Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fun in the Leaves

What fun is it to have a huge tree in your front yard if you can't jump into a big ol' pile of leaves?

Ella and Brett were so excited about the pile of leaves they swept (yes- they had a broom out there with them!) and came inside to get me and my camera demanding I take pictures. It was hilarious to watch them. It really doesn't take much to entertain kids. Just send them outside and let their imaginations run wild! Again, life in the country (or the Young house) is never dull!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lots of catching up to do...

Things have been really busy around here lately- it IS the holiday season. I finally wised up and decided it was not in anyone's best interest to continue with school during Christmas time so we have taken the month off. Yes, you read that correctly. THE. WHOLE. MONTH.
Instead of having my kids do history, science, language arts, etc. we have decided to occasionally do some math, do some reading, ALOT of baking and crafts and most importantly a little bit of mission work around town. The kids really enjoyed baking pumpkin chocolate chip muffins to take to our church, our library, our vet and the dance studio. I want my children to have a servant's heart and what better time to practice, right?
Here are a couple of pics to keep you up to date with some things happening around here..

Sophie is 2 1/2 months old already and growing like a weed! At her 2 month check up she was almost 14 pounds- what a chunk! She has her mommy and daddy wrapped around her little finger and we fall in love more and more every time we see her smile.
Michael has enjoyed taking turns taking the kids hunting. Well, he hasn't taken Luke yet but his time is coming. He and Ella recently killed this buck together.

The kids participated in the CHristmas play at our church. The sunday school class that Michael and I are a part of has been putting on the Christmas play for 3 years now. We weren't able to help out this time though since we had a newborn in the house. The kid did get to be a part of it though and they were super excited!

We decorated for Christmas, well...if I'm honest...Michael decorated for Christmas. We didn't host our sunday school Christmas party this year so we kept things very simple.

We took the kids to see Santa. Ella told him she wanted a new bike, another American Girl doll and a puppy (like we need another animal!). Brett told him he wanted a BeyBlade and Luke was insistent that he didn't know what he wanted, lol! Sophie slept through most of it.

I have a lot of pictures to still post...this is just the beginning. lol!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fun with our Dogs

I never know what I'm going to find when I walk outside and my kids have been playing. They love being outside, even though I sometimes have to kick them out of the house to remind them of that~ (wink, wink) I got so tickled several weeks ago when I walked outside to find Ella pulling Brett in our wagon. He was all covered up with a Clemson blanket and then I realized she had had 2 of our dogs in the wagon before Brett jumped in.

Our poor dogs put up with a lot from our kids and they seem to somewhat enjoy the punishment, ahem, training they receive.

Brett with his dog Maggie
Ella with her dog Molly

Maggie and Molly are part lab/part bird-dog

Life in the country is never dull...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We had a great time Trick-or-Treating with our Pop Star Country Singer, Superman, Ninja and pumpkin. We started off the night at Nana and Granddaddy's (also know as Michael's parents) house and then went to our old neighborhood to let the kids go door-to-door. They were so excited about going to different houses this year, lol!

Sweet little Sophie stayed in the car with me to keep out of the cold. I was the creepy adult driving very slowly down the street looking like I was scouting children. I kept having to yell something out the window at Michael so people wouldn't think I was a stalker!

Luke, aka ninja, was super excited about his sword. (It's really for a pirate costume, but shhhh! we won't tell him that!) He was convinced that this was his first year Trick-or-Treating for some reason. I guess he just doesn't remember last year.

Our Super Muscle-y Superman. He was ecstatic about his Superman belt that would light up. I love how the smallest things just fascinate them! Daddy even fixed his hair to look like Clark Kent's- complete with 1 curl hanging on his forhead.

Our sweet PopStar Country Singer. I think she chose this costume because of the horse on the front and like every other 8 year old girl, she is obsessed with horses right now. I have to admit, I loved the pink cowgirl hat!

So there you have it...4 sweet kids ready to go trick-or-treating....I just wish I had some pictures when we were done for the night and they were scouring through their candy buckets. Now, I just have to find somewhere to hide all this candy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Family with Sophie and a Surprise!

We have had lots of visitors since Sophie's arrival. It has been so much fun listening to everyone try to figure out who she looks like and what color her hair is going to be- red? blonde? brunette? auburn? Most recently, my father brought my grandparents and my aunt from GA down to visit. My sister and her hubby came the same day to meet Miss Sophie...

And we have one surprise! A typical day at our house is not without strange animals and critters, we do live in the country you know. Our latest find was a green snake. Michael brought him in to show him off to the kids. I wanted nothing to do with him- yuck! I hate snakes. But Brett, my favorite redhead, was a critter keeper. He thought the snake was great and even chased me around the kitchen with it while he giggles the whole time. ( Let me tell you, I was NOT giggling!) Everyday I see that he is more and more like his daddy- in every way possible!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Meeting Sophie

This is probably one of my favorite pictures from the day Sophie was born. I wish I could've seen my kids sweet little faces as they were looking around the corner, waiting for Daddy to announce that Sophie was here and anticipating getting to meet their new little sister.
Daddy finally let them know their baby sister has arrived!

Loved my doctor! She was amazing! Sophie was born "sunny side-up" and my doctor stayed so calm and cool even though Sophie's little heartbeat kept having a lot of 'decels' and wasn't recovering. They used the vaccuum and got her out quickly.

Holy cow! I have 4 kids now!!

I wouldn't have it any other way. I love this little bundle of joy and can't believe God blessed me with 4 wonderful and healthy kids!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Need a Laugh?


I couldn't help myself. I found this picture of my sweet hubby from last Christmas while going through a gazillion pics on my computer. Brett had just gotten this Transformers Bumblebee talking mask and Michael just couldn't resist putting it on. Luckily, I had my dear old camera close by and snapped this pic. It definitely cheers me up. One that makes me laugh! I'm happy to know I married a man that doesn't take himself too seriously and that isn't ashamed to play with the kids toys!

Now...if I could only get him to use it as his profile pic on Facebook- THAT would be priceless!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The joys of having a big sister

This is how far back my camera flash card went...our old house and Luke wasn't even 2 yet. Geesh- I have ALOT of pictures to share!

These are just absolutely hilarious...poor Luke. I'm sure he will not be very happy about these pictures when he's older, but being the great mom that I am, I will put them away and not pull them out again until his future bride wants baby pictures for a slide show at their rehearsal dinner. LOL!

So, this is what happens when you have a big sister. A big sister that's a dancer...

Getting suited up in ballet shoes
Success! Ella is so proud of herself. Even Brett is there to offer a brotherly laugh-in-your-face.

My poor little Luke...he had no idea what his big sister was trying to do to him!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Batting Practice

While we were at the beach, we took the kids to the batting cages to have a little fun and get in some batting practice. They had a ball (lol!) and Michael even got in a few swings too- he's still got it! Here are our little ball players...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Most Important Day of Her Life!

Nothing could have made me happier than to here my daughter tell me she wanted to be baptized. We spoke with our preacher to make sure she understood what it meant and she understood completely. Wow- my 7 year old was going to be baptized!

The morning of her baptism I was shocked to learn that I was going to be able to get into the baptismal with her so that I could get some great pictures. It was really neat to be that close to her and see her every reaction to what our preacher was saying. What a memorable experience for this proud momma!

The pictures are backwards...of course. UGH!

Our preacher is such a great guy- he ran next door to his house and grabbed his hunting waders so that I could get into the baptismal without getting my dress soaking wet. Very fashionable!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dance Rehearsals and Church

I usually seem to forget my camera during rehearsals for Ella's dance recital, but I remembered thi year...only problem is that I only took 2 pictures, lol! That's what happens when your eyes are glued on 2 rambunctious boys and having to take one to a baseball game in the middle of rehearsals. Oh well, I did get 2 shots of my beautiful ballerina in my favorite costume for this year!

My ballerina.... every ballet piece she does on stage now just beings tears to my eyes. She is so graceful and poised and such a pleasure to watch on the stage, I can't wait to see how this group of girls does in dance competitions this year!

Ella with one of her good buddies from church/dance.
I'll just be honest, I can't remember what was going on at church when I took these pictures. That's what happens to your brain when you are pregnant with #4. Baby #3 pretty much takes your last brain cells and then #4 comes along just to make sure baby #3 did a good job cleaning you out.
I think this was the night the children's choirs sang. Luke isn't in the pics and he isn't in choir yet, so by process of elmination- we are going with that!