Saturday, December 30, 2006

Christmas Break

These are just a few pictures of the stuff us DeYoung's have been up to lately!
We made a trip up to EVART to spend some time with Mike, Amy, and the little Kricks :o) Drew, the Catt's, and the Carlson Family were also there. The boys played water polo and Settlers... It was a fun night. Always is!

ALSO - Leanne (that's me) just got back from up north. Had my first casino experience - I tried to master Black Jack - and spent a day snowboarding with the family (and Jon-Jon's buddy Brian). Sammie is so good at it! We're both sore today, but I'm pretty sure we're both hooked. Dad on the other hand... thinks he'll stick to motorized toys. :o)

Before Christmas Kelli and I got to have lunch with Blackie! ;o) We love her. And she has a BEAUTIFUL big belly - we can't wait to meet baby!

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Congratulations Dan and Tracy!!! God is GOOD!!!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

December Wedding

If you blinked... you may have missed it.... the daiting... the engagement... and the wedding ceremony.... all one quick blink. Here is the happy couple. Sarah is a GREAT girl. Aaron snagged quite the woman.

I realize this is a terribly blury picture of Kelli and I at the reception... but if you'd seen the other 40 you would agree that this was the best one we took all night long.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Just because...

Nothing REAL incredible to post... I just wanted to stick these pictures up here... JUST BEAUSE I love 'em. (They were taken this fall).

One of me and Kris' FAVORITE things to do is take our four-legged "children" for walks through this yet-to-be-developed development near my parents house. As you can see... Maggie takes these walks very seriously. She likes to include a mud bath in the adventure.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Parents of an Angel

... the unthinkable happened to Kris and I this last week... our first baby was taken to be in heaven.
I just wanted to say thank you (a million trillion times over) to our wonderful families - as well as our incredible incredible friends for being so comforting at such a crazy moment in our lives... Kris and I wouldn't want to go through this without you. We love you.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Harvest Festival 2006

Kris and Drew at a Shane and Shane concert could be comared to 13 yr old girls at a Nick Leshay concert. Given... It was AMAZING worship and those guys CAN SING! Gives me chills everytime.

Dan the Man and his pumpkin carving power tools! Watchin' Dan carve that pumpkin with a drill was a highlight of the weekend.

Drew looks like he is up to something... and Jill? Well....

Awwww.... we're in love.

Again... Awwwwww.

All in the family... here we have Kelli and Dan napping together. They looked so cozy I almost jumped right in.

This is us carving our pumpkin. Notice the pumpkin is not included in the picture. It was rated R.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October Family Update.

It has been awhile since Kris and I added to the BLOG... So here's whats GOIN' ON in our lives lately...

Rhiannon started school this fall and it is kind of kicking her butt. She is working on getting her doctorate in physical therapy... but after a recent car accident... she just might need some physical therapy herself. Poor PT RHI!

Sammie (my mini) is a regular East Rockford Middle School rock star. She was voted onto the student council by her classmates (only 2 kiddos from each class were picked... so this is a big deal people) and she is makin' things happen!!! That girl is a mover and a shaker.

Jon-Jon just recently lost hearing in one of his ears... SCARRY! So after a LONG LONG visit at the hospital we find out some viral infection almost took all of his hearing away! UGH! Thankfully it looks like it was caught in time and Jon Jon will be ok.

Rachel is TEARIN' IT UP this fall. No one could have a more jam packed schedule. She goes from signing for 5 yr. olds all day, to teaching college students at night. Gift ideas for Rachel would include: Red Bull and an expresso machine.

My Kris is a teacher still. Lucky for those kids who sit in his classroom. Who wouldn't want to learn from someone as serious as this ... wanna be tribal cheif ... looks....

And me... well, I just got a job at the HOSPITAL! YIPPEE! ... and Sometime this spring, Kris and I will have one of these. No... not the bouncy seat... not a Jonah... a baby. Our Baby. Baby D. WOO HOO!!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


I realize all of you know this by now... that our bestest friend Jen is expecting a baby SOON! This picture was taken the day before her big day... Just wanted to give an official shout out to the Roosien family - AHHHHH! CONGRATS!

And I cannot wait until they live in Michigan again. I miss you Blackie!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Naughty Doggie

Kris loves it when Dakota decides that she'll make OUR bed HER own... and I, on the other hand, don't think it is as cute (She SHEDS like it was her job!) But..... when I was washing the sheets today I couldn't help but snap this cute picture of her taking advantage of the situation. She is just SO CUTE! Not to mention the best dog I've ever had. :) I love you Koda!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The East Bay

Rachel and I got to spend a few very relaxing days in Elk Rapids with the fam before the busy school year starts. We were SOOOO thankful that we had one day of sunshine so that Daddy-O could take us across the bay to do some snorkling around the sunken "ship"... Sammie's pooch Boe got to do some snorkling too :o)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Monkey Poo

Good 'ol John Ball Park Zoo.
Kris goes back to "the grind" tomorrow... getting ready for the new group of students who will be blessed with his God given talent as a middle school teacher this year.......

SOOOOO... to celebrate... and mark the end of a FANTASTIC summer, filled with long afternoon naps.... We headed off to yet another zoo.

We learned that monkeys just plain poop a lot.
- Leanne

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Maggie's great uncle... twice removed

Crazy Dog

We think this may be one of Maggie's distant relatives. ... She is not, however, QUITE as bipolar...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Zebra Snot.

What do you call a dishonest feline?


Kris and I spent the day at Binder Park Zoo... We walked through "Africa" and were licked by some spoiled giraffes... We saw a Alligator Snapping Turtle named "Crunch" that was born before the Civil War....

... we saw a Red Panda, followed around a couple of Peacocks... watched a pack of wolves take a really looooooooong nap.... took pictures with a couple of fisty Lemur's ....

.... watched the Wallabies dig around for bugs... were growled at by some very large Emus.... Spent a good 15 minutes watching this little guy show off for the crowd....

As we left the zoo, Kris made sure to mark his territory.... so that people knew we were there... and that we shall return!

Friday, August 04, 2006


These two felt left out. Just because Chester doesn't like to play in our pool, doesn't mean he leads an uneventful existance. He is always busy napping on the front porch, napping on our bed, napping on the living room floor and playing fetch.

Dakota also dislikes the kiddie pool. Here she is pictured laughing at Maggie for soaking herself and looking like a drowned rat. Dakota would rather significantly lower the local squirel population... ...she has already gotten a great start.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The White-Trashinator 5000

This summer is freaken hot. Without air conditioning our poor pooches are suffering from the heat. I was inspired one day, while picturing a young sean carlson playing in his little plastic pool in the trailer park as a child. So I went to walmart and purchased a deluxe edition white-trashinator 5000 for $11.88. Maggie loves it. She swims daily.


Thursday, July 27, 2006


Sean and Kelli's blog always makes me think about how much I love my Sammie. She's the "closest thing" I have to what it must be like... to be completely overwhelmed with love for your own kid. I love her more than a fat kid loves cake. Way more. These pics were taken at our cousin Andy's wedding on July 22 - she's basically shooting up like a weed ... its only a matter of time before she is as tall as me! And lucky for her... (haha) she has the same waddle that I do! Sorry baby!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Afternoon on the Rogue

Kris and I took a loooooooong canoe ride on the Rogue River - Basically he did all the work while I pointed out every crawfish, trout, and duck that I saw.

Needless to say it was extremely relaxing.

And now we need a nap.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Few of my Favorites From the Weekend...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tillie the Turtle

That's my Mini-me on stage... far left. Tillie. Went to an "outstanding" production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - There were some little little kids in the play that were absoutely hysterical. Jon and I couldn't stop laughing at this one little blond who played the role of "small pink flower". She had the worst case of stage fright I'd ever seen. That is until her last line.... She couldn't remember a single one of her lines throughout the whole play until she shouted "RADICAL!" as the curtain closed.