Monday, October 29, 2012


After a weekend of scrapbooking and having a yard sale (that was unsuccessful due to the COLD weather), this girl has been sick and therefore, this blog is temporarily interrupted.  Hope to be back to 100% soon!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan

I totally picked this book at random at Barnes & Noble by the cover alone.  I bought 4 books that day with a gift card and this one has sat on the shelf just waiting its turn to be read.  I haven't read a book since school school, new job, new puppy...who had time to read!?!  So, once the first set of report cards were done and conference forms ready to roll, it was time to get back to reading for enjoyment.  This book was calling my name.  It started out slow for me, but picked up pace.  Not a GREAT book that I would call up a friend and tell they must read it, but it was a good story.  I admit I got more wrapped up in what was going to happen to the dog than anything else! ha!

A brief summary from the back of the book:
Rocky's husband Bob was just forty-two when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor....and Rocky's world changed forever.  Quitting her job, chopping off her hair, she leaves Massachusetts - reinventing her past and taking a job as an Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost.  She leaves her career as psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear.  Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow.
But then she meets Lloyd.
A large black Labrador Retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder.  And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Great Weather. Great Weekend!

Friday was a great work day of teacher workshop in the AM (on something useful so it was good!!) and teacher workday in the afternoon (hello crossing things off the to-do list!!!).  So, Friday was success.  Saturday started a little rocky with Kevin spilling a LARGE coffee all over my purse and down my leg at breakfast, but the day recovered nicely from the early fumble. :)  We packed up the pups and headed to one of my favorite spots to hike.  We had the place to ourselves.  Never met or saw another person on the trail.  LOVE being out in the middle of nowhere with my bestest peeps!!  This was Bubba Bear's first hike, and he did GREAT!!!

Poor Rex can't have any freedom because he is so unpredictable and stubborn!!  But Stella was able to be off lead the whole time.  She never goes far and always stops and checks the status of her "people".  I think Bubba is following in her footsteps (or pawsteps?).

At the end of the hike, we found a stream for the pups to cool off in and get some water.  Can you say perfect ending?  A walk in the woods surrounded by the beautiful colors of fall is super peaceful!!  God is quite the artist!!!
The next day someone in our Sunday School class gave us a free pass and free parking to the State Fair.  So, off we went for some people watching and fair food.  Who doesn't love fair food????!!!  Fried anything is good!
My winner of the day surprised me.  I could eat apple everyday if it was served covered in carmel!!!!  And, I may have even licked the bowl clean!!
Thank you Jesus for a great weekend with my family.  I can't even begin to express my gratitude for the first weekend or even days in a row that I have "normal" in a very, very long time!!  I had forgotten what normal felt like!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

It's GOOD to have GOALS

First, let's just appreciate the absolute beauty of Bubba Bear!!  I mean, he oozes cuteness!! Especially when he's sleeping or winding down to a sleep! ha!
Then, we'll talk about how his brother, Rex (the famous one in the know, the winner of the photo contest who also has his own billboard on I30)...well, he's overweight.  We've all noticed it for awhile and with his "laziness" as well, we had him checked out at the vet today.  And, turns out, he's just fat!  So, exercise and food reduction it is!
This is where GOALS come into play.  Now, the whole family is a bit overweight (no comments needed), so we decided while we were at a local park last Sunday to set a REALISTIC GOAL of coming for a walk there twice a week.  I mean, let's face it, we are basically all lazy (except Stella & Bubba).  So, hopefully this little walk will help us all.  It can't hurt.  It's more than we were doing, and as a bonus, we get to practice obedience while we walk!  Whoop!
After the walk that wore the other two out, they were crashed in the back of the dog mobile, but Bubba Bear kept his eye on where his daddy was when he went in the store!  This is where it needs to be noted that Poppa Bear is just as crazy about our new addition as I am.  I think I have definitely converted him into a boxer lover!! :)
I mean, who wouldn't be a sucker for a face like that? :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012


You don't notice as much when you see him everyday, but when you look at it in pictures over a few weeks!  I need my little Bubba Bear to slow down a little so I can enjoy this puppy time just a little longer! 
August 3rd ~ when he met his brother and sister for the first time.  Oh my!
August 10th - first day home and one day shy of 7 weeks old
Just one month later!!
And this week!  16 weeks old - weighing in at 30 lbs. last week and gaining about 3 lbs a week!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sweet 16

Look who celebrated her 16th birthday on Saturday!!  Nala Girl!!  A few months back, the vet estimated that we may have a year left together, but I think she's got a few more.  I mean, she is raising her 5th puppy and still has enough spunk in her to slap him and put him in his place!!!  I can't believe I've had her since I was 23 years old!!  I might be the only person in the world that loves her, but that's ok because I'm pretty sure she only loves me! ha!  Happy Birthday to my fluffy Nala Girl!!  Hope we have many more! (and I promise, no more puppies!)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

God has a sense of humor

How do I know?  Because He put me with my type A personality and matched me up with my husband who is type Z personality.  That is how far apart we are most of the time!!  So, tonight, I post two reason why I love my husband.  I post this to try and forget my irritation at having to go back up to the restaurant where we ate tonight to look for his iphone that he left on the table.  (he found it still on the table)  He suffers from "head up your #@* syndrome".  I'm sure you've heard of it...but I digress.  
Why do I love my fun-loving, joking, life of the party, belly laughing, irresponsible husband?  Because he takes time out of his day to come to my classroom and help me teach my kids how to make play doh.  He really taught them how to measure and everything.  And, of course, his play doh turned out better than mine!! ha!

I love him because he didn't even flinch when I put my hopes in a puppy after our baby disappointment. (which meant having 3 bigs dogs in a little house) Actually, I think Bubba Bear has been healing his heart too.  My husband can drive me insane, but he is the most kind-hearted and loveable people I know.  It's a good thing too.... :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


 Bubba Bear and I stopped at TSC on the way home from work today and got this BIG rope so all 3 could get in on the game of tug-of-war!  Instant hit!!  Today I reminded myself why I should spent every afternoon possible in the backyard with my fur kids.  They give me laughter.  With laughter comes peace! :)

 Of course, Stella needed a break from tug-of-war for a little tennis, but everyone gave chase today!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Quote of the day:
Someone who really loves you
sees what a mess you can be
how moody you can get
how hard you are to handle
but still wants you in their life.

Praise God for my Big Bear! :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Truth Time

Turns out I'm not out of the woods yet.  I think I just tried to pretend I was ok so everyone would stop worrying about me.  In effect, I simply suppressed everything.  How do I know?  Well, two Sunday's ago, my Sunday School teacher stopped me after class to talk to me about when "kids" and "babies" come up in class as examples that he was aware it wasn't easy for me and he was sensitive to that.  What did I do?  Broke down in tears.  Broke down.  Couldn't even speak.  A week or two prior, I had walked out of Bible Study crying because I couldn't voice my prayer request of "having peace over not being able to have children of my own."  I couldn't SAY it.  I could only write it down.  Cry and walk out.  Fast forward to last Sunday and a friend's baby's christening.  Luckily we were setting up the food when I had to walk out crying.  The verse "For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him." 1Samuel 1:27 is a blessing to so many, but for me, it rips at my heart, because I prayed but my answer was no.  I've had a down week, but I am fighting it.  I have fought and lost it many times this weekend.  I cried myself to sleep Friday and Saturday night.  I woke up Saturday crying.  That's not ok.  I know I am going to get through this because I am putting my trust in God and have the support of an amazing husband.  Poor Kevin takes the brunt of my emotional roller coaster.  But, I also think a piece of my heart will just always be broken.  It is heartwarming to me the friends in my life who truly get that.  Bless my two co-workers who didn't even tell me their sisters were pregnant!!  They have only been in my life for a little over a year, but we are together all day every day and they were around for the toughest part of the infertility journey. On the one hand, I am grateful they think about my feelings so much and are so protective.  On the other hand, I hate that it has to be like that.  I can't even express how much I love those that are sensitive to what we are going through.  I wish I could explain that while I am happy for those that can have children, I don't want to hear about it.  Some days, the words pregnant or baby don't bother me at all and some they make me uncomfortable and I want to run/bolt out of the room.  It's so hard to put into words all the feelings and emotions.  I honestly think it just doesn't make sense unless you've been through it.  So here I am trying to be honest and hoping it helps someone.  Although, this is a journey I wouldn't wish on anyone.  When you pray, please pray for my peace and acceptance.  We are not looking into adoption for many reasons.  We have decided to find acceptance and peace with God's no.  Have patience.  I know I am not myself yet, but I am fighting daily for happiness.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What's wrong with this picture?

First, I hardly ever do the Wal-Mart/grocery shopping, so today when I spotted pup cups in the ice cream isle, you know I had to buy them!!  Of course, I got us some ice cream too!!
And they all loved them, even if they didn't deserve them.  After all, Rex got in the trash today and had it ALL OVER the kitchen and out the back door when I walked in from work.  And, Bubba Bear, well, he is just full-time BAD!  He may have been caught standing on the end table in the living room today!!!!  Seriously???  Oh boy!  We have bitten off more than we can chew with this one!
The only dog who actually deserved a pup cup today was Stella.  I think I'll save the left over one for her!  Shhhh!!!!