Thursday, August 18, 2011

Oh Henry!

It is Henry's 12th Birthday today!! for those of you who don't know how he came to can read a little about it here, but we have been so happy he came to us. Even though we have had him only for 2 years, he has made a huge impact on us! So Happy Birthday, Henry!
he knows he is hot...Cali thinks birthdays are only for her and ignores the fanfare.Like Kristen and Gyeong, I made it a 'rule' to not take on new boarders. My schedule is full as it is...but we made an exception for Tinker. She is cute and reminds me of a foster I had a long time ago.And Jason got a meat now we can make fresh ground pork and stuff!
All the better to make fresh bolognese sauce to go with the great wine we brought back from Tuscany!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fun in the sun

I am still working on the hummingbird shot..I think I am limited by my lens (and my scant abilities). But I will keep trying. This past weekend we loaded up the car and drove in to the country to visit my parents. But instead of taking the dogs, we took the Parks. A weekend with no cell phone reception, good food and a pool...pretty cool.
We did take Shiloh b/c she basically grew up there and knows the routine (read: doesn't need to be leash walked). She also celebrated her 14th birthday last week. Happy Birthday old lady!It was also Jason and my 6th wedding anniversary. My mom put together a center piece for the occasion. Our wedding announcement (since we married in Napa with a few people we had a party at her house a month later), our 'reception' cake topper, the bottle of wine we had specially made/engraved for all those who attended our Napa nuptials, a bottle of wine from Italy and the terra cotta bowl we bought my mom from Florence.Celebrations aside..what is there to do in the country?
Play with the minisCheck out my dad's newest project in the shopMake fun of Truflzbeing in a photo shoot is hard work..Torture him some more..Jason's idea of fun was to wage war on anyone in or around the pool. First it was my mom and nephew, Boone. They seek shelter since Jason has the advantage!Everything became a weapon...the sponge balls.Even the pool noodle!Boone had to seek shelter a lotIn the end everyone was drenched. We even disturbed the neighbors...I hope they don't report us to the HOA.The next day, there wasn't a 3 year old to wage war against, so Jason had to entertain himself. Ladies...he's taken.We did have a major war of the adults, but since that one led to water being splashed in every direction, the 7Ds were safely inside.
but it is obvious that Jason and I use the pool for vastly different purposes. ;-)
When it was dark, storming, or too early to drink at the pool..we did this...for hours...Words With Friends marathon.We had a great time with the family. We ate like pigs (eggs fried in bacon did I come out of that house a healthy weight?), swam and played.
Of course, on the way home..we couldn't just drive the whole way! We had to stop at a few wineries.
Lazy Days is a relatively new winery that needs some time. The wines were pretty good but have GREAT potential. a winery to watch.and right down the street is Rebec Winery. the wines were OK and the scenery was great.Overall, it was a great weekend.
and there are more celebrations slated for the month. today is Dante's 13th birthday. We bought him this bed at the Pet Expo years ago. He never gave it a glance b/c he couldn't fit. A few illnesses later and he has trimmed up a bit. so now he fits very nicely and loves this bed! the blanket is built in.