In September we lost our first fur baby, Sadie. Even though she was 15 and we saw it coming it was still hard. She was our baby before we had real babies. She has been there since the day we moved into our first house together. There was no point in our adult lives that she wasn’t a part of.
We tried to give Revo all the extra attention. Trips to the dog park, tons of love…but you could tell he was sad. Not that Sadie played with him or really did anything other than sleep most of the time. But she was his friend and you could tell losing her had an effect on him. He just seemed to age (I mean, he will be 10 in June) quickly and just seemed…old. Or mopey. Or both.
So… we started stalking the local shelter Facebook pages and applied for a sweet little shepherd mix that looked like Revo but was terrified of everyone. That one didn’t work out for us so we kept looking. We had a few we were interested in and ended up falling in love with this face.
His name is Sheldon. His mom came to the rescue last year pregnant and had her litter with her foster family. They were all named after characters from The Big Bang Theory and they all found homes. And then one was returned. Sheldon. He was about 7 months old with zero manners and we decided that was for us!
He fit in beautifully and really brought Revo to life again. But man, no manners. He’s cute though. Thankfully. We forgot how crazy it is having a young spunky dog that doesn’t know the ropes around here. Boy was our work cut out for us. And, he’s part Australian Shepherd…so yeah. He’s ALWAYS bored. Either we keep him busy or he finds ways to busy himself which usually involves eating his way through something important. He’s also a jumper but is so much better now than he was at first. And for all the ways he’s a pain, he is perfectly crate trained and great on walks. A little distractible but he doesn’t pull and really is just happy to be outside with us.
Now, if we’re Facebook friends I know you’ve heard all about how he’s the worst dog ever. And he kind of is but he’s also the best. And he really has improved over the 3 and a half months he’s with been us. He will be 1 at the end of June (the 26th! Fate.) He’s teaching me a lot about patience haha But he just loves so hard. You can’t not love him back.
Huge thank you to Purple PAWS for bringing this hunk of a beast dog into our lives <3 If you’re in the Manhattan, KS area and thinking of adopting a new furbaby, check them out!
Finally getting around to posting these beach pictures from a few weekends ago. Here they are! Destin, FL. It was cold all weekend so we didn’t get to really swim but that didn’t stop everyone from getting a sun burn. Except me who was wearing a long black skirt and black sweater. At the beach.
The Flying V! Quack quack quack.
Tiny little clams.
She dug out a hole to put them all in. And then the water came…
This picture…my #1 super duper photography pet peeve is slanty horizons. *Especially* at the beach where it’s SO obvious. But I love this picture and straightening it out would have cropped it and I didn’t want that. So I’ll just cringe and try to focus on L and not the background.
Just realizing now that it looks like TF is peeing here. Really he’s just holding his shorts up so they don’t get wet.
The day before this we went out to walk the beach a bit and there was a pod of dolphins swim jumping not too far out. Of course, no camera. I was really hoping they’d come back this day but all I got were boats.
I really can’t believe I only took real photos one time in the 3 weeks. What!? Who am I kidding. I suck at using my camera lately (lately being since I got an iphone in 2012.) One day I really will do better. Maybe.
And man! Im awful at multitasking my life. Seriously. T’s mom, Patricia aka Pattio, came to visit about 3 weeks ago. She just left yesterday and I feel like we did SO MUCH while she was here! And I really only picked up my camera for one day at the beach 🙁 But it was good just being with family. So this is a quick what we’ve been doing update. Maybe not quick. We’ll see.
Timmy and I drove down to FL to pick her up from the airport. She had never met Timmy before! That just means it has been WAY too long since we’ve seen her. I think L was just about to turn 4 when I saw her last.
We hung around the house and did some Eprise things (like junkin at the Christian Mission) and she got us all hooked on Trivia Crack. One weekend we headed down to Destin for a little reunion with her siblings. SO much fun. It was the first time I met any of them (aside from one brother I met while we were in Hawaii so it’s been a million years) and I immediately loved them all. I felt so comfortable with them all like I’d knows them forever. And our kids were the only littles there so they got all the grandkid love from everyone. They ate it up.
It was a lot of fun just sitting around and listening to them all share stories of growing up and favorite memories of each parent and grandma.
And we got tshirts!
That’s also the weekend we hit the beach. Even though it was only like 65ish that day. We promised the kids a sand castle though so a castle the would get! I’ll share the real camera beach pics later. There’s a lot more of those.
Lets see…what else did we do? I feel like the time went by so quickly. T did get to pull out his grill one night and cook (smoke?) ribs for us. And he pulled out the fire pit. And yes I’m wearing gym clothes still.
Easter weekend we all piled into the car and headed down to Orlando. I was pretty excited just in the fact that I’d never been out of the panhandle before and really into FL at all. It’s pretty. I like it. We also had to stop for lunch at Steak and Shake. We were hangry and ended up with milkshakes to go after sitting down to eat. Totally didn’t need it but it was amazing.
We drove down there to see T’s sister and her family. They were there for a baseball tournament our nephew was playing in Saturday morning. We got to stay at the Disney All Star Sports resort but didnt make it to any of the parks this trip. We have to go back through because my Disney geek out was pretty bad just from this little taste.
And it’s blurry! 🙁
We did find a Mickey to take a picture with at the hotel though. I’ll take it.
Saturday = Starbucks, baseball, back to the hotel for a quick Beach Body workout…
After the workout we spent a couple hours in the pool, then out for showers and then it was on a bus and off to Downtown Disney. That’s pretty much just stores and restaurants…but really COOL ones! Like the largest Disney Store. Eep! Look who we found hanging from the ceiling.
After walking through there and the Lego store for a long time we ended up at the T Rex Cafe for dinner. That place was REALLY cool but also really loud. I can’t imagine working there. If you’ve been there you know what I’m talking about. And the meteor showers every 20 minutes. Just a good way to track how long it’s taking to get your food, haha. In the dark. But it was still tons of fun.
There’s also a Build a Bear…er, Dino, there in the gift shop of the restaurant. It was Timmy’s first time making one and he was pretty excited about it.
And my Orlando souvenirs.
Sunday was brunch and goodbyes. We drove back home to AL and had one more day before heading back down to Panama City to take her to the airport to send her home to Oregon. What a short 3 weeks!
And of course, Timmy and I stopped for gas and snacks on the way home. This is a ‘clean’ lunch, right?
And that’s it. Back home, time to get us all back to normal and I’m just so lazy. I’ll be back with beach pictures (finally) soon!