Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The one above is our view from laying on our backs in the leaves. The sky was so pretty and our trees looked amazing against the blue. Maybe a good inspiration for the color I would like to paint our bedroom.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday night was our Trunk or Treat at Sonlight (our church in Angola). Greg and I volunteered to help with trash pickup. So, at 4:30, I got home and we packed up Chicken Little once again and headed for Angola. My mom was gracious enough to come and help us with sweet baby. I was a little concerned that we would get very busy helping and that Delaney would have a melt down. But, as always, she was a trooper and LOVED every second of getting to wave at people and watch little kids run around. It appears that we had over 5000 people show up for the Trunk or Treat event this year - amazing!!!! She then got to go home a little early with Daddy and have a snack and go to bed. It was a lot of fun, and very much looking forward to being part of it next year.
We were then up very early on Saturday morning to start our membership classes for church. That was a very nice time as well - Greg was particulary enjoying himself since they fed us some fantastic food. Pastor John said it was bribery to join the church, but hey, whatever...we'll let them feed us! That lasted until 12:30 or so, then we headed to Howe to pick up sweet baby and go look at a loveseat in Sturgis that was a great price. I bought our last couch when I was in my first apartment and very much single about 10 years ago. It WAS beautiful! It was a lovely shade of cream (ummm, yeah...cream) with maple round legs. Keep in mind that when I purchased this beautiful couch, I was single, living by myself and had NO pets. I remember thinking to myself that this will be the only time in my life when I can purchase something somewhat impractical....so, I did. Well, 3 roommates, 3 dogs, a couple of boyfriends, 10 years, about 5 moves, 1 cat, a husband and a one-year old later, and the couch is looking a little rough. It still is very comfortable and in fairly good shape, but just is really way too big for our tiny home, and not a huge fan of the detachable cushions. I spend most of every day putting cushions back and tucking the cover back in. Tired of all of it - so, we had started looking at new options a couple of years ago and just either couldn't afford or really couldn't find anything that would work. Since I have been working more and the baby is truly pushing us out of every room, we found a loveseat in Sturgis at a furniture store that should work just fine. It isn't EXACTLY what I wanted, but it is pretty close (oh, and for Greg...it's very comfortable). The color is a grayish-green (I think it's called Sea River Sage). The size should be perfect and I really like the idea that we (I mean Greg) cannot sleep on it. Furniture is for sitting, not sleeping. That's what the recliner is for :) I'll post pictures of it once it gets here - should be by tomorrow.
Then, after the couch, Cari and I went for a very nice trail ride with McCue and Luke (who is Cathy's horse). It was a last minute plan and it was wonderful! We had a great visit and the horses got some fresh air...really hope to do it more.
Sunday was my much anticipated Epona Approach workshop in Ypsilanti. It was a long drive very early in the morning, but was worth every second. I met some wonderful people, incredible horses, and really feel this is the next step in my horse journey. Pat, who was our guide and instructor took us through mostly theories, ideas and exercises. This is a 2-day workshop, but the second day isn't until the 16th. Hard to explain what we did (and probably wouldn't believe me if I told you anyway), but I truly feel the way to having a more fulfilling (for horse and human) relationship with our horses is through the Epona Approach. Pat, Cathy and I are going to be sitting down soon and working on some programs that would use all our gifts and talents to help better the relationships with people and their horses. It is an exciting idea to realize how much we could help so many people. And...that I will help Delaney grow up in an environment where she will encouraged to be whomever she dreams to be physically and emotionally and hopefully will partner with horses to do both.
Geez, I'm exhausted just reading this...can't believe I got all of these things done in 2 1/2 days! Not sure why I thought working more was going to be easier on us :)
This Saturday is the Christmas Bazarre at the VFW in Sturgis. Laney Bug Boutique will be there showing off my latest creations and I know my mom will be there with her latest embroidered goodies for Christmas and gifts.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Well, we had an eventful morning... Delaney got up early, even though this was our one morning when she could sleep as long as she wanted (which lately has been almost 9:00!), but, of course she was up by 6:00 today. We got our day started with Delaney have a big breakfast of Cheerios and Wheat toast, started laundry, washed dishes, picked up toys (a constant chore), cleaned up the baby's room, cleaned the cat box (yuck...), took out garbage, swept and mopped the floor, washed the couch cover, got hysterical about Garrett and had to call Greg to come home... This was all BEFORE 7:30! So, back to the Garrett thing. It appears that Garrett James had a Grand Mall Seizure this morning. While I was sweeping, I looked down and his back right leg was kinked up and looked very odd. I leaned over to touch him to see what was wrong and his whole body tensed up. His tail was stuck between his legs on the underneath of his belly, he then fell forward and his body contorted in to a "U" shape, he started to drool a little and his eyes were closed. Needless to say, I was a bit distressed. I called Greg pretty hysterical and being the incredible husband that he is, got in his vehicle and headed for home. I truly didn't know what to do (and it wasn't until this whole ordeal was over that I figured out it was probably a seizure). I thought for sure he was dying and there was nothing I could do about it, except cry like a blubbering idiot and hold him. About 5 minutes later he (and I) settled down and a couple of minutes after that he was trying to give the baby a ball to throw for him. I called Greg and told him not to come home, but I did call the vet. They said because of the expense, they really didn't want us to come in and do bloodwork unless it happens again. They are such wonderful doctors, they know how tight things are for us, and don't unnecessarily charge us for anything. The scary part is, we have no idea how often these happen since I'm not with him during the day, and the more he has, the more damage he can do to his nervous system and brain. The vet asked if his personality has changed at all over the past couple of years, and I promptly replied, "yes". Garrett has ALWAYS been very obedient and the sweetest boy, but over the past few years, his Obsessive nature, and aggression towards dogs and people he doesn't know has really gotten a little disturbing. The Vet said there is a good chance that he has been having these for awhile and there is already some damage.
So, guess we'll just wait and see if it happens again. I remember seeing him (maybe) having a seizure when he was only a year old or so, but I never saw it again, so I can't confirm that's what it was. The vet said if it happens again, to definitely bring him in to have bloodwork to see if he will need anti-seizure medicine.
We have a very busy weekend, so I hopefully if he does it again, we'll be there to see it.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Don't recognize anyone??? That would be because Greg (on the left) and I are under the water being Baptized. Thought this was a great photo...and what a surprise to see our "picture" on the front page of our programs at church. Think it's interesting that Pastor John looks like he is really enjoying dunking me under the water. So, think I will head out now...I have horse lessons again tonight, so need to get going over to Talmage's to go pick up the boys (McCue and Duke) for their lessons.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I'm blaming Nichole for this slight addiction to journaling...since it's her fault that I found Caring Bridge at Riley and now the blogging...just kidding, I love it lots! Hopefully, I'll get better at doing this and figure out how to make this page "fancy"...perhaps, I'll recruit Nichole to help with that too :)
Delaney Lynn is also my inspiration to take on another project (job). On top of my "real" job, horse training, lessons, Mary Kay and being a wife/mom I have decided to start making my jewelry to sell. I have been making necklaces, bracelets and earring for myself, friends and family for about 5 years now, but thought I would put our sweet baby's name and inspiration into it and sell them at our local farmer's market. So, watch for Laney Bug Designs soon!