This weekend we noticed a change in our Lucy. Something was different. She appeared slower, less responsive, uninterested in food and kinda sad. Today is Tuesday and not much has changed. It's hard not to prepare for the worst at this point.
As you recall from this post, we found out Lucy had cancer around Thanksgiving. We didn't know how much longer we would have with her and as of this weekend, our fear is not very long. In honor of her legacy and as a tribute to my first "baby"...I'm sharing 10 life lessons I learned from my beloved beagle pup:
- Go ahead, lick the bowl: Lucy lived life to the fullest. She wasn't going to let a few extra snacks get in her way of utter happiness. Whether it was a dropped french fry or string cheese...she never hesitated to take a bite outta life.
- Make your presence known: Lucy was a "barker", also known as a beagle. You always knew where she was in the house and she wasn't shy about it. She always let people know she meant business.
- When your body tells you to take a nap, take a nap: She was completely unapologetic about her napping ability. When your body tells you to stop; you just listen. I like that about her.
- Love unconditionally: It didn't matter if we just reprimanded her for chewing a shoe out of my closet...she always returned with lotsa licks. I suppose you could also add this to the "forgive and forget" bucket because Lucy always forgot. Imagine if us humans did the same?
- Sniff some butts: If it smells stinky...it probably is stinky. Trust your gut. Boy, it took me a long time to learn that lesson. She nailed it at such a young age!
- You don't have to like everyone: Sometimes Lucy would be unwelcoming to other dogs. I don't blame her. You can't love everyone. Why fake it? Be true to yourself.
- Go with the flow: Often when we vacationed Lucy would bounce from our house to a grandparents' house. Never a complainer. She would simply find her napping nook and stay outta everyone's hair. She was a pleasure to be around.
- Don't take "no" for an answer: She may have been a sweet pup but when she wanted her bed moved or extra pets...she sure made it known. We're talking head butting the palm of your hand and nudging your leg. After enough nudging, pretty much anyone would succumb.
- Use all your senses: Lucy would always step outside and raise her face to the sun sniffing the air. It was almost like she was relishing the warmth or fresh air in the most appreciative way. Somewhat like stopping to smell the roses; never in a rush.
- Fake it till you make it: No matter how sick she was feeling, whether it was a bad bout of grass or her recent surgery, Lucy always rallied. Even on her first day home from surgery she was jumping up for treats. She never let you know how much pain she was in. Honorable really.
Thanks for indulging. The house is still and we are sad trying to navigate what to do with with a sick pup and how to make her comfortable in her last days.
Despite the 90 degree temps, we're feelin' Fall in a major way. I also see 60 degree forecasts ahead so don't put those sweaters away just yet!
Last week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Chicago Parent in sharing our favorite pumpkin inspired recipe. There are SO many pumpkin recipes out there - it's enough to make your head spin and I truly prefer the less sugary, artificial taste that so many beverages leave you with. Yick! Instead, we create a new spin on our morning smoothie. I'd love to share it with you!
We loved this book! I've read it weekly to my kids as there is so much "new" in their little lives with teachers, classrooms, routines and new friends. But it's a bit of a role reversal because this books is all about prepping their teachers for a rad school year. Meet this week's Brightly Book is: How to Get Your Teacher Ready. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
School has begun! What a whirlwind week y'all! Happy to report that both kiddos seem happy and well adjusted. Let's all hi-5! Speaking of hi-5's, Dad chose this week's book reco as his favorite by far. And you'll see why. This week's Brightly Book is: Magic Tree House: A Big Day for Baseball. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
We loved loved loved this week's Brightly Book: We're All Wonders. It explores the differences in all of us which came at a tremendous time as my girls have been incredibly inquisitive about hair color, skin color and beyond. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
We are through and through a Seuss family. I was so excited when my girls quickly adopted this author's books into their little bedroom libraries. And let's be honest...they are an easy read on the days when you've been put through the ringer in life and as a parent. I am nothing if I am not brutally honest!
School is coming up so quick we can smell it! Let's just say we've been spending a LOT of extra time reading at night to wipe off the cobwebs. It's good to get back to our roots and the girls are enjoying a little mom and dad time sans television which...here, here to that!
Hi! Happy Friday! Although somewhat risky, I thought we'd do a little exercise today! For the first time in eight years I want to open up the floor and answer all of your burning questions. I've never done this before but I thought it could be a fun way to connect as a community and I've seen so many influencers do the same. It really changed my perspective on the individual behind the brand. So...what do you think?
Parental friends! I am so excited to be partnering with Lands' End on a special summer initiative regarding our littles...because let's face it, we all want to keep them entertained but we often forget that fun doesn't mean a three-ring circus daily. Sometimes it's about revisiting the basics. By basics I am referring to keeping learning fun and ensuring that they stay fresh as a new school year approaches. Hard to even wrap our heads around, right?
Summer is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier. Summer means more outside time and more family time. No matter how much time we spend outside, everyone, myself included, needs a moment to themselves. I call it “quiet time” and I’ve trained my girls to take an hour everyday.
I've partnered with Woodfield Mall again but this time the focus has slightly shifted...we're talking all things DAD! Yes...even dear old dad deserves a day to himself. <don't we all?> The girls and I headed out last weekend to get our shop on and shopping we did, indeed, accomplish. Might I add that we took several 100 breaks for various reasons ranging from the bathroom to snacks to toy stores and beyond BUT we completed our mission.