Happy to be a Mom!

I love this thought from President David O. McKay

"She, who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions -- deserves the admiration and the plaudits of man. But she who rears a family of beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, long after paintings have faded, and books have been destroyed she deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God. In her high duty and service to humanity, she is co-partner with the Creator himself."


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bath Time with Friends



Nothing Better than hanging out in the tub with friends, huh? At least if you are a baby or the tub is a jacuzzi.

Spencer and Lance had a blast hanging out. Although Spencer was not so sure about this Splashing thing that Lance was introducing him too.

Lance splashed so hard he got some in his eyes.

Here is mom to ruin the fun, but at least she keeps me warm!

Snow




Over the weekend we went up and stayed at Devin's Uncle's Cabin. We went up Friday night, played some games, watched some movies, and then saturday we went Skiing.

We met some friends (Taggarts) up there and the boys, Devin and Spencer went speed Skiing in the morning (according to Devin, Spencer and him could make it down the mountain in 1.5 minutes). In the afternoon we took turns as couples going skiing while the other couple watched the kids. So Fun.
Peter had his cousin Hayden come with us, But according to this picture, this could be anyone. Are you sure this is Hayden? :)

We had a blast, it was the first time I had been skiing in 4 years adn needless to say I was super rusty.

Thanks Denny and Alyce for letting us stay, you are the best!!!

Jump On It!




My Friend Ashley Harrison invited Spencer and I to go to Jump on It (a room full of Trampolines) to celebrate her son's Benjamin's one year old Birthday. Spencer got really excited about the green foam ball.
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Look at Me, I'm so Cute!

Spencer loves to look in the mirror. I recently found a book at the library and each page has a little mirror on it, it is his new favorite!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Crazy Ideas.

Two posts in a row from Devin! It's a record.

I was inspired by my cousin Brittney's "bucket list" on her blog. I have been meaning to create my own for some time, but never got around to it. Then, while I was looking through an old notebook, I found the following "Crazy Ideas" I thought I would share them with you all. Though it is not a comprehensive "bucket list" it's a good start. Let me know if you want to join me on any of these trips. I'll let you know when I start planning them.

Live in China and learn Chinese (Hong Kong or Bejiing)

Spend a winter in Europe skiing the Alps

Drive 200 mph on the Autobahn

Get a pilot's license;

fly in a jet fighter

Sail from Tonga to Fiji and back

Fly fish, and ski in New Zealand

Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef

Spend a week on a quiet island in the Philippines

See Mt. Everest (even if I can't climb it)

Visit Antarctica (see the penguins)

An African Safari, (maybe Mt. Kilamunjaro)

Visit the Amazon; see live wild pirhanas

Take a Mediterranean cruise

visit Jerusalem/Jordon/ (the temple in Indiana Jones)

See the Sahara Desert

Visit Sub Saharan Africa

See the Mayan temple ruins in Central America

Drive Highway 1 from San Diego to Vancouver, BC

Ski Whistler BC

Watch the New Zealand All Blacks play

Play golf at St. Andrews.

Golf a Sub 90 round of golf

Heli-ski Alaska

Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Produce an audio recording

Write a book

Attend the World Cup Semi-final or Final match

See the Banaui Rice Terraces

Play at the Olympic Training facilities in Park City (ski jump, aerials, bobsled)

Serve a Foreign couples mission (Spain, South/Central America, Philippines)

visit Washington D.C. (Smithsonian, memorials, etc.

See the Waterfalls of aguasu (Brazil/Uruguay)

Study Photography

Establish a non-profit organization (legal/business focus)

Receive a degree from Stanford, Harvard, or Yale

See the Earth from Space

Bowl a 200 game

Visit Glacier National Park

Ski at Jackson Hole

Attend a U.S. Supreme Court Hearing

I love Naomi.


Surprise, Devin is posting on the blog! I just wanted to say how much I love my wife for all that she does for our family. It's amazing how much more I appreciate what she does now that Spencer is a part of our family. I'm grateful that she is always there to play with him, love him, and care for him. While I know that my role is equally important, sometimes I'm a little jealous of playing on the floor all afternoon and taking care of the house. (though her job is more difficult and demanding than mine.) I just wanted to say how much I love Naomi and tell you how great I think she is. You probably know this if you follow our blog, but she is definitely the better half.

Love you mostest bestest.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bishopric

A year ago (last November) we recieved a call from a Bishop Jamison asking us to come over and meet him, Devin then was called by the Stake President two days later where he called Devin into a Single's Ward Bishopric. This is normally a 3 year calling for the Bishop and Counselors unless you are a Student Counselor (aka Devin) which it is then normally a one year calling.

So last Sunday (a year and 6 weeks later) Devin was released from the Bishopric. We had a great testimony meeting where we got to share our feelings about the past year. We are very greatful for the opportunity this service has been, and all the friendships weve made and the leadership opportunities Devin has had.

We look forward to being in the Married Student Ward with many of our friends again, but of course we are sad to be leaving the close friendships that we had in the Single's Ward.

It was a great year, Thanks everyone for your love and support.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Go Utes!

We spent New Years Week at Devin's Parents house in Sacramento. Devin and his family are huge Utah fans, so last Friday Night we set up for the Big Game. The Sugar Bowl where Utah played against Alabama. What a game! Utah did awesome and Won 31 to 17.
Spencer got a highchair for Christmas, here he is trying it out for the first time. He looks a little small in it, which is so cute. We love it!
Spencer was sick with the flu, actually he still is although he is getting better. Here he is cuddling with NanaDarlene and Asa came down Sunday night with Peter so they could spend the night before going to the airport. We had a great time seeing them. We miss them they are so far away.


The Boys had a great time jamming together

3rd Anniversary

Happy 3 wonderful Years of Marriage. I have to say I j ust happen to be married to the most wonderful man in the whole world, and I am so grateful that we were married in the Temple so that I can be with him forever. Love you Sweety!
So for our 3rd Anniversary (Dec 27, 2005) Devin and I celebrated by atteding a sealing in the Fresno Temple, having a wonderful free Lunch at Claim Jumpers and then attending a party with Dancing, we also had people following us around all day wanting to hold the baby. Free babysiting;





In other words, we attending my cousin Jonathan's Wedding in Fresno Temple, they had the wedding that morning, the Luncheon at noon and Reception that night. It was wonderful to be with them and enjoy the day.

Here are the six girls from the two families, Darlene, Becca (her daughter Brynn), Naomi, Sharon, Katie Anne, and Michelle, definitely some family resemblence

Peter and Spencer staying warm
Naomi and Sharon a Cute Couple

Cute Moments



Grandma has a big kitchen sink so Spencer and Madeline took a bath together in it, they were so cute, they were memorized with each other. Spencer kept trying to grab Maddie.

Here is Spencer Christmas Morning after opening up his presents from Santa. He thought the wrapping paper was better than the presents.

Nativity


Smith Family Tradition is acting out the Nativity on Christmas Eve. Devin, Me, and Spencer just happened to play the lead rolls of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.
Don't you love this angel costume, made out of three slips.


Here's the whole cast.
Grandpa and Aunt Cheryl were the Inn Keepers. Ben was a Wise Man, Peter was the Wise Guy, and Jonathan was the Foolish Man (when we asked if he could be the wise man, he said "no, foolish man" I think he was thinking of the song, the wise man built his house upon the rock from primary. Darlene and ASa were the Shepherds, Katie was the Angel, Mom was the Narrator, adn dad was the tape recorder.

Just Hanging Out




Here is Spencer just relaxing during the holiday. . .

Christmas and New Family Pictures!







Mom and Jonathan looking at the Christmass presents
My Brother Ben with Erin and Jonathan (almost 3) and Madeline (13 months)
Hanging out together
Sisters, Naomi, Katie and Darlene
The first week of the holidays was spent at Naomi's Parents house in Twin Falls. We had a blast. Naomi's whole family was together, we celebrated with taking family pictures, always a good idea.

As you can see Spencer had lots of attention for everyone
Spencer with Great grandpa Smith

Spencer being Sandwhiched Kissed by Katie and Naomi

Christrmas Friends

My Mom got a new Puppy, Salty. He is adorable, Spencer Salty and Peter are getting to know each other.
Before Christmas we went up and saw our friends the Taggarts they just moved back to Utah and we are thrilled. Here is Devin and Spencer playing with Lance

Opening up Christmas Presents with Chad

Christmas Parties



We went up to Devin's Grandparents house for the annual Christmas Party, Spencer got a Teddy Bear for Christmas.