Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

As long as I can remember, Memorial Day weekends have been spent at the lake. It's one of those fun family traditions that I am so lucky to be able to pass on to my boys. Grandma and Grandpa retired to a cabin on the lake several years ago, and as many chances as the boys and I get during the summer months, we join them for a few days of good company, good food and afternoons on the water under the sun.

We left town early on Friday and made it onto the water before the crowds arrived. Those are the perfect days on the water.

There's nothing better than a beautiful blue sky and a beautiful blue lake. There's something so calming and peaceful about spending a day on the water (well, if you can ignore the constant jumping, splashing and arguing the three boys are doing at the back of the boat)!

On Saturday, my brother and his kids arrived to join the fun. Connor loves getting to spend time with his cousins Austin and Kyndal. The older they get, the five cousins pretty much take over the back of the boat these days.

A nice break to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation!

Friday, May 22, 2015

One Year

The puppy turned one this month ...

Bruno loves to play outside, as long as someone is out there with him. He loves to play tug-of-war with toys and he loves to chase tennis balls when you throw them. He tries to catch them in his mouth, either in the air or on the bounce. If you leave him out for long, he'll do one of two things. First, he climbs into my lounge chair just like Buster used to do. Or, he searches the back yard for big sticks and destroys them. He's even been known to drag a piece or two of firewood and stone to chew on.

He also loves to be wherever I am. We joke that his name should have been "Shadow" because he's always that close to me. He follows wherever I go, in or out of the house. If you close a door, he sits right outside of it with his nose pushed under the crack.

He loves to sleep on the couch. Or on Connor's bed when he can manage it. Sawyer's too, if we leave the door open on accident. He's pretty sure he's not really a dog, but another human. And the baby, so entitled to anything he thinks he wants.

We're still working through our one-on-one puppy training classes with six basic commands - sit, down, place, leave it, come and heel. He does pretty well so far, when he wants to. He's a smart boy, but perhaps just a tad spoiled. We will be taking him to group classes for the rest of the year, to help with socialization and the shy streak that makes him bark and growl at everyone and everything. Sweet boy to us and people he knows, but not so sweet to everyone else.

A few recent pics of the big boy ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bike Riding with the Big Boy

Connor and I tried out our new Thule bike rack on the back of the Tahoe. We took them over to one of the local city parks with a 2-mile multi-use trail. Connor was a little lazy, only wanting to go around one time, but it was a good first time ...

And we finished our day with some food that we love (and the twins would hate) at Noodles & Company ...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Xander's Calendars

Several years ago, Xander's kindergarten teacher Mrs. B and aide Mrs. G came up with a fun activity for him to work on at school to help keep him busy and quiet during group lessons. Xander has always loved calendars, and it was a perfect idea for him. I love seeing how far he's come, from those first simple calendars to the unique and completely individual ones that he does now. And I love that he does them independently at home, all these years later ...