Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Growing Up…

I am usually pretty good about this growing up thing… but last week I had to take Lydia shopping…


There were just SO many! Poor thing...she just kept staring at them all! I suggested that she get something for sports and something for everyday. She agreed but wanted some NO we don't need padding at 9 years old... 

Earlier that day, she had her first visit to the optometrist. She had told me a few weeks ago that she couldn’t see the board in her class very clearly. I decided we’d better get her eyes checked. This was the first doctors visit where they told me, “Mom, you can stay in the waiting room. She will be out shortly!”Ummmm, okay…. So, I sat there for about 20 minutes by myself thinking about how time passes quickly! How just a few years ago, she was holding a bottle, smiling a toothless grin at me!

After she was finished with her exam, the doctor came out said that she needs a little help in the classroom and reading areas. She won’t have to wear them all the time, just in school mainly. She’s excited to get them! We then had to make a decision on frames. She tried on at least 100 pairs! She finally decided on this pair!

She looks so grown up! Where the heck did my baby go?! L  





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Watching Pele, I meant Lay Lay, playing soccer!!!

Layton has started soccer again and she’s better than ever! She loves this sport! I’m not sure you could wear her out, she never runs out of energy!! Her little face gets beet red but she keeps on running!

We can tell that she understands a little more about the game this season. Last season she just kicked the ball but this season she is learning how to kick and watch the ball, to be able to head towards the goal! So far this season, she has scored the most points for her team but she has a lot of younger kids on her team and they are all just starting to realize the meaning of it all!!! I love watching her practice and play.


Go Lay Lay!! :)

Look at that smile, priceless!

As you can see soccer practiced turned into a wrestling match last week! She took out 2 little boys very quickly! They were tickling and giggling more than wrestling. Thankfully practice was over!

I don't think her coach knew what to do with her!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Proud mama moment!

Lydia was baptized yesterday! It was one of the proudest moments I’ve ever experienced as a mother. I am so proud that my shy, quiet, little girl has taken that HUGE leap of faith. She is now not only my little girl but my sister in faith.


Lydia is so shy but I have always told her that even though she may not speak to everyone or be as outgoing as her sister J, she can still let her light shine in other ways! She does a great job at letting her light shine and recently her light has gotten bigger and brighter!! I look forward to watching her faith grow and seeing her light shine!

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” Philippians 2:14-16

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalm 119:105

I was overwhelmed by our family that came to church to watch Lydia be baptized. We felt so loved and are so blessed to have such a sweet family. After church, lots of family and friends came over to help us celebrate. Of course, I didn't get many pictures but we have sweet memories, right?!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day 2014 Camping Trip

We had another great “Labor Day” camping trip this year! We left Friday afternoon, headed to Donaphin, MO. We have always gone to Van Buren to camp and float on the Current River but this year we wanted somewhere closer to home! Donaphin is about 3 hrs away compared to Van Buren being 4. This year we had about 25 people with us. We had 3 campers and several tents. The weekend’s forecast was predicted to be rainy but it ended up being fine. It rained some Friday night and one time on Saturday.
Saturday morning, Lydia woke up at 6:45! To say she was eager to start the day is an understatement! She and Dave started their day off with a little exercise, in which she lost a few pounds!!! When they finished, she showed me how much smaller her legs were! J
On Saturday we all played volleyball & softball.
Sunday we floated the river. We decided to get a raft. I, personally, don’t like the cold water, so a raft is perfect for me! We got the girls tubes, so they went back and forth from our raft to the tubes. 

Camping for me is a vacation; no laundry,  not much cleaning, no worrying about time, just sitting around talking, playing games, enjoying the little things with the kids. Often life gets in the way of the little things, camping allows me to have those times more easily. My girls just LOVE it. I think they enjoy the independence of doing whatever they want, whenever they want! They may or may not fall asleep with smore all over their face and NO bath! They may or may not have to brush their hair! Layton may or may not eat WAY too many sweets! :) They play outside all day and night, riding bikes, swimming in the river, playing on the playground, playing with sticks, enjoying the fire, playing in the mud, eating, etc... They are never bored! This campground had so many activities for adults and kids. Camping defintiely allows me to make lots of sweet memories with family and friends.
 Layton with her bike.
Unfortunatley, when we're camping I don't have my phone a lot (good part), therefore I don't take many pictures (bad part)! I did manage to take a few though!

Smores are heaven for Layton! I would be afraid to guess how many she could eat!

Layton has smore mouth!

Lydia just likes to roast the marshmellow for people. Sometimes she will eat one but not very often!
Yesterday on the way home, we stopped by Lambert’s! Layton was in heaven, rolls being thrown at you and it being ok!!!! Every time the roll man came out, she caught one, whether she wanted it or not!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Layton is a whole hand full now!

My baby turned 5 yesterday! I told her now she lives up to her age, a handfull! She is always on the go, never stops talking, always happy, humorous and very affectionate. I love her more each day. I feel so blessed to be her mama. She teaches me the meaning of patience but I am loving every minute. I have read James Dobson's book, "The Strong Willed Child" twice in her 5 years! Mimi says she better be a lawyer when she grows up because she can debate better than any child she's ever known. She does not accept no as an answer, EVER. I remember stories Miss Brenda shared about Dave when he was little and they remind me of Layton. There are so many things to say about her at this age so the best I can do is list them! Happy Birthday baby girl, you are all I prayed for and more! Love you Lay Lay :)

Her smile is infectious. You just can't help but fall in love with her! I promise if you are with her for 5 mintues, she will make you laugh!

She knows how to write her name. It’s not always in a line form though!

She loves to answer the phone.

She loves being outdoors. She loves to ride her bike and swim. She learned how to turn a flip underwater this summer and get things off the bottom of the pool.
She says she wants to be a animal doctor when she grows up.
She is really competitive. She loves playing any kind of game.
She likes to be the center of attention! She DOES NOT like to share the spotlight and sometimes that includes pictures! She's pinching Lydia in the picture below.

She loves her sister. They fight like crazy some days but when you see her look at Lydia, you know that she loves her so much.
She HATES sleeping by herself. The girls sleep in twin beds in the same room. This is not good enough for Layton. She does start out by herself but once Lydia goes to sleep, she'll sneak in her bed and cuddle! I often find this in the mornings....melts my heart!
She is OBSESSED with animals. We even seen a boy with a snake at a festival this summer and she asked to hold it. He let her touch it! 
She doesn’t eat much meat. She went from eating everything to hardly anything!  I have seen her eat meat 1 time in the past week. Her daddy is not very happy about this stage!! She does love sweets and chips, basically she’s a junk food eater!

When anything happens exciting, she will yell “YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS”.

She has recently started sitting in the floor playing by herself with Barbie’s & Polly Pockets. Her imagination has come alive over the past year and most of the time, it involves her boyfriend!

She asks 1,000,000,000 questions a day.

She is rarely quiet or still, early mornings are the only time. She’s a sleepy head!

She is very affectionate. She constantly tells us she loves us and gives us kisses.
She played soccer for the first time this past spring and she’s playing again this fall.

She did gymnastics last fall and enjoyed it.
She sings ALL THE TIME! If she's not singing, she's humming! She started singing in kids choir at church.
She is a daddy’s girl.

She is loud. She is a true Smith! When she gets excited, everyone knows!

She talks in her sleep.
She is so tough. There have been sooooo many times when I just knew she would have to have stitches or would be really hurt from a fall but nope, she pops right up.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My “mama” heart exploded...


August 12, 2014, was just a normal day in my world. Around 430 I picked up Lydia and we start on our way home. As we were riding home, she told me that she needed to tell me something. By the way she was acting, I realized she was really nervous. She told me that she wanted to be baptized, that she had confessed her sins to the Lord. I asked her to explain what she was feeling & thinking. She explained that she had done the ABCs of faith, Admit, Believe and Confess. And that now she wanted to be baptized. As she talked, I realized that she was fully aware of what had happened in her heart. My heart was beating 100 miles a minute! I felt so many emotions in those few seconds. I was so, so proud of my baby girl. Of course, I started to tear up as I drove! She made the comment that she probably should have saved telling me until I wasn’t driving! It was the LONGEST ride home! We finally got home and she told Dave about her decision. He was a proud daddy too! Later that night when we had a little private time, without little sister (she was in the tub), we sat down with Lydia and prayed the salvation prayer. We got almost all the way through it and Layton starts yelling for me. I ignored her, trying to “have a moment” with Lydia but Layton yelled louder and louder. When I didn’t answer she said, “I’m gonna get out of the bathtub and get water all over your floor!” We all started giggling. Thankfully we had just finished.
She said that she has been thinking about it for a few weeks and that camp had a big impact on her decision. But that without us at camp, she didn’t want to make any decisions. We went and talked with Bro Steve the next night at church. She will be baptized in a few weeks.   
I am so proud of her. There are so many people who don’t listen to the Lord. She, at 9 years old, has listened & obeyed.

"We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of The Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God." Colossians 1:9-10

Lydia’s in the 4th grade!

Lydia started school 3 weeks ago, 4th grade! Her teachers are Mr. Bennett Overall and Mrs. Beverly Cole. I think she was disappointed that she has a man for her home room teacher but has come to realize that he’s a great teacher. She doesn’t have many friends in her classes so she’s been a little bummed about that but is ok now. She is still getting used to having homework EVERY night. That is new to her (us)! In years past, she hasn’t had much homework. On the afternoon of the first day, I asked her to tell me some cool things about 4th grade: she has an agenda this year, she has a locker in the hallway (compared to past years her lockers have been in the classrooms) and there are a lot of new rules – ALL BIG DEALS!!!! When she mentioned she had a locker in the hallway, I asked her what her combination to her lock was....dummy me, you don’t get locks for your locker until MIDDLE school!  

I look forward to hearing all about her 4th grade experiences! I DO NOT look forward to the homework!!!!