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Letter to Our Adopted Son

March 16, 2016 Dear HB, You’ve been in the U.S. and a U.S. citizen for four days now. We met you on February 29, 2016 and you became our legally adopted son on March 1, 2016. I was so nervous the day of our first meeting that I made myself physically ill, not able to keep any…

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Introducing the Newest Member of Our Family!

Lakon

Introducing the newest member of our family (who I will refer to as HB for Honey Bear from here on out)! We started the adoption proceedings on March 9, 2015 and officially adopted HB as our son almost a year later on March 1, 2016. Stay tuned for our story. It’s been an uplifting experience,…

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Fitbit – My New Favorite Fitness Tool

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January – that time of year when everyone says this will be the year they workout more (or actually start working out) and live a healthier lifestyle. As a personal trainer, I’m often asked how I stay motivated. My newest obsession – Fitbit! This is my pink Fitbit on my fluorescent yellow sneakers. More on these sneakers…

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Only a Crazy Dachshund Person Would Understand…

crazy dachshund person

There are dog lovers, and then there are dachshund lovers. Trust me, they are a breed of their own. In fact, crazy dachshund people will do things that may seem above and beyond to a normal person, even a dog loving person. Only a Crazy Dachshund Person would understand the following: Dachshund Theme Song What other…

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Fall Lake Pictures

The end of fall means no more shorts, tank tops and flip-flops. For this girl (yes, I still like being called a girl.  The older I get, the more pleased I am when I’m referred to as a girl and not as ma’am), that means it’s time to run away to warmer climate, despite the…

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Cousins – Then and Now

I got to see my cousins from my mom’s side of the family recently – we had a family reunion at my sister’s wedding.  When we were kids, we used to see each other often, and some of us actually lived together at some point in our lives.  But then we grew up and spread…

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Pinot and Lokie’s California Adventures

As told by Lokie. We got to go to California!  Person’s Sister was getting married and it was decided we would all go and have California adventures. Two months before we left, Person came home with these two black bags.  She set them on the floor and Pinot immediately jumped into one.  We all know…

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Summer Lake Pictures

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If you haven’t figured out by now, I love taking pictures of our lake and I got some great summer lake shots this year. This was taken on a beautiful summer day on the lake, when everything was peaceful and all was right in the world. And this was taken right before a storm.  You…

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Pinot and the Big Dogs

Pinot is a miniature dachshund, but don’t tell her that.  She thinks she is a Rottweiler.  One of the Big Dogs. When Pinot was a puppy, she didn’t bark at all and her Person thought she was so lucky to get a dog that didn’t bark.  But one day, Pinot the puppy was sitting on…

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ESL: When English is Not Your First Language

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My mom and I were having a conversation about someone and I told my mom that my sister didn’t like him.  She nodded sagely and said, “Oh, yes.  She said he’s a Hole of the Butt!” What? I made her repeat that, and on the second repeat, it suddenly clicked that she was trying to…

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