The Other Dog

dogs, family pets, digital scrapbooking, Tobi

Growing up, we always had a dog (after moving out of student-married housing that is). But not just any dog, always a Lab. Goldie was the first. She was my mom’s dog when my parents got married and as soon as we moved into a house that allowed dogs, she came to live with us. After Goldie my parents bought JJ from a friend. She was a black lab. They bred her with a family friend’s dog and we kept one puppy. A male, named him Bear. JJ and Bear were nut heads. There is something about the black labs compared to the golden or yellow ones. They are more overprotective. But not necessarily mean. When with JJ, though, Bear could be aggressive. When Bear was getting old and had gotten himself moved into the house (the first dog ever allowed in my parents’ house) my mom decided it was time for another dog. That is when they got Kota. She even brought life back into Bear and he ended up living another year. Kota was my favorite all time dog. And they got her after I graduated high school and had left home. She was your average, typical Lab. Playful. Intense. And for some reason, she loved to put her paws on me and hold me down while she licked my face. And only did this to me. After Bear, my parents got another dog from the same people as Kota (in fact, my brother also got a dog from that same litter). Kota and Tosh would sing to each other when they played. Their teeth would nash together but they never hurt each other. These were the two dogs that were my dog’s buddies. Kota and Tosh were put down within 6 months of each other and that was why my dog had been so lonely. Then along came Kaci (from yesterday).

Tobi here was a surprise addition. My brother had been looking and looking for a new dog after he lost his. They had adopted a dog from a mission but had had to return him after he bit my son when they visited for Christmas. So he ended up finding these black labs in Missouri (he and his family lived in Texas then). There were only two left from the litter when he contacted the breeder and there was talk of the smaller one having to be put down if she didn’t get adopted soon. So my brother bought both puppies. My mom had gone to Texas to help out while my nephew had his ear and throat surgery and my brother surprised her with Tobi. Of course my mom had to pay him back so she almost didn’t. She wasn’t planning on getting another dog. Going to just let it be Kaci, and my dog who came over every day I went to work. Well, she fell in love with her anyway and brought her home. Tobi would love to be a lap dog and tries to be sometimes, but lol, she is too big for that. Sad thing is, her and Kaci don’t really play that much. Tobi is a stresser. She worries about everyone in the house and thinks she has to protect all of us. She looks years older than the one my brother had gotten. Has grey around her nose and on her chin and my brother’s is pure black. But we all love her just the same.

My Mom’s Dog

dogs, digital scrapbooking, Kaci, petsI think this is my most favorite page yet. I love the colors. A little story about this dog. She will be 6 this spring, so 6 years ago my mom decided my dog was too lonely. You could tell she terribly missed her buddies (my parents’ other two dogs). So my mom got Kaci here. Well, a puppy was not what my dog needed. Kaci was a nip at your heels little munchin and even though we all loved (and love) her, my dog was not at all impressed with her. Kaci also ended up being the reason for my dog’s high blood pressure which affected her eyes and which ultimately is why we had to have her put to sleep in December. But this spring, when my mom turns over her garden, she will bury my dog’s urn with her two missed buddies (though I believe she is already running with them in heaven).

Memories, Dreams and Reflections| 2014


I Love YouMr B, black and white

Still Laughingoutside fun, trampoline, laughing

The hair!

Winter Wonder(land)baking, banana bread

I had no wonderland pictures from this winter, again. It was dry and brown and not very wonderful. But I had made these banana muffins this winter and thought they were a winter wonder.

Birthdaybirthday, Meezie, Nat

Friendsfriends, Mr B, Moe, playing

I Was Inspiredinspired, baking, cakes, Oreos

I had seen this “Monster Eye” cake on Pinterest that I had pinned awhile back. I was completely inspired to make it for our soccer Halloween party. I mean, when would I ever get the chance again.

Spring Feverspring fever, weather, Mr B

Both of these pictures were taken in April. The picture in the orange shirt was taken first. It was a beautiful day. The grass was green, but most of the trees were still bare. The picture in the sweats and hat was taken maybe 2 weeks later. You can tell things were really greening up. But I froze my tooshy off at that track meet and I had layers on. And a blanket. And those poor kids in their skimpy shorts. They had to stand in line so long before competing, so it wasn’t like they were staying warm being active. Definite warmer weather, spring fever.

Travel travel, GMC, rusty car

Summer Dayssummer days, peaches, fruit, food

A Day in My Lifea day in my life, Mr B, moody

Mr B has been rather moody like this since 4th grade (he’s in 5th). Hormones maybe. For sure showing he thinks something is missing in his life but swears nothing is wrong. He will also always say he is not pouting. I just happened to capture this “proof” that he does pout and showed him. He said “oh!”

All Smilesall smiles, dress up, bicycle, Day of the Tread

Even though she had just conquered a tough hill, she still was all smiles when she passed us cheering her on at the Day of the Tread.

Autumn Harvestautumn, piglet

autumn, colors, trees

Familyfamily, pictures, autumn, photographer, people

I have no idea who this family is, but I passed them getting their pictures taken in the park this fall and had to take their picture being taken.

Celebratecelebrate, bicycle, Papa, Day of the Tread

I can’t always say this because my brother and his family go off with my sister-in-laws family a lot. But this year we celebrated 8 birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and an early Christmas. The biggest celebration, however, was when my (63-year-old) dad completed his second 100 mile ride in a matter of months. This particular ride was the Day of the Tread which raised money for Casa Esparanza. A home for families who have a member getting cancer treatment. A celebration of life.

Let’s Do it Againdo it again, ninja warrior course, Meezie, birthday

My brother built an obstacle course for my nephew’s birthday. American Ninja Warrior style. They all wanted to go again and again.

I Miss Youkelsey, collage, digital scrapbooking

Beautifulbeautiful, Meezie, birthday, dress up

Dress Updress up, Mr B, dancing, smiles, digital scrapbooking

Mr B learned to ballroom dance at school this year. I was upset I couldn’t get pictures without all the heads in front of me, but I love that I captured his smile here. It was the end of the dance and he was dancing with a ghost. He just realized he wasn’t going to have to dip his ghost as the song ended.

Macromacro, flowers

Holidaysholidays, Halloween, friends, dress up, party

I have always wanted to have a Halloween party. My parents hosted one for Mr B’s soccer team. What fun they had.

My Favoritemy favorite, adobe, Spanish style

Don’t Ever Changedont change, smiles, people

Again, I don’t know this woman. But her smile was just so captivating. She had no idea I took her picture, it was so pure and lovely. I hope her smile never changes.

Just Because…So There!just because, cutie, people, children

Hopes and Dreams for 2015Lili, word of the yearnewyearsresolutionadult2015I am sharing here today: Memories, Dreams and Reflections

Happy New Year


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I don’t. I find it is too hard to stick to them. Better to just be, be what you want to be that year. I did however fill out this form:newyearsresolutionadult2015At first I wasn’t sure that renew was the correct word for me. Then I looked up the meaning to double check.


verb (used with object)
1. to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, a conversation, etc.; resume.
2. to make effective for an additional period: to renew a lease.
3. to restore or replenish: to renew a stock of goods.
4. to make, say, or do again.
5. to revive; reestablish.
6. to recover (youth, strength, etc.).
7. to restore to a former state; make new or as if new again.
verb (used without object)
8. to begin again; recommence.
9. to renew a lease, note, etc.
10. to be restored to a former state; become new or as if new again.
It is the perfect word to live by for 2015. I am excited for the new year. I should have a house again soon, to renew. Which will bring a chance to renew myself being back on my own and a chance to renew my relationship with my son, us doing it on our own again for the first time in years. Not taking him to my parents when I go to work will be a new thing for us. And a really great idea just came to me. That’s how awesome my word for 2015 is justjaimee_takemypicture_smile3