Wow, poor little neglected blog. I should start posting again, maybe it will curb my propensity to over post on Facebook. :) Anyway, that is neither here nor there when it comes to the title of this post. A little over a week ago, after a couple of visits to the ranch where she lived with Second Chance Rescue, we adopted Lena, a one year old chocolate lab/greyhound mix. She is what is known as a "spook". Feel free to look that up on google when it comes to dogs. But essentially it means, she's very timid and afraid of EVERYTHING. She needs love, attention, discipline, exercise and socialization to bring her to some sense of normalcy. SO, looking at stuff we've read, watched on tv, and been told, we've been trying to walk her twice a day for at least 10 minutes as part of exercise and getting her used to the world directly outside of our house.

So that brings us to the walk yesterday. Around 3:00 or so, as usual, I was trying to accomplish something that was a little much for the circumstances. Lena seems to do better when Joanie is on the leash with her and since Miguel works, I had to take the kids with me on the walk. So picture it, me, 7 1/2 months pregnant, (1) 45 lb dog, (1) 70lb dog, one crazy 2 year old Sam, and Katie. It's a little much. I have no free hands with which to hold on to Lena tighter. Up the street comes the school bus, out jumps the kids, Lena spooks, yanks on the leash and breaks it and I have no way to catch her. Once she realizes she's free, she's GONE. This dog runs like a horse, both in gait and speed. So I freak out, call the rescue group, drop the kids off at a neighbor's house, and start walking the neighborhood. David, Carolyn, and Jolyn from Second Chance drive out to help me find her as well as the entire neighborhood full of kids I've got helping me out. Props to everyone who helped and called when they saw her. We never would have gotten her back. We see her several times running by the house, but everytime she sees anyone around anywhere, she bolts. And by the way, it's the happiest I've ever seen her look.
So I'll spare you all the details of that whole part search, needless to say, she will come to no one. Even though I'm walking around carrying a pork roast. Seriously. She's last seen at 6:30pm running full speed AWAY from us.
At 11:30pm, we get a call from a neighbor, who read our email to the whole neighborhood, whose friend told her she saw a dog matching Lena's description at the Kroger the other side of a busy 4 lane road about 1 mile from the house. So Miguel being the awesome person he is, gets in the car and heads over to check it out. He doesn't find her at the Kroger, but in the Target parking lot further down the road. Once again, when he approaches her, she spooks and runs for the woods. Miguel gets back in the car and spots her on the side of the road, so he stops, starts to walk in that direction when a Roswell PD officer stops him to ask what's going on. Of course, I'm sure it looked odd, but once Miguel explained, the officer was super awesome and started to help look for her. All this chasing caused her to cross back over the busy 4 lanes of traffic, almost getting hit in the process. Eeeekkkk!!!!
She heads straight back for our neighborhood. And in what would be an impossible distance for me to cover in 5 minutes, Lena arrived in our front yard, right as Miguel pulled in, in his car. Every time she saw us, she would walk away, then come back. So I sent Joanie out to see if she could convince her to come back. They did a little play fighting, chased each other round for a few. I called Joanie back and low and behold, they both stopped, Lena started making a beeline for the door of the house and in she came with Joanie behind her. Without Joanie, I don't think we would have ever gotten her back in the house. All this was done in the dark btw and ended at 12:30am when she walked in the door. Part of her returning was a miracle and the other part was the super neon bright pink reflective collar I put on her last week. :) Lesson learned, she needs complete attention on her walks and definitely not at busy times of day.
She trusts us humans the least amount possible right now. Her whole life has been lived in shelters. And what other places she might have lived did very little to socialize her, in fact we're pretty sure they just traumatized her more. So she sits quietly right now in our bedroom, still recovering I think, from her 9 hour run around east Roswell. She needs a bath though, she smells like the creek in front of the house. :)I'm sure Miguel could fill you in better on the search at midnight last night, but I think I got the gist of it.


A month in review. We did more stuff than this, cool things, but I don't carry my camera with me everywhere anymore. Especially seeing as I normally have 2 kids and a dog everywhere I go. But I thought I'd post a few just to remember it by. :)


Hike up Little Kennesaw Mountain


I Heart Faces-Fix it Friday #67

It's been awhile since I did any editing, so I thought I'd freshen up my skillz. :)

Used Adobe CS3 and played with it A LOT. I can remember most of the steps if anyone is interested in how I got from the original to here.


Fix-It Friday #67

Edited. Thought I'd playup the bright sunlight in the background, kind of give it that playing in the woods kind of feel.


Tales of my crazy Sam


See the face in the picture, that about says it all, ya know? He's two. I get it. And he's also Miguel's son, I get that too. Most of the time the things he does, just make us laugh. He's totally a clown. But his latest round of antics has unintended consequences. At least ones he doesn't think of as he strips off all of his clothes and diaper and proceeds to run around the house, laughing and giggling. Two days ago, as I was making dinner, the kids were watching Nick, Jr. in the bedroom. I call them for dinner, and Sam shows up butt naked. He climbs up on the table, and proclaims, "eat!!". As if eating naked was the way it is done, especially when putting your bare butt on the dinner table. Nice, Sam, nice. Yesterday, he strips naked, and proceeds to play on my bed. I've already done my laundry and I am bringing it back up to put it away and he decides peeing on the comforter I JUST WASHED, was super uber duber funny. HA HA HA...HA....HA. I love my crazy Sam, and he keeps us laughing, but he is so so mischievous. There's conflicting information out there that says that boys get easier as they get older. I might believe that if you factor in attitudes. Speaking of, can you see the attitude written all over Kate's face here?


Anyway, I took some bath time pics yesterday. Trying to get my creative energies back. They've seemingly been on break when it comes to my own kids. But I miss seeing happy pictures of them on my computer, so I'm thinking about bring back the 365 project. I've never finished one, but maybe it's time I did. It would be interesting to see how much everything changes over a year, especially while the kids are little like they still are. Life flies by so fast, and we hardly get a chance to really enjoy every day. It would be nice to have a picture from at least one day showing the joys of that particular day. So yeah, I think I will bring the project back. It'll be fun........

One more because she's actually giving me her sweet Katie smile. :)


July 4th

I'm sure one day, the kids will look back at the blogger entries (or maybe they won't) and wonder where we disappeared to for so long. No excuses or reasons, really. Other than I haven't been in a very blogging mood lately. Any case, I wanted to post pictures of July 4th to share with everyone. It wasn't terribly eventful. Miguel had to work, so after work we went down to where the neighborhood was setting off their fireworks and sat on the driving range and enjoyed a pretty awesome show. Definitely a must for next year. Enjoy the pics. :)


Sigh....if I'll ever get back into it....

It's just so busy around here. I get on the computer for maybe 20-30 minutes a day, and that's normally paying bills or catching up with everyone on Facebook. Anyway, business has been picking up too, so I thought I'd post a couple from a shoot last week, I think it was. Sharyn purchased the 1 year package for Logan, so this last shoot was for his 6 months pics. Enjoy!!!

This little guy loves the camera. :)


Wordless Wednesday


Time flies....

It took us almost an entire month to get the computer up, mostly because the basement still isn't painted. But in time we'll get done. I wanted to post a couple of recent pics of the kids, even though they aren't so recent anymore. So here ya go, Sam and his luscious lashes, and Katie and her rock star attitude.



Springtime and Easter


A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

~Emily Dickinson


I Heart Faces-Fix it Friday #49

Another one for fun.....


Fix #1
BW Fix

I heart Faces Dramatic BW Challenge

My entry for this weeks I heart Faces challenge. Bringing back an oldie from our vacation to St Thomas. Sigh.....

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