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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We went to Arizona to be with Grandpa and Grandma and had wonderful meals, including a date night at the wonderful Zinc Bistro where I sat in front of a glittering Eiffel Tower enjoying an authentic souffle.  We have much to be thankful for this year.  We have much to look forward to next year, we will be doing a HUGE home removeation that will be the end of all renovations.  Hopefully, it will all be done in one year.  We've got all our contractors lined up, including a designer who will hopefully take my Pinterest board to new heights.  Here are the kids in front of our house goofing off.  I was attempting to take some Christmas card pictures with them.  

Are you ready for the end of the year??  I can't believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away.  I still have a few things to purchase to complete my Christmas list.  We also have Buzz's birthday right after Christmas.  Can you tell that I'm a little stressed out?  :-)  Do you know what else stresses me out?  Balloons.  Can we talk a little about how much I dislike balloons these days?  Yes, those gas filled rubber things.  In the past few months, we've had balloons in our cars and house continuously.  They seem to multiple like bunnies.  First of all, we will always have two balloons...if one kid has one the other must also have one.  It started with a kid's birthday party, then our local grocery store gave them out, then the dentist gave them out.  I'm so sick of being startled by a rising balloon in my rear view mirror as I'm driving.  Also they die a slow leaky death all over our house.  So rather than having balloons at Buzz's birthday, I think I'll try lanterns...

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Posted November 29, 2016

As we approach the holiday season, I feel a sense of sadness.  This is my first Christmas in fourteen years without my little Toby.  I'm working on putting together my Christmas card and this will be my very first one without Toby's picture on the card.  Some mornings, I would hear our neighbor's dog bark and there would be a second where I thought it was Toby barking.  But I know that I am extremely lucky to have had Toby spend fourteen Christmases with me and that's something I'm thankful for.  I am also lucky to still have my grand dog, Abby.  She's Toby's daughter still living with my friend.  A few months after we said goodbye to Toby, we went to visit Abby.  She's twelve and is simply a spitting image of her dad.  But from the picture below with a tennis ball, you know she's Abby and not Toby.  The kids loved seeing Abby and we are thankful that she's living a long life as well.  

I can't believe that next week is Thanksgiving already!!  Wow, where has the time gone?  Life is just flying by.  I'm so busy that I can only think about each week as they come but the months seem to just fly by.  Each night I want to blog and share pictures of the fun things we do and places we visit on the weekends.  But somehow sleep always win out.  Except on Wednesdays nights where watching our friend's show wins out.  

So while I have your attention, I want to share a new tip I recently learned from a blog I read.  If you are hosting a young kid's birthday party and you have a planned activity that requires the kids to stand in line (i.e. face painting, animal balloon making, etc), just put out a simpe sign up sheet so that the kids can still go and play until their turn is up!  What a brilliant idea!!  We've been a many parties or fairs where we've missed out on other activities just because we're having to stand in line for 20 minutes for an animal balloon or something.  

Happy Fall and if I can muster up some energy at night, I'll slowly share pictures of places we've visited over the past few months.  Stay tuned...

Sweet Abby.  She looks just like Toby.

Abby's love of tennis balls is definitely from her mother's side of the family.
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Posted November 18, 2016
























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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