double dukes


I'm not sure what possessed.  Or maybe we were just making up for lost time (Last year our time spent at our church's fall festival was cut short because of rain, and we never made it out of our front door on Halloween for the same reason.) when we went three rounds of trunk-or-treat slash fall festivals.  This was in between one (their school) and two (our church), and the costumes (and they) were still going strong.

"It wouldn't be Heaven without 'em." ~Dr. K


After an impromptu date night with Jim and keeping myself busy this past weekend scratching things off of my projects-to-finish list, I've finally stopped crying.

Of course our home just isn't the same without her, but that's nothing new.  She changed it completely the minute she came to us.

"dogs are not our whole life, but they makes our lives whole." ~roger caras


Forgive me today.  I'm a complete mess. We have to say good-bye to our sheltie of eleven and a half years, and I am as heartbroken as I've ever been. 

To my sweet girl the words she loved to hear most...Go get your ball!  

trunk or treat after party

we went. we saw. we broke a serious sweat. we made Mickey tie dye t-shirts.


So way back when before homework was a nightly priority over anything else and we didn't spend our weekends doing all the things we don't make time for Monday through Friday, we spent a few days doing Disney - a total of four - two at the parks and two at our resort.

This time around we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge - a first for us - so we chose to keep the parks at a minimum and soak in some extra days there.

As for me, I could have soaked in all four of our days there. The sweltering heat, Everest, and The Lion King, the stifling crowds, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Wishes just couldn't hold their candles next to pool parties, a playground, giraffes and roasted marshmallows, zebras, flamingos, making their Mickey tie dye t-shirts and that waterslide. Worth. Every. Penny.

Here's a few more shares - plus the two I've posted before - from inside the parks and in and around the Lodge.

Jim and Jake are in the third row from the top. Jim is on the right and Jake is...well, you can barely see his hands, but he's on the left.

and i quote {from an assignment he brought home from school}….


"First I obey my parents and all those peaple 
need me.  
Next I do my homework well and check 
my work.  then I will go to Junior 
high and then to high school
I will study hard.  
Last i will go to college 
and medicale school so I will 
learn a lot about helping
that is my plan."


oh, hai. i'm still here.


I have no idea what he whispered in his ear…but, oh man…..THIS.