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!!!!

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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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).

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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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