Friday, January 17, 2014

Part 2 (Its kind of long)

K I have been a horrible blogger and sorry but here is part 2:) I was going to write a whole blog on everything we got for Christmas etc... but this last Christmas season really hit me hard with all the "commercialism" and I was just sick of it. Sick of what its come to. I mean as we were buying gifts we had planned on really only to get what they asked santa for I mean they are still little so yes its way fun to watch them all excited opening their gifts and really all Olivia wanted was an Easy Bake Oven and doll stroller and Korver wanted a Dinosaur, but I got a lot more than I had thought I did... anyways I was just thinking how we save up so much money to buy toys etc... and see maybe that wouldn't be so bad but I think kids are spoiled throughout the year... well my kids I'm not aiming this towards any one else so please don't get offended with my thoughts... But really we teach them about how the focus of Christmas is truly out Christ and so I was thinking when the kids are a little older instead of buying Christmas gifts we would go on trips to make more memories because with Christmas being over they love their toys but used the easy bake oven  couple times... I don't think she has asked me really to make things with it, its been me wanting to use it:) mostly they still just play with the toys they already had. Olivia just wanted the easy bake oven cause a friend had one. And we did splurge on a toy train table and thank goodness they love that but really the toys didn't matter that much. I think they more have fun opening the presents... I love seeing their reactions but really is that the part of Christmas I want their memories to be? I want it to be more focused on family and having Christ more in our lives. I'm sure when next year comes Ill end up buying them more toys etc... cause yes it is fun to shop for my kids and surprise them but I spoil them throughout the year too so I think family trips will be way fun and better memories. K bet you didn't really care for my view of that... so here is the rest of my family update-

I already told you about the kids but I have some new stuff-
 Olivia went to primary without a fuss!!!! yay finally we will see how long this keeps up. - this is really a big deal if it doesn't seem like it.

And for those who did not know Korver's leg is kind of bowed but slowly straightening. Well because of this his growing pains have been horrible at night! He wakes up just screaming and just cries all night long, and its horrible cause I do give him medicine but it just doesn't seem to kick in we have another Dr. Appointment in February to see how his leg is growing so ill keep you updated.

Mike- Work is going really well. He is so busy with it which is wonderful, sometimes I wish he could get off earlier but I cant complain because I am really glad he has a job, but I think he loves his job too much... I mean come on who really likes to work? jk:)

Me: Still love being a stay at home mom. And have loved making crafts for the busy biddy boutique in Orem- link is to see some of the stuff I have been making. I have started going to my ward book club, I know I'm so exciting... I was really excited about going to it. We had to go around to say stuff about us and the books we like... after I was thinking when it  comes to my time to choose the books for us to vote on I might have a problem picking them out only because I like fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, FICTION books so I figured I'll just pick some books off the "book club lists" online and just looking at some of the titles they have I wonder what other "book clubs" are out there... :) I have my choices for what I will have them vote for but I just have this feeling they will all hate my choices cause some of their favorites are "To Kill A Mocking Bird" k that wasn't everyone's favorite book but I hated that book-probably because I had to read it in school , so any book I was made to read in school I hate, I love reading and always have but every book that they made you read I think its just automatic hate:) The first book we are reading is A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel and since we will be reviewing it next month I wont write my feelings on it so far...and k I'm sure I sound like the biggest complainer but I'm not complaining I just am worried when I pick the books to vote on everyone will just give me that "Really?! you expect us to read any of these" (and just so you know when I am picking out a book to read I usually pick it also if its long because I tend to read fast so I want something that will last at least a day or two... I really like picking longer books because I get so into them and am so sad when I am finished so for example I have been subbing for my mom at the school and my dad brought me a book and when I was down to the last couple chapters I really took my time to read it cause well it was just that good. :)) I just have the hardest time getting into books that are non-fiction unless there is some type of drama to their life. I have always loved reading and I have read non-fiction but I love Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, J.K. Rowling, Jack Weyland, and there are others I do like a mix(sorry I don't memorize a lot of Author names especially if I only read one of their books but Fiction is what grabs my attention. So if anyone is reading this post who is in the book club get excited to read some Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings ...:)Just kidding....well maybe I am and maybe I'm not....

A quote to leave you with:

"Next time you are stressed, take a step back, inhale & laugh. Remember who you are & why you are here. You're never given anything in this world that you cannot handle. Be strong, be flexible, love yourself & love other. Always remember, just keep moving forward"- anonymous

Also my little sister Melanie is a missionary serving in Portland, OR. She left to the MTC on New Years Day and now she is in Portland and loving it!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas! (part 1)

I know we still have a week before Christmas but just thought I would give a family update and let you all have a look at our Christmas picture since Im not sure if we will have time to send everyone we love their own personal one:) This is part 1 of this blog post mostly about our kids and in the next one Ill write more about Mike and me.
Olivia: Is the cutest, most adorable 4 year old! She absolutely loves Pre-school and has learned so much! She loves letters and numbers and loves to write her name and try to write everyone else's names as well:) she is our little artist. Loves her polly pockets and playing with friends and Korver. She is so curious about everything always asking questions. This year was the first Christmas we had an "elf" come to our house and its been so cute seeing her reaction for when she finds him, and catching her talking to him:) I seriously love this age! She is so girl, but daddy does have her trained with who our football team is and if you ask her "Who has it better than us?" She will tell you "NOBODY!" (that is from the 49ers for those of you who do not know(or obviously aren't cheering for the right team:))
Korver: Seriously look at him! I could just eat him up all day long. Anyone who says he is not the cutest lil' boy is crazy! He is the most adorable lil guy and I cant get enough of him. He loves his sister so much and wants to play with her all the time! And as you can see in the picture he has to have his two favorite dinos with him ALL THE TIME! He cant and will not a go anywhere without them. He has to take them to nursery and just everywhere- it gets very stressful when we cannot find them! Even though his favorite now has no arms and is about to break in half...He has a ton of other dinosaurs but these two are his favorite- T-Rex! He is all about dinosaurs. Loves any dinosaur movie. Loves to pretend to be a dinosaur, and he loves to play with Olivia and her polly pockets but we catch him eating the polly pockets with his dinos:)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was so wonderful to spend time with family. I love conference weekend. On Saturday we decided to take a drive up the mountains to look at the leaves, which was probably the best thing ever so we could actually listen to conference without having the kids running around etc. :) it was a really nice drive up to Kamas to the top where we let the kids play in the snow for a little bit. On the way back home we stopped at Dick's to eat which was really yummy. My second time eating there. The kids loved looking at the "rainbow" trees and it was nice hearing the conference talks. Then Saturday night we had our girls night while Mike went with the guys to priesthood session. We made some more book pumpkins and the cutest can craft!!!! It was a really relaxing weekend.

Monday, September 30, 2013

FHE @the Smith Home

Finally a post!  I bet you have given up on me I have been so busy!  So for fhe tonight or lesson was on working together as a family. I find I have to find creative fhe lessons for this age of children:) so we made Apple pie cookies off of pinterest and talked about how everyone in the family needs to work together so we can be together forever. So as we made the cookies the crust represented the parents so first we put the bottom layer of crust down then a layer of caramel then Apple pie filling then another crust on top.  So we explained to Olivia and korver the crust holds the pie all together just like mommy and daddy help hold the family together but we still need the caramel and Apple's Rio make the cookies taste good just like we need everyone in the family to work to keep our family together.  If that makes sense:) It worked really well and sounded more clear as we taught it:) they turned out pretty yummy too:)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Olivias 4th Birthday!

K obviously this post is not of Olivias birthday party but at the end is a link to where it is, so I have been a horrible blogger but just to let you know I am starting to get more into my artwork and so I am starting a "Smitten by Haley" art design stuff where I can draw you, portraits of people, other drawings etc or life stories, basically illustrating for people. For example for my friends right now I have been working on their engagement story mixed with the things they like to do together. It will make more sense when I post pictures etc and this blog will have more design type of things... So my new blog that I will have is and eventually it will be more professional. On it right now is Olivias 4th birthday party! Its the only post right now so go check it out!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Our Future Baseball Star

Korver Loves to play baseball! Today he did so good:) He is getting so big!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Almost 2 Years!

My brother Kevin is coming home from his mission on February 8th! He will be returning from the warm islands of Hawaii... I think he will need to be put in a bubble or something to help him stay alive in this cold weather!!!! He will be speaking on February 10th so if anyone would like to come they are more than welcome to. The address to the Church is 320 West 500 North, Lindon, Ut and the time is 11:00 AM. I can not believe its almost been two years. It has gone by so fast to me! He will be coming home to so many different changes! I can't wait to see him!