A fun session with good friends.Â I love these two kids and consider them part of our family.Â Stacey – I’m so glad that you and your family have become part of our lives.
I chose a weekend day where we were not doing anything special – Playdates, watching the game, doggie play, Halloween candy, me attempting some sort of craft project.Â Typical day in the Schannen household.
I’m having issues here, so we’re going to be going backwards – from nightime to morning.Â After you are done here – Head on over to see Pam Parisi’s day.
Rick (my hubby) likes to relax and watch the game most Sunday afternoons.Â My older boy loves to watch with him and they discuss Sports ALL THE TIME. Â For some reason he was no where to be found at the moment, so the little guy took full advantage of having Daddy all to himself.Â Â These wrestling matches also happen all the time – They are ALL BOY.Â I’m glad I was able to document it this time.Â
Well – I’m late with my post today – was supposed to have this up about 13 hours ago, but it didn’t work out that way.Â But it’s still October 10th – so here goes.
I’ve joined a group of photographers where we take 10 hours in one day and document that day through images.Â I may have taken some liberties with too many images per hour, (and if that’s against the ‘rules’ – I apologize and won’t do it again.Â :).Â To read a little more about this project – click HERE.
On this day, a Monday;Â after the kids were picked up for school, I took the dogs in for their teeth cleaning.Â I forgot my camera – so no images about that.
Mikey was star of the week at school.Â Over the weekend we were supposed to do a posterboard or something similar all about Michael.Â I was planning to make a cork board for his room – so this was the perfect excuse to get it going (and his teacher said it was ok).Â So I ran to the store Friday night (after reading what our ‘weekend’ homework was), and bought the supplies.Â I did work on it most of the weekend (with soccer games, and a football party fit in there somewhere).Â Wasn’t quite finished when Mikey left for school on Monday, so I came home from the vet’sÂ to finish it.Â My husband thinks I’m a bit nuts – and really – I’m not one of those moms that goes way above and beyond for their kid’s assignments, but for some reason, I had to do this one.Â (Needed some fun time for me…. 🙂
A group of neighbor friends and I have a weekly thing – Every Monday, one mom takes 4-5 family’s kids over after school for a playdate.Â Therefore, we would have 4 weeks of extra time after school on Mondays, and one busy Monday.Â This day was my turn.Â I ran to Hobby Lobby to get crafts in preparation for the onslaught!
If I had a girl, we would sit and do crafts all day.Â As you see here – the boys went to play soccer and basketball, but the girls continued with their painting.Â And resourceful Cloie found a seat!
Time to pick the dogs up from the Vet.
My Girls……Home at last!Â I did miss them!
Thanks for reading/looking!Â Now head on over to Kit Womble to check out her day!
One of my favorite types of photography is lifestyle – which is basically telling a story with your images.Â I have joined up with a group of 10 VERY talented photographers with the 10 on 10 project inspired by Shannon Harrison.Â Once a month, we take a 10 consecutive hours and document with our cameras a photo from each hour.Â This was my first time trying something like this – there are the 365 day projects and the 52 week project, but right now, I’m not comfortable committing to one of those projects b/c of time/schedule conflicts.Â However, I know many photographer friends have told me how it has really helped develop their skills and creativity – you have a deadline – so you are always thinking creatively and more important, documenting the moments in your life that you will always treasure.Â I do plan to do one of those types of projects in the future – just not now.Â However – once a month – I can handle, so when this opportunity came up – I jumped on it!
We will be posting our images from the day we choose on the 10th of each month.
I chose labor day – I woke up early, had some energy and my husband to help me with the kids all day.Â Was a very lazy day – so great to take out the camera and document!
Labor Day – September 5th, 2011.Â 6am – After letting the dogs out for their potty break and feeding them, it was quite apparent that the kitchen floor needed a sweep.Â (this was the ‘after’ the ‘before’ was too embarrassing to post – lol)
Ok – so I’m just starting a project to help my magazine clutter – Of course I got the idea from Pinterest – but this PIN that linked to THIS blog post – Take out anything that interests you and you want to look at again and put it in a notebook.Â Therefore you can discard (recycle) the rest of the magazine (that you don’t need) and know where to look at those articles/items/tips/etc that intrigued you in one place to look at your convenience without searching through magazines.Â Â You can always replace items that you no longer need – so One notebook should be enough – (however I do have a separate notebook for photography inspirations. )
8AM – family still asleep – one doggie awake and resting…..
(go ahead and ignore the dirty window – or just call it ‘art’ – that works for me!)
Ok -Dad and our two boys just woke up – hanging out watching TV.
Boys upstairs playing quietly…..
A few friends invited us to meet us here for a picnic lunch.Â I was so happy not only that the weather was actually tolerable (has been over 100 degrees for 50 plus days! crazy) and that we were going to see friends that we haven’t seen in awhile….
An hour later – Kids were playing on the play structure….
We went to my Mother-in-law’s house just after the park and Chris just wanted to veg in front of TV.Â He was tired….
Dessert is always a hit.Â Mikey wanted to take the sprinkles off first.
Now head on over my talented friend,Â Kit Womble to see what her day was like!
My youngest son is off to kindergarten.Â I knew I would miss the kids so much, so after much discussion, research, and more discussion, we decided we needed a dog.Â My husband is allergic, so we’ve never had any furry pets.Â However, we always knew that when the kids get a little older, we wanted to get a ‘big dog’.Â I always envisioned the big, gentle lab just lying down on the brown leather sofa with plaid fleece blankets all around. Â Just hanging out, part of the family, letting the kids lay on top of him while watching TV, and the warmth from the wood burning fireplace, logs on the piled up on the side.Â Basically,Â a scene out of an L.L. Bean catalog, (or my grandparent’s library in Hanover, NH). Â Ah – but I digress…Remember, my husband is ALLERGIC and we live in TEXAS, so wood burning fires in our livingrooms are pretty rare.
So, back to more research.Â I love horses.Â I grew up in NYC, however spent much time in NH at my grandparents, and I would ride and take care of horses as much as I could.Â I’ve never been in a position to actually ‘own’ a horse, so in my mind, the next best thing was a Great Dane.Â Or so I thought…..Just because I love Great Danes, that doesn’t mean Great Danes are going to love living with us.Â Because of work and family commitments, I won’t have the time to make sure that high energy dogs get the exercise they need.Â If a high energy dog gets ‘bored’ or needs more exercise, they will be miserable (and possibly use your house as their personal gym, wreaking havock on the furniture!)Â Of course, Great Danes and Labradors are high energy dogs.Â Not a good fit.
Puppy, or adult?Â Again – don’t have too much time to train, plus I haven’t had a dog in a long time, so adult.
Rescue?Â I always worried about their past – With two small children in the house, I need a gentle soul, one that’s tolerant and sweet.Â Once the children are grown up, I will have more time and energy to take care of an animal with issues.Â However, I really can’t do that now – Would not be fair to the animal, nor my family who need me.
More research.Â My good friend Tiffany told me about how she adopted a retired racing Greyhound once.Â Was a wonderful dog, in the nine weeks, she may have cleaned about 12 hairs off the kitchen floor, and highly recommended them.Â The issue she had is that her Greyhound did not get along with her cat, that has been a family member for a long time.Â Â They really tried to make it work, but as you know, dogs and cats don’t always play well.
Hmmm – A Greyhound, sounds interesting.Â Â But they just got off the racetracks – they must need a lot of exercise!Â But just in case, I’ll go check them out.
Wow!Â Apparently, a retired racing Greyhound, is just that – RETIRED!!!!!Â Once they are off the tracks, they are pretty much done!Â Greyhounds were bred for quick burst of speed (they have the largest heart of any dog – enabling them to run so fast).Â They are sprinters, but not endurance runners.Â They are affectionately known as ‘the world fastest couch potato’!Â Â Basically a run in an enclosed area or a longer walk once a day is all a retired racer needs.Â They typically sleep up to 20 hours a day!
Ok – second problem – my husband’s allergies.Â Well, many allergy sufferers do well with Greyhounds.Â They shed very little and have no undercoat.
Rescue? – Well, for the most part, the retired racers were treated well.Â They love to run and be with other dogs.Â They do need to learn how to live in a house, but often an adopted racer first lives in Foster care, therefor learning about the house – tables, windows, mirrors, stairs, etc.
What else about the Greys -Â (Please, Please, Please feel free to either correct me or add more if my information is inaccurate – You can do that in the comments or contact me directly. )
Demeanor- gentle, sweet, affectionate, eager to please.
Intelligence – Very Smart, pretty easy to train, but get bored easily sometimes.Â (However, they do not know how to get back home if loose – will elaborate below)
Noise – Basically Greys don’t bark.Â Some do, but it’s not a characteristic of the breed.
Guard dog? – NOT – They’ll greet the intruder at the door, say ‘come on in and pet me!’
Good with children – Yes, typically.Â As with most dogs, if the child is too hands on or rough, the Grey will typically back off or just leave the room.Â May not be a good fit with very young children, but again – depends on the situation. (My kids are not rough or very overly affectionate with animals).
Life expectancy – 12 – 14 years.Â Pretty good health –
ForÂ us – what could be a better breed???Â They remind me of horses – I just love how they look – so poised and statuesque, but they can be really silly too (just look up ‘Greyhound Crazies’ on youtube – hysterical).
Well, we wanted to meet some Greys, make sure they are ok with the kids and my husband’s allergies, so we went to aÂ Greyhound Unlimited ‘Meet and Greet’ event.Â My husband petted and hugged each animal and we had a great time (and the hubby felt perfectly fine all day -yay!).Â We had no intentions of bringing home a dog that day, so we made sure to tell the kids that we were JUST looking at them and we would NOT be bringing home a Greyhound on that day.Â Â Â Well, it turns out we really didn’t need to convince the kiddos that we wern’t bringing home a Grey that day – it was ME!Â I fell IN LOVE with Brie.Â A week later, after chats with her foster mom, meeting and liking my MIL’s dog, we brought her home.
My 8 year old wanted to change her name to Abby, and I really want him to feel a part of Abby’s upbringing, so Abby is her name and she responds to it nicely.
I’ll post more about Abby in future posts and will get some better shots in.Â She so pretty, has a great, fun personality. so affectionate andÂ to sum it all up -Â – PURE JOY!