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Oakley

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Hudson’s parents live on a farm in Indiana. They are true farm dogs. They live outside or in the barn and pretty much do what they want. Like reproduce. 🙂

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Hudson was part of their 2nd litter and this little dude was from their 4th.

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The kids have been begging for another Golden so Hud would have someone to play with. Shiloh and Zoey are both 11 years old. And have no interest in playing. Just sleeping.

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SO when we found out that they had puppies again we went back and forth on it.

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Back and forth and back and forth. Chatting with the owner. Finally Andy said, “I’m pushing send” on a text that said we would take him.

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Hudson has the best personality of any dog we have had. So we thought it would make sense to get his sibling. Of course so far they are total opposites but have been playing non-stop since he came home a few weeks ago.

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Lots more pics to come- love how he is checking out the garden we just got planted. He’s such a fun little guy!

Susan/Gramma - Love the garden. What’s been planted??

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

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Made this pasta dish for dinner and it was so good!

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Ingredients
1 12 oz box Bow Tie pasta
2 cups chicken, cubed
1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed and cut into 4
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup reserved pasta water
1 TB olive oil
2 heaping TB minced garlic
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
red pepper flakes pinch of
4 oz cream cheese
⅓ cup half n half
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute your chicken for approximately 15 minutes.
Cook pasta according to directions on the package. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the asparagus to the water. Drain and set aside while reserving a cup of the pasta water.
Once chicken is cooked add minced garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Saute for 5 minutes.
To your skillet combine the broth, half & half, cream cheese and half of your parmesan.
Add pasta and asparagus to your skillet and stir until well combined. If pasta seems too dry, add reserved cooking water a little bit at a time. Stir over med heat until desired consistency. Add salt, pepper and extra Parmesan to taste

Hannah - This looks crazy good. I’m mildly obsessed with asparagus right now…and pasta all the time.

And just like that

She’s eight.

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Susan/Gramma - It is amazing how fast these 8 years have gone by. We love this girl so much. (And what cool big brothers she has!)

Hannah - She is so pretty. I can’t get over her being such a big girl. I know it sounds ignorant but is never fails to shock me at how quickly time goes by.

California Part 2

San Diego was our next stop

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Coronado is so pretty

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Someone knows how to build a sandcastle

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Blake wasn’t feeling too hot so we kept it low key.

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These houses right on the water amaze me. I can’t even imagine. Meaning I would be way to scared of a big wave…

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Next stop was La Jolla to see Children’s pool

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The babies were soooo cute.

The next day we went to Old town San Diego. This by far was my fave part.

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Cool little humming birds everywhere

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and lots of pretty flowers and plants

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Blake found a girlfriend

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Love this

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After that we went for a hike. Blake did not want to go but we forced him 🙂

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Thanks for the great memories California!

Elizabeth - Wow!!! What great pics and what an adventure.

California Part 1

Ok it’s time to get these California pics up!

Back in February Andy had to go to California for the week to meet up with Facebook, instagram, snapchat. All those social media companies located on the west side.

He asked if I wanted to tag along for a bit, and I asked if we could take Blake. He had been wanting to go back pretty bad since our last trip and he had a long weekend and would only miss a day of school. So…. Grandparents came up to stay with the youngest two and dogs and off we went.

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Of course it’s our luck that California finally decides to get some rain 🙁 But that’s ok- it wasn’t too bad.

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Our first stop was Los Angeles.

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Not a bad place to hang.

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Imagine living on this street right on the Pacific.

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I had just upgraded my camera to this one so I took it with me. The colors straight out of camera are not near as warm as my Mark III. You can see how much more drab they are. Of course it was also a very drab kinda day.

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The Pacific Ocean is one scary Mama.

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While I will always be an East Coast girl there is just something amazing about the West. Just don’t try to get in that water! Fa-reeeezing!

I saw this picture on Pinterest and told Andy I wanted to see it.

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You guys- this is what it looked like that day! Apparently the conditions have to be JUST RIGHT and the tide has to be JUST RIGHT, etc etc. I think 99% of the time it looks like my pic below!

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I’m not gonna lie- it was a little scary.

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It was so great to have Blake with us- that middle child that always wants attention. More to come…

Susan - Very nice pictures.

BJ - I remember when we lived in California the water was always so cold, even in summer.

Elizabeth - I’ve got to get out West. I’ve never been and I want to go badly. That water looks so scary one mis step and you could be a goner. You know I couldn’t help but think of the homes right on the cliffs by the water without thinking of the erosion and wondered how long would they still be there, but it’s still quite the view 🙂