Saturday, December 27, 2008

Counting Blessings

I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I know that we did. We are so fortunate to have the things we have and to live the lives that we live. We are also fortunate enough to have love, one another and our wonderful family and friends.

These past few weeks have been very busy for us. We were in Jamaica, went to Nashville, brought home a puppy and had Christmas. Jamaica was amazing and a much needed vacation. It was beautiful and I didn't want to leave. I will definitely return. Nashville was fun because we got to go to the ICE exhibit and we went to see the Rockettes. I know it wasn't Fred's "cup of tea", but he was nice enough to indulge me for a night. And bringing home Knox has been one of the greatest joys in my life. I also can't believe that Christmas is already behind us. Perhaps this 77 degree weather has something to do with that.

We've been working on potty training and trying to get Willie, my parents' dog, used to having Knox around. Neither have been easy tasks and we're not even close to being complete. But, you do what you can and you keep working at it.
Knox has been such a joy to be around. He has this presence about him. I love watching him learn new things and it's really made me enjoy more of the simple things in life. And that is always a blessing!

I hope that 2009 is as good to us as 2008 was. I look forward to what the future holds. My new year's resolution will be to count my blessings daily. Sometimes we take them for granted, but I want to make sure that I realize just how fortunate I am.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Deck the Halls

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? wrapping paper and shiny bows
2. Real tree or Artificial? Well, we have an artificial one because I refuse to clean up after a real tree. Fred grew up with real trees; so, he wants one, but I got my way and we have an artificial one.
3. When do you put up the tree? Around Thanksgiving. This year, I was off the whole week of Thanksgiving and Fred was itching to put it up; so, we put it up on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime in between the day after Christmas and New Year's.
5. Do you like eggnog? Not really. I prefer hot chocolate.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Anything Barbie!
7. Hardest person to buy for? My mom
8. Easiest person to buy for? My dad
9. Do you have a nativity scene? We have two. I would like more.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I mail our Christmas cards. Since I love receiving Christmas cards, I want other's to have that same joy.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Frog figurines for your yard. Yuck!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I usually start "hunting and gathering" in September.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes...oops!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? The tin cans of Garrett Popcorn
16. Lights on the tree? I love colored lights on our tree
17. Favorite Christmas song? Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas"
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay at home, but we usually take a trip before Christmas to some place warm. This year: Jamaica!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? YES! You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and do you know the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We have a star on the top of our tree.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We open each other's gifts on Christmas Eve and then Santa comes on Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The parking at the mall.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I love these Hallmark ornaments from the 80's, but they are on my parent's tree.
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? Well, I need some new clothes because all of mine are too big.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Knox Barksdale Smithwick

It's official...Fred and I are now the proud parents of a 5-week-old dachshund puppy. I'd like to introduce Knox Barksdale Smithwick. He was born on November 1, 2008.
We drove to the Nashville area yesterday and picked him out. We were able to meet his mother and father. His mother is a light, red short hair and his father is a black and tan short hair. Both are miniature dachshunds. He is adorable and I can't wait to bring him home. The bad thing is that we can't bring him home until the 21st of December, but I know that it'll be well worth the wait.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Baby Smithwick??

Greetings! Here's a little bit about us:
We were married on April 5, 2008. We honeymooned on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian islands. We live right outside of Memphis, Tennessee. We both work in the marine industry and we're, not a baby, but a dog!

Fred and I have been searching for a dachshund puppy. You know, weenie dogs. Well, thanks to one of Fred's college friends, Emily, we think that we have found a breeder just south of Nashville.

This is the perfect time to add an addition to the Smithwick family. After December 12 (my birthday), Fred and I will be off of work for three weeks. We are leaving for a family vacation to Jamaica on the 13th and after we return, Fred is taking me to Nashville to see the Rockettes perform on the 20th. Since we'll already be in Nashville, we're going to pick out our puppy on the 21st! What a wonderful early Christmas present?! I am so excited!

We've been discussing names and I think we've decided on one, but it'll be a secret until we introduce him to the world. Stay tuned for updates...

Here is an email that I got that I thought would be fun to paste- ENJOY!
What time did you get up this morning? 6:00 am
Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds
What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Four Christmases
What is your favorite TV show? The Office or How I Met Your Mother
What do you usually have for breakfast? Raisin Bran, a banana and orange juice
What is your middle name? Elizabeth
What food do you dislike? most kinds of beans
What is your favorite CD at the moment? Sheryl Crow's Christmas puts me in the spirit
What kind of car do you drive? Lexus IS 250
Favorite sandwich? pb&j
What characteristic do you despise? dishonesty
Favorite item of clothing? my ruffled undershirt from The Gap
Ifyou could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Australia
Where would you retire to? Some place warm
What was your most recent memorable birthday? Hopefully's next week
Favorite sport to watch? college basketball
When is your birthday? December 12
Areyou a morning person or a night person? morning
What is your shoe size? 7
Pets? Hopefully 1 dachshund soon
Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? We are getting a puppy!
What did you want to be when you were little? Teacher
How are you today? Cold!
What is your favorite candy? Gummy Bears, Nerds, and Peanut M&M's
What is your favorite flower? calla lilies
What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? My birthday, the 12th!
What is your favorits pastime? shopping
What are you listening to right now? silence
What was the last thing you ate? soup
Do you wish on stars? sometimes
If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Pink
How is the weather right now? COLD
The first person you spoke to on the phone today? My mom
Favorite soft drink? Coke Zero
Favorite restaurant? Moe's Southwest Grill or Buffalo Wild Wings
Natural hair color? dark blonde
What was your favorit toy as a child? Barbie
Summer or winter? Summer
Hugs or kisses? Both
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Coffee or tea? Tea
When was the last time you cried? I can't remember
What is under your bed? Nothing
What did you do last night? was a low key evening
What are you afraid of? Snakes, Rats, and Mice
Salty or sweet? sweet
How many keys are on your key ring? 2
How many years at your current job? 4.5 years
Favorite day of the week? Saturday
How many towns have you lived in? 3
Do you make friends easily? I think so