This is going to be a long one, folks! We've got several topics to cover, lots of videos, so grab a cold one and buckle up!

First of all, I'd like to address a little issue we've been having here lately at Smith Family Happenings. I've made no bones about the fact that I love comments on the blog! It makes me happy to know that people are enjoying my family! And it seems that we're in a bit of a rut with the comments. You'll notice that generally, Jayne and Stacey are the only ones that comment anymore. Everytime I check my blog, there are two comments and I can bet that they're from Jayne and Stacey. And don't get me wrong... I love it that they comment!!! Its the rest of you we need to discuss!

I hear from several of you... things like... "haven't seen any new pictures lately" or "when are you going to post again?" or "it's been a while since the last update". Remember positive reinforcement? Reinforce the behavior you want to increase? Comments are reinforcement to me! Leave me comments and I'll bet that you'll see my posting increase!! Just a thought. Grandparents? AHS friends? Indiana friends? I know you're all out there... let's hear from ya!

Ok, moving on...

Avery's done with her first year of preschool! Hard to believe that this was a whole school year ago! She's been looking so much older to me lately! It's amazing! Here are some pics of her receiving her certificate Avery and her best buddy. They play together constantly at school. They look alike too! Their teachers still were mixing them up at the end of the year!Next, we have some fun sibling time in our tiny blow-up pool! This was Oliver's first time in it and he wasn't too sure at first. But, as you'll see, he soon loved it!
Not too sure...
Warming up to the idea of swimmin' with sista!Lovin' it!!!!Avery's face in this picture makes me laugh out loud... so it had to be included!

And then finally, tonight was Avery's first dance recital! Oh my word it was so cute! They did Alice in Wonderland and her class played the roles of the teapots! Cute, cute, cute! We took a lot of video, so here ya go! Avery is usually in the back row, 3rd or 4th from the right. First, some pictures...

Look at that make-up!!!
3rd girl from the right...


  1. Bob Thompson on May 30, 2009 at 4:57 AM

    I miss you guys so much. Avery is indeed looking much older! She's also been doing a great job smiling for the camera... and Oliver is a cutie too. I'll have to see what I can do to come visit y'all sooner rather than later...

  2. Jo on May 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Yes, great pictures!! I confess that I am one of those who checks your blog almost daily but never leaves comments. Well no more!! I will faithfully positively reinforce your picture posting because I love getting to see pictures and hear stories about what you all are up to. Can't wait to see you all soon!!!!

  3. on May 30, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    thanks for making me the teacher's pet mrs. smith. now all the peers will hate me ;o)

    avery is by far the most on top of her game in her dance class!

    see you soooooon!!!!!

  4. Carolyn on May 30, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    avery looks so much like you, steph, when she's all dolled up with her make-up! i can't wait for lincoln to splash and laugh in the pool like cutey-pie oliver.

  5. Angela on June 1, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Love the updates. The pictures are adorable.

  6. kelly dwyer on June 2, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    I do not do things just because I am told to.