Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

I had to work on my real birthday, so Rob and I decided to spend a quiet evening the next night and have a nice dinner with just the two of us.....little did I know - he had other things planned for our evening out. My wonderful husband had a wonderful dinner planned with family and friends. It was a wonderful evening and one of the best birthdays EVER.

My dad had to work but arranged for someone to cover the middle of his shift so he could come and join us. My brother Jimmy also had to work and he too took some time off during the middle of his shift to join the festivities (I wish I would have remembered to take pictures with him - ugh!). I couldn't believe how many people managed to take time out of their busy schedules to come to join me for my special day. It meant more to me than I could every express in words.

A BIG thank you to my WONDERFUL husband - who gets the Best Husband EVER Award, my mom who had to sit there at the restaurant an hour before hand because they wouldn't take reservations, to Michele for placing a call to the restaurant trying to sway them to take our reservation, and to ALL my friends and family for joining me and for the generous gifts. I am overwhelmed and I REALLY do appreciate that you would give up time from your own families to hand with us!


The birthday girl and her awesome husband

It was a looooong table and I was trying to capture everyone......with no such luck.

Austin and Grandma - he was being his goofy self -

Mom and Dad

Teri and Marianne

Caleb, Kim, and Jordan

Tammy and Deanna


Jackson Lee, Jackson, Dena, and baby Norman #2

Tim, Finley, and Sarah

Brain, Michelle R., and Michele B.

Autumn, Jana, and Austin - lol - he was trying to make a funny face!

Greg, Kyla, and Missy

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Miller Family Christmas

Just about everyone in the family was out of town at the in-laws for Christmas so today we took the opportunity to celebrate Christmas on the Miller side. We don't get the chance to spend time with everyone all together very often so this was a wonderful treat. We celebrated Christmas and then watched the Charger game! A great time was had by all!!
(Thank goodness the Chargers won!
A perfect ending to a perfect day.)
I'll put the captions at the bottom of the picture:
This is the kiddos getting started with their stockings.

Austin with his stocking.

lol! - this is Mom and Jana sharing in the excitement of the kids getting something they were excited about. Kids are so funny - they open their presents and yell "This is what I've always wanted!!" And then when you ask them what it is they say "I don't know." lol

Bob was not left out by his Auntie Jana and Uncle Jimmy. Here he is licking his lips getting ready for his special treat!

lol - This must have been the *excitement* picture!!

My photographer paparazzi brothers.

This was Austin peeking to see what he got. He's a funny guy.

This is Snipe enjoying the cuddle time with Rob.

Bob sometimes gets a little jealous when someone else is up on his Grandpa's lap.
He wanted up too!!

Jana and Kelly putting together Austin's toy.

Kiaya and Grandma showing us how tall the Barbie Doll condo was that she got for Christmas.

Kelly and Dad taking Barbie out of the box.

Bob and his Dad opening up gifts.

Mom showing us the beautiful necklace Dad had gotten for her.

Bob looking while his Daddy opens up a gift.

Dad opening up the flag pole he wanted for Christmas.

We weren't sure which one Dad had decided on so Jimmy stayed up all hours of the night making a funny way to let Dad know he was getting his flag pole. He is amazingly creative.

Since my camera is broken, I couldn't get a close up, but this is my poor dad taking a quick cat nap before the big Charger game. He had worked all night and hadn't been asleep yet.

Jon playing Mom's new game - Outdoor Adventure (or something like that) - for the Wii.

This is Jon during the Charger game......
.....and this is Jimmy.
I was trying to capture Jon's personality in that he's pretty laid back and doens't get overly excited about much. Jimmy on the other hand is the opposite end of the spectrum. He is very intense and very focused lol. He lost his voice by the end of the game.
It was an awesome game though!! GO CHARGERS!!