Josh j Smith

Hot Wheels
August 8, 2009, 1:53 am
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We purchased a Hot Wheels for Murray and today I assembled it.

I remember my Hot wheels vividly. It was black with orange accents. The wheels were plastic of course. In fact the integrity of the cheap plastic wheels became vulnerable because I rode it so much. There were deep gouges from my off-road adventures I took in our single driveway. As I became more adventurous the gouges became cracks, and it was not long that the entire wheel was going to split apart.

The most exciting memory I have with my Hot Wheels was when my brother and sister dared me to ride down the steep hill that ran parallel to our street. Dennis Avenue was not the steepest of the hills around our house, but it was steep enough to be dangerous for a child to drive his holey, beaten-up, Hot Wheels down. It was overall a good trip until I approached the intersection realizing there is know way of stopping my Hot Wheels except using my feet. Now realize it was not meant to be used at high speeds, because I read the instructions. Some how I walked away; actually ran away crying with only bloody knee.

So just before bed I was gazing upon Murray’s Hot Wheels as a proud father happy with his craftsmanship of following directions and matching the decal numbers with the right spot. Gina, my wife, walked in the room and asked what I was looking at? I smiled, and responded, “Nothing.”  I don’t think she would have been prepared for my sentimental toy memories that were now turning into hopes and dreams for Murray’s adventures.


Lterally – Nomadic Resident
August 6, 2009, 2:51 am
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We moved out of our apartment we lived in for three years yesterday. Here is a quick list of what has happened in those three years (not in any particular order).
– Murray was born
– Graduated Seminary
– 4 different employers supplied funding to live there
– Got rejected countless times from potential employers
– 2nd, 3rd, and 4th wedding anniversary
– Purchased Mac I am typing on right now
– Totaled 1 pick up truck, bought one van, got rid of one van, bought a Honda.
– Met good friends Burgesses and Harbins
– Became better friends with Reinharts, Josh Butler, Kate Coyle, and Kirsten.
– Bobby and Andy Murray’s Wedding
– Ben and Bekah Murray’s Wedding
– Rumpert becoming a father with our landlords dog to two puppies
– Rumpert getting neutered.
– Gina’s Grandfather passing away…RIP Te’te
– Found new home to live in.

Now, we are a resident in between homes, hence we are literally nomadic residents

Mothers Day
May 11, 2009, 1:57 am
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sidewalk chalk

Mom has been away with her friends, which means Murray and I were left to: watch spots center this morning, eat pizza, play with tonka trucks and slides, get ready for Mom’s Day, and get a few bumps and scrapes. I don’t know if Gina planned leaving the two days before mother’s day to show how much she does, but it made me appreciate her a lot more when I am all by myself taking care of Murray and everything else.

This is a tribute to Gina from Murray and dad.

Mom thanks for cleaning up my poopy. You do it all from diapers to underwear, baby wipes to toilet scrubbing.
Mom you are cool because you motivate us to do fun things like finger paint, read, play games, jump in rain puddles, and do not let us rot in front of the television.
Mom, even though it is a bit annoying with the camera and pictures at times, I love it. It is preparing me (murray) for my acting career. And I saw the gnarly scrapbook you are making, it tells a great story of our family

Mom, thanks for being a cool mom! Our house is going to be one of those houses my friends will come to because you are cool.
Mom you are pretty.

April 10, 2009, 12:26 am
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I am now learning to twitter. Becoming a parent and not having a job where I am behind the computer the majority of the day has wounded my technological abilities. And not being in Seminary. That was the time and network to sharpen my skills on frivolous things like this.