Friday, January 29, 2016

WE GOT PUPPIES!!!

Yes, I realize most of you already know this...but I'm getting caught up remember? I think I will use my Flashback Friday's for older memories and try to stay current for now. But in the meantime, there are a few "LIFE EVENTS" that I want to start blogging about.

So, may I introduce to the blogging world,to the ADORABLE Max and Lola! They were Born in May of 2013 and we got them in June. We were instantly in LOVE!




Tragically not too long after his 1st birthday, and the day after his mama's (Jennifer Taylor) Max got loose from the kids and chased after a truck in front of our house. He was hit and died in my arms on the way to the Vet's office.
 It really felt like loosing a child and for the next several days and weeks I was in shock missing him so much. The kids were too.



Even Lola mourned his death. a few days after he died she laid in my arms like a baby would and cried tears, whimpering and all for three hours. It broke my heart more than it already was! The day he died she wasn't quite sure what to do with herself. I held his body for most of the afternoon while Jenn got things ready to bury him. She would come and sniff us and then disappear for awhile. After his burial we found her on Jenn's bed laying on one of Max's blankets. She snuggled into Jenn for quite a bit it both broke and melted my heart.




Somehow Jenn found the strength to build Max a beautiful casket for burial. We put his favorite pillow and a few of his favorite toys in with him. Later Jenn Ordered a head stone that marks his grave in their front yard by rose bushes she and I planted around a big rock. We had a little service for him where the kids talked about what they loved about him and how much they would miss him. Max was one VERY LOVED puppy. I had many nicknames for him, Little Man, My Little Lion...Jenn did a beautiful job of creating his headstone to capture what he meant to all of us.



The Taylor's got a NEW puppy, Toby. He is cute as a button and full of energy. Lola didn't take to him very quick and it took quite a bit of time before she would pay him any mind.

Unfortunately they didn't get much time to bond and Lola grew sad again without a furry friend. So my family decided to become a TWO DOG family! Yep, five kids and two dogs folks! 'Cuz I'm just NOT busy enough!! LOL

So we got Harley. He was advertised as a Maltese/poodle mix.  Ya, no. He's a Maltese/golden retriever mix. LOL He has stubby little legs but he is the softest thing ever!! We love him to pieces, and so does Lola!!


Stay tuned for more to come on the adventures of Max and Lola and also Lola and Harley! I'll also give Toby a little more attention because I have so many darn cute pictures of him with the kids and Lola. This is just a sneak peak really into our furry family members.



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR I'M BLOGGING AGAIN!!!

After a MUCH too long hiatus I'M BACK!

I can NOT believe it's been since 2012 since I blogged. Let me do a quick recap of the years in between then and now (just major highlights) and then I will work really hard over the next few months to post pics and blog about our adventures. Because-they deserve to be told!

-I went back to school to become a Radiologic Technologist-graduated May 2014. Also passed my boards for CT registry so I now have the credentials R.T.(R) C.T. behind my name. YAY!
-Kayleah played middle school volleyball, and club and has now played high school volleyball.
(yes people I said HIGH SCHOOL...we'll get there...it's SCARY!)
-Kaleb continued to play baseball, played summer high school baseball and just finished high school soccer.
-Christopher is MAJORLY into robotics and electronics and has become my brain child with school. Oh and he broke TWO bones in the last year-both while on ROLLER BLADES. (more of that to come)
-Sarah has grown into such a beautiful girl people ask me if she does modeling. She also played basketball for the first time on a school team with her sister Emily and Sarah ROCKED! Shocked us all, seriously.
-Emily has played volleyball and basketball now with school but loves volleyball more. She is very social and growing up WAY too fast on me.
-We have had THREE dogs during the last few years...we got Lola and Max in June of 2013. Sadly Max died the next summer tragically. A few months later we got Harley. More to come of our beautiful pups!

WE MOVED!! October 2014 we made the hardest move I've ever experienced and moved to Gilbert, AZ. Leaving our beloved TN was something I never thought would happen. I could have lived and died there the rest of my life. (except for my dream of living by the ocean...) BUT it has been a good move for many reasons. The kids LOVE their new found freedoms here living in a neighborhood and having friends just a walk or bike ride away. I have been blessed with a WONDERFUL job that allows me to support our family for which I am extremely grateful. We miss our friends and family back home so much and look forward to visiting soon.

So that's the RECAP of the last 4ish years...now I'll get to some pictures and DETAILED posts!



Photo cred to the Amazing Trisha Davis taken 11/2015
left to right: Sarah, Kaleb, Christopher, Kayleah, Emily