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Like the rest of the country, we have been having days and days of rain. Sideways rain, non-stop rain, misty rain and occasional thick rain (you may call this sleet). The dogs are getting incredibly restless.

When even the dogs have cabin fever:

Gus could care less that we are getting soaked.

Nice weather for ducks........or seagulls

For a moment, the rain stopped so we hit the trails.

When the trail starts out beautiful:

but ends up like this... up,up, and up

When the trail goes anywhere near water:

Even in February, this happens:

When you have trails, water and dogs:

Luckily the temps are always nice and mild, so I can head solo to the ocean.

Wait, what?

When even the socks are adorable:

There was a fantastic shower for Finn's future (one more month) baby sister:

When you are helping Mom open presents but you have to be in disguise because the paparazzi can be annoying.

When your sister comes to visit and you have to share the good stuff:

When you campaign for your Mommy:

When barn chores, campaigning, and being so cute finally takes its toll:

Have a great Sunday and enjoy the day.

One step at a time,


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This is a favorite video of mine. I'm so lucky to be his Nana.

Now that I am away from those icy, windy, snowy, below-zero temperatures (did I say windy) of Wyoming, I just have to learn to embrace the Oregon rain. The only time it bothers me is when I'm trying to head out for a run. This is the perfect running trail according to the dogs

:Now, THIS, is what I call perfect:

But one thing we do agree on -- the naps afterward are wonderful

One of my favorite places to watch the ocean.

A storm is coming in:

There was a momentous event this month. Finn's first sleepover at Nana's house! We were very busy. First we had a lot of engine repairs to do. You may notice that we take this very seriously.

Then, of course, we had our exercise band workout.

A little investigation........

And finally a stack of books before bedtime.

All of my dogs love to go for rides in the car, but only Jake becomes a back-seat driver.

I also like to watch other dogs. Who wouldn't love this one?

Wait, is that a Panda?

There must be one of her favorite songs on the radio:

Remember when I told you how much Finn liked his toy hamster? After being apart for several days, he had to console it.

And that included a ride on Finn's pony:

Hey, it's not easy to gallop one-handed with your buddy under your arm.

When I just can't compete with the sideways rain, I end up at this indoor track at the gym.

Only 11 laps per mile.

But sights like this (yes, those are cowboy boots) make the running more enjoyable.

When the baby falls asleep and Nana is a former Detective.

When you know how to be cool and you're only two.

Some of these just crack me up. And sometimes you have those days when you need them.

A little more serious

One day at a time,


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You are laying on the couch, or sitting in your favorite chair, drinking a cup of something and thinking "ahhh another holiday season is over". Some relief, right? As much as I love the holidays, there is a little bit (or maybe a lot) of stress that goes along.

Sometimes we just need a better answer.

So sit back and let's do a recap of my days:

My buddy has become my barn-cleaning partner. Both of us have a lot of fun. But sometimes you are just too cool for words.

I was on call for Christmas morning. Waiting for the text that he was awake made that morning exciting again.

This was Finn's big gift. But there was no fooling him about how it got there. While looking at the wheels, the lights, everything...he joyfully said "Daddy made this yesterday!" oops.

Learning to pedal his bike first thing...

Not sure why this is out of proportion, but you get the cuteness.

Strumming and singing Twinkle, twinkle, little star......

One of my favorite moments. He LOVES to be a doctor and makes everyone 'better'. Not sure what the prognosis was here....

All I want for Christmas is packaging pillows....

OK how cool is this? My new running map!

8 states done...only 42 to go. Yikes !

While searching through old toys at Nana's, we came across a toy that used to scare Finn and make him cry. (I have no idea why I would keep something like that?!). Anyway, now he loves the hamster. It's his new friend. He put it next to his rocking horse saying "can you see me?" Apparently thinking it can.

Here they are playing a game together.....

After Christmas, the weather held out so Gabriella and I could take our last trail ride of 2019

Now let me preface this. It popped up from my Iphotos. I had no control over the pictures and was unable to edit. You will have evidence of this from some very odd pictures. Hopefully my daughter will forgive me for any that she doesn't care for. My 2019 in photos.

We traveled to my sister Marcia's house for our New Year's Eve celebration with her and her husband, Scott. We started the night with the yummiest of meals in Cannon Beach.

Luckily the dinner was late, so we were closer to midnight and had a better chance of staying awake. Well 3 of us anyway. :). At midnight we were all lifting our left foot so we started the new year 'on the right foot'. Then hugs and the t.v. was off and we were heading to bed by 12:05.

Oh guess what? The toe is healed and I'm running again. 6 miles yesterday. Yay! 2020 is going to be more running for fun and more trail running.

I hope you all started the New Year on the right foot and happily made it through the holidays. If you are still tired....

Hey it's a new year, so make it a new you. Add happiness or calmness, or fun, or adventures. It's all up to you. YOU 2.0

One step at a time,


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