Monday, December 31, 2012

Winner! Winner!

Amanda Sarchet, you are the winner of the give away! I'll email you! Thanks everyone for participating! I'll have another one soon. Stay tuned! Happy New Year's Eve!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas, Snow, and a Give Away!

We had a great Christmas here at The Smith House and I hope that you and your family did too! I think that everyone got what they wanted but most important was spending time with family and celebrating the birth of our Saviour! One thing that I did this Christmas was eat wayyyyyy too much! I always spend Christmas Eve cooking...I mean the entire day! I cooked sausage balls which my cousin and I destroyed in about 3 hours, Oreo truffles which are sooooo good and I can only make them once a year or else I'll have a serious problem getting into my skinny jeans, homemade hot chocolate, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, green beans, and rolls. Yummy! My dad's side of the family came over for dinner on Christmas Eve and we ate all of the above plus turkey my aunt made and most importantly my Meemaw's caramel pie! Oh my!

The sinful Oreo truffles!
My Meemaw and me. She is a true blessing to me!

My cousin Nate and I! It had been 1 year since I'd seen him. He's more like a brother. We were basically neighbors for 18 years.
All ready for bed so Santa can come!
Chevy played one last prank
As I hadn't had enough to eat on Christmas Eve, I got up Christmas morning and cooked Cheesey Potato Casserole, eggs, biscuits, pigs in a blanket, and we had a Honey Baked Ham for Brian's family. They always come over on Christmas morning and then we headed over to his aunt's for Christmas with the rest of the family and another HUGE meal.
Laura and Shane, Carrie, and Brian's mom with our family of 5
Carter got his boots!
Aubree with a pair of converse that I like much better than the others!
Me and my boys!
It snowed here on Christmas night. A very rare thing! The kids were excited...well, except for Caleb!
Carter had to ride his Jeep in the snow.
And last but not least, I want to welcome all my new followers! I hope that you will enjoy reading my posts that are mostly about me and my kids. I started this blog to keep up with our lives and print off yearly in a book as a keepsake. I want to say thanks by doing a giveaway with a few of my favorite things. I hope you'll like them! All you have to do is follow my blog, if  you're not already click "join this site",  leave a comment to let me know that you are following and register with the rafflecopter thingy! Tell your friends!
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Friday, December 21, 2012


I'll be working all weekend and the first of next week is going to be super busy so I thought I'd make a post to wish every a Merry Christmas just in case I don't make it back on here. We took the boys to see Santa tonight. They did good!

Carter with Santa
Caleb with Santa
Also, my sister-in-law, Laura, is a new blogger. She is one of the sweetest and most stylish people that I know. You can check out her blog, here. I promise that you won't be disappointed. A bonus is that she is always posting coupon codes and so much more. Happy Holidays! 

Friday Randoms

This could possibly be my most random post ever. Haha! So, my hubby comes home yesterday morning and is watching all this stuff about how today is the last day for the world and I was kinda listening but not really because my opinion is any day could be your last so I feel like I am good with the man upstairs and I have no worries. Anyways, I did hear them say something about losing electricity and major crashes within the "technological world" and what do you think I woke up to this morning? A cold house with NO POWER! What?!? It wasn't out for very long...perhaps our local electric company was playing a joke? Now I have to reset all my clocks...firstworld problems I tell ya!

I haven't said much on the blog about our Elf on the Shelf, Chevy. I post lots of pics on Instagram (linzlee1982). Well, last week Chevy took our milk and brought back some green "North Pole Milk". It was cute. The kids loved it.

While I was at work Saturday, I got a text from Brian with a picture of what he cooked for himself and the kids...Hamburger Helper Stroganoff with North Pole Milk. Ughh! I don't think I could have brought myself to eat it and Carter didn't.

 Caleb saw no problem at all with green stroganoff! Hahahaha!
About this crazy weather...we survived very windy conditions yesterday with gusts around 50 mph...if nursing doesn't work out I sound like I'd make a good weather girl. Just checked the weather forecast for us this morning. Look closely at forecast for Wednesday, December 26.

You see the pretty snowflakes? Well, unless you're not from here, you see a headache! Why? Because a lot of folks around here like to run to the grocery store and wipe out everything like they are hoarding food and water for the end of the world and guess what?!? The stores will be closed the day before so that means the panic for the blizzard, lol, will be on Christmas Eve like it's not going to already be crazy enough at the local Walmart.  It took living in the upper Midwest for a while to realize that we can act CRAZY down here over snow. I didn't adapt well to the winters of Minnesota. I woke up one morning to 8 inches of snow and was shocked. I'd just been to the grocery store the day before and everyone was acting normal. The news didn't have any "breaking news" about the snowy situation either. Hahahaha!
Last night while eating dinner, Brian asked Carter what he asked Santa for and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I have not taken my kids to see Santa this year!! What kinda of mother am I? I suppose we will go stand in line at Christmas City tonight and wait with all the other locals who waited until the last minute to go see Santa. I am not sure how it slipped my mind. Christmas totally crept up on me this year. Carter didn't think much of it. He said he wrote him a letter so that made me feel better. At least I remembered the letter!
Last but not least by any means, I wanted to share the green ribbon in remembrance of those in Connecticut a week ago today. I am still shocked and disgusted. Just the thought of waiting on your child to come out of that school building that day is unbearbable. I can't imagine what those parents are going through. Yes, this is depressing to talk about, but people this is what the world we are living in today is becoming and I never want for something like this to become something that I get so used to that I don't feel like it is worth mentioning. I read a story about a teacher killed, Vicki Soto, she shielded her students in a closet and was shot to death while doing so. Is that not the ultimate sacrifice? If that isn't the most Christlike thing to do than I don't know what is. May God be with those effected this holiday season.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Linkup!

This looks like a fun linkup! Btw...I am so not vlogging this because today I refuse to do anything with my hair or put on makeup! Hahaha! Here we go...
What's your favorite holiday movie? My favorite holiday movie, without a doubt, is Christmas Vacation! Home Alone is a close second!

Do you have any special traditions? I try to but sometimes my husband and I have to work on holidays so that can make it difficult. If we are off on Christmas Eve we always watch Christmas Vacation and go to communion at church. Christmas City is also a tradition we have here. It's a church campground decked out in lights that you can drive, walk, or ride a train through. Santa is there on the weekend too. You're never too old for Christmas City!

What's your favorite ornament or decoration? My favorite ornament is this little straw basket with a plastic Baby Jesus wrapped in a blue blanket that my mom has on her tree. Baby Jesus may or may not be missing his painted on eyes from me bothering him when I was younger.
Best gift you've ever received?  Well, this is a tough much as I use my iphone I would def have to say that is the best one BUT anything that my kids make for me is a favorite!

Worst gift you've ever received?  A very ugly ornament but it's the thought that counts! Right?
Favorite winter accessory?  It used to be my UGGS but geez those things are awful for your feet. I love gloves because they are an extra barrier to keep nasty germs off my hands because they keep my hands nice and toasty.

Real tree or fake?  Def a FAKE tree! I have too many allergies to chance buying and decorating a tree just for it to make me sneeze a million times plus I don't have time to deal with the mess a real tree makes.

When and how did you find out that Santa was not real? I was about 10 years old I think. We were on Christmas break from school and I was doing my chores...hanging up something in my mom's closet and there on her closet shelf for all the world to see was everything off my Christmas list. I didn't say anything because I wasn't sure if she was going to wrap the stuff from her and my dad BUT come Christmas morning it was all from Santa...=(
I am excited about Christmas this year! How about you? Is anyone else around here afraid they may blow away today in these 50 mph wind gusts? Lawdy!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012


This morning I got up early and did some cleaning and even made a post on my blog via the Blogger app on my iphone and then someone called me...what do you think happened when I answered the phone call?? My entire post was erased! Heck, if I remember what all was in the post so I'll just start over this evening. It was a really good post too! Technology can be a pain sometimes.

Carter's Christmas program at his preschool was this week. He was a cow. LOL! He was the cutest cow ever!
Isn't he cute?
That's Carter in the center.
Carter with his teacher, Miss Jennifer (Miss "Jemmimer") and Miss Lenora
My gift from Carter. So sweet!
I finally finished up Christmas shopping this week...I think...maybe. I am looking forward to spending time with family to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
I'm not sure what to think about this crazy weather we are having. It sounds like my windows are about to break the wind is blowing so hard. Earlier today we were playing outside with no coats on because it was 70 degrees. Crazy!

Friday, December 14, 2012

New Look

I am so excited about the new design on my blog. A big thank you to Chris! It's exactly what I asked for and I love it! I have been MIA all week. Most know that I am a clean freak and I designated this week as "deep clean" week around the house. I'm glad I only do that every 3 months or so. My normal blog time has been taken over by Christmas shopping. I try to do as much as I possibly can online. It makes life so much easier. I am sure my great grandmother who had 12 kids would have loved online shopping...or just being able to shop at all. add all of these things up plus I am getting used to sleeping at night and going to bed earlier since I am on dayshift now and you get a neglected blog.

I was nominated for 2 Liebster Awards this week, by Lindsey and Chrissy. Thank you ladies! I am terrible, I know. I will answer your questions ASAP! I don't seem very award worthy...ha!

So, I was just saying hello to everyone. I had to check out my new look! Have a lovely day!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Recipes and Relaxing!

I am a day late on doing a linkup with my sweet blog friend, Lora. She hosted a linkup "What's for Dinner"? So, I am going to share a recipe that everyone loves. I have many requests for this so I hope you'll like it too. It's Chicken Rotel Spaghetti, sorry no pics! I also am going to include one that I kinda made up from a mixture of recipes that I have found. My Meemaw, the greatest in the world, makes a mean Mac N' Cheese among many other things but anytime I ask her for her recipes she laughs at me. LOL! I am not sure why but I just laugh along with her. It's still not as good as hers but it's close and it's for the crockpot which is one of my best friends! By the way, neither of these recipes are low in fat or healthy by any means. Sorry!

Chicken Rotel Spaghetti
16 oz. Spaghetti cooked as directed
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 jar of cheese whiz
1 can of rotel (I use original but spice it up if you want)
1 stick of butter
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked (I cook mine in the crockpot for about 6 or 7 hours on low, season as you wish)

Preheat oven to 350. Cook spaghetti as directed and drain. In a separate pot over low heat, mix the soups, cheese whiz, rotel, butter, and chicken until everything is melted and mixed well. After it is mixed well, add the spaghetti and mix all of that up. Pour into 9"X13" dish and place in oven. Bake for about 30 minutes or until it is bubbling. I like mine to get a little brown on top because I am weird like that. Enjoy! Oh, and you can sub one of the cans for a can of cream of mushroom soup. I had a friend try that and she said it was good too.

Crockpot Mac N' Cheese
2 cups of macaroni cooked as directed
1/2 block of cream cheese
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup of milk (I use 2%)
1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
1 small package of Velveeta cheese (The one you find on the shelf at the store. Ours is by the pasta.)
salt and pepper as desired

Set crockpot on low and spray with PAM or whatever you use. Add the cooked and drained macaroni to crockpot. Now, add the cream cheese, butter, milk, and block of Velveeta cheese and mix well. Cook for 2 hours. Top with the cheddar cheese when done and allow it to melt. (From the Crockin' Girls and me)

The hubby and I are off to the River Inn in Downtown Memphis tonight for some R&R. Gonna get some massages too! Yay! Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How in the World?!?! all you mama's out there that work Monday-Friday 8-4, 9-5 or in the world do you make it? Geez! I have been working just Saturday and Sunday nights for the longest so basically I have been a stay-at-home mom that has a bad sleep schedule. LOL!

I was in orientation at the new job this week during the day. Luckily, Brian was able to take vacation time and stay here with the kids all week. So, you would think we would have felt like a normal family, right?! We are so used to working opposite schedules and living like single parents which these kids had better appreciate one day that we were both like why are you doing that, what you are doing?? We are really used to doing our own thing. I don't think that's good but it's just kind of the way it is. For example, I always give Caleb his reflux medicine, some oatmeal, a bottle and he's off to bed then I have blog time for a little while followed by a hot bath, pinterest on the iphone then it's time to snooze. Oh nooooo...not Brian and that wasn't flying with him either. Apparently after he puts the kids in bed he tiptoes around here in the dark and goes to bed. Hahaha! I was driving him nuts and he was me too!

On Tuesday, Brian texted me asking if I needed anything from Walmart. I felt so excited! He was grocery shopping like I always do on Tuesdays. I get home and he tells me he spent $200. I was like well that's about how much I spend every week on groceries and he tells me that he only got enough food for 1 meal for the week. Brian, what in the world?!? I will give credit where credit is due though...he did stay home all week with the kids and never complained about it, cooked dinner 2 nights, gave 2 baths, swept the floors and did a little Christmas decorating. Carter made it to preschool on time both days this week.

So what if he wore his shirt backwards to preschool?!? Yes...I noticed this at 7:00 that evening. We all had a good laugh. Well, it took Brian a minute to find it funny.
Don't worry, I will be back to my weekend schedule in a couple days.  I start on dayshift Sunday.   Thanks for all you did this week, B-rian! I love your mean, grouchy self! Tomorrow night the hubby and I are going to stay at a nice hotel in Memphis and go get some back massages while the inlaws watch the kiddos. So excited!
Tomorrow I am doing a linkup with Lora. True and funny story, Lora and my hubby are friends. They went to high school together and we are all the same age. How do you think I found Lora in the blog world? I found her through my friend, Holly, from St. Louis! What?!?! I know. And to think we live in the same small town too.
Ok...I am done for the night. Sweet dreams!