We have been swimming all day today. So much fun! One downside, Ethan found some kind of gross green fat wormy thing on the grapes. EEW!! But, still fun...
Monday, June 28, 2010
Maddie was baptized last Saturday. We have been looking forward to this special day for a long time. I had all of these great plans. My friend Jean made a beautiful special dress for Maddie. My friend Alicia helped with cute decorations and cupcake toppers. Uncle Doug helped us make a bunch of fruit kabobs. Bruce MacMillan has been working with Maddie for weeks to help her be ready to sing on her special day. He accompanied her on the guitar.
On Saturday the kids had a great time swimming with their cousins and spending time with Grandma and Grandpa Smith. Macky started complaining of a headache, but we sent him to get dressed anyway. We made it to the Church on time, which was an improvement from Macky's baptism. We hung up the decorations. Ryan "helped" with the cupcakes, which RUINED the frosting. Ug. So, I was hurriedly trying to fix them when someone came up to me and said, "Macky is throwing up." Yep. In Church. On the carpet. In front of guests. SO, I got him into the bathroom with Spencer. Good ol' Uncle Brett cleaned up the throw up. We got Maddie into her special white jumpsuit and had a nice picture taken with her Daddy. Mac went home with Aunt Patti and we started the program just a few minutes late.
I'm so thankful for our Church and for all of the support that we receive from our friends. Maddie feels loved and important.
Mac earned a Whittling Chip award in Scouting. He also earned his Webelos badge. He earned three pins for his shirt as well. He's been working hard at Scouts and we're so proud of him!
A scout tradition is to have the scouts pin their mothers when they have earned the next level. So, Macky gave me a Webelos pin.
We Smiths party like it's going out of style! You can't have just one birthday party!! So, Maddie had a nice party with my grandparents and parents on her birthday. The big gift of the evening was a new big girl bike from Grandma Vonnie and Grandpa J.B. It's the sweetest thing! Maddie rides around like a maniac. There is no stopping her now!!!
My mom made her a cute cake for her birthday. She made it look like an eight. Maddie wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and marshmallows.
Then we had a Smith family party for Maddie and Chandler. Chandler turned 13 this week too! Watch out world, we have a teenager.
Ryan had an appliance in his mouth to help him stop sucking his thumb. He had it in there for two months. We thought he was all set, so off came the appliance. As a reward he got roller skates. He was surprised to find out how hard it is to skate! He has been caught sucking his thumb a few times since, so the skates are put away. Hopefully he'll manage to stop and get those skates back!!
She finally figured it out! Maddie can now ride a two-wheeler. In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, Maddie wanted to ride bikes to the Taco Truck. She made it all of the way! For some reason, she was sad by the time she got there. I don't remember why now, but she did make it!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I did not take nearly enough photos! Somehow I didn't take a single photo at Uncle Rich's house. We were having too much fun! Well, here are the photos I did manage to take while out visiting Utah. We stayed each night with Grandma and Grandpa Smith and took day trips to visit cousins each day. On Tuesday we visited with the Rich Smith family. We got to see Uncle Rich's elaborate new garden and the plans for his brick wall in the back yard. It will be very romantic! Maddie and Ryan had a great time playing with Jasmine, the dog. Mac played video games with Andy quite a bit. Zack was super nice and fun for all of the kids. (Zack, by the way, is quite the guitarist!!) Maddie was attached to Kylee and Brynne the whole time! She got to stay with Kylee over night on Tuesday as a special treat for her birthday. We missed seeing Bryant, but we are glad he's in the MTC!!
On Wednesday we went to Uncle Tyler's. Ryan could hardly wait. He kept asking for Uncle Tyler that day, and Christie just had to keep telling him that Uncle Tyler was at work and would be home for dinner. It was incredibly windy that day, so Maddie had to wait to ride on Sam, Katie's horse. It also wasn't the best swimming weather, but the kids made do. The picture with Maddie floating in the pool just cracks me up!!!
This is Ryan with his cousin Nicole. Nicole is a rock star! I had a great time chit-chatting with her!!
This is Mac with his cousins' baby boy, Joseph Miller the Fourth. He is an adorable addition to our family!!
How cute is Courtney??!?!! This photo was taken for Aunt Delayne! She is due August 1st and is expecting a baby girl.
On Thursday morning we got up and went to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point with Grandma Smith. Ryan RAN! He loved it. Mac took his time and looked at everything. Maddie opted to go with Katie and ride Sam instead. We got a really neat 3D puzzle from the gift shop and ate lunch with Grandma. On Thursday afternoon, we went to the Wrights. The kids just played and played. We stayed until the Smith kids were in meltdown mode. I played this great game called Wackee Sixes with some of my nieces and nephews. So fun!! I wish I had gotten a picture of Maddie with Miriam. They were just so cute together. Mac and Andrew played together all day, as usual. I really appreciate Andrew's patience with Ryan. Ryan was so tired by dinnertime, he almost just couldn't take life. Andrew was so good to him.
On Friday we went up to Salt Lake City to see the new exhibit in the South Temple Visitor's Center. Grandma and Grandpa came with us. We got to see how the Salt Lake Temple was built and what it is like inside. They had a 1:32 scale model that we could look at and into. It was fantastic! They also had all of these videos where you could learn about what is done in each room of the temple.
After the Visitor's Center we went to the Lion House for lunch. Not my best idea. It is great food, but it wasn't really practical for the kids. If you're in Salt Lake I recommend eating there, but maybe not with a bunch of little kids.
For our first day trip in Utah, we went to visit our good friends in Sandy. We had a splendid day hanging out with the Whiteheads and catching up on the goings on in our old neighborhood.
This is Maddie with her best friend Ellie. They were so dramatic!!
We played beauty parlor! Laura and I got to paint the finger nails and toe nails of Maddie, Ellie, and Ashley!
For dinner, we went to IHOP for Scout Night. It was so fantastic! I just love those Whiteheads!! I especially love how well our kids just mesh in together to have fun. One of my favorite parts of this trip was teasing Matt. He said that he wants to wait until after his mission to date girls, but his Dad and I would like to see him out every weekend!! :)
The Young Eagles offer free 30 minute flights to kids 8 and up once a year. They want to get children interested in flying. This year they held their event on the day we planned to go to Utah. So, we left later than usual so that Macky could take advantage of this unusual treat. He had so much fun! He said that his pilot was very nice and that he loved flying in the plane. He was too short to see over the side of the plane and out of the window, so the pilot did some loops for Macky. That way he could see Chico from way up high!