Tuesday, July 13, 2010

deepest apologies

I've been stuck on this for a few weeks now:

I've been stuck because I haven't had much time to read. I'm only on chapter 10 and most of the previous chapters were read either yesterday or today. I've been a bit busy - or as busy as one can be with summer break and not a lot to do.

I took a couple of days last week and headed north to my parents' house with Charlie. My mission was to clean out the boxes I had stashed in the basement years ago when I was in high school and college. Eight trash bags full of clothes, and 2/3 of dad's truck bed full of "stuff" went to donations. It's amazing how badly you NEED to buy something and ten years later, it's completely lost value and is being dumped at the local goodwill. Makes me think about the things I think I must have.....

Other than that, summer continues to be a great blessing. I've had lots of time to read, cook, nap, spend time with friends, etc. And I like having the capacity to invest in other people when I'm not stressed out about work or students or report cards, grades, tests, etc. It's nice to be home. I think I could get used to this. :) Just in time to head back in 4 weeks. My dear husband probably appreciates a more relaxed me as well....it's just been an all around nice summer. :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

1 year anniversary!


Today is Charlie's one year anniversary of living at our home! Or, maybe it's our one year anniversary of having an incredibly adorable pup who has mom's heart wrapped around his little paw! It's been such a fun year with him, so I think I'll do a photo recap. We couldn't be happier about having him live here.


Helping Dad decorate the Christmas tree

Opening presents with mom- “Dogzilla” toys, which didn’t last a week. :(

Sleeping in Maddie’s bed at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

Celebrating my 5th birthday with my friend, Ann. Mom and dad threw a huge party for me and everyone brought presents. I was so loved!

Celebrating mom and dad’s anniversary with them. Family photo.
Giving kisses to my buddy, Addison.
Lovin’ on mom…
Rolling all over Grandma’s blow-up bed when they came to visit. Grandpa let me sleep with him in his bed all night!
Helping Grandma find some stuff in her bag.
Sitting with Uncle James in the front seat on the way to Mother’s Day at Grandma’s.


More pictures coming this afternoon…..

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Today on Facebook we're spreading the word about HUA and I thought it'd do it here too!!

Hearts United for Animals
National no kill animal shelter specializing in long distance adoptions and puppy mill rescues. Dogs, dogs for adoption, animal shelter, dog rescue, animal sanctuary, puppy mill, pet stores, animal welfare organization, puppy rescue, cats for adoption.

This is where we found Charlie, and I'm so thankful for what they do. When the time comes in ten years or so, we'll definitly go back to HUA. These dogs need homes and deserve to have a great place to live after what they've gone through.

Our little Charlie was a breeder at a puppy mill in Missouri. I hate to think of where he would be today if HUA had not rescued him. We are so greatful!

Sunday, January 3, 2010



This year I celebrated my very first Christmas with my family. It was so much fun. We had a great giant storm and got snowed in for days and days. I loved it so much because mom and dad stayed home with me all the time and played games like Rummikub and Yahtzee. We also watched movies and mom baked and baked and baked.

We also opened presents. I got a cool "Dogzilla" package full of "indestructible" stuff. Guess what- I destroyed them all! I have the strongest jaws of anyone. That's what Grandpa M says, at least. Mom and Dad kept saying, "Charr-leeeeey!" Whenever I got a good bite. They said I'm not supposed to eat my Christmas toys. And now I don't get to play with them anymore because they took them away. Mom said it was bad for my stomach to eat thick red rubber, but I feel fine!

We finally went to visit all the Grandmas and Grandpas. First we went to the farm and celebrated there. I finally met Uncle Buster. He really liked the t-bone treats I got for him. And guess what?! I got some too!!! And I got some green toys, which I also destroyed.

When we were at Maddie's house, I found her leopard print super-soft bed and snuggled right in. I think it's the best bed I've ever slept in in my entire life. Maybe if I am really good, mom will make one for me just like Grandma made for Maddie. We'll see!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Charlie's first Christmas

We're celebrating Charlie's first christmas here at home this year. We were supposed to drive north a couple of hours to my parents' house, but weather is not cooperating. :( Charlie's got a few presents under the tree and he bought a couple for Uncle Buster and Maddie dog who live out of town. I'm sure they're going to love the t-bone treats that he picked out for them!

I apologize for the lack of posting this year. Over the summer I was home full-time- the life of a teacher! Now that I'm working again, blogs are set on the back burners. Charlie is still doing well. We fall more and more in love with him all the time. He seems to worm his way deeper into our hearts by just being Charlie. We've got lots of pictures from the past few months- next post I'll get some up so you can see what he's been up to!

Much love and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


October is mom's FAVORITE month....she's been baking up a crazy storm in the kitchen since the cold weather set in.

I guess I'd better explain myself. Mom started school in August. Now she's not home with me ALL DAY like she used to be. She goes to work, Dad and I hang out for a while and then I go down to sleep in my bed. Then he comes back and we eat lunch together every day. Mom comes home early in the afternoon and we spend the rest of the evening doing family things. I just LOVE my fam....they're the best. :)

Last night mom and I baked "Maddie's Pea-MUTT-butter" treats. We cooked them up and made up treat bags for all the neighbor dogs. Then mom, dad and I went for a walk and delivered them to my friends. Tomorrow mom is taking more to her friends at work to give to their dogs. I think they'll really like them. MMMMM-mmmmm!!!!!

I can't even wait for this weekend. Mom and dad are taking me to Grandma and Grandpa E's FARM!!!!! I'm so excited and we'll take LOTS of pictures. I'll try to post again soon. Sorry it's taken so long- but I'm doing GREAT!!!


P.S. Guess what else!? In a couple of weeks, mom and dad are letting me stay with Grandma and Grandpa M. again!!!!! They're my ALL TIME FAVORITE!!! (besides mom and dad) I love running with Maddie in the back yard. It'll be so aweseome!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Charlie and his 'maters

Our tomato eating dog!