Sunday, December 16, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Smith's

Smith Family 2012

Some adventures of our family can be read here.

Yes 2012 has been quite the year.

Hope it makes you laugh and smile too.

Enjoy our story we wrote it for you.


 Abby turned 5 and started school.

She is doing great in kindergarten and loves swimming at the pool.

She loves reading books with Mom and doing art.

Her most favorite thing is giving people cards to warm their heart.

Natalie is three and started joy school.

She took swimming lessons and loved the pool.

She can’t wait for sunbeams and primary too.

Her favorite things are playing with toys and her sister too.

Jared turned one and started walking.

He likes cars, airplanes, and talking.

He loves to tease Abby and Nat too.

His favorite things are blocks, balloons, and choo- choo’s.

Jess enjoyed being at home full time.

She returned to ICU in September to work part-time.

Serving in primary is always a treat.

Keeping track of all three kids is no little feat.

Ryan’s been working hard to provide.

Riding his bikes and shooting the camera on the side.

Still serving in Young Men’s with no complaint.

Doing home renovations to keep our house quaint.


Our family had many adventures this year.

A trip to Alberta, the lake, and the snake pits with no fear.

Going for hikes, sleeping in tents, cooking over the fire is never a bore.

We can’t wait to see what next year has in store.

Merry Christmas
Love, The Smith's

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I can't believe it is so close to Christmas already. Most of the packages are wrapped. All the parcels are mailed. Christmas cards are sent and some baking is done. Some of my favorite family traditions center around Christmas!

At our church Christmas party the kids got their first visit with the big guy! Abby really wants skates this year, Natalie wants toy story characters, and Jared is happy with whatever!!
We went and cut down our Christmas tree sorry pics are at Poppa's house. We did our baking day with Grandma and we are busy making our homemade Christmas presents for Ryan's side.
I got to sing in the prelude to Christmas choir and it was awesome. I love singing in choirs at Christmas it totally gets me into the spirit of things. Right now we are doing our special secret 12 days of Christmas deliveries. We just started doing this last year and we love it. The kids get so excited to ring the doorbell and run. Another fun thing we started this year is to do a book advent calendar. I heard about this last year and thought it sounded cool. I wrapped up a book for everyday and so each morning the kids open a Christmas book to read. It has been really fun to read them by the tree every day.
Mostly we talk about our Savior and how special this season really is. Even though sometimes life is crazy with three kids I can't help but be grateful. Sometimes the world has horrible things happen in it and I can't explain why, what, or how but I can have faith and teach my kids to believe in our Savior so that they can face the future with faith and optimism.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!!!

We went trick or treating!

If you have been following my blog my last post was awhile ago and guess what I did find the garage door opener in my house in a place it shouldn't be but you know it's found so all is well in that department. This is kind of a catch up post before I post Christmas stuff!!
Halloween was so much fun this year. The girls were so excited. Abby now in kindergarten got to dress up twice and for school was a lizard and then for the big night was a robot. It was so fun to make our simple homemade costumes and she got a lot of comments about how cute it was. Natalie was a giraffe and she was super excited. Jared was a lion and he did pretty good for about a half hour.

Poppa raised a giant pumpkin for us which we had fun carving. It was a fun time!!