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, March 27, 2012

Grandpa Smith

This is my sweet Grandpa Smith and Me
Grandpa passed away on Sunday March 25

The following story was written about my Grandpa by my Uncle Brian- Thanks Brian
Another member of the "Greatest Generation" died yesterday. My Grandpa passed away in his sleep at noon on Sunday, March 25 from heart failure.

He was diagnosed with double pneumonia on Saturday without showing any signs other than being tired. He was visiting Kent & his wife Diane, their son Ben & his wife Erin and their children in Pullman, WA. He Died in his sleep while taking a nap, my dad was right next to him.

He was born in 1924, the oldest of three boys. The Depression struck when he was five years old and his family felt its effects. He attended 17 different elementary schools and for a time lived in an unfinished garage. His parents divorced and he left high school in 1941 at 17, two months before Pearl Harbor, to serve his country as a Marine. He joined the LDS Church on his 18th birthday while in the Marine Corp. During WWII he repaired bomber and fighter plane radios and the newly invented radar systems. He witnessed the horrors of war and survived being shot at and bombed on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

Following his discharge, he earned his GED and then turned his training into a career. First he repaired the newly invented television for 10 years and then spent 30 years in the newly emerging computer industry. He met and married my mother in 1949. They travelled 700 miles to be married in the closest, open LDS temple in Manti, Utah.

They lived in Temple City, CA until 1968 when they moved to Thousand Oaks, CA. In 1985 they moved to Camarillo, CA until 1992 when he retired and they moved to Orem, UT for 15 years. In 2007 they moved across the street from Cheryl in Bakersfield, CA. Cheryl helped my dad care for my mother who had suffered from Alzheimer's for four years. My mother died less than a year later. My Dad then worked as a teacher's aide reading to elementary school kids who called him grandpa. Cheryl has been angel caring and cooking for him the past five years

While working full time and raising six children, my dad completed three years college. Eventually family, church and work responsibilities made it impossible for him to continue. Although he was unable to finish college, he made sure that all six of his kids had the opportunity to attend college. All five of his boys were eagle scouts as well.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ was of utmost importance my parents and they made it possible for all six children to serve as missionaries for the LDS Church. My parents loved to serve others and could always be found in the kitchen during Church dinners. He served as a Ward Missionary/Seventy for 20 years. My parents proudly served as Family History missionaries in the Salt Lake Family History Library, riding the bus from Orem every day at 6 AM. Then they served as coordinators at the MTC in Provo.

He deeply missed his wife of 59 years and is now enjoying a happy reunion with her. The funeral will be near Los Angeles on Saturday, March 31 and he will be buried in the Rose Hills Cemetery.

Thanks for all that you sacrificed but most important what you gave to us. Our life, your testimony and your love. The world is a better place because of you and you will be missed. God bless you.
Thank you to Uncle Brian for writing the Elegy

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Singapore News!

This Singapore Family is expecting Baby 3#!
Due November 3rd!

In case any of you were wondering I will be giving birth in Singapore. Medicine is cutting edge here and it will be a very similar experience to America.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Back Pack

Flor gave Marianne a little pink back pack, and she loves it. She is convinced that she is going to school as she waves at me as she walks down the hall. She wants so much to go on the school bus like our neighbor Marley.

I opened her back pack, she had a 5 animals, 3 books, 2 pacifiers, and 2 tea cup cakes, I guess she was ready for almost anything.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Marianne saying Cheese

Here she is, what a Ham!

Friday, March 9, 2012

More stuff. . .

Spencer is our child that doesn't play with toys. . . at least not the way they are supposed to be played with, if a train track is out he just wants to have a bomb in it, if he has a car he wants to turn it inot a plain, blocks become pirate cannon balls. You get the idea, all imaginary and visionary, the best toys for him are Yarn. . . forts. . . any other suggestions. This kid needs a friend to play with who can follow him on his imaginary adventures. . . He can't ever play by himself. .

Oh and I am turning into quite the handy girl. . . Devin is gone a lot so I am getting a bit braver with the screwdriver. . . I broke the DVD player and then took the whole thing a part and fixed all my-byself! Go me.


Date under the fort with Daddy. . .
Date with Wife at Little India
Mommy Spencer Date one evening, on a day when he took a nap and would be up for a while. . .

Cute Kids

"I want to cheese" What marianne says when she wants to take the picture
Helping mom throw, I mean fold the laundry
Marianne really likes to try shoes on these days . . . .

Spencer is amazing on the Scooter, he might need an upgrade eventually.
Taking Dolly for a walk with her stroller and pony tale.
"Called to serve" Devin randomly has a Sister Wagstaff Missionary Badge, not sure why . . .

Bye Friends

Some of our really good friends the Beverly's moved back to England last week. We will miss them, they were our great playmates, Spencer and Isaac had a really good time together!

Here is our last party with our friends!
Bye Jenna we will miss you guys!


"Mom, (a little exasperated) why do you always feed us Milk and Cookies at night (second night in a row), tomorrow you should feed us Milk and Green Beans, we need our Food groups!"-Spencer
- Who knew I was such a neglectful mother!

Spencer why don't you think of it yourself- talking about imaging something, "I can't there are not puffing clouds coming out of my head"- Like in books :)

During the sacrament hymn on Sunday Marianne stated very loudly "I don't like this song, I don't like this song" 3 or 4 times.

Spencer what do you want to buy Marianne for Christmas? "A Pink Race Track!" :) that makes it more girly I guess

Spencer can you sit down, we can't stand in the Taxi. "But I'm looking for a Hippopatamus" Oh well did you find one :), "uh. . . . oh yea there it is, ok i'm good" then he plops down.

Mom, My tummy says "Spencer feed me, please please, I'm completely empty, feed me."
Hey bud go get me a sword so I can sword fight with you,- Devin

I can't find one how about this plate (plastic toy), SPencer

Well only if you fight with a plate too.

No, here's a spoon, thats the kind of sword they use in Singapore -(small toy spoon?)

So . . Mom. . When am I going out for sports." I wasn't quite sure how to answer that question.