Monday, August 31, 2009

It's All About ME (the dog)

You know how the baby gets all the attention...well, this baby is getting ALL the attention! She thinks life revolves around HER! She is getting adjusted to not having the kids here Mon-Fri while they are at school. Lizzie and I run errands and clean house during that time, and usually on Mondays she sulks around the house like she's lost her best friends. And she has really, cause during the weekend she plays with Austin, Coby and Kelsey non-stop. She's becoming a momma's girl, for sure. And we're happy to announce that Lizzie has graduated from Puppy Obedience Class with a gold star.
In other news...Kelsey is taking gymnastics once a week, plus she starts the swim team this week in Clemson. Coby, unfortunately, cannot play any sports until the cast comes off. And Austin is working on fundraisers for the 8th grade trip to NYC in May 2010. Not to mention they all have lots of homework this year. Even Mom gets to read the same book as Austin and do a Parent Book Report (that should be interesting!). And, Dad and Mom have decided to go back to Peru in March 2010 for the last mission trip to our church's people group.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

First Haircut

Today was Lizzie's first haircut by our good friend, Christi Mason. She did very well except for a few wiggles on the table, earning her the nickname "Lizzie Lizard." She looks totally different with her short cut, and I hardly recognized her when I went to pick her up. She will be a much happier, cooler pup after today!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lizzie Lovin Life

What a happy labradoodle!
Stretching after a hard day's NAP!
She loves to hike down to the creek.
She likes getting really wet and dirty too.
Running after Daddy.I love this picture below cause it captures who she is. Lizzie is a very spunky 4 month old. She sometimes looks like a rabbit hopping through the air!
Ahhh, I've had my bath and I'm ready to nap AGAIN! How do you like my pink bow Mom put in my hair?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Accidents Happen

It began such a lovely day hiking down the trail to the creek where Lizzie and the boys could cool off and swim. The previous day the boys were down at the creek swimming and trying out the slide. However, this day the water was very low. Coby tried going down the slide, but it was not wet. So they hoisted a trash can full of water up to the top of the slide to wet the slide before going down. Second time down, Coby was moving pretty fast. It crossed Ricky's mind that this could be dangerous, but the boys were having such fun that we didn't want to spoil their afternoon play. Sure enough, the third time down Coby was flying when he hit the end of the slide and twisted into the water. In order to brace himself from the fall he extended his left arm into the water. AND that's when it happened! I knew he was hurt as soon as I saw his face. I yelled for Ricky to go get help. Unfortunately for us, we had not left a vehicle at the end of the subdivision so it was a long way back home by foot. Ricky began running the uphill battle to try and get some help. In the meantime, Austin and I carefully walked Coby out of the woods until Ricky could get back. I was so scared that Ricky was going to pass out running back up the hill to the nearest neighbor's house. It was 90 degrees that day and we had already walked about 1.5 miles to get there. Thankfully the closest neighbor was home and allowed Ricky to borrow their golf cart. He picked us up and we headed to the house. Because we had Lizzie with us, Austin and I stayed at the house to give the dog a bath (she was covered in mud) while Ricky took Coby to the ER. Kelsey was over at a friend's house so she stayed there while this was happening.
Here's the site of the accident! (this picture was taken later in the week after several rains, so the water was actually lower than this on the day of the accident)
This is the view from the top of the slide.
At the ER, Coby had to wait in the hallway because all the rooms were full. The doctor even put the splint on in this hallway. He was hurting really bad during the wait. The xray showed that the radius bone was broken, but luckily it was a clean break and did not require any surgery.
Because he had been swimming, he was still in his wet bathing suit with no shirt. There was sand covering his back and he was chilly in the ER. Coby is a tough little fella though!
The first 48 hours were the toughest for him. He was on pain meds those days, but was able to go to school on Monday (1st day back to school). By Wednesday he had his new cast! He's feeling much better now, and is SO happy that he is right-handed so he can do his homework (NOT!)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lizzie at 4 months

Lizzie is now 4 months old. Here are some pictures from the past few weeks.
Two poses of a sleeping dog! In the top photo, Lizzie is laying under my chair as I work on the computer. The other photo was her lying on the couch asleep. She also dreams when she's asleep and makes noises or movements to describe her dreams.
Lizzie's favorite activity is going outside to the koi pond and getting a drink. Sometimes she paws the water coming out from the top rock, and she really gets soaked when she's done!

Playing outside with the kids! I think she was getting ready to jump on Coby in this picture.
Lizzie is so much fun these days, and she's doing well in her dog training class.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Austin and Ricky went to Charlotte yesterday to visit the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Austin is very interested in becoming a pilot one day so he was excited to see these planes.

Kelsey's Surprise

This week Kelsey and I have been discussing the possibility of cutting her hair. She kept going back and forth, but finally decided on Thursday, August 13th to donate her hair to Locks of Love. She will be sending off 10 inches which she has been growing out all her life (8 years).
It's time to cut...
WOW, that feels a whole lot better!
Doesn't she look so grown up?! Kelsey, you look beautiful and we love the new haircut!

Snake Stories

I wish it would have been lighter for you to see this! Some friends of ours were over (playing cards, of course) and the kids yelled to us that the snake was out. We have been watching this snake for several weeks now and can't seem to catch him. So, Ricky and our friend, Steve, went running out, and the first thing Ricky grabbed was the shovel. Well, Steve was looking for somethign to grab so he saw the kids butterfly net nearby. Here are two grown men looking for a snake with a shovel and a net!The snake would come out on occasion, but he was not out far enough for us to catch.

FINALLY, the other night we caught him and killed him. I was not at home to catch the action on camera, but the story goes that Austin shot it with the gun and Ricky jumped in the pond with the shovel to finish him off. Here are the remains of what we think is a baby Copperhead.