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Twilight Camp is ALWAYS a good time, and this year was no exception. I enjoyed being a walking den leader for Tues night and took Samuel with me as a papoose. We're so lucky to be able to fill two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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First Week of Summer...and it's a busy one!! Derek went on a 5 day High Adventure this week in the Ozarks of Arkansas. It was a 50-mile backpacking hike. He came home SO happy! He loved it. He loved being... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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With the Hicken's being in Utah now, we love that they still have a connection to Texas through Nick. But now that he's graduated, they won't have as many excuses to come "home" - well, that's not totally true -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Oh man - do we love Mrs Rutter. She was Jacob's third grade teacher, and now Caleb got the pleasure of having her too. What a gem she is. She gave my son a love for math!! Woo-hoo! He even... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
This morning, after a busy fun-filled Labor Day weekend, Samuel seemed more than ready to get back to school. He happily walked with me to the school...but as we walked into the cafeteria for him to get in line with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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When we got back from Utah all of my potted plants were goners, including this one by my back door. I decided to give up on the others but water this one, just in case. Turns out it likes water!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Samuel was so tired this afternoon after spending 2 and 1/2 hours at a doctors office for Jacob. But he was adamant that he did not want to go to BED. So when I suggested he could sleep on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
Sitting on my bed listening to "who know's what?" going on upstairs. We've been gone all day (kinder assessment, chiropractor, shopping, lunch, piano lesson, Walmart, etc) and I'm spent, so I thought I would take a few minutes to sit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
One of the biggest desires I have right now in my life is to get back to journaling...writing down the daily things I'm doing, thinking, feeling, striving for, etc. Not sure if I'm going to use this blog to do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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The week before Mother's Day this year was a hard one. I had just experienced a miscarriage on Monday, a pregnancy we had hoped for. We were excited to welcome a fourth Smith baby in December. But between 7-8 weeks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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The MS 150 is now a family tradition! Jacob has been wanting to participate in this ride for years. But each year they would increase the age requirement - from 8 to 10, from 10 to 12. So finally, he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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I felt a little sad having my baby "graduate" from preschool - especially this sweet, wonderful school. Samuel has SO enjoyed his first and last year of preschool...attending T and Th from 9 am - 2pm. His teachers, Ms Jennifer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Once a year, the Arts departments at Caleb's school have a "showcase" night for family and friends to watch them perform. It's so fun to see the choir, the dramatics group, the drum group, and the jump ropers do their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
May 2nd? That's the last time I blogged?? This is not good. Life since then has been crazy...I experienced a miscarriage and the recovery (emotionally and physically) that comes after. I threw an end-of-year party for 100 3rd graders and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Now that we have a membership, you might see lots of Dallas Zoo posts. :) The kids had a day off on Monday, April 30. Jacob spent the day at Lance's for an Air Soft war. So I took Caleb,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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We really lucked out on finding the Art House in McKinney. They offer homeschool art classes, and Jacob loves art, so we gave them a try. It's not a huge program (the homeschool aspect anyway) which made it kind of... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Caleb's baseball this team is a little like the Bad News Bears - but cuter. They have a super supportive and enthusiastic coach who signed up only because no one else would. And he's coaching his other son, and travels... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Today we got to attend the baptism for my nephew, Graham, at Preston Hollow Presbyterian. It was a special event and we were honored guests. Afterwards Anne hosted a lovely luncheon for the families. It's always fun to be with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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On Saturday night, we took Jacob for a very special evening out to attend the temple for the first time. We did baptisms for the dead. It was great to be with him in such a sacred and special place.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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We love when General Conference (our bi-annual worldwide Church conference) comes around. 4 sessions of inspirational and instructional talks by Church leaders to US. We love getting to cuddle up, and watch/listen. Unfortunately, cuddling up for the Saturday sessions is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Easter was a big weekend around here - beautiful weather, wonderful activities, and blessed experiences with friends and family. On Thursday night, my friend Julie Sivley invited us over to experience the Passover, or Seder, meal with her family. She... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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I can't believe it's been a year since sweet Reid entered the world. What a blessing he is to our whole family! He makes me smile from ear to ear whenever I'm with him. And he lights up the room.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Now that Jacob is of babysitting age, Derek and I find ourselves sneaking off to a movie or dinner every now and then. The reviews of how things have gone here at home have been less than stellar, but no... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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Caleb and Jax were so excited to sign up for their school Variety Show last fall. Jax's mom, Tami, and I have spent quite a bit of time together because of their sweet friendship and we were happy to oblige.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at Count Your Blessings
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We were excited to get away for the week of SB if only for a few days. We headed down to New Braunfels (the town of Gruene actually) to meet my Dad and Christy. They rented a lovely cabin for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Count Your Blessings