Thursday, December 30, 2010

What Santa left....

Some Stocking Stuffers
Lots of art stuff

And a Jeep driven by the Grinch and the strange crazy haired thing from "A Wocket in my Pocket" Hmmm

Santa must have thought these kids were really good this year. What was he thinking?!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Two...... blankets

.....sippy cups of milk

.....little boys in their pj's

.....sweet cousins

But DO NOT mess with them in the morning before they've had their milk!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Great Debate

To cut or not to cut this mop of curls. If there were no curls of course it would be a short cute little man haircut but I just can't do it! Josh says cut it, I say NO WAY! What do you say?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

and gingerbread making.....

 Ryleigh is enjoying all of the candy that is supposed to go on the house
                               look at the concentration on their faces
                                          Yummy frosting!
topped off with a silly mustache! Merry Christmas! 

Friday, December 24, 2010


Our new little guy has been in his new home for about 2 weeks now and I think he's here to stay. Not that there was any question about that but you know what I mean.....

I think he likes it he stinking cute or what?!
Here are just a few of the things that Fletcher likes to do around here....

bark at the cat
bite Jack's tail
chase his own tail
take naps
run around the backyard
jump all over Carter
give kisses
play with/rip apart his toys

Merry Christmas Y'all

I have to say that I have enjoyed this holiday season so much more than in previous years. This is why I think so....I read a poll on USA, I don't get the newspaper, I have the app. This was the question: Is holiday gift giving less important in your family than in years past? Here were the choices: (which would you choose?)

A. Yes, and I'm so glad
B. Yes, and I wish it wasn't
C. No and I'm so glad
D. No but I wish it was

I happily answered A. Here's why. Scrambling to buy gifts for family members who have plenty and don't need anything else just isn't fun for me. Our Christmas this year has been less about material gifts and more about the gift of family, friends, and faith. Now, buying for the kids is different. That IS fun, especially watching their little faces when they open up the gift, I enjoy that! The other reason I enjoy Christmas so much more this year is this; I look forward to spending time with my family, I can celebrate the real reason we have Christmas and know that each year is better than the next. Our family is a work in progress. In the beginning, we were a MESS, now though, I can proudly say that we work on things, we're not perfect and we never will be. We work through our issues, we try harder for each other, and we know that we will mess up, but we forgive, just as He forgives us daily.

This Christmas I wish that you would enjoy every second of spending time with your loved ones, even though sometimes they might drive you nuts. I wish that you would count all of the blessings in your life, and I wish you the privilege of knowing Him and serving Him.

                                          Merry Christmas From the Smith's

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Brown Bag Turkey Day

The turkey man and his prized turkey!

Cousins...(missing one)

YUM, I love chocolate!!!
What's Justin Beiber doing here?!
What a cute couple

maw maw and JessThis year Josh attempted to make a turkey in a brown bag, compliments of The Famous Kidd Kraddick Brown Bag Turkey Recipe. It was fabulous!!! He even got up at 6:30 to put it in the oven. What? Up before his wife? Yep. It was slightly nerve racking thinking about having 15-20 guests at the house for Thanksgiving dinner and not knowing how this turkey looked until it was finished!

Ry and FAVORITE Aunt Deana
Gigi just wants a kiss but Carter wants to pinch her

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Santa Live!

I wanted to share this site with my friends with kids. Ryleigh thinks this is the real Santa....who knows, maybe it is.

make sure you check it out in the morning cause Santa is in Finland and goes to bed about 10 our time.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Have you ever.....

lost an entire book of checks

let your child eat dog treats in the store just to keep him quiet

gone to the Humane Society to take a peek and end up with a cute little guy that looks like this...

Yeah, me either

Meet Fletcher

Friday, November 26, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Best. Salad. Ever.

Tonight I ate the most yummy salad I have ever put into my mouth. I wanted it to be a never ending plate that I could eat forever. But all good things must come to an end, and sadly, my plate was empty very soon. I liked it so much I even ate the red onions. And I hate onions.....until today! Here's how to make it:

Perfect served with crusty bread. For a change, try warming the dressing in the same skillet you used to fry the bacon, then toss with the salad to gently wilt the spinach. Ingredients with an asterisk (*) are available in the Whole Foods Market Family of Brands.

3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
*1 teaspoon Mediterranean seafood seasoning
* 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
* 2 cups sliced button mushrooms
4 cups baby spinach 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
* 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup canned corn, drained*
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Dressing of your choice

Preheat broiler. Place oven rack about 7 inches from heat source. Brush chicken breasts with oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Broil on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes, turning once, until nicely browned and cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside. In a large salad bowl, toss together bacon, mushrooms, spinach, blue cheese, tomatoes, corn and onions. Arrange salad on plates, then cut warm chicken into bite-size strips and place on top. Serve with your favorite dressing.


Monday, November 8, 2010


This man.......

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Halloween

My favorite picture of the night
Our angel(ha!) and our football player
CousinsJack o Lantern pizza, Finally they got papa Murphey's down here in the deep south!

And the best costume of the night goes to Uncle Jeff. He made it himself!
He was like a celebrity, while we were walking the neighborhoods, people wanted to take pictures with him!

Friday, October 29, 2010

6 and 1.5!

Today our not so little Carter man is 18 months! Yes he is sporting a Randy Moss jersey! Straight Cash Homie!

Ryleigh on her new big girl bike. It took her all of 10 minutes to ride by herself. Who would have thunk it that this oh so clumsy girl could be a pro on the bike!

Think she's excited?!

Happy Birthday to Ryleigh!!

Look! I found an egg free cake and frosting recipe so Carter could eat with us. And it was yummy! Can you believe this is the first time I've made a cake for my kids birthday? Normally I just buy them, but this was much more fun, and Ryleigh helped make it!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's nearly impossible...

to get a picture

of both of our kids

looking at the camera

at the same time.....

Unless of course, you hold the little
one down on a bale of hay and
take it......

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Inhabitants of our house...

Our resident Linus....(this blanket has to go everywhere with us. His "batey" is a part of our daily outings and comfort).
And of course our resident crazy person!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Attack of the Geese

Carter LOVES to feed the ducks and geese and on any given day at Red Kane park in Arlington, Texas, these geese are ready to attack you if you wake them or do not have enough food for them. They are seriously the most aggressive beasts I have encountered at a park and unfortunatly, Carter man has no fear of them.

This one actually pecked at his "privates".

I had to literally snatch C Man up before these meanies were about to attack him!
Don't say you haven't been warned.....


Hi! I'm on the potty, reading my favorite potty book, "The Potty Train!"

Like my undies?!

Yes, we are potty training at the Smith house! We've been at it for about a month now and we do okay, or rather, pretty darn good for 17 months! Carter is going on the potty at least once a day and has done a number 2 a couple of times too. He is so proud of himself and of course loves to flush the potty and when's he's done he compliments me! yes me, "Good girl, mama" he says.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Says Who?

Who says you have to travel to go camping? Not us! So much easier in the comfort of our own backyard.

Oh Crap! My marshmallow's on fire!
Daddy and Ryleigh

These smores were sooooo yummy!

Another great memory with my family, and I got to go inside and sleep in my bed instead of the hard ground!