Thursday, October 20, 2011

August was a fun filled month...
Seelowen's Laughing North Wind (aka: Winnie) joined the FitzGerald family!

I couldn't hold back my tears when we finally picked up our new pup at the airport and she was in my arms! I'd waited two years for her & she was well worth the efforts!

Adelaide & Winnie were an instant team :)

We had time to fill before her first vet visit so we visited Bruce :) He was gentle with our new little bundle and she seems to rather like the boy !

Dr Candice, Adelaide & Sarah gave her a thorough check up and she passed with flying colours :)
And by the look on Dr Candice's face...I knew Winnie had scored a new fan :)

Daddy instantly fell in love too...we ALL did! It was rather amazing that this little pup had taken her entire day in such calm stride! She had been on two different planes, been handled by various staff in the process, had been decended upon by four very excited strangers (us), had been sniffed by a 135 lb dog and then rushed to the vet for a check up! And as if that wasn't enough, she still had to travel 100 miles to her new home!! All the while Winnie was calm, charming & cheerful. I'd say that is beyond impressive!

Welcoming our new pup home really was a family event as was the prep work! We bought a new pen and brought in some gravel...then the hard work began! The girls were right there shovelling & raking with Daddy to get things set up...We knew, at the time, that this was just the beginnng of a new adventure so the work was done with enthusiasm!

But a new puppy wasn't the only thing that we got this month!! Pink eye arrived!! Poor Daddy & Sarah were it so hard that we ended up in the nurses' station where nurse Sue took care of them! We are SO lucky for the nurses we ave here...they are the best :)

Much to my great delight, Auntie Joanne arrived too!! And it made my heart sing to see her talk "quilts" with the girls! I dearly love my friend and miss having her near. Hummmm...I'd have to stop & really think - was this her 5th visit? Wow!! My heart always lightens when she arrives & weighs heavy when she leaves. Guess that speaks to how much she means to me, to us.

With Katherine babysitting this month, our two little girls were never idle and the creativity and energy Katherine brought to the cabin was greatly appreciated! Adelaide & Sarah always look forward to visits with this ever so charming girl & it's no wonder!!

(Our newest neighbour...Pig!)

This month, Daddy & I drove home from work one day & found a love note in the driveway. I did everything to avoid running it over with the truck so this heart lasted for a few weeks at least! I can't wait to see what messages might greet us next summer :)

Me, Joanne & Kathrine...Three Quilters, Three Friends!

Down time with Winnie!

A play dates at Kathleen Lake just days before Reme & Claree left on their year long adventure. As I watched on, I thought about how different they would all look this time next year, when they were all reunited!

The mail man delivered a big surprise in August :) Heck, it wasn't even anyone's birthday!!! Even Winnie was right in there helping to open the parcel from Grandee & Grandad...wriggling with anticipation and delight!

I was wriggling with delight when I saw the content!!

and the girls were just as excited!! I'm sure they were both thinking, "Oh Mum, put the camera DOWN!!! But we all know that THAT is an unreasonable expectation!! When you have girls as beautiful as MINE, there can NEVER be enough photos! ;) Couple their good looks with the world's cutest outfits & I'm filling up camera cards like there is no tomorrow!

Even Winnie fell victum to the shutter bug ;) But again, the reasons are obvious ... just LOOK at this face!! ;)

Speaking of Winnie, She was settling into her new home quite comfortably :) and during her first few days, all three of the wee ones wore each other out!!

Winnie, Adelaide & Diamond enjoyed the outdoors together! Increadibly, Diamone turned 15 this spring and yet she still proved to be an awesome "Auntie" from the get-go!!

This photo still rates as one of my favourites of my girl!!

In hind sight, this photo makes me smile...Winnie was SO small at 8 weeks (October 20) Winnie towers over dear old Diamond!!

OK so maybe THIS is one of my favourites ;) There is a rule in the cabin about no kids being allowed in the dog beds because these are sacrid places for the dogs!! Having said this, I couldn't resist taking a few shapshots before evicting Adelaide & letting Winnie back into her place!!

As Daddy & the girls continued to rake gravel for a few days, Winnie supervised from the highest point of the mound...never was a puppy so stunning, so kerasmatic, nor so focused on a job well done!!

At the end of every day, a serious nap was enjoyed :) Enjoyed & much needed !!! While Sarah LOVES this pup, this pup LOVES Sarah's curly hair!! Winnie chews it every chance she gets...some days I wondered if Sarah would go near Winnie when she was something OTHER than asleep ;) Luckly, the answer has been "yes" :)

Hummmm....what happened to that cabin rule about kids in doggie places? Guess it's a good thing I got an extra large bed, don't you tink? ;)


Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

Those jackets are adorable!!

How big will Winnie be when she is full grown?

Heather, aka: Mum said...

Ya gotta love GrandParents eh? My folks have the best taist in kids clothing!! :)

Winnie was 61.6 lbs last Tuesday night & is gaining .5 lbs daily! She'll hit 120 lbs once full grown. One fella (Daddy to one of Winnie's brothers) expects that she'll hit 130 but I'm not so sure... The males are much bigger get between 140& 160!!

Just wait till I post new pics of my beast!!!