Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Something Happy


Can't go to bed without something happy. Found this picture from January 2012.

Laney

Laney in lap (2010)

I can't believe I'm writing this, but today, November 27th, we said goodbye to Laney. She has not been herself for a while now. I think the best recent memory was that day we all spent in Auburn together. I am so glad that we had that day before Laney really started declining this fall. I knew it wouldn't be much longer, but this morning it was becoming clear that it was time for her to be free from pain, and tonight just the vet, the tech, Clarence, and I were there when we decided to end things. It is the hardest decision in the world to make, but I think it was the right one. It was so incredibly peaceful. She was in my arms, in my lap, just like how she liked to be. I'm not sure if I've cried that hard in a long time. I will miss her so much.

She came into my life in December of 2009. She was only 5 weeks old. After I got her, I was in shock. She was so helpless, and I didn't know what I had gotten myself into. Many nights were spent awake while she howled away. I slept with her on my chest, in my lap, and eventually she had her own side of the bed. We were a team. I loved her so much. She was the best dog anyone could EVER ask for. She knew me. If I were having a bad day, she would sit next to me, try to lick my face. I could read her and how she was feeling, if she was happy, sad, scared.

I am so glad she got to meet and to know Rowan and Lydia and that Rowan will hopefully remember her. She loved kids. I remember the first time she met a friend's daughter. She brought her all her toys, belly-crawled across the floor to bring her things. I remember the many nights it was thunderstorming and Rowan and Laney snuggled together for comfort in Rowan's bed. He loved having her in there with him. There are so many ways she was so wonderful. I wish I could write them all here.

I sit here now with Bella planted firmly on my foot, snoring away. Every now and then she whines a little. She is missing them too. We became a one-dog family so fast. It is quiet around here. It's going to be so incredibly hard to get used to this.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Birthday visit

On my birthday this year, my mom came for a visit. It was really nice having her here. She and Em brought pretty wrapped presents over to open:)
 



We went for a hike at Moss Rock and to the Moss Rock Festival.

Here's Lydie having fun.



She got pretty tuckered out during the walk and fell fast asleep.

 
Rowan is holding Mom's hand here.
 


Here is Clarence getting even with me for always having the camera in his face. So I decided to post it:) It's not the most flattering picture, but he doesn't always get a say in what pictures I post of him. haha.






Unfortunately, we've seen a lot of this face lately.


Buttermilk popsicle from Steel City Pops. AWESOME.


Sophie thinks so too

 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lydia laughing

video

Lydia thinks that Grandaddy is hilarious:) I love how at the end of the video, she says, "Uh-oh," as she looks at the camera in her hands.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday


Lydia got into my jewelry and my makeup. But fortunately I caught her before she went crazy with the makeup:)


Dad came to visit, and we went to the Moss Rock Festival and had a great time. It was a beautiful, sunny day. There were lots of things for the kids to do, and some pretty tasty food trucks too.


Rowan spent a lot of time cracking hickory nuts with rocks so that he could eat them.



 














You can't really see this, but we ran into Eamon and his aunt, Jen, at the festival. Here they are below, so happy to see each other. haha.



Holding hands.


What's under the bus?