Friday, June 27, 2008

Playmates

Charlie has been getting a lot of attention. Mostly from me because a) I love her and b) she pees on the carpet a lot. But for those of you who thought that this was only my dog - I know otherwise. And here is my proof.

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Notice all of the towels - it helps so that I dont have to clean as much. This is what Charlie is like when she plays - she's my little spaz. We got to cuddle a lot today which was fun, I got through a whole movie with her sleeping on my lap. But it did take 3 different sittings to finally finish the movie.

Needless to say - I am thoroughly enjoying Charlie time.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pictures! Yay!

Before I start with all the cute and adorable and fun stories of Charlie's first day with me - I'd like to show you what I look like right now as I write this. After all the excitement and sniffing, Charlie has finally tuckered out.

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Ok, now to the rest. Charlie, Mom and I had an fun ride home. Aside from Mom being totally distracted by Charlie, the ride went smoothly. There was some wimpering in the beginning and she was definitely unsure of what was going on, but we made it home without a fuss.

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Mom took this one:

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She spent the car ride walking around my neck and not being able to decide if she was more comfortable in the front or in the back. She even fell asleep for a little.

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Before taking Charlie home we stopped by the office and introduced her to Esther and Dad, and everyone else in the office :) She was a big hit. After that pitstop we came home. Charlie hadn't gone to the bathroom so we took her out back to go.

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The Culbert kiddies and Kelly were just walking outside, spotted Charlie, then ran down to play. They loved her of course, and aside from her being a little overwhelmed, she loved them too.

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Leia follower Charlie around showering her with kisses.

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Then I pulled up a chair to wait til she went to the bathroom.

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She wondered around the yard sniffing everything. Since it was cute puppy walking/stumbling I got out my camera to take a video. There is a blessed event at the end of the video that I did not expect.

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New developement: Charlie peed on the rug. She tricked me. Now she is slumbering sweetly. This is how she started:

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This is how she got comfy:


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Today

Its 1:09 am. I'm getting my puppy today. Not in 2 weeks, not in 2 days, not tomorrow. Today. Mom and I will promptly be leaving the house at 8:30 am to drive to Quakertown to pick up Charlie. Then I have four blissful days ahead that will belong to Charlie and me...and anyone else that might drop by. Then work again on Monday, boo. Then I will have Charlie for the next 15 years. This is most definitely the biggest commitment I have ever made.

Today feels like Christmas - I've never had so much motivation to go to sleep, the sooner I go to sleep, the faster "today" will come. Amen to that.

I'll post pictures as soon as I get some. But I'm pretty sure I won't be posting any until she falls asleep...haha I'll be busy until then...you know, bonding and all. I have a feeling she might be a spoiled pup for the next few days. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Planet Nerd

I'm not sure if you know this already - but I love to watch Planet Earth. When it first came out during my junior year, I made sure that I was free every Sunday night so that I could watch the next 2 episodes. I love the constant information. I admit it, I'm a nerd. But God gave us this beautiful planet and Planet Earth has shown me it's beauty in new ways.

In the "Seasonal Forest" episode they show the leaves changing color - from space! If you were in a spaceship in the fall you would be able to see the leaves changing. How beautiful is that? Kinda makes me wonder if God likes watching the leaves change as much as we do. Many of the things they talk about in Planet Earth are grand, and by grand, I mean huge. Like how a swarm of locust can be 10 miles wide and take 3 hours to pass or the migration patterns of whales, and wildebeests, and elephants.

With all the cicadas outside I have been itching to watch that section again. The cicadas are disgusting and loud - but there are some things that I bet you didn't know about them. When the cicadas come out it is the biggest insect emergence on the planet, numbering over 1 billion.

If you were to walk outside of our house during the day you would hear the buzzing of all the cicadas. They kill branches and die on my car, leaving nasty bits of grime. They fly into your face and zoom past your ear and are a general nuisance (to humans anyway).

But even the most annoying of insects has a purpose. There are so many cicadas that when they die they cover the forest floor. Their bodies decay and because of all this fertilizer the trees enjoy a growth spurt. Everything from birds to squirrels to turtles to raccoons feast on the defenseless cicada. The forest, as a whole, has a full stomach.

So remember the next time you want to punch one in the face, though they are loud and disgusting, they feed the forests that give this planet life. Who knew that this blog could be ridiculous and educational?

In other, more hilarious news....I ran over the newspaper today with the mower. I know what you're thinking, "How on planet earth could you do that?" Well, please, allow me to explain. The TriCounty was sitting on the road by the mailbox, I was about to pick it up as I road by but figured that it wouldn't bother me so I would get it when I was done. Right after this train of thought - I pulled up to the mailbox to mow around it. To mow around the mailbox, the blades of the mower have to go into the road a bit.

Not gonna lie - I died of laughter when I heard the mower suck in the paper and then spit it out in pieces. The only unfortunate thing about this was that there was no one there to laugh with...oh, and the fact that I had to clean it all up. There I was, in the front yard, sweeping the bits of paper into the trash can, but I was laughing the whole time. Good times.

Too bad Ethan "The Shredder" wasn't there to laugh with me. He would have enjoyed my paper shredding technique.

And since I'm sharing with you one of my favorite YouTube videos - I might as well share 2. Here is Abby reciting Psalm 23. "Surely?"

P.S. Puppy Countdown = 18 hours. Can you believe it?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Rug

When we moved into 718, one of the rules was that we cover 75% of the traffic areas. So I invested all of 12 bucks (maybe) in a rug from Ikea.
Take a look at this rug. A good long look: notice how big it is in relation to the room. Notice how much of it is hidden because of furniture. Don't worry about the numbers - they are from a previous post.

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When I moved home I knew I would want to hold on to that rug so that I could cover some of my floor. I figured Charlie is going to have a couple "accidents" while she is being potty trained, er, house broken. So I thought "great, this rug is huge, it'll cover a good chunk of my floor."

Boy was I mistaken. Don't get me wrong - it covers a good amount. But I remembered it being a lot bigger. Also - you see those lovely ripples in my rug? That is just the kind of thing that eats at my brain until I fix it.

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Just goes to show you how "big" my room at school really was. Yuck - just thinking of living in that room makes me wanna run around screaming and waving my arms in the air like that monkey in the Weezer video.

This rug helps to remind me to be thankful for how big my room is here. Ya know what? I have the biggest room in the house. No lie - maybe it's because I'm the middle child and secretly work my magic to make all my wildest dreams come true. Or maybe it's because no one wanted it. Definitely the latter. But really, no one wanted it. When we put on the addition Mom moved Zack downstairs and away from the women. Esther and Char both wanted one of the new rooms. Esther got the far one and Char got the middle one so we could be close.

That worked out really well for Char and me during all the times we were supposed to be asleep but were really running back and forth leaving notes under each others doors. We thought we were so sneaky - Mom and Dad probably knew the whole time.

Anyway - all that said - I am just so thankful to have space again and room to move and breath and play with my puppy (you know, the one I'll have in 5 days).

Friday, June 20, 2008

Tetrisitis

I've officially named my disease. I'm a freak. I've always known it - but now I'm naming it and apparently posting it on the internet. As I'm sure you are well aware, I like to name things. And since I don't think my "itis" officially has a name I've adopted my own and will now define it.

Tetrisitis (te-tri-si-tis): A disease in which all things must fit perfectly together. Ya know, like Tetris. Whether it be groceries, pictures, or furniture.

Seriously, I have a problem. When I go grocery shopping, everything has to fit neatly in the cart and save as much space as possible. When I set my room up, everything had to fit perfectly without any weird corners sticking out. It just has to be that way. It has to take up as little space as possible and it needs to fit perfectly back in the same spot every time.

For example - Mom and I were setting up the landing today and I had the tape measure out making sure everything fit in its place. Being the middle child that I am - I refuse to take any blame in this disease. The fault is on Dad. Sorry to break the news to you Dad, but it's true. I'm not sure I would have developed this case of Tetrisitis were you not an engineer. Alright - so it's not Dad's fault, but I'm a middle child remember?

It slowly eats at my brain when I know something doesn't fit right. I'm that person at the table making sure my plate, silverware, and placemat all align perfectly. I have my calendar taped to my desk. I can't stand when it moves around because then I'm constantly fixing it. I like straight, clean lines. I can't handle diagonal. (Here, diaganolly! for Char) I can't make one of those crazy collages that go all crazy directions with all crazy pieces fitting together in crazy ways. I like them - but I can't put one together, it's too tough on the brain.

I'm a freak. I've always known it. But now I'm naming it. I hope you enjoyed this confession of my freakiness. I don't see anything changing in the near future either.

Notice how the calendar is perfectly aligned. And that is how it will stay.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

What a Croc!

Leia has been missing the other half of a pair of pink crocs for awhile now. Kelly was positive that the missing croc was at our house. It makes sense, the last time we saw it on her was here. But it is nowhere to be found. We looked in/under/around/over/beside everything in the house! Everybody was part of the search party.

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Except Miss "I n'know." She entertained herself while the rest of us asked her over and over: "Leia, where is your shoe?"

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The kids stopped by today for some random reason and found me in my room. And then they found the dog crate. I promise you - this was not my idea. I tried to get her to do it yesterday but she wouldn't. Today she just hopped right in. So, I guess technically, it was my idea. Oops.

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Then everyone needed to try. They would have had more space but I already have it parted and ready for my puppy. That little Rhino Tommy is holding is the cuddly friend I got for Charlie. Since she won't have me to cuddle with at night. Because no matter how cute she is, she is not sleeping in bed with me. She's not. Really, she's not! Ok, maybe every once in awhile.

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Lukey and Tommy growled when they got in the crate. I hope that isn't a sign of what's to come.

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Even Emily gave it a shot. But since she is now a big ten year old - she didn't fit very well. Leia didn't seem to understand that because she kept trying to shut the door on Emily.

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In 7 days there will be a puppy in that crate. I can't wait. Mom walked into my room today to tell me it was time to start cleaning and she said "You need a dog in here!" I agree.

Puppy countdown = 6 days.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Pool

Tommy didn't want to swim - he didn't like the big pool. But things have changed lately. He was so excited about the change that he wanted Kelly to take pictures to "show Daddy and Deb." Alright T, what am I? Chop liver? Anyway, I'll put my bruised ego aside for the moment to share with you the amazing photos Kelly took.

There are a two reasons I think these photos are amazing. The color of the water, and the color of Tommy's hair.

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I love the look on his face. What a great shot of T-bone. I just really love these photos because you can tell how much fun Tommy is having and it makes me want to be in the pool with him.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Ready, Set, Puppy!

I'm ready. I have everything I need....I think. I have all the major necessities for Charlie. Cricket and I went shopping today and got it all in one shot. So now that my room is puppy-ready, I just need the puppy.

I took your advice Auntie Karen and got Charlie a bed for when I am at my computer. Though I'm sure I'll always want her on my lap - she probably won't always want to be there.

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Here is her crate - maybe the most exciting purchase of the day. Not because it's pretty or fun or anything, but because its a real sign that Charlie will soon be here. It's a nice crate, it folds up for easy transport, but the sucker is heavy for sure.

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The thing on top of the crate is another bed. I know, I know - she doesn't need three beds, but this one was so cute. So I couldn't resist. Besides, this one is very portable and can be draggd around the house with ease (at least that is my excuse).

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In the corner of my room I set up her toys/eating spot.

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Cricket and I had fun picking out toys for her. As you can see we got her a soccer ball because we need to start her off early. We also got her a frisbee because it was small and awesome. And in the back corner you can see the tennis balls - the regular sized one and the puppy sized ones.

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The cute purple collar I got Charlie won't fit her for a little bit since she is so tiny. So I got her another one today until she grows into the purple one. I wanted to get her another purple one - but all the purple ones were dumb. So Cricket talked me into this one.


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I never thought my dog would be wearing a pink collar. It was a really fun/expensive trip to PetCo. I'm now a card member there - like Giant. To get the discounts you need the club card. I'm almost there!

Puppy Countdown - 10 days.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Day One

Detox.

Today was the first full day I had to live without Charlie after having met her. It was awful. I kept picturing that little black head and those little black eyes. I have been waiting for a dog all my life and it's finally happening. In 13 long days I'll be on my way to pick her up. I'm sure as the 13 days progress it'll be easier and easier.

I have devoted Monday to dog shopping. I have nothing for Charlie yet, except a leash and collar. Since the collar isn't going to fit for awhile I need to find one that will. I need to get all the essentials. Ya know, the things she'll use day to day: crate, bed, food, toys, gate, ect.

That will be a very fun day. I'll let you know how I'm coming with the withdrawl thing...soon it'll all be over.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Charlie.

I'd like to introduce you to Charlie. My dog. Man that feels good...let's do it again. Hi, this is my dog Charlie.

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She's six weeks old and doing splendidly. A beautiful puppy. Right now her coat is dark, but it'll lighten up as she gets older. We stopped at work to drop off t-shirts and show some pictures of my little girl. Since Dad was in a meeting we left this picture on his desktop. We didn't want him to miss out on the excitement. ;)

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I told you I had a name in the back of my head that I had been carrying around for years. When I saw my new puppy, it just fit. She's a "Charlie" for sure. And in 2 weeks she'll be here with me. Mom and Cricket liked her too. But how could you not like her? Look at that little nose.

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Cricket wanted one too. The one she is holding is about 4 and a half weeks old and is the only male of both litters. Out of seven little puppies - only one little guy.

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It was so hard to leave her there. I wanted to bring her home with me more than anything. At one point when I was holding her, she rested her chin on my chest and just stared at me. I love her already.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Waiting

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Seems like I have just been waiting for something to happen. And guess what - something has finally happened. Or, well, it's happening tomorrow.

We are going to see my dog tomorrow. I have been dying to meet her and I can't wait.

I was talking to the Culberts about what I should name my dog and I got quite a few crazy suggestions. Mickey. Sickey. Slinky. Ginner. Peanut. Nelly. Lady. Tramp. Champ. Chester. Lukey was the one that suggested I name my dog "Ginner." But I had to explain to him that I couldn't name my dog that because when my mom would call for me...the dog would come running too. He seemed to think that made sense. A friend at work suggested I name my dog "Mr. Lunchbox." Leia suggested that I name it "Ruff Ruff."

Naming a dog of my own has been part of the dream of having a dog. Getting to pick for myself whatever name I wanted in the world. Interestingly enough, I've had a named picked out for about the last 10 years I would say. It was the name I always used to name stuffed animals when I was little. I have just always loved it, and it's always been in the back of my brain. Therefore, I really haven't had much deliberating to do.

Now that I finally get to name a dog, I don't want to mess it up. I somewhat wanna name it something crazy, just for fun. But I don't think I'm that kinda girl. I think I'll be able to make the final decision when I see her tomorrow.

Puppy Countdown = 15 days.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I'm the next big thing...or is it the Wii?

I'm done. Seriously DONE. I have nothing left to move in, nothing left to organize, nothing left to put away, and nothing left to clean. I did it. It's done.

I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that everything is in it's place and I won't be moving out for a long time. I know that when I'm looking for that black sharpie I can never seem to find - that it will be right where it's supposed to be. And when I'm looking for my shoes - they will all be in the closet. You know why they'll be in the closet? Because I'm getting a puppy, and everything has to stay in the closet. Right now I'm in the process of training myself to always put my stuff away. I have to get used to always putting clothes in the laundry basket and always putting my shoes in the closet. I devoted a drawer in my nightstand to my purse, because if it didn't have that drawer, it would be on the floor.

Wanna see the finished product? Me too. I've put up more pictures too.

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Wait, what is that in the left bottom corner? Is that a kiddie?

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Wait...there is is again

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It's and infestation I tell ya!

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Actually, it's not an infestation. Nope, it goes by a much more sinister name - Wii. I am now the second Wii owner in the neighborhood. Ever since I have moved home and ever since Lukey discovered it is set up in my room, it's become the only reason he still talks to me.

It starts out comfy...but the excitement is too much.

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And they move to a position that really allows them to move with the game. Notice the leaning forward - they want to be as close as they can.

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But since Lukey kicks his legs with every swing of the lightsaber, he needs to be more free - so one little leg pops out.

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Then he moves completely off the bed.

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And finally to the floor. The excitement of actually getting to be Darth Vader is just too exciting.

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Then I look up and he's gone. If I didn't have these pictures I wouldn't believe it. He pops in and out in the blink of an eye. Just when I am wondering whether it was all a dream - I find these.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Long, Hot Summer

I just watched The Long, Hot Summer. It's a spectacular movie. A gorgeous, young Paul Newman stars as Ben Quick - A stranger passing through town living on a bad reputation. He persues the lovely Clara who just will not have him. The movie is excellent. Witty conversation and southern accents fill this drama.

Best Part: After Ben proses marriage in a very assuming way, Clara's response is:

"That's not enough. Do you understand me? That is not nearly enough. Mr. Quick, I am a human being. Do you know what that means? It means I set a price on myself, a high high price. You may be surprised to know it, but I've got quite a lot to give. I've got things I have been saving up my whole life, things like love and understanding and, and jokes and good times and good cooking. I'm prepared to be the queen of Sheba for some lucky man, or at the very least the best wife that any man could hope for. Now that's my human history, and it's not gonna be bought and sold, and it's certainly not gonna be given away to any passing stranger."

Watch the movie.

Now I've heard it said that Paul Newman doesn't scratch where some people itch. I'm itch free tonight.

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Puppy Countdown: 22 Days

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Birthday Fun

We celebrated the birth of two of my favorite kiddies today. Tommy turned 6 on May 22nd, and Liea turned 2 today! No matter how many times we tried to tell her she was two, she just didn't seem to get it.

Me: "Leia, how old are you?"
Leia: "I n'know" ("I don't know" in Leia speak)
Me: "You're two!"
Leia: "Two"
Me: "Leia, how old are you?"
Leia: "I n'know"


To celebrate their birthdays Kelly put a wonderful picnic together at French Creek. It was a gorgeous day out so Dad and Frank rode their bikes there. Oh yeah, for those of you that don't know - Frank just got a bike, er, motorcycle. It's pretty sweet. So whenever there is a helmet around, a kid is bound to put it on.

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It makes me laugh so hard. They look like bobble heads, it looks even funnier from far away. Here is some of the crew hanging out, and there is our little bobble head.

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Tommy got some really neat stuff for his birthday. Everything fit his personality perfectly. He's a big six year old now, ya know.

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Leia loved her presents too, but we had a hard time getting her to open them. She had a water balloon in one hand and a lollipop in the other.

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She liked my sunglasses so I had her try them on. They kept slipping off her little nose, so I had her tip her chin up - she took it to the extreme, but they stayed on.


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No offense Leia, but they look better on me.

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More birthday pictures later, for now, we have more important business to get too. The last time I spoke to Bodil (the lady I'm getting my dog from) she said that they were expecting the litters to be born in early May. Since I haven't heard from her in awhile I thought I'd better give her a call and see how things were going.

She is so sweet. I couldn't have found a nicer person to get my puppy from. She had two bitches that would be giving birth in May. I had been hoping and praying that I would be able to get a dog from the earliest litter. I had also been hoping and praying that I would be able to get a female.

When I called tonight Bodil said "Well I have one question for you." She said that the first litter of 2 puppies was born May 3rd, and the second litter of 5 puppies was born May 23rd. Then she asked "Would you like a puppy from the first or second litter?" Amen. I'll take the first litter please! Maybe I was just the first person to call, but I really didn't think I would get a choice.

Just to make sure - I asked her that it was a female - ya know, just to make sure, because science isn't too the point when you can dictate the sex of the puppy, thankfully. It is a female. The first litter were both females, and there were four females in the second litter. Amen. Once again, maybe I was just the first person to call, but I really didn't think I'd have a choice. She knew my preference, but you never know. They could have had all males.

God just completely put everything together. Completely. Everything is happening the best possible way it could. Mom and I still need to discuss when, but soon we will be going to see the puppies. I feel like a six year old - I'm so giddy.

Let the count down being people. Oh, I forgot to tell you when. June 26th. Mark it on your calendar. I did.

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Don't worry Auntie Karen, I am definitely taking pictures of my puppy when I go to meet her. It'll be our first meeting, and I need to document it.