Friday, October 16, 2009

Disney and Biltmore

BILTMORE ESTATE a mini vacation for just US! NO kids!!! Thanks Joe and Debby!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

August/September 2009

First day of school...

Katie was actually very excited to go to school. She is in 2nd grade in Pat Sullivan's class and loves it!

Chas was so excited for his first day of Kindergarten. He loves Mrs. Lola!

Happy 10th Anniversary to me! I have the BEST husband in the whole world!!! I love Eric better today than ever before and I am so happy to be married to him.

Happy 10th Anniversary to Eric!Opening game September 5th, 2009. Eric went with Matthew and had a great time. We are headed back to Knoxville this weekend for the next game. I am excited to go to this one. Eric says he got seats in the shade for this game. I refused to go last weekend because I do not like to sit in the sun. Eric teases me and says I don't want to get a tan unless I am paying for it, LOL! He's right!


Male - Fawn and white is hoping to be adopted soon.

Female - solid white is hoping to be adopted soon.

Male piebald adopted by the Le family in Vancouver, Canada.

Male - solid white adopted by the Reynolds family in Spokane, Washington.

Please let us know if you or anyone you know may be interested in adopting either our female or our male puppy.

Our babies are being offered to approved loving homes for $3,000 each. A $500 deposit is required to hold the puppy of choice. We cannot and will not ship our puppies, but we are willing to fly them or drive them at the expense of the buyer.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Puppies and Kids

So, Jenny's comment on my last post reminded me that I need to update my blog. Here are some recent pics of the pupperdoodles as I like to call them. They are doing great. We lost two but we have four that seem to be doing well. The first picture at the top is the one call Squirmy because he is... well... squirmy. He is very small, definitely the runt of the litter. I've kind of grown attached to him though. The other three are definitely NOT SMALL as you can see.
We have been doing great. Summer has come to an end for the kids at least. They start back to school tomorrow (Monday). They are so excited. I know it won't be long before they are not excited anymore, but irritated that they have to get up early instead of watching T.V. I'm guessing about Wednesday for Katie, maybe Friday for Chas.
Katie is quickly becoming too cool for me. Too cool for any of us, really. She informed me not long ago that she is ready to move out. She is seven. Oh boy. That's all I have to say about that.
Chas is still the most adorable child ever. He recently picked out some fire engine pajamas when we were out shopping for school clothes and I couldn't resist. He loves them and they are the cutest thing ever! It has become painfully clear to me that his days of cuteness are numbered and I am holding on for dear life. So, I bought him another pair of pajamas (Mario Kart) yesterday just for good measure. They aren't as cute as the fire engine pajamas, but they will do. I have always desperately tried to keep Chas little for as long as possible, but time marches on and I know the inevitable is soon approaching.
But it is not here yet and I am going to enjoy every minute of cuteness that I have left. Tonight he told me that he really wished he was a dog because then he could dig in the yard whenever he wanted to. The cutest thing he does, though, is recite commercials. He loves commercials and gets so excited over the claims they make about the product/place/etc., I love how gullible and innocent he is. The other day he saw a commercial about some weight loss thing and he goes to Eric and says, "Daddy, do you want to be skinny like Mommy? Here is what you need to do... " it was so funny. Eric thought that I put him up to it, but I did not.
I feel like I should say something more about Katie. Katie is desperate to be grown up and it is killing me. She wants a cell phone so she can text her friends (never mind that none of them have cell phones). She wants her own facebook page. She wants her own web show. What is a web show anyway??? She wants, she wants, she wants! She does NOT want to hold my hand in public. Ever. She wants her own room. At least three times a week she wants to go live with Aunt Betsy, because as she once told us, "her kids have never even cried... ever!" Aunt Betsy is the best mother on the planet according to Katie. She never makes her kids clean up, or eat their vegetables, or turn off the T.V., etc., Katie is just sure of it. The other thing that Katie is known for is her drama. Oh the drama! She gets hurt/sick a LOT. And it is very dramatic. The slightest little thing sends her into a tailspin of emotions. The other day she was wailing because she hurt her knee. I glanced at the knee and it looked fine to me. When she wouldn't quit squalling about it, I asked her, rather impatiently, what she wanted me to do about it, to which she replies, "Well, at least LOOK at it! Be a M O T H E R!" I thought that was pretty funny. I love my Katie even though she drives me crazy and I know she loves me too. The truth is, she reminds me of myself a lot when I was her age and I try to remember that when I am at my wits end with her. I caught her trying to shave her legs the other day, so I showed her the scar on my leg that I got when I tried to cut the hair off with scissors when I was about her age because I didn't know you were supposed to use a razor, I just knew my Mom didn't have hair on HER legs.
Oh well, this is life and life is good.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


So, this is our new bulldog puppy. Yes, she is Izzy's replacement, but Izzy does not know that yet. We have named her Penelope and she has already developed several nicknames; Sweet P, Penny, HennyPenny, Pen-Pen (not to be confused with Phen-Phen), and Lil'Boo (I call Izzy "BooBoo" sometimes).
She was much cuter yesterday when we picked her up. That was before I listened to her cry ALL night and then cleaned up after her this morning. However, I love her just the same. How could you not?
In other news, the kids won 2nd place in the T-Ball Tournament. We were so proud of them. I think the parents had more fun than the kids did! Although, Eric's blood pressure went through the roof a few times when the refs didn't call things our way. It was a great tournament.
Dad is finally heading back home from Anchorage where it sounds like he had a great time. I did not realize the sun does not set up there this time of year. I don't think I would like that. I have a hard enough time sleeping as it is.
Mom is already back in the classroom gearing up for the new school year. She is excited to teach writing this year. I think that is the perfect job for her.
Eric is still getting a lot of time off, but the contract is starting to shape up and while it is not anything to get excited about, it is considerably better than we thought and it looks like things are going to get back to normal soon. I know we are going to miss his time off though.
Izzy is due to have puppies on Wednesday morning at 8 am by c-section. She is so big that we are very nervous that she won't make it. She looks to be doing well despite her size.
I finish up my two online classes on Monday. I am very excited to be done with classes for a while. I start student teaching in September. I still don't know my placements and that is driving me crazy! I want to know so bad! I plan to start back to school in January for graduate work. We'll see how that goes.
Well, I guess that is about all. We have had a really good summer. Eric and Hugh have worked really hard adding on to the house. I am excited for all of our home improvements to be done so I can post pictures. We still have a million more to go, but I love what they have done so far. We can only do so much at a time due to the money involved. Eric is determined not to borrow anything, so it will probably be years before everything is done, but at least we have begun. I guess you have to start somewhere, right?
Stay tuned for my next post... PUPPIES!

Monday, June 15, 2009

T-Ball 09

Thanks again and again to Mike Baus for taking beautiful pictures of my kiddos. He's like my own personal photographer! I get to enjoy the game and he documents every minute of it for me! Am I lucky or what? Anyhoo. Here are my munchkins looking especially cute and athletic.


Eric, Kristi, Chas, and Katie