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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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We Moved!

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Hi Friends!

It’s so exciting to be moved and settling in to our new home! We had quite the team help us get everything over here. The move was only about 7 miles from Josh’s old house, but I am in a whole new neighborhood! So far, I LOVE IT! We are close to Josh’s parents, my parents and a handful of Josh’s great friends. I’m further from work and my friends, but (and, remind me that I said this when I’m complaining in few months) so far, the commute is not so bad and it’s really not that far from my friends. We’re a hop away from the 101, so it’s easy to jump right on and zip wherever I need to go.


I am really looking forward to finding new places to eat and shop. We are really close to a Super Target, so I should be set! What I am most looking forward to trying, though, is Roberto’s, a Mexican food joint connected to a Shell Station. Their best feature, aside from the fact that Guy Fieri featured them on his show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (watch here), is that they deliver! I can see a tradition of ordering Mexican food delivery and watching movies in our future!

Our yard received the recent months of rain with no maintenance which proved to be quite the site when we finally showed up to the house with the keys. Lucky for us, it cleaned up nicely and makes from some great before and after photos!

Josh put in all new blinds in the kitchen, dining room, living room, and all three bedrooms! We also bought a new fridge (well, two to be exact, but the first one was too big). The one we ended up with is just perfect, though! I highly recommend B & B Appliances for any appliance you might need. They sell appliances that are slightly dinged up, but still brand new and under factory warranty. We can’t even find the supposed “dent” on ours and chances are, you can find one where the dent won’t even show when it’s installed! Both of the fridges we bought (ha!) were well under the suggested retail price and we have the same warranty! We are also the proud new owners if a California King bed!! Oh, how sweet it is to be out of a full size!! We got a killer deal from R & S Mattress. Apparently, Gary’s “overstock” of California King beds got us a heckuva deal on a brand new, (it’s illegal to sell used mattresses) bed! He even delivered it for $10! With both of these thrifty, big purchases, we saved almost $2,000!

In other exciting news, I was promoted yesterday to a Sales Manager position at FireSky! I have been with the company for almost five years and have worn many hats in the Catering, Front Desk and Sales Departments. As a part of the Kimpton “opening team” I have seen the hotel grow so much in the last five years and cannot wait to start in my new position. I am thrilled to grow with a company that I believe in so much. I will have the opportunity to train my replacement and make a clean break into my role. If you know anyone who would be interested in the position, please let me know!

Enjoy the photos of our new home!





Cleaner Yard








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