Friday, December 12, 2014

Field Trip #1 - Farm Show

Last week we ventured to Amarillo to check out the farm show.  We thought it might be a sort-of educational experience for the kiddos.  You can see how seriously they took it.
Is this how a loader model is to pose?  Reno is soooo in to loaders right now.  He was in loader/farm equipment heaven.  So was his dad!
They all climbed in and out of each piece of equipment about 50 times.  We are considering upgrading our loader at the feedyard so Riley was really quizzing each company.
I said this thing could be their playhouse.  The cab has two huge seats and lots of empty space.  It also looks like it has a balcony.  The thing is it mostly likely cost more than double what my house cost.  It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how much all of this equipment costs.


























These little crazies played and played in this bucket.  Pretty glad Dad had the people occupied or they probably would have kicked us out.

Peace, Love, & May your farming dreams come true!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

PoPo Smith #90

On our way back to Earth (ha ha) from New Mexico we stopped in at Channing for Popo Smith's 90th birthday celebration!!
It was nice to get a photo with him.  I'm not sure if we have one with him at all.  
Four generations of Smith men right here!!
Wayne's wife Cathy is too sweet and a kid at heart.  She played Hopscotch with the littles and had the sweetest favors for them.  They had fun running wild out there just the same as Papaw and Dad did in the old days.  Memories!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Turkey Day in NM

This year is our turn for Turkey Day with the Wood/Townsend Family and Christmas with the Smiths.  Does everyone have to share like we do?  So far it has worked quite well.  Everybody is pretty easy going.  

Preston, my step-dad, we can just leave the step out but that is a different story for a different day, organized a gathering of his family at the NRA Whittington Center.  Since someone always has to stay and work at Sandhill, unless it involves team roping or rodeo then they find a way, just my little family cruised over for the occasion.

I very strongly considered sending this as a Christmas card.  It is pretty much just "us".  
This statue of the Santa Fe Trail scout was pretty cool.  Reno of course wanted to ride it.  
Not super, good quality pic here.  At the Whittington there are tons of shooting ranges.  I was trying to leave all that out and just get some beautiful New Mexico scenery.
Sleepy head and I sat in the car when we got home while Reno and Riley shot the gun.  Reno was dying to since we didn't at the range.  
Next day I made myself a little circuit from the house to the barn.  Did a little walking and jogging.  Thank goodness for the beautiful mountains,
because OUCH!!  I haven't really done any post baby anything.  You can tell by the look on my face that it wasn't pretty.
Meanwhile, Mimi and Scout made sugar cookies.  It's hard to see in this pic just how much flour those two had all over themselves.
Papa did lots of baby holding.  Ranger looks so long here and Reno just looks so grown-up.  Ugh!
Scout let Mimi and Papa teach her how to play dominoes.  I was proud that she stuck with it.
Mimi pulled out the Bubba teeth.  I love how Scout is looking at her.  Reno was downright scared of them at first.  You know my family did this to us at our wedding don't you?

We had a very restful Thanksgiving just hanging out playing with old toys (you can see the mess in all of these pics).  Hope you enjoyed the same with your family!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

9 years ago today......

we were rushing around decorating, getting beautiful etc.  You know just the normal wedding story. 

Well, something that I will always remember is how calm I felt when it came right down to it. 

I mean things haven't necessarily been calm since then, but I can honestly say I've never been so sure about something in all my life. 

I'm even "surer" about it and about him today. 

This guy is a gem.  We couldn't make it without him. 
Miss Scout snapped this of us last spring.  It is one of my favorites.  I mean what is a more fitting shot of us than in the branding pen?

I honestly can't believe it has already been 9 years.  Truly time is flying!!

A few jobs, a few houses, more than a few horses, and most importantly 3 babies later we are going stronger than ever. 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

#WIDN

The other day I was tagged #WIDN (what I'm doing now) on InstaGram by my friend Kristin.  This is what I was doing.

Sitting on the couch, 
in my jammies, 
with my three babies, 
doing school.

This year we have chosen to home school Scout.  When I say "we" I don't just mean her dad and I.  She is included in the "we".  Of course I'm not going to turn down the opportunity to spend precious time with my kiddo, but I'm also not going to keep her from public school if she wants to go.

It is going quite well.  She's a smart cookie if I might say so myself.  I do know that she is getting very spoiled this year. Of course it isn't always perfect.  We have a couple of trouble makers here but for the most part they behave and don't keep us from learning.

Reno has come along pretty well.  In the beginning he told me that "cowboys don't do school" and would get boots, hat, leggings on and wait for Riley to rescue him.  

Now he has been telling people that he's in 1st grade.  I have a few things specifically for him.  The other day he was participating in our Compare/Contrast discussion.

Ranger, well he's just a happy to be watching brother and sister. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Freak Deal

So last Friday the big kids are having breakfast at the school desk and we are right on track for having a great Friday.  I am changing "Baby Love" as I chat with my SIL on the phone.  I pull his little foot out of his footed pajamas and this is what I see.......... a bright red, almost purple toe.

Talk about freak out.......I did!!  

My first thought was that he had been bitten.  I quickly discovered instead that hair was tightly wrapped around two of his toes.

I yanked most of the hair off in my initial panic.  I was able to find some to grab onto from the underside.  Next I had to hold him down screaming, pull the skin away from the line and slide my (not sharp) tweezers across to get whatever was left.  One hair broke when I did that.

Luckily Kaitlyn's mom is a nurse and my friend Jessica's mom is a NP.  After much conversation we decided that I didn't have to go in, but watch it super close.  Capillary refill seemed to be fine so as long as the hair was all gone there wasn't much to be done.

Needless to say we spent most of the day examining his toes and took lots of comparison pics.  I all but flagged people down on HWY 70 to make sure they couldn't see a hair still around his toe.  

It was bright red all day and some of the next.  Now pretty much all you can see is the line or cut.

Talk about mother of the year here.  I've earned that title so many times it's sad.

It's embarrassing, but it happened and luckily we still have all 10 toes.

 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ranger Lee Smith

First of all.......Do you know how handy it is to have a photographer in the family?  Not just any ole photographer.  A really awesome one that I would choose even if she wasn't my SIL.  

Ranger was 6 weeks old in these shots.  Funny how kids are different.  He acted like he was brand new with the sleeping this.  Scout was 4 days old in her newborn session and there isn't one sleeping pic.  



Ranger was my name.  We said it early on, but at that time Riley was still hopeful that I would decide to like Ruger and Claude or who knows what.  We said we liked Ranger, but weren't sure it was "it".  When you have a little person inside you they just need a name.  The kids and I called him "Baby".  Baby's room, Baby this, Baby that....... Now I still catch myself calling him Baby.  Hopefully we don't still call him that when he's grown.  

Our biggest hold up on really deciding on Ranger was that we couldn't come up with a middle name.  I was time to use a Smith or Creamer name. Scout's is Preston after my step-dad and Reno's is Wade, same as Riley.  About a week before he was born I called Gigi and asked for all the names she could remember.  Riley's maternal grandmother was Francis Lee.  They called her Granny Franny and she was a dear!  I knew immediately that Lee went perfectly with Ranger.  Our other options as first names were Miles and Spur.

Boy do we love Baby!!  He is precious and the perfect completion of our family!!