Monday, July 16, 2007

It’s been a busy summer! Other than updating puppy pictures, I have not done a great job of posting. So here is the monster post to recap the last month…
We celebrated our 2nd anniversary at the Inn at Meander Plantation.

The Colonel brought home some green orchids,
like our wedding flowers.

I finished my 2 weeks of teaching Summer School and headed out the next day to visit a friend in Georgia.

I have known Cindy since we were in elementary school. We met at church, and were in each other’s weddings. We had a day at the spa to celebrate her birthday, (thanks to her husband!) and just relaxed and hung out with her little man.

I flew into Richmond on the 4th of July and we hung out with some of Steve’s Midlo friends. I was leaving again on Saturday and we were getting Hazel the day after I returned, so we did a “test run” that Friday. We brought her home for a few hours to meet Bailey and learn her way around our house. It went pretty well. Bailey was not really excited to meet Hazel, but tolerated her!

I flew out to Chicago Saturday to visit my college roommate Rachel. I hadn't been to her place in Illinois yet, so it was really fun to see the house that she and her husband bought and have fixed up, and to see her pregnant! (she is one of the many September due dates)

Dixon celebrated the Petunia Festival with fireworks over the river.
The saying was actually "The Pink. The Proud. The Petunias."
If you don't believe me, click the link!

I was supposed to fly home Tuesday night, but there was bad weather and I got stuck in Chicago. There was a beautiful sunset after the storm
and I had a great view from my room at the Wingate Inn!

I got in to Cville Wednesday afternoon and we went right to Pet Smart,
then to pick up Hazel.

We didn't get a whole lot of sleep that night - Hazel wasn't keen on the crate.
We made it to the next morning though, and Hazel traveled with me to Ruther Glen to hang out with Max for the day. He loved petting her, feeding her, and running from her until she nipped at his hand and made a "hole" as he told everyone after that! (It's gone now and I think he still has good memories from the day)

Bailey is becoming more tolerant:

There are lots of dogs in the neighborhood that DO want to play with Hazel. A fun note: The night we brought her home, I was outside with her and a couple from around the corner (that we had never met) came over to see her and said they were thinking about getting a puppy. One of Hazel's sisters was still available, so I put them in touch and they brought her home yesterday! She and Hazel played last night and definitely remembered each other. We are really excited to have a litter mate for her to grow up with and are looking forward to getting to know the humans better too.

Hazel is doing better at night - still getting up around 3 and then around 6 for the day. We are working on going potty OUTSIDE, not INSIDE where mommy and daddy have to clean it up. It has only been 5 days though, so any improvement is good. I think this is long enough for now. I have been taking lots of pictures so I have much more to share! Imagine what it will be like when we have a baby!