny...


Monday, March 27, 2017


This looked fun...

Everyone has six names...find out yours. 

Your real name: 
Brooke Miller

Your soap opera name (middle name and street you live on):
Sanden Firethorn
Your starTrek name (first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of middle, last 2 of first):

Superhero name (color of your shirt and item to your right):
Baby Blue Salad

Goth name (black and name of one of your pets):
Black Lexington

Rapper name (Lil' + last thing you ate):
Lil Vitamin

Sunday, March 26, 2017

When Daddy's Home

My handsome Hubby is in his last month... (last 36 days to be exact) of his post graduate masters degree in educational administration.  It has been a long road to this point... and he's got a few loose ends to tie in these last five weeks.

All that being said, he is working A LOT these days.  We do not get many full days that he spends at home, even over this past week of spring break from school.

When my children's father does spend all day with them, however, the sight is absolute heaven.  There is rarely a moment that at least one is not in his arms or on his lap... and usually more than one.

Keep up the hard work, Daddy.  We can't wait until you're done and be home with us more often!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Peter Pan

I don't think I posted about it, but a few weeks ago, I took Tracey to see her first live performance play at our local high school.  It was the musical Annie, which was the first live musical I ever saw.  I played the movie for her before we went, and talked to her about the story, and really emphasized that this was a BIG GIRL outing that she got to take with Mama, so I felt pretty confident she would do well throughout the show, and she did.  She had some squirmy moments, but overall did very well.

So, last night, Hubby and I took her to another school performance of Peter Pan.  This was really special because she got to go out with both Mama and Daddy while the twins were home with baby-sitters.  We realized we haven't taken Tracey anywhere with both parents and Tracey by herself since before the twins were born.  We went out to dinner first, and then to the show.

In preparation for this very special big girl date, we curled her hair, painted her nails, and let her pick out her extra special princess dress to wear.  Also, I had purchased the DVD of Mary Martin's Peter Pan, which I watched growing up, and we played a few times leading up to the show so that she would be familiar with the music and plot.

 Tracey absolutely LOVED the show -- much more so than Annie, but the fact that actors were literally flying across the stage probably had something to do with that.  This show we attended last night is put on by an entire school near us, which is grades preschool to 12th, and was incredibly impressive.  It is half-Homeschool, half-Classical curriculum, and we may consider sending our children there in the future.  I'll tell you, watching this elaborate musical the created and watching children as young as 3 participating was very impressive.

I spend so much time with babies, and training toddlers/our preschooler, which I really do love... tedious though it sometimes becomes.  But last night it was so much fun to really see Tracey growing into a new more grown-up stage of life where we can take her to a grown up two-and-a-half hour musical, and she will sit still and enjoy it.  We still love babies, but it is reassuring to know that all children will grow up eventually (save Peter Pan, of course) and there are wonderful new stages to enjoy with them at that time.

Here are some pictures from our Big Girl night out:

Our big girl at dinner

Walking with Daddy... and her pink purse

Watching the show

Congratulating a friend from church on her great performance

Meeting Tiger Lily

A little leery of Captain Hook...

... she did give him a high five eventually.

Peter Pan was awesome, and she sprinkled Tracey with pixie dust

And we saw Wendy before we headed home.


Friday, March 24, 2017

If You Give Your Husband A Kiss...

I came upon this story last night from the blog "To Love Honor and Vacuum" and I just had to repost it.  It made me smile, made my eyes water, and I really felt like she was describing my life as I read it.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

If you give your husband a kiss, he’ll probably want a hug to go with it.

You’ll nestle your head under his chin, and just breathe him in.
The smell will remind you of when you first started dating and you didn’t want to be anywhere else but nestled under his chin.
You’ll think back on some of your favorite first dates – ice cream, pancakes, holding hands in front of your friends.

Before you can get too carried away, a toddler will probably squeeeeeeze his way in between your legs, breaking apart your hug.
You’ll open your eyes to see breakfast dishes that need cleaned up, kids who need noses or bottoms wiped, and the million other tiny and enormous things you do every day.
You’ll see the little babies running around and the messes and pile of bills and the work shirts.
You’ll see the rogue marker marks and mountain of laundry and the inch thick dust bunnies.
You might be so overwhelmed, you won’t know where to start.

You’ll see all the ways your life is different now than it was when it was late-night pancake dates and ice cream runs.
So you’ll take a deep breath, whisper a prayer, take a drink of coffee, and just start on something.
You’ll get so caught up in what’s going on around you, you’ll miss talking to your husband before he leaves for work.

You’ll start to say goodbye as he leaves, when you notice the baby has had a blow out.
After you change the diaper, you’ll wash your hands, and notice your wedding ring.

Your wedding ring will remind you of your wedding, and the man that you married.
You’ll think again of all the ways life is different now than it was when he slipped that ring on your finger.
And then you’ll think of all the ways it’s still the same, just like when you nestled your head under his chin.

You’ll hear the door to the garage shut and realize your husband’s leaving for work.
You’ll realize you don’t want to miss giving him one more hug before he leaves this morning.
So you’ll run out into the driveway looking like a hot mess.
He’ll smile because he thinks you’re beautiful, and you’ll still not understand how much he means it.

You’ll probably smile back, trying to pick one out of a million things you could say.
Instead, you’ll decide to give him a hug.
And chances are, if you give you’re husband a hug, YOU’LL want a kiss to go with it.