Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category


Friday, July 10th, 2015

Lake Michigan was so foggy that we could barely see the horizon.  The St. Louis cousins did not mind a bit — they collected rocks, buried each other in sand, and celebrated summer.


Lesson for Grams

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

My little momma learned how to climb a fence to watch the horses, thanks to Miss J.   So happy to have my parents in town this weekend!


Christmas Card Session

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

My punks, all dressed up in Christmas colors!   These were taken down the block at a fence line that I ooh and aah over every time I walk by.  Merry Christmas from the Miller Family!

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My Niece

Friday, November 28th, 2014

My niece was willing to pose in the snow on her Thanksgiving visit.  She is beautiful inside and out.


Dancing Queen

Friday, November 21st, 2014

STone STtwo


Monday, November 17th, 2014

A throwback session at the horse farm fence behind our neighborhood.    These show his personality so well, and I have already framed one for the house.



Happy Halloween

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Our first Halloween up north also coincided with the first snow up north! Made for a very cold trick-or-treating.  Happy Halloween from my gorilla, Frankengirl, and werewolf.


A Miller Update

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A catching-up-on-everything post is in order, as I feel like a failure at keeping in touch lately.   Facebook and Instagram are my lifelines right now as I follow the happenings in Tulsa and Omaha.  Consider yourself updated on all things Miller after this:

1.  Home. Our  new yard and neighborhood are beautiful (image below is view from upstairs deck), and the kids have enjoyed playing outside and swimming this summer.  The new house is great, but the interior was pure 1990 from floor to ceiling.  Think textured wallpaper in mauve tones, carpeted master bathroom, corded wall-mount telephones, and lots of hickory woodwork.  We (and by we, I mean Bill and the hired wallpaper/hardwood floor guys) have made huge progress already on the main floor.  Projects have slowed now, but we have enough to keep us busy for years! Before and after pics to come soon.



2. School.  Switching schools was a serious adjustment, especially the hours (7:30am-2pm).  I’m so proud of my gang, but it’s taken this full first month for them to really feel at home.  The church and school community are so welcoming.  All small Catholic schools have commonalities, but some of the changes were big.  We switched to common core programs, only one day per week hot lunch, and fewer offerings in middle school program.  But we now have time to chill and finish homework before practices begin, and that is a big bonus.  I feel like the new kid on campus too — I went from the know-it-all, do-it-all homeroom mom to the parent who has no idea how drop-off procedures work. (portrait from school sock hop)


3.  Hazel the Hedgehog.  Ben has been asking for his own pet for years.    He is truly the most responsible teen on the planet, and I had no concerns over care, but we could not agree on a critter.  Ben wanted a ferret (too stinky and creepy for me), Bill wanted to get him a dog (we already have a weenie dog with no fence), and I wanted something that didn’t stink or cause allergy issues.  Hazel was the compromise, and we surprised him with the hedgehog after school last week.   Cross your fingers for continued success!


4. Visitors.  We’ve had a revolving door on the guest room already.  My parents visited twice already, and received a hefty to-do list each time.  My sister and her family came for our famous cousin week, and the gang had a blast exploring our community and the big city.  Bill’s mom and sister flew up from Texas for a few days.  Bill’s brother’s family traveled through on their way to Madison, Wiscconsin for his first full Iron Man triathlon.  I’m guessing the guest room will be empty this winter, now that our Tulsa temperatures and easy winter are no longer.


5. Transition.  Now that the honeymoon period of adventure and novelty has worn off, we’ve all had a few moments of homesickness.  I haven’t heard one “ya’ll,” “fixin’ to,” or “bless your heart” since we moved.   We are in withdrawal without Blue Bell ice-cream.  I miss my mommy friends now that school has started.  The weather is a MAJOR change.   But the offerings in our community are endless, with the city only an hour away.  We have a big to-do list of museums and sights, with so much more cultural and entertainment options. We’re still exploring and embracing the transition.


6. Work.  Bill goes to his corporate office most days, and that is a huge change from checking a calendar to find out what city my husband was in.  We have seen him more these two months than ever before, and that is such a welcome change!  I was a mostly-single mom during the work week for years. It is amazing to have help with homework or eat dinner as a family of five on a regular basis.


Hope that helps catch everyone up on our new world up North.  Thanks for reading!


Kool-Aid Mustache

Friday, June 7th, 2013

I couldn’t edit out the Kool-aid mustache.  It’s so her! My niece in her backyard from our whirlwind Omaha weekend.



Thursday, May 30th, 2013

My baby is turning seven.  It hurts.  Miss J’s last few milestone moments (losing teeth, learning to read, finishing first grade) have overwhelmed me.  She is my LAST baby, and I wish I could push “pause” on the growth and savor her little girl-ness a bit longer.  This shoot was top priority — those missing front teeth are precious but her adult teeth are moving in fast. I wanted to capture the big window in her smile before it’s gone.  We headed to the empty field on our street corner yet again for a session.  Take a look:


Hula hooping Queen: 

Sassy shoes to match her sassy personality:


And thank goodness for a tomboy who has no qualms about plopping down in middle of a field: