Saturday, May 30, 2015


"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015"

Peyton: looking a bit like his dad.
Lia: caught her reading.
Austyn: TEN!
Tayt: catching up on his reading goal.
Nash: looking less like a toddler and more like a boy. stop it.
Drew: goof ball.
Meg: curls!
Will: aaa.tih.tude.

This was supposed to be posted on Wednesday. It's Saturday. This is also last weeks photos. More to come to catch up! ;)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

safety goggle tight

Any chance we get, we like to visit our good friends. Usually they come to our house. Occasionally we go to them. but Saturday we had an excuse to go to them, ssssooo.... 

road trip!!!
and I made those two words sound *really* fun, didn't I. ha! this particular road trip included "Where are we going?" and "When will we be there?" abouttt 5 times and 5 potty breaks before we were 10.4 miles into the trip. oh and we came home with 7 pr of safety goggles and 3 wood ticks. 
fun times! ;) 
we make it through by laughing. 
a lot.

first, a stop at E's work place. free food. a tour. beautiful weather!
safety goggles required for all!

 Drew * Ty * Meg * Nash

some laser machine-y thingy ;)

no potty in sight

after the food and tour, we headed back to their home where we played outside and celebrated baby E's first birthday. 

perfect weather. wonderful company. looking forward to our annual trip to their home in June for camping and more birthday celebrations! between the two families, we have 13 (yes, thirteen!) children so we're always eating cake ;)

baby E is ONE!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015"
Peyton: typical teenager.
Lia: hard to catch a smile on camera. I'll keep tryin!
Austyn: she turned TEN on Sunday. I'm not ready. she is. also, she's a goof.
Tayt: working on his reading goal.
Nash: homework with Dad.
Drew: she's been all about writing her name as of late.
Meg: too much attitude for one little body.
Will: he looks cute in a lot of photos. let me assure you, this little one has a tttteeemmmpppeerrr. good.ness.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

mastered the scowl

Quite a few of our kids have mastered this same scowl at a fairly early age. Will is no exception. He's got it down. Falls asleep anywhere, infamous scowl... officially a Smith!

yes, I *did* call him Nash. oops. happens a lot for all of them. and excuse my man voice and Dave's uuuugggghhhh in disgust in the background. I was videoing. He was cleaning. 


also, reminds me of this video, one of our favorites :)

Friday, May 8, 2015


we're definitely ready for it... spring!
60 degrees - we're outside. sunnn - we're outside.

this particular Saturday, Dave was working so after a long morning, the kids and I took a walk to the back woods. they love it down there and could probably spend all day down there!

before we walked, Austyn played with my camera. best thing ever. proof that I'm a real person, not just someone behind the camera all the time. thanks Austyn ;)

almost all the big ones have mastered tight rope walking this log :)

infamous log

while the air was warm. the water was still pretty frigid.

Nash hasn't quite mastered walking the log ;)

the walk back home was a bit of a challenge. the front tire on the stroller was flat and Meg sitting on the front only made it more flat. at one point I was carrying Drew on my shoulders and pushing the cart. goodness. but her face. perfection.

and then they all had bathes :)

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