Saturday, February 13, 2016


Maddie has been involved in a local "pick up" basketball program for the past few weeks.  Basically,  a few of the local dads saw an opportunity to work with what I think is K-2 graders on basic skills.  After practicing for a few weeks, now they are dividing the kids up and playing games.  I was very impressed with their patience with the kids!  I was also thrilled with how much they have learned in a very short amount of time.  Don't get me wrong-at first glance  it looks a whole lot like organized chaos!!  But, if you look closely you will see that they are  learning to dribble, shoot, and play defense, all while having a good time!!!  This Nana thought it was well worth the 3 1/2 hour drive to watch her play!!

Lillian got in a little practice before the official warm ups began!  Big sis is always looking  out for her!

And Mr. Blue Eyes is always close by!

First, they opened with prayer, did a few exercises, ran a little (which Maddie normally hates, but didn't seem to mind with basketball),  socialized a little, and they practiced shooting!

Next, it was game time!  Hands up everybody!

Her team ended the game with a whopping 2 points!  And guess who scored them!??

This sweet  girl!!!  I missed the shot of the ball going in, but trust me it did!!!

I'm not sure who this coach is, but I like him!!  He was very positive and encouraging, as were the others!  That smile on Maddie's face tells it all!!

This game ended in a tie.  Her friend Marley scored for the other team!  So much fun!!  I can't wait to go back!  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Let's Go to the Hop

I was able to attend Lillian's Valentine Sock Hop, and it was a rocking good time!  You just can't beat 3 year olds in poodle skirts and leather jackets.  This sock hop was complete with a local DJ and television coverage!!

Her mom had her looking the part!  How precious is this??

The gang's all here!!

Lillian's Group

Lillian's teacher "Miss" Glenda is awesome!!  She helped them get into the swing of things!

She had a great time with her friends twisting and shouting!

Come on and do the locomotion with me!!

Lots of cute decorations!

Hanging out at the soda shop!  And checking out the 10 flakes of snow that fell!!

They enjoyed a little cruise with "Miss" Glenda!

Soon they headed over to the diner for a little snack!  Lillian enjoyed one french fry and a cup full of ketchup!

So much fun!!

Just a Hot Mess

If you live anywhere near Aliceville, you've probably  heard of trees coming down on Pine Hill Drive.  The clean up has begun.  I'm convinced that it's just going to take a few more days of raking, picking up sticks, doing a little dirt work, moving a shed, planting a little grass, and then it will be as good as new!  Sounds simple!  Actually, it's already looking better, and I think they will be very glad they did this when all is said and done!!

Picking up sticks and putting  them in a pile!!  Isn't that a song?

Pop was a big  help!  They would have gotten lots more done but the tractor chose to take a break!!  Thank goodness for Willie, too!

Taylor got in on the fun, too!!

Papa pops in quite often to make sure everything is going like it's suppose to!  Trust me, Caleb appreciated the break!

I hope to soon have an  update on the finished project!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Princess for a Day

I don't think there is anything better for a six year old than getting to put on make up, dress up in a beautiful dress, and be a princess for a day!

This brings back  so many memories!! Seems like yesterday that it was her mom getting ready!!

Beautiful dress, beautiful stage, and an extra beautiful girl!!


Oh so beautiful!!  She didn't miss a beat!  All smiles!!

And as always, her biggest fans are there cheering her on!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Good Times

There are no words for how much we enjoy these babies!!  We don't have to do much to have a good time!!  I had been down for a few days earlier in the week, but Pop hadn't seen these cuties for a while!  They were all  glad to see each other!

This one introduced me to a whole new kind of love!!  She is growing up too fast!!

And this little spitfire keeps us on our toes with her cute little self!!  And she made our hearts grow even more!!

It is very safe to say that these two are buddies!! Reed calls him our "bonus baby" and he is definitely that!!

It was a beautiful day to do a little exploring!

He is going to break hearts!!  

Look out Gracie!!! Poor kitty!

So much fun!!

He can hang with his big sisters!!

We headed back after lunch!  I am headed back this week to attend Lillian's Valentine dance! I can't wait!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Huey, Dewie, and Louie

Well, the zoo at the Smith house continues to grow.  Somehow, someway Josh acquired 3 ducks from a "friend" at work!!  I think they just kind of appeared in a crate in the back of his truck.  They are "yard" ducks, and without going into too much detail, they might not be the brightest animals in the barn!!  They are also quite entertaining and fun to watch!

They were trying to crate them for the night.  It was quite entertaining to watch!  Maddie was determined to be successful!!

Reed got into the chase!!  The little rascals found a really good hiding place in the bushes. It was quite the challenge to get them out!

Everyone got into the chase - but the little rascals came out in their own good time!

They went that a way!!!!!

Josh and Lindsey were finally able to catch them in a crate.  They put them into the garden area which is fenced.  The plan was to keep them in there at night and let them be "free range" during the day.  Sounds good, but they won't come out of the gate.  Not sure how this one's going to turn out!!

And guess what season is fixing to start!!! Maddie moves up to coach pitch, and we think Lillian is going to play t ball this year!! Should be interesting!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chuck E. Cheese

The girls were here for the weekend.  (Baby Reed was sick.)  We planned to take them to Alabama's championship parade, but we decided it was just too cold!  So, we loaded them up and headed to the new Chuck E. Cheese in Tuscaloosa.  We have been to the one in Birmingham several times, but this was our first visit here.  I loved everything but the location - the parking stinks!! The girls on the other hand loved it all!!!

There were horses to ride!

 Rides with the old mouse himself!

Helicopter ride that Maddie loved!  Lillian-not so much!!  I don't have very many pictures of Maddie, because she spent most of her time on the big girl games with Pop.

And speaking  of Pop, he was always around handing out those tokens!  

Lots of smiles and lots of  fun!!

Just in case you're wondering---100 tokens gets you enough tickets to get two bracelets, 2 bookmarks, 2 sets of fake teeth and lots and lots of memories with Nana and Pop!!