Summer Activities

Elin is going to be starting preschool in just 2 short weeks! She is beyond excited and I am thrilled for her because I think she is going to love it and learn a lot. She will be going three days a week and she will still have dance class on one of her days off from school, so pretty soon her schedule will get busier than ever. She has been able to do many fun things with her friends this summer and I’m sure she will pack more in before summer is over. The following photos are of some of her favorite activities with her friends.

Elin is always up for the park and the swings are her absolute favorite. She meets there for play dates a lot during the day and sometimes we go in the evening after I get home from work. The park has not been my favorite place lately with the heat. I’m looking forward to the days where you go and wear long sleeves without the need of coats yet, but when the sun is out it’s still very warm.

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 She just went there this weekend with her friend Kelsey.  These two were all smiles.

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Swimming is another favorite of Elin’s right now. She usually gets to go during the day while I am work. Her Nanny takes her and she meets up with her friend, Lydia.

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Elin and Lydia get to do many fun activities together like going to story time each week, dance class, and sometimes the zoo.

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Can you tell she is enjoying her dance class?

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Elin also loves anytime she gets to spend with her cousins, Ethan and Max. She sure will miss them when they go back to school soon.

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Puppet Show

It’s true, I have been neglecting this blog very much. I’ve been working on catching up on various projects and photo books. I am impressively slow at making photo books and I feel like I need to work really hard on them these next few weeks. There is just never enough time to get everything done.

I am very excited to share some keepsake boxes I have been working on as soon as I get them all assembled.

The summer is flying by and I have not shared much of anything Elin has been up to. Here is a random smattering of photos:

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Elin attended her first puppet show at the library. We were excited that our local library was bringing in this travel puppeteer and his show. Elin was super excited they they were performing Sleeping Beauty. Anything princess-related is a hit. She loves all the events the library puts on and this was no different. She was so good to sit on the floor with all the kids during the whole 45 min production.

The marionettes were all carved out of wood and were over 60 years old.

None of my photos from the production turned out since it was dark and there were bright spot lights, but we got some photos of Elin with the puppets after.

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She was thrilled when they let her go behind the set and check out all the puppets and stage props.

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Lately the weather is either stifling hot or raining. A combination of both has left us mostly indoors recently, but a couple of weeks ago Elin enjoyed playing with the granddaughters of a family friend and she had a blast playing with the girls in a motorized car and skateboard.

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Last week, Elin mentioned out of the blue that she wanted to bake cookies–so we did. We made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. She helped with the whole process and enjoyed watching them as they baked.

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This girl is getting so big and is ready for preschool to start in just a few weeks.

Heartbroken

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My dearest Fiona “Fifi” passed away on July 3rd at 8:10 A.M. I cannot even begin to express how sad and lost I am without her.

On Thursday, June 25 in the middle of the night we awoke to her having her first grand mal seizure. It was so scary to watch her and at the time I didn’t know if she was going to survive it. We rushed her to the animal hospital and they kept her for 24 hours. She did fine in there and had no seizure activity. Unfortunately, she had one the next night. She was then put on her first seizure medicine of Phenobarbital. We were so encouraged when another 24 hours passed and she had no seizure activity. But then on Sunday, June 28 she started having cluster seizures. She was rushed back to the animal hospital and got Keppra added to her Phenobarbital. When we took her home from this visit things seemed to go downhill and she was still having seizure activity. Several trips to the vet later we also added Prednisone and Valium. We gave it over 24 hours to kick in but unfortunately, Fifi seemed lost, miserable, and unaware of her surroundings. Most likely she had a brain tumor and there was nothing we could do.

She was 14 years old and in October we would have had her for 12 years. Those 12 years went by in the blink of an eye.

As a way to memorialize her I want to share a letter to her.

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My Dearest Fiona,

I’ll never forget the day you came to live with me in October 17th, 2003. I was so excited for you and your sister, Angel, to come live with us. I remember everything about Leila coming over and dropping you off. I remember that I had no idea how to take care of a dog, but you made it so easy. You were so loving from the first moment I met you. You were estimated at 2 years old and you had a lot of energy for taking walks, playing with your nyla bones, and tearing around the yard. But you were so docile and loved to sit on my lap and follow me around. You never let me out of your sight if I was around.

I’ll never forget taking you back and forth to college, taking you on countless walks, celebrating all the holidays and especially your “Arrival day” birthday each year, sitting with you every single evening and petting you as you stared up at me with those adoring brown eyes, all your countless kisses, carrying you around like a baby and having you swaddled up because you loved to be babied.

The most amazing thing about you is how wonderful and good you were. You always listened to my commands and never got in trouble. You were the best dog I or anyone could ever ask for you. There has never been a sweeter dog than you. You have been one of the biggest blessings in my life and I thank God everyday for bringing you to me. It’s so hard not to mourn the time I am missing with you instead I am trying to also thank God for every minute I had you with me.

I was not there when you took your first breath in this world, but I was there for the last and it was my honor and privilege to be there for you and to be your mommy.

I will love you always.

Love always,

Your Mommy

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