Monday, April 14, 2014

Birthday celebration

Earlier this month I celebrated my birthday.  As a young person, I remember thinking that 40 was so old.  I mean, really, what fun would life be at 40?  But now that I am so close, I have a very different opinion.  Life is exciting!  I still feel so young that it is hard to believe that next year is the "big one".   
After spending the morning in school, I was taken to a little cafe for lunch.  That is just one of the many things I love about my hubby....he is so thoughtful.  He didn't want me to have to cook on my birthday.  Not having to clean up was another bonus :)

 The kids did a great job of decorating the house with signs, balloons, and streamers.  All the gifts that were secretly wrapped in the bedrooms were waiting on the coffee table to be opened.  It didn't matter to me what was inside (even though I did like everything I received), the thought and love with which they were given far outweighed the gift.

Instead of a birthday cake, I made my very first cheese cake.  My mouth watered as I sliced each piece.  Then I scooped a spoon full of strawberries on the top.  Some even wanted chocolate syrup drizzled over it (not me though).  I'll sum up how it tasted in one word....

I'm already looking forward to my next birthday......mostly for a good excuse to make that cheese cake again *smile*.

I love my family so much!  They did an awesome job of making my day special.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014



The evening of March 7th Ron and I went out to run an errand.  We returned with a brown box that I carried inside of a large plastic grocery bag.  The bag was sat in the middle of the living room and we told the kids we picked up a surprise for them while we were out.  They gathered around the box to open it together.  As the flaps of the box were pulled back, a puppy's eyes were looking up at them.

The kids were shocked, but thrilled.  Let's just say, Champ does not lack attention and love.  He is a very playful little guy - he loves to chase the kids, chew on his toys, and snuggle in someone's lap.

I am proud of my kids for being so responsible to take care of their dog.  They are doing a great job.  Champ seems to be happy and I think he has fit into our family quite well.

Training a dog is new to me.  Any tips for....
*house training
*teaching "stay", "sit", "come"
*any other helpful information
He is doing well on a couple of these.  Other things I haven't even tried yet.  Any advice, tips, or links would be appreciated.

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