Christmas Unwrapped

We are a little late on posting, but we hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We certainly did.  As Christmases go by, I enjoy more and more watching family and friends open gifts.  I try to put a lot of thought into each gift I give and enjoy shopping for others and espicially enjoy wrapping gifts.  I love to see the expressions on my loved ones faces as they open their gifts.  The older I get, the more difficult it becomes to answer the “what would you like for Christmas” question.  This past year, Mitch and I just did stocking stuffers.  I could only think of one thing I wanted, which was a particular type of perfume and would rather just spend a relaxing day with family and friends laughing, talking, sharing memories and enjoying a lovely meal together.  When it comes to the pups, they do not know Christmas Day is anything other than a normal day and they are happy and appreciative of anything they receive.

Watching them unwrap their gifts was the highlight of the day for Mitch and I.  Should have recorded it, it was really cute and Maggie is quiet the pro.  Pippi had no idea what was going on, but enjoyed being “supervisor” of the activities and got lots of treats for being such a good girl while the others tore into their gifts.

She had a blast unwrapping this toy.  Her favorite cuz toy in purple.  🙂

Booyah got a turn.

I call this one the Hokie Bird toy.  Sure looks like Virginia Tech colors to me.

After watching Maggie and Booyah, Cueball gives the gift unwrapping a try.

He was confused by this toy and wasn’t quite sure if he was supposed to chew it.  Too much like a “real inside animal” I guess.

How Pippi spent her Christmas morning…..

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Life is getting pretty crazy busy for us with our anticipated upcoming move so I will be MIA for the next month or so but I will be checking in on your blogs.  🙂

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Holidays

Got some catching up to do on the blog.  We spent Thanksgiving in Gainesville, Florida with Mitch’s brother and family.  It was warm and sunny!  My kind of weather.  🙂  We arrived on Wednesday early evening and chill for the night after a long drive down.  Since our Thanksgiving feast was scheduled for Friday, we opt to take the pups to a local dog park for a bit of a run on Thanksgiving day.  This was a great treat for the pups, since they were going to be leash walked each time they went out.  Mitch’s brother has an in ground pool, which is fabulous, just off the back sliding glass door with no fencing, so leash walking was a must. Especially after our experience at Barkwell’s in June and Maggie’s attempt to use the pond as her “doggie pool”.

Cueball knew just what he was there for when we arrived at the dog park.

It was a gorgeous day for a romp!!

Our Niece, Katie-Beth, and Cueball play.

Love this one.

 Happy, happy hound.

Sweet Greta!  I think she enjoyed having her big cousin dogs for a visit.

While Greta and Cueball enjoy their run, Pippi enjoys stalking Booyah.

Eyes on the target and then in for the pounce.

She reminds me of a kangaroo when she does this.

Something was very interesting just to the left.

After the kids romp, we took a walk on the trails and then stopped for a family photo-op.  We have very few “family photos” so I treasure everyone we have.  Thanks again Ramona for taking our pic!

After our walk, the kids get some time to play at the playground and swing.

That night, we enjoyed a nice fire outside by the pool.  Greta chased this creature up the tree.  We were amused by this possum hanging on to this small branch for over an hour before finally mustering up the courage to come down and scurry across the fence and into a neighbor’s yard.  Greta was quiet proud of herself for this accomplishment.  We gave her lots of praise!

I have always thought possums were quiet ugly.

Each morning we awoke and stepped out unto to this view.  The morning-glory on the tree to the left was beautiful.  Such a peaceful and relaxing backyard.  🙂  Next time we visit, we are taking a swim in this incredible pool.

Thanks again Ramona, Mike and Katie-Beth and Carl for your hospitality!!  We hope to visit again very soon.  🙂

In other news, we sold our home after 2 years of being on the market.  I guess persistence pays off!  We have found our new home and will be moving in on or before 2-17-12.  Pictures of the new place will be coming soon.  2012 just may be our year!!

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and has a Happy New Year!!