Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rockin' The Beer Gut.

You may notice a few odd things in this photo. 1st, Danny is "smoking," a piece of beef jerky and 2nd, I am rocking the beer gut...
a little more than usual of course.

We are expecting a baby girl this January!
I found out I was pregnant on my birthday, best present ever? Yes:)
Since that day Danny said he KNEW it was a girl and instantly started calling her, "Pearl" since she was about the size of a Pearl/Lentil.
And just for the record, she's already fareaking cute:)

I'm 6 months along and am still gettin used to, "Rocking the beer gut."

Danny says, "Don't worry Rach, from experience, it gets easier with time. "
Since I am no longer vomiting 7 times a day in front of my co workers
and falling asleep while eating a bowl of cereal, I'd say I'll most definitely take the 2nd Trimester over the 1st.

Before I was pregnant, I found it a little odd that women were always comparing their developing babies to fruits and vegetables. What a hypocrite I have become.
From a lime to a cantaloupe, I stay up to date.
I am CONSTANTLY annoying my family with facts about our growing baby and OF COURSE what size fruit or vegetable it is this week. A couple of weeks ago I was spouting off my annoying facts to my parents and the next day I came home to find this lil' cutie on my doorstep.
I named it Eggplant Elder:)
My parents are so cute.
The other best part of my pregnancy is being pregnant with my sisters!
We have four new babies on the way all being born within 4 months of each other.
Here we are in order of pregnancies...
Rachel: Due January.
Sarah: Due February
Mindy: Due March
Michelle: Due April

Can you think of anything funner?
Ricker has already named this batch of babes the fearsome foursome.
I'm not sure if he's talking about the babies or the irritable pregnant women....

Must be the babies...
We don't look too irritable.
As long as I can keep eating my weight in cold cereal everyday I'm a happy lady:)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Rangi De Mayo!!!

Happy Rangi De Mayo Hombres!!!
This strapping young buck turns 36 today!

A shout out to the, "bad A" pie connoisseur that has
probably tripled the Red Head population of Rancho Cucamonga.
Atta Boy!
Happy Birthday Rang! We all love and miss you so much!!!
Hope you're having a fun day:D

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Two Lips.

This one time, 2 years ago, I was walking through rows of tulips....
with this handsome guy:)
Perfect Day. Perfect Date.
When to my pleasant surprise I found a beautiful ring in a giant tulip!

I was pretty happy:)

And still am!

Love you babe!
Happy 2 year Engagement Anniversary:)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Once again to Portugal.

The gang and I recently went to another Portugal. The Man Concert. Sheesh can these boys rock. It was LOUD.
I went with a heinous ear infection and was 50% sad.
Now I can't hear in either ear... but it was worth it.
I wore my Portugal shirt, as always, to show my support for our favorite group. Surprisingly enough, I felt like a total creeper when I ran into the lead singer...
Oh well. They really are great. If you haven't heard their music, well do somethin' about it!


Thursday, April 7, 2011


Winters in the Smart House can be cold and drafty to say the least. The Pioneers definitely built these houses sturdy, but it seems that they are usually a bit colder than the average home. Growing up it always seemed like we were dibs-ing the various, "hot spots," around the house. AKA, the heater vents. How did things usually unfold?? Survival of the fittest came into play and the bigger and stronger siblings got the more comfortable heater vents.

It seems as though history is to repeat itself. Now it seems the fight for heat is between Boldie and Millie.

Millie VS Boldie


Height: 2'3"
Weight: 22 lbs
Signature Move: Look of Death
(inherited from her mother)


Height: 1'4"
Weight: 28 lbs
Signature Move: Rock Solid to Blob in .056 seconds.
(inherited from his adoptive mother)

If you want to make Millie mad, take away her heater vent. Boldie, the handicapped French Bulldog, also has an obsession with heat. When he is in front of his vent he seriously melts into a blob. As seen in the above and below photos. When Millie comes over to our house that is one of the first places she'll go. Boldie isn't shy and will let Millie know it's his. Even if it means pushing her away with his snout to protect his domain.
Doesn't he look like a fighter??

It's sad when in the "Survival of the Fittest," a blob wins. Better luck next year Millie. Gain 6 lbs. and its in the bag!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Hello Blogging World!!!

How I've missed you. I haven't read any blogs for so long. Danny got a new work schedule and I spend as much of my after work time with him as I can. I feel disconnected from the cyber world! I plan on catching up on all of your blogs in the next couple of days.
This week my family, excluding Beetle & Co., has been out of town and it has been so weird to say the least. I think I got a little taste of what living away from family would be like. It's a bitter taste, I hope I never have to experience it fully! Don't get me wrong, we've had a good week we just missed the fam!
We have had a good week we just missed the fam! The weather has been beautiful the last couple of days. We have loved being outside and riding our scooter.
With the good weather we got started on what seems like a never ending project, our yard.
I love working in the yard. Some of my best memories growing up were working in the yard with the family. Daylight donuts and Diet Coke getting us through the grueling work:) I think I was probably just catching snakes and playing House with Roxanne while the brothers and parents actually worked. Good memories nonetheless. So Danny and I are now attempting grooming and whipping our yard into shape. It is a lot of work but it has been really fun so far.
I found this guy, and later two more of his buddies, while weeding. I can't believe I used to touch them. Yuck. Now I can barely get close enough to hurry and snap a pic.
We were loving the blue skies and the 74 Degree weather!
After a few loads to the dump, digging, weeding, ect... we needed a little break.
We may or may not have stopped and grabbed a Daylight Donut...:)
I can't believe how these little flowers can make me so happy. Walking on green grass in bare feet, blue skies, birds hopping around my yard, plants sprouting, buds blossoming. Oooo! I love Spring.
We are excited for Spring and to whip our yard into shape and especially for the fam to get home tomorrow!

P.S. I swear the weather in Utah likes to mock me. Today it snowed 4 inches! How dare I get so excited for Spring...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Never too late for a New Year's Resolution.

At the beginning of the year several people make promises and set goals to become a better person.

-Go to the gym more.
-Eat healthier
-Do more service.

We've all done it.
What start out as good intentions are usually forgotten by the time February rolls around.

Right after Christmas, when our pants had gotten tighter and our bellies seemed to have grown, we all sat around the table talking about our New Year's Resolutions. My mother in law came up with a great idea. She had a goal she wanted to help us achieve.

The resolution: She wanted us all to learn something new this year. Whether it was learning to budget or learning to play the guitar, she wanted us to choose something we felt inclined to learn about. She gave each of us a cute fabric pouch containing $20. This money was to be used to purchase a book concerning what we chose to learn about. I was so excited to learn something new! I love to learn and there are so many things that interest me. Danny and I went to Borders one afternoon and had a blast trying to decide what we wanted to learn about.

We had just walked over to Border's from Happy Sumo and naturally I had Sushi on the brain. I found a Make Your Own Sushi Kit. It included various items needed to make sushi like recipe books, an instructional dvd, sushi mat, wooden rice spoon, decorative chop sticks, ect.

I was so excited. The next day I came home from work to find Danny had gotten all of the necessary ingredients for our homemade sushi.

There were so many ingredients that I had no clue were in Sushi.
Especially ingredients for the rice. It's just rice! Not really. The rice is the trickiest part. It has to be sticky but not too sticky.
Some of our beginning rolls struggled.
But we still had such a fun time making them. We all made our own rolls just how we liked them. (Mine with a ton of fish eggs and lemon:)
They actually started getting a lot better with each one we made.
We have had a few different Sushi Nights at our house and each one is more successful than the next.
At least something good comes from New Year's Resolutions.
We plan on keeping this tradition of learning at least one new thing a year.

2011= Homemade Sushi.

Monday, January 31, 2011


Civil War has broken out between two of Hershey's delicious chocolate bars.
The fraternal twin candy bars have pretty much left our home a house divided.
I am most definitely partial to the Whatchamacallit.
A divine peanut flavor crisp laced with carmel and coated with cheap chocolate.
What's better than this timeless triple threat?

Thingamajig, Whatchamacallit's ugly brother, in recent years has swept local gas stations and grocery stores trying to compete with it's "cool" older brother. Made with cocoa crisps, a layer of Peanut Butter and covered in chocolate one would think poor carmel-ie Whatchamacallit doesn't stand a chance... Right? Wrong.
Thingamajig is like a cheap knock off of the Whatchamacallit. Why would Hershey's waste their time, and everyone elses, by boot legging their own candy bar???
Just like all fads people have realized what was cool this week is lame the next. Which is why my dear Whatchamacallit wins the prize.
This puppy has been around since 1978 and has boldly held up to all scrutiny.

Tonight Danny looks over at me and says,
"Where the heck can I find a thingamajig? I'm starting to get so pissed off."

I kindly responded,
"You can't find them anywhere because they're sick and Whatchamacallits are bomb."

Danny obviously wasn't having this, so we set off to find his inferior chocolate bar.

7 Gas stations later,

We saw not one Thingamajig.

But do you know what was at every gas station we stopped at? That's right.
Whatchamacallit. I did the right thing and bought a King size.
Don't worry, I gave Danny a bite.

Better luck next time Thingamajig.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Danny Man

This blog is dedicated to my best friend Dan.
He turns 26 today.
Old and Moldy right???
He looks pretty dang good for old and moldy!
He really is my best friend.
This is why....

I seriously cry from laughing at least once a day.
I guess thats why my abs are so great...
-He's a scootin' maniac!
-He surprises me at work with flowers.

-He's not afraid to go to Classic Skating dressed up like an old person.
P.S. He is an awesome skater
-He's hot. I mean seriously, look at that strapping young man!

-At our wedding dinner he sang me a WEDDING RAP. It was the coolest thing ever.
I make him sing it to me like once a week. I love it.

Even though he's a Lone Peak "Knight," (P.G's rival) he still comes to all of our games and cheers on the Vikes.

-He always makes me Breakfast in bed. A lot.
-He always makes sure I'm taken care of.

-He's very athletic.
He can hold his own, even with the Smart Brothers, and that's sayin' somethin'.
He's even been know as, "The White Rhino."
You don't get a name like that being a sissy.
-He takes me on adventures.
-He tells me I look pretty every single day. Even in the mornings when I know I resemble a gremlin.
-He encourages me to do what makes me happy.
-He helps me with my homework.
-He is SO knowledgeable about our Church and it's doctrine.
-He takes me camping.
-He is extremely good at budgeting.
-He fits in with my family so well.
He loves to eat, and he doesn't mind milking wild cows once a year.
What a gem.

-He loves little kids.
-And they love him:)
He will be such a great dad.
-He's hits like the Great Bambino but is much more attractive.
Double threat.
-Danny is such a hardworker. He is always keeping busy and trying to help. He started his own pressure washing business.
-He is very organized.
-He gives me foot massages... ew SICK I know.
My hobbit feet are nast times 10.
-He looks DANG good in hats....
-And turtle necks for that matter.
-He knows I love surprises and does them often.
-If you take him karaoke-ing you will not be disappointed.

-When its snowy outside he makes me Chamomile tea.
-He always shovels our walks and scrapes the car windows:)
-He's a worthy priesthood holder that can take me to the temple.
-He's great to talk to and always has good advice.
-He gives the best kisses.
-He takes me yard sale-ing.
-I seriously have the nicest husband. When Im running late, he'll curl the red fro while I do my make up!!! Crazy, right?
-He's been a very good sport throughout our relationship.
Exhibit A
(P.S. And looks supa fly in gold spandex)

-Exhibit B

-Exhibit C
(Catch my drift??)
-I always have fun with him:D
-I love when he pulls me in close on the bench seat of our car.
-He's not afraid to watch a chick flick with me.
-Danny is hands down the funnest person to go dancing with. Just ask Roxanne and my friends. This brothas got moves!
With a rump like that it's hard not to....
(This could also be labeled exhibit D)

-He's brave/stupid.
-He's strong.
-He buckles me in when we go snowboarding.
-He's my other half.
My rap co-star, DeLi$h.
-He always opens my door.

I know this blog is long, but there is seriously more I could put. Danny is just great.
I love you tons Danny!
Happy Birthday:D


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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.