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Gender Reveal Party: It’s a….


Josh and I had our ultrasound appointment scheduled for Friday morning (1/18). I’m a little late in getting this post up. We planned to have the tech place the baby’s gender in an envelope and open it with everyone that evening.

As soon as I saw our precious baby on the monitor I had to know everything. It was amazing. What an amazing miracle of God! Josh told me that he had a feeling I wouldn’t be able to not find out. I will clarify that changing my mind and finding out ahead of time was all my idea.


Sweet Baby


Waving at us!


Tiny baby feet!

So all day on Friday, we knew, but our family and friends were excited to come over for dinner to find out! We chowed down on pizza and salad and everyone chatted about what they thought the baby was.


Team Boy


Team Girl


You decide… which will it be?

Before we all found out, we read out loud the name suggestions we got from our friends and family. There were some hilarious suggestions. My personal favorites: Lenay, Mantei Te’o and Ndamukong. 🙂


Name our baby!

Since Josh and I already knew, we asked our moms to open the envelope and share the joyous news that we were expecting a little…


It’s a…



IT’S A GIRL!!!!! 🙂

To celebrate we ate cake made by my awesome sister, Abbi! So cute and delicious.



It was such a great evening. We really enjoyed sharing our surprise with our family and friends.

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18 Weeks Stats Update

How far along? 18 Weeks

Baby size and other details: Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

How I’m feeling: Still feeling good! Really excited to find out what our little one will be!

Stretch Marks? None yet! Thanks to cocoa butter (thanks Melissa!) I hope to avoid them all together. We shall see!

Sleep? Still sleeping just fine!

Highlight this week: Finding out if little Lucky is a girl or boy!

Movement: Still not sure if what I’m feeling is the baby or not. Lots of stuff seems to be going on in that region.

Food Cravings: Peanut butter with apples, peanut butter pretzels, macaroni and cheese.

Gender: We’re having a gender reveal party to share the news. That will come in another post.

Belly Button – In or Out? Totally flat.

What I miss: A frosty, cold Blue Moon with an orange.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out if Lucky is a he or she!

Weekly Wisdom: Time is flying by! I’m trying to relish every moment of my pregnancy and not take anything (even the crazy hormones) for granted.

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Weekend Wrap Up – Family, Dishwashers & Friends – Oh My!

Friday night Josh and I had a late dinner at Caps a neighborhood sports bar less than 1 mile from our house.  I always get the same thing and it has never let me down!  It’s called “Not Your Ordinary Grilled Cheese.”  Basically, it’s a grilled cheese sandwich with garlic, three cheeses and three slices of bread.  Their fries are really good, too. Josh really likes their French Dip.

Saturday morning was spent compiling my three-month blog update.  It took longer than expected, but I’m glad I have that accomplished for both your (haha) and posterity’s sake.

After that, we headed to my grandmother’s house to hang her television on the wall.  When I say “we” I mean Josh.  He packed up his tools and away we went.  Grandma and I visited and looked at photo albums that she made for me.  Man that was a blast from the past. I may scan some to share here for old time’s sake.

My silly husband.

After Grandma’s, we headed home and grilled up a quick dinner for the Jabbi-Fam.  When Abbi and Judah were in the hospital, Jen put together a wonderful website over at for people to sign up to bring them dinners.  What a blessing that has been for them.  We had a nice visit and are so excited that Judah came home yesterday!

Josh spent the evening working…

And I caught up on Celebrity Rehab (it’s ok to judge me) with a sleeve of Thin Mints.  I’m nearing the end of my stash.  Anyone know where to buy them “out of season”?

Sunday morning was spent cleaning up the house (and putzing around on Pinterest).  Josh removed the dead battery in my car, took it Auto Zone where they tested it and determined it was time for a new one.  I don’t even remember the last time I got a new battery.  Then I had the joy of attacking a strange smell coming from the refrigerator, garbage disposal, dishwasher.  I cleaned out the fridge and still smelled it.  I cleaned the garbage disposal.  Still there.  Opened the dishwasher and was overwhelmed by the stench.

Since the beginning of July, I have been hand washing our dishes (go me!), then I was out of town for 10 days and so until Sunday, the dishwasher sat dormant.  Who knows what food particles/grease/minerals fermented in there.  I’m happy to announce that after pulling the dishwasher out from under the counter to check for dead animals (yes, it was that bad) I was able to solve fully diagnose the problem with a two-fold offense elimination method: baking soda/vinegar and store-bought dishwasher cleaning stuffs.

Turns out, the tubey thingy from your disposal to your dishwasher needs to go up before down.  Let me explain with pictures:



So we’ve had water sitting in our dishwasher from approximately a month.  Our tube not being properly installed had been a non-issue until I decided to go all “June Cleaver” and washing things by hand.  Who knew that not using the dishwasher could actually do harm?

After Scooby Doo-ing that, we headed over to Kyle & A’s for a Sunday Funday that we haven’t had in quite some time.  We had not seen them all summer.  It was great to catch up, float around and laugh together.

Kyle & A - 2010 New Years

After our delicious steak dinner, Josh and I scooted over to my parents to bid farewell to my cousin, Erik, who will be traveling Europe for five weeks then studying in Istanbul for the entire school year.  I was able to impart a small bit of advice for his trip to Barcelona.  You must see this:


Antoni Gaudí designed the Sagrada Familia has been a work-in-progress for over 100 years.  The story is one of anguish and beauty.  When I first saw his work, 7 years ago, it truly moved me.  I’m excited for Erik to get to see it!

On Monday, I swung by the grocery store after work and bumped into our friends Paul & Angela!  They are engaged and planning a November wedding.  It had been ages since I’d seen them.

Angela & Paul

And, yes, I took a picture in the grocery store.

After that, MacKenzie and I ate take out and drank wine in her new condo!  She and her family have been painting and putting in new wood floors, so even though she’s not living there, I wanted to go hang out.  Her first home is going to be beautiful.  I’m so excited for her.  Check out her fortune:

The color behind is the paint chip for the master bedroom wall color. <3 it.

It was a busy, but wonderful weekend!  What did you guys do?

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Welcome to!

I’m determined to come up with a better name for our little blog than that, but it will have to do for now.  Any ideas?  Let me know.  I’m desperate for something better.

I promised you a summer update so we’ll see how best I can recap. Although Summer does not officially begin until June 21, it’s been since April that I have shared the happenings of our life on the recently-retired My Life as a Grown Up, so here goes.  And because pictures are more telling than words sometimes, be prepared for me to blow your mind with almost 50 photos (sorry and you’re welcome).


Found out that Abbi & Jeff are expecting a baby boy!! Woohoo! (no photo, but couldn’t leave it out)

Disney on Ice with Abbi, Maddi, Izzi, Jen, Lexi & Gma

Disney on Ice! Izzi & Lexi

Disney on Ice! Lexi

Disney on Ice! Maddi & Abbi

Katy's Bridal Shower

Girls sleepover at FireSky with Adrienne, Jamie and Mom

David Sedaris with MacKenzie – thanks, friend! 🙂 (no photo)

Bowman & Brooke Softball League (we made it to the playoffs!)

Easter fun with the family (no photo, but couldn’t leave it out)


Watched my three nieces with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law! (no photos – shocker!)

Jen’s birthday (no photo, but couldn’t leave it out) Fun dinner & games on her actual birthday, then breakfast with the family!

San Francisco for work/Katy & Kyle’s stunning wedding

Work sponsored day on a boat in the bay!

Trolley time.

So. Beautiful.

Biking the Bridge: an adventure never to be forgotten.


June 2nd we said good bye to our good friend and baby, Peanut.

We'll miss you.

Good Bye Peanut.

Helped my best friend house hunt and decide on her new home in downtown Phoenix!

Nanci’s Birthday Celebration

Painting nails with color changing polish!

Pool time fun! Jeff, Sophia and Maddi

G-Ma & Izzi

Kimpton National Sales Meeting @ FireSky

Got together with old friends, Sarah & Liz for dinner! (no photos, but still a highlight)


Jeff’s birthday celebration (no photos, but still a great time with family)

4th of July at Jeff & Abbi‘s house where the guys and kids put on our own fireworks show!

4th of July - Gma, Maddi & Izzi

4th of July - my nieceys!

4th of July - Gpa & Jeff (the orchestrators of our backyard show)

4th of July - Abbi & Josh

4th of July - Yes, the children were lighting the fireworks!

4th of July - Happy girls!

4th of July - Izzi needed her lady bug hat. It was only 100 degrees out. 🙂

Happy 4th of July 2011!

Abbi had Valley Fever & Pneumonia and Judah came early!

Judah was born 7/8/2011 at 10:53 a.m. 4 lbs 4 oz.

Grandpa Terry Smith passed away on 7/9/2011

His obituary (I don’t like that word) was phenomenal.  He was an incredible man.  More to come on honoring his life soon.

SD 2011 - Beach time to renew.

SD 2011 - The Smith Family Gang


SD 2011 - BBQ night

SD 2011 - BBQ Night - Dad & Rob

SD 2011 - Master of the BBQ

SD 2011 - Coloring & Rummi Kub on the beach!

SD 2011 - Lexi realizing that she likes the water (step 1)

SD 2011 - Football time (Dad loved having Chris & Josh to play with)

SD 2011 - My SISTER CAME!!!!

Mom & Aye went boogie boarding!

Early morning family walk on the beach. I was bribed with coffee. 🙂

Marta, Ella, Tessa & Lilah came!!!! (looking for Grunyon... did not see any. Never have. Do they really run?)

Josh and I had two guests sleep in our closet!

On the boardwalk!

Doooon't goooooo! (Trust me. We didn't want to!)

 I spent a week in SF helping out two sister Kimpton Hotels.  It was a wonderful opportunity!  I taught them some good stuff and did not take a single photo.

Maddi turned 6 & G-Ma and G-Pa bought a boat!

Meet Ecclesiastes.

Pink ladies.

Smith Men.

Birthday girl & Abbi (who does not look like she had a baby 2 weeks ago & is still fighting Valley Fever)

Oh Captain, My Captain.

Chris, Jen & Lexi

Jeff & Sophia

G-Ma & birthday girl!

Apparently you only have to be 6 to drive a boat! She doesn't look like she's having fun.

The gang on the helm (wow, I sound boaty)

Pirate Josh, Pirate Izzi & Aunt Tory


And that, ladies and gentleman, gets you up to speed on our crazy and blessed summer.  Ups and downs, but through it all Josh and I thank God for our family and friends.  They mean so much to us.

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Welcome to!

Welcome to our new website! Here, you will (eventually) find blog posts, images – the works – all about us.

Stay tuned for many more updates to come 🙂

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