Just a little “Song” for you.

Good Tuesday all. Hope you enjoyed your extended weekend. I sure did!

My brother made my day and shared two awesome dance videos with me. So now I will share them from you. They are both done by a talented guy named Mike Song. He also works with his mother. Isn’t that so cool!

Enjoy!

Good Vibrations

Thanks for all the good vibes people. I feel much more mobile today. While I was down and out one of my favorite things happened!

What is that Favorite Thing?

It is when someone sends me a dance video. :-D

And not just any Dance Video, but a James Brown Dance Video.

So now I get to share the awesomeness. Go grab your go-go boots, afro and white bell bottoms. James Brown will show you how to get down like…well…James Brown.

Happy Friday!! And now you have some sweet moves to go out and dance the night away. Keep sending me Dance Videos, The Smithocracy loves it!

Dance Skillz, Yo

Well it’s Friday and the weekend. Not just any weekend, but the one that says Spring Break is here. If you follow me on facebook then you know that The Smithocracy has been hit hard this week with all kinds of illness. The for real kind, not the kind that means cool. So we are glad to recuperate and enjoy some sick free days. So this post is brief. But I did want to leave you with a sweet dance battle a friend of mine sent me. It’s been a while since I posted any dance videos. So thanks friend!

Now check out the mad skillz on this 6 year old. Now look at your 6 year old. Yeah, time to get busy 6 year old.

Smithocracy out!

Wedding Part 3 – Austin at the Okey-Doke

Welcome to the third and final installment of The Best Wedding Ever. You are true fans and friends if you have stuck with me thus far. Also, exciting news! I found some pictures for the California Reception. So I will update that post soon and let you know.

We partied in Cali and now it was time to shimmy in Texas. The Open House was held at my parents house. Otherwise known as The Okey-Doke. There is a story behind the name, so if you are curious, then feel free to ask. But I won’t make this post any longer then it already is by explaining. So back to The Okey-Doke.

We have had many a Wedding Reception, Party, Shower, and even a Youth Conference at the Okey Doke. So you could say we knew what we were doing. We just had to tackle down a theme and go to it. For this Open House, that was easy. Cowboy Ranch Style in Texas? Easy Peasy. The natural look of the Okey-Doke and surrounding area was decoration enough. So it only needed a little sprucing up. As always, my mom is the brains and designer behind all the scenes.

No professionals were harmed or used in the making of this party.

Like most parties, the first thing to arrive are the flowers.

This was a Western Theme in the Fall. So Mums the word of course!

Then it was time for the general prep. There were lots of things that began months ago, but the final steps took place over the course of two days. So the following pictures are over two days times. But I am trying to tell a story here, so I’m going to address it as one day. I am sure the discerning reader can tell when we move to a new day by the outfit changes.

The first step for any Okey Doke party is The Dance Floor. The Dance Floor has been in the family for years, and was constructed by my amazing Handy Dandy Dad. For this party, it was decided a ceiling of white twinkle lights was in order.

Never one to begrudge some help, Austin and Logan quickly became Grandpa’s assistants. Here is where I take a minute to brag about my Dad. Hanging the lights is the worst job for these parties. And each time he is the one to do it. As I watched him tediously unwind, check what works, hang back and forth and back and forth, go back and correct mistakes, readjust in some areas, up and down the ladder, etc.,etc. I did not hear one complaint from him. He didn’t even seem grumpy, and never does. In fact he was pleasant about the whole thing. I love that about my Dad. Not only does he know how to work hard, he does it with a good attitude!

Soon Alex was recruited, no Groom gets off easy in this family!
The light ceiling was a little heavy and needed some extra reinforcement.

Then the boys made sure The Dance Floor was nice and sturdy.

Meanwhile my Mom and I set up chairs, tables and other assortments.

Mason Jars were set up, with votive candles, all along the driveway. And it is a looooong driveway. We didn’t dress them up because the party was happening at night, so any decor would not have been seen or noticed. Once lit, they looked amazing as you will see below.

Time for a little rest.

This is my favorite picture. That is my Mom, no makeup and tired from sweating all day in the yard. Isn’t she beautiful! I hope I can be like here when I am 55+! Look at my Dad looking at my mom. You can just see how much he loves her. Yay love!

Here is the result of our hard work so far.

No party is complete without a sweet sound system. Introducing Russell the Official Okey-Doke Sound Crew.

Is it ready?

Sweet, Time for DJ T-girl Smith to checkity-check the mic and lay some vinyl down…or hook up the mac…whichever.

I have the unofficial role as Family DJ. This comes in super handy for our New Years Eve parties and also, apparently, weddings.

Now there is only one way to properly test a sound system and a dance floor at the same time. Breakin it down Gangnam Style!

All seemed to be in order.

  • Lights – check
  • Floor – check
  • Sound – check
  • Sweet playlist – check
  • A dose of Romriell Goofiness – Triple check!

Apparently at the last-minute, my Dad and Alex decided that we were missing a Texas Style homemade fountain. This was not on the “Approved” list, so they sneaky set it up when my mom was inside.

This is what you get when boys design a fountain. Oh well. It works and was ultimately left up, even when The Mother saw it. ;-)

The sun was starting to go down so it was time for the last-minute preps.

Make sure the kids are spiffy.

Set up the Food, provided by CraigOs, my brothers restaurant.

FYI, it was delicious!

Austin was on Candle Patrol and got our mason jars all lit up…and kept them that way all night.

Time for the Bride and Groom to spiffy up.

Dan and I practiced our “Blue Steel” and I got Photo-bombed.

The kids test the floor a bit more and Camille spins her dress to the delight of my niece.

Even Dan is ready to Boogie, and how could I resist that “Come Hither” face.

The night was perfect, the food was out and the party was ready.

We had a blast eating good food, dancing our feet off and just celebrating.

I will leave you with my favorite moment. Our earlier antics inspired Alex to perform his own Unofficial Grooms Dance. Alex speaks Korean, so yes, he does know ALL the words.

Thanks so much for joining me on this fun adventure we had. I promise to get back to Regular Smithocracy happenings now. I just needed to celebrate a little longer.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving Smithocrats!

Well of course we are watching…

It is summer again and you know what that means!

Grilling?

Yes, but that’s not all.

Swimming?

Yes, but that’s not all.

What else?

So You Think You Can Dance of course!

For those of our readers that we would describe as more Avid, you have noticed our obsession with dance. We ourselves are not, what I would call, blessed in the Art of Dance, but one can dream! However we do admire those who are thus talented. We love all sorts of dance, but what really gets us excited is…well…check it out for yourself!

These guys were so amazing! The boys had to bust out the music and practice “their moves.” for the rest of the day. Mom gave it the ‘ol college try too, but mostly I get laughed at. *sniff *sniff. I do have to give a Shout Out to our good friend Burke Morley. He is a music designer and when he found out about our families strange obsession he gave us a music disc titled “The Awkward Robot Mix.” Because yes, it is awkward here.

Anyway, here at The Smithocracy, one video always inspires more. So enjoy!

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For the love of Dance

If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you may have picked up on The Smithocracy’s love of Dance. Well one of our readers (and my friend!) picked up on it and sent me this fun video!

This is choreographed by Anthony Lee and the Music is Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye

Thanks Lindsey! I had not seen this one and can’t wait to share it with the boys. :-)

Anyone else have any fun dance videos to share with me?