Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Seven Years of Bliss!

Yesterday my love and I celebrated SEVEN years of marriage! Crazy! The thing I love most about it is the fact that it seriously just keeps getting better and better. I look back to the years prior and realize just how much more I am in love with Stephen. I mean, when we were dating I was amazed by how much I loved him…so to think how much that love has multiplied is simply incredible. Our love for each other comes from our love for God, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised by that. I think ahead to our 10th anniversary, our 20th, our 50th -- I cannot even fathom the love that will be there. I thank God for my marriage and my soulmate. I am blessed.

We celebrated by going to Melting Pot. We go every odd year. This tradition began the night he proposed, then we have gone our 1st, 3rd, 5th, and now 7th anniversary. I like this because we aren't "stuck" doing the same thing every year. Our even years we can change things up a bit and do something different. Like our 10th anniversary. We decided the other day that we are going to celebrate that big one by taking a trip to New York City sans kids. I have never been, and Stephen really wants to take me, so we decided that would be the perfect time! I am already excited.

Dinner was amazing and time alone with my husband was perfect. I treasure those rare times because it reminds me that it's still him and me. Our kids are amazing and I love them beyond words, but next to my God he is the most important person in this world to me.

So here is to our love and the love that is to come! :) Have a happy day! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

An overdue H54F! :)

It has been a month since I last blogged! Holy cow! Not sure how that happened. Oh wait, yes I do. Life happened! Well, since it has been so long I am going to cheat a little and do my high fives from the past month :) Here they are!

1 - I have really loved the morning time I get to spend with Kennedy while Riley is at school. Not that I don't miss my boy, but now I get some one-on-one time with the little miss. And I have to say...I love it! :)

2 - Gator football has officially started my friends! Yay for cute clothes and team spirit! :)

3 - I turned 30! Let me tell you…I am loving it so far! :) We started out the day at one of my faves, First Watch! Stephen then surprised me and told me some of our closet friends were coming over to have lunch with us! It was a log of fun and there were a lot of kids! It was nice to celebrate with them! We were planning on doing dinner out, but since I had to be at church that night time was tight so we ordered in some Chinese from my favorite place! Yum! After church we came home to have cake, then my mom and stepdad watched the kids so Stephen and I could go out! We saw Elysium then hit up some late-night half-priced appetizers! My love also spoiled me with new clothes, jewelry, and accessories! It was a great way to start up a new decade! 

4 - I am so thankful to work with some of the most amazing people! We spent the day at the beach for our Vision Day and it was incredible! So excited about what is to come at West! 

My mom watched the kids for the day so it was a nice little getaway :) That night all of our spouses joined us for dinner then the girls dominated at our scavenger hunt! 

5 - We had a fun day enjoying our city. This is the Four Mile Cove park near the Midpoint Bridge. The kids had never been so we thought we would explore. It was a lot of walking which means with kids it takes about twice as long! There was not one bug or stick that went unnoticed! And as you can see below, I sure am blessed with some adorable kids! :) 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you take some time to notice the high fives in your busy days! :) Until next week! 

*I'm linking up with Lauren for H54F! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Without A Sound.

Busy. That word right there describes how the past few weeks have been in the Miller household. Between Riley starting school and my new job {eek!!} I feel like things have been non-stop. It's good. I like being busy. It makes me appreciate the moments when things are a little slower. But it is in all of this busyness that I have to remember to always slow down for what's important. God. Family. Friends.

This morning I was reading in Psalms 19 and was so challenged by the few simple words David wrote so long ago...

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the Earth, and their words to all the world….May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (verses 1-4; 14)

Without a sound or word. Have you ever met someone and known them for a while, then discover they are a Christian and it kind of takes you by surprise. Like until they opened their mouth and said "I'm a Christian" you had no idea. That is the person I DO NOT want to be. I want my life to proclaim God's glory without having to open my mouth. I hope that my life points people to Jesus by my actions, not only my words. The day that I decided to follow Jesus with my whole heart is the day that I made a promise to God that my life would be different. It's a choice that I constantly have to make, because besides Jesus, there is no good thing inside of me. And sometimes I have to fight very hard to make sure that Jesus is glorified in everything I do. And sadly, sometimes I fail. But I let this verse challenge my soul, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you…"

Keep that verse close to your heart so when things get rough you have that prayer to bring you through!

Friday, August 9, 2013


It's that day again! I looked forward to writing this post because we had an action packed week with some very special events! So here they are…my five favorite things from this past week.


This was technically last Thursday…but a certain Little Miss turned TWO! As you can tell, she was very excited!! We spent the morning at the beach, followed by naps, dinner out with family, then everyone came over for cake and presents! :) It was a fun day! 


Saturday we had Kennedy's Under the Sea party! We all had a great time! There were about 50 of our friends and family there to celebrate with us! Here is a little sneak peak of the happy day!


We were all so drained after our busy weekend, so on Sunday after church the kids and I spent the day relaxing. Of course we took time to take some funny pictures. 


Riley started school!! He was sooo excited! On Wednesday, the day before school started, we got to go check out his classroom and meet his teacher! He made himself right at home! The night before we gave him a new book! His favorite…Curious George! When he woke up the next morning he was pretty excited!  He did great going in with no tears…I did shed a few. Happy tears :) When we went to pick him up he had a great big smile on his face and said that he couldn't wait to go back! It's crazy not having him home in the morning. I miss him! but…I have to say it is nice to have some quality time with Kennedy :) She does ask for him though, it's so cute!


Yesterday we celebrated Riley going to school by having lunch at our favorite place…Jason's Deli! And kids ate free so it was even better! 

I hope you had a wonderful week as well! As always I am linking up with Lauren to bring you H54F! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Two Years.

It is so hard to believe that this was two years ago. My sweet little Kennedy has brought so much joy and laughter to our family! She is the sweetest and silliest and sassiest little girl I've ever known! This past year she has changed so very much, and bittersweetly I have loved watching it! She is a gift from God, and I am so blessed to be her Mommy! Happy Birthday, my sweet girl! We love you SO much! 

Friday, July 26, 2013


It's Friday!! It's Friday!! There is just something about Fridays that are so wonderful! I am a stay-at-home mommy and my hubby works retail so Fridays really mean absolutely nothing to us, but there is still something great about Fridays.

I skipped the gym this morning because we all kind of slept in this morning. So we had a nice relaxing morning at home followed by a trip to Target. What is it about that store? Sigh. {Cue Fiddler on the Roof…"If I were a rich {wo}man…."}

Well, here is what you have all been waiting for…my HIGH FIVES for the week! Just so you know I linked up with Lauren! :)


The hubby and I got to have a date night! Love spending some one-on-one time with this guy! 


My sis and her fam stopped by the other night for a visit and I got to cuddle my little Sophia! 


Tried out a new pizza...Chicken Alfredo! It was amazing!


I've been wanting to get Riley a Curious George for a while now since he LOVES him, but did not want to shell out $20 on a stuffed animal. So you can imagine how happy I was when I walked into Kohls and found him for five bucks! Score!


After dinner last night the kiddos and I went to the park followed by a stop at, as Riley calls it, Ol' McDonalds for some ice cream! I just can't get enough of these two! 

There you have it! Some highlights from our week! Hope you had some wonderful moments as well! And please say a prayer for no rain tonight! We are heading to Sun Splash for Aqua Theater night and don't want to get rained out!! :) 

Until next time!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

{New Recipe Wednesday} Caprese Lasagna Roll-Ups

As I think I've made it pretty clear, I love food. That just goes without saying. And what type of food is at the top of my list? Italian food…hands down. Not sure if it's that little bit of Italian floating around in my blood, or the fact that my dad also loves it so I grew up eating it all the time. But I could probably eat it every day. For the sake of my family though, I do try to mix it up. I don't want things getting boring around our house…so we'll do Chinese one night, Mexican another, some good ole' American thrown in there too.

So of course today I am sharing with you one of my new favorite recipes! I found it on Pinterest a few weeks ago and was so excited to try it! I am so happy that I did because it jumped instantly to the top of my favorites list! Not sure if it was the creamy cheese filling or the incredibly simple, fresh taste from the basil and tomatoes, but it was a winner! I served it alongside our favorite chicken cutlets, fresh bread, and a green salad. Delish!

Doesn't that look amazing? Well, follow this recipe and in no time you will be sitting down to a delicious dinner!

-Caprese Lasagna Roll-Ups-

8 uncooked lasagna noodles
3/4 c. ricotta cheese
1 large egg white
16 ounces freshly shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/3 c. freshly shredded parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
4-5 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 32 slices)
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1 c. spaghetti sauce (or Sunday gravy as I grew up calling it) 

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook your noodles to al dente. Drain the noodles and lay them in a single layer on wax paper. 
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese and egg white until completely combined. Stir in 14 ounces of the mozzarella and the parmesan cheese. Season with black pepper, to taste.
4. Ladle 1/4 cup of sauce into the bottom of an 11x7 inch baking dish. 
5. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture onto each noodle and spread from one end to the other. Top each noodle with 4 slices of tomato then sprinkle the basil over the tomatoes. Roll-up each noodle tightly from one end to the other and place the rolls seam side down into the prepared baking dish. Using the rest of the sauce, cover the top of each roll completely (so the noodles do not dry out). Sprinkle the remaining 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese over each roll. 
 6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove and garnish with fresh basil.

I can smell it now…the fresh basil hitting the warm roll-up and unleashing one of the most incredible aromas ever. A-ma-zing. I seriously hope you give this a try! You will not be sorry! :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

mini photo shoot

So yesterday I had the chance to do a little "photo shoot" for my sister-in-law. She is big time into sewing and makes some adorable clothes…little girls, boys, and women too. She started an Etsy Shop to sell some of her beautiful creations. Well, a few weeks ago she mailed me a few skirts and some shorts for Riley, and asked that we take some pictures in them for her shop. Finally, my dream of being a model was coming true! Ha! Not so much. It took me a little while to actually get the pictures taken because I was a little self-conscious of "modeling" for her shop. So last night, {after a bike ride, mind you} we decided to do them. Probably not the best time, but between all the rain and just being busy, we didn't have many chances. So we went out back and Stephen started snapping some pics. I have to be honest, I wasn't really too comfortable in front of the camera, but it was fun nonetheless. Riley, on the other hand, was Mr. Stud. He was working it like no one's business. He had so much fun! It was really cute.

And here is me…

So there you have it. My brief moment of fame. :) And if you are in the mood for some adorable custom clothing, check out her shop! It's the Pinkaboo Boutique!

Have a wonderful day!

**And here we are ~ Riley and Me :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cheeseburger Soup {new recipe Wednesday}

I am a big fan of soup. Give me a big ol' bowl of soup and a piece of bread…or better yet, soup in a bread bowl {yum!!}…and I am one happy girl. As much as I love it though, up until about six months ago I never really tried making it. I think I was a little intimidated by soup. Not exactly sure why, but I was. So a few months ago I decided I wanted to start making soup once a week. I started easy. Chicken soup. Who doesn't love a nice hot bowl of chicken soup. I made mine with brown rice, barley, and as many veggies as I could fit in the pot. It was delicious! That was all I needed. Intimidation gone! From there I decided I wanted to try as many new soups as I could.

Well, one glorious day as I was browsing the internet for some new recipes, I came across a soup recipe that I had never heard of before. Cheeseburger soup. Well, me being the big fan of {turkey} cheeseburgers that I am, I had to try it! And try it I did! It. was. amazing. It's nothing extravagent. Nothing too out of the ordinary. But for some reason I am just in love with this soup!

{Turkey} Cheeseburger Soup

1 Tbs. butter
3/4 c. diced onions
3/4 c. peeled and diced carrots
3/4 c. diced celery
3/4 lb. ground turkey
2 c. peeled and cubed potatoes
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried parsley
4 c. chicken broth
3 Tbs. butter
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. milk (I used 1%)
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. sour cream

In a large stockpot, saute the onions, carrots, and celery in 1 Tbs of butter for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the ground turkey in a skillet until no longer pink.

Add the ground turkey to the stockpot along with the potatoes, basil, parsley, and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25- 30 minutes.

Ten minutes before the soup is done, use the skilled you used to cook the turkey and melt 3 Tbs. of butter. Add the flour and stir for one minute. Add the milk to the skillet and bring to a boil. Continue to cook and stir until thickened. Remove the skillet from the heat, add in the cheese, and stir until melted. Stir in salt and pepper. Stir the cheese mixture into the stockpot until combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream.  Enjoy!

The first time I made this I made homemade bread bowls to serve the soup in. That was pure perfection! If you want to skip the bread bowl, you can't go wrong with a big chunk of crusty bread on the side too!

I hope you make this and love it as much as we did! If you make it, I'd love to know what you think!

Monday, July 1, 2013

a handprint and grace.

So today I am having one of those days. You know, the kind where you are pretty sure life doesn't get much worse. Everything goes wrong. Your very energetic four-and-a-half year old is pretty sure he doesn't need a nap, although his attitude begs to differ. You have no idea what your family is eating for dinner since you haven't made your meal plan for the week. You start to feel kind of gross and wonder why…then realize you are still in your workout clothes from the gym this morning. Yeah, one of those days.

I decided I was tired of looking at our very dirty floors…two kids, a dog, a cat, and a husband dirty. I pulled out the vacuum and sucked up last night's {who am I kidding, the past few day's} breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, after-dinner snack crumbs. I then saw all the smudged-on food that was just not going to be taken care of with a vacuum. I whipped out my amazing deluxe steam mop two rags, filled up the sink with bleach water, and used my feet to swoosh around the floor and give it a good clean.

I then looked over at my handprint smudged glass doors and realized that I could barely see out thanks to the smears of who knows what all over them. I sparkled them up and was finally able to see through them again. I was about to open the door and come back in when my oh-so-adorbale four-and-a-half year old {you know, the one who didn't need a nap today} smudged his cute little handprint right on the glass. My first reaction was to lose it and ask him why in the world he would rub his dirty little hand all over the glass that I just cleaned. But instantly I heard a voice in my spirit whisper to me asking me how I think God feels when I go and rub my dirty hand print all over His "sparkly clean glass."

Grace is a powerful thing, and I am so thankful for it. I don't even want to think about how many times God goes and washes me white as snow, then I turn around and do something that turns me to filth again. This is something that happens over and over. I hope that God would never "lose it" on me. I am striving to be more and more like God everyday, but I fall short. And in those times I am so thankful for  grace.

Friday, June 28, 2013


So here are my top 5 for the week!

1. On Saturday we decided to ride our bikes over to my mom and step-dad's house for lunch followed by some pool time!
2. Saturday night my mom came over to watch the kiddos so my hubby and I could have a date night! We had dinner at Chili's then headed over to Starbucks for some delicious joe! Date nights used to be something that happened very infrequently…but I love that we are starting to make it happen at least once a month! We are definitely better for it! 
 3. Playdate at the beach with friends!!
 4. Peeked in his room and saw this. I love him :)
 5. Fun day out! Gymnastics, walking around and lunch downtown, then tonight we are off to Sun Splash for Aqua Theater Night!
I just realized this morning that I have 38 more days until Riley starts VPK. Crazy!! I decided I am going to try to make the most of each and every day! I am somewhat looking forward to it for both of us, but that just means that's it…from that point on he will always be in school {unless I do decide that we are going to homeschool. Still tossing that idea around} That makes me a little sad. And I would be lying if I said my eyes weren't filling up with tears right now. 

Okay, I need to stop thinking about that and hope to make the most of the next few weeks! Hope you have a fabulous week as well! :)

{I linked up with Lauren to bring you this H54F!}

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Let's Go Outdoors

Yesterday I had the motivation to get outside, strip my patio of everything, and hose it down. That feeling doesn't come around too often so I figured I should jump on it. I love being out back, but when it gets dirty, not so much. So out I went and cleaned it all up nice and pretty! I am so happy with all the improvements we made to the back of our house! Just a little over a year ago I dreaded the thought of going out there. Now, it's one of my favorite places to be! It's amazing what some tile, a concrete slab, and a beautiful privacy fence can do!

We spent most of yesterday outside. All morning and early afternoon we played out back, then after naps went to my Dad's for a pizza and pool party.  Today we started our day at my Dad's again {since our pool party last night was cut short by a thunderstorm}, then after naps the kids played outside while I grilled out some turkey burgers, then after dinner back outside to enjoy the cool summer night.

I thought I would share a few pics...

Enjoying lunch on the patio. 
Love her. 
Afternoon naps. 
Can't even explain how much I love these two. 
Very focused on her chalk drawing.
Love him. 
Bedtime snack and Dragon Tales.

I'm not sure what it is about being outside. But it's wonderful. With two adults, two kids {and all their wonderful toys}, a dog, and a cat our 1248 square foot house can feel very small sometimes. And sometimes I get very crabby when the feeling of claustrophobia kicks in. That is when I am so thankful for our backyard. We go out there and everything is right in the world again. Seriously. If you are ever having one of those days, go outside and let God's beautiful creation refresh your spirit. It helps. Trust me :)