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Today With Zeke

Last week was a whirlwind. Our family flew opposite directions across states. Fall break happened. Board summits commenced. Meetings kept us going. It was cRAzY.

But today, today was just an ordinary day at home.

Up early. Breakfast. Get dressed. Make beds. Scramble to get everything together and out the door in time for the bus. You know, just the usual morning routine we all go through.

Yet lately, I’m finding so much goodness in the mundane after the whirlwind. I’m learning to live for these days. Days when I can linger a bit longer playing blocks on the floor and drinking coffee. Days when a home project is welcomed. Days when there is absolutely NOTHING on the calendar. I’m finding that BUSY = PRODUCTIVE is quite often a lie. Not that there aren’t seasons of busyness; it just doesn’t necessarily equate to a better or more fulfilling life. Smore’s with neighbors and kids jumping in piles of leaves is what I’m longing for these days.

And speaking of seasons, FALL is here ya’ll! The leaves are vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red. The air is crisp. My coffee is strong. It’s plain glorious!!! And you know what else is glorious?  I woke up this morning and realized that I hadn’t taken Zeke’s 1-year pictures. He turned, um….19 months yesterday! That’s not glorious. But the fact that TODAY I said “No” to all the things on my to-do list and headed outside to capture this sweet boy’s smile is.

Oh by the way, Mini-Boden has the BEST kids clothes. They hold up FOR-EVAH and have a 365-day guarantee moms! I am in loooovvvveeee with these red cord overalls. You’ll be seeing him in them at least once a week this fall and winter.
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Zeke’s Favorite Things These Days:

  • Chuggington
  • Giving Hugs
  • Dancing
  • Looking at himself on a phone or in a mirror.
  • Hiding in closest and cabinets.
  • Running across to his best-bud “Reeder’s” house.
  • Eating. ALL THE THINGS.
  • Pretend laughing. (I so wish you could experience this!)
  • Making animal sounds.
  • Simultaneously trying to hold his 3 favorite stuffed animals walking around the house.
  • Holding hands while praying. (We did this one evening and it just stuck.)

What Zeke’s Wearing:

Overalls: Mini-Boden / Shoes: Converse / Hat: H&M / Shirt: Target

Zeke

It’s happened. There’s silence (sort of…I have a Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast going) in the house. I have already managed to clean the house, get laundry done, upload images from yesterday’s session, pay bills and it’s only 11:21.

Praise.

But here’s why. One day a week Zeke attends the best MDO preschool. Really, I love this place. And he is ready to play with others. His best peep across the street is even in the same class. So when we arrived for his first day he was all, “Later mom. They’ve got Goldfish, tons of toys, and my friends.”

Naturally, I will try to fit my entire week into the 6 hours I have. It won’t eve work. But I’m stubborn, so I’ll keep trying.

And oh, here are his obligatory First Day of School pics.

#overzealous #totalham

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Lauren + Chris | Van Alstyne, Texas

Chris grinned from ear-to-ear as he first saw Lauren under the shade of and old oak tree on their wedding day. As they leaned in for a kiss, a little giggle emerged from behind the tree.  While the first look is typically bride and groom only, their nephew managed to get a front-row seat. It seemed only fitting as family and the closest of friends were such a huge part of their day.

Lauren and Chris exchanged vows in a quaint white chapel on Rustic Grace Estates. Chris’s Uncle and godfather officiated the ceremony and sang Ave Maria a cappella. A candle was lit in memory of loved ones. There wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel.

In true Texas fashion, friends and family toasted and danced the night away in a charming red barn – outfitted with chandeliers and a huge sliding barn door. And yes, bar-be-que and sweet tea topped the menu!

Lauren and Chris, I hope your wedding day pales in comparison to how good life is for you 10, 20, and even 30 years down the road from now. I pray that laughter and family always be present in your marriage regardless of the road life leads you down. Thank you so much for trusting me with capturing your beautiful day. It. Was. Perfect.

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  • Venue – Rustic Grace Estates
  • MUA and Hair – Kiss and Makeup
  • Dress – Bridal Boutique of Lewisville
  • Cake – Mother of the Groom
  • Florals – Sister-in-law and family
  • Catering – Metzlers BBQ
  • DJ – DJ Rodney from The Pros
  • Photography – Ashley Miller
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Yes.  It’s that time.  The first day of school has arrived. This crazy transitional summer was full of fun and work, so I can’t say I was sad that this day finally rolled around.  I sniffled, did a few cartwheels, then got to work!

This year was a BIG back-to-school year for Team Miller. Zion started second grade at a new school, and Zoe started Kindergarten. The little guy is the only one home with mama.  So far, he’s loving it.

Zoe could barely contain herself. Starting “big kid” school AND getting to school this year was going to be different than anything Zion had previously experienced. Getting to school involved riding the BIG. YELLOW. BUS. I mean, c’mon! Don’t worry. I went to school to take all the obligatory “first day of school pics.”

She’s practically bursting at the seams. I love everything about this picture. All excitement. Pure joy.

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And this guy. When on earth did he grow into a boy?! Not a little boy, but a BIG boy! 2016-08-09_0002

Zeke ran to join the two bigs on the porch when he saw the camera come out of the bag. He doesn’t miss a chance to “ham it up!”

Right here. This picture contains my favorite four people in the whole world. It’s one of my most favorites to date.

Couldn’t love these little humans any more. But I can’t lie, I’m glad the school year is back. 😉

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Hey there Ya’ll!  Kids are almost out of school, we’re moving, and I’m throwing around all of the Texan jargon that I can since we only have a few weeks left here.

Zoe thought it’d be fun to do one last episode here in our Texas home before you start seeing us from a new location. I completely agreed. So sit back and enjoy this easy and delish breakfast, snack, brunch side, or whatever you want-it-to-be meal: fruit, yogurt, and granola parfaits!

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

  • Granola 
  • Fruit – berries work well or whatever you have around the house!
  • Yogurt

Layer your Granola, Yogurt, and Fruit in whatever order you’d like. Hey, this only takes a minute…literally.  So then, give them to all the kiddos.  Run outside and give yourself a few minutes to breathe while they’re chowing down on a yummo and healthy snack.

You’re welcome.