How was everyone’s weekend? I will say, this weekend was a beast of a few day’s for us. It started with the craziness that is having a rummage sale. We had one Thursday-Saturday and it was rough. I was so exhausted, sore, and achy. But first, let me back track a little. Before the massive rummage sale hoopla I shared a new article on The Today show titled, Long drive? Don’t take anything serious… seriously
. I am giving my tips on how to make a long road trip work with kid’s. It involves snacks, funny noise contests, and handling boogers. Oh yeah, I went there!
Now that I have my professional advice sharing out of the way, let me get back to my weekend fun. On Saturday the kid’s did not have school, (obviously) so they had a snack bar during the rummage sale. We purchased some individual bags of chips, some bottles of water, and made some lemonade. Nora got to work writing the instructions for the snack bar. We decided to make things easier, people could select one drink and one bag of chips; then pay what they want for it. This way my kid’s did not have to figure out change quite yet. Most of the time there was someone with them paying attention to money exchanges, but they still wanted to do this all on their own.
They ended up making about $15 each, which surprised me. We apparently have some amazing neighbors, or very hungry neighbors. It was a neighborhood rummage sale, so everyone within our estates community were out and about perusing their neighbor’s goods. We did pretty good with money, we did even better with getting rid of things. Our basement is a little more empty, which was the real goal.
The plan was to use some of the money we got from the rummage sale to redo one of the flower bed’s in our yard. Then put the rest away for our vacations. Then, on Sunday that responsible plan went out the window. We headed to PetSmart to get some food for our hamster Rosie. When we walked in there was a few dog’s which were available for adoption. Our eye’s landed on this sweet, kind and mellow puppy. Dale and I were weirdly intrigued. We have seen puppies for sale, adoption, whatever. But, have always enjoyed the cuteness and moved on. This one, had our heart. I guess our rummage sale money was burning a hole in our pocket.
We all enjoyed the sweet puppy, pet him, coo’d over him, and tried to continue on shopping. We left the dog, and could not get it out of our head. That is the goal for those adoption day’s and they got us. We went to fill out a application with the humane society the dog was being kept at. Just to find out information on the process, and cuddle some dog’s. We left with more than cuddles. We had some one on one time with the sweet dog named Shipley. He is a 3 month old lab/hound mix. We got along great with him, and were pretty enamored.
Before Dale and I even knew what we were doing, we had piled back our three kids in the car to run home and get Teddy. Our almost, no longer, only
child dog. We needed to make sure they got along. We knew he got along with my trio of Littles, but the package comes with a camera friendly dog named Teddy too. Before I get the talk about a dog being a big commitment, we have always planned to add one more dog to the family. Dale’s parents for years had two dogs and he loved the relationship the two furry friends had. We also wanted to get a larger breed dog from a shelter, eventually. We had been warming up to the idea and wondering when we would take the leap. It was love at first sight and we decided it was time. We did not pick him, he picked us.
The two dog’s got along really well. Teddy is a low maintenance, smart, sweet dog. And our new guy is happy go lucky, a gentle giant. He is currently sleeping, well snoring while laying on my legs; spread out on the couch. Teddy sniffs him and then walks away. Apparently they are a good fit. I am waiting for the ball to drop and reality to set in. Right now is the calm before the storm.
I mean, it will happen. We now have 3 kid’s and 3 animals in the home. We have Rosie, our hamster. Teddy, our tiny Havanese dog. And newly renamed and acquired Finn. Shipley was a little hard for my kid’s to master. It came off as them saying sh*tley. I think we will leave the questionable and curse laden animal names for when we have teenagers and they try to be funny by naming their dog sh*tley.
Every living thing in our home has a middle name. Everyone knows the reason for a middle name is for when you are in trouble. The kid’s are certain that is the reason. Teddy is Teddy Bear, Rosie is Rosie Lullabelle, and Finn is now Finn Sailor. We tried to keep the ship part of Shipley in his name. He has already responded to it. He also has gone to the back door and whined when he has to pee. I really have no idea if this is just a complete fluke, the calm before the crazy, or if he is just that meant to be. I will let you know. Maybe next week I will give a update. If things get silent around here, assume the sh*t has hit the fan, the wall, the carpet. Until then I am off to cuddle our dog’s. That gives me hives and butterflies when I say plural, we now have DOG’S!!!!!
Have you ever made a big time decision like a dog on a whim? Let it be known, no one goes to check things out at a dog shelter. I wanted them all!