Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I will not jump off a bridge after viewing the results because:
1. My roommates' hometown also ranked in the top ten
2. I live in one of these cities
4. Yaktown is ranked #6--it could be worse
3. My last name has to account for more then geography
Thursday, November 11, 2010
In order to feel apart of the fun, I went shopping today. Nothing like a mall to channel my favorite ladies!
PS. I gave into societal pressures and started my own blog...Check it out.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Above is a picture of the Smart Family Royalty, all in their West Valley High School Homecoming Crowns. Hey, what is Keith doing in that picture?! Keith and Cole kept asking to wear a "hat" as well. Keithy keep staring, maybe someday you'll have the panache to date a pretty girl that wears a crown.
This post was prompted by Lil' D's selection as the 2010 West Valley High's Homecoming Queen. This is apparently a big deal for young women. Actually, it seems to be a big deal to women of all ages. I don't remember Brent being all that excited to be on West Valley's Homecoming Court, nor do I remember Shea being disappointed that he was not chosen to be on Court. So I can only assume that interest in this event is basically a matter of gender.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
When I was a super senior at BYU and Syd was a freshman, in order to increase our sister bonding time; we decided to take a class together. However our majors were not even remotely related so we decided an elective course would be the way to go. As the older, wiser sister I suggested we take an ice hockey class based on the following factors:
1. We’re half Canadian and our Grandpa played so it’s totally in our blood
2. We’ve seen all the Mighty Duck movies—it didn’t look that hard
3. I had always wanted to take the class and I couldn’t find anyone
dumb enough willing to take it with me
4. It might be a good chance to meet boys
5. It would be a great work out
6. I knew we’d have some awesome stories
Looking back, I actually think I registered Syd for all her classes her first semester and might have snuck the ice hockey class in there unbeknown to her. Anything for a chance to bond with my sister, right? On the first day of class, I realized I may have overestimated our abilities. But that was the least of our worries. As I looked around the rink, I noticed the class was seriously lacking members of female sex. On the first day there was one normally looking girl, besides us, but that was the last time we saw her until the final day of the semester. There was one other “girl” but she more closely resembled the opposite sex—she body slammed boys like they were feathers. She didn’t really count as a member of the “pink” team which left Syd and I to represent the ladies in our class. As if we didn’t stick out enough, we showed up to class one day (unknown to the other sister) in matching outfits—pale yellow sweaters and black yoga pants. One of our socially awkward teammates nicknamed us the “Twinkie Twins” and our fate in the class was sealed. After that day, Syd was so mad at me for signing her up; she rarely spoke to be during our class. We both passed the class, grateful that our grade was not based on our ability to score, pass, or skate.
Fast forward a few years, I still love hockey and am the proud owner of my own hockey skates and sticks (even if I rarely use them). I love any sport that allows players to duke it out until they fall to the ice before the refs will break it up. It’s hard core and not for the faint of heart. DC has a team, the Capitals, and they actually did pretty well last season. I was lucky enough to win tickets to last week’s game. We ended up having great seats—10 rows up on center ice—right in the middle of all the actions. Unfortunately, the Caps lost but we did get to see 2 great fights. Hockey brings out an interesting crowd and the house was packed. I brought Melissa with me and was so glad I did because she flirted her way to free diet cokes from the guys next to us. It didn’t matter that they were old—anything for a free diet coke! It was a fun night and brought back so many great memories of the glory days of the Twinkie Twins!! Syd, should we bust out the skates at Christmas?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The past 6 days have been pure bliss!! Between late nights chats, great dinners, shopping trips, and a little bit of touristy stuff, Mom and Patty have been spoiling me like crazy. We fit a lot into their visit like a White House tour, Arlington cemetery, Smithsonian museums, Capitol tour, eastern market, and the Holocaust museum. I even dragged them to my work conference and our 4th Annual I fall for Fall party. Mom and Patty made the jaunt to the east coast and the party didn't stop until they got back on the plane to go home. I am seriously going through withdrawals. I loved getting some much needed motherly advice and being spoiled by gifts, shopping sprees (Patty and Mom in a mall is a dangerous combo!), homemade meals, and great restaurants. Please come back soon!!! But next make sure to do a better job of screening calls from Big D and Lil' D. They each called on average every couple of hours and once because they couldn't find any bread in the house. Call me crazy but when most people run out of bread they go to the grocery store to get more. Just a thought.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Thank you for pretending to be asleep so that Syd and I could make our surprise complete
Thank you for not judging us when we wore these all weekend.
Thank you for giving me a reason to squeeze these babies
Thanks for allowing us to celebrate our favorite oldest sistas big day
Thank you for giving Brent a reason to bust this shirt out. It's a tragedy we missed getting a picture of him in his letterman jacket. Cole and Keith were sad to learn that Number 41 is now retired at WVHS.
Thanks for giving Durrelly one last opportunity to walk the red carpet at the WVHS Homecoming Game.
Thanks for allowing Syd to wear this all weekend.
Thanks for allowing Syd and I a chance to babysit these guys. It made us have a deeper appreciation for Darc’s life.
Thanks for helping Cole put on his “hat”
Thank you for allowing me to fly 3,000 miles to serve your friends dinner like an unpaid waitress (I would have taken a picture but I was too busy serving plates of Shelly’s deliciousness to the 30 teenyboppers scattered around our house)
Thank you for representing the last of the Smarts so well at WVHS
Thank you, Darel, for keepin’ in real
Sunday, September 12, 2010
1. I love that she always has a bunch of avocados waiting for me when I come home. They are my favorite thing but way too expensive for me to buy. I don’t have to ask (though she does always ask what I want her to make when I come home) but I always know there will be some yummy avocados waiting for me in the pantry. And if we don’t get around to eating them, she doesn’t judge me if I pack them in my suitcase to take back with me!
2. I basically went on my mission because of
5. She is generous. One of my favorite Smart sistas traditions was taking shopping trips to
6. I love that mom feeds the whole world. No one leaves the Smart house without gaining a minimum of 5 lbs. There are always strangers around the kitchen table who come from wide and far to sample her cuisine and experience her hospitality. She fed one family going through a rough time every Sunday for an entire year.
7. She-She is the original party planner. From ornate, money filled birthday cakes to enough decorations to beautify a small country;
9. I loved taking swimming lessons with mom and then helping her with the lessons as we go older. Then as we got even older she would drown us while playing pool basketball!10. She
2. Cutting my hair and talking with her
3. Cooking with her specifically cookies
4. All of her emails and packages she sends I think a lot of other missionaries are jealous of me for that.
5. How flexible she is with letting me do what I've wanted to do
6. Being a great example and drawing the line by telling me things I should or shouldn't do when necessary. (Her opinion is included in that)
7. Her sincerity when giving compliments to people. she focus's on what people are really good at and lets people know what those things may be, she is hearty in her approbation and lavish in her praise of others
8. Her listening skills and responding to others (she gives practical advice and thoughtful answers.)
9. Her fun loving nature and laid back personality, she knows when it is time to be serious and when it is time to have fun.
10. Her good looks, it has helped me more than she knows.
- She knows EXACTLY what kind of food I like and she will still buy/make it even though she hates it; chicken roll ups, Hawaiian haystacks, Hot Cheetos, and Sour Punch Straws.
- Trust. I can tell mom anything and I know it will never get out. I trust her more than anyone and I can talk to her about everything.
- She makes me breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.
- She listens. Everyday after school I go in her room (while she is doing my laundry) and we talk for at least a half an hour about how our days went. She genuinely wants to know about my day and gives the BEST advice.
- She brings stuff I forget to school—no matter what.
- She takes me seriously and treats me like I’m important.
- She’s selfless; we go out to dinner once a week with dad—she usually let’s me pick.
- We get pedicures once a month together.
- She worries about me (sometimes a little too much), but still trusts me to make the right decisions.
- She has a special nickname for me; Belle.
- She has the ability to forgive me immediately, even when I’m being a bratty teenager.
- She’s my best friend. (I know this last one is corny, but it’s true)