Shamefully, posting photos hasn’t made it to the top of the priority list this month. It has been a very exciting and very busy month, which helps explain my lack of time to get to this task. There just aren’t enough hours in a day! Some highlights on top of normal life included hosting our friends, the Scroggins, in our home for a few days, many follow-up doctor appointments (Praise the Lord, I think I am done with appointments for my previous skin cancer procedures finally!), an 8th birthday celebration and the acquisition of a new furry family member! I’ll let the pictures take over from here!
It was a treat to have a visitor from Michigan in our home this month! Kristin’s cousin, Brenda, was traveling in CA for work and had a free afternoon. What a blessing that she contacted us and was willing to travel the crazy CA freeways to make it happen! Thanks for making the time! After being in our home with our less-than-shy children, I’m pretty confident that Brenda had a new appreciation of her quiet car and hotel room for the rest of this trip!! It was GREAT to see you!!
This is Lauren’s name, done by herself. She is so proud every time she does it, which is a lot these days as she loves to practice! Definitely growing up! I should get another picture because she has switched to doing lowercase a’s and they crack me up since they often look more like a Q.
I did a terrible job of photos when the Scroggins were here. They were busy days and the camera just didn’t come to mind! We went to a park for a few hours before they had to take off on the last day. It was such a blessing to have dear friends in our home! We sure miss the Scroggins!!
We have been more seriously pursuing a dog for our family for the last couple of months. However, Paul thought it would be a great idea to take Bethany’s motivation for getting a dog and use it to our advantage. He took it upon himself to walk her through some of the step in project management, a certification that Paul recently received. She was the project manager and Dad and Mom were the sponsors. She had to make pro/con lists, price lists, good questions that had to be addressed, purchase list, etc and then we had to sign off on it if we approved of the project going forward. She read dog books any free moment she had as she was very motivated. After begging for a dog for nearly 3 years, there finally seemed to be a glimmer of hope for her! Paul and I both agreed before starting this that we thought the time was right to pursue this with the kids ages, etc. For some reason, we all seemed to fall on a cockapoo when trying to decide on a breed. It is a mix of a cocker spaniel and a poodle. It is a nice size, doesn’t shed, good temperament, etc. I began to look more seriously online at various sites that post dogs for adoption, and discovered they are hard to find without going to a breeder for a pretty penny. But this one really truly worked out in so many ways and we decided to bring him into our home. He came with a name that none of were particularly fond of, so our first task was to rename him. We finally agreed on Ziggy and it seems to fit him well as such a cute, little playful thing. He definitely needs some training as he is just 1-year-old and came to the rescue as a stray. But for now, the kids are over the moon with excitement that was actually have a dog! He is a pretty cute addition, but also a pretty big distraction to chores, school, etc!! :-) Though it wasn’t a birthday present for Bethany, the Lord’s timing was great since it was her birthday weekend that it all happened and she is the one most wanting the dog. She says the day we signed off on her project management paperwork “was the best day of her life!” She was literally bouncing up and down! And her 8th birthday is one “she will never forget!”
And in the midst of all of that excitement, we had the privilege of celebrating Bethany’s 8th birthday! The energy level was high because we had a new dog, but beyond that there was nothing spectacular about her birthday. Honestly, I don’t even think she much cared it was her birthday—she had a long-awaited dog!!
How awesome that she had picked out this dog bowl cake design weeks prior to her birthday and it fit in so well!! It’s some cocoa puff/peanut butter cereal mix for the dog food! We celebrated with the cake on Sunday evening prior to her birthday as we had Miss Janna over. I am SO bummed that I never got a picture of her that evening. But it was a treat to have her, as always, and makes celebrating a bit more fun!!
There are more pictures and more events to share, but you have lasted a long time already and I need to move on too!! Thanks for your patience in getting these up. Things don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon, but I will do my best to post sooner than a month from now!!