Beware of the groove..... the groove. [That one was for you Shay!])
When you walk, being spritely or jaunty has its advantages. You can be sneaky
You name it. People's walks are great, kids' included. If my children are spritely and skip around merrily, it’ll be so adorable; I think I’ll flip.
The ability to walk around unnoticed is one of the many handy skills you didn’t know would come in handy in life. I hope I’ve opened your eyes.
Unfortunately, detectives' and world travelers' lives aren't just filled with jauntily strutting about. We've gotta deal with lots of colorful people
We're going to want some place awesome to come back to for our hideout.
How about a library?
Said library must have a secret door behind one of the bookshelves that opens up when you push on a certain book
This will lead to a passageway that can be used for quick getaways.
She gets old issues of Better Homes and Gardens and home design magazines for 15 cents from the library, and I happen to know she watched Trading Spaces for fun when she was a kid while other kids were watching the Disney Channel.
Said friend has so many room ideas, it would be a gigantic mega-caboodle. But this kooky obsession comes in handy, cause there are lots of fun ideas for a hideaway.
Yeah, I pretty much love room changes.
My cukoo friend practically passes out with giddiness in this store from over-stimulation. Do not go in there with her. You have been warned.
Shelby wants this Ikea room:
And check this one out:
Speaking of kid themes, Disney gives us tons of great ideas (other than just Beauty and the Beast libraries.)
you'll get where I'm coming from with the Disney thing.
There's this fantastic treehouse that has everything you could ever need in it if you're stranded on an island being hunted by pirates
I want a roof that opens with a hatch so I can see the stars, just like the one on that movie.
We liked it when there was irrigation water at the bottom and we got to go zooming down in our swim suits. Our hands would get these calloused blisters on them from going on the zip line so much, but it was totally worth it. All the Smith cousins loved to go on the zip line.
And did I mention the tree house? I wish I had a picture. It had a heater and a sink, plus a secret passageway or two. It had a deck and two ladders (One that cranked up and down so you could put it up to keep people you didn’t want to come up out, the other a rope ladder that folded up and could be blocked by a piece of wood.)
It was the coolest. Can adults still like to play in tree houses without being considered foolish? I hope so, cause me and my Dad would be all over it if we ever found a Swiss Family Robinson treehouse in real life to play in. (There's one at Disneyland, but it's more like a museum, plus they changed it to Tarzan's treehouse cause they're lame.)
If I could, I'd get Dad a Swiss Family Robinson treehouse for his birthday. That movie is one of his favorites of all time, and I know he wants that treehouse even more than I do.
But Dad's such a down to earth guy, he never complains about a thing. He doesn't ask for much in life, just BYU tickets.... and I can't think of much else. He loves his birthday because every year, there's a BYU football game right afterward (sometimes even the day of!)
Every year we do our best to make his birthdays special.I never know what to buy him because he never asks for anything. He lives in a house full of females who can tend to get kind of moody. And you know what? He doesn't even complain or ask for something cool for his birthday.
He doesn't ever buy stuff for just himself, which is weird to us Smith ladies. We like treating ourselves, even if it's just once in a while.
Not Dad. He'll buy food sometimes, but it's usually to share. He also doesn't buy his own clothes. If it weren't for the clothes the women in his life buy for him, he'd only have free T-shirts from BYU games and a couple cheap pairs of Walmart jeans.
Since Dad never brags about himself, I will, since he's such an awesome guy.
Dad went to New Orleans to help build homes for flood victims. He was in the paper because of it, it was quite the humanitarian project.
Dad Worked with lowernine.orgDad teaches us to work hard, like he does
We loved being carried on his shoulders when we were little
He teaches us to dance
He likes the great outdoors
He fishes whenever he can.
Dad was in the Olympics!
They had so much fun tubing
He didn't even mind when they were moody teenagers who hid from cameras.
Happy Birthday Dad! Sorry this is late. I'm glad you got to watch your team play and win last night.
(And Dad, I'm glad you got to eat some really good sushi. I hope you liked the blue and white BYU balloons.)