new puppy love

Sassy has been part of our family for nearly two years. She is a calm, faithful dog and puts up with a lot, given the age of our girls.

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We found a companion for her to ease her separation anxiety last year, a lab named Shadow. We were devastated to find that Harper is extremely allergic to lab fur and we had to re-home him. Soon after, Sassy spent a month with my sister and her sweet dogs while we went through a crazy transition period welcoming Terry home from deployment.

When our sweet dog returned home, we knew she would be lonely without a canine companion, but decided to put off the search for another friend until our son arrived.

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Apparently fate (or whatever you might call it) had other plans, and we found ourselves meeting Jersey.

Jersey is basically a bigger version of Sassy. Both are shepherd mixes, but Sassy is mixed with beagle, Jersey is mixed with foxhound or something similar.  Sassy and Jersey spent the first few days indifferent to one another. I assumed it was going to be a long-distance friendship, but they seemed to get along well enough for us to have Jersey stay.

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The dogs separating themselves was a common occurrence the first few days. It varied as to who took over the giant bed and who found another spot to curl up.

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And then, fate hit again. And by fate, I mean the snow arrived. Apparently, Jersey does not *do* snow. She found a tiny patch of grass to do her business on (about 1 foot x 1 foot) and that was enough for her.

If the giant dog afraid of the snow wasn’t enough of a surprise, the fact that Sassy was obsessed with playing in the snow stunned me! She ran, bounced, dug, rolled, I had to force her back in, even when the windchill hit negative temperatures!

But that cold snow meant that there were two cold dogs who both wanted to warm bed and snuggly blanket. And voila, instant love.

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They now play in the yard together, cuddle on the bed, follow one another up and down stairs, it’s a total 180 from the first two days of just not caring that the other existed.

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Better yet, Harper has had no allergy issues and Jersey has proven that she is just as tough as Sassy when it comes to the kids. I couldn’t ask for sweeter dogs :)

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Another new year

My resolution this year will not be to blog daily, weekly or monthly, despite how much I miss taking the time to sit and focus on a single task without a child involved.

I can’t count the times I sat at the computer to start a blog post, only to trash it and go back to cooking, cleaning, playing or basically anything besides blogging.

After finally taking down the Christmas decorations and rearranging our house yet again, my computer has once again found a nagging home within plain view of any of our downstairs activities. This is both obnoxious and inspiring, so I decided to catch up on blog reading, check the news and somehow I found myself typing up this blog post.

I read “One Simple Sentence” from the Clean. blog that always seems to hold words I need to hear. Err, read.  I never made a resolution this year, which is new for me, but with all the hectic-ness of the holidays, I simply forgot.

Instead of a resolution, I’ll take the approach of a motto, something I can use everyday, something that might help me to live better, to feel more calm, to find peace more often… though with soon-to-be-four children + two dogs + a busy husband, I think that might be a challenge! Hopefully one I can live up to.

I’m still deciding what I’d like my sentence to be. There were plenty of great ideas in the comment section of the blog I linked, I may end up using one of those.

Maybe blogging will once again find a space in our crazy routine, maybe not.

Maybe my children will stop running their cars over my feet as I type this (doubtful).

Maybe I’ll eventually find the opportunity to drink an entire cup of coffee without having to re-warm it (I say as I sip luke-warm coffee, yet again).

And maybe I’ll get to the million projects awaiting me in my yarn basket, my sewing basket, my garage.

But for now, I’m going to sit, relax, unwind and wish that my coffee was warm :)

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taking care of business

As if life isn’t chaotic enough with my three beautiful daughters and two demanding, loveable pups, I decided I needed some adult focus.

Starting this month, I’ll be taking 6 months of classes for my Accounting Clerk Certificate to see if I can do online schooling full-time.  If it works well, I’ll be pursuing my Accounting degree and moving on from there.

And because I’m never one to shy from a challenge, I also started selling Scentsy. I was buying enough of it to supply a small village with the lovely smelling wax for a year, so it only made sense that I get the benefits for it!

If you’re interested in purchasing Scentsy, you can contact me or visit my website: https://cdoane.scentsy.us/

And because no post is complete without a photo or three…

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puppy love

Our sweet, 7 year old dog Sassy has been dealing with mild separation anxiety. At the recommendation of our veterinarian, we began to look for a companion dog.  I figured she would love an older, laid-back, smaller dog who enjoyed snuggling and quiet.

Instead, she decided that (as part of a mid-life crisis, I’d assume) she needed a younger man in her life. A protector. A sturdy, confident dog. A 14-month old lab with enough energy to share with the entire family and still have some left over.

Oy.

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Luckily Shadowfax’s cuteness makes up for his exuberance.

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Oh and Sassy absolutely adores him.

 

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Ok, we adore him too. He’s awfully sweet.

as promised!

Here I am, nearly to Violet’s first birthday, with not a single post in between her birth announcement and now.  I’m still not sure I’ve even finished her birth story!

Typical me.

Violet has been nothing but amazing over the past 11 months. Her toothless smile lights up the room and she has everyone (especially her 5 year old sister) wrapped tightly around her finger.

She is constantly the center of attention, even when I try to shift focus to the big girls. Harper and Ariana love to dote on her, showering her with hugs, kisses and snuggles whenever they get a chance

We’re now gearing up for a 2 week vacation to visit family, followed quickly by Vi’s 1st birthday and Harper’s 4th birthday (and I realize now that Harper’s 3rd birthday was skipped in my blog hiatus, so now I’ll owe her a double post!).

And now (since Violet is taking one of her extremely rare naps in her own bed), I’ll leave with some photos.Image

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New arrival!

My poor blog has taken a backseat once again, but this time for good reason!

Our sweet princess, Violet, decided to make an early arrival on April 6th, much to our surprise and delight.  I’ll post a bit of the birth story when I have the entire thing typed (which at this rate, may be close to Violet’s first birthday!), but I wanted to at least post something about the baby before her birth month has passed us by ;o)

And of course, what’s a baby announcement without a photo or two?  :o)


Baby prep!

It’s hard to believe that I can count the time to baby’s arrival in not only single-digit weeks (roughly three weeks!) but also in days if I want!

Time seems to have sped up during this pregnancy.  I feel like we just confirmed the pregnancy last week when in reality, it was back in the fall.  Baby’s first kick seems like it was only last month, even though it happened months ago.  Now I have to sit with my laptop pushed near my knees since my belly is taking over the first inches that make up my lap.

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