Thursday, June 29, 2017


Let's just say that telling the kids that Penny died on Tuesday morning was not my favorite moment. It came so out of the blue for them because she had been fine just the night before when they went to bed.  Graham was the first to say anything and asked, "What are we going to put where Penny's bed used to be?" but didn't notice she wasn't here.  Once Livie woke up, I told them together that Penny was gone and had gone to heaven overnight.  That she got sick and Daddy took her to the vet, but there wasn't anything they could do. O and G immediately burst into tears and it probably didn't help that I was crying too. But overall they took it very well.  Lots of questions about if I cried and if I cried like when my dad died.  And their immediate question was if we would get a new puppy (slow down guys, give Mom and Dad some time here!) And Quinn lacked some sensitivity as for the rest of the day he ran around the house yelling, "Penny is dead!  Penny is dead! We are getting a puppy!"
But our sweet girl Olivia did a great job of processing the sad news throughout the day. She started by putting death notices on everyone's bedroom doors that said, " 2017 June 28 Penny Die"  and cute drawings of her that said, "I love Penny." Then she made a detailed drawing, where please note that everyone in the family looks like the are praying, but actually holding dog bones. 
Livie then made rainbow loom bracelets for everyone in the family to "honor" Penny where the main color was yellow like her fur.  We also decided that we want to make a photo book of all the pictures we have of Penny's life to remember her, so we will work on that at the lake this long weekend.  And she capped off the day with a painting of "Super P." I was very proud of her and how well she handled an adult situation.  
Graham seemed to do well too and multiple times through the day came to get a hug and to tell me that "I am really going to miss Penny." I feel ya bud.

Sweet Penny

We unexpectedly and quickly lost our sweet Princess Penelope Grace of Bucktown late on Monday night. Our girl had started to show her age in the past few months and definitely was starting to slow down.  Penny was having a harder time getting down the back stairs in the morning, but still had a lot of pep in her step when she wanted it.  Yet last week she had two accidents overnight in the house, which is very unlike her.  And on Monday, she was acting weird, almost like she was trying to be alone or run away down the block.  When Sam took her for a walk before bed, she fell over and had a seizure and when she came back to was having a hard time walking and seeing.  Sam, Jim and Pat took her to the emergency vet, where they decided it was best to put her down rather than make her suffer with more seizures or a low quality of life.
I may never have met all the promises on my list to Sam for the reasons we should get a dog, but I loved Penny and knew she was the best dog ever. We were lucky to have her for as long as we did and hope we gave her a good pup life. The kids just adored her and probably took for granted just how gentle, sweet and loving she was with them.  It's funny looking back on pictures of her how we took her everywhere when she was a pup and all the pictures of our nieces/nephews as little babies with her.  Penny really was our first baby and helped start our family.
 We are going to miss Penny more than words can express.  Goodbye sweet girl.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Loved getting to watch Ellie pitch and play today! Go Bombers!

Sunday Morning Outtakes

Can't wait to see the pics from the family photo shoot today by August & Iris by Bethany!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017


My poor G had another febrile seizure this week that resulted in an ambulance ride to the ER. Very scary but luckily he is okay and fingers crossed they shouldn't happen after he is six years old. Extra lucky to have such a responsible big sister who was the one who called down to the adults for help. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Watch out Fish!

Liv and Graham scored with a bunch of sunfish, bass, and northern pikes.  
Quinn was happy with just casting and his bobber.

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