Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lennon Rae

Look what Lennon can do:
10 months, my baby is 10 months!
Say "ball, mama, spider (sort of) & papa a few times".
Crawl any where she wants to go.
Walk, she takes huge steps while you hold her hands. She looks like a drunk baby.
Wave bye bye.
Eat big people food. She loves Nutrigrain bars, green beans, strawberries, stars, banana bread, Amish bread, any bread. She wants nothing to do with baby food now.
Drinks with a big girl cup all by herself.
Balls continue to be her favorite toy.

Her two bottom teeth have cut through, but they are still coming up. They are so cute!

said ball & papa 10/12
crawled forward 10/12
teeth cut through 10/7
waved 10/23

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Smith Princesses

Halloween preview

Here are some pictures from Grama Luv & Jeri's Annual Halloween Party

Check out the detail on this cute Frankenstein Cupcake

Seriously, my babe is sooo cute.

Everyone in costume

The family pic. Mike didn't have his mask on, and apparently I had my costume on backwards all night. Woops

Monday, October 27, 2008

Love makeup?

then you will love Chelsea's new blog:

Check it out, it rocks! Especially if you are clueless like me. It has some great pointers & product information (mostly MAC).

PS I have the link on the side of my blog for easy access.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

the touch ups that never were

Once upon a time we purchased our house. It was exactly a year ago. We had the best of intentions on remodeling it and moving in quickly. I was seven months pregnant. Long story short, I didn't feel like painting. Mike and my sis, and a few other volunteers here and there, ended up painting a 2300 sq. foot home.
Needless to say after 12 months of living here, the touch ups are not complete! I want to do them, I just never get around to it. There is a baby to play with and laundry to do and a bathroom to clean and dishes to wash and bottles to make.
My goal is to complete the touch ups before Lennon turns one! I hope this is a goal I can reach.... I will keep you posted on the progress.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

she has studied the issues and made her decision

Indoctrination is an unspoken joy of parenthood

Friday, October 10, 2008

happy thoughts

1. My Grandma's driving gloves still smell like her
2. Pumpkin cream cheese from Einstein's Bagels is delicious
3. The leaves are changing
4. Lennon's laugh is amazing

Thursday, October 02, 2008

worst week ever

Wow! Where can I begin?

Michael's Grandma passed away last Thursday. Her viewing & funeral were both so beautiful. She looked so beautiful, and she did not suffer while she went. She waited for her two sons to arrive by her side and then slowly let go after a few minutes.

She was an amazing woman. She had so many difficult challenges in her lifetime that she overcame. Her youngest child, Larry, was hit by a car and killed, later in her life her husband, Ray, (we gave that for Lennon's middle name: Rae) died from heart failure from Rheumatic Fever as a child. Then she lost another son, Kent, in the Vietnam war. She was left with two boys, David & Harold to care for. She busted her butt and worked so hard for all of them to have anything, including food. She never complained either. That is a trait I need to work on. I complain about the most meaningless things.

She later was remarried and lived a great life with her husband Mac. She loved to go camping & she especially loved to bowl. Her highest game was a 288!!

One of our visits to Grandma Mac with Lennon.

Her Obituary Photo

Michael describes her as "old school"! It really is a great description if you knew her. All of her things were old and she never wanted to buy something new because she saw no reason when her's were perfectly fine! We have a lot of neat things all over our house that were her's and we cherish them. I hung up a cute ceramic with an angel painted on it on Lennon's wall that says "always tell the truth." I think it's from 1950.

We both loved her very much and it was very hard to let her go, even though it was definitely for the best.

All of us visiting Grandpa's grave on Memorial day 2008

This morning I received a call that my grandmother's lungs were full of fluid and she would not have much longer to live. I went over there just after Lennon woke up. Her breathing sounded horrible, and honestly it was very hard to watch because we did not want her to suffer like this. We were giving her morphine to try and ease her pain, but there was nothing we could do for her breathing.

Grandma with 1 week old Lennon on Christmas 2007

I stayed over there all day and into the night. Her breathing suddenly changed and we could not hear the fluid. This only meant her breaths were getting shallower. My Mom, Aunt Patsy, Uncle Bill, Kari and Bev (obviously me too) were all there surrounding her. It was a surreal experience. I have never watched anyone die. Slowly her breath got even more shallow. She finally took her last breath and then we waited for her heart to stop. This is the most intense thing I have ever experienced. You may not want to hear about it either, I apologize. I wanted to write it down so I would not forget. She finally looked peaceful after her few hard days of fighting. My Grandma was a fighter, we call her a RALLY GIRL! I think she was holding on in the end to wait for all of her children to arrive, but even after they came she pulled her usual rally.

Grandma with all of her Utah great grand kids!

My Grandma was so special & she was amazing. She taught me how to iron, set the perfect table, how to throw the perfect party, a "party with pizazz", always to have your eyebrows done (she was jealous my eyebrows were naturally dark) & how to wrap the most beautiful packages. They were so pretty I hardly wanted to wrip them apart to find out what was inside. She thought all women should wear lipstick. She called mascara Maybelline and light bulbs - light GLOBES. She was such a wonderful role model and a hard worker. She was always willing to help ANYONE in need. I hope I can make her proud. She accomplished so many great things in her lifetime. I love her so much and I hope she knows how special she was to me.

We are thankful that both of our grandmas were able to see Lennon & hold her, and that we got some pictures of it.

This is Grandma holding her 2 youngest grandchildren, Avery & Lennon, on August 26, 2008. Her 88th birthday!

The Nodilo's Four Generation Pictures

Honestly if I can be even half of the women these ladies were I think I might have succeeded at life!

They were from the "greatest generation". Our generation will never be like theirs.