Sunday, February 19, 2017

Backtracking---family bowling 2016

In real time, it is actually February 2017. I want to publish 2016's blogs, so I'm pushing to finish documenting 2016. For the next few posts, there will be little to no description. My main goal is to get the pictures on the blog.

Final score-Dad 1st, Abbey 2nd, me-3rd and Elijah 4th

Elijah sweet spot was in the game room.


Art with the grandkids


Hurricane Matthew

On September 28, 2016, Hurricane Matthew came to our state. In fact, at one point it was forecasted to come ashore right at our beach. We went a few days ahead and put all of the outdoor possible projectiles into the garages, and then went home to wait and pray.

It ended up that the beach house was relatively unscathed. We had more damage and loss of power in our home town than at the beach.

Our neighbor Bruce gave us play by plays. He told us that the waterway came up to the yard of the houses across the street.

We feel very thankful that we had such little damage.

Our front porch ceiling fan bit the dust

The beautiful pear tree next door didn't survive the winds.

The beach looked like a war zone. All of the dunes' fencing was gone with a lot of debris washed ashore. The beach was much thinner than before.

Abbey and I enjoyed the beautiful, after- the -storm- sunshine!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Solomon's first year

 Our furbaby, Solomon, was a year old this past September 28th.

When we got him on Dec. 15th, I had no idea that this floppy eared little fuzz ball

 would grow to have such a part of my heart! But, he certainly has! He had a bit of a rough start... he was a wild man, impossible for me to walk. I could make him do just about anything for a treat, but how to stop unwanted behavior, I had no clue. We decided to send him to bootcamp. He went to Proactive Dog Training for a weekend stay of board/train. We got a different dog back (different for the better). He's been worming his way to my heart ever since.

We knew he was uber smart. He learned to sit the day after we got him. He really is very bright. He also is pretty obedient, (since bootcamp). We can tell him to go to get in his bed, and he trots right into his crate. The command, "Get in the tub", sends him straight to the tub, where he stays until his bath is over.

He still has wild puppy-like times, but he has calmed down a lot. He loves to fetch balls and will sit outside for hours, on the porch, with his ball in his mouth.

I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of those choppers

He is very vocal and barks a bit too much. If he wants something or when he's scared with a vet trip, he will whine like a baby! If one of us leaves the others in the car, he starts up crying. He is a pretty good watch dog, as he barks at every little thing. I don't think he would do anything if someone actually came in unwanted, but I'm not sure. I do know he would be a noisy thing to deal with.

He loves the beach and the beach water, but doesn't love the pool. This past summer, when Abbey tried to get him in the pool, he climbed up to sit in my chair.

 Loves playing with his nephew, Lou. Lou is his "dog-eye" (as in Jedi). He copies Lou and love being around him.

All of our family loves our boy.

This was taken on his first birthday.

Wanting to be outside with his children

Our Solomon is certainly something else, loves to be petted, yet loves to play. He's a lot of fun. I can't imagine not having him as a part of our life...told you he had part of my heart!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Grandma turns 90!

John's Mom turned 90 years young on Oct. 24th of this year. We had a celebration for her at our house. Around 35 family members came to eat barbeque, fixin's and cake.