Thursday, February 25, 2010

the Boys @ 2 Days Old!

TREY 2008


Only 21 Hours Old...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Welcoming Boston

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Our 2nd grandchild was born today at 7:22PM weighing in at 6lbs 15ozs and 20 1/2 inches long. What a blessing for us to once again be able to experience his entry into the world, this time via an at home birth.

The Black Rodeo

Monday, February 22, 2010

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 - Back in July 2009 during our visit to Montana one of the highlights to our trip was going to the Livingston Rodeo. The kids all enjoyed it so much and over the months since they have talked about going to another one. This was the opportunity: the annual Bill Pickett Rodeo, so we bought the tickets and put the event on our family event calendar for February. Santana even flew in for the weekend with Quinton. The day arrives, we got all dreessed up in our cowboy attire (the girls that is) and off we went...

Ken's Birthday Presents

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Here's Ken opening his birthday presents from the Smith clan. His birthday was actually a couple of weeks ago during the time he took Shamara to Dallas, so we had to wait until they came home to give him his presents. He received a blanket, designed and handmade by Shanel and 4 KING size tempur pedic pillows which he had been trying to find for somettime now. ENJOY!

Can you say "SCHOLARSHIPS" - our nephew Christian French

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My sister-in-law, Caroline sent me this article on her son Christian yesterday and I just had to share it. An awesome, talented, gifted young man with a very blessed future ahead of him. ENJOY!

February 4, 2010

Blair Sanderson
Talk about it in The Hawkeye Lounge

As the focus turns to the Class of 2011 following signing day, there is one junior in the state of Iowa creating a lot of buzz at the moment. That is 6-foot-6, 218-pound Christian French, a versatile multi-sport athlete at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. In recent weeks, French has added scholarship offers from the football programs at both Iowa and Iowa State.

Christian French has offers from Iowa and Iowa State.
"Iowa offered on Monday," said French. "They let my football coach know, so I called and talked to Coach Morgan and Coach Ferentz on the phone. They said they've been looking at me for a while now and wanted to offer me a scholarship."

The offer from the Hawkeyes comes a couple weeks after French received his first one from Iowa State in mid January. The Cedar Rapids native has been to football games at both schools in the past and was in Iowa City recently for Iowa's first junior day of the year.

"I thought it was pretty cool," French said. "I got to meet a lot of the top recruits in the Midwest and had an opportunity to see what the coaches have to say about the program. They talked about why it's a good place to come to and how they do things there. It was a good learning experience."

As a junior, French made his mark mostly as a safety for Kennedy, finishing with 64 tackles on the season, and also played some wide receiver and tailback on offense. The biggest question if he decides to go the football route is where he projects at the college level.

"The coaches have said right now it's between tight end, receiver, and defensive end," said French. "They know I'm raw, but really like my athletic ability."

French, who prefers playing offense, is also receiving some recruiting interest in basketball as well. Currently, he is staying patient as he waits to see what happens in both sports.

"Right now, I'm just waiting to see what both sides have to offer and then probably next year sometime I'll make my decision," French said. "I'm just trying to keep a level head, work as hard as I can, keep my grades up at school, and stay focused on the basketball season."

"I want to keep every door open until I start narrowing down my decision."

Meet "BIG"

While Shamara & Ken were vacationing in Dallas, guess who got to go babysit the dog. This is "BIG," isn't his name perfect. He is adorable! I think I have myself a granddog now.

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Shamara's Visit to Dallas

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ken took Shamara to Dallas (his home town) to spend a couple of weeks with his parents. While she was there, Santana drove up from Houston for a visit and spent a couple of days with her (Sister Time!). It snowed during there stay, so they got to experience a snowy January, not something you gonna find here in Arizona. I think Ken is SPOILING her...

Sabriya's Valentine Basketball Tournament

2010 Valentine Classic Basketball Tournament for Sabriya. Trey spent the afternoon with us at the games. At 18 months he literally takes his place on the bleachers and watches the flow of the game, AMAZING! Please visit her page for a slideshow of this event...

Who Dat... DAT'S DAT!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Brees and the Saints rallied to upset Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday night in one of pro football's most thrilling title games.

In Honor of the Super Bowl

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Although we have been season tickets holders for the Arizona Cardinals for years, my interest in football was pretty much non-existent, until about a year ago... Our daughter became friends with one of the Cardinal players and as we got to know him better, I began to find myself glancing at the television on game days to see if I would spot him on the field. The next thing I knew, I was the one making sure that the television was on the right channel on games days. Then of course the Cardinals took their 08-09 season all the way to the Super Bowl and by then I was pretty much hooked. So to be a new fan of football, specifically the Cardinals and then to have them lose in the Super Bowl was simply heart breaking. The 09-10 season began and I don’t think that I’ve missed one of the Cardinals games but still had not attended any until January 3rd, 2010 when the Cardinals played against Greenbay. Wow, what had I been waiting for? I enjoyed being at a live game so much and decided then and there that I would be attending every game possible. Sorry to all of our family and friends whose been getting our tickets over the years, but I will be using them from here on out. As I watched the games, I started asking questions...a LOT of questions. Despite all the questions, each one was answered patiently. That’s when I started to develop an real interest in the game. As my football knowledge grows, I am learning more about the rules and the penalties that affected the flow and the outcome of the game. Sometimes I can even find the action that caused a penalty, and can even predict the yardage gained or lost by a team.
The next game I was able to attend was actually an out of town game and I traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana with my two older daughters to support the Cardinals in their effort against the New Orleans Saints. It was kind of a bittersweet time! The Cardinals loss unfortunately, but how could I be 100% disappointed at the Saints win since my hometown is Louisiana. To think that a year ago I was watching the Arizona Cardinals play in the Super Bowl and this year the New Orleans Saints. Who would of imagine that I’d be watching the Super Bowl 2 years in a row and have become very passionate about the game. Thanks to my limited understanding of football, I am now able to yell at the ref for a bad call and cheer for my team. GEAUX SAINTS!

January Events in Lyfe as a Smith

Starting out the New Year - Lyfe as a Smith January 2010 Events. Please visit Trey's, Sabriya's, and Mark & Shannon's pages for more pictures and videos of these events...
Trey & the Basketball - Jan 23rd
Trey Eatin Ribs - Jan 23rd
Sabriya meets Jordan Sparks - Jan 14th
Boston's Baby Shower - Jan 10th
Trey's 1st Haircut - Jan 4th
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