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Backyard Upgrade

Finally covered our backyard with walk on bark from Lane Forest Products.  Boy were these guys enjoying themselves this afternoon!   DSC_0183.JPG


Getting their play on!

Crazy action going on here.

Crazy action going on here.

What's that smell?

What’s that smell?


Ready to play ball.




Here’s looking at you Mom!


So Long Time Off

Tomorrow I enter the working world again.  I feel mostly utter excitement however I’ve been reviewing some things I will miss.

1. Waking up at 5am-ish just for the heck of it.  Excited to design the day including visits with friends, time in my yard, extra sun time with my critters, running and walking with Jeremy & Josh, paying it forward….

2. Listening to my dogs.  They love to tell me when there’s something exciting happening at the park (part of our back fence is shared with a small park).  Two of them have been playing hours on end in their kiddie pool and the other two have been sun bathing in the grass and on the deck.  Smiles on their faces, tails wagging, they’ve been the best of friends.  My very own mad dog posse.

3. Talking to my cat Sensei.  She’s a vocal one and loves to chatter back, tell me about her day, and asks me where her sister Katara has gone off to now?  She loves to help on the computer and mostly loves sleeping on the laptop in my office/craft/cat room.

4. Smelling the roses.  My roses have been gorgeous this season.  Mom got me a beautiful crystal lead vase for graduation that has been full of red and salmon colored roses since I got home from the festivities.

5. Photography.  I’ve been having fun with my photography projects, getting to take a little more time to tell a story and add a photo, or add a photo and tell a story.

6. Journaling.  This has been such a helpful tool for me in the past, and something I’ve started doing again.  I’ve been encouraged to follow Lynda Monk, who at one point invited me into a women’s writing workshop that was very beneficial.  I’ve found her journal prompts thought provoking and she encourages social workers (healers, caregivers, etc) to find ways to refuel.  Burn out has been something I strive to continue to address.

7. Focus on health.  I’ve been working out harder, eating healthier, and being more mindful of my body’s aches and pains.  While I know this will be an ongoing pursuit I’m proud to say I’ve lost 26lbs and feel healthier and happier than I’ve felt in a long time.

8. Gratitude.  I love making homemade thank you cards and tis the season to be thankful and show gratitude for all those that have supporting me along the way.  34 years old and lots of lives have touched mine.

9.  Laughter.  Laughing out loud, on the inside, and finding the funny.  Does a body good.

10. Time.  Time for cleaning out the house, donating items, sorting items, and selling items.  Time to breath, eat, and sleep.  Time to think.  And be.IMGP3969

Oregon Spring Starts

A busy last few weeks between school and projects have competed with time with my camera (two months exactly until graduation). Allergies in full force have not stopped me from enjoying the sun, flowers, and extra time outside with the dogs (not to mention today’s family fun bathing four dirt covered dogs!). Pictures today from our backyard’s Spring evidence. IMGP3769



Lau & Ming

Whose Bed Is it Anyways?

I was sitting at my desk, suddenly realizing how quiet it was. I turned around to find this.

Taken with HTC Desire

Taken with HTC Desire

First picture I took with my cellphone because I wasn’t sure if I got up the dogs would follow me. They remained on the bed but of course a couple were now awake.

Ready to Play 24 Hours A Day

Our youngest dog is almost 10 months old now. He LOVE toys, our other dogs do too but this guy is ready to play with any toy any time of day; he plays so much that soon he’s playing with bits of toys that have broken. Lau wants to play so badly that he’s patiently learned how to play with our cat Sensei who LOVES him!

She loves his bits of toys too.

A little night tug-of-war with Zen.

Always watching us and almost always smiling.

And he’s now learning to use his long legs to jump.

Catching a sock!  (oops, did not estimate that high of a jump)

We’ve been amazed that he now outlasts his brother Ming, who had previously been the king of play.  He also loves sticks, socks, kiddie pools, and when we took him to a shallow canal to swim instead he jumps like a rabbit.

Ming & Lau

Playing Ball

Ming has a serious love of his soccer ball and does NOT share it with the other dogs…until he got himself a little brother.  He’s very good at ignoring Lau for the most part.  But the amazing thing is that he will share his soccer ball with him no matter what.  Now that’s love.  

Newest Addition: Lau Penter

Yes a house of 3 dogs is a full house.  Jeremy has felt “a 4th dog is not really different from 3, and I definitely don’t want 5.”  We’ve had this conversation on and off for….2 or 3 years.  Last night I found a mix breed hound I really liked, only to find out it had been adopted this morning.  And of course then since I was already thinking about it….I called another place…

I guess you know we had to check it out.  Lau is an 8 week old Black Lab/Australian Shepherd mix.  He’s probably under 10lbs still.  Funny enough the dog (Ming) we thought could potentially have an issue is totally cool with him, it’s our Pitbull/Great Dane (Zen, who is generally really mellow) who seems to be weary.  We are wondering if he thinks Lau is a cat?

Anyways I’m sure there will be lots of photo taking going on, here’s my favorite so far- he decided the camera strap was a good toy.