Friday, February 29, 2008

Whit and Brady

Wendy just emailed me some pictures of the boys. I don't even know which baby is which yet. Dave and I have had so much going on that we still haven't been able to go see them at home. They are doing so great, and we are very thankful. Uncle Dave and Aunt Mandi are coming to visit very soon guys!!

Sunday, February 24, 2008


If you've driven by our house lately, you may have noticed some changes in the landscaping. Last Sunday, we were struck by a small tordnado. Fortunately, it did not cause any harm to our family members or home, but my father lost at least 150 of his trees. It was unlike any experience I have ever been through before. It came suddenly and was over in a matter of 30 seconds.
I was sitting at the computer working on a reasearch paper, when I heard the tornado sirens go off. I felt the French doors suck in, so I looked outside and saw nothing but a "tidal wave" of rain water and tree limbs blowing by. My mother and I sought refuge in her closet, and started praying. My dad was running around the whole time putting his boots and jacket on. He left the house as soon as it stopped only to find out that both of our driveways were blocked by fallen trees. In no time at all, word got around and the members of the Covington County Sherriff's Possee (along with a few of our neighbors) showed up to rescue us. Needless, to say the Clark family has a major mess on their hands!
Dave and I are building a house on some family land, and he is currently in the process of clearing it. It's a good thing that we have not started construction yet, because the tornado went right through the very spot we are building on.

This is a photo of the road leading to our new house. The pecan trees on each side are about 100 years old, and I love them!

This is the pecan tree that would have been nearest to our house. I know they are old, and won't live much longer, but I am so sad to lose them.

This is a stubborn pine tree that Dave has been unsuccessfully trying to take down with the bulldozer. The tornado helped out a little. Maybe he can manage to get the rest now!

Here is another view of the pecan tree.

This is in my parent's driveway.

This is a huge pine that was snapped in two!

This is behind my parents' house.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Kids (Not ours, but we love 'em!)

These lovely boys belong to my cousins Matt and Shelli. They are the first babies in our immediate family in over 20 years. As you might imagine, they are quite rotten. We missed out on most of the twin's first year of life because they were in the Air Force at that time and stationed in Louisiana. Shortly after their first birthday, Matt was discharged and they moved back to Alabama permanently. They actually lived with us for a few months while they fixed up their house. These little guys are such a blessing to our family. They will definitely play a special (and most likely entertaining) part in our wedding!
Matthew "Dylon" Smith
Dylon is the oldest of the Smith clan and is 29 months old. He and Houston were born on September 14, 2005. He has always acted like a big brother in the sense that he is always more aware of what's going on around him. He is such a people person. I think he may grow up to be a politician. We can't go anywhere that he doesn't smile and wave at everyone he meets. My mom says that, "Dylon will stay in trouble in school because he never quits talking."
Dylon is trying out a new hair style. He's "stylish"! Also, my mom says that he looks exactly like his Baw Baw in this picture.
"Houston" Roger Dale Smith
Houston is Dylon's twin brother, and the middle child. At birth he weighed exactly one ounce more than Dylon and has been dubbed "the bigger baby" ever since. Houston is "Dave's buddy". My mother tells people, "If you were to come to our house, you could tell them apart because Houston will either be sitting in Dave's lap or driving a toy truck up and down Papa John's (my daddy's) legs."
"Laeton" Reid Smith
Laeton is the youngest Smith boy and the newest addition to our family. He joined us on October 13, 2007. He is now four months old and weighs almost as much as his big brothers! It won't be long before he's getting into stuff with them. He is definitely a cutie. You should hear him chuckle. My mom says, "Laeton has a sweet smile, and makes the cutest cooing sounds!"

Here are the twins at a basketball game. To me, this photo shows how different the boys' personalities can be.
I would also like to say a big "Welcome Home" to Whit and Brady (the other Smith twins) They have been home now for one week. Wendy says that things are going great. Sorry that I don't have any new pictures to post of them. We haven't been cleared to visit yet because Dave and I have had yucky colds.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Chocolate Dog!!

Today was Reese's 2nd birthday. He got to celebrate in big style by spending the whole day with Dave and I. We rode him around town with us while we went to the feed store and Wal-Mart. Tonight he got a really big treat when we took him to a bon-fire at my brother's. There he got to eat his first ever bit of human food (which I still cannot believe that Dave let him have), but he really seemed to enjoy the slice of pizza. He also got to show off and amaze the crowd with all of his tricks. Everyone was complimenting us on what a smart and pretty dog we have. In honor of our puppy, I have posted a few pics of his life so far. Happy Birthday Reesie Cup!!
Reese is only 1 day old in this picture. He sure has grown a lot in 2 years.

This is my favorite picture. Dave wants me to enter it in the fair next year.

First Bath!!

This is Dave's favorite picture.

He's so photogenic!!

We were twins on this particular day!

Reese came to visit me at work.

This is what Dave and Reese do while I'm working in my classroom.

Reese enjoying his birthday dinner.
He's gotten a lot bigger!!

Dave holding up "2" fingers.
Here's a video of Reese and Dave on their first dove hunt.