Tuesdays with Rosie

You know that moment when your daughter kinda sorta thinks she got a horse for Christmas, when in reality she got a JOB helping to care for someone else’s horse?  Yeah. that happened here on Christmas morning: It all started a few months ago when Clark had an epiphany about Maggie:  “She’s a 4-H girl!” he exclaimed.  It’s so true.  How had we not seen it … Continue reading Tuesdays with Rosie

A Puppy Party

We have officially survived a full year of puppyhood with Tess! In retrospect, we should have purchased stock in Costco paper towels, Resolve carpet cleaner, and ridiculous Petco dog toys.  Maybe we still should?  Our little Labrador may look full-sized, but she is still a puppy at heart.  She likes to pop soccer balls, chomp on XtraTufs, and play hide and seek with our socks. … Continue reading A Puppy Party

Gratitude 13: Puppy Love

I can’t believe it, but our little girl has a boyfriend. (Don’t worry, I’m not talking about Maggie.  That would warrant counseling, not blogging.) It’s Tess.  Now that she’s 10 months old, I guess she is practically a teenager in dog years. For the past week, our neighbor’s dog has been stopping by around 8:30 each night.  He sits on our front porch and gives … Continue reading Gratitude 13: Puppy Love

More Gratitude: Dry Pavement, First Snow

Today I offer up two strange and seemingly contradictory items of gratitude.  Bear with me. Gratitude #7:  Dry Pavement.  Oh how I miss thee!  This morning I woke at 4:30 AM to nearly a foot of unexpected snow.  I say unexpected because yesterday the kids were roaming the neighborhood without coats, and Clark drove his ’67 Camaro (note:  not a winter vehicle) to the grocery store. I … Continue reading More Gratitude: Dry Pavement, First Snow

Introducing Tess

Last weekend we brought home a new family member.  I’d like to introduce you to Talkeetna Tess: She was born in the Talkeetna Mountains near Hatcher Pass.  We first met her at two weeks old, and visited her every weekend until we brought her home. She traded ten litter mates for these two, who give her twice as much love: Poor thing. It’s only been a … Continue reading Introducing Tess

Puppies and Bunnies, Oh My!

This year was a little rough for the Easter Bunny.  He’s magical and all, but it’s hard to compete with eleven little Labrador puppies. Judging by the smile (or lack thereof) on our son’s face, chocolate labs bring much more joy than chocolate eggs:   One of these little pups will be coming home with us on May 19, and the anticipation is already killing the kids. I must … Continue reading Puppies and Bunnies, Oh My!

Tree Day 2012

Every year our family embarks upon an old-fashioned quest for the perfect Christmas tree.  We gear up and trudge through the woods, often hiking for miles in deep snow before we find a healthy spruce tree to adorn our living room throughout the holiday season. Anyone who has seen Southcentral Alaska’s forests understands that this tradition makes for great memories, but hideous trees. Actually, the … Continue reading Tree Day 2012

Profoundly Difficult: Part 2

“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.”  ~John Galsworthy I still remember Clark saying we would probably have three sets of dogs in our lifetime together.  It’s hard to believe that we have already lost our first set. When Bailey died this summer, … Continue reading Profoundly Difficult: Part 2