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Goldie Love

When we put down Barley I had no idea what a hole she would leave. I mean we still had two other dogs.


There is no doubt that Goldens are pretty special dogs


I forgot how much they love to snuggle


Or how they are so smart. Seriously smart.


Or how much they love the water… beach buddies


Hudson, our little dude- has been here for 5 days. He already cries at the door to go out and cries at the bathroom (where I keep his food away from other dogs) when he is hungry and thirsty.


Don’t get me wrong- we still have a house full of workers and he gets locked up and still makes mistakes- he’s only 6 weeks old….


But there is no doubt that adding him to our family was the best thing we could have done. He is ball of furry happiness


Things happen in your life for a reason. People pop up that you get to know and want to know better. Dogs pop up that need to come home with you….


This dog popped into my life at just the right time. Before Austin leaves for college, before Blake gets too old to care….


In love with this little dude- Goldies rule.


Sarah - Hudson! Finally a name for your little fuzzy face!! Sadie is doing awesome potty training too… I think we got some pretty smart pups! We need to get them together!!!

Hannah - I love dogs. Golden’s are such a special breed. We considered getting a Lab/poodle mix but I’m so happy that we didn’t. Buddy was seriously the best puppy. So easy to train, he is the smartest dog I have ever had…except for the whole eating underwear thing. I’m glad he’s brought so much joy to you already!

A week in the life

It’s been a crazy time of trying to unpack while we still have workers in the house. I feel I get a little done only to have all surfaces covered with stuff again.


We started the week with a birthday party


Eva worked hard on the card for the little boy in her class


And snuggled the dog.

Austin went to the ENT to figure out his breathing issues.

Blake and I start many mornings at Starbucks….

Austin went to States


Grandparents came up from Texas for a visit.


We decorated Halloween stuff


He was tired




Shiloh waiting for Trick or treaters

Austin had a XC banquet

We wrapped up the week with a new family member:)

I’ve been so lame with my photography challenges- promise to do better in the future as things settle!

Rachel - Love seeing your sweet family Elisa! Your home is beautiful :)

Hannah - Cutest puppy ever! I’m such a sucker for animals.

The house looks awesome. I’m a little jealous…but mostly because it looks cleaner than mine and I can’t seem to catch up!

I’m lame with photography too. I’m in such a rut.

Laura h - May he give you years of love and companionship !! He is beautiful!

Julie - Too bad Alex and Cole couldn’t trick or treat together!

A special surprise

My kids don’t read my blog so I feel it is ok to put this out there. Besides I am way too excited to hold it in.

We have felt a hole around here since we lost Barley our Golden Retriever and Andy and I have been talking about getting another dog. Another big dog that I could walk the trails with alone and feel safe. One that likes to play. Shiloh likes to play, but her idea of play is to go out with Austin and his friends and run around with their dogs down by the river off leash. She HATES walking on a leash and is awful at it. Her beagle nose just goes crazy. She’s also pretty small and not all that intimidating.

I had my heart set on rescuing a greyhound. But the more I looked into it the more I realized that at this stage of our lives, it probably wasn’t the best choice. The biggest reason is our almost 2 acre property has an underground fence and because Greyhounds are sight hounds and trained to chase small critters, they don’t adopt to people with underground fences. Greyhounds will run right through them and they run so fast you can’t catch them. Then there is the fact that we have Zoey, who is a very small dog that is scared of everything. If a greyhound chased her she would probably be traumatized forever.

As I was getting over my disappointment of the greyhound a friend posted on fb that her friends dogs just had puppies and she was getting one.

The pup looked just like Barley did and I quickly clicked thru the rest of the pics

Mom and Dad -dads name is Riley, the street we used to live on:)

I knew Andy thought we should wait until Spring to get another dog but I sent the pics to him anyway, because who can resist spreading a little Goldie love??

And turns out Andy couldn’t resist those little Goldie faces.

For some reason I am all teary eyed thinking about this new little pup. Because of Barley. Because time flies. Because dogs are so special. Because Cole is going to be so excited- he wants one so bad.

Because we have put our kids through so much the past two years.

Because I want to spend the winter snuggled up by the fire with that furry little face.

Austin already knows, we had to tell him since Andy is going to Indiana to pick our new little dude up and will miss his XC meet tomorrow. Blake will be in West Virginia at a lax tournament so he won’t see it until he gets home after the weekend.

But Cole and Eva will be surprised, and excited. I can’t wait.

Last night I got updated puppy pics- they went to the vet yesterday and then had a day playing outside.

The first one cracks me up- Mama was getting a break on the other side of the fence.

We don’t know which one will be ours- there are 5 girls and 4 boys. We are getting a boy.

Oh man- I wish I could take them all!!!

Miss you Barley girl, I know you would approve.

Aimee - You know you are also getting another kid once you get that puppy right? Oh man- I can already smell that sweet golden puppy breath! Can’t wait to meet him!!!

Elizabeths - OH MY!!!!!! They are sooooooo cute all piled together. Goldens have always been my favorite even as a child we always had them. Such sweet dogs although I can do without the shedding. They are gonna love him so much!!!!

Gretchen P - So exciting! How can you not love those sweet faces? It makes me miss our boxer we put down in March. Have fun with all those puppy kisses!!

Kathy T - Congrats to you! I’m so jealous. I miss puppy breath. And they’re so cute! Barley would most certainly approve. Enjoy!

Amy Jo - I’m so jealous! There is nothing in the world better than puppy breath! Looking forward to seeing more pics of the little guy once you get him home. Do you have a name picked out yet?

Hannah - Are those the dogs Sarah posted about? They are SO cute! I almost was tempted to get another baby…but then Buddy threw up another pair of underwear and I got over it.

By the way….COME TO INDIANA! Hello?? I’m here and I’m awesome…or at least I am nice…some of the time. I bake a mean pie ;)

Sarah - Duh… of course I am the FRIEND she is talking about… any my awesomeness is surely casting a huge shadow over your awesomeness… Buddy is OLD NEWS! LOL!

But, seriously… are those fuzzy faces not adorbs? And now, we are going to be related!! LOL! Can’t wait to meet our little girly furball on Monday so we can share pictures!!! And, puppy playdates best be in their future!!!

Pumpkin carving party

The weather was so nice this year and we had a big mix of people and wouldn’t you know, I forgot to pick up my camera.

When I finally did remember I tried to grab a few pics of these dudes


They wouldn’t let me get one good shot


Marybeth had the best pumpkin by far


None of the kids wanted to carve- they all just wanted to play. There were tons of kids there.


And then my camera went missing and these shots turned up on it


And by the time I got it back to get a pic of the pumpkins most people had taken them so this is all I got!


Happy Halloween!

Susan - IT was a fun party!

Eisenhart Invitational 2014


This is the only meet that is “home” for our high school. It’s a pretty a big one but man the weather was awful.

Results are here- we took 2nd place.

And even though Austin got a personal best he thought he should have ran faster:(


Sometimes I think he pushes himself too hard. But it’s his personality and I have known him long enough to know that there is no changing that!


He is currently the 2nd fastest Junior in central Ohio.


He has worked his butt off to get to that spot.


His Grandparents weathered the weather to watch him run.


I’m just a little bit proud of these boys…

Found this video on Youtube from one of the other schools that participated- kinda cool to see our boys.

Gretchen P - 2nd fastest junior!! What an accomplishment. I’m sure he is pushing himself to be the fastest. You should be proud!

Lisa - Way to run, Austin! That is a great accomplishment! :-)

Maureen - Love your posts about Austin’s cross country success! I am a cross country groupie with all three of my kids who ran. My youngest son who ran for HInsdale IL won state for the first time in the history of the school last year. So much fun and lots of nerves watching him and the team. There is nothing like a fall cross country meet. He runs for Boston College now. Here’s a link to a youtube of their team last year if Austin is interested.


Laura h - So great! My son is on XC too, and it is always fun to watch them compete! You must be so proud!