View Full Version : My Christmas house (Can you see it yet Mommy?)
12-09-2008, 10:04 AM
Wanted to share with you my latest adventure I have been on since the return from Arizona. Many hrs. and many rainy nights spent either on the roof or hanging from a tree. Only fell once off the roof this year!! Lost count of the ZAPS received.
Most knew that my trip to Cynosports was my escape from the emotional roller coaster I have been sent on. Mostly due to the passing of mommy.
So my promise to her was that she would be able to see her (our) house at Christmas time. That way she was sure to be here and help me out as this is sure to be an extremely hard holiday. I am actually scared.
Well I am getting close to finishing so I will show you some shots.
The first tree light hanging!! Folks task if I rented a crane for the 8'x8' star on top...
Sir Taz has been fired due to misconduct and his replacement will be on duty tonight. Another Airdog had to be added also due to the added weight of his replacement.
I will snap a few shots of all the house tonight. I gotta get more lights for the first time EVER I have used all that I have!!!
12-09-2008, 07:55 PM
Beautiful...and what a awesome rememberance !!!!! Mom would be proud !!!
Cindy & Sadie
12-10-2008, 08:52 AM
WOW!!! Your house and all the lights is just gorgeous. Gotta love the doggy raindeer ;) What a wonderful tribute to your Mommy. I know she is smiling down on you.
12-10-2008, 10:35 AM
That is awesome!!!!!!!!
Just remember to breathe and take care of yourself as well. I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season!
12-13-2008, 11:17 AM
Put a few changes in. See if you can tell what is new.
12-17-2008, 06:42 PM
Looks like were in for a white X-mas up here!!!
Been snowing all day.
12-17-2008, 06:45 PM
Took this pic right before sunset. I liked how the blue sky was still showing.
12-22-2008, 02:20 AM
The snow adds a nice effect
12-22-2008, 09:49 AM
12-24-2008, 11:15 AM
When your stranded in the snow for a few weeks all kinds of Idea's come up. Here is my latest addition to the house.
The next morning
12-24-2008, 11:17 AM
I'll go take another pic as it is now a solid frozen cone.
12-24-2008, 02:22 PM
Now that's a lot of snow! Merry Christmas to you BYran we love you!
12-25-2008, 03:55 AM
I was watching a special documentary on TLC, called Crazy Christmas Lights and then I watched the sequel, More Crazy Christmas Lights. I honestly was expecting to see you and your wonderful house featured on it!!!!
Tacky Light Tour:
12-26-2008, 03:09 AM
A Friend of mine came by with the news paper today. Look what was on the Front Page!!
12-26-2008, 03:13 AM
When your head
gets all spun out what is one to do!! Well I Spent all night working on a snowman.
What do ya think?
Yep it does have lights in it!!
12-26-2008, 03:19 AM
Also finished the red white and blue snow wall!!
12-26-2008, 08:35 AM
Wow Bryan... The house get more amazing. You have some real talent there. The snowman is really cool. Congrats on the surprise news story.
12-26-2008, 03:24 PM
Son salutes mother with light display
Ken Vance, staff reporter
Bryan Miller is looking for a little help from above this Christmas.
The 44-year-old La Center resident has suffered through the most difficult year of his life and he knows it’s not over yet. The worst day may very well still be ahead.
“It’s going to be a really hard day,’’ said Miller, referring to Christmas Day.
Miller lost both parents in 2008, so this will be the first time he will be without them on Christmas. His father, Greg Miller, died at the age of 68 in June in California. His mother, Sharon Loomis, died in his arms of a heart attack in August. Loomis, who was 64, lived with Miller in his La Center home for the past three years.
Miller and his mother had a close relationship, which is revealed in the pain Miller is dealing with over her loss and also the even more severe pain he is anticipating on Christmas. Even though his mother has passed, Miller is looking for a little help from his mother on that day.
As a monument to his mother, and a reminder for her to look in on him on Christmas, Miller has constructed a Christmas light display at his residence at 625 E. Dogwood Ave. in La Center. The display has about 35,000 lights and features the message “4 Mom Miss You’’ on the roof.
“I told her in my own way, so she could see it from above, that I’m going to need help on that day,’’ Miller said of the message. “It’s going to be very hard.’’
This is the sixth year Miller has had a light display on his La Center home. He said it was always something he shared with his mother, who received a great deal of joy from her son’s creation. “Boy did she,’’ Miller said. “Her favorite thing was watching me fall off the roof. That and the kids’ birthdays were her big things.’’
Miller, who is single, has four children--Bryan (age 21), Matthew (20), Michael (18) and Megan (13)--and all but Matthew lives with him.
Wendy McGraw, a friend of Miller’s and active La Center community member, got things rolling six years ago by giving Miller two boxes of Christmas lights. Each year, Miller’s collection has grown substantially.
“This year it’s pretty wild,’’ Miller said. “I’ve never been able to hang out all of my lights before. But this year, I had to buy more.’’
Miller said he has handmade all the props that the lights hang on, including an 8-foot by 8-foot star that sits atop a 40-foot Douglas Fir tree in his yard. He has too many trees to count, of various sizes, in his yard, all lit with lights.
In addition to the message to his mother, Miller said he has tried to adopt a Gingerbread theme this year, but he admits it’s a rather eclectic combination of lights and props.
Miller isn’t trying to draw attention to his work, but it does bring him pleasure when someone drives up and appreciates it. He was moved recently when a passer-by stopped and offered kind words.
“When they sit there and just say ‘thank you,’ that’s the whole thing right there,’’ Miller said. “It’s not that I want the credit. It’s just the fact that they’re enjoying it.’’
And, he hopes, so is a special person watching from above.
12-26-2008, 05:56 PM
Thanks Linda for posting that as I was straining my eyes trying to read the newspaper article. Bryon you have paid a wonderful tribute to your Mom and have done a wonderful job.
Take care and know that we all love you and your family!
12-27-2008, 10:04 AM
I've never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I can certainly empathize with your loss, as we have had loss this year as well. But, seeing your touching tribute to your Mom, it just makes me smile in a time that hasn't been easy to do so. I KNOW that she is looking down on you, beaming with pride that lights up the skies.
Thank you for sharing your creations with us. We are thinking of you in this difficult time.
12-27-2008, 11:13 AM
Thank you everyone!
We made it through the day!! I tried staying busy as every time I would sit or relax the the mind started thinking. Megan stayed up with me till 7am Christmas morning. We did have fun. I did many laps around the yard wandering back and forth.
First white Christmas we have had in years around here(thanks MoM). I tried bringing the snowwoman to life but it never worked. I thought maybe if I put my Scottsdale Arizona hairpiece on her it would work. I even yelled the famous saying "Happy Birthday" like on the T.V. show, but didn't work. I thought I saw a little movement when I gave her MoM's umbrella when it started raining yesterday. The smile looks a little bigger now. What do you think?
Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL CHRISTmas. We are so looking forward to the next time we are able to come and play on the docks with all of you again. It is by far our favorite times to remember!! It will be a bit more exciting as BOcephus and Rrrufus say they will not be left behind again!! Mentioned something about camping with the Brown Dogs and evening the numbers out a little bit :}
Here's to a Bright a Happy 2009. Love you all
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