Sunday, August 30, 2009


I wanted to take a moment to share a movie that my wife and I watched last night. We went to Block Buster Movie Rentals to see what we could rent over the weekend. Kathy picked out a movie called Flywheel. Now if anyone is familiar with Fireproof, which is the latest movie out by the Kendrick Brothers knows what a wonderful movie it was. Flywheel was the first movie attempt made and I just thought it was incredible!

This movie was so touching and awe inspiring that I just had to share it with everyone in case they have not seen it.

Here is a little Sneak Peek!

Here is the story line directly from the website!

Jay Austin wants to sell used cars in the worst way ... and that's exactly how he does business at his dealership. Promising much more than he can ever deliver, he'll do whatever it takes to sell a car. His manipulative ways permeate all of his relationships—even his wife and son know they can't trust him.

But as Jay works on restoring a classic convertible, he begins to see that God is working on restoring him as well. Coming face-to-face with the reality of how he truly conducts himself, Jay Austin begins the ride of his life as he commits to honoring God with his business, his relationships, and his life!

FLYWHEEL: Director's Cut is the first movie produced by Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of a Georgia church that went on to produce FACING THE GIANTS in 2006. FLYWHEEL offers the same faith-filled warmth and humor that audiences loved in FACING THE GIANTS. The Kendrick Brothers wrote both films and FLYWHEEL also stars Alex Kendrick (Coach Grant Taylor). FLYWHEEL will have you cheering (and crying) once again!


I know it seems like I am being a movie critic, but with all of the violence in the movies now it is so difficult to find a family movie that both adults and children can enjoy. Both my wife and I found ourselves crying at several parts in this movie. It is one of the best movies I have seen in a while, almost since Fireproof!

Can you believe that this movie was made with a $20,000 dollar budget! The story line is touching and deals with Greed, selfishness, Pride, Lying, Sin, Trust, being humble in Gods eyes, and so much more. It also shows how a father and husband learns what it means to love God and family.

I guess in the famous words of Siskel and Ebert!


Please if you have not seen this movie, go rent it if you can! I am going to go rent Facing the Giants movie after this.

God Bless and go rent this movie!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Beach Day with Dad

By Kailee Smith

I remember a time when my dad and I spent a day at the beach together. That day was very important to me because I don’t get to spend a lot of time with my dad. My dad and I did a lot of things together on that day at the beach.

The first thing we did when we got to the beach was going on the swing set. Then my dad gently helped me on the swing. The seat was really hot so I only got to go on it a few times cause my butt was burning.

After that we were hungry, so we went to go get lunch. The little diner was on the dock that went out into the ocean. It was really cool, and there were roller skating waitresses with really cool accents.

The last thing we did was my dad saw something in the blue, ocean water. Me and my dad went so far out to get to what he saw that I was on my daddy’s shoulders. My dad reached down with his hand and got it, and what do you know it was a creamy, white sand dollar. It was so smooth, it felt like air.

That’s what my dad and I did together at the beach that day. So whether you’re at home or at the beach, your dad will always be watching you. So that is why the day was so important to me, because I have a best friend who’s my dad.

My Daughter wrote this without my knowledge!

I was going through some old word documents and happened to come across this letter my daughter had written about a time when I took her to the beach. I was so moved when I read this that it really made me sit back and think about just how much of an impact we carry over on to our children! I actually cried after I read this and thought it would be a great post for today! So love your children with all of your heart for they will be grown before you know it!

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

Friday, August 28, 2009

One Cat, Two Cat, Three Cat, Moo Cat!

Welcome to our new home Tosh and Bella, the newest family members!


The new Editions to the Smith family have been quite entertaining over the past week to say the least. We adopted two new kittens from PetsMart here in our local community. Our family is very excited although sleep deprived about our new kittens! We decided on two kittens as we currently have one cat named Moo that has been getting a bit older and let's just say a little overweight. So we decided to spice things up a bit in our household. Each of our daughters got to pick one kitten out that they would have to be responsible for. Caitlyn, our oldest daughter chose this 4 month old black and white kitten above and named him Tosh.


Kailee, our youngest daughter loved this gray kitten with 5 toes on each foot and decided that this was the one for her. At first she named her Alice, but then after thinking about it gave her a much better suited name for her and called her Bella. She is 5 months old and is the mischievous one out of the two. She keeps the family up in the middle of the night wanting to play. We are still trying to get both kittens to sleep at night, for the most part they are getting better.

Bella Loves chasing the mouse cursor on the computer so it is really hard to try to type and see around her at the same time. She is doing it now even as I type! I am leaning all the way over to the left to see around her!

Tosh loves chasing colored string and is awesome at doing back flips while trying to grab it when the kids are holding it over his head.


Which brings us to our cat named Moo. She is a playful cat, but has been the ALPHA CAT ever since we brought her home as a kitten around two years ago. She is very fussy, fickle and playful at times. It is a big maybe even HUGE adjustment for her to accept the new kittens as new members of the family, but she has been doing better everyday and just this morning has actually managed to play a little with both kittens without hissing at them. I would love to show a picture of all three of them playing together, but they are cats so you know that will be almost an impossibility.

It is like having a baby all over again! Sleepless nights, extra food, things getting knocked over, and watching the two kittens get into full on cat wrestling fights! Sometimes I feel like a referee at a WWF Wrestling Match! One, Two, oh almost had Three, but Tosh got out of the headlock and is now going for a body slam. It has been so much fun watching the new life these two little beautiful and friendly kittens bring to this house. I think that God once again has blessed us with two miracles named Tosh and Bella.

Hope you like our newest editions to our home!

Stop by and say hi to them when you get a chance.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Finishing Touches!

Hey there everyone!

Well It has taken me a while to finish putting the finishing touches on my Blog! It was fun, but tedious and challenging at the same time. I learned quite a bit on how to move HTML around to better fit my needs in the template layout section. Hopefully now I can just keep improving on it now that I have my base template finalized.

I hope you are all doing well and get a chance to comment on my new and improved Blog Page. Let me know also if you think I should change anything else! I take criticism very well and like the feedback! I am also going to be changing my header a little more so it is more vibrant and you can see the words. Right now it seems a little hard to see the bottom sentence.

Let me know what you think so I can make it better!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

3 Column Template

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

I have been working on changing my Blog around working on making it in the layout section under edit HTML. I have managed (though fumbling and tripping all over myself) to successfully make my two column layout into a 3 column layout. I am a Tech Services Project Manager, and I can barely figure this stuff out! Maybe I should start looking for a new career! Ha!

I was able to read through and copy and paste (don't ya just love copy and pasting!) from this website called Blogger Buster so click on the link if you want to change your layout to a 3 column template, but still keep your layout the same. Please let me know also if you have any websites or favorite places where you go to get new templates, backgrounds, and codes. I love kind of muddling through things to learn how to do it myself, guess I am kind of stubborn that way.

So if everyone could honestly look at my page layout and let me know what you would change, what you like, or dislike. If you think I should make my columns less transparent, or make a solid color so the posts are easier to read. I do know that I have to change something because the colors are difficult to read when the background image is so vibrant.

So if there are any pros at this please let me know what I can do to improve the look of my Blog page. I still want to keep some sort of beach motif, just not sure how to put it all together and make it look seamless like some of my friends that I am a member of.

So take a look and honestly let me know what you think!

I promise it won't hurt my feelings!

Hope to hear from you all!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome to another edition of WAW !

Word Association Wednesdays

Hello there!

Here are two more Words for you to give your own definition to.

Please take the time to look at the words below and really think about what definition you would give it.

Here is the first word...

Tingla: Please post your definition on my comments.

Okay here is the second word for the day...

Terfic: Please post your definition on my comments.

Hope you can think of some fun definitions to these words!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wizard's Teeth!

This post is written to all of us parents that have heard the cutest sayings from our kids throughout the years. This is a time when we just love what our kids say when they think that they know what they are saying, but it just turns out funny. I don't want to our kids to think that we are mocking them, just that we think that they are funny in their own individual way.

On our way down to Huntington Beach yesterday, our daughter overheard my wife and I talking about wisdom teeth and she made a comment that she couldn't wait to have her wizards teeth in. She has a loose tooth that is about to come out, so she is in the process of almost having all of her baby teeth out. She said that the only thing she had left was that her wizards teeth to come in.

If we do have Wizards Teeth, can we go to Hogwarts and practice magic?

(Just thinking out loud)

I also had other comments throughout the years from our children. One time our daughter Caitlyn asked us if Cows were wild?

I guess in some parts of the world they are!

Kailee telling us when we got to the beach that the air smells like burning sand. We could smell the portable barbeques and smoke from the firepits around the beach, but that is what she said it smelled like.

What does burning sand smell like? Glass I guess.

Caitlyn just a few months ago asked us how much a Silver Dollar is worth?

Uhh....... I think it's worth a dollar we replied as the light bulb went off in her head.

So what memories do you remember of your kids saying funny things that just made you laugh.

I would love to hear them!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Word Association Wednesday!

Welcome to
Word Association Wednesday!


Welcome to WAW or Word Association Wednesday!

Today we are going to learn the definitions for two new words today students!

So can any of you raise your hand and tell me what these two words are?

Please comment on your definitions so I know who to give class credit for!

Okay here is the first word for the day!

Gensol: Please tell me what the definition is.

Be the first to be called on once you raise hand and get a class bonus!

You get to comment on my Blog!

Okay Great Job Class, everyone is doing so well...

Ready for the next word?

Here it is!

Putyri: Please give me the definition.

What a difficult word to think about huh!

Everyone put on their thinking cap and come up with the best definition!

I will be waiting for you to turn in your definitions so I can grade them.

Class dismissed and have a great day!



I am sorry if I offended any teachers out there as it was not intended to. It just kind of came out this way!

That's just how I roll!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ant Training Class!!!

I have been reading many Blogs with my wife about Ants and how they love to trick us humans into believing that Ants are not smart! Truth is that Ants have been around much longer than humans have, live in colonies (much like we live in communities.) Ants are much better at surviving than we are.

They even have a Monarchy political system which has been ruled by the Queen Ant for thousands of years. There have been no attempts to overthrow their system. You are a worker for the Queen or you are a soldier for the Queen. Either way you work for the WOMAN!

I sit here and ponder what the colony would be like living among the ants, do they have school? houses under the ground? We know that there grocery store is open 24 hours a day right outside their little Ant hill (That would be our homes!). I bet they even have Ant Training classes on what type of poisons to stay away from and which ones to bring home because it's not poison to them, but an aphrodisiac! They sit there and have Ant Scientists who come up with vaccinations to new poisons that have been developed by our scientists.

I am sure that if we new what an Ant hill looks like, it would probably look like something from the picture above. Ants at work, having lunch, going to school, a warehouse to store ant food, and even a clothing store "Army Ants Surplus!" It seems as if everything that we try to do to get rid of those pesky little buggers, nothing works!

So remember, everything that we create to kill the Ant species, they create something to counteract what we have done to try to kill them. I am sure that even now as I sit here and type this, an ant is typing their blog on how and why humans are still alive after all of these years. That ant scientists are coming out with new ways to poison us! Maybe they are doing testing on all of those picnic basket foods you see them take back to their ant hills.


Ever stop to wonder why?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Silly Saturday!

Let me In!

Here is a funny video that my wife found that I wanted to share with you. We have a cat named Moo and she is the epitome of this cartoon! She is always begging to be let out or back in and scratches on the sliding glass door just like this. She even sits in the kitchen and practically points to the cabinet so she can get cookies! If she could point to her mouth she would!

So hope you enjoy the video and post a comment!

Take care!