Thursday, December 10, 2009

What We Didn't Do in 2009

The Smurthwaite Christmas cards are going out over the next few days and, while I've never been one to send out the annual summation of familial highlights, this year I did mention on the back of the card that people could find out more about us by going to this very blog. So here are some things to know did not happen to the Smurthwaites this year:
  1. Sammy and Noah did not empty an entire 25 lb. bag of flour on the kitchen floor on New Year's (see top left picture above)
  2. Noah did not exhibit any symptoms of OMS
  3. Dave and Marisa did not end up last in their categories in their first ever Olympic triathlon (second to last is so far away from being last)
  4. Dave and Marisa did not have any more children
  5. Noah, Sammy, and Oliver did not spend any time in the Emergency Room (although Marisa did)
  6. Dave and Marisa did not visit 190 of the world's countries
  7. Dave and Marisa did not miss the boys terribly while traveling
  8. Noah, Sammy, and Oliver did not miss their traveling parents
  9. Dave did not almost drink a pint of Guinness, no matter what you might hear from others
  10. Marisa did not manage to stop becoming more beautiful with each passing day
  11. Noah did not even come close to passing his annual eye exam
  12. We did not move to Hawaii, no matter what Noah says
  13. Due to an unexpected email notification, Marisa did not manage to surprise Dave with a birthday trip to Washington DC 
  14. You, most likely, did not even make it to the end of this list and that's okay
We do, however, wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the best New Year imaginable.


  1. 15. Dave and Marisa did not spend enough time with Jim and Marie

  2. 16. Dave (who is normally well beyond most in his own style) did not consider that wearing his old McGrath's shirt was a bad idea while traveling to beautiful places and taking pictures of himself and his beautiful family.

  3. 12a. Dave and Marisa should listen to Noah and move to Hawaii so that the boys can play together. We love and miss you guys!

  4. Correction to number 5 - Oliver and Sam did not make it to the Emergency Room. Noah squeaked in a visit yesterday

  5. I am so happy to hear that you have started a blog! I absolutely loved the clever Christmas card. Thanks!

  6. Got your Christmas card today! Thanks so much. So excited to hear about your blog so I can stalk it:) We love and miss you much! Maybe next time you come out to DC we can coordinate a little better and be here;)

  7. I think you are going to have to amend number 5 now!!!!!! I hope Noah's lip is doing better!

  8. Hehe. Dave...awesome writes. You are a rhetorical genius. I absolutely find myself enamored and unable to comment for fear I will miss something in the next post. I have finally stopped here to comment because I have kids who require that I chauffeur them from their supposed place of education [I would debate and just call it a LONG time out for MOM]. Thank Marisa for sharing your website with me today...I concur "happy" you are blogging!