Sunday, March 15, 2009


Abby- makes all of us HAPPY. As my older brother once said, "Everyone loves the baby"! Even though the baby is two, almost three. Abby has had some improvement on the potty training and we are feeling encouraged! She continues to say the cutest things that just make us want to squish her face and kiss her all over! She said, "Tub,Tub" for "bath tub" and "Abby Dabby - O" and "What you doing here?"

Camry Suzanna - O

Camry- is still getting compliments on her talk on Sunday! She got to go to the school this week and meet the teachers for Kindergarten and look at the classrooms she will be attending next year. She loved it and got some free play dough! I did not have time to take her home so she went to enrichment night with me where we had dinner together. When it was over and time to go home she said, "No, lets go somewhere else"! I think she was having as much fun as I was having.


Jane- is so much fun! She likes to have fun! Playing with friends and sisters! She has friends everywhere! Even in her imagination! Jane has a goal this month and that is to get a 100% on her chores. If she does she gets a "super, duper prize"! She is doing great and is on track! Two full weeks of not missing one day! She has definitely cinched up "I am a child of God" on the harp!

Harp, Harp, Harp

Kate-spelling, bike rideing, hair doing, sister, happy phenomenon! Kate has finished the entire harp book "Suzuki 1" and has earned an ice cream. She is looking foreward to going to Ogden this week so that after her lessons we can go to Sams Club to get a "Berry Sundae". We are "Berry" proud of her! (Cheezy Mom)


Kyle-finally got to go skiing for his birthday that was last October. It all worked out real well. We had just had one of the biggest snow storms of the season and Kyle got to capitolize on it. He took Parker Weese, Jake Holbrook, and Deven of course. Deven says that Kyle is a natural and can pretty much do what he wants on the slopes. Kyle said that at one point when they were bored they (he and Parker) would watch other skiiers and grade them. The person who got a ten was the guy who got the biggest crash at the end of the jump.


Jake-his braces aren't hurting anymore. He said, "Mom, I'm so used to them it's like they aren't even on!" Playing Lacrosse a lot! Admits he doesn't go to the stake dances for two reasons. There aren't any girls he wants to dance with and that he doesn't know how to dance. His dad will have to work with him on that.


Wendy- has been buying wheat, oats, rice, and other assorted item to get our home in order. Yikes! You know what, it is kinda fun! I have been focusing on getting a 3 month supply of food we always eat as suggested. I think it will take me four months to do it. Deven and I went to a couples dancing class on Saturday night. It was so much fun for me, and for Deven...he was bored. He had taken a couple of dance classes in college and was goofing arround a lot because he already knew everything. I wish it could have been said the same for his partner. I was trailing all night long. Deven did admit that he had a lot of fun too!


Deven- has told me that the economy is taking a toll and things aren't looking good for Smith Crane. He does say however that he feels peace about our situation and feels that all will work out for the best.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I caved!

Thank you Sally! Your tedious mission to cool me out and get me to do something great for my family finally came about! I am actually blogging. Never thought I would.

This week March 1-7, 2009

Deven talked to many large companies to see if they can quote truss packages for Smith Truss who is apart of Smith Crane. We hope to have a gravel pit one day and we will call that Smith Rocks!

Wendy prepared (or helped prepare) seven talks for Sunday where we will be speaking in church, and helped Kate and Jane prepare to play the harp for Sacrament Meeting. Jane's didn't gel in time so Kate is the one who pulled us out. I bought some of my 3 month supply. Now I get to try to find a place to put it.

Jake came home very excited this week and told me that he was going to be playing the tuba. I quickly turned to him and said, "What about the trumpet?" (which he has been playing for the past 3 years.) He told me that he would be playing both since this trimester at school there aren't any tuba players. His teacher chose him because he can play the piano and read the base hand. It took me a minute but I soon realized that this was an honor! He did awesome on his talk during sacrament meeting. He spoke about language and to have clean language.

Kyle has had an awesome week and did awesome on his talk also. He spoke about choosing good friends and didn't look down once! He planned and set up a snow boarding trip to go on with his friends to celebrate his twelfth birthday. He chose to take Parker Weese and Jake Holbrook. Recently he got to play the big base drum during a school recital. He comes home frequently with girls hand writing on his hands.

Kate did a wonderful job preparing her talk. She spent hours typing it on the computer. She talked about family home evening and had a great quote from President Hinckley. She is getting really good at helping with dinner and actually had her first babysitting job. It lasted and hour and she sat there while the baby slept. She will be our next birthday and will be turning 10 on April 6th.

Jane is a wonderful speaker she spoke about the divine calling of a mother. She delivered her talk completely memorized. The stake president happened to be at church and when he went to shake her hand he said, "What is this?" She said, "My talk." He said, "This is your talk?" as he looked at her paper. It was a simple page of lined paper. On the top it had the word "theme" then it had six hand drawn pictures and that was it. She almost had "I am a child of God" down on the harp to play but it was still a little bumpy so we opted not to play it. Maybe next time. Jane has also been invited to join a math club after school. When I got the invitation I was confused and asked her teacher if Jane was behind in math. Her teacher called me and explained that this is an advanced class to challenge the children who are ahead in math. I said, "Oh". I hung up the phone feeling quite proud.

Camry is too cute for words today she gave her talk on being a child of God. She did it with out any parent helping her at all. She stood up there so brave and gave the talk completely memorized with out pictures or props. Props to Camry! Today Camry comes to get me and asked me where the soap was to the laundry. I walk in and she had folded the clothes in the dryer (as good as a 4 yr old can), put the wet clothes in the dryer and had put dirty clothes in the washer(luckily there was nothing in there that would bleed) She only needed my help to start the washer and dryer. She said, "I will be a good Mom one day."

Abby is two. Still getting into things. Still making messes and finding her independence. She is trying to learn to be consistent with being potty trained, I may have to call my friend and ask her for her potty training book for some help. It seems like she will never really get it. She did great on her talk and talked about being happy and smileing. Too cute. Her raw determination and her Abbyness is unequaled. We couldn't imagine life without her.