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 last couple weeks have been a cultural re-awakening for us.  We have been waiting for these concerts for months and then they both came within a week of each other!  Both were at the Egyptian Room at the Murat, which is a venue where you stand the whole time- reason #1 we are getting too old for that place.

Last Wednesday, we saw John Mark McMillan, Chris August, Gungor and David Crowder Band.  As you can imagine, this was a long concert (remember that part about standing?)!  Unfortunately John Mark and Gungor did not play as long since they were openers, but Gungor gave an amazing teaser performance to go see them again when they come back in the Spring.  This was David Crowder Band’s last tour, so that was cool to see before they finish up.

Us enjoying the concert


hanging with Michael Gungor!

quality photography in the Egyptian Room (that's Gungor)

makes for some artistic shots (thanks Jeff!)

The following week we were back at the same venue to see The Civil Wars!  This show was amazing- they are so incredibly talented!  We even got voted best crowd of the year by both Joy and John Paul!  Bonus!  (Unfortunately, I think that was partly because of the beer spilling drunk people next to us who were yelling that they loved them or wanted to marry them, or something more explicit, or just plain yelling about every minute.)

hunkered down for the show (in pretty much the same place)

the amazing duo!

More summer fun

Wish I was on top of it enough to post each of these things individually, but I will never get caught up that way, so I’m just going to try to get to our Montana trip in August and then get that posted and I’ll be much closer!

Family Medicine Residency Graduation was in June and we had to say goodbye to all the 3rd years.  Which is kind of weird to say because now I’m a 3rd year.

with all of my Team 2 nurses!

Back on July 4th, we went back to Lion’s Park where Meghan grew up watching fireworks with Jordan, Abi, and Mark.  After cookout and games at the Olsen’s.

the soon-to-be-wed Abi and Jordan


In August, we went on a hot air balloon ride.  It was actually Jeff’s anniversary gift, but the weather had not cooperated for awhile.  We had a perfect night!

Up we go!

lots of beautiful scenes!

We saw a couple movies at the IMA this summer as well!

Jess is the picnic cupcake queen!

I’m actually going to go past Montana a little bit here… In September we went to a place called Wasatch Lake in western IN for the resident retreat.  We stayed in cabins, played lots of games, canoed, ate lots of food, had a bonfire, and watched football.  Super fun.

in our cozy cabin

a s'more with the biggest marshmallow i've ever seen!

The following weekend was one of Meghan’s fellow resident’s wedding!  JW and Marissa got married at St. Joan of Arc and had the reception at the IMA.  Gorgeous all around.

Now fall is here, so I’ll have to get to blogging on all the fall activities!

Summer Fun

All these posts to get caught up to Memorial Day!  This year we hosted Memorial Day at our house for our friends and were actually able to cook out in the backyard instead of the garage like last time.  Hamburgers, lawn games, and first fire pit blaze with s’mores.  Good times.

We have had a couple other fire pit s’mores nights as well.  We also have been inviting our friends over on several of the friday nights this year for Game Nights.  We started the tradition back in Gabon and felt like we didn’t really have a reason not to continue with our friends here.  Can’t do it every week, but it’s nice to have something we can fall back on.

Jeremy and his oatmeal creme pie s’more
our board game box pose