Dusting away the cobwebs….

Well, it has been almost 3 years since I have used this blog and boy have things changed! I now have a sophomore in high school (who is loving band —marching band & Symphony band. She plays oboe and is just starting mellophone) and a 7th grader (who is very into his Xbox and is planning on joining the football team in the fall)! Friday was the last day of school for the kiddos and I am looking forward to an amazing summer with them!

My plans are to document our everyday happenings, show off all of our creations/projects, talk about new recipes we are trying, talk about books we are reading, share cute pictures of our animals (we sadly have lost our Akita and Baxter since I last used this blog)…we now have Cooley (an adorable Beagle/basset hound) and our newest member of the family is an cute Australian Shepherd puppy named Donovan…plus a whole lot more!!!!


Today is Father’s Day!!!! Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing Dad out there, my love Ken!!!! We spent most of the day with the in-laws. Even though it was incredibly hot, it was a nice day!  Lots of good food and chatting! I hope all the Father’s out there had a fabulous day!

Afterwards, Jackie and I went to Barnes and Noble (one of our favorite places). We each got a coffee/tea and shared a chocolate mousse. We both found some good books — she got a book for her AP history class. Can you believe she has homework this summer? And I got a bunch of used books at awesome prices!!! Can’t wait to get reading!!! 

Since I am back in business with this blog, I am going to share some pictures of what’s going on with us….

The one and only cutie pie Aussie pup named Donovan. He is about 5 1/2 months old and is a handful for sure! It has been 17 years since we had a puppy. It is like having a baby in the house!


My little man, not so little anymore!!!!  12 1/2 years old and heading into 7th grade in the fall.


Our “bagel” (Beagle/basset hound) , Cooley. We rescued him a few years ago. He is a sweet dog, so good with the puppy!  He loves to sleep…especially on Mom’s crochet projects!


I really don’t have time to keep up with a traditional garden anymore. I actually haven’t done a garden in a few years.  I happened to go to a garage sale this weekend and found. Ton of pots and garden type stuff so after our traditional last day of school lunch with the kiddos, Ben & I worked on this! I think it turned out nicely and I can’t wait to eat the yummy veggies!


This is one of my current crochet projects…I want to make a Harry Potter afghan for Jackie that was done using the Corner to Corner stitch so I taught myself the stitch. But before I start that project, I figured it would be better to perfect it while making myself another afghan!


This year the kids picked Big Boy for their last day of school lunch. Jackie asked to bring her best friend Alyssa, who had never been there. We had a nice time…joking around and enjoying each other. I am really glad that Jackie  and Alyssa have become so close. They are two peas in a pod and I really like that Alyssa is not afraid to be herself around us (like so many of Jackie’s other friends).


I suppose that is  enough to share for today. I look forward to documenting our lives again.  I have been looking all the old posts and pictures on here and can’t believe how fast time has flown and all that has changed!
— Shannon


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