Friday, July 24, 2009

Settling in

After one month in the new house, we are finally back to normal. Boarding, fostering, entertaining, etc.
Dana seems to have settled in well
I had to laugh when I saw this "Let's draw a line, you stay on your side and I will stay on mine"
We still have Urban. He is doing great and still waiting for his forever home.
My parents and Jason's parents came to visit last weekend. Both at the same time! It turned out well and I think a good time was had by all. but we did get some outdoor speakers out of the visit! Now we can jam while watching the hounds play!
One night, we had everyone enjoying Rock Band. Jason's dad was singing, my mom was playing bass, Scott (Beau and Belle's owner) was on lead guitar and Jason was on drums. It was pretty funny.
We are also watching Callie Kay for the week. She looks like a 'plumper' version of Cali. Can you tell the difference?

Then everyone gets in on the action
I dont' know why I loved this shot, it was a poor representation of my photography pseudo-skills, but I found it funny.
Cali reminds everyone why she is princess

and oh, I wish this were in focus! Callie Kay tries to keep up with Cali
And miss Roo-Roo pants dances around outside with her 'prize' octopus. All is good in Dana land!
I will eventually try to get some good 'cooking' shots in Jason's new kitchen and maybe even some shots of his REAL office after we paint it.
And, there is a new blog for everyone's viewing pleasure. Smokey's (I have boarded him many times) mom has started a blog and I have linked it to mine! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lazy days in the yard

I think we have finally returned to our normal way of life. Eating, drinking, watching greyhounds, and enjoying our new house.
Dana strikes her pose in the back yard
We watched Beau and Belle for the weekend. Belle shows us that there is more than one pretty brindle in Cedarlea park!

And then she goes back to her goofy self!
But we can't forget the boys..Beau tries his best to be a glamour boy
Urban is still with us. He is a good boy and very easy. His nose is as fixed as it is going to get. it still has a small slit in it, the vet tried twice to fix it. But at least it looks better and whistles less.
I just realized this was a Cali free blog, geez don't her see this! I feel sure next time there will be tons of Cali photos.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Do you have a minute?

it has been a while. And like a shaken champagne bottle, I have a lot to release! I am finally back in the saddle. My laptop is new and wine-free and I have download a million photos from the past month of my life. So if you have some time to sit and listen to my stories, let's get started.
So..2 days before closing,, the appraiser decides to actually appraise our new house after much prodding by all parties. And of course, he comes in WAY low out of spite and horrid economy. So the seller's won't take this stupid appraisal and we are left to sell our house and move our stuff in to storage while we wait out the political bull crap. We leave the old house on Friday with NO idea when or IF we are going to purchase our new one. So..what does any homeless person do..head to the comfort of friends and dogs. We head to Kristen's to await our fate.
and pretty much do this for 3 nights..

The kids lay around a lot..
I am not sure if Stella is more disgusted by the slobbery squeaky toy or Dante himself
Regardless, she forces herself to lay on the soft bed
naps were had by all
Shiloh shows us her best smile!
While not sleeping, the helped Stella guard the yard.Besides our anxiety about where we might live, our fish were probably getting the shortest end of the stick. this is how they spent 5 glorious days. But alas, on Monday at 7PM we finally closed on our new house. We spent the first night on an air mattress as the movers could not bring our storage unit until the next day. But the first morning of our house..was sweet victory! Jason surveys our back 40 while waiting for the movers. And I take a look at all the flowers in bloom
Kristen and gyeong graciously bring our kids back to us after we had a chance to unpack a little. Dana needed her bowl and bed in a spot to prevent meltdowns!
I think the kids love their new yard!
The squirrels are a new nuisance that the previous treeless yard lacked!As well as our might be Frack..i can't tell you.
We spent every waking hour unpacking..Cali and Dana show off their probably favorite winter spotDante shows off his new deck!
and without fail, we get a foster pretty much immediately after moving. Par for course, i would say! We had him before, meet Skiddy Urban. he is a very good boy.
I decide to paint the 1/2 bathroom and Urban 'helps'Finally, after about 3 weeks, we are finally able to cook our first meal in the new house. And I might add that this is my view as I type minus the food :-)And of course..we throw a small party. This is only foreshadowing the massive one to come. But it was July 4th! Stanley says "Jaime..succomb to my power" or "I squish your head"

So that is my last few weeks in a very long nutshell. Now you are caught up and I am now devoted to providing fun shots with my new back drop. I have missed you all!!!