Lake Lydick

Well, we just returned home from another amazing trip up to Lake Lydick. If you click on the picture tab you can see our photos from up north. The weather was forecasted to be raining almost the entire time, but it only really rained on the over nights which was A-OK. K has grown up amazingly. She ran off with Jerry, Cash, Kayleigh, or Logan much of the time and ignored mom and dad. She was in good hands, and it was kind of bittersweet to see her with such growing independence. Everyone slaughtered the lake with fishing. We all came home with our limit of bass, sunnies and crappies. I caught “the one that got away”, probably 1-2lb crappie, and it got off my line right as I was trying to get it in the big boat (I was in my kayak). We sat by the fire, shared stories, roasted marshmallows and enjoyed amazing company. Of course I was sick (as I almost always am on Lydick) – this time with Laryngitis, so no debating anything for me. Maybe it was a sign? 🙂 We’re hoping to get a HUGE jump on our boat this upcoming weekend so that we can pop it in the lake nearby and keep catching the fishies! 🙂

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Locks of Love

So… Kirra was having a bad night last night. Really missing daddy. So she said what any girl in duress says, “I want to cut my hair all off”. I said, “oh… I thought you wanted long hair”, and she just sobs, “cut it off mommy… cut it all off”. So I told her we’d wait until morning and try and get ahold of a hair dresser. (Also wanted to make SURE she wanted to go short). She wanted short hair. Like Gabby’s, or Grandma Suzies….. After I woke up I thought, hmmm, instead of leaving her hair to go in the garbage at the salon… lets see if we can get 10 inches off her hair, and donate to locks of love. So I explained to her that if we went really short like Gabby & Grandma Suzie we could give her hair to kids that are really sick… so sick that their hair falls out because of medicine they have to take. Her eyes light up, and I explained to her that she could give her hair to the lady that does Locks of Love at Relay for Life… where we go every summer at Mommy’s old high school.So from there out she was sold on the idea of giving her hair to kiddo’s that really need it. I told her that Pam got to wear a wig, and Miss Heidi from church was too. (she knows that Miss Heidi is really sick {she has Lymphoma at the age of 23, you can follow her blog here}. So after much deliberation we ended up at Fantastic Sams at a Fantastic price! The lady looked at me a few times when we said we wanted to cut off 10 inches, and she reminded me several times how short it would be. I told her that was fine, and to put it in a wedge cut, and cute it up a bit. So she did, and we did.

Dog Training

Well now that school is over for a little while I have time to actually train the Sadie meister! She’s been ok, but we really need to amp up her training. She’s eaten through all of her leashes, and her collars, an endless amount of barbies, and more. Needless to say, its a bit frustrating at times! I stopped by Chuck & Don’s to look for a new collar and some tips. They suggested clicker training for most things, and the shaker for chewing. You fill an old pop can with a few pennies, and then shake it loudly when you catch them chewing on the item you don’t want them to chew. I’m just patiently waiting here for her to do it, so I can test it out! I charged the clicker, and she’s responding quite well to that. I also got a silent dog whistle for recall, but we’ll see if we need it. I want to try and remain consistent with the clicker training, so she isn’t too confused. I’ll let you know how we do!

Fishing Opener & Mothers Day Weekend

It was a great weekend! Earlier in the week Kirra was wanting a sleepover, so we called my nieces to see if they’d like to sleep over. Well my older niece had a dance competition, so Gabby (the one the same age as Kirra) slept over. It was so much fun. Friday night they played barbies, legos, babies, and more. They loved it and I did too since they entertained each other the entire night. I put a movie on for them, and they fell asleep around 10pm. They woke up promptly at 8:00 a.m. where we had a pancake making party! They helped watch, we cranked up the tunes, and it was Disney Kareoke/musical! (Yes I am a HIGHLY entertaining sitter/Mother/Auntie). Unfortunately we had to cut the sleepover/playdate short on Saturday. Ally was dancing, and Gabby had to get back to watch, and I was heading off to our annual neighborhood garage sale with my Mother-In-Law where literally HUNDREDS of sales are going on in a 2 mile radius! We had Kirra with as well, and I was a tiny bit nervous on how she’d do, but it was like shopping with a 25 year old. She did so great. She didn’t whine once, she listened perfectly, and was in a great mood the entire time! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of gals to hang out with for the day! We scored with clothing for little miss at a VERY great deal- as in “fill this bag full of clothes for just $5” or “fill this bag of clothes for $1”. Granted that was around Closing time, still it was GREAT! We finished up around 6pm, and I had company coming over at 8pm for a little girls night. Kirra stayed up until around 11pm, but was great throughout the night. The dogs were acting crazy – as in breaking (chewing through) all of the leashes, so now Sadie is let out without being tethered. I think she knows how lucky she is because she too has been exceptional! The night with the girls was great! I definitely needed some adult time. I was woken about 6:00 a.m. by my daughter who in not so many words required a bath. I was so tired from the night before, but mothers duties called. Jason was up north at fishing opener, so I gently washed her, and got her tucked back into bed and me as well. She graciously slept until 10:30 a.m. when she woke me with a gentle kiss and asked if it was Mother’s Day. I said yes, and she kissed again and wished me a happy mothers day. She is so sweet, and I don’t know why I deserve her! She is so perfect and precious. Was going to go kayaking today, but then Frank & Theo gave us their old fishing boat. It needs a little work, but with a little elbow grease we were able to gut the wood