Wednesday, December 26, 2007

christmas morning.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Took the train to the windy city last weekend - Walked EVERYWHERE, drank lots of wine, spent time with old friends, and shopped 'till we dropped. It was EXACTLY the little break that all of us needed. :o)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Koda Cloning

Koda is shedding.
A lot.
I brushed her for 35 minutes today.
And behold, a clone was born.
Equal in size, we are now the proud parents of Koda #2.

- Topher

Sunday, October 28, 2007

we love our friends (part 1)

we love our friends (part 2)

Saturday, October 20, 2007


The word "busy" does not even begin to describe our lives lately...
I (Leanne) spend about 12 hrs a day or more at school... and then go back on the weekends. I've been known to tell some people that this job is slowly killing me. :o) In short, working at the Academy is your typical first year of teaching on heavy doses of "steroids". The teachers I work with are incredible and most of the time we just sit around and tell funny stories until tears are rolling down our cheeks... It is exactly the kind of therapy we all need at the end of the day.
Kris has been busy with "house stuff" - painting, moving furniture, unpacking and cleaning... Thankfully he is now in his 3rd year of teaching and is therefore a little less busy with school work. But he IS working on that Masters degree... and loving every minute of it (heavy sarcasm on that last one).

We love living in our new house... we honestly don't know what to do with all of the space! It's been fun to watch our kids run around the fenced in backyard looking for lost turkeys and small mammals. Thankfully they haven't slaughtered any... yet. :o/

Our amazing families and incredible friends have been keeping us afloat ... they've been a HUGE HUGE help with everything from baking us cookies to hauling big boxes around.
Until next time...
- Us

Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor Day Fun

Saturday, August 25, 2007

...the countdown.

It's hard to describe how excited we are to have our own place again. The closing on our new digs was finally scheduled for September 7th. Thanks Mamma D for letting us crash at your place for the summer!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

almost there..

you asked, and here they are... just a few more pictures of the progress.
we had NO idea what the front of our house would look like... picking out the siding is scarry, but we love how it looks.

this is our favorite room of the house... our sunroom. it sticks out into the jungle that is our backyard and is nothing but windows. a future napping and reading spot for sure.

and... for those of you who were fortunate enough to view our "fireplace" on DVD at the Norwood home... you'll be happy to know that THIS fireplace produces actual flame.

just about 4-ish more weeks until we get to move in. :oD
you can sign up for sleepovers here on the blog - no deposit necessary.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

3 months.

... there are countless reasons why being a school teacher is such a rewarding profession...

Three of our favorites...
June... July... and August.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


"God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars." - Martin Luther

To anyone who has time for a little reading in their life... PICK UP THIS BOOK! The author spoke at Mars Hill a few weeks ago... and has a CRAZY story to tell. Seriously. And in my opinion, sometimes he gets a little nuts but because of his book we have to reimagine the way we live......

.....because sometimes God takes you to places in your life that you never saw coming, we are on a one way path to becoming even more "green" than we thought we were.

"God's beautiful earth will not be saved by words or good intentions. IT will be saved by humble, anonymous acts like turning off the lights, hanging clothing on the line, bicycling to work, and planting trees. People who are grateful for God's abundant gifts, people of faith who are not afraid to be held accountable for care of His creation, will save it." - Dr. Matthew Sleeth

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

How Ex-siding

Siding is finished.

So drywall is done. It's mudded.

Man is it going fast! We enjoy daily going out to see our new home's progress, it is so much fun! Can't wait to move in!
- K

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

East Bay

Year 2 of the July 4th vacation with people we love.

Jonah filled his diaper with sand like it was his mission in life.

Spent a night in Traverse City... It was yummy. Thanks Bubba.

No Jill, he isn't choking your daughter. Some of us almost froze our feet off in Charlevoix while the rest of us filled our pants with sand trying to play some beach volleyball. :)

Us. ... remember these smiles. With the comming school year, these beachy smiles will be a distant memory. Ha!

Yeah. Real tough. After this picture was taken they all competed for the fastest baseball pitch.

Thanks for another great week of memories!
... Hosfords, next year will be much better. I promise. We missed you!

Friday, June 29, 2007

My Friend Pedro- The House- A Job!

So many things to add to the blog.... so here is a summary....

1. PEDRO: Went to the "Big Ticket Event" that Drew runs. Tagged along with Dan and Tracy, and had a fantastic time. Hung out with the Catts, The Kricks, The Hosfords, and the Carlson's (The Parentals :) ) It was a fantastic time! Drew did a marvelous job running the show. That is where I met Pedro, The Monkey. Now I am trying to convince my wife to let me have a pet Capuchin Monkey. I'm not winning. They fling poo.

2. THE JOB: Leanne is now a teacher! We knew it would only be a matter of time until she found that job. She will be teaching at the "West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science." Remember that, you will be quizzed on that later. She will be teaching 4 different environmental science classes! So needless to say, a TON of work, and could be some challenging kids. It's going to be a really challenging job in many aspects, but she has decided to accept the challenge and give it a shot. I know she will be absolutely fantastic in the classroom and will have a big impact on many kids' lives. Plus she gets to play in the dirt. She likes that. Ahh yes, my dirty wife.

3. THE HOUSE: Framing is done. Windows are In (not in picture). Electrical is Done. Driveway is poured (not in this picture.) Monday they start Cedar Trim. Next week they insulate. About a week and a half until drywall... they are absolutely flying! Eastbrook has really been doing a fantastic job and is really taking care of us. Our Construction Manager Chris is awesome, and the company is really doing us a lot of favors and working extra special hard, truly in memory of my father which is very humbling. We are so thankful, and can't wait to get into our new home!!!!!

So great news... and it's summer. I think I shall take a nap tomorrow. :)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

On our 15' Coleman

So Kris and I decided it might be fun to take the girls on a canoe trip down the Rogue.
We didn't know what we were getting into.
After 10 minuets of struggling to get the canoe in the water and the dogs in the canoe without having to watch either float downstream without us... Maggie jumped ship.
She jumped ship and then thought she'd make a break for it and tried to shoot across the road.
Kris, then, jumped ship as well and snagged her just in time. Wet puppy. Wet Kris.
The rest of the float was a success.
Bescides having to stop Dakota from also jumping ship when she was taunted by a gaggle of geese, we all went swimming and got some much needed R and R.
This picture was taken when we got back to our temporary residence.
Everyone was exhaused.

And none of us can wait until next time.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

In Memory of The Curries

I had a bit of nostalgia today.
It started with giving my dog her summer buzz cut.
I shaved her heavy black coat off in the bathroom.
As I peered across the mounds of black hair, I had deja vu.
It brought me back to my college years living with Jason and Jared Currie.
For those who do not know the Curries, they were my "fuzzy friends"
I remember going to use the bathroom on numerous occasions, only to come across a scene similar to this one.
It was a mirror image of their weekly back shaving, hip trimming, and Jason's all-powerful shoulder hair patch.
We used to donate their trimmings to "Locks for Love"
It made me miss my dear furry friends.
So this blog is in memory of Jason and Jared Currie.
S.I.P. - Shave In Peace my friends, Shave In Peace.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Under Construction

probably just a few coats of paint... and were ready to move in... what do you think of the open floor plan and solar heating system? a little breezy maybe...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Cross in the Woods

Jenny and Chris' ceremony up in Indian River was absoutely beautiful. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

And I only took... what seems like a thousand pictures... and they were all terrible shots... well, lets just say this one WOULD have been the best one... if it wasn't for this damn bubble!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Being the science geek that I am... I think this is so cool. These are the little guys that make that loud ringing noise on those dog days of summer... they're so loud!!! I've thought these little guys were so cool ever since I was a little girl. And their life cycle is so CRAZY!

Billions of periodical cicadas are supposed to show up this month in parts of the Midwest after spending 17 years underground!!! As nymphs they burrow underground and suck sap from tree roots. 17 years!!! How old were you 17 years ago???
Don't worry... they're nice.

Friday, May 11, 2007

big diggers

... i realize no one else will find this that terribly exciting except for us... but some big diggers put a big hole in the ground where our future home will sit. Kris is thrilled. We had to take a picture.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Erin Wins Another Bet

Back in high school Jenny and Erin made a bet... that the first one to get married had to pay the other one $1,000 dollars... And even though that amount shrank over the years to $100.... ERIN gets it. Jenny gets married May 26th to the SWEETEST guy. I'm SOOOOO happy for her.
Plus it was a great excuse to get (most) of our high school girlies together for a wedding shower this weekend. Renae and Sadie baby were missed very much!!!

Friday, April 20, 2007


... the picture says it all.
After being on the market for a WHOLE STINKIN' YEAR our patience pays off.
The cool thing about all of this... is that we know God TOTALLY made it happen - Some really cool people have done some really cool unexpected things for us so that we could take this picture today. And we're all smiles.

What's next? - We're moving in with Kris' mom while Eastbrook Homes builds our new digs.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Just Enjoying a Lovely Spring Afternoon