Tuesday, January 17, 2012

December 2011

We started December with my sister Catie and her husband Jamie here for a visit. We were so excited to be told in person that they are expecting in July. They enjoyed coming up to the mountains to help us cut down our Christmas tree and decorating it when we got home. They also came to our lighted Christmas parade and enjoyed it as much as we do. For the first time ever we were able to be home for Christmas and it was amazing. I am 35 and have never had a Christmas at my home, it was due time! We loved being home and being relaxed and being able to go to our Christmas Eve service for the first time. The girls were able to sing at the service and I cried tears of joy. It was amazing to watch my two girls praise Jesus at such a special service. It was the stuff mama's dream of, at least this mama. Matthew's mom, my parents and our good friend Heather all joined us to celebrate Jesus and we were honored to have them in our home for our first Christmas here. We decided to go a different route and had a fiesta for dinner and it was super yummy. Fajitas, home made salsa and quacamole and lots of stuffings topped off with pina coladas for all (virgin of course). I took pictures of the girls in their Christmas dresses again this year. We just went down the street in front of an old building. It was really cold outside but the girls were troopers. It has become a tradition of ours and we find a different place every year. At the end of December we were so excited to have our best friends for a visit. We got to go to the park one sunny day and enjoy watching all the kids play. They miss each other as much as us adults do. We were blessed this Christmas and hope you were too!

In the mountains getting our Christmas tree

Monday, January 2, 2012

Miller Christmas Letter 2011

Here it is January 2nd and I’m just sitting down to write our Christmas letter. So since Christmas is over this will be our New Years letter. Yah, Christmas snuck up on us.

Mattie Bella is 7 and losing teeth and enjoying visits from the tooth fairy. She has found the joy of reading and will wake up in the morning and read to her sister. She loves to take walks or long scooter rides. She is our little planner and organizer. She is in second grade and the last one in her art class as she is very particular and detailed and her work is amazing. Mattie tried her foot at soccer this year and made four goals.

Chesnie is 5 and continues to be the girl that keeps up laughing. She doesn’t care if she matches, the more colors the better. She loves to be fancy and says how hard it is to be the only fancy one in the family. She wants to have hair as long as Rapunzel and is doing a good job of it as it goes past her little bottom now. She is our Kindergartener and is thoroughly enjoying taking classes at school with her big sister. They both take Spanish, American Sign Language and Art. Chesnie can always be heard saying I love you as she is our affectionate one. She also has learned to read! Chesnie broke the first bone in the family, well two of them. She broke both bones in her left wrist, got a purple cast and hung from the monkey bars three days after getting it off.

The biggest news of all is that after 7 years of asking, God answered and Matthew has a teaching job! He is teaching at The Academy of Personalized Learning (APL) which is the charter school the girls attend. It has been so fun having daddy at school and being able to eat lunch with him on Wednesday’s. He will be teaching three classes and will have students under him that he meets with once a month. This is a new adventure for him, with a lot of computer work but we are all looking forward to him officially being a teacher and doing the job that God called him to. Matthew’s 2011 Fishing Highlight was fishing with his brother Rick and sister in law Tanya on the Carville Dredge pond and catching a limit of trout from his float tube. His also enjoys barbequing on his Texas style smoker.

I continue to hold down the fort here in this Miller house. I am now homeschooling both girls which is fun and challenging. Both girls learn so differently but it helps that they like to learn about the same things. I read whenever I get a chance and continue to blog about the books that I read at booknerd.blogspot.com. When I’m not homeschooling, cooking, cleaning house or reading I am kick boxing, blogging, photo taking, drinking tea or walking. My greatest joy is being with my family and making memories to treasure for a lifetime.

We are thankful for our many blessings and looking forward to another year of making memories together.

Matt, Corrie, Mattie and Chesnie Miller

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

November 2011

O November, Matthew's favorite time of the year. College football, his birthday, warm cozy fires, turkey & pumpkin pie might be the reasons it is his favorite. We had a visit from our favorite people the Brownies and enjoyed some special time with them. We went on a field trip to the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown. Chesnie is in love with horses right now and keeps telling us she is ready to move so that we can get land so she can have a horse. There were 1,000 horses and she picked out the one she wanted. Family came up to celebrate Matthew's birthday. They also allowed Matthew and I to get away for a night. We spent the night in Dunsmuir at the Railroad Park Resort, visited Mt. Shasta and then saw a college football game in Weed. It was a great time together honoring Matthew. We went to Whiskeytown to see the spawning Kokanee Salmon. We saw them, saw eggs, found treasures and fished. It was a great science field trip and this is what we love about home schooling. My sister, brother in law and daughter were in town for Thanksgiving and we all went to San Francisco. We enjoyed a go kart tour of the city and saw parts of the city we had never seen. The best part of November was that Matthew interviewed for a teaching job on his birthday and found out a few weeks later that he got the job! We have waited 6 long years for an answer to our prayer and God couldn't have answered it in a better way. He is teaching at the girls school (we home school through a charter school). We get to see him on Wednesdays when the girls take classes and have lunch with him. We couldn't be more pleased.

Picnic lunch with Caleb and Samaria
Best friends
Best buddies (maybe future spouses?)
Saying prayer before dinner
The girls with their friends watching all the horses
Over 1,000 horses
The horse that Ches wants
All the girls in a hay fort
Matthew's birthday
Castle Crags in Dunsmuir
Our train

Half time
What an exciting game it was with triple overtime
Ches fishing
Father and daughter watching for fish
She can even fish with one arm
Roasting marshmellows with Auntie Catie
Swirly kite in SF
Auntie Catie and Ches in the go kart
Auncle Jamie and Mariah ready to roll
The beautiful golden gate bridge
Under the bridge
Peek a boo Ches, I see you
Matthew and I sportin some cool helmets in our go kart
Ches posing with the nutcracker
She got this hat in SF and wanted to sleep with, pooped out
Chesnie's hat is there but off of her head but her trusty cat that has been with her since she broke her arm is right in her face