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scenes of autumn

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this is the time of year when nostalgia feels most at home. summer’s vibrant greens are losing their voice while autumn’s reds, oranges and golds are finding theirs. browns are taking over the greenery on the sides of the roads on our country drives, but lift your head upward and you are canopied by autumn leaves whispering their colors…and in two weeks will be singing at the top of their lungs. we’re gearing up our yard to “rest” during the cold for a busy growing season next spring and summer….read more

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a new stage in parenting

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we’ve just graduated from the napping stage to the independent stage in parenting. last week, we had a sleeping strike at the smith household. believe me, kenny and i were NOT the ones on the picket lines! rowan decided to fight bedtime, and two nights of him fighting us (and…ahem…getting his way…) sawyer decided to join him with a rousing rendition of Screaming Before Bedtime. then they were waking at night crying…fighting naps…. sleep was not happening. to fix this problem, we decided that rowan no longer needed an afternoon…read more

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fall into reading…

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my boys are turning into regular bookworms! they want to read Someone’s Come to Our House and Curious George several times in one sitting, several times a day. but they also need to see their parents reading. i grew up in a house where books were sacred (correction: books ARE sacred). dad inhales theology books and science/metallurgy books while mom enjoys a good mystery between popular fiction and religious non-fiction. i tend to read what mom reads (i haven’t opened a science book since freshman year biology at calvin). so…read more

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back to school…

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this is one of my (many) favorite times of year. mostly because i’m fairly nostalgic by nature and i’ve always loved the anticipation of going back to school after a long, hard summer of fun. it was most fun for me to “go back to school” when i was in college because i actually enjoyed the classes and didn’t have to suffer through a math class since i was exempt from college math (really, who needs more than high school calculus when studying theatre and english literature?). and it didn’t…read more

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one room down, six to go!

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the day we closed on this house, kenny tore open the bulkhead ceiling above our second floor bathtub to find no plumbing to support a tall enough shower head. just a few weeks ago, we finally have a finished room in the house! we cheated a little by hiring a contractor to lay the ceramic tile floor and install the wainscotting…but everything else was our own work – from ripping out the old paneling and linoleum flooring to painting and installing the white shelves above the toilet (not pictured yet…)….read more

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a complicated day

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the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center snuck up on us this year. to the country, this is a somber day of remembrance. to us, it’s our son sawyer’s birthday. there are parents all over the country who have children either born on 9-11-01 or on the anniversary of it. sawyer was born on its third anniversary…three days before his due-date. i was worried about this. i fast forwarded in my mind to his second grade when he would be excited to share his birthday…read more

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blog fixes…an end to spammers

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we’ve known for quite a while that we’ve been hit by spammers…and are just now getting around to a quicky fix (thank you jonathan, jon, and sursum!). soooooo….we’ve added image verification to the comment section. please continue to comment all you like. unless you’re a spammer. also, our rss feed is http://www.smithical.com/smith_rss.aspx. we’ve always had it…just never added it to the menu on the left. it’ll eventually get posted there. ETA: look for coming changes to our blog…including a brand new image gallery, a fresher look, and New and Improved…read more

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the great outdoors

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when we moved into this house in april, we were so excited to get started on our garden. we had visions of rows of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs, and even corn. the vegetable garden in our yard is HUGE: 20×40? (kenny can give you the exact measurments.) we planted a few plants and then adam was born. then the groundhogs, or rabbits, or deer ate our plants and now we have a huge weed garden. oh well. there is always next year. and we are once again excited about the…read more

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