Monday, September 15, 2014


Jackson Drew is 3 today!  I seriously cannot believe how fast the past 3 years have flown by, and I keep forgetting that my baby isn't really a baby anymore.  Jackson is fully 3 - meaning that he 90% adorable, lovable, laughing, snuggly boy and 10% CRAZY.  I feel like the crazy of a 2nd child is slightly multiplied because they also adopt their older siblings misbehavior or sass in addition to their own!  Jack loves to laugh, pretend, wrestle and snuggle - he is such a delight and I'm so glad he is mine!

And Interview with Jackson Drew on his 3rd birthday....

What is your favorite color?  Blue

What is your favorite toy? Legos

What is your favorite fruit? Oranges and grapes

What is your favorite TV show? Curious George

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grapes and oranges

What is your favorite outfit? Batman shirt

What is your favorite game? Lego city iPad game

What is your favorite snack? Fishes

What is your favorite animal? Doggies and monkeys

What is your favorite song? "Everything is awesome" from the Lego movie

What is your favorite book? Curious George book and Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Who is your best friend? Girls. Brother, Daddy and Mommy

What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Sandbox

What is your favorite drink? Water and milk

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

What do you like to take with you to bed at night? Blankie, dream light, baby and water

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes and yogurt

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pancakes

What do you want to be when you grow up? Firefighter

Puppy Paw-ty

We decided to take advantage of the fact that Cory and Danette were in town and have Jack's 3rd birthday party a bit early.  When I asked Jackson what type of party he wanted to have, the only response I got was a puppy party.  I'm pretty sure that he wanted an actual dog as a gift, but since THAT wasn't going to happen, we had a puppy themed party instead!

All the cousins came over to Grammie and Papa's on Sunday afternoon for a hot DOG cookout, puppy treats, cake and bouncy house fun.  This is the first birthday where Jack has really understood that this was all for him - it was so fun to see his little face light up when we sang to him or when he got to open gifts. He loved all of his presents so much and wanted to open them all and play instead of continuing on.

What a fun afternoon celebrating our "baby" - we love you Jackson Drew!

Weekend wrap up.

It was a busy weekend in Millerland.  Saturday we celebrated my birthday, which started off with an early trek up to Seattle for the annual Walk to Defeat ALS.  The whole extended Nelson group gets together to participate in this 5k (2nd year now, and we hope to continue) in memory of my Grandma Alice who passed away from ALS at the age of 51.  It was a beautiful morning for a walk and we so enjoyed the chance to catch up with family!

After the walk we all headed over to my parents for some great food, lots of little kid play time and a recap of the Gardner's trek to China.  I got some great snuggles from my boys to round out a wonderful birthday!

On Sunday Papa, Drew and I got to take Crosby to his first Mariner's game.  Jack is not quite prepared for 3+ hours of sitting, so he and Grammie had some special playtime (and man is he hooked on Grammie right now, that boy is in love!).  Crosby was in awe at the size of the field and we had excellent seats so it felt like we were right in the action.  Crosby got to pick out a pretzel with cheese for lunch (his ULTIMATE snack) and had loads of snacks I brought in and was in hog heaven cheering the team on, clapping and seeing how fast the players could throw the ball.  He and I took a break after a few innings to walk around the stadium. We found a little midway game area set up for kids and he got to practice his throwing on tin cans - he had a blast and we played that game over and over and over.....  We also got him a first game certificate and he got to pick out a souvenir at the team store (a foam finger, and one for Jack too)!  The only part of the day that didn't make Crosby's top list was that he didn't get a ball - he was hooked on this idea of catching a foul ball or getting one from the players (that they toss up at the end of the inning as they jog back to the dugout) - he was heart broken that he didn't get a ball - sounds like this kid needs a trip to Spring Training!  We had a blast and Crosby wants to go back again - SUCCESS!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lots of Miller fun!

I think our house has now been renamed the Cram-a-lot Inn after the past week and a half! Cory, Danette, McKellyn, Madalyn and Hayden got to have a mini-vacation here with us on their way to Idaho after Cory's retirement.  It has been a fun, sometimes quite loud couple of weeks!  There has been lots of little boy fun (playing pretend, batman, Legos, football, etc...) as well has some fun adventuring and getting together with other family.

This last weekend we got to go to the Puyallup fair on Saturday and had a TON of fun.  The boys loved the animals, riding tractors, sampling fair foods and running around.  I think we wore them out - after lunch Jack simply laid down on the floor in the Expo Hall and we realized it was probably time to go!

On Sunday afternoon we took a little trip up to Lynnwood to Drew's cousin's house for a mini-Miller reunion.  We got together with a lot of family that we don't see very often and had a blast!  Breena and Shawn have two young boys and they all had a ton of fun together, including dressing up like superheroes and a slip and slide.  Our boys did NOT want to leave and can't wait to hang out again!  Their youngest's birthday is the same day as Jack's, so we celebrated their birthdays and Cory's retirement all at the same time.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


We have had a whirlwind week around these parts!  Cory, Danette, and the kids drove up from California after Cory's retirement and have been camping out at our place since Saturday night.  The cousins have been having a blast hanging out and we've gotten to have lots of fun together!

Last night, on Kindergarten Eve, we went out for Mexican food, bought Top Pot donuts for the morning (We realized it is now tradition to get donuts for breakfast the first day of school.  Crosby reminded me that we did that before PreK too.) and some shopping at Renton Landing. It was a fun last summer hurrah before an early bedtime to be rested up for school.

This morning Drew got to drop Crosby off at Kindergarten (after the all important donut breakfast) and was so proud of our little guy.  He was excited, happy, and knew just where to go.  I, on the other had, was a mess. I was way more emotional that I expected and was actually grateful that I didn't get to do the drop off because I guarantee I would have been that awkward mom sobbing that then made their kid cry.  Dad for the win!

I did get to pick up one smiling, super excited boy this afternoon.  He reported that Kindergarten is AWESOME and that he got 2 RECESSES (said with extreme giddiness and enthusiasm).  To do a little debrief, I whisked Crosby away to Menchie's for a little froyo and milking information out of him.  Overall it sounds like he had a great day and is excited for more!  I am so happy and so very proud of my big boy (and maybe still a little teary about it all).