Friday, January 22, 2010

Winter Storm

This is our BIG Mesquite tree in the backyard
It is now laying in my yard

What a storm!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Christmas 2009

Here is a collage of Christmas 2009. We had lots of company, numerous parties and tons of pictures.
All the Smith cousins
It had been 3 years since they were all together

Alec was so excited for Uncle Brett to come to town. They went to the Golf store, lunch, driving range and here is getting in on the wrestling. Poor Addison on the bottom.
Alec's Favorite hat
It didn't leave his head all of Winter Break

All the girl cousins...they are gorgeous!

Scott, his brother Brett (from Idaho) and Alec

More gorgeous girls
Alec is outnumbered all the time

Sharing talents on Christmas Eve
Kenzie and Alec played a duet

Christmas Eve PJ's
Always a fun tradition

Christmas Morning
Kenzie got an LCD TV for her room
it also has a built in DVD player
and IPOD dock
Oh, Boy was she excited!!
Jensen got beautiful new bedding for her room

Legos!! Need I say more.
Alec LOVES legos!!

Alec started this letter to Santa in early December.
It stayed on the white board in the playrooom the
whole month. He would add to it as the month
went by. He left pictures for Santa and a treat
in the stocking.
How cute is that!

Rick, Tawnya, Becky, Larry, Scott and Brett
(Scott's Family)
The last family photo's that were taken were in Idaho
about 11 years ago. It was time.
Grandma Smith and Alec
We were celebrating her 70th Birthday
and.....the hat again!
My parents came to town and for some reason I didn't pull out the camera at all. We went to the usual hang outs, movies and of course more baking and eating treats.
New Year's Eve was a low key night at home with Pei Wei, Glee and treats galore! At midnight Alec went out back and let off his poppers, Jensen started a silly string fight that ended up in the house and all of us covered in silly string.
We had a fabulous 2 weeks and loved all the family that came to stay and visit.


Last night Mackenzie got her first "Congratulations you have been accepted" email. BYU Idaho has accepted Mackenzie. She is now eagerly awaiting to hear from BYU.

Way to go Kenzie!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My New Love.....

Here is my new love....YOGA! And not just yoga, it is HOT Yoga!! What a workout. I am loving it.

Of course this picture is not how I look in this pose, but it is certainly something to aspire to.

With my back issues I had to find a new workout routine. Scott gave me some sessions for Christmas and I was a little scared to try it out. Now I am a junkie! I feel great, my back is not bothering me and I am getting a fabulous workout.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

"I Can Do"

Well, here we are at the start of another new year. This year it took me a little longer to choose my word for the year. A few different ones kept coming to mind. Last year as I focused on trying to find balance in my life I learned some new things about myself.

I have more fears than I realized. Maybe they come with age. No longer do I want the negative thoughts or fears to take control. So, for the year my motto will be..."I Can Do!"

I Can Do anything that I set my mind to. I will take the bull by the horns and go for it!! If I can lose 35 pounds than I can do just about anything. At least I will darn well try.

I tend to let negative thoughts, fears and lack of self confidence stop me in my tracks. I am always teaching my children and young women that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. It is now time that I take my own advice.

It is exciting...I will look for new goals and challenges for this year. "I Can Do" will reach into all aspects of my life; spiritually, physically, mentally, parenting, teaching, learning, etc... WOW!

I will not deny that it will be hard to retrain my brain to thinking " I Can Do." As I always tell my kids..."I never said it would be easy, I just said it would be worth it."

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Where did the time go? Now we are middle-aged parents, in our forties.

Twenty years ago today Scott and I were married and sealed in the Boise, Idaho Temple. It was a beautiful snowy day. One that I will never forget.

I can't believe that it has been 20 years! What a journey. We have had plenty of ups and downs and there is no one else I would have shared this ride with.

Scott is my best friend, my biggest supporter and the love of my life.

I am so lucky and blessed to have him for the eternities. Thank you for a fabulous 20 years and I look forward to the next 20.

Happy Anniversary! I love you!


Way to go Boise State!! Another win at the Fiesta Bowl. This little college from Boise, Idaho has shown that they can play with the big boys.

Scott and I both graduated from Boise State and we were thrilled last night as they won their 2nd Fiesta Bowl.

Go Broncos!!