Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bo Jangles and the pros and cons of dogs

I haven't done an update on Bo Jangles for a while and I feel like she needs her own post too so we can remember her shenanigans.  

And maybe to remind us even amidst our love for her that she's crazy and dogs are nuts sometimes.  

Sometimes I honestly sit and wonder how this happened?  Last year at this time I felt strongly we should take this plunge into dog-ownership.  And now we can't remember life without her.

She is sweet and good and the best companion ever for these girls of ours.

But she is still a puppy, and my camera roll is peppered not only with lovey stuff like this:

But also stuff like this:
And this:
Lucy's sweet piano teacher puts in work to write out all those notes big for her, and we found pieces of that song all over the place one day.  That picture is AFTER the tape job.

She is everything we pictured for our girls...

...and not so much everything we pictured for a non-chewed up home.

When Dave and I were gone for our little anniversary trip back in September our babysitter sent us pictures of two new holes Bo made in our family room rug:

Hmmm...
What fun she finds in that I'm not sure, but we were pretty mad.  We decided we'll wait to replace that thing until she grows out of puppyhood.

Then she calmed down and all was well for a long, long time.

And then just yesterday we found this brand new hole under the coffee table:
What???

Dave rolled his eyes and shook his head when I stuffed all those fibers back in that hole, but doesn't it look just as good as new now?
HA! 

I am trying to figure out what to do about that...

Yep, puppyhood sometimes rocks us over here.

But most of the time we're convinced that she's growing out of it and is becoming more mellow.

I mean, look how sweet that girl is:

 (Poor dog could hardly see through all that hair back then...)

We were leaving her out of her kennel when we went on errands and she was good as gold.  

Not chewing up anything any more, and just delighted as all get-out when we got home.

But then Christmas came.

Here we are basking in the Christmas stuff:
(That was right before I got mad at everyone because they weren't helping...but that's a post for another day.)

For now, just look at that puppy up there on the right peeking out.

She was pretty fascinated with all that Christmas hullabaloo.

Let's take a closer look at those Christmas books waiting to be read:
 ...a little closer:
Nice.

And let's take a look at this little Christmas tree in the game room:
We got this one a couple years ago to hang all the sentimental stuff on.  I mean, in my opinion there should be a really good place to showcase stuff like this, right?



And see this cute garland?
I got that on a sale post-Christmas last year to deck out this tree a little better this year.

But Bo thought it looked like a pretty fun thing to play with.

And Claire and I have had to sit and mend that thing a few times.

The thing is, she knows she's in trouble when she does stuff like this:
I mean, look at that face.

She's learning all the time :)

So the cons are quite obvious.

But the pros outweigh them.  At least as far as the girls and I are concerned.  Dave's still not so convinced!

I mean, she gives such good incentive for Lucy to be active...and me along with her.
She gets so excited about going on walks it cracks us up.

As soon as you say, "do you want to go on a walk?" that pup jumps up like she's on hot coals from wherever she is and wags that whole body of hers like nobody's business.

I need to find a video of that to put on here because really it's pretty funny.

We celebrated her birthday while my family was in town at Thanksgiving.
 We took her on a hike with us and she thought she had died and gone to Heaven.


 Then she went in for her "birthday haircut" and went from this:
To this:
 haha.  Those girls of mine took out the hairdresser's little feathers and opted for a birthday motif instead.
Oh man that girl puts up with a lot.

Claire's face looks like this a lot when she's with her:
(and Bo's looks like that :)

She's a snuggler:
 She got to have a friend all over Thanksgiving break (my sister's new dog):
 She is waiting for us like this when we come in the garage...
...and sometimes it's just kind of fun to have someone that excited to see you, you know what I mean?
Plus, look at those eyelashes.

She's in on all our FaceTime calls to Elle...and my sister Charity who's little Mo loves her from afar:

And she's helping us on our 10-miles-in-10-days goal we are trying to get to before Christmas so we can be ready for the service trip we're taking:
Sometimes it's good to have a "destination" for walks like that :)

So for now it looks like we're going to keep her:)
Chewer and all.

I can see why dogs can be a girls best friend sometimes.

Not necessarily a Dad's best friend (ha!  Dave has a love/hate relationship with her).

But we do catch him snuggling with her every now and again :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lucy's latest

Lucy is tidy.  (Self-proclaimed tidy as stated in her note to Dave on his bday back HERE.:)

She wants everything to be in perfect spots on her dresser, and likes her pillows to be in perfect order on her bed when she makes it in the mornings.  She has little rituals when she goes to bed each night (has to tap her toothbrush on the sink two times, has to turn on her sound maker and put a pillow over the speaker just a tad, and her glasses in a particular spot before she gets tucked in).  Yes, she has a little bit of OCD that kind of works for her...and keeps us all in line too.  

A few weeks ago she and a friend cleaned out some drawers full of old toys (little figurines...oh how I miss that stage, and Max's old Legos I figured she'd want some day but she doesn't...because she loves Friend Legos only ;).  They were on a mission to sort out all her Legos and re-build some of the things that have come apart over time.

So I found this in my bedroom that night:
Let's get a closer look at that note:
Oh man I love her.

And I love her sweet friends too.  They make me cry with their kindness.  All the time.  Here's one of these darling girls helping her sort all the colors of Legos so they could find them more easily to put sets back together again:

I know I'm biased, but I love how she writes and expresses herself.  

My Dad asked all the grandkids who were here for Thanksgiving to share some of the "Grandfather's Secrets" and any experiences they've had with them in exchange for a treat (I adore my Dad).  Lucy decided to write hers up.
 (I love that she expressed that Bo is actually the one making good decisions...)
Speaking of Aslan and Narnia, she relates so many themes from that to everything she does and I love it. 

We are slow reading that series.  We are reading the "Silver Chair" right now but it sure seems like so much gets in the way of reading together these days.  But when we do we pick right up where we left off and her eyes get wide and wonderful when she thinks about Aslan, and makes all kinds of comparisons to Jesus Christ.


(Those were her notes from Sacrament meeting a few weeks ago.)

Love the notes she comes up with for friends...and sometimes their moms too.
She also loves to work on math.
 ...ALL THE TIME.

Loves to read as well.
 She picked up "A Little Princess" after Claire just finished it and devoured that thing in two days.
She loves to play the piano.

Her piano teacher is the best and has written up most of her music really large but she still plays it like this most of the time:

We had a Mother/Daughter cake decorating night for Activity Days last month.
 That was a pretty exciting night let me tell you :)!
 She has taken to her cane like a bee to honey.

The other night we went on a walk in the dark (we all needed a little fresh air) and she was able to maneuver that thing so beautifully and was so confident staying on the sidewalk in the dark.

It really is such an incredibly beautiful thing.

More Lego sorting:

She has determined that she will read the scriptures each week during the sacrament at church.  She even gave her Primary Program talk about this last week when she talked about choices.  She loves to read.  One of her teachers gave her tiny scriptures a few years back and she adores them, doesn't want to change them in for bigger ones so this is how she reads:
Lucy's job this month is to write down the different "LIGHTtheWORLD" ideas each day on our chalk board so we can all remember them.

She's only done it three times (can't keep up), but I loved this one and had to take a picture:
 Love the spelling ;)

We are taking a service trip for Christmas and are trying to get a ton of walking in before we go.  (More about that soon...)  But for now I just thought I'd include this picture walking to school.
Just a few tidbits about Lucy lately.
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