Color me “SUPER” Rad!

Last week it got a little quiet here on The Smithocracy. No worries, things have been loud at the Real Life Smithocracy. I’ve got projects coming out my ears and I can’t wait to share them! Also I have a fun giveaway coming at the end of the week so stay tuned for that. You will not want to miss it! ;-)  But before we get into all that, I want to share a fun little thing I did this weekend called Color Me Rad.

Color Me Rad is the most inspired and fun 5k I have ever done. Basically you run whilst being bombed with color. Which happens to be…Da Bomb. Sorry, I had to.


We woke up early Saturday morning to head to the race.

timeto goIt is important to wear white to this race and also amazing 80’s sunglasses, provided with registration. I will admit, those are the best of that type of sunglasses I have ever owned. Even better than my originals from 1988! So thanks Race People for really doing it right!

I was bringing my Cheering Crew (Dan and the boys) and my Official Photographer (Dan) so the plan was to meet the rest of my team at the race. Our team was organized by my lovely friend Lindsey Costello. We got there a little early so had some time to kill.

I photo bombed my kids.

waitingwithmyboysThen we took the kids over to where they were throwing out free prizes to the all the peeps. This is where Dan and I learned that Logan is one tough little dude. He got right in there and held is ground in the midst of some serious competition.

fierceI mean look at that Rainbow Haired Kids face. He was going to sacrifice all for the blow up beach ball. Logan didn’t let that phase him though. He got right back on that horse…

hanginwiththebigdogs…and snagged a beach ball for himself. Way to go little guy!

Finally my Lady Crew showed up and we took a pic in our Pearly Whites.

homegirlsarriveDon’t worry, it didn’t take long to get some color going.

littlecolorThere was still some waiting to be had before the official start. So the DJ got us all pumped up, just like a good DJ should. I know this, because as you may have deducted from the last wedding post I secretly moonlight as one.

pumpedup pinkThere was even a little push up contest. The prize was a sweet hoody, so I was all over that.

pushupsAre you impressed with my Perfect Push Up Form? Are you impressed that I quit at 15? Are you impressed that I am still sore from my 15 push ups? Are you wondering if I feel like a wimp? Yes, yes I do. I injured my should a while ago so push ups have been on the no-no list this past year. It is all healed up now, but apparently it is time to begin again. 15…wow…*hangs head in shame*. The winner went to 76! I wish I saw who this amazing armed lady was. I would give her an Honor Nod.

It was finally time to start the race. We got into the first wave and were rarin’ to go!

readytostartAnd we are off!

You can see none of us as we were instantly consumed by the Color Cloud of Doom.

colorcloudYum, yum, colored corn starch, just like Mom used to make.

We got jammed up in the pack, so I soon said Adios to my Home Girls. No worries for them, they were well aware of the First Rule of Racing With Tannie. She will ditch you at about 1.2 minutes into the race. Nothing personal, I just get hyper and have to go-go-go!

This race was so so fun!

jumpforjoyAlthough if you look at the picture, maybe I was the only one who thought so?  Where are the smiles people? Such serious runners. Oh well. It was a fun run on Asphalt, Trails and Fields. A good varied mix. Along the way you randomly got bombed with color. Sometimes cornstarch, sometimes dyed water. It made for a very fast feeling race.

I practically laughed the whole run.

IMG_8147Once I saw the end, it was time to bring it home. I like to sprint out the end, so here’s a funny story. I went into a sprint and started passing some people. Right when I got to the end, I slowed down, feeling good about myself. Well apparently one racer was not going to have it. She blew past me with fierce revenge. And my friend Rob got it on camera.

sprintfinishYou see her on the right, all sprinter looking. I’m the one that looks like I am plodding like a donkey. I promise I was going so fast about a second before this shot. Thanks Rob, for letting her rub it in that much more.

I was done and much more colorful than when I started.

whoseradbacksideI finished a little ahead of my gals, so with nothing else to do but wait, it was time to color bomb some of my Cheering Crew.


loganaustinWith the last girl, we all jumped back in and crossed the finish line as a team.

finishtogetherOur organizer Lindsey is the gal up front in the blue shades.

We did it!

wediditgoodtimesWhat a fun race, time to celebrate!

craigosAnd there is no better way to celebrate then eating your weight in Pizza at CraigOs. 

Sorry Trent, we may have scared off some Patrons. But it was all in the name of Color and Rad.

So good times were had by all, and if this race ever comes to your area…DO IT!!!  I am not sure if you picked up on my hints, but it is fun!

Also I want to give a shout out to WordPress. They updated the photo loader and my life is happier now. Adding multi pics saves time. Thanks WordPress!!

More projects coming soon, and don’t forget that a giveaway is on its way to The Smithocracy. So stick around.

Have you done a fun race lately? Are your teeth also filled with colorful grit? Share share!

Have a colorful week!








National Arbor Moving Day

At least for The Smithocracy. That’s right people, recently we were in the business of moving a tree or two. For many a month (since we have not quite reached our year mark) there has been a blight on my front lawn.

Two awkwardly placed trees. I have nothing against trees, however I feel like they should do more than produce air. They should enhance the property they are on and add eye pleasure to all who see them. Unfortunately these two guys were not contributing in the eye pleasing way that The Smithocracy requires. Instead they were blocking the view to my new pretty house. Time would only show these two rascals growing bigger and bigger and hiding my house more and more. So it was time to call in the big guns.

Or in other words, my favorite yard lovin’ folk at Eco Irrigation. I have sung their praises before in this post, when they helped with our backyard sprinkler system.

Eco Irrigation is owned by our friend Adam Benefield, as seen standing in a hole below.

Now Adam does a lot more than stand in holes. Oh yes, his talents are vast and many.

So I called him up and whined my dilemma to him.

“What, oh what, do I do with awkwardly placed trees?”

The Answer: you move them of course!

So one of our trees went on a very fun Journey across the yard.

The other tree found a nice new home in the Benefield backyard. So as you can see, no trees were harmed in the making of this more Aesthetically Pleasing View.

Remember the before.


Now after.

Another angle please.

See how much more open the front yard is? Lots of room to throw a ball and see my house. We did not build the thing so it could hide behind a couple of trees, now did we. I also like how the new placement balances out the trees on the other side of the house.

Ahhhh young Padawan, you bring balance to the force…or…er…house.

Here is your close-up Mr. Tree-ville.

He is very happy in his new home. And I am very happy that I can see my new home! So everyone is happy!

How about you? Are you happy too?

What!? We just had Thanksgiving and you forgot to show your gratitude for The Smithocracy? Well head on over to our Facebook page and fix that right now. Give us some like so we can feel your thanks! :-)

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!

Touches of Halloween

It’s October and that means time to get your Halloween on.

In fact, I just realized that if we are talking about Halloween, then that means The Smithocracy has officially been around for a year! Sweet. My first tutorial was a Halloween craft. It was a rather silly one, so I hope that we have improved since then. :-)

I love this time of year. I also love Halloween. I think I love it because it is the first of the Holiday Season. It tells us that it’s time to cool down and look forward to fun!

And fun we are having. :-)

Smithocratic style.

First we hang our ghosts.

Then we wrap the web.

This is a Must for the boys each year. Otherwise, for them, it is NOT Halloween. I still need to put the spiders up.

Next we move inside.

I found these awesome towels at Target.

And Mr. New Table gets a little Spooky Decor as well.

Again thanks to Target.

And now for the Crème de la Crème. The Living Room gets a little boost.

Let’s take you around the room, shall we.

If you find yourself admiring my pillows, well you are in luck! Consider it a sneak peak into next weeks tutorial. Yep, all those pillow were made by me, and you can make them too!

My favorite way to spruce up a room is just covering you current pillows with slipcovers.

So stay tuned for the next few posts, where I will show you how to make the pillows as well as some spooky ghosts to hang in your own tree. Perhaps even your own Spooky sign to hang.

Happy weekend!


Country Living…or…HELP GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!

Yesterday we had quite the adventure. For the most part we love living a little on the edge of civilization. We like the night sky and the deer. We enjoy hearing birds. We, however, do NOT enjoy this part of it.

Yes, that is a rattlesnake. At least 3 feet long. Just hanging out in our driveway. A lovely surprise for my husband to find in the morning.

Here is another angle.

For perspective, that board is about the length of my arm.

Here is a closeup of our slithery frenemy.

Here is my brave son Austin protecting Logan.

Austin was very worried and wanted to go inside. Logan was very curious and wanted to stay outside. So Austin decided to stay outside and “protect” Logan. Very sweet!

And last but not least, here is my Brave Husband protecting us all…

…with a Mighty Push Broom. Please keep in mind that we have a Machete, and Shovel, a Chain Saw and a whole slew of other deadly and dangerous weapons in the garage. But no, Dan’s weapon of choice was the Ominous Push Broom. With bristles that will cut like…well bristles. And…and…and…well and nothing. There is nothing deadly about this weapon. So the snake lives another day.

I will be totally honest, my first reaction was lets sell this place, I am out of here! No way did I sign up for Evil Nature. Deer, Fox, Turkey, that is all fine. But a GINOURMOUS rattlesnake, which may or may not be Diamond Backed.  Um no, not in the plan. However, today I feel a little more excepting of our new neighbor. Especially since we cut short all the shrubs, killed all the weeds and lined the property with snake repellent. This is one neighbor I do not want to see again.