Friday, March 27, 2009

3.5 years later....

Mackenzie has been wearing braces for 3 1/2 years. She got them on the start of 7th grade...she is now finishing her sophomore year in High School.

She has been so patient for these teeth that just wouldn't move. She has had friends get them on and off . All she wanted was for the braces to come off in time for her 16th Birthday!

Well...she made it!

Kenzie turns 16 in one week and yesterday was the magical day. I was not sure what she was going to do if the Dr. didn't remove them yesterday. She was nervous and on the verge of tears in anticipation.

It was worth the wait. Look at that smile. Congratulations Kenzie!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

spring break

I love having my kids home. Spring Break was another great week at the Smith house. We opted to stay home (due to some BIG summer travels) this year. Here are some highlights;

My kids LOVE to read. This was a familar look over the week. I think Mackenzie read 3 books.

Wiped down cupboards. Love when they are clean.

Alec would ride his bike in the morning while I ran. So fun to have him along on my morning excursions.

Got frozen yogurt. YUMM!!

Jensen was sick for 2 days. Bummer for her. While she was camped out on the couch..Mackenzie got a makeover at MAC, Alec got new flip-flops and we hung out at SanTan.

Had lunch at Paradise Bakery.

Went to the movies

Spent time in Scottsdale

Dr. appointments...ballet rehearsals

The girls layed out while Alec played basketball

Cleaned closets

Organized my 3 HUGE buckets of photos..Finally! That felt good to get done.

Decorated the girl's rooms

Went to Target numerous times

Ate at Joe's, Gecko Grill, Pizza

Birthday shopping for our busy April Birthdays

Alec and I washed my car. Yes, I did not take it somewhere. I actually washed it.

Lost my wedding ring at the fabulous husband found it!!

Stood in line at midnight to purchase "TWILIGHT" for my girls

New glasses for Alec. He now has to go to the eye Dr. every 6 months. His prescription more than doubled. Poor kid!

All in all a great week! I love having my kids home. It was calm, relaxing, fun and not as crazy as school days. Can't wait for summer vacation.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

epic book of mormon movie

Coming to a theatre near you...

If the Book of Mormon were made into a movie, it might look something like this.

WOW! That would be a fantastic movie.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday. I so wish I was there to take her to lunch (Mexican of course), bake her a cake and dote on her all day. Sorry, Mom!

Why my Mom is so great;

  1. She is caring to all around her.

  2. LOYAL...need I say more.

  3. Loves to celebrate holidays. We always had decorations for every holiday, birthday or any special occasion. So much fun growing up and having all the fun celebrations and traditions.

  4. Her love for family and friends. She has such unconditional love. I have seen it exhibited time and time again.

  5. STYLE...timeless and classic. Just like her.

  6. I admire the time she gives to play with her grandkids. She will get right down on the floor and play games and be involved. She always has time to hang with her grandkids. Whether it be shopping with the girls, board games with Alec, taking them for a walk or just hanging. She makes sure she has that one on one time.

  7. Example...she is a great example of what a woman, wife and mother should be. I appreciate her teaching me.

I hope you have a great day! I love you and miss you!

American Ballet Theatre

Our resident ballerina is on her way. American Ballet Theatre has asked Jensen to join them for their summer intensive in Detroit, Michigan. After much deliberation we have decided to let her go.

It is so exciting to let her have this experience. She will be with dancers from all over the United States. What a tremendous learning, growing and non-stop dancing experience. At the same time it will be hard to have her gone for a month. We will miss her very much!

We are proud of her tenacity, dedication and hard work. She has so much passion for ballet. Quite an exciting summer lies ahead for our Jensen.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


This is a great message that I got from my friend Kara.

Thanks Kara!