Dec 20 2008
Visiting in SC

We arrived in South Carolina to visit our families on Thursday night. Since then, it’s been relaxing for us, but VERY exciting for Zora. First she got to go on an 8-hour car trip, smelling all sorts of interesting smells on the way. Then, she met my dad and step-mom and went to bed in


Dec 01 2008
Category: Family Life. Videos. Zora
Happy Birthday, Zora!

In June, we adopted Zora from the East Mississippi Animal Rescue. This photo is dated in May, because we really adopted her in May, but then went out of town, so we took her home in June when we got back. Since then, she’s been a wonderful companion and an excellent cuddler. It’s so fun


I’m really sad because I wrote a whole big Thanksgiving post and after it posted successfully, it seems to have disappeared… I’m too sad about it right now to write it all over again. So I’ll just post a very short one. Zora helped me cook.


Autumn Decorations

Autumn is my favorite season of all… finally, relief from all of those hot disgusting summer days! Pants and sweaters, hoodies and nice breezes… less humidity! It’s definitely a time to celebrate. This year, I did several decorations… a couple that I haven’t taken photos of (whoops! maybe I’ll add them tomorrow). First, the garden.


I can’t believe I haven’t posted Zora’s Balancing Act!

I’ve really wanted to be able to balance things on Zora’s head… but she wasn’t too into the idea. She’d want to keep her eye on the treat or toy, so she’d follow it with her head (looking up). If I tried to come from the side, she’d turn her head to the side, and


Self-timer and a dog

It’s hard to take a family portrait with a self-timer and a dog. Husband holds dog. I set up camera and click. I run back to husband and dog. I hold dog’s collar. We try to pose and smile. Dog decides it’s time for a belly rub! We eventually got this one, which is pretty


Living Room Makeover – Final Version!

Last week I wrote about how we rearranged the living room furniture to make the space flow a bit better. To remind you, this is the “before.” And this is sort of the after. The little upside-down table was helping to flatten the rug, and the coffee table was obviously not in its final position,


Living Room makeover

We LOVE this house, don’t get me wrong. It’s big and open and has a fantastic kitchen with a huge walk-in pantry. The only thing that’s been kind of awkward is the living room/dining room area. It’s basically a long rectangle. On one side, there is a 5 foot wide entrance to the kitchen, and


Best Bread Machine Bread – Honey Wheat version

I was looking for recipes for a good sandwich bread to make in the bread machine, and came across this recipe on allrecipes. At 4.5 stars and almost 500 reviews, I decided to give it a go! Of course, after reading some of the reviews, I decided to try a honey wheat version instead, since


Update on our foster dog!

So, Dog has been fine here all week (I think today was day 10 that we’ve had him), and he and Zora have really gotten along. Dog doesn’t have any desperate need to be “alpha” or “top dog” so Zora realized he wasn’t a threat (and that he was a cool playmate) pretty quickly. I


Sep 02 2008
Rescue Dog

I placed a “found dog” classified in the paper, but the lady said that there weren’t any “lost yellow lab” ads placed recently. I’m really getting the feeling this guy was simply abandoned. Which makes me really angry. In happy news, there are a few people who have expressed interest in possibly adopting him once


Update on our Rescue Dog

Here he is, taking a nap without having to worry about bugs biting him or cars hitting him. His tummy is full and he’s out of the hot summer sun. At the same time, our dog Zora took a nap in the kitchen. Of course, they have tons of regular kids books on every topic



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