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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lynne's Lowdown / Santa Visit

The kids at Children's Hospital won't be able to resist my cute little cockapoo, KC, after I take her - starting in January - to support dog training. I've decided I'm not going to let my dad and Trudy one-up me now that they have Emma. I'm going to have my own support dog. KC will go through six weeks of obedience training and then hopefully enter the program to become a therapy dog through Support Dogs, Inc. (Dad, you think I'm kidding, don't you.)

Really, though, this is something I've always wanted to do. I would love to cheer people up in the hospital, especially kids, and KC just makes you smile when you see her little butt wiggling like an Energizer battery. I don't know if she'll get into the program, but she's really smart and she absolutely loves people, so we'll see :)

If you haven't seen the movie "The Blind Side," GO SEE IT!! Sandra Bullock is amazing. The story, which is true, will warm the cockles of your heart (what's a "cockle" anyway?) And I didn't even cry...until the end. Seriously, don't miss it.

I dragged Eric, kicking and screaming, to volunteer at a PetsMart adoption day for service hours that he needed for school. Oh my gosh, the drama. "Why do I have to do that? I can just do laundry or mow the lawn or something. That counts as service hours." We both ended up having the best time. I've volunteered for them before, and because Eric loves animals I knew he would get into it and would like it. He was just doing his mandatory teenage whining. Eric helped with the adoptions by talking to potential adopters and walking dogs around, and I helped with Santa pictures, trying to get the dogs to "smile." The time went by fast and a few of the dogs ended up getting adopted, which made it even more fun.

I took KC and Stella back later so they could tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas, plus the money went to help the animal shelter.

Stella was terrified of Santa.



KC would have sat there for 15 minutes.



If I don't post again before Christmas, I hope everyone has a Merry, Merry one!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dogs Don't Sleep Outside Anymore

When we were kids we got a dog. His name was Gulliver.


He was not allowed in the house.


If we wanted to sleep with him, we had to sleep outside.




Now dogs sleep in beds like this




or bunk bed / play houses like this



They wear costumes



and dresses






and t-shirts





and rain coats







and fur-lined boots





and pajamas




Then they have armoires for their wardrobes




They get walked around in strollers




or carried like a purse



They are carried in slings



and Doggie Bjorns


from puptogo.com

They even wear "doggles" to protect their eyes from the sun.


Nope.

Dogs don't sleep outside anymore.

Go to the doggievogue.com website for all your doggie needs...

or just to laugh at how much things have changed since you had to sleep outside with your dog.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Super Models

Yesterday's photo shoot...






























Being a super model is hard work...








Monday, December 7, 2009

Nothing for Christmas

What do I want for Christmas?

Absolutely nothing.

I have all I want or need...

a loving family, my health, a roof over my head.

Really. No presents at all.

Not even a book.

I'm so grateful for everything in my life.

I don't want anything.

I don't need material things to make me happy.
















Saturday, December 5, 2009

Lynne's Lowdown

Time for the lowdown.

My "other son," Taylor Dee was voted yesterday as First Team All State Linebacker AND Defensive Player of the Year for Division 2A. For all of Missouri. Hopefully that will earn him a college scholarship...somewhere...anywhere! Woo hoo, T! So proud of you.

I went to SIX high school basketball games in FIVE days. Yes, my butt is sore.

I'm doing all my Christmas shopping online because salespeople are pushy and annoying. If I want to sample the latest perfume or join the 3 for 5 bra and panty club, I promise I will hunt you down. Leave me alone, people!

So yes, everyone's presents this year will be from something dot com.

Since Eric can't play basketball with his team, you'd better believe we're going to take advantage of the situation and go to California to be with our family for Christmas. December 23rd - 30th. Can't wait. I guess that was God's plan for us.

Speaking of God's plan, which I believe in with all my heart, my dad told Eric this story a few days ago to help him feel better about his injury and not being able to play:

In the winter of 1966, when Gary was 4 years old and I was 2, my dad had just had his best year ever with the Dodgers, and because of that he was about to take over Sandy Koufax's spot in the pitching rotation. Still a kid himself, at 22, he was out playing basketball for fun and ended up hurting his knee. Like Eric, he was mad and upset. He thought, how could this happen now, when he was doing so well.

In the middle of the night one night he rolled over in bed and his knee hurt him so bad that it woke him up. He smelled smoke. Our house was completely engulfed in flames. The bedroom door was on fire. My mom was coughing because of the smoke. They had to crawl on the floor to get us out of our rooms.

My dad is absolutely positive that had he not hurt his knee and woken up from the pain, we all would have died. His point to Eric was that God has a plan and orchestrates everything that happens in our lives. Sometimes we don't understand why things happen, especially when it's something bad, but He uses all of it for our good. Somehow. Someway. He does everything because He loves us. And it's awesome when we're able to look back on something sad, devastating, hurtful or tragic, and see the good that came out of it in end. Sometimes, though, we're never able to see or understand why things happen, but we just have to have faith that He knows what's best for us. And that I truly believe.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

State Finals and Thanksgiving - Pictures

I'm finally getting around to posting pictures from the state finals. Brentwood had a great run, but they just couldn't fight off Maryville.

The way the city of Brentwood came together to support the high school football team was incredible.

Enjoy the pics, which include the escorted send-off as the boys headed to the game and a few before and after game pictures.

Julie and Mary, with Ashley under the sign on the right :) at the send-off before the game



Julie, Mary, and me holding the "Tractor Taylor Dee" poster. That's what the Brentwood announcer calls Taylor.






Another sign for Taylor



So many people drove by and honked their horns and waved.

Here they come down the street, with sirens blaring!





Taylor before the game getting everyone pumped up



These boys pray before every game



A black and white version




A wider shot



The captains, Taylor, Tywan and Tommy











Taylor after the game holding the Eagles' runner-up trophy. They should be proud!!



Thanksgiving was wonderful. Larry's family came over and we ate 'til we were stuffed.
Martha Stewart...I mean, my mom, wanted to see my Thanksgiving table, so here you go.






OH! One more thing. Please go to my book blog really quick by clicking HERE and scroll down a couple posts to the book review on "The Dogs Who Found Me." You have to read the quick story about my neighbor and the dog she saved at the pound that was on its death bed. You can even skip the book review and go to the title "My Neighbor" in bold. Heartwarming. The woman is a saint.

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