Category Archives: Argish

Last weekend we made our first trip to Grand Lake.  And I am in love.  Maybe it was because we were there for one of the prime leaf-turning weekends of fall, or maybe it was all the wildlife, but whatever it was, I absolutely loved it up there.  We got a really good deal on a cabin rental (on a little lake!), and the big plus was we could bring our dogs.  Since we have recently moved, we don’t want to be too pesky of neighbors asking to have them take care of our animals…although we did have a neighbor watch the chickens (but they also kept all the eggs so they didn’t mind too much).  The kids also had a 4-day weekend for conferences so I took full advantage of probably the last family vacation we will have for this year.  And it was so worth it.

Here’s my photo journaling of the weekend:

The trees were so incredibly brilliant with color! 

It’s rut season so elk were everywhere (and I think Tom was drooling a bit over these bucks).

As much as I loved seeing the elk though, I REALLY wanted to see a moose…and we did!  On the last day there we were shopping in downtown Grand Lake and saw three cows just hanging out and eating the foliage.  Two ran off when a bus rumbled by, but this one stayed and even walked right past us (we were in our vehicle, otherwise this would have been taken at a much safer distance).

This made my day, even though Tom was chastising me for forgetting my camera at the cabin. :(


She was so sweet, just meandered by looking for a yummy tree to eat.

our cabin, from the back.

our cabin, from the back.

morning on the lake (view from the cabin)

The cabin rental included free use of the boats connected at our dock. P was extremely excited about this!


Tom taking full advantage of his minions.

Tom taking full advantage of his minions.

Just the boys, yikes! Fortunately Argish and Tom kept watch...

The boys went alone multiple times (yikes)!  But Argish and Tom kept an eye on them…


Argish even got a turn.

with Argish even getting in on the action.

E didn

E didn’t care AT ALL for the boat (thought there were alligators in the water), so she was happy being on the shore and “fishing”.

We really had a great time, and it was so nice to get away from the plains and see the mountains again. :)

Adoption update:  We are now slated for October 30th for finalization of P’s adoption!  Tom has to fly back to L@tvia on the 27th, stay for court, and fly home.  Short and sweet stay, just enough for him to get some Latvian cuisine back in his system (which I am jealous of)!

We are still raising money to complete this leg of the adoption.  There are some final attorney’s fees to cover and then the two last trips we need to complete…this month and likely in December when both Tom and P go back for embassy appointments and a final visa.  We’re praying everything is complete and DONE by Christmas!

If you would like to contribute to these expenses, we still have a donation account HERE.  We also have a coffee fundraiser going on.  You can buy all sorts of goodies for yourself or as Christmas gifts! :)

Once again, thank you for all of your support!!


Last night we got our winter wonderland here in Colorado!  We woke up this morning to about 1+ feet of snow covering the ground.  It is gorgeous!  And just in time for Christmas! :)

Since my plans to meet up with a couple of friends fell through due to driving risks, I decided to take the kids across the street to the park and see if we could get some sledding in.  Never having tried it over there before, I quickly learned that fresh powder is much more appropriate for skiing, not sledding.  And the hills that I once thought to be pretty steep?  Not so much.  At least not for sledding.  Oh well, at least trudging through the snow wore the kids (and dogs) out…which was ultimately the end result I was shooting for.

Argish ruining the kids' snow angels

ice was sticking to Petunia's whiskers. :)

seriously, this is the BEST dog ever. I heart Argish.

mini snow monster!

folgers in your cup diarrhea on your floor!  Hello!

So, usually mornings here are pretty mundane.  Wake up at 6:30, rouse a sleeping boy to get ready for school, calm a fussy 2yo who just *hates* mornings, tell boy to quit messing around and get dressed about 547 times (conservative estimate), tell 2yo to stop bothering brother so he can get ready for school, make school lunch…yada, yada, yada.  Like I said, normal morning.

Except for a morning like today’s.  Let me just preface this by saying that it is never a good thing if our dog, Argish, is pacing the house…particularly at night.  Usually, much like a babies cry, I hear him, bolt out of bed and let him outside.  Last night I guess I slept pretty hard b/c I did not hear a thing (ok, admission time:   I shut our bedroom door so that I wouldn’t hear C coughing all night.  I know, bad mommy.  I did give him what medicine is acceptable these days and it did nothing…don’t judge).  So, it’s possible that Argish tried to get my attention, but could not open the door (although, come to think of it, if he *could* open the door, it would never be an issue to have to let them out.  Question #1096 for God, why did He not create dogs with opposable thumbs?)

I digress.
At 6am this morning the door to our room bangs open and there is E, wanting to come into our bed.  This is a pretty normal occurrence and if it affords me another 1/2 hour of sleep, so be it.  Just as we get comfortable, I hear Argish pacing.  Crap.  Me to Tom:  “Get up and let YOUR dog out, he’s pacing!”  Tom:  “Oh, is that a bad thing?” (sigh).  Tom gets up and walks into the kitchen and exclaims, “oh wow, there is crap everywhere!  Come look at this!”  Code for:  come help me clean it up…which is code for:  can YOU come clean this up?  Side-note:  there’s something you need to understand about Tom.  He has the worst gag relex of anyone I have ever known.  E-ver.  Like he looks at a tongue depressor and starts gagging.  As a result, he has gotten out of changing quite a few gross diapers and has rarely, if ever, had to clean up after Argish.  Keeping in mind that we have a German Shepherd roughly the size of a small horse…who consequently has excrement the size of a small horse, which means this was not a tiny liquid, slimy mess…there was an oil slick all over our kitchen floor (hope you’re not eating right now.  oh well, time to get that new year’s resolution started anyway.  you’re welcome).

Ok, so where are we at?  oh yeah, BIG mess on the floor, husband trying to help but gagging uncontrollably.  Time for super-mom to the rescue.  It must be that “steel magnolias” thing about moms that we can do this and not throw up.  Seriously, the smell!  Ugh!  and the texture…all slimy and oozy?  Yuck! (I hope you haven’t pick that fork back up).  Thank goodness we have hardwood floors.  And thank you whoever made the swiffer wet-jet.  I love you.  Seriously, I do.  So with a roll of paper towel gone, lots of air freshener, and mopping of the floor at 6:15am, we are ready to start our “normal” morning.

And Argish?  He’s still with us…and he’s sorry…(just be thankful I chose not post a picture of “the mess”. Again, you’re welcome)


Yesterday we finally got the kind of snow you’d expect here in Denver…just a few months late. I guess this season all the snow is going east.
 Anyway, E and I thought we would play around and enjoy it while Daddy snow-blowed (blew?) the sidewalks and driveway…

Once in awhile Tom has a Saturday off. This day was one of them. We decided to pack up the kids and take in some fall colors of the Rockies. We didn’t find much of that (too early or too late?  Can’t say…), but we did have a great family hike…

  Aaaah, Colorado!
 Looks kind of like C’s resisting strangling E…a subconscious thing?
 Argish LOVES the outdoors
 …and this is why we love it here in Colorado.
 My favorite photo of the day. :)