Saturday, September 30, 2006

Homecoming pictures

Ready for the dance

We want a silly picture

Jordan and Aly

Jordan and Lindsey

Jordan and Shane

Lindsey, Maleni, Aly and Jordan

The Gang

Homecoming National Anthem

Jordan and Josh before the parade

The "I Love Lucy" Float

Jordan and Shane working on the float

Friday, September 29, 2006


It's been an awful week. I've been sick all week but still dragged my butt to work everyday. Yesterday was the worst. I had a sinus headache that wouldn't quit. At least my headache is gone this morning and that is a huge improvement. I have too much to do today to be sick.

Today is homecoming. Craig is getting off work early to pull the freshmen float in the parade. The kids made a nice float.......with help from us parents of course. Their theme was "I Love Lucy". They decided to make a float after the episode where Lucy and Ethel are working in the chocolate factory. We are playing Watervliet tonight so they made a conveyor belt with little panthers and Lucy and Ethel are eating the panthers. Here's a picture of the kids and their float in progress. I'll get some completed pictures later today.

Jordan got a new special dress for the homecoming dance. She has about driven me nuts over this dress issue. You would think she was buying a wedding dress. But finally last night she got all the accessories, shoes, etc. straightened out. She's absolutely beautiful!!!!

Tomorrow is Jordan's first marching band competition in Otsego. It's suppose to rain and be nasty all day so I don't know how that will end up.

We got our desk top back from repair. It's working great and running so much faster BUT....... Craig was in charge of backing up all my files that I wanted to save. He did a great job but FORGOT to back up my email addresses. They are all gone!!! I have some on my laptop but a lot I don't. It will be fun trying to round them all back up.

We still have our foster dog "Ricky". He's like having a puppy around. He's got more energy than our two dogs put together. Seadra is too old and set in her ways to fly around the house and Zoe is too fat. Ricky flies around here like he has wings. I'm very grateful that he came housebroken....that has been no problem at all. Right now he's curled up next to Seadra sleeping. Not a usual occurrence, Seadra usually doesn't tolerate him that well. No bites on his adoption yet. The rescue has about 30 dogs up for adoption right now.

Time for me to go and get a few things done this morning. It's going to be a busy day.......but a fun one. I love homecoming!!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Our Fury Babies......

I don't have much time this morning but I wanted to post this picture. Ricky is the one closest to Jordan. Here's a link to his "available for adoption web page".

Ricky is such a good boy. He deserves a loving forever home..........

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sunday Morning

Morning glory in my garden

It's my favorite day of the week, but I'm not feeling my usual self. I've got a nasty cold or flu or something. I did sleep good last night, that was a blessing. I went to bed at 9:30 and didn't get up until 8:00. That's a long time for me.

I got up and took all the dogs outside for our morning ritual. The mosquito's about carried me away so I didn't stay out for very long. Then I talked myself out of Sunday School which I hated to do because we are starting a new series today that I didn't want to miss. I'm still going to church but I thought the extra time I would have this morning would be good for me.

Poor Zoe is walking around this morning with one of her eyes all weepy and half closed. I cleaned it and couldn't see anything but she keeps pawing it too so it must be bothering her. I'll have to take her to the vet tomorrow if no improvement.

Ricky (our foster dog) has made himself right at home and is one of the family. He sure has a lot of energy. He flies around here bouncing from one piece of furniture to the next. His favorite spot is on the back of the couch so he can watch out the window. The amazing thing is that he is totally housebroken. We've had him over a week and he has not had one accident in the house. Makes me think that he must have been someone's pet........but why didn't anyone come to claim him at the shelter? He's a mystery.

Most of my family and friends think that I will fall so in love with him that we will end up keeping him. They will be surprised because we are not keeping him. As crazy as I may be about him the rewarding part of this is knowing what you do for these animals and giving them the chance for a wonderful life. Ricky will make someone a wonderful companion when he finds his forever home.

Craig's been gone most of the weekend at a car show in Kalamazoo with his job, Jordan is running around with a friend, and Caleb has to work after church this morning so I will be home nursing myself after church. I haven't touch this house or laundry all weekend so I need to get that done too before Monday rolls around. This weekend has gone too fast.

Have a great week............Love, Jessica

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ricky Bobby

Here he is!! I picked him up yesterday in Kalamazoo. He's a real sweetie. He doesn't seem to have a lot of issues that I was nervous about. He's very friendly, loves to sit in you lap, loves attention. He can't get enough of it. He's very skinny, we have to fatten him up. He's taller than Seadra but weighs 10 pounds less than she does.

He's a little anxious of loud noises but other than that is very content to be with us. Seadra and Zoe like him too. Seadra only doesn't like him when he sniffs what she is eating.

I think this is going to be a wonderful experience. So far so good.

The kids have named him "Ricky Bobby". I guess I can handle that name for a few weeks.

Friday, September 8, 2006

He's on his way!!!

Did you hear? We are getting a new baby.....The canine kind. I got a call from the Boston Terrier Rescue people yesterday asking if we were ready for our first foster dog. Seems they have 6 dogs all the sudden that need fostering. I know very little about the dog we are getting but here is what I do know........

He is a 2 year old male dog that was at a shelter in Traverse City. I don't know if he was a stray or a surrender. Someone from Detroit went and rescued him from the shelter. They are taking him to a volunteer in Sturgis tonight and we are getting him in the morning. The volunteer on the phone last night told me that all she was told about him was that he is very good with people and dogs. Hopefully I will learn more details tomorrow.

I am very excited and a little nervous too. I want this to be a wonderful experience and I am nervous about the temperament of the dog. I expressed this to the volunteer and she assured me that everyone has the same thoughts. She assured me that the organization will work closely with us to make sure that everything is going well.

I took the paperwork up to my vets office and talked to them about our adventure. I have to have him to the vet within 48 hours.

I was like a new mother shopping in preparation for his arrival this morning. I went to 5 stores before I found the right crate. It took me 20 minutes to pick out just the right collar and leash. And now I am trying to think of a name. The volunteer told me that since he came from a shelter that he probably doesn't have a name and we can name him. Craig suggested "Spud". I think I'll wait and see what his personality is like before I decide on a name.

I'm sitting in an empty living room waiting for our new furniture to arrive. We had the carpets cleaned a few days ago in preparation. We got a leather couch with a matching chair and ottoman and a rocker recliner. We also got a new computer desk. This is the first time in our married life that we have gotten a whole room full of new furniture. Twenty years of married life; I think I was overdue.

More to follow..............

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

A New Day

Today Jordan started High School!!! Her first day of her freshmen year. I got the camera out and snapped a picture. It was like her first day of kindergarten; for me anyway. She came downstairs looking radiant. She was absolutely glowing. Craig and I stood in the window and watched the kids drive off for school. Once they were out of sight I turned to Craig and said "There goes our wonderful kids", although I wouldn't have had to say a word. We were both feeling it. Those moments are priceless.