Friday, November 28, 2008

You're awesome.

... Just thought I'd let you know.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Isn't he cute!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

just cute pictures :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Meet Charlie

He was Jonathan's dog... and Jonathan couldn't keep him anymore... so... Meet Charlie.
We love the little guy but are not positive yet if we can keep him - 3 dogs is a little much, even for the DeYoungs.
Know anyone who is looking for a running buddy? :)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


If Kris looks confused... it may be because he is.

I don't think women are 'understandable'.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


If you've ever thought about having a mural painted somewhere in your house... I have a friend that has a mural business doing JUST THAT! She's amazing.... Her most recent project is right here... a nursery - she painted the WHOLE room! It looks awesome.

I added a link to her website (under construction) on the right.
Cool huh?!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

48 Hours

Got to spend 48 hours up north with the family. Kris had to stay home and go to class :(
Are those two fuzzy pups the cutest things you've ever seen?! Boe and Lacey.

Sunset on the bay... It was absolutely beautiful.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It was only a matter of time...

Dakota and Maggie got skunked...
Don't let this happen to your dogs. :) ... or your kids for that matter.

Friday, June 27, 2008

back alive.

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Just a few pictures from the year that ate my life up. It was a good ride... But now that its over I'M SO HAPPY!
Above...? Pajama day with my seniors.
Below, End of the year party in a pool. We're so excited to be almost done!

Holly and I during the prairie burn. smoky!

Monster kept me alive many days. Here on a field trip with David - one of the coolest.

A small piece of our staff... kicked butt in volleyball. :)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

May Days

Kris and I had a Mother's Day feast over at our place.
These are our very proud mamma's. :)

... The bird feeders behind our house continue to be a source of entertainment on the weekends. Seriously, who needs cable when you have young dare devils risking their lives for a single golden nugget of corn... Drama! .... yeah, he jumps. sometimes misses.

It was a rare occurrence... We got to spend some time with the Spanding family down here from Gay-Town. Ella finally got her birthday present! But... like most one year olds, the ribbons and package the gift came in was WAY more fun to play with.
.... And as you can see, Kris is wearing his Riverbank Run T-shirt. He wore it for 3 days straight after that race... :)

Chester got stuck up there.
He was so embarrassed.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Does Anyone Have a Wheelchair Kris can Borrow?



My cheerleader Momma...

Kris didn't end up spending time with the official race paramedics like I thought he might.... Although, he is having a hard time walking now... And really might at least need crutches for a week... Apparently this was some kind of macho I-have-to-prove-my-manliness thing that he had to accomplish. And DID! With a pretty darn good time... 2:26.

I don't need crutches because I've actually been training for this race since January... And the hard work paid off... I felt absolutely great!... the whole time! It was BEAUTIFUL out!
I finished at 2:30 (Which was my goal). YES!

It was really fun to train for the race with my friends from work (and Kris ofcourse)- Now we just need to keep running so it stays fun!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

If you're bored...

Kris and I have recently had to put in a bunch of time working on WEBSITES for the classes that we teach at school. SO! If you're just "surfing the web" ...and you're bored ...and you're even SLIGHTLY interested... check them out! Here are the links:

"Mr. D's Pad"
"Earth Keepers"

Thursday, April 03, 2008

"Go for the Goal"

Kris had it stuck in his head that he would run with me last weekend... I needed to do 12 miles.
This probably would have been fine if he had been training with me all along... OR even if he had appropriate running shoes... but he hadn't and he didn't. The shoes he ran in were purchased in 1999... And as you can imagine, they were WORN OUT!
But Kris HAD to do the 12 miles anyway... no matter what he had to run in. Just because he said he would run 12 miles.

I know... I don't understand it.

At about 0.3 miles Kris knew it would be a tough go - the blisters had already started to form...
At about mile 8 Kris had run out of steam (only 4 more miles to go!) AND he was "running on needles"
When we finally stopped running we noticed the blood leaking through his shoes....

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It's Thursday and Kris is still extremely sore.... he is still limping.
But if you ask him - I'm sure he'd say he'd do it again.
"I said I would run 12 miles, and I ran 12 miles" - Kris

Sunday, March 16, 2008

here goes!

so i guess i'm a runner now.
since... january i've been training for the river bank run on may 10th...
i'm thinkin' ill run the 25K.
.... so to those of you who have always told me i could probably pull something like this off... thank you. i'm going to give it a shot. i've become slightly addicted to the open road. its really strange.
ok, so now that our blog readers know... i can't back out.
here goes... :)
- Lea

Sunday, March 02, 2008

We have a new hobby...

Kris and I are officially nerdy bird watchers...

About 3 weeks ago we thought it would be cool to buy a bird feeder for our backyard since we have all these big windows that stick out into the woods... we had no idea that the birds who would visit the feeder would become our new obsession. (And I'm afraid that after last weekend, Kristi Catt is obsessed now too).
We know the birds by name... we know their personalities... which ones are bossy, which ones are "pigs"... Pretty soon we'll be identifying them by sound and annoying you with little facts about that particular species...
And, we highly suggest everyone who reads this blog to go out a buy a feeder for your hungry backyard birdies... but careful, you too just might get hooked.

(...this must mean we're 20 somethings going on 60 something.... )

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Sick of the snow yet?
I say... "not yet".
Kris says... "I'm ready for spring".
What's your vote?