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S: Pictures in Time

BC: And time goes on... | MBSBD Inc. 2012

FC: Pictures In Time | For My Love, Barbara

1: To Barbara, my wife, best friend, lover, and confidant. You're the first person I want to tell "how my day was". We laugh and cry together. We have had good times and difficult. When one is down, the other is there to support and lend a shoulder. Regardless, we always seem to end up as one! Read, remember and enjoy. With all my love, Michael

2: In The Beginning...

3: There was Pooh....& Tigger too!

4: What do you get when you mix working all night with...

5: A lunch date...

6: ...That's right, spilled salad. But not ANY salad. This turned out to be your favorite salad and you always look for it when we go back to Souplantation every year since on April 27 for the anniversary of our first date. | Won-Ton Chicken Happiness

7: ...Love! | With a bowl of Deep Kettle House Chili | I found out over time, if you mix these all together (spilled salad and all), you end up with a recipe for...

8: 30th Birthday Celebrations | The first tear I shed in front of you was when we were at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for your 30th birthday. We spent hours in the snow making snow angels, snowmen and writing our names. We took many pictures and as we left, you noticed something wrong with the camera. This is when you realized this new guy you decided to date had no clue how to load your camera with film... I felt like I ruined your whole birthday. We rushed to buy a roll of film (YOU loaded it), and we ran back to all the same places and did it all over again before it got dark. You were such a good sport.

9: Later that year, you surprised me with a "special" gift wrapping of my truck in the parking lot at work for my 30th. I seemed to remember returning that favor the next year...

10: We were dating for some time when we decided to take a trip to Yosemite and then Monterey Bay. Back when staying fit, was part of the dating game...

11: Roughing it in Yosemite National Park under the stars. We biked the valley and decided to leave a bit early when the rain started...

12: We rode our bikes along the trail and ate lunch at ElTorito in Monterey. On the way back, I asked you to stop for a moment and take a rest. Then on one knee I dropped and asked for your hand... You said "Yes" (thank goodness) Then, the clouds parted for a moment to allow a rainbow to form and send the message to the heavens.

13: It seemed to be carried on the wings of the bird we saw when we snapped this picture.

14: On June 13, 1992, Barbara received her Bachelor in Science degree in Nursing from Cal State San Bernardino | We had a great dinner that night at...Del Taco in Colton... I dropped you off at your apartment and the next day...

15: We were married! June 14, 1992

16: Our best friends and family stood with us on our day.

17: Our first home at 7685 Peacock Lane | Our home since October 1994 on Sunny Ridge Loop...

18: One year later (on Peacock Lane), we ate the top off the "orange cake"... You complain about that cake to this day. :)

19: Michael obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the University of Redlands in 1993.

20: From 1992 to 1994 we worked and traveled.

21: Barbara was introduced to "clotted cream" during High Tea at Harrod's in London. | And we learned all about 'ruins'.

22: Christmas 1993 | Oreo - Was more cream filling than cookie and loved to relax in the strangest places...

23: He was excited to say "Hi". | And then came Stephen!

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26: Papa | Nana | Stephen's first fire.

27: Gram | Grandma | The Smith's (Uncle, Aunt and Cousins)

28: The days came with challenges, and we wondered where we'd be. Sometimes we cried and other times we had all the joy we needed. Days moved quickly and before we knew, Stephen was in school.

30: The Special Mother Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressure and a couple by habit. This year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger. "Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint, Matthew." "Forrest, Marjorie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecilia." "Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint...Give her Gerard...He's used to profanity." Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child." The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy." "Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel." "But has she patience?" asks the angel. "I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it." "I watched her today. She has that sense of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in her world and that's not going to be easy." "But Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This ones perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?" God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child who has challenges ahead. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied." "She will never take for granted a "spoken word". She will never consider a "step" ordinary. When her child says "Momma" for the first time, she will see it as few people ever see My creations!" "I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice ...and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side." "And what about her Patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid-air. God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."

34: Showing off his Brace | First Steps | First Christmas Tree | First Jack o' Lantern

35: Father's Day | Mom time!

36: Stephen and his first cat, Oreo | Dancing with Gram

37: Stephen and Pooh at the computer | Walking with Cousin Jason in Montana

38: I want to play Oreo....

39: There is always time to snuggle with Dad and kisses from Mom.

40: Loves getting his hair washed.

41: Stephen's first words..."Barney"! Pronounced "Baa-yeee of course. | Sleepy look

42: Kindergarten Graduation | What boy doesn't like a good old fashioned fort. Mom was the best at this. | A boy and his....cat!

43: Having fun in with the hose. I think Barbara just liked squirting him... | Chillin in the tent and washing Dad's car.

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46: Even when he was inside Mom, he was all about Chillaxin'!

47: Why are they taking all these pictures...

49: Brandon with "baby" and his "boo boo" under his left eye... | Always a smile. | He's UP!!!

50: A family that naps together... ...still naps together

51: Favorite look out perch.

52: Where we going Mom!? | I don't know how to stop this thing... | At his best.

53: Learning marbles, Mom's learning that is. :) | Tumble tots. | At his best again!

54: Unhappy day at his brother's birthday party | Always up to something.

55: Buds! | First Birthday | Always up to semthing | Michael received his Masters Degree in Health Administration (MHA) 1997

56: Brothers | When can he play with me?

57: Brothers! | Brothers

58: The famous, "I wuv my brother" scene. | Ken's birthday Halloween! | Slept where they fell.

59: Gram's leaves are the best! | Wussup! | Nothing like pajamas, popcorn and a movie.

60: Random pics... | This look is saying, "what, you don't think I know what I'm doing here...?" | A Chef in the making.

61: Fresh as a daisy | I wanna go swimmin!

62: The eyes and smiles always won our hearts. Stephen's "lips" and Brandon's steely eyes.

64: At their best...sometimes.

65: And we let them eat like dogs too.... | Stephen practicing his culinary skills while Brandon eats the profits.

66: Learning to bowl. Legoland.

67: Just chillaxin' together.

68: Helping Grandma with her garden | Ready for a night of Trick or Treating.

69: Brothers playing in the backyard and in your tent inside...

70: 2001

71: We found an old outhouse on a mountain top mining town. | Stephen enjoying fishing and driving the boat on June Lake in Mammoth

72: One of the few pictures we have of Arlie. This one from the magnet we got from the vet.

73: We didn't take many pictures of our animals in the beginning. This was corrected...

74: 2002 | X'treme Team Baseball | One more of Arlie while backyard camping... | Raging Waters

76: Brandon never liked hearing Happy Birthday sung to him...

78: The look says, "I'll be brave Mom, but I really not sure..." | The glass bottom submarine ride...this was fun.

79: Arthur spending the night from school

80: Brandon and Miss Dennie Marie | What a face!!! | Fishing in Oak Glen

81: 2003 | Soccer Coach Pete Ambriz with Stephen at awards. | And the Hat craze begins...

82: Aways good for a thumbs up!

83: Learning to skate. | It's never too cold for Basketball!!! | One of the many trips to San Diego

84: Mr. Neutron I presume...

85: "B" and "Baby"!

87: Cubs Scout Bros. | Scout Camp at Emmanuel Church with Mt. Harrison in the back- ground.

88: 2004 | Another fine time in Gram's leave in the Fall. | Rain Gutter Regatta at Yucaipa Park

89: San Diego

90: Little Hubble when he was first adopted.

91: Stephen and Mrs. Sanborn

93: 2005

94: Montana Trip | Uncle Ron fashioned Stephen a one handed Cue.

95: Cousin Jesse and the family | Aunt Sandi taking Stephen for a ride.

96: Mr. Potter!!! | Studying Missions | No Fear... Well, maybe a little. Some of those guys were huge.

97: We never knew about all those characters at Disney until we had kids....

99: The first running medal!

101: Stephen got his bunk-bed, then Brandon got his (Cousin Rob built it for him).

102: Mr. Osmond | Stephen and Austin | Stephen and Brad | Elementary School Graduation

103: First fish...yes, there is one there. | Mom always said she loved this picture.

104: Hubble and his boys. | And it didn't even hurt.

105: Brandon's horseback riding lessons | San Fransisco | Pirates Dinner Theater

106: How many fries can you get on a toothpick at Denny's? | First Cable Car ride.

107: Cousin Rob's wedding. | Muir woods. The picture they didn't believe Brandon took on his own.

108: Running club buds at Arroyo Verde, right Kyle C. and left Steven C. | Brandon and Dad getting ready to scare some kids for Halloween.

109: As you can tell by now, Stephen likes to collect hats... | Stephen's Middle School running coach, Mrs. Wilson | Jeff, Fadi, Jesse, Jordan, Stephen and Michael | Stephen, Jesse, Fadi, Jordan and Terry

110: And the "Farm" starts... | Enter "Digger" Hubble's play toy that didn't get eaten. | Chewie the rabbit | Hubble

111: Everybody loves a BUNNY!!!!

113: What's with the hats again...? | Surprise snowstorm in Highland.

114: Yes, another hat!

116: Let the dieting begin. | Pirates at the El Capitan Theater

117: Check the Hair!!! | Mr. Osmond, Tyler Z and Stephen

119: Hats, hats, hats!!! | Bros | Buds

120: Disney World and Cruise Trip

130: Let's GO!!!! | The Black pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean Movie.

131: Ratatouille!

134: Our Parvo Puppy, Max!

135: Barbara's first puppy. Mother's day.

136: Outsiders Day | Brandon and Mr. Osmond | Finishing another race.

138: I got snipped! | But I'm cute.

139: The new ladies in the house... | Chillin wit the dawg!!! | Mocha

140: Brandon's girl. | So comfortable... | Cinder

141: Wanna play little doggy? | At home on the twin towers.

142: It's a good thing they can separate conjoined twins... | If you can only get him to hold still long enough...

145: And eventually, they grew up.

146: One of Stephen's favorite places...and people...

147: What happens when you push your parents to far on the road back up to the car... | On the way to the Sequoias

148: They were fine until they realized how COLD it was. | Deep underground on the cave tour. Barbara wasn't suppose to be touching the walls...oops

149: It's NOT a painting!!!

150: First view of Yosemite Valley for Brandon. Stephen did not enjoy the ride... | Brandon and Dad hiked to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls.

151: We almost left them here... | Okay...Yes, we did let them leave Alcatraz.

152: Mom's new favorite home away from home in Santa Barbara | A room with a view.

153: Barbara and Nephew David at his Volleyball tournament. | Jazz Man

154: Cross County Rules!

156: Of course I watch the dog show, what else? | The many places of Cinder... | Mom with the Dolphins

157: Brandon and Ryan | Brandon and Drew | Redlands Jazz Kids at Halloween

158: Michael getting Employee of the Year award from Chief Probation Officers Association

159: Stephen and Coaches Honeyfield and Mota | I would like to order my letterman's jacket now please. | Jazz Band at Disneyland

160: Grand Canyon 2010 - Yes, he got the jacket... | Yes...SNOW!!!

164: Athletic Boys! | Always good sportsmanship!

165: S-T-R-E-T-C-H!

166: Redlands Masonic Lodge Award for Overcoming Adversity

167: Garrett S. and Nathan R. At Track Banquet. | Brandon and Phil P.

168: Running 10 miles in the middle of nowhere requires coach to mark your arm with the Road # so you make the correct turns.

169: The boy is possessed...

170: Jeff Dunham Concert

171: The Summer of Themed Dinners

173: Grandma's 80th Birthday (Luau)

177: Stephen Gets a Car

178: Varsity Letter!

180: Stephen's Surgery (the year of surgeries) | Waiting to go downstairs... | I like the happy juice! ...One minute later he was out

181: Okay, not as much fun after 7 hours on the table.... | Amazing what a day after surgery looks like...with pain meds!

182: Some 6-8 weeks later and time to get the cast off...

183: The view from the inside... Can't go near metal detectors now...

184: Beautiful couple...and a dork in the corner | Spring Breaks in Hermosa | They snuck out for cheesecake without us... :(

185: Our traditional vacation with Mom to the Sea Sprite in Hermosa...

186: View from our room. | The long bike ride.

187: Pismo Beach Sand Railing

188: The Bird that came to ...eat | "Spike" flew into the backyard one day and followed Michael around. We got a cage and food, he came and went as he pleased and one day...never came back.

189: Stephen asked...."He's gonna do WHAT on my shoulder?" | He was very tame and seemed to come to a whistle.

190: Annual Shared August birthday dinners... | Mom's cutie ready for Symphonic performance

191: Stephen, Austin and Brett at Universal...his new home away from home when it comes to amusement parks... | Which always includes dinner at the Hard Rock!

193: Brandon enjoyed basketball at the YMCA

194: Christmas Lights at the Mission Inn

196: Gingerbread at the Festival of Lights.

197: Dinner Theater at the Fox in Redlands

198: Stephen and Nick, aka "Speed Racer" at Prospect Park for Cross Country Race. | Serving sausage and bacon for fund raiser at Applebees.

199: Dining on a surfboard in San Diego. Burgers were incredible... | Found a mermaid on a rock and gave her my coat... | Barbara at Sea world doing her thang.

200: Surgery #3 for Stephen in 2011 #1, Tendon release on Rt arm, #2 Wisdom teeth removal and #3 Granuloma removed from nose... PLUS he went directly from this surgery to get team pictures for Cross County done...What a year. | Brandon got all bloodied up again for Redlands Jazz Kids performance on Halloween.

201: Boys enjoying deep fried Oreos and Frogs legs at the LA County Fair...tradition #486 | Boys with Cousin Daniel | One of Barbara's teachers

202: Jason, Sandi, Stan, Jesse | DeDe, Ron, Kip, Bill

203: Jason, Bill, Brian, Jesse, David, Kip, DeDe, Barbara, Nancy | Unc, Shirley, Brain, David

204: Sedona 2012 | Dad's a goof trying to pick up mountains. | Brandon trying to follow suit and pick it up a different way...he'll learn.

205: Pink Jeep Tours...very fun day. | The "Road of No Return" looking UP.

207: The Painted Desert

208: If you look very close, you can see Yogi Bear in this picture...

209: There's Yogi! | Michael made a friend one day that wanted to peck out his eyes. This thing followed us all the way home...REALLY!!! | View from our room.

210: Two sides to brothers...

212: Blue Man Group, Vegas

214: Voted by the Team for the Character Award 2011 Cross Country | Loma Linda Lopers 5k December 2011. in March 2012 Stephen Ran his first 10k

215: Tradition #1841... Denny's for breakfast after 5k's and 10k's!!!

216: THE FARM ! ! !

218: Stephen 1 | Stephen 2 | Brandon 6 mos, Stephen 3 Brandon w/ear infection | Brandon 2, Stephen 5 | Brandon 3, Stephen 6

219: When we started going to Embassy Suites in San Diego when Stephen was little, we made it a tradition (#4) to get an updated picture each time we went... Ages are approximate | Brandon 10, Stephen 13 | Brandon 11, Stephen 14 | Brandon 14, Stephen 17 | Brandon 5, Stephen 8

223: All the ladies.

225: Adjoining page...Thanksgiving 2006 and 2011...minus Kelli and David in 2011 (in France) :(, but with a few other friends of the Smith family. Tradition #23...Frisbee Golf after dinner...

226: Zeke Smith snoozing away and with Great Grandma Theisen.

227: Thanksgiving decorations ala Kristen!

228: Aunt Lille (Ward) and Irene Theisen | Aunt Lillle (Ward), Stephen and Brandon

229: Grandma Kallis

236: Mom's 75th Birthday at Church

239: Our Good Friend Pat

240: 3 Months

242: 6 Months

244: 9 Months

246: One year

248: Two years

250: Three years

252: Four years

254: Five years

256: Six years

258: Seven years

260: Eight years

262: Nine years

264: Ten years

266: Eleven years

268: Twelve years

270: Thirteen years

272: Fourteen years

274: Fifteen years

276: Sixteen years

277: Seventeen years

278: Eighteen years (almost)

298: Somehow things just.........

299: ..........come full circle...

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