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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Weekend Recap

My favorite time of the year is right now. I love the cool mornings and evenings, the crispness in the air and the colors. The oranges, the reds, the yellows....I love the fall colors. We don't see too much fall foliage here in California, but I appreciate every hue I see. Our annual pumpkin patch pictures are some of my favorites of the year. We took our annual trek to the pumpkin patch yesterday and we had an added bonus....our nephews came with us.

We don't see our nephews very often because of our family dynamics. It is very hard on our children who miss their cousins tremendously. My brother and his wife have pulled away from the family due to perceived and/or real is a long story for another day. Today we will focus on the positive! My parents arranged to have the boys for the weekend in order to spend some time with us. It was wonderful and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

As you can see, it was a beautiful day to enjoy the pumpkin patch and each other. I miss those boys, maybe in time the divides will be conquered. Until then I will enjoy them whenever I see them, and my children will do the same.

Yesterday was a busy day. I also took my girl scout trip on a field trip to Guide Dogs for the Blind. It was a wonderful can you not love those sweet puppies who grow up to be such wonderful companions and workers for their people. It is a truly a beautiful relationship.

I had to take a picture of this sign. It was posted above a small grassy area. In case you were wondering how a blind person would read this sign....they have hundreds of volunteers who walk the numerous dogs regularly...the sign is for them. A working guide dog is trained to relieve themselves on command at certain times of the day. That is one of the many interesting facts I learned yesterday. I also learned that they have volunteers who are puppy raisers and breeder keepers. I think we will sign up for that, not now, but definitely later.

I have a very busy week coming up....don't forget to sign up for my give away...


Mamarazzi said...

Cassie's hair looks SO cute!!

ChrisB said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun :)

karisma said...

Family rifts are so annoying and I agree its not fair on the kids. As for the guide dogs I could not do it! You have them as puppies and have to train them but not get attached to them. Too Hard.

swampy said...

There are probably very few families that don't have rifts at some time or another. And I agree, it's so difficult for the kids. So glad you had the opportunity to enjoy them.
Those are some amazing orange watermelons you photographed.

Great sign ! I admire those who can train those puppies, then give them up.

What program do you use to put those blue borders on your pics?

Love the pic below.

Heather said...

I'm so sorry your family has a rift right now. I'm so glad you were able to spend time with the kids, though.

I didn't know guide dogs relieved themselves at specific times. So amazing.

In Junior high I did a history project on one of the first guide dogs ever. Buddy was his name I think. I can't remember much about it anymore!

lisaschaos said...

I've always thought it would be fun to raise a puppy for them. :) But I never knew they were trained on when to p-p. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

My Niece Jenai had to give her puppy back this weekend after raising it for a was really sad... don't know if I could do it! I know it's for a GREAT reason but I'd get too attached :(

Nina T

Mother Goose said...

I hate when family rifts drive cousins apart. Maybe the adults can agree to not let their issues become their children's issues.

that sign. Oh my goodness. I don't think I could give up my puppy even if I knew I was raising it for a good cause.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I love this time of the year, too! It's the best, hands down. I need to remember to slow down and cherish it!

Anonymous said...

Best time of the year! Our 29th anniversary was the 26th of October :)

Most years we go to the mountains for our anniversary. The beautiful leaves and crisp air can't be beat.

The kids look wonderful out in all that fresh air and sunshine :) Michael looks like something tickled him and Cassie's hair is darling!

Karen in SC

Jennifer said...

neat girl scout trip! I'm taking mine to "camp" at the Embassy Suites in a couple of weeks!! Your trip was a little more inspiring!!

karisma said...

What a week! I started to organise my blogroll finally and somehow deleted your link along with another one! ARghhh! Thanks for the you know what! It went down a treat, don't tell the kids, I did not share, okay I shared with SB, it was luverly! I will send you the weight watchers bill later! Too much of the good stuff is starting to weigh down my wings! LOL!

bermudabluez said...

It is my favorite time of the year too! Wish it would last longer! I hear you on the whole family dynamic thing. Glad to see that you had such a nice trip. I wasn't aware that guide dogs are trained to relieve themselves at certain times either! Very interesting field trip!!

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Slick said...

Kids love them pumpkin patches!

I love the pictures too.

I wouldn't be able to relieve myself "on demand"....

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had fun and


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