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Happy Belated Gotcha Day, Gwen!

Once again I have been a very bad blogger.  Since my last post many, many things have happened that were blog worthy!  The first of which was Gwen’s very first “Gotcha Day!”  That means a year ago on June 29th is when we got our little Fairwyn Gwyndolyn Rose from her breeder and took her home to live with us!  Let’s rewind the clocks a couple weeks and give this little doggie the attention she deserves. 😉

Gwennie on the way home from the breeders for the very first time.



She rode the last half hour of our 4.5 hr trip home on the floor boards under the AC vent. She was so cute and fluffy! And ORANGE!

Since the last post, Andrew has gone back out to sea but before he left I sent some cards with him that I’d made, giving him specific dates to open some of them others telling him to open when he needed a smile, etc.  I made him a Gwennie’s Gotcha Day card and on it I put one of the pictures of Gwen when we went to pick her up.  Recently I got an email (the first in a very long, long time) and he said he really enjoyed the cards and especially the one with Gwen.

We picked Gwen up when she was 10 weeks old — I had finally gotten to see her at 9 wks — and we knew instantly that she was the perfect little puppy for us.  She was (still is) so full of character and was quite adorable!  She rode very well in the car, only puking on me twice before going to sleep the rest of the way home.  We stopped a couple times for puppy potty breaks and also to get lunch for the humans and water for the puppy.  It was a 4.5 hour drive from one side of the state (SC) to the other sine we had to take so many breaks in between driving.  I have tons of pictures of Gwen from those first few days, I just wanted to share a few today.

On the 29th I wasn’t actually with Gwen, she was staying with my parents while I was attending my sister-in-law’s wedding in Pennsylvania.  It was a very lovely wedding, I just wish my husband would’ve been able to attend his only sister’s wedding…such is the navy life I guess.

Proof that I was at the wedding!

Many things to catch up on but I’m going to leave it here for now.  I have since gone back to work (finally!) and have been quite busy trying to keep up with the house (read:  mow the lawn regularly so it doesn’t turn into a jungle), and giving the dog and my horse the attention that they deserve.  Little time has been left for regular blog writing let alone reading!  I have some grand plans, but we will just have to wait and see if those seed are able to sprout with such limited time.


2012 to 2013 — A Whirlwind Year

Awhile back I said that I was working on a mini-project of sorts.  It was in the spirit of New Years and the idea of Resolutions and Reflecting on the past year.  Well here it is.  Starting off, I want to say that 2012 had to be THE BIGGEST year for me by far.  So here goes!

In 2012 I was living alone and finishing up at school in WA while Andrew was in Naval Nuclear Power School in Charelston, SC.  He commissioned in May 2011 and moved out to SC shortly afterwards.  This just gives you an idea of where we were for at least the first half of the year.

In February Andrew graduated from Power School and we (me & my parents) made the trip out for his graduation.  His parents and grandparents were also there.  Honestly, it was too many people for me.  I’m not a big crowds kind of person since crowds or other large groups just frustrate the hell out of me.

Us with Toni (I named his car Toni, as in Toni the Tigress).

Us with my parents.

The last two semesters I had a WSU were my best!  I had full course loads (18 cr.) and I was riding my horse almost everyday and I also did a boxing class (Pink Gloves Boxing) at the Rec my last semester in the mornings.  As well as Swing and Tennis.  I got in shape for the wedding the fun way — by playing instead of actually working out!  Well, boxing was a work out but I loved it!  So in my last semester at WSU I accomplished the following things:

– April:  I got my pink wraps in PGB.  (Big accomplishment.)

– April:  My friend, Nat, and I got our horses into the pond!  Neither had been in water like that before!  We also got them into puddles!  One thing you must know is that there are quite a lot of horses that will avoid having to walk thru puddles at all costs…horses are really just big chickens…

Blowing bubbles…he is a big dork.

– April:  I did my first jumping show with Owen!  Nat competed on Ika (the grey horse), it was their first jumping show together too.  Both of us have prior experience jumping but our 11 y.o. horses had not.  We had our issues but nothing that didn’t make me proud of Owen. 🙂

April 27:  Gwen was born!

– May:  I graduated college!  Got my BA in History with a double major in Spanish.  Don’t ask me what I want to do with them, I don’t know.  I just know that I do not want to be a teacher.

Pictures downtown with one of the mascot statues.

With my parents at my Graduation.

After Graduation is was busy, busy, busy getting ready for the wedding!

June 2:  Andrew & I got married!   We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon.

After we returned we packed my truck up and headed cross country.  We moved me to SC in about 6 days.  I got to see Gwen for the first time on the way and a week later she officially joined our family!

Gwen at 8 wks. First time I got to see her!

8 wks

A bunch of Gwennie milestones and things were reached as she grew so I won’t put those here, just know that they also made this year a big one watching her play, grow, and learn.

– August 4:  My God-Sister got married!  I flew back home for her wedding. 🙂

Yes, I wore my wedding colors to her wedding. 🙂

– August:  Gwen started puppy classes!  Andrew also started the next stage in his schooling for the Navy.

– October:  Puppy’s First Howl-o-ween!  She wasn’t too thrilled about being dressed up, I don’t think.

– November:  Trip to Atlanta to visit cousins and their Cardi for Thanksgiving.  Such a fun trip!  I am glad we were able to go! 🙂

– December:  Puppy’s First Christmas!  And our first Christmas as a married couple and on the opposite side of the country from our family.

Our year was a very busy, active, and happy one but it should also be noted that we had our own share of heartbreak this year.  My Grandpa (mom’s dad) passed away before Christmas and my Grandma Fluffy (dad’s mom) passed away after Christmas.  Moving away from everyone and everything I know and leaving my horse back at home was also quite hard for me.  With all of this we got through and I will always remember 2012 as the year the world did not end of milestones and memories.


A random picture from our wedding!  I posted this for our Corgi blogger friend and fellow Navy wife, Corgi Mom, since I mentioned my shoes in a comment to her.  🙂

I love orange!   Surprisingly enough my favorite color remains blue, as it has for many years.  Our wedding colors were blue and orange.  We got teased about this since they are Boise State colors and the husband went to the University of Idaho.  I love blue and orange together!  My best friend’s sister got married a year or so ago and she had these colors and I loved them!  I wasn’t copying her even though I also borrowed some flowers from her.  Blue & orange are my horse’s colors.  It was my way of making sure that Owen, my horse, could be a part of the wedding even when he could not actually be there.

You may think it is silly to want my horse to be a part of my wedding, but if you think about it, would you want your dog to be a part of your wedding?  I say this assuming you’re dog is like your baby.  Some people want them to be while others don’t.  All personal preference.  A horse at the wedding would have been a nightmare!  No pun intended.  Also, my mom vetoed allowing Dayzee (my “sister”) to be in the wedding….

If we had Gwen at the time I would have wanted her to be a part of it somehow.  Or at least there for the pictures!  Having Owen there would have made things difficult and I would have wanted to stay with him rather than mingle with guests.  That shows a bit of my personality, I guess.

As I type this, Gwen is sitting with her head resting on my arm.  She has also been a real pain, putting her head on the keyboard, placing toys and paws on the keyboard, and in general trying to get me to play with her.  When I do give in and play she tries to bite.  She must know what I just said because she just walked away….  Gwen has been very cuddly lately.  She even let me take her to bed last night.  She stayed with me, biting my toes through the blanket, until Andrew got home.  It gets kinda lonely out here and I’ve been homesick lately.  I think she knows and is trying to make me feel better.

It has rained all day so Miss Corgipants has been stuck inside all day!  I wish we could have gone on a walk.  She has so much energy!