Sunday, December 29, 2013

another new beginning

We are thankful for so many blessings over the last year. Our health, time together, safe travels… I could go on and on. Right now I'm debating doing a post full of resolutions. While I do intend to make some goals for myself and our family, I'm not entirely sure when I/we will get to that… so for now, here's a photo from Christmas Eve of everyone… Nash??? okay, almost everyone looking :)

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"new" benches!

The photos below are severely deceiving. Our entryway *never* looks like this. Currently there is only room on the bench for the dog to lay. There is an infant car seat that needs to be removed from the situation until it's needed. There is a box on the floor to be donated. Shoes, boots, hats, gloves ALL over the place. It's a mess. Literally. BUT the benches are done! many thanks to my sister, Megan, for this. She came over one day, saw I was starting the process of recovering, and said she could do it better and faster and harder. So I let her take them and do them. FYI: I could have done just as good a job, I know it ;)

before (eek!)

and after!

I wouldn't mind painting those legs or touching up the stain job. And I've been bugging my dad about adding a shelf under them to add the 4 baskets (the large ones) I have laying around here (see top photo). and I mighttttt also be thinking of repainting… Dave's going to kill me :|
Baby steps though!

Monday, December 16, 2013


"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013"
Peyton: thoroughly intrigued with the History channel.
Lia: see above.
Austyn: dad gave it to her.
Tayt: I got nothin.
Nash: we polished off an entire family size bag of Twizzlers in one afternoon. no regrets.
Drew: after nap face.
Meg: daily heart attack. child!

Leave it to me to feel more on track the last few weeks of the year. Christmas gifts are being bought and wrapped. And then unwrapped and rewrapped… culprit: Meg. But I'm feeling slightly on top of things. And I know as soon as I say that, puking will begin. someone will get hurt. snow will fall from the sky and leave me house-ridden for days. BUT I'll risk it. It feels good. Hope everyone is enjoying the preparation of their holiday season!

Friday, December 13, 2013

daily Smith fashion

Austyn (8):
Tunic: Target Circo (no longer available)
Leggings: Target Circo leggings
Heels: Payless similar to these, which I know if I showed her she would fall over dead in love with these

This is a rather old daily Smith fashion (end of April), but I had to include it. Look at that girl missing her front teeth!

eleven and three!

Almost two months ago now, Lia turned eleven. Usually we take the day off and go shopping. Dave and I decided this wasn't the most budget-friendly way to celebrate birthdays (for all seven kids) so instead we took half a day off and went shopping ;) kidding! (kind of)

Lia knew we were going to pick out something for her birthday gift, but she didn't know I had a surprise manicure and pedicure set up for her. I had some gift cards to use up, so after lunch at school I picked her up and off we went. I think she enjoyed her day of pampering!

after the pampering was Target for her small shopping spree ;) Mega wasn't impressed.

then there was the traditional cake and ice cream and gifts to end the night. 

these last two photos pretty much sum up Lia Rae perfectly  :)  I'm sure she'll appreciate these some day...

As if Lia turning eleven wasn't bad enough, Drew went ahead and turned three earlier this week. These kids… they weren't supposed to get so old so fast!

Dave was in charge of the cake, and he and Tayt found the perfect one for her. She was so excited!

complete awe

and then there were gifts! to say this girl likes Minnie Mouse would be an understatement. She's in love!

a big thank you to grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends for the gifts… the girls couldn't be happier!

Saturday, December 7, 2013


"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013"
Peyton: homework.
Lia: break from electronics?
Austyn: what?
Tayt: also, break from electronics?
Nash: cars. all. day. long.
Drew: hot cocoa for breakfast. every morning.
Meg: blurry but fuzzy.

Since I missed most of October and November photos here on the blog, I'll be doing a quick post with some of those photos… soon  ;)

also, there are only 4 weeks left of the year… what? how?
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