I realize I have some big catch up to do with this blog. Today is March 30th and I have to make up for lost time! A lot has happened, of course. Let's see how well my memory bank can retrieve the info. (I may depend on my smart 9 year-old, who is currently sitting beside me in the office as I type. She giggles.) Micah loves style. Button up shirts, hair "just so," skinny-ish jeans, etc. I think he sneaked a pic with my phone here.
Grandpa Miller loves to pick out unique gifts. He didn't
falter this year. He surprised each family with a 3-D pen. It has
sparked a lot of creativity in our house. Micah made a Dr. Who police
box with it. Colin worked long and hard on a cube with a roof. It takes
the business of Christmas preparations, President and Sister Jury and
their son Michael, came for a visit from Tasmania. We were able to spend
time with them and other missionaries during our reunion. Scott Daw,
Hillary Clegg Christensen, another elder, and I were responsible for
heading it up. (Self-appointed.) It turned out really great. Pot luck,
slide show, chatting with former missionaries and the Jurys...it's been
years since we've seen most of these people. Neat to see their families
and how they've changed. I enjoyed the association I had with
missionaries while preparing for this. So many good people!
Because I was there several hours early, Chad came over later with the
kids. I know they didn't know anyone (besides the Gunderson and Hincks
kids), but I wish they would have stayed the whole time. This happened
to fall on the night of our ward Christmas party and they were anxious
to get over there. I would have liked for them to see the slideshow and
mingle a little with me. Colin did enjoy listening to Michael (in his
Tasmanian accent) tell what it was like being the son of a mission
president, living in Ireland, attending school, and making new friends.
Pretty Ella looking more grown up these days--especially with bling on!
Mom came for a visit close to Christmas. It was great to have her. She is so easy to have!
The kids' wish (especially Matthew's--he'd been begging) was to go
sledding. We chose a little hill over by Smiths. It was dang cold so we
didn't last too long.
Micah had his Christmas band concert. They are sounding good. Mr. Neves
is his favorite teacher. He makes class fun by visiting with the kids,
telling stories, and helping them out.
While Grandma was here she planned some fun treat-making with the kids.
They made Rolo-pretzel treats (which were awesome) and made and
decorated sugar cookies.
This is one of my favorite hairstyles for Ella's long hair. She
didn't request it but a couple of times, though. We enjoyed trying out
different styles. Thank goodness for great online tutorials.
sugary goodness. Even Colin got in on the action. I think we must have
told him in order to eat one, he had to decorate it.
Grandma bought a bunch of crafts to play around with, too.
coached Matthew's basketball team. Nothing more entertaining than a
bunch of kindergarteners running around on the court! We saw some nice
improvement from each player over the season. Dribbling especially.
boys! I love that they get all dressed up and Micah makes sure Matthew
is fixed up just right. Micah looks so handsome in his bow tie and