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Precious Ruby

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Perhaps you have noticed that our Ruby has an infected right eye A LOT of the time???  Or perhaps I only post pictures of her that aren’t so noticeable?  Either way our little girl is having surgery in the morning for a blocked tear duct.  We knew it was coming.  Eventually.  For months and months now we have been waiting, hoping for it to unblock all on its own.  To no avail.  So at 6:15 tomorrow morning we are reporting to the children’s hospital to have it taken care of.  The procedure itself is supposedly super simple, but the anesthesia part of it has me nervous.  It’s times like these that it’s hard being a parent.  As a mother I’m responsible for my babies, teaching them, and keeping them safe.  Tomorrow morning I won’t be in complete control of the situation.  I’m entrusting my child in the hands of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff.  St. Louis Children’s Hospital is a top notch facility and all involved are fully capable.  I have faith in that fact, but it’s still scary.  Most of all I’m looking forward to her being well.  Kids are resilient and I’m sure she will bounce back really fast!

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Silence is not always so golden…

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Or is it?  Sorry my dandy friends for being so MIA! I cannot believe that I’ve been so unusually quiet these last few weeks.  Usually I’m quite the talker.  😉  Or maybe you haven’t minded my quietness???  That’s okay, too.  At any rate I’ve missed checking in with all of you.  It was a very busy end to 2012 around here as I’m sure it was in all of your own lives.

We visited the Missouri Botanical Garden Holiday Trains with friends:

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We decorated:

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Our neighborhood has this wonderful tradition (since the 1960’s) that takes place ever year on Christmas Eve and Christmas night:

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It’s so beautiful driving in and seeing the streets lined with the glowing luminaries.  I love our neighborhood!

 

Santa was really good this year to our kiddos:

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They were definitely on his nice list!

 We visited family and Santa made a stop there:

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“Mine!”

Ruby learned how to do some new things at our house…

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And at my grandparents house:

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Oh and the little miss turned 1!

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Stay tuned for the posting on that very dandy birthday party…

Waliki Toys Benny the Jumping Bull {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Looking back on childhood I’m sure that many of us are familiar with something that looks like this:

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It was such a super fun toy to own!

A jumping ball is a toy that promotes exercise in secret.  🙂   We all know that kids today aren’t interested in exercise.  Get them to work some muscles and gain gross motor skills while having fun a jumping ball from Waliki Toys!

Recently Waliki sent us a Benny the Jumping Bull for Ruby to use and play with.  She loves the little guy and it’s evident by the expressions of joy on her face:

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See what I mean?  Pure joy!  Little does she know it’s helping to build those leg muscles, balance, and coordination.  😉

Benny is made from durable, heavy duty vinyl and comes in several colors.  Here are just a couple:

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He even comes with his own free hand pump!

Now.  Who wants to win their very own Benny the Jumping Bull???

One very lucky winner is going to receive a…

Pink Benny the Jumping Bull!!!  This one to be exact:

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Now that’s a dandy giveaway! 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only. *The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, January 7th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Waliki Toys, but all opinions are strictly my own. *Enter on Rafflecopter below.a Rafflecopter giveaway

A day late for our early girl.

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Happy 1st Birthday

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Her eyes were transfixed!

One year ago yesterday, on December 27, 2011, our lives changed forever around the Smith household.  We were blessed with the birth of our little Ruby!  Her arrival came completely unexpected.  She was an entire month early and now I’m late with her birthday posting…   This year has flown by and she is literally the sweetest baby girl I have ever known.  If you remember when she was born she spent about 5 hours in the NICU.  Not because she was so early (she was actually very healthy), but because she wouldn’t cry at all!  She didn’t cry when she was born and remained quiet for hours after.  To this day she is the most mellow little girl and is just really happy most of the time.  She is such a sweetheart and a delight to have in our family.  We are extremely blessed.  Stay tuned for another posting on her big birthday bash, because the party of the year is happening tomorrow!!!

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No Fear

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We might need to get one of those baby gate things…

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Fear, Faith, and Forgiveness

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Today leaving Banjo at school was tough.  We haven’t talked to him at all about Friday’s senseless tragedy.  We don’t need to.  He’s only four, too young to understand, and is oblivious to the fact that it even happened.  This morning we were running behind and slowly getting out the door.  The back doors at his school are locked at 8 and we pulled into the parking lot at 8:02.  As I drove around to the front entrance Banjo asked why the doors to his school need to be locked.  Without even thinking I blurted out, “Oh it’s just to keep you safe”.  Like it was something as nonchalant as that.  I felt my stomach clinch as I contemplated why does any child need to be kept safe at school???  Parking the car I looked back to see his big brown eyes emitting this beautiful look of innocence.  I knew that I owed him a further explanation.  I would never want him to feel unsafe by the doors being unlocked.  I would never want him to worry that it was to keep the “bad guys” out.  So I told him that only people who go to school and want to learn are supposed to be there and that the locked doors just keeps it that way.  He’s four.  That’s all he needs to know.  Sometimes I wish that was all I needed to know.

Everyone lost something on Friday.  Some more than others, but as an entire nation we yet again lost our sense of security.  Over the weekend I felt a bit of fear taking grasp of my heart.  Why do these things happen?  How can we make it stop?  When will there be peace?  What can be done to keep my children safe?  So many questions.  Ultimately I concluded that I may not be able to control the actions of others, but I can maintain control from within my own home.  I can build a safe and secure place for my children.  I can cherish them and hug them just a little bit tighter every day; not just when tragedy strikes.

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I must be strong for my children.  I cannot and will not live in fear.  I can overcome fear through faith and by learning to forgive.  The entire weekend I found myself reflecting on these two talks:  The Healing Power of Forgiveness, by James E. Faust and Do Not Fear, by Boyd K. Packer.  Both gave me resolve when I originally heard them and solace now.  I will rise above the fear.

As I picked Banjo up this afternoon I told his teacher that it was hard leaving him with her this morning and then thanked her for taking care of him.  She nodded in acknowledgement.  I couldn’t bring myself to say the words I was really thinking:  “Thank you for keeping him safe”.  I’m sure she understood.

Thinking of everyone in Newtown, Connecticut.  My prayers are with you!

Warner Bros. Happy Holiday Giveaway! – CLOSED

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There’s just something magical about Santa Claus.  Kids can visit with all the different guys in red throughout the holiday season and never suspect that he’s not the same one.  What can I say?  The man has quite the draw:

Kids are just always in awe of that current man in red.  In that immediate moment.  Who really cares to look at the camera when there’s Santa AND a candy cane?

Santa always knows what presents to bring on Christmas Eve.  But what if you are shopping for someone not on Santa’s list?

Warner Bros. has some fantastic holiday titles perfect for giving to everyone on your list!  In addition to this great giveaway Warner Bros. also has this fun app for you to take the holiday movie challenge, play a decode-a-scene game, and get a holiday survival guide:

Want to win something from Warner Bros.???  One very lucky reader of Dandy Giveaway is going to receive…

A Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection, Classic Christmas

Favorites or Dr. Seuss’s Deluxe Holiday Collection on

Blu-ray!!!

(Prize will be chosen randomly from the above Blu-ray titles!)

Just enter on the Rafflecopter below:

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*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted at the conclusion of the giveaway and an email to the winner will be sent.  If the winner does not respond before the evening of December 19th a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Partnershub, but all opinions are strictly my own.

My sweet Banjo

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School picture time!

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On a side note we survived at being first timers to pink eye. Both Banjo and Ruby. At the same time. That was a nightmare.

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Ruby took it like a champ and still kept her cute smile on her face!

One year in one month!

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Look who can wave and even say the word “hi” now. Oh and she will be having her first birthday one month from today!

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We cannot believe our Ruby is already 11 months old!

Happy Thanksgiving from Banjo and Ruby!

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Getting her to actually look at the camera was never going to happen. Pine needles are just too, too interesting to look at. Camera? Mom? Not interesting enough. But pine needles…


I’m so very thankful for my family even though everything is not always picture perfect.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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