Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photo Dump, Anecdotes, Crazy October

October has been a crazy month for the Miller household. We had the wonderful delight of hosting Teri and Marie on the first week (which has already been blog documented), the Gully family the second week (which will be bogged here), and the third week I had a stomach bug (which will not be documented, but it still knocked a whole week out).  Now we have a week of Halloween activities to look forward to.

So much has gone on, and I haven't had time to write about it.  So here is a dump of lots of cute pictures and stories.  I wonder if I'll ever catch up with the events, and be able to write about my thoughts.  The world may never know.


These little cuties were friends before they knew how to walk...


And here they are years later, still so cute and such good friends!


Of course, they are not as easily kept in place, now that they can jump off and run away, voicing their opinions on sitting still.  


We absolutely loved having the Gully ladies here. Leslie was a brave woman, and drove a six hour day with two adults and three kids under three in the car.  The second day, she did six hours with only her and her cuties.  I feel so honored that she would make that sacrifice to come visit us here in Ithaca!


We had such fun times together. It blew my mind to hear Ava so articulate and silly.  And it was great to meet Savannah, and share Ruby with them. It was party USA for four days!


We went to the Sciencenter, berry picking, and the park.  The Gullys ventured off to visit old friends.


Leslie and Ruby were instant friends.  Savannah is 11 months, Ruby is 2 months, and they were only a few pounds different in weight.  I think Leslie enjoyed snuggling this "stack of baby marshmallows," to use her own words.


I loved how relaxed it was, even with all the chaos of children running around.  It was like no time had passed at all since they were last in our presence. While I'm happy that the Gullys are grown ups with a house of their own, etc, I miss having them just upstairs to commiserate with and pawn off crying children.  It was great having her here to share in poopy diaper messes and have an extra adult around when one of us wanted to shower.


These kids got along famously together.  Theo loved having constant playmates. We loved having them here, and we miss them!!

The day after they left, we were pinch hitter babysitters for this little lady.  Miya is hilarious, and such a fun girl.  She didn't cry or fuss (even though it was her first babysitting experience), she didn't get into trouble, and she was so sweet to Ruby.


While Theo was off somewhere getting into trouble, Miya was busy "feeding" Ruby with our little play spoon and pot.  Miya has an American daddy, and a Chinese mommy, and they mostly speak Chinese at home.   There were times when I couldn't tell if she was just toddler babbling, or speaking Chinese. Either way, I couldn't understand her.  But I know she loves monkeys!


We finally got rid of Theo's pacifiers.  He only had them for naps, and I meant to get rid of them all-together in December.  But being pregnant, then having a newborn, I needed insurance to make sure Theo would sleep during the day, so that I could too.  But now that Ruby sleeps through the night, the need for insurance was gone.  So I cut the nubs off his "papass" and let him discover them.  He threw them away himself, and hasn't asked for them since.

However, nap time has been rough.  The second day, I put him in his room and shut the door like always.  Instead of screaming and crying, he started cleaning his room. He put all his stuffed animals in the bin, and would open the door a crack just to stick his hand out holding a toy.  He'd call for me until I came to get the toy so I could put it away in the living room, then close the door again.


When he was done cleaning, he decided to build a beautiful tower with his blocks.  That stinker never took a nap, but his room looked great.


He was eating his sandwich, and he stood by Ruby and said, "take mine picture, Mommy!  Get your cwamwa."


Sometimes he'll go next to Ruby and request a picture.  And could I ever say no?


Theo has taken to playing a trick on us.  When we go to unbuckle him from his car seat, he'll rest his head on the side and pretend to be "asleep."  Of course, after Corbin and I voice plenty of shock at his falling asleep, and talk of having to carry him to his bed, he looks up and screams as loud as he can with a huge smile on his face.  It usually wakes up his sleeping sister, but I find it totally worth how cute it is.


We have a pool noodle that was cut into thirds that we use as swords.  They're a much better alternative to the wooden sword he would play with before.  Corbin, Theo and I each had one, and we were pummeling Theo.  As he was screaming and laughing, he paused and said, "I love you guys," and got back into the fray. 



We went to a play group at the Tot Spot, where there are riding toys and climbing structures.  A little boy was pulling around this wagon.  Theo took the liberty of filling the little caboose with balls, then jumped in while it was still moving.  The little boy pulling didn't even slow down.  Theo somehow got several little boys and a mommy to take turns pulling him.  What a love.


This week we had a Visiting Teaching dinner, and it was wonderful to meet with lots of the lovely ladies from Church. I love getting together with these fine women, talking about Jesus Christ and sharing the glow of the Spirit.  The food wasn't bad either.  And I always love an opportunity to take a break from being Mom.  Granted, Ruby was there, but the only time I was holding her was while I fed her.


I'll never get over this Y bum!  Fourth BYU baby!


Theo likes to wake up at 6 for some reason, and it feels like the middle of the night because it's still so dark.  He's usually in a bad mood too, because he's still tired. But one thing works ever time- Scooby Doo cereal.  It's a cereal that is litterally called Scooby Doo Cereal, which is pretty much Kix shaped like dog bones.  Theo LOVES it.  And he insists on eating it out of a bowl like a doggie does, pictured above.


Flimming Plool = swimming pool
Blue Fish Blue Fish I Love You= One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish


Big Bad Full= Big Bad Wolf
Mickey Clubhouse Clubhouse= Mickey Mouse (He took the name of the show Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to mean that his name was Mickey Clubhouse. We tried to clerify that it was Mickey Mouse, and the show was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  So now he calls him Mickey Clubhouse Clubhouse, because he knows there are three words to be said)


We had a play date at our house with Bekah and Baby E.  He and Ruby are officially BFF.


Look at this beautiful baby socialization.  We were dying of cuteness. 




 Transition time!!! Theo moved out of his crib/toddler bed and into a big boy bed!  Well, it's only a bed frame with a foam mat until we get a real mattress, but it's a start!  He was so excited about his Spiderman sheets!  I was worried he would be sad about Ruby moving into the crib, so I was going to wait a while to convert it back into a crib and put her in.  But Theo was so excited to share a room with her! We fixed it all up and Ruby slept in it only a couple days after Theo's first night in the big boy bed.  I'm so glad he loves his baby so much.



Bonus pics of Grandma Teri's visit






Friday, October 03, 2014

Lots going on


Theo won this wonderful new poster as a prize for pooping in the potty!  Too bad none of the other prizes seem to incentivize well enough.  He may grow out of the new Superman jammies before he earns them.


Here Ruby is playing with her friends at a MOMs club playgroup meeting.  But since there were no friends for Theo to play with, we ditched and went to the park.  I'm trying to get more involved with MOMs club. I want to make more friends in the community, and have a wider variety of activities to join in on.  This Sunday I'm joining some ladies to learn how to make sugar flowers, which will go on a real wedding cake!


Theo decided he wanted to start sleeping on a pillow, and he chose a pink heart-shaped one.  That rash looking thing is a stain from the pillow, and he has matching stains in his hair.  He may be pink for days!  So now he has a brand new pillow of his own, and a Spiderman sheet set to go with it... if he ever earns it by going on the potty!


Thanks Christine for this adorable onesie! All aspects of it are true, and what a happy baby she is!


Last Sunday, Corbin blessed Ruby, and it was so special.  We're so blessed to have that special little spirit in our home, and I'm thankful the guidance I get from the Gospel in how to raise happy, good children.


We were so glad that Corbin's mom, Teri could be with us.  She was here from Saturday to Thursday, and we had lots of fun.  We took her to Palmyra to see the sights.  She got to have many early playdates with Theo when he would wake up before the crack of dawn.

In a fun turn of events, Teri's sister also spent a couple days here.  We all took a turn through Cornell and saw the sights.  We're so glad they could come as the leaves are turning.  We're lucky people to have great family!!



Look at this lady of mystery.  She's so full of intrigue.


Today Theo and I decided to get out Ruby's special mat and dangle her toys.  Once she was laid down, he wanted to squeeze in beside her.  He grabbed her arm and helped her wiggle the toys. He gave her kisses and showed her how fun the toys could really be.


Then he showed his real love by getting his blankie and laying it on her, then snuggling under it with her. This boy loves his little sister.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Recent Adventures


The Relief Society had an opening social doing go carts, and it was awesome!  I wish we did sweet activities like this more often.  I was having nostalgic flashbacks to Fiesta Village.  My face and hands were frozen at the end of my second round- totally worth it!



This is an older picture, but look at this cute family!


I've been experimenting with hair and makeup styles.  I love getting my hair as high as it can go!


The other day, we were looking for one of Theo's baby dolls, and I suggested we look in my room.  After we walked back there, looked, and couldn't find it, Theo said, "ah well.  Good thinkin', Mommy."  That makes me feel good as a Mommy, knowing that I've at least taught him that phrase.


Ruby was six weeks old when I took these pictures.  Are six week old babies usually so strong?   I don't know, but I love it!



We went raspberry picking last week, and I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite thing. We might have to go again when Grandma Teri comes!


We sure live in a beautiful place.


Theo, Ruby and I might not be the most efficient team, but we got a bunch of good berries.


I had to feed Ruby while we were there, and there's nothing better to occupy a boy than a huge mud puddle. 


Want to use this picture as your wallpaper? I am.


Don't worry, he didn't eat a wild animal. We had a great time painting.


Isn't she a dream? I love snuggling a sleepy baby.


When Theo woke up from his nap, the first thing he did was start grabbing for Ruby. I just thought he wanted her to get her off me, but I realized he wanted to hold her.  So I laid her across his lap, and he stroked her face with his blankie and said she was beautiful.  What a sweet brother!


I sure love my family.  Recently, I was getting ready in the bathroom, and Theo came in saying, "Where's my daddy?" Not a usual phrase he uses, since he knows Daddy is usually at school.  So I looked down and saw he was asking on his little Lightning McQueen's behalf after his big Lightning McQueen bath toy.  When he pulled out the bath toy, the two cars hugged and said, "Mmm, Daddy! I love you, Dadddy!" I think we are raising a very warm boy, and that also makes me feel good as a mommy.


One of my favorite things he says is "lass more." That's his version of "last one." So imagine Theo, in his sing-songy voice, with one more Cheerio in his bowl, saying "lass more!" It's pretty darn cute.


One day, Theo chose a bow for Ruby, and obviously he had to choose one for himself, too.


I think it was a couple weeks ago, we were having dinner and Theo was running around not eating.  Corbin jokingly said he would cry and scream like Theo does if he didn't take this bite. Eventually, Corbin did some silly crying and screaming, not unlike what he does often when they play.  But something about it freaked Theo out.  He froze, then started whimpering. Corbin picked him up for a snuggle, and Theo sat back and screamed a primal scream, like his appendix had chosen that moment to burst.

Eventually Corbin got him to calm down, walking him around and playing with toys. But he would still give Corbin a mistrusting look every now and again.  The worst part about it all was the look on Corbin's face, heartbreak. My two boys are so tender sometimes. That part, I love.

And don't worry, Theo was completely over it by the next day. He sure loves his daddy.




Our lovely neighbors let us borrow this fun car until it gets cold.  Theo doesn't quite get how to drive it, but he sure loves sitting in it.


"I wearing makeup."


"Wingardium leviosa!"  (it's really a laser pointer, Theo is like a cat with his love for the dot)