Big Molly and the Dog Door

Big Molly and the Dog Door

For Christmas, Chris and I gave the dogs a dog door.  We thought they would love it.  As much as they are constantly whining to go outside and inside and outside and inside, we figured this would make them so very, very happy. Daisy loves it.  She runs in and out all day long.  She brings her toys outside, then she runs them back inside.  She sees a squirrel outside and she’s through the flap chasing it across the yard in seconds.  She gets in trouble, we put her outside,…

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Buddy the Dog

Buddy the Dog

My mom came over this weekend to spend the night. The next morning, we were sitting around having breakfast and she started telling some stories from my childhood that happened without me (and probably my sister) knowing. Chris and I were dying laughing. Especially the stories about our family dog, Buddy. Once, a little girl from our neighborhood knocked on our door one afternoon. When my mom came to the door, the little neighbor girl said sweetly, “Mrs. Tillman, I just saw Buddy up at the grocery store.” “No, sweetie,”…

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Daisy Doo

Daisy Doo

I wanted a third baby.  Real bads.  I begged Chris for months.  Actually, almost a year.  But he was adamant that we should not be outnumbered.  “Man to man coverage,” he would say.  “Can’t take that spread offense, Mom.” Just before Christmas, we finally agreed on a solution.  We would get a puppy.  And I could snuggle and cuddle and sniff her forever and ever amen. Which is how Daisy joined our family. We got Daisy from a rescue society in Orlando.  It was the craziest process I’ve ever been…

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My Blooming Husband

My Blooming Husband

Last week, Chris was in tech rehearsals almost every night, which means he didn’t get home until about 11:00.  And I was fighting a cold, so I was going to bed when the kids did around 8:00 every night.  Chris and I basically saw each other over breakfast in the mornings, and that was about it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate tech weeks?) On Thursday night, I was finally feeling a little better, so I stayed up late to see him when he got home.  We sat in the…

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The Doggie (doesn’t) Paddle

The Doggie (doesn’t) Paddle

Last week, my mother-in-law, Jackie, was in town to hang out with us for the week.  We had a super fun visit, but that’s nothing new.  I love when Jackie comes to town.  We talk about teaching (she was my teacher when I was in middle school!), we shop, we eat good food.  She’s a lot of fun. One afternoon, we were sitting by the pool with the kids when Big Molly came trotting up to the side of the pool.  Molly is not a fan of the pool, but we’ve…

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Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

On Saturday, we said goodbye to my sweet Lucy Girl. About six months ago, Lucy had liver failure and while she was able to get back to a point where she was functioning again, she just never fully recovered. She continued to have accidents all over the house, which we could have dealt with. But it was her aggression that prompted us to make the call to the vet about end of life options. Lucy had become so aggressive in the last month. She was snipping at all of us,…

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Marked.

Marked.

Sunday morning was VBS Sunday at our church where one of the services is dedicated entirely to a recap of VBS.  It’s a time for the children to share with the congregation everything they learned the week before.  All the songs we sing are VBS songs, the children stand up where the choir would (and there are hundreds, so it’s pretty impressive), the sermon is usually something about raising faithful families, and we see a slideshow with pictures from the week before.  It’s a really fun service. In order to…

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I.ve Lost My Mind. And My Dogs.

I.ve Lost My Mind. And My Dogs.

I just survived the month of July, which was pretty intense around our house. Three camps for the kids, VBS, Chris’s big work project, swimming lessons (which are ongoing), and the completion of my two summer classes for my teaching certificate. Busy, busy, busy. This is the first week where we don’t have things to do every single day, and I am prepared to enjoy every minute of it. Apparently, though, my brain has decided it has earned a vacation because today it was nowhere to be found. Both kids…

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Too Many Living Things

Too Many Living Things

We have a lot of living beings in our house. Me and Chris, two wild two legged beasts, two wild four legged beasts, and a fish named Lt. Dan (cause he ain’t got no legs). When we’re all home and at full capacity, it’s a little overwhelming. And God help the person who calls me when all living beings in our house are hungry. It’s like World War 3 around here at meal times – every man (or beast) (or Bean) for themselves. In all the hustle of our daily…

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Puppy Love

Puppy Love

From the minute we brought Bean home from the hospital, Big Molly has been right by his side. She used to lay down where ever he was – next to his bouncer, next to the swing, next to him on the floor, and even in his room at night. She was hopelessly in love with him. As Bean has gotten older and more mobile, Molly and Bean have stayed tight. They go everywhere together. Today, I was sitting in the living room and out of nowhere, Molly walks by with…

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