The (finally!) finished nursery

Yes, I acknowledge that we have not blogged in a really long time.  We are just going to skip over the last 8+ months of missed life and get to the now, which is going to be Jeff & Meghan +1 in just a couple weeks now.  In preparation for +1 (yes, she does have a name, we just aren’t sharing it yet) we totally redid (for the 2nd time) our upstairs guest room turned nursery.  It was about a 6+ week process of painting, sanding, more painting, random stuff collecting, etc.

Back in May, we picked up the furniture from a family in Plainfield a la Craigslist.  It then sat for a couple months until we really got the whole project going in July.  I’ll show just a couple photos along the way and then get to the reveal of the finished product for those that haven’t already seen them on facebook.


old walls and black furniture (goodbye africa room 😦 )


First we painted the yellow walls green. Shock to the system! Then we had several showers (this is from 2 of 3)- such generous friends and family- thank you!


Next, we sanded and primed the furniture before painting it gray (I swear, it’s gray)- this was the longest step (by far.)


obligatory “daddy putting the crib together” shot

Next, Jeff and I (about 95% Jeff) did the tree wall mural.  Jeff posted his own blog about how he did that for anyone that is interested.  I love it.  So, without further ado… the new nursery!


Owl birch tree mural, new furniture, pink accents, great big teddy bear from “Aunt Stephanie”


close up on mural with paper lantern owl mobile


changing table with owl decor from owls made at baby shower


close up of branch decor


close up of lantern mobile


dresser with lamp and daisy

Well, there it is!  Next post very well may be an introduction to our baby girl!


A Few Holidays…

First off, about Halloween.  Sorry I’m behind on that- time goes so quick!  We had our second annual Halloween party here and we did have quite a precedent that we set for ourselves last year.  Didn’t do quite as much this year, but still had several spooky treats!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Lil’ Mummies

Shrunken Head Cider (my favorite!)

Mark as the world-famous Jungle Boat Skipper

Prince William and Princess Kate (with Steph as the little girl)

and of course- the owl candle returns!

And on a more recent note, we also hosted family thanksgiving again this year.  Meghan’s parents traveled to Chicago to celebrate with her brother and sister-in-law so we hosted just the Miller parents this year.  No less food however.  All was good and left us full until the next day.  Luckily, we ran off some of the calories preemptively with a 4.5-mile race in the morning called the Drumstick Dash.  It was a very crowded race, but made us feel better about our turkey indulgence.

jeff and meg after drumstick dashing

ran like a champ!

on to turkey time!

the Miller gang

Now on to Christmas!  Got the decorations up today, so we are ready!

The Wedding

On May 21, Meghan’s brother got married in Asheville, NC at the Biltmore Estate.  The day was beautiful and the bride and groom had a great time!  We got some photos in front of the house and gardens and then went over to Deer Park, the restaurant where the ceremony and reception were held.  Definitely different to go to Biltmore dressed to the nines rather than the shorts and sneakers from last time Meghan and her mom went.  Everyone loves to see a wedding party, especially there.

from the rehearsal dinner night- held at the Champagne Cellar at the Winery

Wedding party in front of the house

the wedding digs

Sean & Stephanie & crew

Meg & parents

Meg with Aunt Sue & Aunt Dorothy- the "fun aunts"

Many more pics posted on Flick’r.

North Dakota Christmas

So I basically blogged about this already in the top ten, but the video is finally up, so I wanted to share that.  It’s been done for awhile, but we’ve had more difficulties getting it uploaded this time, and for some reason we can’t get the video to embed here (apparently wordpress and vimeo aren’t friends).  You’ll have to follow a link.  You’ll get over it.

The Christmas Video link.

2010 Top Ten

So, we never got a Christmas letter out this year.  A blog post will have to suffice, although many things have been blogged already- if that is the case, the title will be a link to the original post.  Our ten best pieces of life from 2010.  In order.

10.  Jeff’s 28th Birthday.  Maybe Jeff should write about this one but o well.  Jeff’s birthday this year we partied it up 12 year-old style.  We had a pizza party with cupcakes at our favorite joint, Chicago’s Pizza.  After pizza, we went bowling then came back and played some games.

9.  The Crate.  Back in October, we spent 24 hours living and networking in a big green box called the Crate.  It was a fundraiser for FAME, Fellowship of Associates of Medical Evangelism, and by the end we had made our goal!  It was surely a different way to raise money but thanks again to all who supported us and FAME!


8.  Jeff’s Man Trip to the Appalachian Trail.  Back in June, Jeff and 3 other guys (along with some non-hiking females) took a trip down to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains for a two day hike on the AT.  I wasn’t able to go because of work but that let Jeff marinate in some testosterone for awhile.  He also had been reading some books fostering his manhood so this was a culmination of sorts.

7.  End of my Intern Year.  June 30 was my last day as an Intern ever!  July 1 was no walk in the park, however, as I was on the most difficult rotation of second year (PGY-2 we call it– post-graduate year 2).  At least that one is also over now, as well as the second most difficult month.  It has been a transition from doing a lot of busy work and having a fair amount of responsibility to doing more shadowing on rotations like surgery and ortho.  But I also have more weekends off, which is nice.  I would think I would have more holidays off (me working St. Patrick’s Day above), but I have worked July 4th, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve so far this year…  With the exception of my month of nights, I have been able to see Jeff more so its a win-win for us both!  Or maybe even a win-win-win!


6.  Halloween Party.  I blogged about this recently, but as much work as hosting a party is I do enjoy it.  Everyone was a good sport and found some sort of costume and even participated in the walk-off competition.  I enjoyed making fun cupcakes and other fall-themed treats.  We’ll see if it becomes an annual tradition for us as our party has been rotating around for the last several years.


5. Life group.  I believe we talked about this last year, but we have continued to lead a group of 8 every Wednesday night for Bible study.  Steph, Jill, and Arin above are in our group (unfortunately, Mark is not).  Laura, Adrienne, and Jenn are also in our group.  Yes, that is 7 girls and one Jeff.  He is being a trooper but having more guys would be one thing we would maybe like to see in the future.  We are excited about our upcoming study of the book Radical by David Platt- I’ll keep you posted over at One Book One Month!


4.  North Dakota Family Christmas.  The most recent of our top ten.  We do have a flickr page with our photos posted now.  We left at midnight on Dec 22 and drove to Grove City, MN an hour west of Minneapolis to visit with Jeff’s dad’s brother’s family.  The next day we moved on to Grand Forks, ND where Jeff’s mom’s sister lives and hosts the family Christmas.  Christmas Eve we went to church, had a music program, and opened presents from our gift exchange.  Christmas Day we stayed at the hotel with good breakfast and hot tubbing then went cross country skiing in the afternoon, followed by a fabulous turkey dinner.  Sunday we had another good breakfast, some poetry time and played lots of games.  We headed back starting Dec. 27 and took 2 days to drive back home to IN.  Successful family time!


3.  Panama.  You would think our one international trip of the year (unless you count Cozumel for a day… no) would come in at #1, but it was a quick trip and largely work-related for me.  The fact that Jeff was able to come with made it way better though.  There are several blog posts about this trip already so I won’t re-hash the trip, but it was a breath of fresh air for us both.


2.  Tucson.  I think we had a tough choice between our top two.  We really enjoyed all the hiking we were able to do and scenery completely different than what we see at home.  Our favorite were the Chiricahua Mountains pictured above.  We also loved the Bed & Breakfast we stayed at and the little get-away feel the trip had.


1.  The Cruise!  It’s tough to beat 6 days and 5 nights of sun, good food, and water activities!  Our first cruise and probably not our last.  I think we agree that our fav part of the trip was our bike trip around Key West with crazy Lloyd.  And the food… although our waistlines could’ve done without the unlimited dining options.


Well, that wraps it up.  A really great year overall.  May 2011 bring as many joys and surprises!