All because two people fell in love...

We met in February 1989, started dating in May, and got married in September. And Josh came *almost* 11 months later, just in case y'all were wondering. And then no more came. We waited, and waited, and then Lauren decided to make her debut in May 1995 (5 weeks early), and then Kayley 1997, Jacob 1998, Krissy 2001, Lindsey 2004 & Joey 2006. We lived in Texas until 2005, and then we moved to Arkansas, just about 25 miles north of Texarkana, Texas. Fortunately all my children are Texans (and my handsome husband) because Texans are just cool. Wish I was a Texan... but husband had to settle with a California gal, which I think is pretty cool too.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

August Birthdays & Anniversaries!

I thought about doing this again, but this time at the beginning of the month and post them all. In a few days I will be posting the September celebrations, but for now... enjoy!

BReTT (2nd)
HaPPy 16TH aNNiVeRSaRy
BReTT & CiNDy (13th)
TyLeR (16th)
eaTHyN (26th)
MaDDie (30th)
DaD (27th)
HaPPy 41ST aNNiVeRSaRy
MoM & DaD (31st)
HeaTHeR (31st)
I don't know why Dad's & Maddie's are backwards because I put them in right! These were the only updated pictures I have you all, except for Mom & Dad because I love this one!
We hope you have/had a
GReaT DaY! We LoVe You aLL!

Five years apart...

That's the age difference of Josh & Lauren. And the only thing I hate about it is that now that Josh, who has been my driver since 2006, is gone, I am back to driving more.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Elder Miller's new place!

I got a call tonight from a sweet sister in Idaho. She was telling me that Elder Miller is in her area, and that she could tell that he was a greenie... new white long-sleeve shirt in 91 degree heat! I tried to get Elder Miller to get a few short-sleeve shirts, but he wouldn't. Said he didn't like short-sleeve ones. I bet he wishes he had one now!
ANYWAY, his new area is serving with a companion from Mexico on an Indian Reservation. Of course I had to pull out the atlas, and there are like 3 around Pocatello/Chubbuck. She told me that Saquajawea was from this tribe, but I don't know which one. Elder Miller & his companion are living in a basement apartment of some members there. I don't have his address yet, but as soon as I get it, I will be posting it on here. And I don't know what is up with his Facebook. I am trying to change some things on it, and it won't allow me. I will have to take the laptop into town this week and try it on there.
I am glad he is doing well. Oh, and he did call me yesterday from the SL airport. Don't know if that was allowed or not, but he said he couldn't get his money to transfer from savings to checking, and he needed me to do it for him on-line. I only spoke with him for less then 2 minutes, but he sounded good!!

All about Joey!

He just loves playing with the Chevron cars...
Wearing the cute jeans & new shoes that I recently bought him.
Mad at Krissy about something...
Those Chevron cars again! Oh, and his bowl of strawberries!
1st day of school for the kids, 1st day of being home by himself!

Happy Day for Krissy!

She has wanted to use my camera, and finally I gave in.
And she got me without make-up...
Doing the tongue curl...
Our 3 doggies: Zoe, Ollie & Cali chillin' on our
soon-to-be-in-a-zillion-years back porch...
Some of those ugly pears I have yet to do...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

They do listen!

Tonight the kids and I were reading scriptures in 3 Nephi 14. First off, don't be impressed that with only 4+ months left in the year, we are almost done. Actually, maybe you should be impressed... it's only taken us like 3 years to get this far! LOL!!! Ok, so back to my
serious note here~
We are reading and discussing about what some of the scriptures mean, etc... It gets to my turn to read at the end, and as I read verse 25 (talking about the house upon the rock, rains came, winds blew, etc...), Joey started doing something with his hands. I thought about it for a second, and continued with the last 2 verses (house upon the sand, etc...), and again he did it. Then I knew he was doing the hand motions for the Primary song
"The Wise Man/Foolish Man". Almost 3. Priceless.

Friday, August 21, 2009

MTC Pictures

Elder Miller, 2nd from left, with the Pocatello & Boston District in front of the
Provo LDS Temple. Bunch of great-lookin' guys!
1st 4 Elders from the left (Elder Miller being the 4th) going to Pocatello.
Last 2 heading to Boston.
Joey wanted a picture since I was taking them of the kids earlier...

1st day of school!

Lauren, 8th grade
Kayley, 7th grade
Jacob, 5th grade
Krissy, 2nd grade
Lindsey, kindergarten

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New email address

Josh finally set up a new email account~
He can only email 1x a week, for only 30 minutes. I am guessing Tuesday is going to be his P-Day? You may or may not get an email from him. Today I forwarded 2 emails. He sent me an email saying "this is my email...", but then I forwarded letters to 2 people.
Hmmmmmmmmm, something is messed up there! ;-)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Another summer gone...

In 2 days, my 5 school-age children start back to school. It's weird to think that I will only have 1 left at home. Shawn keeps saying we need to have 1 more, but *IF* I was to have another soon, in 3 years when Joey starts, then the next one would be the only one left at home, and then what? Another? Um, no thank-you. Joey will just have to adjust being the only one home for the next 3 years. I may have to see if I can get some sort of playgroup started in town so that he can be with other children his age.
Today I registered all the kids in school. It's quite the ordeal when you have to fill out a zillion papers for 5 kids. Next year I have a plan though... fill out only 1 set of papers without putting the kids names on them, copy them 4 times, and then put the names and SSN on each one. So much better then having to fill out the same thing over, and over, and over, and over again! And it still amazes me that they make us fill out the "corporal punishment". I am all for it if my child is wrong, but seriously... I don't want someone else to "beat" my child. I rather beat my own child, but then I would be turned in for child abuse, but it's okay for the school system to beat my child? Don't understand. I have so many "pet peeves" with this school district. Like all the money I have to shell out at the beginning of the school year (as well as the amount I have to fork over at the end of the year!). Lindsey has to have $10 on the first day of school to pay for a "special" notebook, a pencil bag and a take-home folder... Hmmmmm? $10? What the heck? The pencil bag is like 50 cents, and so is the folder at Walmart, but wait! It's says the school name on it, so that is why we have to pay $10! Kristen has saved the bag the past 2 years, so I won't have to buy that, but I do have to buy her 2 pencil bags... yes, 2! Why? Because she needs one for 1 class, and one for the other? Why are they even switching classes? She is only in 2nd grade! And the pencil bag that Kristen has that Lindsey could use is the wrong color for this year, so it can't be used, nor can it be used at Kristen's school because it's the wrong color there as well. I swear! Drives me freakin' nuts! And then Lindsey wasn't put in the class that I wanted, and so I am upset about that. I have asked for this certain teacher since last year (same one that Krissy had), and even put it on the forms I filled out in April, but yet she got a teacher I wasn't impressed with AT ALL today! I went in to this classroom with an "open mind" about her.... thinking she will be awesome and all, but Lindsey walked in, and this teacher didn't say a word to her, or to me, wasn't cheerful towards Lindsey or any other student. I was not pleased. I filled out the zillion papers out, and when it said teacher's name, I left it blank! I am determined to get Lindsey in Ms. Aubrey's class! I talked to the principal after we left the classroom, and she told me that she doesn't do special requests, but that I could write a letter on why I want her to switch to the other class... you better believe I'm writing it!
Shawn was off for 2 weeks because we were suppose to take Josh to Utah. It was nice having him home for 17 days. On his first drive back, he hit a tire in the road that he didn't see until it was to late, and did swerved to miss it, but it "attacked" the front passenger side, and RIPPED IT UP! We took it to the body shop today. Only have to pay $100, and State Farm will take care of the rest.
Josh has written to us 4 times. The 4th letter today said that he ripped a pair of pants, and needs me to send him another pair. Geez! I hear that Rexburg, ID is already getting some sleet. I am going to Penny's tomorrow to hopefully get him some more pants, and then I will send his coats too. He said he was flying to Pocatello. I hope he rearranges his bags so that he doesn't get charged another $90!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Elder Miller

On August 4th, Shawn & I drove over to Dallas/Ft. Worth with Josh so that we could spend some time with him ALONE without other kids. Of course the kids wanted to go, and we left poor Joey bawling his eyes out, but it had to be done. We feel we had a great time with each other. We stayed at Fairfield Inn by Marriott by the airport. I had always heard rumors that all the Marriotts had Book of Mormons placed in the bedside table, and sure enough, it had one! Josh thought that was pretty cool. We took Josh to the Cabela's in Ft. Worth, and then ate at Cheddars. On our way back to the hotel, Josh was just amazed how many planes were landing at the airport. One after one, they came in, and for someone who has never been to a major airport before, or have even flown, I guess one could be amazed. Josh and I didn't sleep well that night because 1) I forgot my earplugs and 2) I had to listen to Josh complain. Why? Because of Shawn's snoring. Pretty bad. But we all managed to get a few hours of sleep. We woke up about 6am to get ready. The hotel shuttle was taking us to DFW at 7:30.
When we arrived, Josh quickly noticed another young man in a suit in our line, and asked him if he was also a missionary. Turned out he was, and will be serving in the GA Atlanta Mission. As we made our way upstairs to the security checkpoint, we saw a group of Elders & Sisters, and possibly the President and his wife of the TX Dallas Mission. They were sending off missionaries to go home. Josh and Spencer (the other Elder) were excited to see them, and enjoyed exchanging greetings, and telling them where they were all going, and where they were from. I then took the last Father/Son picture for 2 years...
And then Josh got in line. I hate that I couldn't go back with him, but it was probably better anyway. I may have started bawling when I saw him board the plane. He did a quick pose...
And then with his shoes, belt and coat off, went thru the metal detectors. He got his stuff back on, said good-byes to the other elders who were leaving to different gates (with their 10 gallon hats on... serious, no joke! It was cute though!), and then he looked back at us, and waved & grinned. What a cute son he is, and I know he will do well.
After he arrived in SLC, my cousin Chip and wife, Stephanie picked him up. They have 4 children, and their oldest, also named Josh, is serving in the CT Hartford Mission. They let him call me a few times to tell me good-byes as they headed to Provo. He also said there were 4 other missionaries on his flight, and they all had a good time visiting. They stopped at the new Mt. Oquirrah (?) Temple. The temple just closed on August 1st from the open house. It's being prepared now for the dedication in a few weeks. The temple president just so happen to come outside, and see them walking around, taking pictures, and allowed them to go in the temple to take a tour! Chip & Stephanie had already been before, but Josh had not, so I thought that was really cool! They took him to 5 Guys Burgers (?) in Provo, and then they dropped him off. I am so glad that they could do this for me. I have never met Stephanie, but I feel I have a new friend. She has called me several times, and I have enjoyed speaking with her! I hope I will be able to post more pictures of Josh throughout the next 2 years, but it just depends what he sends me. I do have his address though. I think he leaves August 25th, but it could be the 18th. Not really sure how long English-speaking missionaries stay...
Elder Joshua A. Miller
MTC #261
Idaho Pocatello Mission
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

He is outta here!

Elder Miller left this morning to the Idaho Pocatello Mission via MTC. I didn't cry. I took pictures. I am so happy for him. Can't wait to get his 1st letter!