Sunny and Unhurried

There are several times a day when I catch myself thinking I need to blog about that, and yet when life gets even remotely busy, the blog gets pushed to the back of the to-do list. These dogs give me so much to reflect on, so much that I want to share with people, but I am not always as diligent about putting pen to paper as I want to be.

Today was another one of those days… I’ve been saying I need to get back on the blog for what seems like days weeks now. I promise things really have been crazy around here. The new year had inspired Ryan and I to make a few job/school changes and for a while there we were working 60+ hours each and overcommitting ourselves to a bunch of other extracurriculars.

Add to the mix a giant Lucy emergency (which she has recovered well from I promise!) and many silly blind dog antics (like the time Beamer tried to run away from Ryan and made it a block from the apartment before being safely caught), and we have crazy.

Thankfully, we came to our senses a couple of weeks ago and rearranged our schedules to acheive some kind of normal (for now anyways), so here I am on the blog again. Except that today I had every intention about reflecting on last month’s emergency vet visit (that left Lucy semi-paralyzed for a few days), but instead I am going with a picture recap of today’s sunset walk.

Can you blame me? A month ago, there was snow on the ground, making it impossible to walk the dogs, especially the one with the bum legs… But today was a happy almost-sixty degrees outside and the first time in what seems like forever that we’ve had a chance to take an easy stroll just the four of us. And there are few things I love more than sunny, unhurried, carefree walks with the family…

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Holiday Recap in Photos

The holidays just blew by us in this house and threw us right into 2014 full speed! I know we’re not the only ones.

So here is our photo recap…

B perched perfectly between (as usual) on our road trip up to family Thanksgiving

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Lucy got in the turkey spirit!

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Beamer started gearing up for the cold early this year

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I convinced Ryan to let me splurge on handmade stockings for the dogs this year, meanwhile ours were 50 cents from Target

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My Mama sent us this Christmas tree ornament, which included the dogs, to celebrate our first Christmas as a family

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Beamer knew to park it close to the gifts under the Christmas tree at the grandparents’ house

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Lucy & Beamer waited patiently while we opened Christmas gifts

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Patience paid off as they received several giant elk antlers & stuffed animals from family & friends

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Lucy was pleased with her new giraffe

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We enjoyed one Spring-like day between Christmas & New Years, so we all squeezed onto the little balcony for sunbathing & reading

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Then we quickly returned to cold weather & bundling up!

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But the good news is that B is now back to a healthy weight & can fit into his winter coat

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And I swear I saw the love between these two grow!

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We are so lucky to have friends & family who understand my need to include the dogs in the holidays. The best part of this busy season was knowing that Lucy & Beamer were a part of the fun times. After all, dogs are family, right?

Here’s what’s up next in the new year for us: sorting out Lucy’s increasingly painful orthopedic problems with the vet. This is her I-don’t-need-to-go-to-the-vet face…

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A New View

As I mentioned in last week’s post, one of my favorite things about the new place is our balcony. Sure, the new balcony is itty bitty compared to the spacious balcony in the downtown loft, but the view is so much better!

Whereas our view used to overlook a parking lot and concrete building patrolled by a security guard, our new view overlooks a sliver of woods that hug our nature-friendly apartment building. Encounters with wildlife thus far include the curious songbird that nearly snuck in through our open door, and the face-off between this brazen deer and Lucy & Ryan.

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Since being introduced to the new balcony, both pups can often be found outside taking in the sights, sounds, and smells. I am particularly excited for my lazy Lucy who loves lingering in the afternoon sun. And since the windows in the apartment measure from practically floor to ceiling, she can alternate indoors and outdoors most days.

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Even Beamer, who can’t actually see the new view, enjoys standing on the balcony and listening to the sound of the leaves ruffling, birds chirping and critters scrambling through the bushes.

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Although as you can see, he is just as quick to curl up on the dog bed…

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That is of course, only if Lucy lets him join in…

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