Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lucky Duck

While Rangi's family was visiting us from Cali we went to Adventure Learning Park one afternoon and fed the ducks. It is a really fun and inexpensive activity to do in the summer. You can go to a Bread thrift store and buy the old bread for like 50 cents a loaf. Im not sure, but I do not think ducks can tell the difference between day old and freshly baked!
Rox and a very unsure Millie, getting their feet wet.
The Rangi Smart fam and Grandma Cher
Pretty sure Jillie was more into the stale bread than the ducks.

It was such a beautiful day for walking around the park!
I love this girl. I cant get enough of her thighs!
Danny and I enjoying the awesome park. He especially loves this park. His family lives really close and he grew up going to this park everyday in the summer. He told me about a massive 3 incher (fish) he once caught that he later took home, prepared, and ate. I married such a manboy. I love it.
They dont get much cuter than this!

Try and tell me this pic doesn't make you happy?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Strawberry Days

Strawberries & Cream...
Oh how I will miss you until next summer. Oh how I will miss the whole week of fun activities and memories you bring every year without fail. However, my hips will not miss thee. Its a good thing its not Strawberry Days everyday because I might be a bit of an addict:)

This last week was Strawberry Days. Pleasant Grove's yearly celebration packed with fun events such as week long carnival, rodeos, baby contests, Huck Finn day, a parade, music in the park, and of course Strawberries and Cream! It is seriously my favorite time of year:)

One of my favorite lines from the Ricker, "I swear I'll be a carnie rat in the next life."
D lish and I at the Carnival. I LOVE the Carnival!!! I love riding all the spinning, twirling, rinky dink rides til' I wanna puke. The world's best, biggest, greasiest corn dogs. The people watching. The Carnie rats with small hands that smell like cabbage. It's the best.
All cowboy-ed up! Danny was so sad he wasn't able to be in the Rodeo this year. Both of his teammates dropped out. He said that if he cant get a team together next year he's going solo. Good luck with that Dan:)
The Smart brothers weren't able to do it because, as many of you know, Rangi really hurt his knee and just got off crutches. They all decided not to do it if Rangi couldn't. Hopefully next year they will all be able to. It makes the rodeo way more fun!
The only Smarts to be found in the Strawberry Day's Rodeo were those in the cash cow event. Rigdon, Livi, Lini, and AnnaBelle proudly represented by chasing the cow covered in cash.
No, this is not me.
Hint* My red headed brothers like to steal my hair extensions.
Mmm! I love me a good set of twins.

Ricker and Cher enjoying the Rodeo
Los Gs
Two of the Wild Cow Milkers and I.
Mills an Rox. If you look close you can see Millie's fangs! Its so funny those were her first teeth. Also, she started walking this week!

Ricker, Cher, and & Grandma Phyl Phyl.
A very angry cow giving a quick jab to Kyle, a kid on Grant's Milking team.

After the Rodeo Ricker and Cher had a wienie roast for everyone. It was such a fun night!

Then we all laid out under the stars talking til everyone fell asleep. Im pretty sure it wasn't til'
about 2:30!

It was so fun sleeping out under the stars. I have never tried to take a photo of the stars, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I didn't have a tripod and the lens was open for roughly 30 seconds so its not as focused as I'd like. I am excited to play around with the tripod and the stars soon.

The morning after we all rolled out of bed and went yard sale-ing. It was the great end to a great week. Can't wait for next year!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ode to The Ricker

1. Just to start things off... He has killed one of these. Yeah, he's hardcore. He's the Ricker.
2. He's a softie. No matter how tough he might think he is or how intimidated my friends are of him, he has a soft spot for others. Rox and I bring him to tears every time we sing "Sisters."
3. He is always looking for opportunities to help people. He gives of his time to others.

4. He's a party animal in every sense of the word. He is the reason our family has so much fun. Which could also be due to the fact that
5. He throws the best parties.
6. He's 100% Irish.
7. Recently we just found out he is also belongs to one of the most chosen people, the Jews. ha ha, just playin Ricker:)
8. He's a very good liar. Growing up he always told me I was so cute. Looking back on my Junior High photos, during the ages 11-16 were the acme of his lying career.

9. He'll do anything for his kids/grandkids.
Example: I was living in St. George and it was the day before my birthday when the Ricker called and asked me what my plans were for my birthday. I told him not really anything. The next day him and my mom surprised me by driving the 4 hour drive to say Happy Birthday in person! They drove down to St. George and took me back with them in one day. When I walked in the door they had a whole birthday party planned for me. It was a good day:)
10. He tells the best scary stories. I.E. The Golden Arm, The Ratman. The best part of all these stories is they are 100% true and factual.
11. He bought me a giant parrot, a hedge hog, a puppy, ect, that I had to have.

12. He resembles a young Robert Redford.
13. Seriously THEE most loyal person you will ever meet. I always know I have someone ready to back me up or fight for me:) Everyone should have someone like The Ricker in their life.

14. He treats Cher like a Queen. He made me realize how I wanted my husband to treat me and set an example for all of our brothers how they should treat their wives.
15. He is so supportive. He sat through countless wrestling tournaments, swim meets, football games, softball tournaments, and of course his favorites Choir Concerts and Cheer competitions with no complaints.
16. He always encouraged all of his kids to do anything and everything they could.
17. He's convincing. He gave me my confidence. He always told me I was talented, beautiful, and could do anything I put my mind to. I think if someone tells you something enough you really start to believe it. I've always felt like if I worked hard enough I really could do anything.

18. He secretly likes Boldie and Stitch.
19. He is the O'Smart's Softball Coach.
20. He makes the best treat bags for special events.
21. All growing up he worked SO much to make sure all of us kids had everything we needed and wanted. It wasn't uncommon for him to work 90+ hours a week.

22. You can guarantee he is friends with the meat and produce guy at all the local supermarkets in PG. The fruits of these friendships are awesome.
23. He loves when Roxanne and I sing together. I love this. Even though singing "Sisters" at age 23 in front of your whole extended family can be extremely humiliating.
24. His man crush is "The Rock."
25. He taught me how to throw a softball. One of my favorite things when I was younger was playing softball with my dad.
26. He loves his mom so much. He makes sure Grandma Phyl is always taken care of and present at all of our parties.
27. He gave me my love for a good deal. The only person who loves Flea Markets and Yard Sales more than me, is the Ricker. Whenever I get a bargain he's the first person I cant wait to show and tell.

28. When I was little, or even in High School, he would always say, "Here's some money just for being so cute." or "Let's go buy you girls an outfit just because you're so cute."
29. He won the Wild Cow Milk.
30. If Ricker is going to do something you can guarantee he will go all out. He volunteers to take dinner to people in the ward all the time. We're not talking about any weak sauce meals. This brotha can cook! Delicious seven course meals complete with ribs, rolls, corn, salad, a full pie, ect. Yeah people are faking illnesses to get these meals, and frankly I dont blame them.

31. He takes pride in and LOVES our house.

32. He is THEE Grill Sergeant.

33. He bought me a Pink Convertible for heaven's sake...
(Also, I dont know what the crap Roman is doing in this picture, I couldn't find another one)
34. He set such a good example for his sons by serving a mission.
35. He set such a good example for all of his kids by working hard and being honest. Ricker lives by the motto, "Work Hard, Play hard." and of course by "Kiss the Cook:)"

36. He made sure I had the picturesque wedding I always wanted. I really wanted to have it in our backyard and he worked so hard, as well as the rest of the fam, to make sure it looked perfect. He put countless hours in, and the house looked awesome.
37. He loves my red hair, maybe more than me.

38. Whether he is rooting for The Vikings or The Cougars he is True Blue through and through.

39. All of the cheerleaders at our High School loved him because he would bring us Einstein Bagels to our early morning cheer practices.
40. He has a testimony of our Savior.
41. Not many people can say they've owned a Rolls Royce, he can.
42. My dad loved his dad. I know he always cared so much for Big El and always wanted to make him proud. When Big El got sick my dad was right by his side. He drove to Salt Lake EVERY SINGLE DAY to take him dinner and visit with him. Through his example and by watching how he interacted with his dad, my dad has taught me that we need to honor our parents and make them proud. I know Big El is proud of my dad. I am proud of my dad and proud to say Im his daughter. I know everyone thinks this but I truly feel I have the best dad. My family has been truly blessed by the Ricker.

Love you dad!

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer To-Do List

I really love summer.
But unfortunately it's not Forever Summer in the State of Utah. There are only about 4 months of really good weather, and maybe not even that.

To ensure we get as much fun packed into these 4 short months as possible we made a Summer to-do list.

Here are our O'10 To-Do's.
(We have already done some of them seeing as how we're already into Summer!)

  1. Go to Classic Skating dressed up as Old People
  2. Eat a Shake from Granny's in Heber.
  3. Go Fishing
  4. Night Games
  5. Lagoon
  6. Strawberry Days Rodeo
  7. PG Carnival aka City of Fun
  8. Noodle Wrestling
  9. Cinco De Mayo Party
  10. Let's Go Fly a Kite
  11. Eat at Chuck-a-Rama 10 times. We May or may not have already reached our half mark:)
  12. Sunday drives in Pinky
  13. Midnight Lemonade Stand
  14. Los G's Album Release Party
  15. Skinny Dipping...this also may or may not have happened already:)
  16. Yard Sale EVERY Saturday (Every Saturday goes without saying. Roman even stopped at one on his way to the temple to be married! So yeah, this one is incredibly rigid.)
  17. Go Camping
  18. Hike the G
  19. Fly a Kite
  20. Have a BBQ
  21. Buy, Light, and enjoy THE BUGZAPPER!!! (Mine, Rox, Lil's favorite firework of all time)
  22. Have a Sister "Beauty Night"
  23. Build a Fort
  24. Go to a Parade
  25. Build a rice crispy treat Castle, ...nay, KINGDOM!!!
  26. Run 10 miles @ once
  27. Llama Fest 2010
  28. Los Reunion
  29. BUG SHOW!!!
  30. Play Tennis
  31. Kick butt on the O'Smart's Softball Team
  32. Learn or at least attempt to Golf
  33. Neon Bowling
  34. Darken my freckles
  35. Which brings us to our next point kids, make friends with someone with a boat.
  36. Play with Rangi and Sara!!
  37. Snow Cone Fest
  38. Climb a Tree
  39. Eat a Tinfoil
  40. Have a sleep out
  41. Listen to one of Ricker's scary stories
  42. Cruise through the canyon
  43. Take Grandma Phyl Phyl out to lunch
  44. Sit on Dixie Rock... or on Danny's shoulder AT the Dixie Rock.
  45. Sleep in the Playhouse
  46. Ride Sundance Lift
  47. Denny's @ 2 am
  48. Go to Parent Tot Swim Class
  49. Have a fish fry
  50. Mountain Biking
  51. Karaoke
  52. PORTUGAL. THE MAN CONCERT!!! This is us last year at their concert. I caught the drummer's stick that he threw into the crowd!
  53. Make 10 homemade dinners for this silly guy:)
  54. Vegas for Rox's 21st Birthday
  55. Float the Provo
  56. Go on a Picnic
  57. FUN BUS
  58. Drive to SLC and take pictures of all the neat old houses in the Avenues
  59. Star Gazing
  60. Have a cousin rendezvous (With more than just the cousins in this pic:)
  61. Watermelon fest O'10!
  62. Play Ninga Tag
  63. Run in a Race
  64. Go to the Rope Swing and have a Bonfire
  65. Squeeze Millie's stomach in her baby swimsuit. AnnaBelle has already one upped me on this.
  66. Become a Zumba Maniac, maybe even get certified?
  67. Host an All-you-can-eat Hot Dog Contest
  68. Ride "Red Hot Red Head" off a sick jump. (That's the name of my dirt bike)
  69. Take "engagement" photos of Ricker and Cher for their wedding anniversary
  70. Go Shopping with Grandma Phyl
  71. Take pictures of each grandkid
  72. Make friends with someone with an accent (Utah doesn't count)
  73. Hike Timp
  74. Go to Bear Lake and finish an "Old Ephraim" Pizza. (Its a giant pizza and if you can finish it you get your picture on the wall:)
  75. Play Volleyball
  76. Jump in a Lake
  77. Tumble on luscious grass
  78. Ride a bus to SLC and back
  79. Maybe make a change to the red fro?
  80. Take pictures of my favorite things in PG
  81. Go to the Park City Outlets
  82. Run through the sprinklers
  83. Pancake Sundays
  84. Watch the Ninja Turtles Trilogy and eat Pizza in their honor.
  85. Buy a jar of Jelly Belly's and eat them at the park
  86. Go to at least 5 different temples and do a session
  87. Make homemade Lemonade
  88. Go to a Drive In
  89. Go to the Beam Museum
  90. Have ALL this fun while still passing my Summer School Classes!


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I love being a red head. My husband is goofy. We both love Chuck a rama. I love antiques, miniature things, and Diet Mountain Dew. My Motto, "Life is RRRRReeeeeeeally Guuuud!" -Nacho.