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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Belated Weekend

WARNING: If you're not a fan of sweet puppy faces, you may want to skip this post.

Spring has finally sprung!  May is probably one of my favorite months of the year.  It's right before the crazy of June and the weather is still manageable, but the excitement of summer still looms ahead.  
Thanks to Coppelia performances, I didn't get to spend that much time outside over the weekend, but I know there's plenty of outdoorsy-ness to come.  Walker and I have really loved spending time together working on these shows.

The highlight of the weekend, however, was getting to meet Piper!  She wasn't supposed to come home for another two weeks, but schedules changed and my parents went to go pick her up on Saturday morning.  That pretty much translated to Walker and I spending every possible minute playing with her over at their house.

Ready for a photo overload?

Isn't she the cutest??  We're spending the weekend with her while my parents go away for Courtney's graduation.  Can't wait!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Oh Hey, Friday!

Happy Friday, friends!  I can't believe that it's MAY.  I feel like I spend the entire winter wishing the cold and yucky weather away, and then when spring finally arrives, I pray that time will just slooooow down so that I can enjoy it.

Here are the top five best parts of my week:

1 // Piper is coming home TOMORROW!  I know I said the plan was going to be two weeks from now, but schedules changed and we're getting her early.  I am like a little kid waiting for Christmas - beside myself with excitement!  I am counting the minutes until I can snuggle her.

2 // We have another week of Coppelia with the ballet company and then we're done for the summer.  It's been such a great experience performing with them, and I'll be sad to finish up.  The good news is that we've committed to The Nutcracker and will be performing as Clara's mom and dad.

3 // One of my friends from work is new to our building this year and also is a Christian, so we bonded immediately.  She and her husband are so sweet and are coming to see our show tomorrow night.  They invited us out to dinner afterwards, which should be a ton of fun.  The husbands have never met, so we're hoping they hit it off and become best buds!

4 // Speaking of work friends, we're having another happy hour this afternoon to celebrate a coworkers birthday.  I love the people I work with, and I feel so grateful to be part of a caring school community.  Grabbing a drink with them after a long week of work is a great way to kick off the weekend!

5 // I found a website where you can upload your picture and it will tell you how old you look.  I tried this one of my mom and me, just for fun, and she was thrilled with the result!  It had us both giggling at 10 PM last night.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Meet Piper!

When we lost our sweet Maggie in November, my family was just beside ourselves.  My animal-loving friends out there understand that it's nearly impossible to let go of a pet that has provided so much love and comfort over the years.  When Maggie died, she had literally been present for half of my life.  We were devastated.

 Since the average life span of a Cavalier is 10 years and Maggie lived to be 12 and a half, the puppy conversation had been happening for a few years.  We discussed getting one years ago, so that Magg's death wouldn't be so upsetting, but it never did end up happening.  My parents are empty nesters, and they said the loneliness was almost too much to bear in the beginning.  The discussion first started happening in the winter.  What if we got a new dog?  Then it progressed to well, let's look at dogs on the internet.  And then let's contact some breeders.  We found one in Lancaster, PA who was scheduled to have puppies in mid-February, but we didn't know if she would have a tricolor female (Cavaliers come in four colors, and we were pretty specific).  Lo and behold, the litter had 5 of them!  

When they sent us this picture, we were sold.  Immediately.  

Years ago, when we discussed getting another dog, her name was going to be Lily.  Since then, though, it seems like everyone and their dog is named Lily (pun intended!) so we wanted to be a little different.  And now we have...Piper!  I think it fits her perfectly.

Now pardon me while I blow up this post with pictures of precious Piper. 

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The more recent pictures are from my parents' visit to the breeders last weekend.  Piper comes home in less than 3 weeks and we can't wait!  It's going to be a great summer with an adorable little puppy around to snuggle and play with.