Sunday, November 27, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Today, I think about the sacrifices and choices my parents made so I could grow up the way I did. I think about the example they set for me and the unconditional love they've shown. I think about my mom's willingness to drop whatever she's doing to help me if I ask, and my dad's warm hugs and friendly phone calls when he thinks of something he knows I'd like to hear.
Today, I think about the family I've gained through marriage, and the open arms they've welcomed me with. I think about all the nice things they do, and the warmth and love I feel when I see them. They treat me like I've been around since birth, and I'm grateful they love me like their own blood.
Today, I think about my good fortune to have two older sisters who look out for me and celebrate my successes with me. They're there for me when I need them, and they make this journey through life much more enjoyable. I'm grateful I can go to them with my frustrations and my joys, and they welcome both because they love me.
Today, I think about my friends who I'm so proud to surround myself with. While some I talk to more often than others, I'm grateful there are so many that wouldn't hesitate to step up in a time of need. My friends are a diverse group of people, and each one brings something special to my life.
Today, I think about the man who stands beside me, and holds me up when I need him to. I think about the years we've spent together and wish for a million more like them. He supports my dreams and makes them his own. I'm so thankful that his generosity, open mind, humor, and level-headedness have rubbed off on me, and I'm a better person today than before I met him. I'm grateful for the example he's going to set for our son, and I hope our son grows up to be just like his daddy.
I can never really be thankful enough, but I'm trying my best.
Monday, November 21, 2011
We were surprised at how they just set us all loose behind the wheel of these cars. We weren't on some secluded track, away from other drivers and the elements. We were right on I-35 in Dallas, amidst traffic at times, and even as it started raining. They had put walkie-talkies in each car so the professional drivers could stay in contact with us and let us know where we'd be heading next. Other than that, Meezy was pretty much free to drive how he wanted! It was really cool. I'm sure it looked a little odd to other drivers and people on the street to see 8 Audi R8s driving next to each other! Here's some pics of the experience, and a couple videos for a little taste of what it was like to be a passenger.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Her relationship with our other female dog, Casey, has always been a little strained, but things were copacetic after she got back from training. Nothing changed on Casey's end, but I think Juneau had gotten a little better at ignoring her. Unfortunately she got to a breaking point last month, and that's why a fight occurred. We felt like we had to remove Juneau from our home, but after further thought, we realized that Casey needed help too. She was always the one instigating fights with Juneau and trying to get under her skin. We could tell that she felt like she was in charge of Juneau, and would attempt to control and/or reprimand her actions. We figured part of that was because she wasn't fixed, and Juneau was another female, and part was related to her lack of training/discipline. So, we bit the bullet and sent Casey off to K-9 University last week. We knew they had worked wonders with Juneau, and we are hoping for the same results with Casey. It's not cheap to have your dog boarded/trained for 2 weeks, but it'll be worth it if it works. The trainers at K-9 are awesome, and they even allowed us to send Juneau up there to get her training refreshed, and to keep her near Casey in a safer environment. I checked in on the doggles yesterday, and they told me there has already been an improvement in their relationship. Casey is starting to pick up the training commands, and they've worked them around each other with no fighting. I really, really hope they finish the program with a different outlook, and can put the past behind them. This is our last ditch effort to keep all of our dogs, and I don't know what I'll do if it doesn't work. The big test starts next week when we pick them up and have three dogs under the same roof again.
On a lighter note, it's been funny to see how our male, Riley, acts differently when he's the only one in the house. Normally during feeding time, he scarfs down his bowl as if it's a race. Sometimes he'll go so fast that he can't catch his breath, and yet he continues to eat. If we give rawhides to all the dogs, he'll run in the other room and try to eat his as soon as possible, and then usually ends up going over to Casey to steal hers too. Now that he's solo, he calmly eats his dinner and takes his time. When I give him a rawhide, he takes it into the backyard and buries it for later consumption. It's hilarious. So much of his previous behavior was influenced by the other dogs being around, and now he's pretty care-free! Sorry, bubba, those other doggles are coming back soon, so you better start digging up those rawhides and eating them!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I can be pretty determined once I set my mind to something, so it didn't take me too long to get it completed. The next step in the painting scheme might actually be harder than the accent wall since I need to use a laser level to draw the top and bottom lines for the orange stripe, and the walls it's going to go on have lots of interruptions- closet doors, windows, etc. It won't be one continuous stripe around the room. Oh well! Who doesn't love a challenge?
Friday, November 4, 2011
I love the whimsical dots and circles, and it features my two favorite colors - green and orange. The window valances, a couple pieces of the bedding, and a few other decorations around the room will be this design, so I decided to use it in my paint scheme too. Talk about hard work! It's been time-consuming, but I'm loving the results! I chose one accent wall to incorporate the dots and circles, and the other three walls will just have a bold orange stripe around the middle. Here's a couple close-ups of what a completed section of the accent wall looks like:
And then here's where you can see what I've done in total, and how much I still have left to do:
I've just been working on it at night, and the stenciling took a few different sessions. I started the painting two nights ago, and probably spent 2.5 hours each night on it. I know it doesn't seem like much progress for that amount of time, but there are quite a lot of things to paint, and they're very small! Overall, I think all the effort will be worth it because I love the colors and the design, and how unique it is!