Saturday, March 14, 2015

Meadowbrook Dog Show

It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon and the the children were all romping about on the lawn with their chosen canines on leashes (some homemade for lack of collars) when I had an idea. Why not have a dog show!!?!?! I already had the camera in hand and was searching for something to photograph so this was the perfect opportunity! In minutes we quickly set up some obstacles and set the show in motion.


Here were our entries: A tall blonde girl, proudly standing with her sleek, handsome German Shepard  (Totally "FOR THE WIN") and a slightly younger girl - with little curls pulled loosely into a ponytail - holding tightly to the overly large leash that was attached to her little brown dog who seemed more intent on sleeping then doing her best performance. 


The blonde began the show by parading beside her handsome canine toward the jumps with gusto....


While the little girl and her brown dog seemed to have a bit of trouble communicating as to which was the better idea, watching or competing!


After a moment we were struck with the bright idea of "treats" to coax the dogs through the obstacle courses. and as you can see, it worked beautifully! Suddenly the dogs were MORE then attentive and we even had an innocent bystander (who had no handler) join the show!


Look at that form! And just look at the serious face! I would give that a score of "7"!


Woohoo! He cleared that jump with half a foot to spare! I would give that an "8" for sure! 


Awwwwh, Savannah getting herself some puppy love. 


But then, against all odds the German Shepard shocked all those in attendance by going "off leash"!!!!! Wow! 


And there he goes, soaring effortlessly over the jump!  The German Shepard wins! Wow, what a show! First place to the German Shepard and his beautiful blonde owner! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

I turned 18! (Holiday Happenings in Review)

.....to me! Hahaha


Chase and myself before the party.

Just a little taste before everyone arrives.

My best friend for life. She's the best sister/BFF I could have ever asked for. 

The above picture was the result of much of this actually....lol. Its hard to get the camera to work when Papa is using it. Lol
I love this picture of us with Papa. Tugs at my heart strings in so many ways. 

Haha! Someone is anxious for the party to begin and to get herself some cake. 
Best buddies and mortal enemies....it depends on the moment. Haha. Blake (3) and Cole (1).

"What in the world, Blake?" 

Chase

Chase and Blake, partners in crime. 

Wheww, look at those muscles! Sure makes a body feel safe around here. 

And now starts the beginning of the series I call...The Many Faces Of Emelie. Pic one. But I have a good excuse for this one...I was talking to Cole and that demands a lot of animation. 

Cole lovingly helped me open many of my presents this year. Since this year he experiences his very first Christmas he was officially taught how to open his own presents ..and he hasn't stopped. He gets so excited to see what is underneath the paper he won't even look at the camera! 

Love my baby brother so much. He is such a little character! 

Little brothers are the greatest......the majority of the time. heehee jk

The Many Faces of Emelie: Pic Two.  Lol!



I was so excited about this shirt! It is the perfect shade of red and so sparkly! Definitely a new favorite! 

The Many Faces Of Emelie: Pic Three. 

I truly wish I knew what was so funny?

Mmmmmm another birthday favorite! Thanks Mama and Papa.

Love them so much.

Blake and Aunt Beverly




Mmmmmm, I can just taste those juicy blueberries and fresh lemon all over again just looking at this picture! Yum, Yum did I ever tell you guys about my birthday cake?  *sigh* You guys have got to try it some time! I'll attach a link to the recipe HERE. And I agreed and still agree whole heartedly with Sally, that this cake is and was the best bit of sunshine I have tried this winter! Love, love,  love it! 




Haha,  the candles reflected off the camera and made little hearts! How cute! 


My beautiful Mama

This is a funny little tradition the younger ones enjoy doing every time a birthday comes around..they collect all the candles they can and stick them in their own slice of cake, relight them and blow them out repeatedly! Lol. They find so much joy in doing this! Me?...no I'm over there digging into my cake by this time. 




I was so surprised with this one...as you can probably tell! Thank you Uncle Toby and Aunt Beverly,
It is one of my favorite necklaces now! 



Cutie Patootie resting in Papa's arms.

Her smile is absolutely contagious. (but hard to capture on film)
Aunt Beverly took a bunch of pictures from a different angle and from a different side of the room so you guys can get a better perspective.....and I'm so grateful to her for that! Is she awesome or what?!?
Lighting the cake! 


Blake made sure he had a hefty piece. lol

Opening a surprise gift! 



For those wondering, my birthday was back in December. Thus the Christmas tree in the background. I have been so behind in picture sorting that I am just finally getting around to my birthday pictures.

photo creds: Marissa


P.S  This post is the first of many to come this weekend that I have finally organized and captioned from the (sort of recent) holidays.