The Smith Family

The Smith Family
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

As I sit here in Monkey Joe's, I start to wonder if this was a good idea. My head hurts slightly. We accomplished almost nothing on our errands today because I refused to stand in line forever to return something with three boys anxiously waiting to go to Monkey Joe's. So now here I sit with 4 kids that do not belong to me running circles around my chair as if they do. My children are such a blessing to me. Even when they are on my very last nerve. They are growing up so fast, and I am quickly becoming irritable at that thought. Really, where has the time gone? When Jagger was born, I knew that I wanted to watch every minute of him because the two older ones had grown so fast. I didn't want to miss one second of that sweet and obviously last baby. Yet here I sit today with a five year old. How is that possible? It is just so sad that they grow up so fast. Even sadder that my hubby won't give me just one more. He is a big boy now. That is what he told me at McD's earlier. He got the sprite "All by myself". I know they can not stay babies forever. I know that they do indeed have to grow up eventually. I know that life goes on and on and on. Does it really have to pass by so fast though? Think about 3-4 years Jordan will be driving a car by himself. If he keeps his grades in check, he will be graduating from high school in 5 years. Jackson will go to middle school in 3 years. He will be a teenager in 5 years. This all sounds like a long way off, but like I said...yesterday I had a brand new baby and today he is five years old...well that is how it seems. Five years goes by really, really fast. Almost in a blink of an eye. Makes me wonder where we will be tomorrow.

Friday, December 24, 2010

It's going to be a white Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's looks so beautiful out there with all the snow on the ground. I am finally finished with all my "duties" for the night. Praise that nothing was too hard for mom to handle. Everyone is asleep and I am watching A Christmas Story wishing that A Wonderful Life was on right now. Well, we can't have it all I suppose. Anyway, today was a really great Chirstmas Eve. The boys decorated cookies for Santa while I wrapped presents upstairs. They ate over a dozen of them while I wasn't looking, but at least I got all the gifts wrapped. It was well worth the 3 sugar highs I had to deal with later! We took the firemen there cookies and pumpkin breads. Jagger sat in the ladder truck and even got to turn the lights on this time. My little future fire fighter. We finally were able to open one gift...Jackson didn't know quit what to think when he asked today and I told him yes. He was expecting a no like every other day over the past 4 weeks. Just another reason I usually wait to put any presents under the tree until closer to Christmas. We fed the reindeer and sat out Santa's cookies and milk. It is all done. Now we just wait for old St. Nick! I love Chirstmas. I can't wait to see the excited smiles on their faces in the morning.

Let me leave you with a little bit of Jagger:

On the way to the fire dept, Jackson starts singing that song about how beer is good and people are crazy. Well I unfortunately say "Jackson, let's not sing songs about beer on Christmas Eve please." Yes, I am a hypocrite because two minutes after this conversation took place as we are about to pass the liquor store, I swing in to buy not one but two bottles of wine. Hey-they are closed tomorrow...anyway....Jordan says, "I don't like beer or wine." And sweet little Jagger pipes up "Well I LOVE beer and wine!!" Maybe it is time to become closet least for my children's sake.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

This is my favorite time of Christmas. All the parties, cookie and ornament exchanges, and gift shopping is over. Now it is time to relax and enjoy the Christmas season. Today was the first day of Christmas vacation. We have lounged around watching movies, baking cookies and I am hoping to get in a nap too. This is what it is all about. Spending time with the ones you love. Now if I can only get a certain little boy to quit begging to open just one gift everyday!!
Jackson had his Christmas party yesterday. I will admit I was a little stressed out about this one. On the teacher's suggestion, we had different stations at our party with cookie decorating, PB&J Reindeer sandwiches, lunch stackables and fruit kabobs, candy cane reindeer and reindeer food. It really went well...even when bags of reindeer food busted everyway. I have to say that I may even consider doing room mom again next year...maybe. Especially since my baby will be in KINDERGARTEN!!
It is so funny how fast time flies. I can't believe that we are about to be in the year 2011. I am looking forward to it though. The past few years have been so crazy for us. I know that we can't predict the future, but I hope that we are here to stay for awhile. We like it here in Hendersonville. We are making great friends. We have found a wonderful church full of great people. I miss Hattiesburg and the friends we made there and especially our church there, but for the first time since we left, I feel like we are at home. I am so happy with our life here. Hendersonville is a great area to raise a family, and it is close enough to go home occasionally. Life is good. God is good...all the time!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Brrrrr....It's cold outside!

Happy Birthday to my Mom today!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Glad we got to share a Starbuck's on your special day.
Today is a snow day. Our first of the school year and sure to not be our last!! The boys wanted to go outside to build a snowman. Well, there is no snowman because you can't build one in less than 20 minutes. Really, they were only out for 20 minutes. It took me longer than that to get them all bundled up to go out!!
Well, I just received the dreaded phone call. NO SCHOOL TOMORROW EITHER!!!
My favorite part of living in Sumner county is the 13 snow days they have built into their school schedule. Well, one down and 12 more to go. Why not just go ahead and give them the next 5 days before the Christmas holiday! So exciting!
Happy birthday to Bert's dad, Johnny, and to Tyler Porter too. Hope everyone has a blessed day. I am going to hibernate!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas 2010

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Friday, December 3, 2010

How the days fly by....

Really, where does the time go. It is so hard to believe that another month has come and gone. So just a quick little recap...
Happy Birthday Daddy!!
Happy Birthday Jagger!!
Happy Thanksgiving too!!
Those are the highlights. Jagger had a really great birthday day, and I think I did pretty well seeing how I threw it together in 3 days. We had it at the First Baptist Church here. They have a big indoor play area that the kids really loved. They have a separate party room with two hosts which mom really loved. I made a firetruck cake. It looked pretty good considering I am no cake boss! The best part in my opinion was the surprise visit by the firetruck. Jagger is loving all things fire dept related right now so this was really special for him. My pictures didn't turn out all that great because it was dark, but that doesn't matter because I am not posting them right now anyway! Those to come 6-8 months later...right?
What I am really excited about tonight...the reason that I am writing on my blog instead of making dinner or doing laundry or addressing these Christmas cards that have been sitting here for 2 our Santa pictures that were taken out at Rock Castle. So let me get them uploaded so you can enjoy them too. I am so glad that I the last take them because these turned out really awesome! Enjoy!

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