Saturday was a great day for Will and I, but after all our fun was over we had a hole in our hearts.
You know when you meet someone for the first time and you just know that he’s “The ONE”. Everything from the way he smiles to the way he kisses is magical, and it’s as if your life will never be the same from this point forward.
Well…this happened to Will and I on Saturday. We stopped by a local pet store just to browse because we know eventually we would like to add a puppy to our little family but were still undecided about the breed. As we walked by all the puppies one little guy locked eyes with me and I knew he was “The One”. We looked at a feisty little Dachshund puppy first. She was CRAZY and Cute but not the one for me.
Then we met him face to face….a little Cockapoo baby boy. As he molded himself into my hands my heart instantly melted. He snuggled so close to me and instantly felt like part of the Collum Family. Will took a turn holding him and fell in love also. We played for a bit, falling deeper and deeper in love with him, but ultimately decided to keep our impulse buying at bay and resist the urge to take him home. As we waited for him to go back with his friends Will explained how we would never find another Dog like this little guy who we named Sir Bennington Pawsworth or Benny for short. As I said goodbye a tear came to my eye. And I really broke down once I got to the car.
I know we weren’t ready to buy a puppy when we went in the store but there was something about that little guy that I will never forget. I will keep him in my prayers and hope he finds a family who will love him as much as we do. He’s one special little guy!
Will and I are trying our hand at being true Kansans and what better way than a trip to the fair…The Kansas State Fair that is.
Now coming from Iowa fairs are a big deal….And ….there is no fair like the Iowa State Fair! But we made the 45 minute trip to “Hutch” to see what all the fuss was about.
We pulled up right across from the main ticketing area and parked for FREE! Yes…that’ right…FREE! Tickets were only $8 per person so we were feeling pretty good about our day so far. So we grabbed our fair map to plan our attack.
In the equestrian arena there were some beautiful horses showing their talent by weaving around cones and answering every command of their rider. I’m not so sure what the objective was or how the scoring was tallied but it was beautiful to watch and almost made me want to saddle up. YeeHaww!!
Then we moved on to some of the barns which were all open air, keeping the smell for this city girl down to a minimum. There were cows, rabbits and birds. Some of the biggest Turkeys...no, not KU Fans...real Turkeys...I’ve ever seen!
Unfortunately, I left the camera at home so there are no pictures from our outing….(Which is a lesson I’m happy to learn now….pre children).
We search high and low or the flea market/ Varied Industries type building and it was nowhere to be found…. Just more animals and the 4-H dorm. Darn! But hey....it saved us some money.
We also were looking for the Krispie Kreme Burger all the radio staions were buzzing about. Yep...it's just like what it sounds....a Cheeseburger with bacon and all the fixins stacked between two sweet Krispie Kremes. Yuck! Yuck! Yuck! We didn't even want to eat it....just see who was. Gotta love People Watching! he he he! : )
All in all it was a great day for the Collum family. We are happy to have the experience under our belt but will save our fair legs for Iowa.
Well....to say I've been neglecting my blog would be the understatement of the century. But, once again I am pledging to do a better job of writing, journaling and blogging. I have a ton of thoughts in my little head and it does a body good to get them out on paper (errr..or on the computer that is).
The biggest news from the Collum Family is our big move. Yep…that’s right folks…Will and I are now back in Kansas!!! We both took new jobs towards the end of June and officially moved by July 4th. It was a little stressful, but we got it all done. Thank goodness for a great family….I’m so lucky!
Other than that we’ve been pretty low key here while trying to adjust to our new life and 2nd home during our first year of marriage. But we are young, in love and one hell of a team! I’ve decided to stop trying to rubberneck around each turn on life’s highway and just sit back and enjoy the ride with my best friend.
Well...it's been awhile since I've posted anything on my blog so I thought this morning would be perfect. I woke up at 4:12am this morning...Saturday...and couldn't go back to sleep. My mind was racing with to do lists and Will was snoring louder than usual...so....I decided to get up. Yes...up out of bed at 4:12am on a Saturday morning. Yikes!!!
The first thing I decided to do was laundry. I started a load and the sat on the couch and updated my Facebook status. I needed every one of my Friends out their to know how crazy I am....I guess. LOL! Anywho....So then what's a girl to do before 5am? I paid bills...and shhhh...don't tell.....but I enjoyed it! I got all of our accounts up to date, filed the paperwork, noted the confirmation numbers for online payments and balanced our checkbook. Whew....that should have made me tired. But no...I'm off to make a grocery list, dust and clean as quiet as possible not to make the sleeping husband. But I'm going mark my words...I will be productive!
I know at some point today I'm going to crash and need to nap....but for now my friends...I am up and accomplished. A pretty good way to start off the weekend if you ask me....and I know...you didn't. LOL!
I hope you all have a very productive and relaxing weekend yourselves.
There are so many wonderful things I can say about my Dad that it becomes overwhelming to try and put it all on paper. But in honor of his birthday today, I thought I’d post a tribute to my Dad…..I’ll always be your little girl!
You’ve always put our family first, sacrificing your needs along the way. You give of yourself freely and make sure everyone in your family is taken care of. You’re an amazing Husband, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and Friend…but most importantly…..You’re an amazing Father!
You’ve always protected me from evil, made me feel safe and shown unconditional love in so many different way. You’ve always tried to steer me away from life’s mistakes but picked me up when I fell.
You’re a pillar of strength and support in our family and the glue that binds us together.
You’ve been my biggest fan and always knew how to get D O W N….yea, you knew how to get DOWN! While driving home from my crazy day at work I heard this song and it made me think of you Dad….
It takes a lot to know what is love It’s not the big things, but the little things that mean enough A lot of prayers to get me through and there is never a day that passes by I don’t think of you You were always there for me Pushing me….Guiding me…..Always to succeed You showed me….When I was young just how to grow You showed me….Everything that I should know You showed me….Just how to walk without your hands Dad you always were….The Perfect Fan!
Ok....I've been a big huge slacker on the blog front lately. But in my defense December is a crazy month for us and this year was no different.
We ended up staying in Iowa for Christmas because Will had to work both Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas so travel was not in the cards. However, my Parents did decide to make the journey to Iowa since the weather forecast was no looking good for travel later in the week and they didn’t want my Sister’s family on the bad roads.
Christmas Eve was great. I went shopping with my Mom and Dad and had a fun day with them. After shopping we took naps and prepared for Church and the fun night ahead. I finished all my Christmas wrapping while Christmas tunes rang throughout the house.
(Did I mention...I love Christmas and everything involved!)
We ended up having dinner at my Sister's house and we all got to open ONE Christmas present. This is a tradition my Parents started long ago. We get ONE present Christmas Eve and it's ALWAYS Christmas PJs (but the kids haven't figured that out yet...LOL!).
Then it was time to make the trek back to Johnston with my Parent in tow. We had planned on going to Church but since the roads were getting bad we ending up opening present at our house so my Parents could get back to Ankeny at a decent time. I, once again, put on the best of Bing Crosby Christmas and my Parents, Will and I opened presents, talked, told stories and had a great time. It was so nice and relaxed and at the end of the night I really didn't want them to leave.
Christmas Day was an adventure also, although I was not feeling very well. We got a call early from my Dad stating that they would not be there to pick us up because his car was stuck in the snow. He was not a happy camper. So Will and I braved the snowy roads and slid over to my Sister’s house once again to watch her family open their Christmas presents. There is something about the excitement of children on Christmas Day that cannot be matched. So innocent…So excited…So cute! Everything was awesome!
I hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!