The Smith Family

The Smith Family
April 2008

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Monday, February 23, 2009

I survived!!

Interesting night. We ordered pizza, and they played games the entire time. It was not near as bad as I expected it to be. Jackson and Jagger went to bed around 11 p.m. Bert went about midnight. I gave in around 2:30 a.m. They said they went to sleep around 4 a.m. I told the parents to pick them up around lunch. I thought everyone would sleep in, then I would make pancakes, and by then it would be time to go home. Boy was I wrong. I finally got up at 8 a.m., but they had already been up for a long time before that!! I made breakfast, but I couldn't go back to bed because everyone was so wound up--must have been the syrup! The last one left about 1 p.m. I went to my meeting, and when I came home, Bert literally put me to bed with Jagger. He said we were both whiney, and needed a nap. Guess he was right because I slept for 3 hours. They all had a really good time though. I'm just glad we survived. Happy 11th Birthday Jordan!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Let the games begin!

And we are off to a rather crazy start....It is snowing. Funny thing is each mom that dropped off her child acted like it is no big deal. I, on the other hand, haven't seen much snow in my adult life. Therefore; I don't want to take any chances being stranded at CiCi's pizza with not only my three boys, but also three extra ones. Not that this decision had any impact on those 6 boys. They are all content in taking over my living room and tv at this very moment. Well, Jackson complained, but all he ever wants to do is eat out! I thought that this decision might help my WW diet. Unfortunately; I have no will power and ordered my all time favorite---pineapple, jalapenos, and (the worst) ham! Hey-at least I ordered it on thin crust. That has to count for something. I wonder how well my will power will fail me when it comes to all those cupcakes downstairs? I seriously wish sugar made me deathly ill. At least I still have most of my weekly points, which is exactly why my will power will surely fail me the rest of the evening. Well, I need to go write the check for all this pizza, and it is eerily quite downstairs. Too quite for there to be 6 boys down there. Oh, by the way, really pray for Bert. I am not sure we ever really discussed this so he may be coming home to a really big surprise! Maybe you should pray for me--HaHa!

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Week's Worth of Updates!

I did just noticed that for the month of January, I blogged 4 times. That is at least once a week so I am doing pretty good so far. Last Saturday, we had basketball all morning as usual. Jordan's team tied 12-12. It was a really good game. It was not a good time to send out that mass text for Valentine's Day. At half time my phone beeped 17 times for each return text I got back. So during the entire testimonial, my phone beeped. I am pretty sure only those sitting really close heard it, but I was so embarrassed anyway. We missed practice for Jackson's game (which he obviously doesn't need!) They play six minute intervals with equal playing time for everyone. When we arrived, they were already 2 minutes into the first quarter. (Is it a quarter in basketball?) Jackson was allowed to play the remaining quarters, and without being partial; he was on fire. He scored 5 times. I caught one on video. The video is with my camera so it isn't the greatest, and it is over 3 minutes long. But it is so good! The last few minutes left in the game, he tripped over another player. All you could here was the back of his head slamming to the concrete. He chose to sit out the rest of the game. He held ice to his head for maybe 3 minutes, then he was good to go. So tough. Jordan turns 11 on Sunday!! I still can't believe it. We are having 3 friends for a sleep over. I think this is becoming a tradition. Let's just say that this apartment is going to feel very, very small very, very quick. Pray for me now! Pray for Bert too. He is going to need it more than me. One more thing before I beat my rowdy, crazy, mean, screaming, aggravating, tattle-telling, loud, rambunctious boys. The Hulk came to our house today! Yes--We colored both hands, but I drew the line when he wanted to color up his arms and both his feet!! video video

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Busy, Busy!

Sorry that I haven't been blogging much. I should do it every couple of days, but that is never going to happen. My computer has been acting crazy again too. I just got my Kodak to let me into my pics--Thank goodness! So I have some for you. We have been so busy lately with something everyday. Bert is still working in Nashville so we don't really get to see him much. He gets home so late. The boys are into their 5th week of basketball. They play at two different churches, but it has worked out. Jackson is such an athlete. I swear he is good at any sport he tries. He most definitely did not get that from me. It is so funny to watch him play. Just like soccer in the spring, the coaches have to talk him into giving the other players a chance. He scores at least 4 times per game. Jordan, unfortunately, did get his non-athletic gene from me. Bless his heart. He tries really hard, but after each game he wonders out loud why no one will pass the ball to him. I don't have the heart to tell him because they know he can't score. On a positive note, he is a good defender though. Let me add that the child also has no rhythm. Yesterday, he came home practicing the electric slide. Now I know what I looked like trying that dance 15 years ago. Sad, sad! He says that he is better when the music is playing. I have come to accept the fact that I can not dance. Maybe he will accept it one day too! They are practicing for the Valentine's social on Thursday. It is so weird to have a son old enough to go to dances! I can not believe that in just 11 short days we will have a pre-teen. I am not old enough for that!! Bert is though-HaHa!! Jagger is the same old Jagger. I always thought that it could not get any funnier than Jackson. He was always our comedian. I was wrong. Jagger will start answering a question you asked, but he doesn't stop. Before you know it, he has talked for 10 minutes without taking a breath about absolutely nonsense. It is crazy. When he is finished and he sees the dumb-founded looks on our faces, he just starts laughing like that was the point. He is also going through a scared phase. At least I hope it is a phase. He will not sit anywhere by himself. If I am running up stairs for 2 seconds, he has to come with me. This started about a month ago. One night, he realized he was alone downstairs. He started running and screaming up the stairs. When I asked him what was wrong, he said "someone poked him in his back" and then tried to get him coming up the stairs. There was no one else downstairs. For those who know me well, this royally freaked me out. Now he does it all the time. He will not sleep in his bed. He will not play alone. If I am in Jordan's room on the computer, he will bring toys in there to play with. Same thing downstairs. It is starting to drive me crazy. He used to play so well by himself. I don't know what happened. Bert seems to think it is his brothers scaring him so I have threatened each one within an inch of their lives, but I think the damage has been done. Well, I guess I better go. Bert just called because he is on his way home. Good think we skipped playgroup today so we could clean house. Oh, by the way, I finally joined Weight Watchers ( I know I have talked about it for a long time now.) After one week I lost 5.2 pounds. HOORAY!!! I was sooooo excited. I am also helping to facilitate the Newcomer's class that I took in the fall. I am excited to get to go through the class again. I know there was a lot that I missed last time. I am also looking into getting a job. Well, Bert thinks I am looking into jobs. There have been a few listed in the paper for dentists and orthodontists so maybe. That is a little exciting and a little scary. I haven't worked in almost 4 years! We'll see how it goes. One more thing before I close. While we were at my sister's house the week after Christmas, my mom gave Hannah and Jagger rain boots. They were trying on their rain boots and posing for pictures when Hannah announces to all that Jagger is stinky right when I took the pic. Jagger started to hold his nose too. It was hilarious. I didn't remember this until I went through the pictures that my Kodak software has been holding hostage. Well, here it is. Enjoy!

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