Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pony fun

My kids got to ride a pony! And do some other super fun stuff at some friends' house this morning. 

Playing with a phone in the shade. This girl can only handle the sun if she is sopping wet.

My little cowboy. 
Pinching myself because I SOOO should have put my kids in their cowboy boots. 
Where was my brain this morning??? 
Totally missed an opportunity to sport our cowboy gear.

Boys will be boys. 

Standing in the shade waiting for a turn to ride the pony. 

That pony was 30 years old! I said to the owner, "WOW. That horse is older than me." And then I remembered.... I am 30. :)

That was our excitement for the day! 
Thank you, Boonies :)


Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekend staycation

We didn't have anywhere to be this weekend, I didn't have to work, and it was hot hot. 
So here was our laid back agenda for our planless Saturday.

1. Isaac and I made pancakes for the kids. Snowflake pancakes. How ironic in 103 degree heat??

(Pictures are out of order below. The blogger app is annoying in that I can't figure out how to arrange pictures in any type of order.)

2. I needed to exchange some shoes from Belk and Isaac needed some shorts. Charlie thoroughly enjoyed the escalators. I bet we went up and down that thing 10 times. Exciting stuff this weekend ; )

3. We went to Big Orange, ate some yummm food and got to see my big bro while we were there. Love eating there.

4. We had some froyo at Orange Leaf. Charlie won't eat the yogurt (or any type of yogurt/ice cream/cold deliciousness you eat with a spoon), but he loves to down a scoop of gummy bears.

4. We swam. And we swam some more.

5. And on Saturday night, we went to the hot air balloon festival at War Memorial. The pics from that fun outing are posted here

Little Charles had to try on clothes too. Oh, how he tries to be like his Daddy. Every morning he puts forth great effort to thread Isaac's belt through his own 2T belt loops. It's pretty funny. And he calls it his 'seat belt' instead of belt. 

Annette enjoys posing for me outside the fitting rooms.

Pretty proud of myself for these little masterpieces. They took more effort than I had imagined. They tasted just as delicious as they look :)

Thankful for a slow paced weekend.
Maybe we will get to go to the lake this coming weekend. Or the next one. 

We shall see!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hot Air Balloons

We went to the hot air balloon deal at War Memorial Park yesterday evening. 

We enjoyed the shade and music and people-watching before the balloons were up and going. 

This is Charlie as he sees one of the huge colorful balloons filling up. 

Notice Annette's change in clothes. She found the spare dress (I had packed in the stroller in case the kids had begged to do the splash pad and needed dry clothes.) and insisted she should put it on. The girl LOVES changing clothes. 

Annette requested that I hold her for this picture once she realized I was holding Charlie. 
 My version of an arm work out. 

Isaac's face in this next one is hilarious, but I love Annette's content little smile. The kids had so much fun.

 Fun memory.



Friday, June 22, 2012

Exciting News

Some of you already know, but it feels like a good time to make this news official.

Drumroll, please !.!.!.!.!.!.!...

We are expecting Baby Smith #3 in about 6 months! Lord willing, Baby Smith will be here around January 2nd, which should make our holidays a bit interesting, right?!?

Annette wrote the #3 for me. Such a helper. Charlie wasn't 'into' holding the sign. Imagine that.

We could NOT be more excited! 

Yet, the first trimester of this pregnancy has been much different than with Annette's or Charlie's. 


Well sadly, we lost a pregnancy back in February. Haven't shared this with the whole world for several reasons. It was/is painful. And it wasn't fun. Not fun to even talk about really. But, I refuse to go on with my little life like it never really happened. I was just about 10 weeks along. Ugh. Not easy. Yet, when people opened up with me about their similar experiences, THAT was one of the most helpful things in the world. It's just so much more common that we realize. Everyone says that. That miscarriages are very very common. I had heard that of course, but until I was sitting in an OB doctor's office expecting to see a heartbeat and then didn't.... well I couldn't have understood what it was all about until then. Until then, I couldn't imagine how those mothers felt when they lost that dream of a new baby. Not that I ever wanted to fully understand. And there are so many others with much, much more difficult losses. Multiple losses. Later losses. And it's not fair. It's just not. 

But we the Smiths have been blessed with a new pregnancy! A strong healthy one so far. We haven't done one single thing to deserve it. My doctor (the lovely Wendel) has been a hero to me. He has been super supportive and has let me come in several times when my mind has run rampant with scary thoughts and I needed reassurance. I've seen our little one's heartbeat 3 times now and I'm starting to believe -- Believe that I may not lose this pregnancy. The worries and fears are still lingering around my head. They just aren't as overwhelming now that I've hit the 12 week milestone.

Some people will question why I brought this up in such a public way. Aren't I scared I could lose this pregnancy too, and then the whole world will be watching? Yes, but as much as that thought terrifies me, the thought of not being able to enjoy this pregnancy to the fullest is even more depressing. Sharing this news with others makes my joy more complete. It also might seem weird to mention a loss in the same post where I announce such sweet news about a new baby growing. Yet, they go together to me. Pain and joy. So many times anyways. Plus, I like to keep things 'real'. I hope my friends and family would agree with that statement. I really do prefer to be around others who put themselves out there as authentically as possible, so that's what I aim for. I am an imperfect and messy person in need of lots of grace. That should be documented on this here blog.

And now for my not-so-serious rambling HAPPY thoughts on Baby #3. :) :) :)

~I am considering NOT finding out if this is a girl or boy : /! I already have a girl and a boy and all the gear needed for either, so I don't need to find out really. A gender surprise on the actual BirthDay could be super fun. But, I'm not sure. I consider myself to be a professional ultrasound reader. Heehee. Not really of course, but both times we went to find out the gender at 16 weeks with our first two, I could tell immediately. Even before the doctor said a thing. So, if I choose to be surprised, I won't be able to look at the screen for my future ultrasounds. That's a sad thought! So maybe I will find out. I'll have to keep thinking on that for the next 4 weeks or so.
~We have a 3 bedroom house, so Annette and Charlie will be sharing a room. I am actually super excited about it! I love the way matching twin beds look in a room... hence my ever growing pinboard for twin bedrooms. A and C are super duper close, and on the same schedule now, so I don't think it should be that difficult. Except that Charlie naps while Annete has 'quiet time'. In her room. Hmmm. That could cause a logistics problem.  Well, we will figure that out later. (Procrastination is my norm :) Plus, filling out our house is a NICE problem to have, to say the least.
~I'm pumped about being less of a novice parent this time around. I'm still very green in all 3 years of parenting experience, but I feel like I do know a lot more than I did three pregnancies ago. With Annette, I was still working full time and feel like I was living a different life than I am now as a SAH mom of 2. With Charlie's pregnancy and birth, things were a whirlwind. Annette was still a baby, just 6 months old when I found out I was pregnant again. And my sister whom I'm super close with was diagnosed with leukemia, and spent months in the hospital. It was still wonderful; it was just different. This time around, I'm looking forward to soaking it all in. I say that. After worrying myself into a frenzy the last 9 weeks or so. But now that I know, really really know, what a miraculous gift I've been given, I want to SOAK IT UP.

So, please pray for us and this pregnancy. Thank God for us, too. I know God holds my children in His hands. Even this unborn baby. He is the one who knows how my story will go. That's my comfort and peace when the fears start to build. I know God loves me. And He is the author of it all.

I'm relying on a truth. That I can learn to be content in any circumstance, whether in plenty or in want.
Phil 4:11

Excited and more-than-a-tad nervous,


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: A See Y'all Later Party

We will miss you Peeps, but know we will see y'all sooner than laters.


The Smiths