Friday, January 04, 2008

Snow, Snow, Snow!

Yes, there's already been quite a bit of snow here in Michigan, and it really is beautiful, especially at Christmastime. We were prepared, though, having bought Ethan all of his snow gear in advance. We definitely is not a fan of the snowsuit and boots, but once he got out there, he had a great time. He mostly just sits around in it and eats it. It's been pretty deep in some places, so it's a little hard for him to really run around and play in it. Nonetheless, it's been fun for him (and his dad)!

Trip to SC

In December, Ethan and I (Emily) spent a week with family and friends in South Carolina. We had such a great time. Ethan's highlights were playing OUTSIDE with his cousins (we don't get outside much these days), especially sledding at Poppy and Nana's. Yes, that's right, sledding...on the grass! He also enjoyed riding around in the golf cart with Poppy. We were able to see all of my siblings and their kids, so Ethan had no shortage of playmates.

It was a great trip, in spite of having to spend 6+ hours in the Cincinnati airport, due to delays. Thank goodness for the good people of Ohio who put a playground in our concourse!!! And thanks to all of the tech geeks out there who invented portable DVD players (and the grandparents who buy them)!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


This year, we spent Thanksgiving in Cincinnati, OH with the Millers. It's definitely been nice to live closer to them and to have more extended time there. We all had a great time eating, doing some early morning shopping in the snow (yes, we did the crazy 5am shopping, but we were successful!) and just being with family. Matt also had his 10 year High School reunion, which was a lot of fun. And an added bonus: Matt got to go to the Bengals game and watch his team dominate from the 1st row on the 12-yard-line! Ethan enjoyed playing with his grandparents, his cousin Lucy and Uncle Alex...thanks, Grandma, for saving those great toys!

All in all, it was a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Christmas Village

Well, we started putting up Christmas decorations this past week...a much more 'interesting' task with a toddler. The first thing to go up was the Christmas village my dad bought me when I was young. I set it up first, because I thought Ethan would enjoy playing with it...and did he ever! He's already lost two of the street musicians, and he broke one, but he sure has had fun.

So, next on the list...the Christmas tree! It should prove to be equally as fun and if we make it through Christmas with no broken ornaments, that will truly be a Christmas miracle!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Saturday was Matt's birthday (the first of many 29th birthdays, he says). When he woke up, he joined me and Ethan for some Saturday morning cartoons, and it was almost as if Ethan knew it was his dad's special day. He climbed up on the couch and curled up with Matt. When I got the camera out, Ethan really came alive and started posing with his daddy...he must have known that it would make Matt's day, which it did!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

"It's beginning to feel a lot like Michigan..."

Well, it seems that our luck with the weather has run out. We had a beautiful fall here in Michigan...everyone told me that it was abnormally warm and to enjoy it while it lasted. Well, we did, and it lasted until yesterday when the temperature reached a whopping 39 degrees. Add some rain to that and zero sunshine, and we've finally hit the Michigan weather. But it did provide the perfect opportunity to make a big pot of homemade soup! So, I'm hanging in there and looking at the bright side.

Ethan is, too...after all, it gives him the chance to go to the mall playground more often (see photo)! He also decided to try on his dad's Michigan hat the other day, proving that he is indeed making the adjustment and is becoming a true "Michigander".

We really are enjoying it here, in spite of the new weather. I (Emily) love being on the volleyball team and have started making some great friends. There are a lot of wonderful people here! Matt continues to enjoy youth ministry, and I think I can speak for him and say that it's a constant stretching and growing experience!
For those of you who don't know, I have also been given the opportunity to lead a youth trip to Germany next summer!!! I obviously accepted the offer, and I'm sure I'll start the 'countdown' pretty soon.

So, all in all, life is good and God is better. He has truly provided all we have needed and more!

Lucy's Party!

Last weekend, we were able to go to Cincinnati for Lucy's first birthday party! Lucy is Ethan's cousin on the Miller side and is truly the life of the party...the girl dances more than any baby I've ever seen! As you can tell from the pictures, she is a blue-eyed cutie. We had a great time at her party, and I think she had the best birthday cake I've ever seen or tasted...seriously, it was incredible! Unfortunately, it was a quick trip for us, but we'll get to see the full Miller crew again at Thanksgiving.

Thanks for a great party, Jeff and Emily and Happy Birthday, Lucy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Halloween

Needless to say, Ethan had a blast at the church fall festival tonight. His favorite activity was playing with the cow balloon, but he had fun in the inflatable castle, too.

All in all, it was a great day, and he only ate 2 pieces of candy...a halloween record, I'm sure!

Happy Halloween...ROAR!!!

Well, to be honest, we were a little concerned that Ethan would not be willing to wear his costume this year, but as you can see, he was and he actually got pretty fond of it! I think it was the attention from everyone in the store that helped him warm up to it. So, here is our little lion cub. We took him to lunch and to the store, where he received his first piece of halloween candy from an employee (see picture). He was a big hit!
We also have an event at church tonight, so I'll post some more pictures later.
Oh, and thank you, Nana, for the great costume...passersby in the store said it just seemed right for him!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Paper Towels

I know, I's been a while since I've posted. The truth is, I haven't even taken any pictures between the apple orchard and last night...sorry to all of the grandparents!

So, speaking of last night, Ethan found a roll of paper towels, and well, you can see what happened by the time I found him. He continues to be "all boy", constantly busy and into everything! We're also continuing to enjoy our new home in Michigan (no, we're not snowed in yet, Aaron). The leaves have gone from providing constant beautiful scenery to being all but gone...I guess that means that winter is coming. I may make it back to South Carolina sooner than I had planned...haha!