Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, one day late!
Cori rocked out her green onesie from her Yaya that said, "Mommy thinks I'm charming!" with a bright green bow on her head. She was one cute little leprechaun! Here are some pictures from our day...

Until next time...

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Hey friends! CB Smith here. Last time I wrote I filled you in on my one month check up.Well, I went to the doc's again this past Wednesday for my two month check up. I know, I am a little older than two months (10 wks, 5 days to be exact) , but ya know those doctor's offices -- they are so busy, they can barely fit everyone in! :)

It started out as a great appointment. The nurse came in and made faces at me while mommy took all my clothes off. I was having so much fun smiling and laughing at the nurse, I didn't even realize I was naked! Once I was naked, the nurse weighed me and measured me. I now weigh 10 lbs, 3 oz and I am 23 inches long. Mom says I'm a growing girl! Then, Dr. Kelly came in and checked my eyes, ears, joints, etc. She put me on my belly to see how high I could hold my head up. I think I did a great job because Dr. Kelly started smiling at me and then she told my mom we must spend a lot of time practicing on our tummy time mat, which we do!

After a few minutes, Dr. Kelly was all done and mommy put my clothes back on. This is where it got a little weird. Normally, Dr. Kelly leaves the room and mommy packs me up to go home, but this time we stayed behind. Mommy held me and started talking to me about being brave (not even sure what that word means!!). She told me it was going to be okay and all I had to do was stay calm. That's when I remembered this was the visit for shots!

The nurse came back in and mom laid me on the table. Mom got real close to me, held my hands, and spoke soft, sweet words to me. I was actually having fun talking with my mom when all of the sudden I felt some sharp pains in my leg, then in both my legs!! My face turned bright red and I wrinkled it real tight trying to withstand the pain. Soon the tears started streaming down my face and I couldn't help but wail. I looked up at my mommy for reassurance, but she had tears running down her face too!!

When the nurse was all done poking me, mommy picked me up and told me it was going to be okay and that I did a great job. I just buried my face in my mommy's shoulder and cried some more. Finally, I calmed down and my mommy gave me my nook to suck on, which made it so much better! I just closed my eyes and went to sleep.

Now, I know what those shot things are and I don't like them, not one bit! I sure hope I never have to get them again, but from the looks of it, I probably will. As long as mommy's there to hold me, I think I'll be alright. I sure do love that mommy of mine.. she's the best!

Until next time...

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's All About the Love!

4 years ago on March 11, 2006 I married my best friend, my true love, my earthly knight in shining armor! I can't believe the time has gone by so fast. I remember celebrating our 3 year anniversary last year, talking about our desire to start a family, and now one year later, we have our first, wonderful, amazing, and beautiful daughter to share our love with. We couldn't ask for anything more!

We always say we want to gross our children out with how much we love each other. We want to kiss in the kitchen while cooking dinner, hold hands on family walks, have a date night once a week, talk kindly about one another to our children, pray for one another daily. Truthfully, we just want them to see what a healthy, Godly marriage looks like so they can look for that in a spouse of their own one day. If we don't teach our children to set their standards high for a Godly, loving marriage, who will?

Our first anniversary with a new addition!
(In our PJ's after our date out)

We did get to celebrate with out her for a little bit and focus solely on each other, which was so wonderful! We went to dinner at Yamato (mmm, yummy!) and Cori spent some time with her Uncle Lance and Aunt Lauren.

I thank God everyday for my wonderful husband. Life would not be the same with out him. He understands my quirks, loves me despite my flaws, encourages me when I've had a rough day, laughs with me when we need some good, hard laughing, makes me feel like the most important woman in the world, believes in me when I don't believe in myself, and challenges me daily to be the best wife, mom, friend I can be. I love you honey, more than words can express! Happy Anniversary!

Monday, March 8, 2010

What I love about you... 9-10 weeks

Week 9 & 10
  • How fast you kick your legs. It's like you are riding a bicycle CONSTANTLY!
  • Seeing you sit with your daddy!
  • Watching you blow bubbles. You are getting good at that one!
  • That I always catch you playing with your tongue.
  • How "talkative" you are becoming!
  • That you rolled over for the first time on Saturday (March 6, 2010). You rolled from front to back. We even got it on video!!
  • Holding hands with you!
  • That you love to stand up. Your legs are so strong!!
  • Trumpette socks (the ONLY kind that will stay on your feet!) -- Thanks Lacy for introducing me to these wonderful socks!
  • How you stretch and rub your eyes when you wake up in the morning.
  • How you nestle your face in my neck and shoulder after your morning feed.
  • That you will stare at yourself in the mirror on your tummy time mat for almost 20 minutes. You sure do love talking to yourself!
  • Our morning ritual of dancing together to Jack Johnson's "Better Together!"
  • Just being with you!
Other milestones...
  • You hit two months old and the drooling began!
  • You have grown out of all your newborn PJ's with feet. Your legs are too long and you can't straighten them. Looks like we will have to do some shopping for some new PJ's!

Friday, March 5, 2010


Poop, poop, and more poop! Just this afternoon I was nursing Cori as usual when her face began to get very red. This is pretty typical of her when she decides to use the restroom during feeds. However, soon after her red face I felt a very warm and mushy substance on my arm. I picked her up and looked down and saw that she had pooped all over my arm. I quickly turned her around to see that she had also pooped all over herself. As we walked to the changing table and I put her down to change her clothes, I noticed that the poop had come out the top of her diaper and was running up her back -- so far up her back it was almost in her hair!!! Needless to say we had to take a bath to clean her up.

After her bath we walked back to the changing table and I quickly put a diaper on her. As soon as the diaper touched her little bottom, she began to poop AGAIN! Thankfully, this time it stayed in her diaper and I was able to change it without such a mess. I never knew such a little person could make so much poop! I guess she really does take after her daddy! :)

Here she is in a new outfit, all nice a clean! I wonder how long that will last?!?! :)
Until next time...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Apples of Gold

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. -Matthew 7:7

God knows what you need and when you need it. When we seek with our whole heart, we will surely find it. I have so desperately been seeking a close relationship with the Lord... and women to hold me accountable in my walk with Christ. God has heard my cry and has provided me with so many resources to grow closer to him with women in my life who know the truth and aren't afraid to speak it!

I started a new small group/bible study class today called Apples of Gold. It is basically a 6 week program geared towards nurturing women (young and old) in their walks with Christ and their families. There are 7 young women and 7 older women in our group, and I know God is going to use our life experiences to speak to one another and guide us in our daily walk with him. I cannot wait for the weeks to unfold!

Each week, we will get together and the older women will prepare a meal for the younger women, teaching us how to prepare it as they go. (Lord knows I need some new recipes considering I cook tacos, chili, and spaghetti repeatedly at my house!!) After the meal preparations are done, we will gather for a lesson. Throughout the 6 weeks we will study the topics of kindness, loving your husband, loving your children, submission, purity, and hospitality. I know God has leaps and bounds of information to tell us on these topics and the whole purpose for this class is to learn how God wants us to live. Actually, the premise of this class is based off of Titus 2:3-5 which states, "Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to too much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."

In my new role as a mother, I know this class has started at just the right time for me. Thank you, Lord! I LOVE being a mom, but struggle not being in the classroom. To tell you the truth, I think my struggle with not being in the classroom has a lot to do with my own insecurities. (Thank you Beth for helping me figure that one out - your book on insecurity is teaching me SO MUCH!) For a long time I let teaching define me. It was WHO I was. I now know (or at least, am learning) that teaching was just something I did for a short time, but it didn't define me. GOD is the only one who can define me. And, he has a perfect plan for my life, which isn't teaching at the moment. At the moment it is being a mom and a wife. That hit me straight in the face today when one of the older women, Pat, was telling her story as we sat around the table this morning at Apples of Gold. She too was a teacher. She too felt having a career defined who she was. She too after having children struggled with the desire to teach. In fact, she went back to work shortly after having her first child. It wasn't until God slapped her upside the head that she realized God needed her focus to be at home with her children, providing for her family in that way instead of in the workforce. .. Could you be talking to me, Lord? Duh!

I am so looking forward to the role God has given me as a wife, a mother, a provider for my home in the most precious way. I know this class is going to teach me so much about being confident in that role and doing it to the best of my abilities to glorify the Lord and his kingdom. Thank you Lord for placing me in this class at this moment in my life (And, thank you Kristy for encouraging me to go!)... Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. -Matthew 7:7

Until next time...