Saturday, November 28, 2009
Merrilee told me she loved all the lights and trains, but she was a little scared of "Santa Closet." That's what she's been calling him lately.
When Doug stopped by to pick up Jordan, Leah snapped these photos. Leah really is an excellent and talented photographer!!!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Today, for instance, she was the picture of happiness.
It was all about sitting in the laundry basket, with her blue blanket, wearing her Crocs, and eating Cheez-its.
Merrilee says..."This is the life!"
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Merrilee loves her cousins Doug and Kadie. They are among Merrilee's favorite babysitters. We think she likes Doug so much because he is so willing to act HER age and play with her...
And cousin Kadie helped put Merrilee's hair in a pretty pony tail for dinner...
And this year, the holiday novelty at Hallmark is this flashing house that plays holiday tunes. You can buy as many as you want and connect them together, and they all flash their lights to the music. Merrilee decided they look good on the TV stand in front of the DVD player...
Merrilee is already anxiously awaiting the visit from the chubby bearded man in the red suit!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
With the holidays coming up, it takes a little while for mail to reach mommy.
But, if you want to send a card, the address is:
Lt Col Beth Miller
Unit 2034, Box 34,
APO AE 09870
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
And daddy bought Merrilee a huge pyramid of crayons.
So now, Merrilee is spending a lot of time coloring at night.
One thing we noticed...she colors with her right hand. Merrilee does some things left-handed, and some things right-handed. It looks like she goes with the right for coloring...
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Merrilee got to see her and talk to her today on Skype. All things considered, Merrilee says mommy looked pretty good. Mommy doesn't have the internet in her room, but there are some common areas where she can get on line to check email, Facebook, and Skype.
The funny thing was, today, the background was a Subway. Beth says they even have $5 foot longs there.
If you would like to send a card, her address is:
Lt Col Beth Miller, MNF-I, Unit 2034, Box 34, APO AE 09870
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Merrilee has always loved the airport. She loves all the activity and she loves airplanes. But tonight, she was focused on mommy and telling her "I love you" and "Goodbye mom..."
There were hundreds of people near the international terminal, outside the Air Mobility Command gate. They were there on this Veterans' Day evening to greet servicemen and women who were returning from overseas deployments. One of the greeters was Gary Smith. Gary went to high school with Merrilee's dad, and he attends Merrilee's church.
Just before we parted, one lady from Operation Welcome Home went up to Merrilee's mommy. She said, "We are proud of you and your service. Please be safe."
That is our prayer -- that all of these people separated from their families, off in distant lands, stay safe and return home safely very soon. And that includes our friend, Billy, who has been away in Afghanistan. We hope he gets to see his precious daughter, Kassidy, very soon.