Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Life Happens!

So it dawned on me just this morning that I feel like Facebook has replaced the blog for me and I'm not sure I want that to happen.  As I sit here begging children to do schoolwork I thought I'd give it a go.......for today!

A friend took this pic!  It's my guy watching our girl play softball.  Even though I know nothing about it, I am really starting to love it.  

This guy, well he's something else.  To be completely honest, he's trouble.  End of story.  But he can also be lovable and sweet.  He is his mom and sister made over.  The hashtag #rangerissochill is gone, most likely never to return.  Ha!


Reno Man!!  Well first of all he's obsessed with turkeys.  Wild Turkeys.  He wants to hunt them.  So he's also obsessed with hunting.  Any kind of hunting.  He started out with a bb gun and quickly talked his Dad into using a .22!  He wants to play a hunting game on my phone 24/7.  He probably hunts in his dreams.  In pics, he is the one that will be making a goofy face.  Always!  He also has lots of girlie influence.  I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Our girl Scout is a great friend and helper.  It's like having another little mama around here, which is wonderful.  She loves her cousins and she loves being wild and crazy too!  She is becoming quite the little athlete.  We've already played our second year of basketball and softball.

These kids are a load of fun.  I will say I'm pretty tired out at the end of every day, but I love  every minute of it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ranger Lee is 1!

Ranger Lee aka "Baby"!  

We did have a little trouble settling on a name for this squirt.  It wasn't like Reno where it just clicked and that was it.  The kids and I had to call this fella something before he arrived.  It just became "Baby" and even after he was born we continued to call him that.  

It probably explains why when he was about 2 weeks old Scout says, "What did we name Baby?".  A little shocked I answered, "Ranger Lee".  She says, "Ah man, I wanted to name him Spur!". We got a pretty good laugh out of that.  

Mimi would continually correct me from using Baby instead of his name.  He probably should thank her that someday he won't have to answer to Baby Smith.  You hear lots of unique names and nicknames these days, but I haven't come across a grown man called Baby.  I think his name goes well with Scout and Reno. 

Lee is after Riley's paternal grandmother Francis Lee.  I had asked for names from his family before but never remembered that this was her middle name.  A short time before he was born I asked for names again and we tried our first name choices with the different middle name choices.  Ranger Lee is a winner.  Frannie was a very neat, talented woman.

This baby is wise beyond his year about selfies and chocolate chip cookies!

The Townsend, Adams, and Smith cousins!

Farm animal and tractor theme party!!

There wasn't even a moment of hesitation with this boy.  He dove right in!

Brother and sister wanted to help, but he really didn't need it.  

Mimi wanted him to stop eating before he had a tummy ache!

He was pretty well covered in that blue icing, so we took a dip in the sink.

Presents, presents, presents!  Thank goodness for sister's help.  

Jennison loving on our Mesa Dog.

Ranger discovered that he loved the trampoline on the day of his party.  We can no longer leave the stool out by it. He is super dangerous because he no longer crawls, but stands up and runs.

The Riley Smith Family!

Loving his baby bedroll from Gigi for about 2 seconds!

This little man has been such a joy.  He is pretty easy to deal with.  Most of all he loves to eat and to be outside!!

Happy Birthday!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Swimming Lessons

Our swimming lessons are not the normal swimming lessons.  We go to "Aunt Jody's" for some pretty special swimming lessons.

We get to see some pretty special friends that live there in Seymour, the Basshams and Cokers.  Here is Ranger man with Miss Ivy.

This year we had an extra special treat........Aunt Vick and Pappy and Missy and Taileigh.  Of course there was yummy food and crafts.  Jody and Vicky are probably the two craftiest and sewie-est ladies I know.  My kids loved it!
Scout and Jerrin practicing their hula-hooping while siblings are in lessons.
Ranger had a big time exploring Aunt Jody's porch.
Scout and Taileigh were instant friends,  Here they are with sweet, new cousin Maddie that we finally met!
Reno, Colt, Scout, Maddie, and Taileigh
I even took a dip with the kiddos!
Ranger visiting with Uncle Kevin and Maddie.
Each morning during lessons Ranger napped in the stroller.
Little Ranger is not one bit afraid of the water.  It's a wonder he didn't just jump in with the girls!

Thursday, August 27, 2015


I'm going to pretend that I haven't been absent.  I'm going to tell myself that I will be back tomorrow.

The choices for documenting our lives are numerous.  It seems that this blog has taken the backseat.  Of course, my mom doesn't have scrapbooks.  Instead she has picture albums.  She didn't take pics every day, and possibly not even every month.  I have memories in my mind and in my heart.  I survived and I guess my children will too even if a few events slip through the cracks.  

Here's a little of what we've been up to this summer.  Kids growing like weeds.  Weeds growing like.......uh weeds.  The rain has actually not been that good to my garden.  We've swam quite a bit.  We've killed 20+ rattlesnakes on our new land.  It is now appropriately named Rattlesnake Ranch.  It isn't a ranch (ha ha).  The baby is a year old already.  Home school year #2 has begun.

If you are interested in ranch rodeos, swimming lessons, the first birthday bash, and most recently the broken arm........come back!