Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bringing Home Dixie...

We got a dog.
Just let that sink in a little... we got a dog.
We have two kids and a baby and... we got a dog.
I know. I keep letting it sink in, and it keeps rising back up to the surface.
We got a dadgum puppy.

Tyler and I have been dreaming of our first family dog for some time. In college, we decided that we'd get a blood hound and name him Earl. Isn't that just a perfect name for a bloodhound? haha!
Then we started thinking maybe we'd get a lab, after all everyone in my family gets labs.
And then we stumbled across a breed we have never heard of before... the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.
They were BIG, they were BEAUTIFUL, and they were GENTLE.
This became our new dream dog.
I always told Tyler we'd wait until we were through having kids to consider a dog, but then I broke my own rule.

I was just looking around and fell upon a breeder out of Sugarland, TX. I couldn't believe I found a swissy breeder in Texas! Then noticed that they had just had a litter. Interesting.
"Maybe I should just call and ask", I thought to myself. "No harm in asking right?"
They had ONE that wasn't spoken for. So what'd I do?
I called my Dad and asked if he'd go down and take a look at the puppies.
He did, and picked out the one he thought had the best temperament. We were lucky, and happened to get the one he thought was best. 
I called Tyler- he said to get the dog. I agonized over the price and whether or not it was the right decision... and then concluded that we would do it.

Before we knew it, the kids and I were in the car headed to Brenham to pick up our sweet Swissy puppy from my parents.

We got there first and decided to set up camp in the town square pavilion... Luke loved it.
Doesn't this picture make you eat that little baby neck?! Sweet boy.
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Rachel- doing what else? Posing. haha
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We're getting a puppy today!!!
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Love those smiles!
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Love at first sight!
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And there she is! Our PUPPY!
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Most. Favorite. Picture. Ever.
Luke loves the dog! Does this every time she comes around.
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Love this one! Pretty light, pretty girls, pretty pup...
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And here are a few of Dixie in all her glory! 
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We had the hardest time deciding on a name.
We had our boy name all panned out- it was going to be Ranger. Of course. haha
But a girl?! 
Dixie just felt right.
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Prettiest dog I've ever seen. For realz...
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Daddy got home from AT at about the same time we got Dixie home. 
I was worried I'd have to compete for attention there for a moment! haha!
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After the initial shock wore off, I realized that this was going to be a lot of work.
So far, it hasn't been too bad. We are still figuring out eachother. 
Nap time is Dixie-Momma time and I love it!
I was so worried that I wasn't going to be a dog person, but as it turns out- I am! (at least I think I am! ha!) 
Somehow my heart made extra room just for Miss Dixie.
Welcome to the family Dixie!!!
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Daddy's First Moments...

Can you believe that Tyler became a Dad 5 and half years ago?! 
Time sure has flown. 
This was a day I'll never forget; it was the day we became parents.
Daddy's first moment with his little Rachel girl...
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First time ever to hold little Miss Maggie... 
He waited for what seemed like an eternity to hold this little bundle. 
You should have seen how he booked it down that terminal!
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His first quiet moment with his son, little Luke. 
The pride is just exuding from his face. He has a son.
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There's a few things you should all know about this man of mine. Ever since we first started dating, he expressed to me his excitement in becoming a father. It was no secret that he yearned for children. And let me tell you, it scared the tar out of me. 

Nevertheless, it also attracted me to him more than I can say. I told him of all my ambitions- I was going to be the first female president (haha, not really), an astronaut, a fighter pilot, the first female to ever make it into Major League Baseball! Okay, I'm exaggerating- but you get the idea. 

He listened to my grandiose plans, and his reply infuriated me. It went something like this, "Well, whatever woman I marry will be staying home with my kids. Ain't nobody raising my kids but her!" 
I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped at this point. How could he be so pig-headed?! What about MY dreams?

And then I broke up with him. Over and over and over again. haha! The DRAMA! We had so much to learn about compromise and sacrifice.
But this was one issue that he NEVER backed down on. 
And I thank the Lord every single day that he never backed down. It brings tears to my eyes. 
OH, I am so grateful for this man of mine. 
He gave me the greatest gift. Not only the gift of three beautiful babies, but the gift of being a stay at home Mom. I can tell you that it beats all those grandiose dreams of mine ten fold.

This man of mine is one of loyalty and honor. He does anything and everything to make us happy. I would be lost without him. 

Happy Father's Day my love! 
Thanks for showing me what it's all about and giving me this beautiful life!
I love you so much!