Mar 262008

The Site
The picture gallery has been taken offline for now as we try to update the website. Sorry for any inconvenience if you have tried to look yourself up in our gigantic picture gallery. If you know us and hung out with us at least once, we definitely have a picture of you!

Things have been going well. We are very much looking forward to our vacation in a couple days. Italy here we come! Make sure to check back for those pictures which we’ll be happy to share.

It’s here! Which means we have to go outside to work in the yard and that is definitely not my favorite thing to do. This year I decided to get more involved as we had some awful looking azalea bushes out front which needed to go and I was happy to spend the day digging those puppies up! Now I’m looking forward to having some lively looking plants out front. We’ll see what we come up with.

Well, it’s definitely looking like a Pottery Barn catalog around here but since I love, love, love that store then it’s not a problem. I feel like Rachel from that episode of Friends where she buys everything from Pottery Barn and then lies about it to Phoebe. It’s sad but on some days walking around that store can make a dreary day seem a little bit better. The bathrooms are in the process of being remodeled and I’m happy to say not by me. I picked out the stuff, but the man here has been busy with the ceramic tile, vanities, etc. The bad thing is sharing a bathroom in the process. Girls and boys should not share the same bathroom!

The dog
Since my last post on little Jack, things have improved a little bit. It turns out the dog has a malfunctioning thyroid and has hypothyroidism. He is now on thyroid medicine and is back to being his old self. He has lots of energy and some of the fur around his ears have started growing back!

What can I say? Not much interest around here for any of the candidates. I guess it will have to end up being the best of the worst in November and it will probably not be an improvement for how we’re doing here lately. Even if I sound pessimistic, I encourage everyone to go out and vote! It is important and a great responsibility. Remember JFK “think not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” NOT the other way around as many have come to think in society today.

Lost is AWESOME even though we have no answers. American Idol is back and I watch it like a school girl. Waiting patiently for The Office…….
I’ve been watching Masterpiece on PBS Sunday nights as they have been presenting the works of Jane Austen (my favorite novelist of all time). They have done a beautiful job with some of my favorites. Sense and Sensibility is coming up this week and I can’t wait.

John 17:20-26.
“My prayer is not for them alone (the disciples). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-26.

This was Jesus’ prayer for future believers the night before he was crucified. I thought it was important to mention since it was Easter this past week and let everyone who might read this know that He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Think about it! Without Him, none of it matters! (house, trip, politics, etc.)

Feb 262008

Today was that time of year again when I took our little Jackaroo to the vet for his yearly examination. As he gets older, the anxiety related with this appointment increases because I’ll never know what the vet is going to say. In the last year he has completely lost ALL of the fur from his ears and around his nose and I mean ALL of the fur. His ears remind me of bat ears and they are always super cold. He is also a lot slower than he used to be and is less coordinated at doing simple things. I have to accept it…he is my aging little best friend.

Today the vet informed me that he could have major issues with his thyroid or something else internally that could be causing his hair to fall out. She also noticed that Jack’s front end is very strong and muscular and his back end and back legs are hardly being used causing muscle wasting. Basically, his hips and legs must be so uncomfortable for him that he has been mostly using his front legs and gradually bulking up his upper body. She even did some exercises with Jack so that I could see that he in fact does not use his back legs except for balance. There is not much that can be done for this except to make him comfortable. On my way home I kept staring at my little Jack with this new knowledge and felt bad for him. He is definitely not the pooch he once was jumping 4 feet in the air for his toy. I kept thinking about what will happen to his back legs when he really can’t use them at all anymore? Is there anything that can be done? Well yes there is! Thanks to our friend the internet, I found out there are little wheelchairs for dogs. I guess you do learn something new every day!

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Sep 052007

It’s been a busy summer around here and can’t believe it’s September already. Last month we went to Puerto Rico to celebrate my grandmother’s 97th birthday and had a lot of fun. She is doing great and we loved spending that special day with her. We were afraid we weren’t going to make it due to the threat of hurricane Dean but thankfully it’s path was well to the south and all we got was some rain and some wonderful breeze that cooled off the island while we were there. If you’ve never been on a flight to PR then you might have not heard or experienced the strange phenomenon of Puerto Ricans clapping when the plane touches down in San Juan. Well it happens and it makes Brian laugh every time. I’m not sure when or how that came about, I just know I’ve always done it and so do most Puerto Ricans. Maybe it has something to do with “coming home” but I guess it might mean different things to different people. I just know it’s very exciting to visit and hope to do so more often.

Work has been going well. It’s pretty hectic working on a trauma floor and I get to see all kinds of stuff. My patient’s range from motor vehicle accidents, gun shot wounds, stab wounds, burns etc., etc., etc. I have long hours so when I’m off I tend to just bum around. I love my job and hope to get all the experience I can. Brian is also doing well working super hard at his new position at work. He’s definitely climbing that corporate ladder and I’m very proud of him. God has really blessed us and we definitely praise Him for everything!

Jack is doing okay. He’s getting on in years and it’s definitely slower but he’s still my baby cakes and I love him!!!

We don’t have many plans for the fall but we’re working on it. I know Brian could not be more excited to have football back into his life which means I just have more free time for shopping or something like that.

We’ll update more soon. Hope everyone is well.

Happy Birthday little Sadie! We love you.

Feb 092007

Our little Jackaroo had his annual check up yesterday and is doing okay. Since he’s getting on in years, I worry every time we go to the vet. Last year she told us he was chubby and that we should put him on a diet. Well we did and I am happy to report that he went from a whopping 24 pounds (a lot for a tiny dog) to a slim 19 pounds. Needless to say the vet was happy with his weight.

His heart and lungs are healthy but she did find a small trace of Lyme disease. I know that sounds kind of strange but according to Brian, that’s how the vet described it. It could’ve been a false-positive but she thought it would be a good idea to put him on antibiotics for 10 days. We didn’t want to take a chance so we are giving him the medicine and he has to go back in 4 months for a follow-up. He also might have a little arthritis due to his age but nothing too bad.

I know he’s just a dog but he’s our baby, our friend and we would like for him to be with us as long as possible. We recommend that all of you out there with pets, please take care of them and make sure to take them to a vet at least once a year. They deserve at least that much for their unconditional love!

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Spring Update

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Apr 302006

As we head into May I thought it might be a good idea to update the site and let everyone know what we’ve been up to. Brian is usually the one that does this but I will try to do the best I can.

Brian has been really busy with work but doing well. He was promoted this spring and is enjoying the perks and the challenges of his new position. When he is home, he relaxes by working out in the yard. He has found that landscaping, planting, weeding and playing with landscape timbers is very therapeutic. As a result our yard is looking very beautiful and I encourage him as much as possible. I’m happy to cheer him on from the window because I don’t share his enthusiasm for gardening. I do appreciate all his hard work.

This week I will be finishing my first year of nursing school and I can’t wait for it to be over so I can relax for 2 seconds. I’ll have a little break before starting again for the summer. I’ve learned so much and have observed many interesting procedures including a total hip replacement surgery and a cesarean section. Nursing school has been very stressful but I love what I’m learning and hope and pray to be a good registered nurse one day.

Our little dog Jack is still not so little. He has been on a diet since January and we believe he has lost a little weight but he’s still overweight. He is definitely not as young as he used to be and we’re afraid his weight might lead to other health problems. He’s our baby and we love him and want him to be around for as long as possible!

During the break Brian and I will be headed to Florida for some fun and relaxation. It will be good to get away from people places and things around here and just relax for a while. We are definitely due for a change of scenery even if it’s just for a week. Hopefully, we’ll come back rejuvenated and ready to tackle the summer.

I think that’s all I have for now. We’ll try not to stay away so long.

Mr. Jackaroo

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Feb 032006

Today was the big day to take Jack to the vet for his yearly checkup. Since he is getting older we get a little afraid of what we might hear. He is more than just a pet. He is our friend, our baby and our comfort on tough days.

I am happy to report that he passed with flying colors. Other than being a little chubby, he is fine. We have to decrease the amount food he gets each day but that is the case with all of us anyway.

Love you Jackaroo!

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Jul 172005

More hot and humid weather today as we spent a great deal of it outside at a picnic. This weather pattern we’re in right now is crazy. We just get pounded with fierce storms on a daily basis with plenty of heavy downpours, lightning, and thunder. Jack absolutely loves it.

God is bowling

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Jul 132005

Ever slept through hours and hours of pounding rain, lightning, and thunder?

Neither have we.

Last night we had possibly the greatest thunderstorm ever, and that’s saying a lot coming from someone who’s lived in Florida previously. I can’t be certain, but the storm appeared to last at least five hundred hours. In between buckets of rain falling, there would be loud clashes of thunder that seemed to emanate from our backyard.

Here was our schedule last night:

  • thunder
  • wake up
  • lay in bed for a few minutes
  • pounding rain
  • fall back asleep
  • repeat

Mix all that in with Jack panting constantly, trying to climb under the bed, trying to claw his way out of the bathroom (after Monica put him in there), and just being a general pain in the butt. You see, Jack is scared to death of thunderstorms and isn’t afraid to let you know about it. As a result, we have to sometimes lock him in another room so we can get some sleep. Maybe we should give him some doggie Valium. 😉

I hope tonight’s weather is a little less eventful.

Mar 222005

I tilled up an area in our backyard this past weekend in anticipation of planting some seeds for our very own vegetable garden. We’re planning on planting tomatoes (yes, I know they are a fruit), cucumbers, green peppers, and maybe some squash. I know Monica wants to experiment with carrots too, but I’m not sure if we have enough room for all of that.

And let me tell you…tilling up the substance that is called dirt but is actually clay here in Virginia is no easy task. I didn’t actually go as deep as the experts recommend for a garden, but I hope it’s good enough. The area gets plenty of sun which is the most important thing.

We should have plenty of produce later in the summer, assuming that our garden actually takes off. That’s a big assumption to make, being that this is our first attempt at farming, but you never know.

I’ve just got to keep Jack from peeing on our food.

Doggie Flu

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Mar 012005

Remember what I said about Jack being a perfectly healthy dog? Well, that wasn’t exactly true this morning.

For a couple of days, he has seemed lethargic, and it all came to a head this morning when he didn’t want to eat his favorite dish in the whole world, rice. All he wanted to do was sleep, there was stuff coming out of his eyes and nose, and he was just one unhappy dog.

So Monica took him to the vet this morning, and they said he probably has some sort of infection. She got some medicine for him, and the vet said that Jack should be better tomorrow.

Well, he’s already showing signs of improvement tonight. He’s eating, he’s playful, and just about back to normal.

I think it was just a ploy by Jack to get more rice.

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