This is Bubba. He's a crazy little puppy that loves to play and snuggle. And by snuggle, I mean with anyone and everyone he can. I often find him spooning with Rissy or literally laying on top of her. He's a little over a year old and is a very good dog for being so young. He's a non aggressive, kid loving, fence hopping goofball. Colin and I have been babysitting him for the last couple months, which has turned into an adoption. More so because I couldn't allow this sweet little guy to be sent to a shelter. Being a pit bull mix, I didn't think there would be many people who would give him a chance, and to think of him sitting in a cage all day made me super sad. We weren't looking for another dog, but he's beginning to fit in nicely with Duke and Rissy. A little training - a lot of love is all it takes!
Even though he's a sweet dog, I was a little nervous about the Pit in him. The vet assured me he'll be a product of his environment and wasn't worried one bit. Bubba grew up with a little girl who is now 2. She crawls all over him which proves to us that Bubba is great with kids. We take him on runs and let him off leash. He's learning to obey our voices (aka, not run away). He's doing great so far. Today we met up with another dog who Bubba wanted to play with. We're confident he'll be a good dog for our family. Rissy absolutely loves him and Duke is warming up to his playfulness. :)
Yesterday Colin and I trekked up to the mountains with our friends Jake and Jaya, and their little girl Addison. We wanted to try out the Willamette National Forrest past Sweet Home to get a Christmas tree and do a little gun shooting. The last two years, we've gone to the Siuslaw Forrest (west of us) and got pretty Charlie Brownish trees, so we decided to head out the other way and try our luck!
We didn't think we'd find snow because the first hour or so we were searching there was non. We went a little further up and all of a sudden there was a TON of snow. About 12 inches in some areas! This was Addison's first time playing in snow and she was so cute, until she got cold. Then she was done with it. :) We also saw some cougar prints in the snow which kind of scared me a little. Below is a picture of it next to Colin's giant hand. Yikes! And of course Colin left his gun in the car. :/
We ended up getting a tall, skinny Noble Fir. Really pretty, smells great and fits perfect in the only nook we could find to put it. All in all, a fun tradition we've started! Happy holidays all!
Welcome to the world baby Van Gryffin Callon! Mr. Van was born September 7th. I drove up to Tacoma to visit him on the 8th - and what a cutie! Such a sweet boy. Eat. Sleep. Poop. Repeat. Love him! Keana, Josh and Joey are all doing great and loving having a new baby at home! I loved the time I got to spend with all 4 of them. Just wish I lived closer to spend more time together!
Ok, so I've been told my blogging has gotten "boring" (*cough* Keana), so I'm updating it about our trip today. It's funny how everyone posts about their kids, and I love reading those posts because they are all so adorable. When I post, I usually post about my fur babies and I sometimes wonder how silly I look! But my dogs are cute and I like to look back on my posts to see how they've grown.
I have lots of random pictures, mostly of the dogs, from our day trip to Waldport. Colin was a trooper and drove the hour and a half just to spend a couple hours with me and the pups playing on the beach. It was cloudy in Albany all day, but Waldport was so amazingly beautiful! Sunny, warmish and the smell of the saltwater gets me every time! I'm definitely going to need a beach house one day. :)
Before we ran them for 2 hours!
Apparently Mr. Sleepy found a nice spot on the sand. :)
Me and Duke's self pic. I was trying to hold him for a good 10 mins while a couple passed by with their dog since Duke has a naughty gene, or two, and barks at anyone and everyone.
Looks like fog, but it was pretty warm and steam was coming off the hot sand.
Had to get an action shot of both dogs!
Love this picture of Colin and be dogs!
This was all Rissy wanted to do - run in and out of the saltwater - take a swim - splash some more...
AND...he hates me for making him pose with the ball. hahaha
Mr. Scruffy after a long, hard day playing.
If Duke has to pose with the ball, so does Riss. I think right about this time Colin told me to stop taking pictures because I was going to ruin their eyes...with no flash. ;)
For Colin's birthday, we went camping with some friends. We headed up to Yale Lake Thursday night and camped out until we could find the perfect camping spot the next day. We boated back to a remote site - it was amazing! We were able to stay until Monday since we didn't have to work due to the 4th of July. So fun! On Saturday, Colin got his birthday surprise I'd be planning for the last 3 months. He was obviously nervous but excited too!
Here's the before picture.
The "right" before picture...
And the after "I'm glad I didn't die" picture.
Did I mention this is the tallest bungee bridge in the US? AND he got 2 jumps? Yep. Poor guy. He loved it though and it even made me want to try it...well, almost. The area was beautiful and some friends got to see Colin jump also. Not sure what I'm going to have to plan for his 30th b-day next year!
Below: Not sure why we all felt the need to scream, but it was scary to watch! ;) And no he didn't hit the bridge and yes he still has both balls! lol
Wow, it's been way too long since I've updated my blog! What a perfect post to start blogging with. We recently had a mini family reunion with a few family members from the Bruce side of my family. We had my cousin Paul, his wife Jessica and their daughter Meadow come visit from Las Vegas. We haven't seen Paul for around 25 years! On top of that, he reunited with his dad Ralph and met his sister Cora for the first time ever. My parents came down as well, so it was a packed house, but we wouldn't have it any other way!
It was awesome to "meet" Paul since I was too young to remember last time I saw him. Cora absolutely loved her big brother and neice Meadow! It was such a fun 3 days, we can't wait to do it again with even more family either next year or the year after!
Even Rissy loved Meadow...or at least tolerated her. ;)
Cora and Meadow on the slip n slide.
Meadow was such a little ham. She loved her Aunt Nancy!
Cora is SO photogenic...
Meadow and her puppies.
Gotta have a silly picture! Paul, mom and I.
Cora and her big brother, Paul.
My Uncle Ralph and 2 of his 3 kids, Paul and Cora.
Everyone minus Colin, the photographer! Jessica, Ralph, Nancy, Cora, Paul, Meadow, Kara, Cregg.
Yesterday I blogged about not having a picture on my computer of my Grandma and Grandpa. Well, thanks to my cousin, I now have one! Thanks Shani! This picture was taken in 1942 of my Grandma Corky and Grandpa Dick. Aren't they 2 good looking people?!? :)
Well, I miss my Grandma and Grandpa, but I couldn't find a picture of them on this computer! So, I put a picture of most of my California family after my Grandpa died. Grandma followed a month after from a broken heart. It's hard to forget Grandma's chocolate chip cookies, munchies and love for Dairy Queen! And also Grandpa's addiction to SportsCenter and fishing, and the love we shared for the peanuts in Grandma's munchies. Of course we know they're looking down on us - I know so because there's no way I could have sewn the pillows and curtains for the guest room on her sewing machine without her somehow guiding me! ;)
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
No brainer! Granny and Gramps! Of course the rest of our family too, but Granny and Gramps have a special place in our heart! Especially since my grandparents passed away a few years ago, they have taken me in like their own granddaughter. They treat me exactly like they treat Colin and the rest of their grand kids. We enjoy our game/taco nights and loved that Gramps came over to help lay our wood flooring recently! Couldn't ask for a more supportive family!
So, I'm not much of a bookworm. But once in awhile I do enjoy really good books. This one, Underneath The Banner of Heaven was really good. I actually finished the whole thing! It was a little boring in spots, but I loved that it was completely fact. More of like a documentary - somewhat controversial. SO good! I definitely recommend it.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
The ridiculous man crack Colin and I saw at Fred Meyer yesterday. It was one of those things that's so disgusting but you can't help to stare because you can't believe anyone wouldn't feel their bum hanging out! EWW! (Picture below is NOT the one we saw, that one was way worse. I just thought the picture was necessary to show the full effect. :)