Saturday, January 31, 2009
AJ is in a graphic design class this semester. His first project was to make the likeness of a celebrity using only numbers, letters and symbols on the keyboard. Here is what he came up with. (They had to include a quote from the celebrity too.) For a kid that is not at all artistically inclined, I was pretty impressed. (And I promised him if I was impressed I would put it on my blog)
Friday, January 30, 2009
After a short trip to a local dog park to meet up with Val and her babies, we decided it was too warm to stay out any longer...(granted it was probably only in the high 70's or low 80's but coming out of the recent cold and on again, off again rain, it felt pretty hot.) We'd planned on having a little lunch together once the dogs were pooped, but instead of staying there, we opted to head home to my place, for a little liquid refreshment. No, not my favorite Malibu Rum...the swimming pool! Val stopped at KFC on the way, and picked us up some yummy,hot, fresh chicken. (Is there anything better? I doubt it!)
We ate, and chatted, and the dogs had a blast - running, swimming, wrestling, and, in Jack's case, barking.
It. Was. Awesome!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
It was one year (1/27/08) ago that our family became "complete". It was a rainy Sunday, an odd day to be sure, we'd had friends spend the night, and we'd had a very lazy morning. I'd been kicking around the idea of going to see some puppies that I knew were available, but I'd gone back and forth with the idea, because I knew that we didn't "need" another dog in the house. Jack and Jill were plenty to take care of, and with Harley coming to visit occasionally, sometimes for several weeks or months at a time, the house was always buzzing with some activity.
But as everyone can understand...sometimes it's not about "need", it's about "want", and I wanted to go see these puppies.
Once our friends headed out for home, it was a struggle to talk Hubby into going along with the idea of going out in the rain to see the puppies. He'd have rather stayed home and watched football. Bear had the rare Sunday off, and of course A.J. and Pickle were excited about going to "look" at the puppies. Just look. (Yeah, right) It was a rainy day, and we were tired of being couped up. "Just a little drive...just to go look..." With a twist of his arm, Hubby agreed, and into the car we scrambled.
The drive was a bit longer than we'd expected, with the rain coming down, and San Diego drivers being such experts on the wet roads. We finally arrived at the residence, (it was a tiny bit drier there than it had been on our drive) and saw a large yard with an outdoor pen and some of the most gorgeous puppies I'd ever seen. They were bigger than I'd thought they'd be, and at 11 weeks old they looked like polar bear cubs. Gorgeous, perfect, polar bear babies. It was love at first site, for all of us. Except Hubby. Of course he agreed that they were all gorgeous and perfect, but they were all boys. The only 3 left in the litter were male. Hubby wanted a girl puppy. You see, Jill is his baby. She lights up when he enters the room. They are surf buddies, they are snuggle buddies, he is her person. He wanted to get another girl. Needed to get another girl. A boy wouldn't do.
We stayed for about a half an hour, playing with the gorgeous rolly, polly white (and muddy) puppies. Each moment we were there, we fell more deeply in love. There was one that really stood out to us. The puppy with the lightest colored ears. A sweet snuggle muffin of a pup. We each held him, let him lick us, and kissed him back. But he was a boy.
We spoke to the breeder about the puppies, when she might expect to have another litter, how we would go about putting a deposit down on a female, etc., all the while, keeping our eye on the little sweetheart we'd all fallen for. The breeder was really anxious to sell these boys. After all, the older they got, the harder it would be to sell them. People that want puppies, want little, cute bundles of fluff. She told us she would cut the price -drastically. She knew that I was the organizer for the Golden Meetup group, knew that me having one of her puppies would be good for her reputation within the group, knew that her puppy would go to a very loving and safe home. She wanted us to take a puppy. Needed us to take a puppy. Hubby wanted a girl. We left, empty handed.
On the way home, when we were about half way, we decided to stop for lunch. Usually that meant a quick trip through the drive through and on our way we would go. Hubby pulled into a McD's. and parked.
Me: "Why'd you park?"
Hubby:"We should wash our hands..."
Me:"We washed our hands before we left the breeder."
Hubby:"We should talk about this puppy before we get all the way home."
Ah ha! A crack in the armour. He wanted to talk about the puppy. The boy puppy with the white ears. It was family discussion time. Hubby asked me if I wanted the puppy. "Yes" Was this the puppy I wanted? "Yes" He asked the kids if this was the puppy they wanted. A resounding "YES" of course. Then, he said, "We should go back and get the little guy." Apparently, he'd fallen in love from afar. He'd seen the sweet face, the lovable personality, the perfectness of the bundle of white (and muddy) fluff. I asked him if he was sure. He said yes, and that he didn't want to get all the way home only to have to turn back around and go back. He told me to call the breeder and tell her we were coming back to get the little white-eared baby. He didn't have to tell me twice.
We flew through our lunch and hopped back into the car. On the way, we tried to decide on a name. We tried to think of another "J" name to go along with Jack and Jill. Nothing came to mind. Then, out of the blue, Hubby stuck his pinky finger out to me. It was "pinky swear" time. He said, "3 kids, 3 dogs, no more of either, swear?" I stuck my pinky out, and we shook in agreement. We went back to names....we'd recently returned from a fantastic cruise all around the Hawaiian Islands with my entire family, in honor of my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to snorkel. Our favorite snorkel spot on the islands had been Kona. It seemed to fit, and sounded OK with "Jack and Jill." It worked....it stuck.
Before we knew it we were back at the breeder, had written her a check and were on the way home with our new little - freshly bathed- bundle of joy. Of course he puked the whole way home, but it didn't matter to us.
It's hard to believe it's been a whole year already. He is such a joy and has melded into our family seamlessly. It's hard to imagine the house without him in it. He is the perfect combination of rough and tumble, and sweet loving pup. He has the adventurous side that loves to explore and play and the loving side the cuddles up and snuggles and enjoys the closeness and warmth of sitting next to you on the couch, with his head resting peacefully on your knee. And yes, his face does light up when Hubby walks into the room.
He really is the perfect fit.
On the ride home.
His first meal at home. Such a sweet ball of fluff!
Exactly one year ago today.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Here they are-my first attempts at decent evening shots.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Hubby surprised me by bringing home a lovely little bouquet of flowers for me last night. He knows I've been feeling blue, and these certainly brought a smile to my face.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ok here are the Rules....Go to your 4th album where you store your photos post your 4th photo in that album. No exceptions! Here is mine.
This was taken in my backyard on a beautiful summer evening. It's looking west at the sunset, through my morning glory. I liked it because I thought is showed a bit of "the silver lining."
Valerie at My Boo Bear
K and S at Dugan's Barkery
Joey at Joey the Golden Retriever
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
In a way it feels like only a couple of months ago that we went through all of that stress, both emotionally and financially, (titanium hips are very expensive, even for dogs, and not a penny of it was covered by our insurance) and then again it seems like a lifetime ago. When I think of all that we've done with Jill in the last two years it seems nearly impossible that it all could have been crammed into that short of a time.
I guess to sum it up I will just say that I am incredibly happy that everything went as well as it did, and we now have the healthy, happy pup we'd hoped for when we'd gotten her.
From stitches to running, swimming, playing in the snow and surfing - who can knock that?
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I received this lovely little award from Tami over at The Miller Family. Tami and I have quite a bit in common, we each have 3 children, love our dogs (and husbands!), scrap booking, and gardening, among other things. Thank you Tami for the award - you made my day!
Here's the Friend Bloggy Award Scoop:These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award. Here are eight bloggers who I adore! Thanks to you all for always being the best blogging buddies a girl can ask for!!
And now, I shall bestow upon 8 of my most favorite blogs, this very same award...Here they are, in no particular order:
- Valerie at My Boo Bear
- April at April's Reign
- K & S at Dugan's Barkery
- Chris at Diet Coke Rocks
- Thor at Thor's World
- Paco and Mila at Paco e Milo...i nostri Amori
- Curt at While Walking Duncan
- Joey at Joey the Golden Retriever
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This weekend has been busy and fun. Hubby and I were able to get several little household projects done, which always makes us feel good. The time sure flew by though, and here it is Sunday night. At least I have a little something to show for the weekend. (Which is more than I can say for our very own San Diego Chargers...there's always next year folks!)
Here is the pile of toys I did "surgery" on. They all needed some good stitching up.
Jack was very happy I fixed one of his favorite "babies"
On top of all of that, Hubby put up a new fan in A.J.'s room, got the lawn mowed and backyard work done. We let the pups swim and gave them a bath this afternoon, and I made a couple of awesome meals this weekend. (I'm trying really hard to cook smarter, and have the family eat at home more often. So far so good.)
All in all, a pretty darn good weekend.