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Catching Up   1 comment

Another long hiatus between blog entries. I know, I know. I’m the WORST and you, my loyal blog-reader, were beginning to lose hope that you would not get to hear about the latest happenings in the lives of the most boring family ever. Well, never fear! I’m back and it’s time to catch up:

  • Just before Thanksgiving, Nate, Millie and I went to lovely Arizona to visit my sister, her husband, and their new baby boy. The trip didn’t start out great. Our flight was delayed so, instead of arriving in Phoenix at 9:30 pm local time, we arrived at 12:47 am (to us, it felt like almost 3 am!!). Millie was EXHAUSTED and it was hard to get her to settle down to sleep in a strange place at such an ungodly hour. I ended up sleeping with her on the floor of Matteo’s room (Cousin Matteo graciously let Millie borrow his room while we were in town). Once Millie caught up on some sleep, the rest of the week was perfect. The weather was gorgeous and we got to spend a lot of time holding Matteo and visiting with Jen and eating ridiculous amounts of delicious food. It was my kind of vacation.


  • We spent Thanksgiving with Nate’s family. Millie got to spend lots of time with her grandparents, aunts and uncles (partly because she refused to nap while we were away from home) and, even though she wasn’t a big fan of turkey, I think she enjoyed the feast. Her favorite part of the day? Walking from the dining room to the sun room- there is a little step and she loved going up and down over and over again. She’s pretty easy to entertain.
  • December 1st was our 5th wedding anniversary! We originally had BIG plans for the day, but we ended up having a low-key celebration instead. We went to my aunt and uncle’s house first to see Santa. Every year, my aunt and uncle host a meet and greet with Santa— he lands in a helicopter on their property and all of the kids get to meet him and share their wish lists! This was our first time attending and it was a blast. The weather was great, Millie loved watching the helicopter land, and she wasn’t intimidated by Santa at all!








  • After meeting Santa, my mom watched Millie while Nate and I went out just the 2 of us. We had lunch, went to Half Price Books, and a pet store (I have it in my head that I want another dog… I won’t discuss it further here, that deserves its own blog post…) before heading back to get Millie. She didn’t miss us at all! She had a blast playing with Grandma Diane! Millie was worn out when we got back home so we put her to bed, but she woke up a few hour later and was really sick (as in, vomit-in- the-crib sick). The next several days were spent taking care of a very sick, lethargic, nearly dehydrated little girl. It was no fun, but, thankfully, Millie is now back to normal.

Well, there you have it— you’re pretty much all caught up. Wasn’t my re-cap just thrilling? I know what you’re thinking… Arizona? Thanksgiving? Santa in a helicopter? You Keyses don’t seem boring at all! Well, thank you for thinking that. I mean, sure, we’re typically home every evening by 7pm so Millie can go to bed, and, sure, I’m usually in bed myself by 9:30, but all day before that we’re off doing fun things like singing “Jingle Bells” in the car just to keep Millie from crying and asking her “did you poop or just fart?” (sometimes the answer is surprising). Some may call it boring, but, truth be known, most of the time we’re having a blast.



Posted December 8, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Millie, Nathaniel

Millie, Millie Ketchup-Eater   1 comment

I am a picky eater. If I had my way, my regular menu would rarely vary from a rotation of cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, steak, tacos and pizza— all served with french fries. I also like sausage gravy with biscuits. Basically, I love carbs. But, I have high hopes that Millie will eat a wide variety of foods including VEGETABLES. At first, it seemed like Millie really did like veggies. Baby Millie loved squash and, as she got older, green beans were a favorite. Then, all of a sudden, she turned picky. I was mortified. All of the books and blogs that I read said not to force her into eating foods that she refused, and to just reintroduce them after a few days. No dice. Millie would have nothing of it. Then, all of a sudden, we had a breakthrough— KETCHUP. It turns out Millie will eat just about anything as long as she can dip it in ketchup. So now, Millie gets ketchup with pretty much everything. I’m pretty sure Nate gagged when he saw her dipping peas in ketchup, so I’ve given her a few other dipping options like ranch and sour cream.


She gets a lot of sauce on her face, in her hair, on the floor, but hey, at least she’s eating.

I LOVE THAT LITTLE FOOD-COVERED FACE. (I’m using all caps so you know I’m serious.)

Posted October 24, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie

Too Quiet   2 comments

Sometimes, when Millie is playing quietly in her room, I think to myself “what a sweet, independent 16 month old I have.” Then, I listen again and realize she’s not being quiet, she’s being too quiet. There’s definitely a difference. Today, Millie was being waaaayyyyyy too quiet. So, I went down the hall  and learned that her door was closed (not a good sign). When I opened it, this is what I found.

STUFF WAS EVERYWHERE. And she was so proud of her mess. My “favorite” part? The diapers in her crib. Nice touch, Mils.

I ran down the hall to grab my camera and documented the disaster area, and then Millie decided that she needed some privacy and shut the door on me.

SHE SHUT THE DOOR IN MY FACE! I had a flash-forward moment where I foresaw my life as the mother of a teenage daughter who needs her privacy. It was kind of frightening.

At least she smiled at me while kicking me out of her room.

Posted September 15, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie

Up To No Good

Millie Louise Keyse is 16 months old and, as you can tell by her mischievous grin, she is up to no good. While I was at work today, I received the following text from Millie’s babysitter:

So Millie snuck my keys out of my purse and pressed the panic button on the alarm system! 3 cops showed up in record time! Crazy!

Here’s the story. Janette has a security system for her home and can activate it by pressing a silent panic button on her key chain. She had no clue that a certain 16 month old had done just that until after 3 cops (in 3 separate cars) showed up at her door this afternoon. They asked to see her ID and had to make sure that she was truly the homeowner and not an intruder. It was an exciting day.

So, now you know why she’s grinning like that. Millie is doing what 16 month olds do— getting into everything and loving every second of it!

Posted August 29, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie

Baby Julie and Baby Millie   4 comments

Remember this post from January 2011?

I spent a lot of time during my pregnancy wondering who Millie would look like. Then, Millie arrived and, those who knew Nathaniel as an infant swear that she is the spitting image of him as a baby while my family and friends insist she looks just like me. A couple of weeks ago, my mom came to visit and brought with her some baby pictures of me (and Jennifer, of course). So, I decided to compare a few with pictures of Millie:


Julie’s first steps (14 months old)


Millie’s first steps (14 months old)


Julie, probably around 14 months old

Millie, 12 months old

Check out Jennifer’s cheesy grin (Christmas 1984)

Millie’s cheesy grin

Ok, ok… just one more pair…

It’s official, people! Millie looks like her Mama (and Aunt!). Millie, since it appears you do/will resemble me physically, I would like to warn you. FIFTH GRADE IS GOING TO BE THE START OF ONE HECK OF AN AWKWARD PERIOD. Never fear, Millie Lou. I am here for you. I have gone before you and I (unlike my own mother) will not let you choose GIANT purple glasses to correct your failing eyesight. Nor will I allow you to wear a turtleneck under a flannel shirt over stirrup pants. One final warning: Your teeth are going to be huge. Eventually you will grow into them… or maybe you’ll just get used to them. The bottom line is this: Daddy and I love you lots and we’ll be there to capture every awkward moment of your adolescence… and then I’m going to blog about it. You have been warned.

Posted August 15, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Millie

15 Months Old   Leave a comment

It’s the 29th of July and my baby girl is officially one month older. Sniff, Sniff. 15 months old.  This past month has seen a lot of fun: Millie is walking more and more, she went swimming at her grandparents’ house for the first time, and she got a new haircut (baby bangs are the cutest). And, despite the fact that she is still pretty tiny (wearing 12 month clothes), she has developed a giant appetite. Her babysitter texted me the other day to tell me what she ate for breakfast: 6 mini pancakes, a banana, and a cup of milk… and then she ate some of Janette’s scrambled eggs, too. I am convinced she’s about to hit a growth spurt and will finally leave the petite stature behind her.

Millie’s favorite activity at the moment is storytime. She picks out a book, crawls or walks to the reader of her choosing (she usually picks whoever is busy doing something else, prompting a plea like “Millie, go to Daddy… Daddy will read to you”, which she completely ignores), and then hoists herself into their lap. Her favorite stories are Peas and Thank-youPeak-a-boo BabyLittle Donkey, and Millie’s Family Book (a gift from Aunt Jennifer and Uncle Tony). She also loves to play with her toy kitchen and with a toy shovel (she pretends it’s a phone and holds it up to her ear while jabbering… coincidentally, she has a toy phone that she refuses to talk into). She is a little stinker at church— she SCREAMS when we leave her in the nursery— and she can be shy when visiting with friends and family. But, after a few minutes, she typically warms right up. She is still sweet, chatty, and adorable. 15 whole months after the day she was born, and Nate and I are still amazed that we get to be the parents to this little girl. And I doubt that feeling is going to fade anytime soon.

Posted July 29, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Millie

“AJER!”   2 comments

Millie has loved Major Tom, our Yorkie Bichon mix, since the first day she noticed him. She used to just be content to watch him, but now she is only content when sitting right next to him, petting him, or sharing his chew toys. Best buds, I tell ya! Millie also has started calling him by name. Well, to be more accurate, she has started yelling his name. Like Millie, Major Tom has a lot of nicknames: Maj, Maj-maj, Major-maj, Tom, Maj-tom, Tom-tom, Major T, Ground-Control-to-Major-Tom… yeah, we like nicknames at our house. Anyway, pretty much the only time I use Major’s full name is when I am yelling at him, which is daily, at least. Major likes to look out the window and bark at any passerby, which prompts me yelling “MAJOR!!” The other day, Millie echoed right after me “AJER!” IT WAS SO CUTE. A day or two after this happened, things got even cuter when Millie yelled “AJER!” when Major Tom barked without anyone else yelling first. ADORABLE, right?? Is anyone else understanding the level of cuteness I am describing??!!

Major Tom gets bad rap (mainly from me). He has poor manners, likes to “punishment pee” in the kitchen if we do something he doesn’t like, and, frankly, he smells like a dog. But, I must admit, the little guy is pretty adorable. He has been great with Millie. She is not very gentle with him- her pets are more like slaps and she likes to pull his beard hair, but he has only ever been sweet with her. He has never snapped at her, but rather he shares with her and is very patient. What more can I ask for from the family dog? Major turns 4 years old on July 5th, and I want to wish a very happy birthday to my sweet, stinky dog-son. Nate, Millie and I love you very much!

Posted July 3, 2012 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Major Tom, Millie, Nathaniel