Saturday, February 23, 2013

Veteran Parent Wannabe

This sweet woman and one of my best friends, Kyra, just had her third daughter (and we are the same age).  She is wise beyond her years, and I hope I can emulate some of her awesome parenting skills.
Remember this pic... it was taken just a month ago.
This was just taken last night. She has a three-week old, and she and her hubby were ready for a night out in downtown Atlanta already
The Karrs introduced us to a great new singer- Josh Garrels. Amazing voice! We enjoyed their "Mason Jar Music" movie and concert at "Center Stage Theater"
Matthew learned his own tricks from the veteran dad
Even though he looks happy, Livia could smell his fear
Thanks for a great night Reid and Kyra, y'all are true veterans
If you want a great steak salad dinner (better and cheaper than any steakhouse), get some flank steak, marinate with soy sauce and balsamic. Sear on a stove top grill pan. Add to mixed greens with toasted pine nuts, herb goat cheese, and sun dried tomatoes. Amazing!


Monday, February 18, 2013


As we approach the finish line of the third trimester, Matthew and I wanted to take some time to quiet our lives (before the loud crying begins) and remember where this whole journey began. We wouldn't have Baby Smith if it weren't for God's grace... on so many levels.... in our lives separately and also together. So we headed off to Athens for a little B&B and R&R, as well as some good treats!

Valentine's started with making my hubby some homemade donuts. I'm not really a donut-lover (I know it's like I'm not American), but I could make an exception for these!  They are really easy to make. Check out Paula Deen's recipe.

We stayed a sweet Bed and Breakfast called Ashford Manor in Watkinsville near Athens.
Our cottage was separate from the main house. We had our own kitchen and everything. It was so cute!
I can totally see the weddings that take place here. I loved the grounds, even in the dead of winter.
This was the exact place where Matthew and I exchanged vows and became husband and wife!
Of course we reenacted the run to the limo. Not quite the same when your 25 extra pounds and the freezing cold. But still fun.
It is an amazing memory. I loved our wedding day! (and yes the cubbuster has a coffee in-hand.)
It's amazing how many places have changed in downtown Athens since we were students. We still look like undergrad students right?
We usually wait until our anniversary to get our wedding cake, but who needs an excuse for cake?
That's the best part about being pregnant. Embrace the opportunity to eat for two and pack on the pounds. I'm just storing a little extra heat for winter that's all.
Nothing like being able to walk through those arches. Degree achieved. Superstition avoided.

 We can't wait to take our kids to UGA one day to show them where mom and dad first met!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Love conquers all

I love Love. (not a typo.) It's true- God is love, love covers a multitude of sins, and there is no fear in Love. All of these scriptural references explain why in the midst of hardships, sadness, and trials, we can still see something good in the world. As we approach a "hallmark" holiday, I'm reminded of how much love there is in this world.

My mother-in-law and her friends threw a sweet baby shower this weekend in St. Simons in which they merely wanted to show their love for their friend and her precious grandbaby-to-be. It was just a room filled with women loving on me!

I also saw the sweet love my best friend had for her new precious daughter. Livia Reid Karr came into the world easily without a fuss. I pray our own baby does the same! :)

A sister's love for her new sister. It was precious!

We are beginning to build our nursery too! Not only are we filling a tiny space with furniture, toys, and books, but as much love as we can! Matthew actually put the crib together, but just before I decided to stand in the middle of it! The wall decor has changed as well.... more pictures to come!

31 +  weeks!
Keep on loving, and you will see the it everywhere!