Sunday, September 30, 2012


I hung up the blog a few months back because I lost interest in writing and reading them. Life got busy and I just didn't have time to spend on the computer. I decided to do one more post as more of a public service announcement as well as a therapeutic exercise for me.

On Sept 29, 2012 we lost our sweet Lucy to kidney failure. She was only 7 years old. Our vet said her kidney's most likely started to shut down due to some type of toxicity poisoning. She was almost certain due to her classic symptoms that Lucy had ingested antifreeze and did a specific test to prove that true. It turned out to be false and she was stumped. We searched the house looking for answers for something she could have gotten into. Only two things came to mind. 1) I fed Myla grapes (supposedly toxic to dogs in large amounts) the day before she got sick but I am always on my toes watching to see if Myla throws them on the floor. If/when that happens, Lucy normally doesn't eat them because she knows I yell at her not to go near them. I have literally trained her not to eat the grapes that drop. The 2nd thing I thought of was I cleaned my floor with a swiffer wet jet. I've used this product before and never had a problem but I did notice Lucy was following me around while I was cleaning. I'm not 100% sure that swiffer is what caused Lucy to get sick but it's the only thing I can think of and there are lots of rumors online that say the verdict is still out on whether or not this product is safe. It's no secret that proctor and gamble probably has enough money to dispel these rumors since it is such a poplar product. The product package clearly states: Avoid accidents: Keep out of reach of children and pets. I'm pretty certain if my 10lb Lucy decided to lick up a little wet jet cleaner that would be considered an "accident." Anyways, I just felt in my heart that this was probably the reason for her getting sick since there was no other evidence of other toxins around. Also, her symptoms were acute so I wouldn't put it in a genetic category that her kidneys declined over time.

If you have pets you love and little ones around the house pay attention to the toxic ingredients you use to clean. Even if you keep them locked up, it's not worth the risk. With that said, if you don't have kids or pets I have a swiffer wet jet free to a good home.

Lucy was our first baby and we loved her so much. After we had children, she proved to be the best dog for kids. She never once growled at the kids when Myla would pull her tail or when Mason would hug her too hard. She was patient, loving, low maintenance, and the best companion our family could ask for. Our hearts are broken in her absence and we miss hearing her fingernails tapping on our floor. I know time will heal our pain but Lucy will remain in our hearts forever.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Williamson County Fair

Well, thanks to my friend Jennifer I am trying the blogger app on my phone. I rarely sit down to my computer anymore so this my be the only way I continue with this blog. The pictures are "phone quality" but I guess that's better than nothing.

Sunday night we went to the fair and had a great time! Myla rode her first ride and her eyes where as big as melons the whole time. The picture of her smiling was taken before the ride started. Mason was such a sweet brother and kept his arm around her the whole time and kept assuring her everything was okay. These are the moments that melt my heart.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Climb Nashville

Starting off easy.

The Boys

Go Blair!

Bouldering. I did not like this.

Bouldering with Blair

Jen was great at it!


Attempting to do the wall that the boys did. Fail.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Egg Hunt and the zoo

Last weekend we met our Sunday school class at a park and had an Easter egg hunt for the little ones. Myla was more interested in her graham cracker than the eggs but Mason had a great time.

Myla and her friend Blakely.

Mason and one of his many girl friends Molly Cate

Tomorrow is Easter and the baskets are full. Myla and I had the stomach virus this week so for the 2nd year in a row we won't be going to church. (Last year she was a week old and in the hospital for a high fever). Thankfully, our family has agreed to risk being around our possible lingering germs to include us in lunch and an afternoon celebration. I am sad we can't go to church with Eric and Mason but thankful we aren't in a hospital bed this year.

I finally got a zoo membership and am so excited to take the kids this year. Myla could care less but Mason loved it. We went with Mason's friend Kennedy from school and her brother Cannon. The dinosaur exhibit was a hit with the boys but not so much the girls.

Being Flamingos

These were the last pictures of the day and everyone was hot and tired. I think we lasted about 4 hours!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Myla 11 months and What Mason's been up to.

Myla is 11 months and 2 weeks. I can't believe I almost have a one-year-old. My little runt is still so tiny she isn't even on the chart. We feed her as much as possible and she doesn't gain a lb. She didn't get that metabolism from me...that's for sure. She is scooting around and crawled for the first time tonight upstairs on the carpet after much coaxing. I still think it's going to be a while before she has enough strength in her legs to fully support herself but I am alright with her being a hip baby for a while longer.

If I don't get her bow in when she isn't paying attention she will pull it right out. Over.. and over..and over again.

She wouldn't sit in her chair for her monthly picture but this sure is just as sweet.

She has hijacked her cousin Harper's lovie and sleeps with it every night. Brooke hasn't asked us if we have it so I'm hoping Harper doesn't miss it too much.

I had my camera on and ready the very first time she pulled up in her crib. Her face says, "I'm not quite trusting my little legs to hold me up" and they didn't for long.

So what's Mason been up to these days?

Just enjoying the outdoors. I wish I could say this is the first and only time but I think this might be a new summer habit.

Meet Delany. His new love interest at the gym. Together they fly around the super hero squad headquarters of Prairie Life Fitness with other super hero friends in pursuit of universal domination.

Getting creative outside with a tupperware, water, and cups. This entertained him for 2 hours.

Sissy didn't last so long.

We enjoyed our first pool day in March! The water was too cold for me but the kids loved it!

On St. Patrick's Day, a naughty leprechaun came to our house and left green pee in the toilet and even turned Mason's breakfast green. He was so fast, we didn't catch him. Maybe next year.

Mason had his first Soccer game on Saturday, which unfortunately got rained out five minutes after it started. He at least got to wear his uniform and practice a little before the game.

Stretching before the game.

Staying hydrated.

Whew! That was a lot of pictures. Thanks for hangin in there. :)