Sunday, December 28, 2008

Air Hockey Christmas

Merry Christmas All!  What a great year this has been!  Gift highlights have been too many to name (thanks to you all,) but the kids have really enjoyed the air hockey table we got them.  Reasons why an air hockey table is well worth the space it takes up: 
1)  You don't have to chase anything (like a flying ping-pong ball)  
2)  You don't have to have any skills to play.  Keep your little paddle thing down close to defend your goal, and you will eventually get to hit the puck.  
3)  An intense game that includes a wee bit of trash talk can raise your blood pressure, thus providing you with a cardio workout.
4)  I can play my hardest, without holding anything back on my oldest, and I am not guaranteed a victory.
5)  For the past 4 days, I've heard my children say "Hey, let's go play some air hockey!" instead of "Do you want to watch a show?"
6)  I have yet to beat Ryan, but after winter break, I will have the "home advantage," the "stay-at-home Mom advantage."  Laundry/dishes/sweeping vs. Air hockey.  Air hockey will win every time.

Lindsey Joy Smith

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Baptism for Victor

For those of you who are not LDS, in order to join the church, investigators take their time learning and growing until they are prepared to make a covenant (promise) manifest through baptism and confirmation.  

We have become good friends with Victor Rodriquez over the last year as he has been investigating the church, as he has come over for lunches after church, and for discussions with the missionaries, etc.  I am the ward mission leader have become quite close to Victor personally. The story of Vic's change and making a decision to lead a Christ centered life is beautiful and miraculous.  On Saturday Vic was baptized into the LDS church and was confirmed today in sacrament meeting.  We are so proud of Vic for this huge step in his life.  

If any who reads this blog are interested in learning more about the LDS faith, please let us know.  It has brought much peace and joy into our lives as well as giving us a sense of purpose. During this Christmas season, what a joy it is to remember the birth of Jesus, who changed the world forever by allowing us to be free from sin and death.

We wish all our friends and family a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lies and Deception

 The last 6 entries have been written by my husband, pretending to be me.  For the record, I love the snow.  I just don't like slipping on the ice, attempting to maneuver my not 4W or AW drive mini van, dressing children in snow gear, being snowed in when we are out of eggs and milk, and being cold.  I think the snow is beautiful, and like the song "Come, Come Ye Saints," it should be used sparingly.  I think it womps that we aren't going back home to AZ for Christmas, I would way rather travel anywhere than create meaningful cyber relationships, and I barely know how to turn on the computer (our stinkin MAC), much less actually paste a photo into the blog entry.  There it is, truth and honesty.

Transition to Family Blog

Lindsey does not blog enough to give you all updates.  I have to convince her to do it.  Now it is a family blog where Preston, myself and Lindsey can all update our lives.  Once Cal gets older he can do the same.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas in Utah

I hate the snow.  I don't like driving in it wondering if I am going to be sliding down the hill any minute.  I don't like bundling up the kids every time we have to run an errand or they want to go out and play in the yard.  I don't like the lack of sun for days at a stretch.  And being from Arizona, I really do not like the cold.  But one thing I do very much love is the aesthetic of winter.  Downtown in Salt Lake City during Christmas is one of the most beautiful scenes.  The lights against the snow with people coming and going is very delightful.  They are not only at temple square, but at Gallivan Plaza, the Gateway, and line the streets all over the downtown area.  

We have been doing secret santa to a family in our neighborhood.  The kids love the suspense of running up a treat each night and hurrying back to the car.  We end each night with a story about Christmas from a reader.  This year we are staying home, making our own traditions and enjoying one another.  The neighborhood also looks great with lights.  This time of year is all about reflection.  I found facebook and now I am reconnected with people I had completely forgotten about.  It is interesting how the web is making life more meaningful for many people.  Maybe class reunions will go by the way side in favor of longer term, less expensive relationships that stretch across states and countries.  

Being nostalgic and sappy at this Christmas Season.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Annie and Scissors

I found Annie with scissors for the second time in her young life.  She was actually sitting next to me while I was working on the computer and I heard that all to familiar sound of scissor slicing through hair.  The first time she had done this I as able to salvage it by giving her a bob.  This time I salvaged it (relative) by giving her bangs.  I will be amused if she grows up to be a hair dresser.  

Today I got most of my Christmas shopping done.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fun with Mac

Calvin having fun with the iMac.  Owen has been sick for two weeks.  He is not sleeping well and it is all I can do to not fall asleep during the day.  My parents came for Thanksgiving and we really enjoyed being with them.  Christmas is upon us.  Finally, for the first time in our 10 years of marriage, we put up lights on our house.  The kids got out the ornaments and we put the tree up as well.  Luckily it has not snowed yet, but it will be coming.  Ryan leaves about the time it is getting light and comes home when it is dark, but this is because the sun wakes at 8:00 and retires around 5:00.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fall Pictures

Picture time.  Happy Fall with the Smiths.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lindsey, my wife, does not know I am posting this...

We play "let's get ready to rumble!" every Sunday afternoon.  Lou surprised all of us when she came out with briefs on like Nacho's "stretchy pants".  Annie and the boys followed in suit.  

I love my crazy fun wife.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Simon turned 5, had a Halloween Birthday party and weighs all of 31 lbs.  Annie turned 3, had a Cookie Cocoa Birthday Party and is tipping the scales at 23 lbs.  Both of them are adorable and will probably need growth hormone therapy.  Cool.  This week Owen has had pink eye, croup, a wicked cold, an ear infection, and cut 2 teeth, what a little Champion!  He is 6 months now and is like a little puppy.  

Halloween came and went at the Smiths.  We had a bumblebee, Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, Indiana Jones, and a Vampire/Werewolf (it changed several times throughout the day.) I was a 1950's Tuperware Saleslady.  This is a simple costume and requires very few things = high heels, pearls, an apron, Tuperware. All in all, it was a wonderful day, and what childhood magic is made of. Most importantly, my little beggars returned with a gold mine of Snickers Bars, my personal favorite. 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Iron Chef Bountiful

In an effort to waste time and money I started a new club for my neighborhood.  It is called Iron Chef Bountiful.  It's a female cooking group that meets the first Tuesday of the month at 8 PM (hopefully after the kids have gone to bed.)  The theme for the year is "World Tour".  When you host you get to choose the country that everyone's dish is supposed to be based on.  The group started last month.  Because of the Olympics the theme was Chinese food.  We actually vote on the entries and the top three chefs take home a trophy, gold silver or bronze.  September's country was India.  I made vegetable samosa with mint yogurt dipping sauce, and I totally got the bronze!!  Unlike when I was on Family Feud and our family took second, and when I ran a marathon and took home the third place medal for my age group, there was actually more people that could have beaten me out.  We have had about 12 people come to each group.  Next month's theme is Italian, and I can taste the garlic already.  Good times.  BTW - I made the trophies from blocks of wood and painted them gold silver and bronze.  My photo is with bronze.  On top of the trophies I had Ryan write "congrats, yummy" in Korean for an global flare.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

"Its the most wonderful time of the year"

That's right friends, school has started.  Preston just began 4th grade and Calvin started 1st.  They are both in school full time Monday through Friday.  Translation:  I now have time to spend with the other three who are at home.  Simon begins preschool on Wednesday at Simon Says Preschool with his teacher Mrs. Simon.  Mom says he is going to love it.  Annie Joy is my little helper and Owen can't move yet, roll over, crawl or go away.  Right now he is my BFF.  Ryan started teaching this week as well.  Neither his mind or his body cooperated.  On Thursday Annie, Simon, Owen and I had to pick him up at the University on a rescue mission.  We made several stops on the way home so he could examine the curb.  

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Testing Triathalon

I entered my first Triathalon with my friend Amy.