Thursday, February 28, 2008

Today has been another typical day in the Smith household. Busy, busy, busy! Brad was having a pitch in at work and I didn't know about it until last night. We got up and got my little peanuts off to school and then off we went. I took my onion chopper thing and my slicer knife too. I bought everything for the taco salad and threw it together in the truck once I got to Brad's office.

Next we went to Cookie Cutters and I got the boys' hair cut. I'm kinda excited, because there was a sign there that said "Family Tuesday". On Tuesdays if you have more than 3 kids you can take them all in and the first is regular price, 13.95 and the rest are 10. That's so worth it for us.

By the time we left there it was late so we went to the drive thru Subway and I got a roast beef sub and water. I'm trying so hard to be good! And it's so hard. I've lost about 5 pounds so far and I'm really determined to lose more. We've made some really good changes in our eating and I'm looking forward to the future changes too. I didn't have any Coke or soda at all yesterday. I've been drinking lots of water. :)

Okay, well off I go. I'm going to jump on my elliptical!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Theresa Jane Smith

I'm so blessed! Not only has God blessed me with a nephew today, but also a niece! My bro in law, Dan, and his wife, Summer, had their 3rd baby today. "Reese" was born around 3:29 ish this afternoon. She was 7lbs 10 ounces. I'm not sure how long she was, but she is BEAUTIFUL! Today has been a day full of blessings. I'm so thankful for family. This is a picture of the proud new Mommy and Reese.

Joshua Scott Schreck

My brother and his wife Erin had their baby this morning. He was born at approx. 1:53am, 8lbs and 19 1/2 inches long. I think he is beautiful and I can't wait to get my hands on him!!!!

Here's a picture of the little guy.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I needed to add this...

I was making Jasmine some hot tea for her throat and tending to her...I went to check on the boys and this is what I found....


Jasmine came home from school yesterday with a headache, sore throat and fever. This morning she still has fever. She is missing school today and she'll be out tomorrow. Poor thing. Justin went over to her and was stroking her head and singing her a song that he had made up. He was trying to take care of his big sister.

Monday, February 25, 2008

From the trenches of toilet training....

Okay, so I really don't have any tales today. Jasmine forgot her book talk at home and I had to take it to her. Since we were out we wound up having lunch with Brad. On the way home I was sooo exhausted that we stopped at Starby's and I got a Venti Nonfat Misto with 2 pumps of Sugar Free Hazelnut. :) Then we came home and it was about time for naps. The older kids got home and we did Fractions. I felt fraction stupid. I had to go to a website to freshen up on my fraction skills. Wow. It had been a long time. BUT I remembered. Jas came home with a headache, sore throat and fever. We won't be going anywhere tomorrow. Maybe we will attempt potty training again.

I want to hire someone to come in and potty train for me. I don't like potty training!

....My hair....

Here you of the hair...enjoy

Sunday, February 24, 2008

".....and I think to myself...What a Wonderful World..."

I have no clue why that song is running through my head, but it is. We are watching "Oceans 13" and I'm multi-tasking. :) I'm supposed to post a picture of my hair...but I don't have a good one yet. I'll post it later today.

I headed to Target to pick up diapers and I was side tracked by Dress Barn. They had huge sale signs and I was intrigued! So I went in and was so frustrated by the time I left there. You see, I can never find clothes that fit me, but today was different. Everything except for one dress that I took into the dressing room fit me and was flattering. That *never* happens. I was then faced with the difficult decision of what items to buy. I walked out with a couple things that can be interchanged to make 6 outfits!!! WHOO HOO! I was excited. I told Brad and he just looked at me and didn't say a word. =) He'll like the outfits. I'm sure of it.

Pink eye is running through the Smith household. Gabe had it last week and then Justin decided that he wanted it too. Now, Benjamin has it. Great....This could be a bit of a blessing in disguise though. I need to potty train Benjamin and this will be as good a time as ever. I won't be able to go anywhere for the next couple days so we are going to hit potty training full force Monday morning. AHH!!! Pray for me. I'm going to need patience and perseverance for this.

Well I'm off to bed. I'll post potty training progress later.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sitting a top my lap....

Is my new LAPTOP!!! I know, I'm a dork. The little things in life that excite me. I'm still getting used to the whole laptop deal, but having a blast with it. I *finally* got it all configured for the internet and I have my email accounts set up...granted, I haven't transferred all my email addresses over, but that will come in time.

Hmmm....what interesting things have happened lately....I know that a ton of things have happened and I keep saying that I'm going to post them, but I forget...oh well. Mom, if you remember anything that I was supposed to post shoot me an email and tell me. :)

Oh I remember some!!! HEE HEE HEE!

I think having Emma is going to open up so many areas for laughing! We got Emma a couple weeks ago and Benjamin has become obsessed with being a puppy dog himself. Two days after we got Emma I took her in to be groomed. The groomers gave Benajmin and Justin half a milkbone to give to Emma. Justin tried giving his to Emma, but she really wasn't interested. Benjamin then starts thanking the man profusely for the milkbone. I don't think anything of it and I turned around to finish conducting business. And then it hit me as I turned back to Benjamin....he was thanking the man and was so excited because he thought that the dog bisquit was for him. Yes, that's right. He was eating the milkbone. Only my son.....It gets better though.

I had bought some snausages for Emma and I had her sit and then praised her and gave her one. Benjamin starts jumping up and down saying, "Me!! Me Mommy, Me too!!!!!" I said, "No Benjamin, these are for dogs." Benjamin then dropped to his hands and knees and barks at me.

Here's another Benjamin and Emma story. I was in the kitchen doing dishes when I heard a noise. I turned around and there was my adorable 2 year old in all his glory---drinking out of Emma's water bowl. I cried out, "BENJAMIN NO!!!!" He then proceeded to turn around and growl at me.

Benjamin is great with Emma. He will get her dog treats and tell her to sit and lay down....and she listens to him. It's really neat watching them play together. Emma's a good girl. We are so blessed to have her.

Alrighty, I'm gonna get off of here. I'll try to put some more updates on here tonight.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Oh Mr. Weatherman

I woke up this morning just knowing that it was going to be a Winter Wonderland. After all, before I went to bed I was assured that we would still have a snowfall. But, I was let down again. Not that I'm terribly upset by this---I don't really care for the snow. I'll put up with it, but I prefer to not deal with it. I do get to grocery shopping with no kids and no snow today; I'm excited!

Until next time. =)


Last Wednesday our family was blessed with an addition. Emma. She is a Golden Retriever and German Shepherd mix. She is a wonderful dog! She's a little over a year old and crate trained! And potty trained! WHOO HOO! She's amazing and gentle with the kids. Benjamin keeps wanting to ride her and just this evening he tried getting on her from the couch. The kids didn't know that we were getting a dog. We told them that we were visiting a couple because they had just had a baby...When we got to the couple's house we were able to see the kids interacting with the dog and they had a blast! Brad and I gave the "nod" to each other and he closed the deal while I got the kids in the truck. After church I took the kids home and told them that Brad had to go to the "store". They were in complete disbelief when Brad walked through the front door with Emma. They could not believe that she was our dog. Jasmine gave Brad and I hugs all night thanking us for Emma. Jasmine has wanted a dog for so long this was a bit of a dream come true for her. I'm so glad that we were able to make it happen.

Originally we had thought about giving the dog to Jasmine for her birthday, but after careful thought we decided against it. I told Brad that I could just hear the fights and arguments...."Don't touch her, she's my dog.......We don't have to clean up her mess, she's Jasmine's dog....I want my own animal too...." There would be too many complications. And as it has turned out, Emma seems to be my dog. She follows me everywhere. She's a great guard dog and I feel safer having her in the house. She is such a sweet thing! And yes, I'll give you some pictures of her too!

Art Gallery 1215

I've come to love the Crayola Wonder products! I got one of the paint sets and Justin went to town with it! Here are some shots of my little artist!

Random Pictures

I've got a little bit of everything in here! There are 2 pictures of the girls with a couple of their friends from their birthday sleepover. The 2 of Benjamin in his little bathrobe were from when he was sick a couple weeks ago. Gabe has been doing a lot of hiding from my camera lately. The picture of him on the floor under his Transformers blanket was one of the only shots I could find of him! He enjoys not letting me snap his picture! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Rock a bye

Yesterday was one of those days that I was ready to pull my hair out! The kids were being ugly all morning and I had just had enough. We managed to make it through the morning and I was more than happy when nap time was upon us! I went to get the boys to take them up to bed when I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. Instead of finding them playing together I found Benjamin curled up in the recliner and his big brother was rocking the recliner, stroking his head and singing to him. I ran upstairs to get my camera but when I got back the moment had passed and I thought I had lost out on this Kodak moment. Justin however didn't let me down. Nor did he stop at rocking his brother. Justin then got his Spiderman blanket and covered Benjamin up. He put a teddy bear up on the chair with Benjamin and then completed it all with a juice box. It was one of the sweetest moments I have been able to witness between my boys.