Monday, November 5, 2012


Another successful Halloween!  We had a princess, Mickey Mouse and a monkey this year.  We had two parties that we attended.  One was at church with Kristen's Building Better Moms group and then Halloween night. 

Kristen, her parents and her friend Jennifer took the kids around Trick or Treating and I stayed home and handed out candy at the door.  It was a lot of fun and ended up being a great night.

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Monday, October 15, 2012


Yesterday David, Sara and the girls came down from St. Joseph to visit.  It was a lot of fun.  The kids all got some good play time together and then we carved some pumpkins.  I think most of the kids had fun.  Miracle was the only one that got really bored I believe.  All the pumpkins turned out really nice.

Chloe got to bring home their class mascot, Ozzy the Owl, this weekend.  She was very excited to show everybody.  We skyped with Grandma and Grandpa Daigh and she had to run and get Ozzy to show them.  She showed all her cousins and anybody else she could.  She spent a lot of the weekend reading to Ozzy. 

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Daddy time

this was Kristen week to work nights so the kids and I have had a lot of evenings together. They are being very good tonight playing. I am a very happy daddy.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

KC Jiggle Jam

 Sunday the boys and I went with some friends to Crown Center where they had the KC Jiggle Jam.  It is a pretty cool event aimed at kids.  They had all sorts of kids music spread between three stages and bounce houses and crafts.  Here are some pictures I got while we were there.

Miracle's friend John was very excited about seeing Choo Choo Soul.  They do a song or two on the Disney channel between shows.  They put on a good, entertaining show.  I enjoyed watching it anyway.
 By the end of the show everybody was extremely hot and ready to go.  The three boys all fell asleep as soon as they got into the air conditioning of the van.
It was a good day. Church was awesome, then we headed straight to Crown Center and then we played at Grandma and Grandpa's house for a bit.  I went and got Kristen and Chloe from the airport and then we had dinner and cake back at John and Michelle's.  Everybody crashed when we got home.  After seeing John and Michelle off we went to Topeka to hang out with some of my family for a few hours.  Had lunch and played and headed home for dinner.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Family Visits

 More playing around the house.  Brady is walking more and more and likes to just stand and throw balls while standing.  He crawls to a ball, stands up with it and throws it.  However, he has started taking more and more steps.  He's pretty proud of himself when he does it too.

Brady and Miracle were playing yesterday while Chloe was at dance class.  Brady decided he needed the toy at the back of the shelf.

We went to the aquarium last Friday with Dad and Cathy.  I ended up taking the day off so I could join the family.  It was pretty fun.  Saturday we headed to St. Joseph to have lunch with David and Sara and the family as well as Ken, Dad and Cathy.  We headed back to Kansas City so that Kristen could go to a bridal shower.  While she was at the shower I took the three children out to Cabella's to kill some time.  We looked all over the store at the animals and went through the fish tunnel a couple times.  It was slightly stressful but fun anyway.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

One Flower

 I was out the other day and noticed this one singular flower on the vine.  I thought it was beautiful and took a picture.  I decided to share with you.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Saturday with Daddy

 Last weekend was Kristen's weekend to work so I got the kids most of the day Saturday.  Due to some other events I wasn't able to watch them Sunday afternoon while Kristen was at work.  However, Saturday was pretty fun.  We got up and hung around the house.  I made pancakes (with butterscotch chips!) for the kids and hashbrowns and eggs for myself.

Chloe had asked me several times over the last few weeks to play her Dora game so I got that set up.  She loved it and is getting to the point where she could play by herself.  She even was trying to teach Miracle how to play.

 After breakfast and the game and after Brady's nap we headed off to find something to do outdoors.  It was a toss up between the Mahaffie Stagecoach and Ernie Miller nature trails.  We decided to avoid large crowds and head to the nature trails.  We ended up taking the longest trail (by accident).  I took the stroller with Brady and Miracle riding so I could take drinks and food.  However, I found out that it wasn't the best idea.  Tons of tree roots, several stream crossings and mud told me that i should have used the backpack instead.  However, we were able to travel a couple miles and burn up over an hour out there.

The last picture you see is not child abuse.  Brady really wanted to wear a hat and that was the first one i could find!  He enjoyed it for all of 30 seconds.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Wow.  It's May already.  It doesn't feel like March and April stuck around long enough to enjoy.   We have some crazy stuff going on around the Smith household.  For starters, I got a new job in Maine.  There's a new company starting up there that specializes in a chemical that is found in hamsters.  It's a great opportunity to get in the ground floor of a company that has great potential.  Kristen and the kids are going to join me out there as soon as Kristen can find a job.

Now that I got your attention (if anybody actually reads this thing) I was just kidding.  Things are status quo with my job.  Things are actually working out really well.  I very much enjoy what i do and working remotely is a blessing for us.  Kristen's job is going very well and she enjoys what she is doing.

Chloe's school is wrapping up and she will have the summer off.  She is really fun to watch when she's interacting with other kids.  The neighbor boy is in her preschool class and they have a pretty good friendship.  They run around together and play well.  Another neighbor has a boy about Miracle's age and they all get together and play occasionally.  She still loves to read and always asks to do her numbers books (stickers and counting and games).  She is an amazing little girl.

 Miracle is doing great.  We are hoping to move him to a closer daycare.  It would make it easier to pick up and drop off the kids and I think Miracle will learn a lot more at the new daycare.  They had an opening starting in June and we hope we can get him in.  Otherwise we will wait till August.  The foster situation has some progress but I am not going to post that here.  If you are interested send me an email or text and I would be happy to share the news.
 Brady is a ham.  He went with Kristen to Philadelphia last week and took his first steps while he was there.  At least Kristen got it on video and John and Michelle were there to see it.  He is so amazing.  He loves to give hugs which melts my heart.  He is the only one so far that is content to sit and lay against my chest for any time at all (at least after they turned 1 year old).  He is walking a bit more but mostly likes to push around his train.  He basically can run with it now.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Miracle is 2!

We have another 2 year old!  Miracle celebrated his birthday early in the month then I took him to the doctor for his two year checkup.  He is doing great.  We are pretty fortunate to have healthy children.  I don't know how Kristen does it.  I took all three kids and had to manage the two others and distract Miracle from being nervous.  He did great though.  Blood draw and two shots and he was awesome.  The other two did good too and things went off without a hitch. 

Other than that things are going smooth.  Continuing with Chloe's school, dance and soccer.  She loves all of it. Brady is still the happiest little thing.  Kristen and I are doing great and things are going smooth.  It's hard to remember that we are to be thankful for our blessings when things are going smooth.  We are so blessed and God has done wonderful things in our lives.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Miracle's Birthday

So far this month has been very exciting.  We celebrated Miracle's birthday Sunday by having a small gathering of family and friends at TRex Restaurant at The Legends.  Miracle was so excited about it until we stepped into the door and he saw the big dinosaur.  Things didn't go well for him after that.  He wasn't super excited about being there around all the big moving dinosaurs and sounds.  All of the other kids enjoyed it and Miracle really had fun when we let him dig in the sand for fossils after dinner.

Kristen was able to set up her requested rotating schedule so finally we might be able to have some consistency there.  We have been able to plan several weeks in advance but every week her schedule is different.  However, each week of the month going forward is different but each month will be the same as the next.  So that's a bit better.

I have been getting mentally prepared for the house projects I will be doing this year.  I still need to finish our master bathroom.  I got the floor tiled but next I will redo the ceiling and paint the walls.  I may or may not do something with the shower this year.  Depends on how much time and money we have available.  (ie. very unlikely).  Hopefully I can finish the walls and ceiling faster than I finished the floor.  I have also made a decision to get a few more golf games in this year and to take Chloe fishing this summer.  With her being old enough now we can start doing a lot more of that kind of stuff.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


The new year has been awesome for our family.

Kristen has somewhat settled into her new position at Children's Mercy as a Nurse Practitioner. She is still orienting but enjoys what she is doing.

Chloe started preschool again and is learning so much. She very much enjoys going and is excited when she gets done. She is still doing soccer after preschool on Tuesdays and dance on Tuesday nights. It was parents night last week. Unfortunately Kristen had to work but I was able to be there with the two boys. Chloe does a great job! She stays very close to her teacher and watches everything she does so she can mimic and follow along.

Miracle is turning into a little man.  He started potty training.  We didn't push him too hard but he went a couple times at daycare and was interested and wanting to go.  He has the occasional accident but mostly due to us not staying on top of it.  He even went poop in the toilet the other morning!

Brady has 4 teeth now.  He is still the happiest little baby.  He has started, however, to throw tiny temper tantrums.  It's really funny to see him do it.  When we say 'no' or take something away he flops face first onto the carpet and hides his face in his arms and cries for 3 seconds.  Then he is done.

I am doing great.  Still working for Electrotank and enjoy what I am doing.  I stopped being a group life leader at the church (for 8th graders) because I felt like I was trying to take on too much.  I now feel like I'm finally getting settled in and at a good pace.   Things are going very smoothly and it's such a relief!