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December 24, 2010

Thanksgiving to Christmas

Remember how I got time off work to go home for Christmas? That time off is currently taking place, and I am loving it. The plane that took us from Des Moines was much more fun than the one taking us back, but it makes our visits all the much sweeter.

After Thanksgiving things really picked up for both of us. Scott had a test every two to three days (in one case he had two on the same day) so we had a lot of early mornings and late nights. At work we had a great overtime incentive, and since Scott was working double time I decided to do the same. I picked up extra hours in the evenings and over the weekends - I worked every day from November 29 to December 18 which I admit may have been a little crazy, but I may take first place in the overtime competition and win an extra gift card. Cross your fingers for me! Taking a week off I may have lost the lead.

On Friday (the 18th) afternoon Scott finished his last exam, completing his classes for the semester. When we calculated the number of credits he finished, I think it came out to 26.5. Wow. I am very proud of Scott - I know that I couldn't survive that load and come out with grades as good as Scott did.

At the beginning of the month Scott received his "doctor tools" we ordered a few weeks before. He received his blood pressure cuff, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, and stethoscope. I think I spelled those right...

Scott's new things!

December 3, 2010


While in high school I got sick every Thanksgiving. It was always just a bad cold, but I often lost the full quality of my voice as well. My freshman year I had plans to hang out with a friend but when he called I could barely talk and told him that I was sick. Three years later I found out he thought I was pretending to be sick so I wouldn't have to hang out with him. I'm glad we got that sorted out. :)

Since high school I haven't been sick over Thanksgiving - until this year. For the few weeks preceding Thanksgiving I had a cold that became progressively worse. I was scheduled to work every weekday except for the holiday itself, but by the end of my shift on Tuesday I could barely talk and I was coughing like crazy. Wednesday morning I went to the doctor (The DMU Clinic is super awesome) where the doctor gave me a few prescriptions to prevent a case of full blown bronchitis as well as a note keeping me from work until Monday. To be honest, the note may have been better than the antibiotics. :)

It was a long week and Scott didn't have class either. He studied and I watched Bones, my new favorite show. At the end of the week I put up our Christmas decorations (photos to follow) and I started up the Christmas music, which I love!

For Thanksgiving itself we had a nice meal at DMU with other student families who weren't able to travel home for the holiday. We didn't really know anyone there, but it was nice of the University to provide the meal and we were incredibly grateful since our families are over 1000 miles away.

Scott and I at DMU after our Thanksgiving meal.

Anniversary Card

I like to be crafty, although it's definitely a work in progress. My favorite thing to do is make cards and invitations. This is the card I made for our anniversary. I made it for Scott, although I'm sure that I enjoyed it much more. :)

My materials. I also had plain white paper and light pink paper.
The card! I made patterns and pieced it all together - SO fun!
I didn't have black paper so I used the sharpie.

Meeting the Millers

As I was reading through my past few posts I realized that I left out some very important details! When I wrote a post about our wedding I said, "A few minutes later I met his family" and left it at that. Well, this post is about meeting the Millers (hence the title).

After said DTR, Scott and I went to The Spaghetti Factory at The University Mall to meet with his family for dinner. It was Labor Day Weekend so they were in town for the evening to bring Scott's sister Julie back to BYU for fall semester. The next morning the whole family was heading to Wyoming for a reunion before bringing Scott and Julie back for school to start. Scott and I arrived at the restaurant before everyone else and sat in the entry waiting. I was fairly nervous because all Scott prepped me with was the fact that his dad liked to ask questions. "Some people like it, and some people don't" is what he told me.

After a few minutes the family arrived (I think Julie and her boyfriend (now husband!) Landon) came a few minutes later. Is that right? Hmm. Anyway, Scott and I sat across from his parents (apparently for my interrogation) while Julie, Landon, Janelle, and Melanie all sat at the other end. The highlights from the dinner are as follows:
  • I was never interrogated. The questions from Scott's dad weren't to drill me but to get to know me.
  • I was listened to very carefully. By everyone. That part was probably a tinge intimidating.
  • I said the funniest thing all night, something we all still talk about. Scott and I were quietly discussing our order and he decided on the same thing I had chosen. When the server took our orders, Scott went before me so it looked like I copied him. I told everyone that he copied me, and they loved it. 
  • The Millers are A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Seriously. If you don't know them, you should get to know them. If you do know them, you know what I mean.
Long story short, I love being a Miller and I could not have found a better family to marry into. I fit right in and we all get along so well! Because I love pictures so much, here are some Miller family photos!

Funny Family Photo - July 2010
Family Reuion in Afton, Wyoming - July 2008
Family Photo - August 2008
Beach Dog Cafe in Newport, Oregon (delish!) - June 2010
Newport, Oregon Aquarium - June 2010
Munson Falls Oregon Coast - June 2010
Family Photo on the beach at Depoe Bay, Oregon - June 2010
Funny Family Photo on the beach at Depoe Bay, Oregon - June 2010