Monday, June 30, 2008

Recent Happenings

Here is an update on some recent events in the Miller family:

Ruthann went to Tennessee last week to see her new baby cousin. Jaxon loved playing with the other kids. He was pooped every night!
These cute planes were outside the Nashville airport.

Here is the family: Aunt Micah, Uncle Jeremy, Charlie, Maddie, Jace, and new baby Jacob.
Jaxon reading a bedtime story to Granny.
We were sad to leave; we had a great time! TN is beautiful! We saw Reba's house, and Tim & Faith's house too. The homes were so pretty and it was green everywhere!

One thing that was so cute when we were loading up the car to leave, Jaxon was waiting in his car seat and Jace climbed into the car and they gave each other a kiss goodbye! It was adorable! No one told them to do it, they just did it!
Jaxon & Mama just playing...
Jaxon & Mama laying down to rest...
Daddy has renewed his love of root beer and Jaxon discovered he likes it too. (We put Gatorade in Jaxon's bottle, hence his purple mustache.) When Daddy drinks, Jaxon drinks; when Daddy sets his bottle down, Jaxon sets his bottle down; when Daddy burps, Jaxon's so cute!
With some help from my friend Joy and my mom, we made the new baby crib bedding. Jaxon likes to climb into the crib and play.
Jaxon loves chocolate, especially when he bakes with it in Granny's kitchen.

Daddy and Jaxon are so cute!
Jaxon loves corn!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Father's Day 2008

I don't have any pics to go with this day...but I wanted to say what a great husband I have.

I met Devin when I was 15 and knew right away I wanted to marry him! Crazy, huh? That was the best insight I ever had! I won't was his cute butt and nice toned body that first caught my eye! I would walk behind him to seminary because he was in such a hurry to get there before the bell rang. He wanted to set an example because he was the seminary president. I knew he was different from other guys because of so many qualities he had and he has retained those qualities to this day, plus gained many more!

Devin honors his priesthood and is the best father to our little boy. He keeps me striving to be better. He makes me laugh and I love that! He listens to me and is sensetive. He cooks, cleans, does yard work, and so much more for our family! He keeps me from being too serious and reminds me it's fun to be a kid even though we're grown up. Devin is always willing to take over when I just can't take another minute of the craziness (or long before it comes to that too)! Jaxon and I are so blessed to have such a special man in our home. Jaxon wants to do everything he sees daddy do and I never worry about that because I know Devin is always doing something I want Jaxon to see for an example. It will be so fun to have another boy in our family to learn from a wonderful daddy!

Monday, June 9, 2008

My uncle sent this to me and I wanted to pass on the info:

It provides parents and other adults with objective and complete information about a film's content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids (or even at all). It's like a food labeling system which tells you what a food item contains. It is the only reliable, content-based alternative to the confusing MPAA movie ratings and I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and getting it done a little less

Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said: “The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less”

I already posted about this talk by Elder Ballard when I wrote about Oprah's Challenge, but our lesson was on this talk in Relief Society 2 weeks ago and I a related experience.

I like things clean and in their place so I worry about the "getting it done" quite a bit. But after that lesson, and especially this experience, I am definitely going to try to change that. When a moment comes along, I want to live in it and not have to look back at what experience I might have had with my children.

I think it was Thursday last week when Devin came home from work and started cooking dinner. I was sweeping the porch and Jaxon was running around out there with me. I decided to spray the porch off with the hose. It was getting close to dinner being ready and I wasn't really planning on playing with Jaxon. I was going to finish the porch and go inside to help finish getting dinner ready.

As soon as Jaxon saw the hose, he wanted to get wet. He kept trying to walk in the jet of water I was spraying. At first I thought, "I don't want him getting all wet. We're about to eat and I don't want to have to change him and I just want to hurry and get done with this so we can eat." Then I thought, "Wait, so what if he gets wet. I can change him and it's not a big deal. He'll really like it."

So, I let him run in the water and we played and he absolutely loved it. I spent the next few minutes spraying Jaxon while finishing washing off the porch. Those were such sweet moments listing to my boy laugh and watching him have fun. I want to remember how cute he looked running soaking wet toward the water, how he couldn't stop laughing, and most importantly, how I could feel his sweet, innocent spirit. What a blessing he is in my life.

I am thankful for that lesson and the experience I had to remind me to enjoy the moments of motherhood. I don't want to look back when my kids are grown and wish I had spent more time playing with them, teaching them, and having adventures with them.


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