Category Archives: Family

Dogs and Balloons

Ohmygosh you guys.  I’m sure this isn’t news to anyone, but it’s November.  Already.  I’ve been cruising along thinking that I won’t be making much for Christmas this year, and then last night I remembered a gift that I really want to make.  I had a mild panic attack when I realized that there are only 50 days to make a project that’s going to take some calculating and work.  Ouch!

Anyway, while I slowly breathe in and breathe out to calm myself … I had some questions about the picture I posted of Winston the other day, so I thought I’d try and answer them.  Our little picture taking adventure all started when MyDadLovesMeBestSister asked me if I’d take some senior pictures of CuteNiece2.  We’d all been thinking about what we wanted to do, and at the last minute, I suggested that we grab the dog and some goggles that I gave CrazyBIL last year for Christmas and see what happened.  We ended up with this fun picture of a girl, her car and her dog.

Thimbleanna: Senior Pics

I love that picture!  (Oh, and hey — while we’re on her pictures — CuteNiece2 went to all the work to become a certified Yoga instructor last year.  Hey all you yogis out there –can you do this pose???  My arms hurt just looking at it!)

Thimbleanna: Yoga

Anyway, back to the dog pictures.  The next week Winston came to visit and we thought we’d try to get some more fun goggle pictures.  (For those of you having trouble keeping up (ha!), Teddy is 4 years old and belongs to MyDadLovesMeBestSister and Winston is 1 year old and belongs to TheFirstChild and SweetiePie.  They’re both F1 Goldendoodles.)  So, we put the dogs where all dogs love to be, near a fire hydrant.  With balloons and goggles.  (Teddy on the left, Winston on the right.)

Thimbleanna: Teddy

Winston did NOT want to wear those goggles.  Like the senior photo, we tried the dogs in the car.  First with both dogs in the front seat.  That definitely wasn’t working.  However, we did get proof that Winston would wear the googles over his eyes for a minute or two.  Teddy on the left, Winston on the right.

Thimbleanna: Dogs

This was my favorite dog photo that afternoon.  Both dogs happy.  Teddy driving his good buddy around for the day.  (And by the way, it wasn’t totally ridiculous to get balloons for the dogs — they were both celebrating their birthdays that week!)

Thimbleanna: Dogs

Hopefully, dogs in goggles with balloons brightened your day a little.
Btw, how are you Auntlets (that’s what I’m going to call you if you’re participating in the Aunts’ Quiltalong!) coming with your quilts?  Have you made a good start?  I’m almost done with my assignment this month.  Plus, I made a list of those of you participating over there in my sidebar.  I KNOW I’ve left some of you out.  I know for sure that I’ve forgotten one of you — I can see your e-mail but I can’t find it and I can’t remember your name.  I’m SO sorry.  PLEASE e-mail me and remind me and I’ll add you to the list.

XOXO,
Anna

Honors

Well, that was an unplanned absence.  We’ve been away for almost a week — or what should have been 4 or 5 days but turned into a week because of bad weather and flight cancellations that resulted in a 16 hour drive home.  But, my little rant about the airlines is the subject of another post.

Sadly, TheManoftheHouse’s father passed away a little over a week ago.  He was a career Army officer with a long and distinguished career, so it was only fitting that he have a service with full military honors.

Thimbleanna: Funeral

 

Thimbleanna: Funeral

 

Thimbleanna: Funeral

 

Thimbleanna: Funeral

We were very lucky for the end of February, and the weather was beautiful on the day of the funeral.  It was so nice to see all the friends and family gathered together. Why is it that we only get together for weddings and funerals?  The passing of time and of a loved one is such a sad occasion, but there’s also a sense of relief that he’s not suffering anymore. He was a hard worker and always made me laugh with his funny little jokes. And as hard as his illness was, my MIL said he had a little smile up until the end.

RIP dear FIL.

XOXO,
Anna

Winston

I’m sure by now, wherever you are in the world, you’re hearing about the deep freeze here in the U.S.  It’s COLD out there!  We had a quick visit to Iowa to visit TheFirstChild and SweetiePie and managed to drive home in the snowstorm.

The snow got heavier the farther east we drove and, surprisingly, we have more snow at home than anywhere along our route.  It’s surprising because we seem to be just barely out of the lake effect snow belt and it’s rare for us to get this much snow in one storm.

You’ve seen the view out our back window before and here’s how it looks tonight.

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

It’s SO beautiful and I LOVE it!  It could be a little warmer though — I think we’re currently at -15 F and depending on which version of the forecast you read, we’ll barely clear 0 degrees F tomorrow.  Brrrr!

Oh well, enough about the cold (and just how thankful are we for heating tonight, hmmmm?)  One of the reasons we went to see the kids was to see the new baby.  I’m a grandma.  Sort of.  Meet Winston!

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

Isn’t he a cutie?  He’s a goldendoodle puppy and at only 11 weeks, he’s pretty big already.  He’s such a sweet little puppy and he sure loves his “parents”.  Here he is teething on his mother’s fingers.

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

There’s some intense puppy training going on there.  He’s already housebroken (such a good boy), can sit and shake hands,  and he’s working really hard on confining his chewing to one of his 5,000 toys.  He doesn’t like having his picture taken very much, but here he is, showing me his good side.  (We know this because the other side was blurry.)

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

And, of course, I had to show him how to knit.  It was hard to get a good picture of him — he was always on the move.

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

Anyway, we had a wonderful time with him — it made me miss having a dog around.  I came home and puppy-roughed up on the Scruffster and he bit me.  Cats are no fun!

Oh — hey — did you notice those cute HOT pink boots in the first picture?

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

SweetiePie got new Hunter boots while I was visiting and she taught me a clever new trick for boot buying — order your boots in kiddie sizes! They’re a LOT cheaper and just as cute. We went shopping with the hot pink hunters and you wouldn’t believe all the comments she got. I thought the girls in the LuLuLemon store were going to come unglued! That little trick will work for other brands of boots too {cough}Sorel{cough}.

Ok Peeps — Stay Warm. When I come back I’ll start some Christmas super secret sewing project sharing (say that 10 times fast) — better late than never!
XOXO,
Anna

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, especially if you’re in the US or Australia or other places where it’s Mother’s Day weekend.  We’ve had the very best Mother’s Day Weekend, courtesy of this:

Thimbleanna: Graduation

TheFirstChild is now Dr.FirstChild and it’s been a fun and emotional weekend.  We all gathered for the looong graduation ceremony and then SweetiePie treated us to a wonderful lunch back at their apartment.  She did such a great job preparing all the food and cute Dr./Graduation decorations.

Thimbleanna: Graduation

She served Ham and Turkey Croissants, veggies and dip, ugly bean dip, a hot chicken dip, mini cinnamon rolls, oatmeal raisin cookies, and a decorated cake.

Thimbleanna: Graduation

She thought of everything — right down to a champagne toast to celebrate the new graduate.  It was all delicious and hit the spot.

Thimbleanna: Graduation

At the beginning of Med School, just after the white coat ceremony, I posted the picture below of SweetiePie and TheFirstChild.  It was the beginning of their journey and I love that picture because I’d inadvertently caught the construction sign in the photo.  It hardly seems possible that the construction phase is now over.  SweetiePie and TheFirstChild probably don’t share our disbelief — it was long and grueling and I’m sure they’re glad it’s over.  They’ve taught our little family a lot about hard work and perseverance and it’s been amazing (if not painful at times) to watch.  A few days ago, TheFirstChild posted on his facebook page and said “As of this very second, I AM DONE WITH MEDICAL SCHOOL! The first thing that comes to mind is that it was slightly more difficult than I first anticipated.”  He’s a funny guy.

Thimbleanna: Graduation

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how proud we are of our little chicks.  And, after last fall, how lucky we felt that all of our local family was together to celebrate the reward for all of their hard work. I sure do Love these boys.

Thimbleanna: Graduation

I am One. Lucky. Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!
XOXO,
Anna

Dodged a Bullet

Phew!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted — thanks to all you sweet invisible friends who have checked in on me.  They say, “Into every life, a little rain must fall” and here in ThimbleannaLand, we’ve had a Monsoon.  We’ve been on a roller coaster ride through Hell in the last two weeks and I’m hopeful and cautious to say “Every little thing’s gonna be alright.”

BigDaddy

On October 11th, I took BigDaddy in for a little procedure and his heart stopped — which landed him in cardiac intensive care for two weeks.  If you’re a long time reader, you know that BigDaddy is the heart of our family.  He’s funny with a huge heart and we all adore him.  The first week was up and down and full of tears and after 30 hours off of the vent, he ended up back on it.  Then, the second week was even worse — capped off by calling the kids home and being assigned a palliative care doc.  It seemed that we spent a lot of time trying to convince medical staff that just because you’re in your 80′s, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have some life left in you.  MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I decided we should write a book about the experience — I’d like to title it, “Bucking the System When They Already Think You’re Dead”.

BigDaddy

BigDaddy is finally out of ICU and making slow, but sure progress. We couldn’t be more relieved — and thrilled. MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I spend all of our time either at the hospital or eeking a few hours out at our jobs. We were sent an angel in the form of Aunt Annie.  She’d had an already planned trip and her plane arrived just two hours after BigDaddy’s ill-fated procedure.  She ended up extending her trip and we absolutely couldn’t have done it without her.  She was such a huge help and support to MeMum.  She left yesterday and we miss her already.

Anyway, there hasn’t been any time for blog reading or posting.  There has been hospital room sock knitting though.  Maybe I’ll take a picture of new socks on a hospital bed LOL.  The next few weeks will still be sparse on-line — we’ll be concentrating on helping BigDaddy get well and back home.    I hope you’re all having a beautiful fall (or spring if you’re down under) — it looks like it was gorgeous here — as viewed from hospital room windows!  ;-D

XOXO,
Anna