Thursday, February 26, 2009

Riley Twins

Hunter and Haynes Riley are two of my new favorite people(maybe I'm just partial to twins but these two are great!!). Hunter came into my life in late September when he began his internship with the Pat Tillman Foundation. He quickly became part of the foundation family and our hearts. He is a hard worker, super fun, a great background singer (when we listen to music in the office), and most of all a great friend. Haynes came into town last week to help get them ready for their BIG road trip they are starting. Hunter's last day of his internship was yesterday and they are on the road. They plan to visit as many National Parks as they can and along the way pick up 300 pounds of trash to help clean up our parks! Pretty cool huh?! This is the kind of guys they are! They are always willing to help and this is how they can have fun while doing it.

They packed everything in the truck and were off! All they way from the Grand Canyon toVegas to LA, up the coast to Oregon and Washington, over to Whistler and Banff then back! Huner is graduating in April so they'll be back in Arkansas and taveling around the south.

This is the first pic from the trip

Have fun you guys!!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Griffin!! 2/22/09

Our beautiful sister-in-law and brother had their second baby on Sunday night. Griffin Schvaneveldt Smith was born 2/22/09 at 8:41 pm. He was 8 pounds and 11 ounces and 20 inches long! Big boy! Kierstin and Griffin did great and now are relaxing at home with family. Kierstin doesn't mind all the help and Mesha is still trying to figure out who else cries besides her!

Mommy and baby
He looks a lot like his big sister!!
What a cutie! We can't wait to see you all and give baby Griffin tons of kisses!! Love you all!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy 9th Birthday Alexis!

My oldest niece turns NINE today! I can't believe it! I still remember waiting in the hospital lobby eating Marie Calendar's pie waiting for her to be born!! Alexis you are beautiful, smart, loving, a great big sister, and I can't wait for you to be my lil babysitter! I love your smile and sweet giggle. You light up a room when you aren't busy pretending to be shy and everyone can't help but love you! You have a great fashion sense and always look goooood!

This is a pic of all the girls at the wedding.
Ariana, Alexis and Caprice

We love you Alexis!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Today my little sister Cristina turns 24! She's not too excited about it but at least she'll always be younger then me!
Cristina AKA Bean is a caring wife and loving mother of two beautiful little girls, Eire'(4) and Ariah(17 days). She is fun, spunky, loving and the biggest Friends fan I've ever known. I love being around her, her smile is contagious. She is a great example of a mother and I can't wait to have play dates with her and her little ones.
I love you Bean!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Better late than never

After our honeymoon in Mexico we went to Spokane, WA! I had a city tour with my fabulous in-laws, ate at some yummy places, and we had an open house for all Spencer's WA peeps.
Martha packed us a picnic lunch and we hung out on a bench by the Spokane River. It was a beautiful place for lunch and a walk.

Graig and Martha

This was the second time I've seen real Fall!
When leaves change colors... so different from AZ!
oh, aren't we cute?!
Feeding the Spokane wildlife sugar cookies.
He was not afraid of people... he wanted that cookie!

City Spokane... even though it looks like Spookn!

Big boys and big toys!

Spencer remembers climbing to the topwith his friends when they were young trouble makers. On the very top the artist engraved his insightful outlook on the world. If you want to know you'll have climb it yourself!!

My cute new family!

Can't get enough kisses!!

Then the Smiths took me to the Japanese Gardens. More beautiful colored leaves!! Check out the awesome reflection!!

Spokane Temple
so pretty!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pay it forward

This is how it works..... the first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a hand made gift from me during this year. when and what will be a surprise. BUT, in order for you to leave a comment on my blog, you have to post this on your blog first. (that means that sometime during this year you will send a gift to 3 people as well.) Get it? So, the first 3 people to comment on this post will be the lucky ones!
Good luck! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I love you!

Spencer and I had a wonderful Valentine Day and long weekend! Spencer let me sleep in on Saturday and came in to wake me up with a beautiful red rose on my pillow. It had 11 friends in a lovely vase in the kitchen! So pretty!

Then we went for a nice afternoon bike ride on my NEW BIKE! I've been wanting a bike for some time and my sweetie looked and looked and found me an awesome Gary Fisher Mountain bike. I love it... even though I felt a little sore after the ride... I'll be getting more comfy riding shorts for sure!

Later we went to throw some pottery! Spencer is very good... and has surprising finesse when it comes to pottery.

He made me a pretty flower pot!!

Spencer in action!

Spencer's flower pot

My attempt at a bowl... but mine didn't make it. We tried to take it off too early and it got messed up. Oh well, at least I'll get a pretty pot in a couple weeks and maybe even attempt another bowl.

For the rest of the weekend we enjoyed some of Spencer's new gifts. He got a cool new grill set and that came in very handy when he cooked our steak dinner on Saturday night. We also enjoyed watching his new DVD set - Planet Earth. I totally recommend this to all nature lovers out there! This documentary series takes you to places you can't even imagine! Beyond cool!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

More baby pics!

My little sister had her 2nd beautiful baby girl on Thursday. Mom did fabulous and baby Ariah is a little doll who looks just like her big sister Eire'. It's crazy how much they look alike!!
Cute mommy and baby

Uncle Spencer getting practice with little ones!

Ariah got lots of kisses!
Kisses from Ariana...
and lots more from mommy!

BIG sister and LITTLE sister

more kisses!

Eire' loves holding her sister!

But she needed to rest with mom for a little bit.

oops... got a little too loud when Ariah was sleeping... got sent to the corner! too funny not to take a picture!

What a little peanut!
but soon she'll be bigger than her froggie!


Uncle Spencer snuggling with Ariah.... ahhhh so cute!! Eire' is hilarious and wanted to get in on the picture action!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ariah Haileigh is here!

Ariah Haileigh Villella is here!
Weighing in at 7 pounds 1 ounce and 19 inches long!

Mom and baby are doing great...
Daddy is super proud...
and Eire' is a BIG sister!