Saturday, January 30, 2016

Fuzzy Little Calvin No More!

It was a big day for little Calvin!!! Two days before Thanksgiving he had a run in with a car, had major surgery and basically learned to walk again.

And that whole between then and now, he's only had one bath and the only grooming he had was the shaving they did to his back leg and where they put his iv in his front leg.  He looked a little like a poodle:)

So this morning we took off with little fuzzy head...

And came back this afternoon with a nice, clean shaved head!  He looks so good and smells even better!!!!

And then we enjoyed a nice walk at the dog park and enjoyed a beautiful sunset!

Oh and I shouldn't forget the Petsmart run either!  Who can forget treats and greenies and pats on the head by strangers who think you're adorable!  I'm speaking for Calvin when I say he had a pretty terrific day!

Monday, January 18, 2016


Nothing is as amazing as having someone in your life who cares so much about you that he takes time on his day off to stop by your work and bring you a latte, soup, salad and...
Beautiful flowers!!!!!!
I really kind of like this guy!!!!!:)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cold Weekend

What Midwesterners do with a cold weekend...

They hang out on Friday nights with an awesome friend and delicious food!

Then they have sleepovers in no-snow downtown so that they can wake up Saturday morning and go to breakfast at a kitchie downtown restaurant and eat more food!

They spend the afternoon with cold walks at the dog park with puppies that have to wear doggie booties because their tootsies are so cold!

And then, after Sunday morning service they go with another awesome friend (and maybe a little more than a friend;) to cool coffee shops... sit by warm fires with hot coffee...

Ahhhh... Couldn't ask for more!
Oh wait!...
Now that's perfect!!!!

And then more cold dog park walks and dinner made by my talented boufriend and movie by the fire!

That's how to stay warm and happy on a cold and frozen weekend Chicago style!

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Making Of The Man I Really Like!

So I must admit, I was pretty honored over the New Years holiday in Florida as Sean shared places and people with me that have been a big part of his life.  Every little bit more that I learn about him or share with him, a teensy bit I'm sad because I didn't get to share those things with him, but probably more, it just makes me see a part of the whole person he's become.  Seeing the places he talks about fondly or the schools that educated him and helped make him the scholar he is today, or the friends who have been through a big journey with him and keep him going forward to God or the brother who's birthday he stole:). Every little bit I'm just amazed that I get to share it with him!  

There were his Gainesville years....
His schools and house 

His dad's work 

And then I finally got to see inside his Jacksonville house!  We've driven by outside so many times and even gotten chased out of the yard (another story:) and now I finally got to see the inside picture!

And his beach!  We even got to spend a few hours in the sun there and we both actually caught a few waves as it was stil an amazingly warm day!

It's funny how I forget the house and people and places that made me who I am.  They were there and now they're gone and every once in a while I have a fond memory and then pass by and move on.  But then you start looking at other peoples places and people and things and how all of that came together to make the person you see standing in front of you - who he is today.  And you start to think more about all the things that made you who you are - for good or for bad, they shaped you and you either sank or swam with the reality of those things.  

I'd like to say for the record - that Sean definitely swam!:).  Figuratively and in reality!
(That's Sean swimming if you can't tell!:)

Happy 2016!  Who knows where the year will take us!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Kicking And Screaming!

Tomorrow we go home...
I'm digging my heels in!  But Sean won't let me stay:(. Ok I'll be honest - Sean wants to stay too, but sometimes we just have to be adults.  Which is even sometimes sadder:(

So instead we enjoyed time with his mom today while we took her to an eye appointment and then lunch (and btw Pat, apparently all eye specialists take forever!  We were at the eye Drs office from 10 until 12:30!!!

We got back to the condo and then walked back to the pier in Jacksonville and paid $1 to walk on it.

And then we walked back and stopped at the place where Sean did his lifeguard training ... And he tried to save me!:). Or chase me... Can't tell which?...

And then we walked down the beach home, and Sean showed me his big mussel...

And then we had one more barbeque on the patio at his moms condo!

And watched the sun set over the ocean ... One last time..this time!

Another trip getting to know Sean, his Florida and his family just a little more!  And I love them all yet even more!

Goodnight Jacksonville!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy 2016!

Down in FL again for the new year with Seans family!

New Year's Eve with my firework loving beau on the beach!  He's like a little boy with candy when you give him fireworks on the beach!  Makes me smile to see him so goofy happy!:)

Then around midnight a few fireworks blasted off in the distance...

And then we went to bed...:)
So we were ready for New Year's Day brunch with his mom!
We went to a resort on the beach with a cool restaurant and view and treated her to the first meal of 2016!

Happy new year sunrise from Jacksonville!