Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ferncliff 2015.

Last week, Hayden was at camp - overnight camp - at Ferncliff in Little Rock, Arkansas. This was his 3rd year to attend. The past 2 years, he attended Discovery Camp which is only 2 nights. This year, he attended Hydro Camp which was 5 nights (with drop-off Sunday afternoon and pick-up Friday afternoon).

He had a great time and is excited about next year and is thinking about which camp he will want to attend in 2016.

There were 11 kids in his Blue Group - 6 boys and 5 girls with 22 Hydro Campers in all. There were also 2 other overnight camps at Ferncliff while he was there - All Star Camp and Night Owl Camp.

He liked every aspect of his Hydro Camp experience, although he noted that he wished they had had bacon and nachos as part of the dining experience. 

His favorite activity seemed to be the night swim. He also really enjoyed Gaga Ball, swimming in the creek, and some sort of catching the tail/flag football game.

Suffice it to say, overnight camp was a hit yet again. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

the significance of dogs - abby and alfie.

Alfie's birthday got me thinking about how significant his relationship and role is in my life - and how significant the role of dogs in general have been in my life. 

I have had two dogs in my life: Abby and Alfie.

Abby, the dog I had prior to Alfie, was a shih-tzu (just like Alfie). I got her right before my 10th birthday as a reward for getting A's and B's on my 4th Grade Report Card (I had been having some "issues" at school and wasn't doing well - to say the least). She was my baby from the time I was almost 10 until I was 25: very formative and significant years in my life. I moved several times during that 15-year span. I graduated from college. I got married. I moved into a home with my husband - and Abby. She became our dog. 
When she died on March 24, 2006, I was devastated but I also knew that I wanted another canine companion, and along came Alfie. (As an aside, every year since Abby died, Randy and I have celebrated Abby's life on March 24th by throwing bread into the yard - Abby LOVED bread. We call it 'Abby Day'. It's our simple way of remembering her.)

Alfie came into our lives in August 2006, approximately 15 years after I had received Abby as a reward for my "good" grades. Alfie was a birthday present from my parents - I was turning 25.

When we got Alfie, I was 16-weeks pregnant. I remember Randy and I thinking he was helping prepare us for parenthood as we spent time cleaning up his messes and tending to his needs. In a way, we were right: Alfie really was our first baby, and then came Hayden. 

Alfie was there with us when we became parents and as we worked to figure out how the whole parenting thing works. He was with us when we welcomed baby number 2 into our family, and when we outgrew our home and moved to our current home.

He truly is a member of our family. 
Now Alfie is 9-years-old. I know he won't be around forever, but I am grateful for however much longer we have left with him. Hopefully many more years.

I know that I would be different if Abby and Alfie weren't part of my life story. They have contributed to making me who I am. Their presence in my life really is priceless and they will forever hold places in my heart.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

twelve years.

This past weekend, Randy and I celebrated our 12th Wedding Anniversary. 

Twelve years ago seems like a lifetime ago. We were young - 25 and 21 (I was almost 22). We were relatively naive. We were happy. 

Now we are not quite as young and not quite as naive, but we are still happy.

And we have also multiplied.
To celebrate our anniversary, we decided to take a field trip to where we got married: the University of Arkansas' Old Main Lawn. Hayden and Harper played "in" a tree, and Randy and Hayden threw around a frisbee and baseball, and we had a little picnic.

It was nice to return to the place where we were married now as a family. It really brought home how much things have changed over the past twelve years.  

We are now a busy, active family of four. Our home often feels (and sounds) like a circus. It is very full - in a good way.
It was nice to return to the place where we were married now as a family. It really brought home how things have changed over the past twelve years.  

We are now a busy, active family of four. Our home often feels (and sounds) like a circus. It is very full - in a good way.