Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Blog

It is obviously with the addition of our precious Lily that we are no longer the Smith family of three. Well with the help of my sister we have a new blog. It is still a bit of a construction site but we are working on it. We hope you will join us at

Hope everyone is doing well!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Christmas 2008

We were able to spend Christmas with the Smiths' in Tehachapi this year. My dad came up a few days before we left to celebrate Christmas with Garrett and Lily. It was such a fun year with the kids. It gives us a great sense of graditude to think of all of our wonderful blessings: health, two beautiful children, the Savior, and each other. Here are a few snap shots of the holiday weekend.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two month check-up

Lily had her two-month check up today and here are her stats:

Weight: 10 lbs. 11 oz.
52 percentile

Length: 21.50 inches
Our doctor gave her an A+

Here is the best thing to report...she is sleeping through the night! She is such a good baby. I posted this picture with this post to show off her big blue eyes. I'm in so much love with this baby girl. I can't believe she is already two months, I wish time would slow down a little. Time is so precious and I'm grateful to have her sweet spirit and personality in our home. Just looking at this picture makes me want to kiss those chubby little cheeks~smooch! We love you to pieces Baby Lily!

On a side note here is a funny story about Garrett:

We went shopping at Kohl's today and right when we opened the doors, Garrett shouts out to all the people in line "Merry Christmas eddiebody (everybody)!" was sooo cute!

Thanksgiving with the Family

My (Sarah's) Family came over for Thanksgiving, we had so much fun just hanging out around the house, eating an amazing turkey dinner and letting the cousins party down. We took family pictures at the downtown park in Paso. Thank you Sara C. for taking the pics! My grandparents and my brothers family got to meet Miss Lily for the first time, as you can see they were love by the BIG smiles on their faces!

Lily's Blessing and Vine Street

Well this past weekend was anything but laid back. Starting Friday with Garrett, mommy and me with Santa until Sunday at church, the Smith Family was on the move constantly. It was very enjoyable and memorable at the same time.

This year in an effort to start our own traditions we held the first annual "Smith Christmas Tree Party". Just a fun social evening with kids running everywhere and adults just ignoring them so that we could enjoy a much needed mature conversation. We had a great time, I think next year though we will have someone play Santa so that the children can enjoy that. Should be fun!

My sisters both rolled into town later that night which they are always fun to have around. We always enjoy having family come and this was no exception.

Saturday morning I had to teach 4H in SLO, while Mom, Dad, Papa and Grandma came into town too. We enjoyed a pretty leisurely day with a big turkey dinner prepared that afternoon, which was prepared by my most amazing and talented wife! Man that girl can cook! Everything was delicious. Oh, BTW dad the rain gutter isn't leaking anymore, YES we did it!

Well your probably wondering why everyone including Papa and Grandma are over being that Christmas is right around the corner and we are going to Tehachapi for the holiday. Well for the past couple of years, family has come over for the Paso Robles Vine Street event. Downtown Paso Robles, puts on a Christmas event with a parade, caroling and beautifully decorated Victorian houses on Vine Street. One house even has an old man pretending to be Scrooge and everyone loves to go pester him. Its probably one of the biggest highlights of the event.

Anyway, it has been particularly cold in Paso so the fam was extra prepared this year. Shelli brought hand and feet warmers which turned out to be a very comical situation, being that when I say cold, its like 45 degrees.

Then to top it all off, our "Squeeker," Lily was blessed on Sunday. Uncle Chris and Uncle Robert, Papa 2, Trevor Ashby and TJ Collett stood in on the blessing. It was a great finale to a wonderful weekend. Just think we still have Christmas! I love this time of year. Hopefully for all those who got to participate this weekend with us or for anybody, Christmas helps us refocus on the most important things in life. Our Savior Jesus Christ and Family.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas my Favorite time of Year

Many of you might already know but if you don't I absolutely love Christmas. Matter a fact our Christmas lights have already been up for a month and today Garrett and I (while Sarah and Lily napped) decorated the tree. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! Being with family and sharing this special holiday season and time of year is what life is really about.

While our tree decorating this morning, Garrett got out his favorite decoration Groovething Snowman. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, this video is worth a million. Sorry Garrett, but this will be one of those show it on the wedding day videos. Love everyone and especially my little man!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Ting

Happy Birthday Ting! It is not just another day (as you always say), it is the day you were born, and that is something to celebrate. You are an incredible husband and father. You bring so much happiness into our lives and I'm so grateful and thankful for our marriage and the family we have created together. We love you bunches and hope today is special for deserve it!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Your forever family,

Sarah, Garrett and Lily

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Our little Pirate Garrett at the Mommy and Me Halloween Carnival

Pumpkin carving at home...he loves those froggie shoes

After the carnival my mom and I went to lunch at this cute historic house that was converted into a restaurant.

Penny's At The Manse

is one of those places that you search for when visiting a new area. It is a hidden treasure surrounded by trees in downtown Templeton. They have great gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Although, I would not suggest taking kids, since the mac and cheese (which was Kraft Mac & Cheese) was $7 off the children's menu.

It is pricey, but the food and ambiance is awesome. I had a BLT with avocado on a focaccia roll, with homemade minestrone soup. Mom had a tuna melt on toasted Parmesan bread with brie, and we shared a peach cobbler for dessert! Yummy! It was a fun girlie outing!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Garrett Quote of the Day

Garrett: I need a vacation

Me: (laughs) We can go to the park tomorrow

Garrett: Ok

Monday, October 27, 2008

One Week Old Today

Sweet Lily Jane

I had a little photo shoot for her birth announcements today. I'm enjoying every second with her sweet little face. She is such a happy and content baby, and Garrett is totally in love. He checks on her and if she is crying he runs to get her binky or blanket. He is really adapting well. Life is sweet!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Our Little Girl is Here!

Lily Jane was born after an hour of labor this morning at 11:02 am. She is 6 lbs. 3 oz and 18 1/4" long. She is a precious little thing and both mommy and baby are doing great. We plan on coming home tomorrow but I thought I would make a post before I head back to the hospital to stay the night with Sarah and Lily. All is well but we are no longer Smith Family of Three, and we are very excited about being Smith Family of Four! Enjoy

Saturday, October 18, 2008

False Alarm--Round 2

Ok, still no baby! I was admitted to the hospital last night, they check the babies heartbeat, my blood pressure, labs, etc. We were there for about four hours before they sent me home. Since I was fine, except the high blood pressure, I was SENT HOME! The hospital was full, so we will wait for the induction until Monday. Meanwhile, I'm on bed rest!

So much fun, I just can't stand it:)


The Very Pregnant Momma

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Baby Arrival Update

We had our 39 week check up today, and unfortunately my blood pressure was up and I was leaking protein, so the doctor send me to the hospital to do lab work and if the lab work came out ok then I could wait until Friday to get induced, otherwise I was going to have to check into the hospital and have the baby tonight!

Luckily, my labs were great, so we are scheduled for Friday for the big delivery. The doctor said it is too risky to wait for me to go into labor naturally. I'm totally disappointed that I will not be able to labor at home, since I was also induced with Garrett.

Positive things:

1. My doctor said Lily had a strong hearbeat, and is estimating to be about 7lbs. 8 oz., Garrett was 5 lbs. 15 oz.
2. My mom came into town today, so she will be here to watch Mr. Garrett
3. I gonna have me self a baby to hold and love in just a few days!

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Great Flood

It was 85 degrees today, and we still experienced the Great Flood in our backyard. Aaron turned on the sprinklers at noon and forgot about them...I didn't notice they were on until about 4:30 p.m. (was out at the park, etc.). There was about 3 inches of water in the backyard. We are thinking that even though the sprinklers were on a total of four and a half hours...we shouldn't have a flood in the backyard, right?

This is a blessing I in some drainage in our back yard before the first big rain comes and washes the house away!

Fun project for Aaron:)

Garrett "van Gogh" Smith

Friday, October 10, 2008

Rule #563: Rockets Don't Go in the Toilet

9 a.m., Wednesday

I was at my usual pregnant position, on the couch with feet propped-up, when I noticed the house was quite...not a good sign. I walked down the hall to the kids bath room to find 2 inches on water on the floor and a plunger in the toilet!


After spending most of the day on cleaning up the mess, washing 10,000 towels, going to the hardware store to buy a snake, Aaron taking the entire toilet out of the floor we finally figured out the problem...a toy rocket had been flushed down the toilet (picture shown in exhibit A)

Two things I learned from this experience:

1. Garrett is pretty cleaver to figure out if something is stuck in the toilet, you get a plunger.
2. If you have a 3-year old, there is no such thing as putting your feet up and relaxing.
3. Buy more door locks!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Nappin' With my Papa

Baby Update


I had my Ob appointment yesterday and I'm already 4cm and 80 percent effaced! No contractions so far, so if I don't have the baby this week, I will be induced next Friday....oh my!

So excited for her to come, so not excited for the pains of labor!

Lily's Shower

Thank you mom for the darling pics of Miss Lily's shower. I know can share what a wonderful, and beautiful shower my family and friends put on. It was a so much fun having my first big event at the new house too! We were able to get the living room painted just in time.

The menu consisted of homemade lasagnas, garlic bread, Caesar salad and cheesecake (homemade by Alissa). It was such a blast. Thank you Mandi, Shelli, Jenn, Alissa and Ashleigh for all your sweet and thoughtful hearts for hosting the shower!

Lily is all geared up with cute outfits and ready to enter into this world!

Lemons are Sour...

Fall at the Avila Valley Barn

Beautiful friends

Cool tractor hayride

Garrett in ahhh