Thursday, July 12, 2012
We spent 4th of July morning as a family at Fox Run park, one of my absolute favorite places in town. Bethany and Brett were in town for a few days so it was extra special to see them, too. I wanted to get a picture of all of us together, but totally forgot until we had left. What a bummer. We had a fireworks ban because of the high wild fire danger, and I had to work that night, so we had a very low key day after the park.
Look, no hands!
Look, no hands!
My all-American kids. So very thankful for them.
Meet our newest member of the family, Hailey, or as Caroline calls her, "the girl" or "girlie". We have wanted to get another collie for a while now that the kids are older and their love for animals is growing. After lots of searching for breeders, at the humane society and collie rescue, we finally found Hailey. She will be one on July 17th and is a smooth collie. We got a great deal on her because she is too small to show, actually only 28 lbs when we got her. She gained 3 lbs in one week, but probably won't grow to be much more than 35 lbs, very small for a collie. I think she is a great combo of the collie personality with the small size and short hair. She is definitely a puppy with lots of energy and mischief, but we are having so much fun with her. She is also pretty smart and I am enjoying dusting off the cobwebs on my dog-training knowledge. She already knows how to sit and is gradually learning lots of other commands. We enjoy taking her to the park and on long walks with us.
Towards the end of June, we had a week of record-breaking temps over 100 and very low humidity. Our forests were already dangerously dry after a warm winter with below average snowfall. We had been warned about the fire season, but had no idea just how terrible things could get so close to home.
Just before sunset, all you could see was smoke. After dark, we could see flames all along the foothills, some little pinpoints of light that were probably homes burning. We have these huge windows along the west side of our NICU and normally the view is breathtaking, but that night it was heartbreaking to look out and imagine the destruction that was taking place. That night almost 350 homes were burned, 2 people died, and in total, the fire burned about 18,000 acres.
We have had the craziest weather this summer. In June, we had the hailstorm of a century. It rained hard for about 2 hours and about an hour of that was hail. We didn't have accumulation of hail at our house, but in the southern part of town they had severe flash flooding and the waters left behind foot-tall hail glaciers in people's yards. The next night we had less rain, but much larger hail, about ping pong ball size. My poor plants took a beating, but amazingly they are surviving.
This summer we traded in our tricycle for a big girl bike for Caroline. She could pedal the trike very well, but is taking some time to relearn the motions on a bicycle. We have been taking both kids to practice on a basketball court at a park nearby.