2017 in the Rear View Mirror

Happy New Year!

What a fabulous year Willy had! Here’s to a new year with more incredible adventures ahead! With the new year comes new opportunities. Make them count! That is Willy and my resolution, to make our moments, our days, every adventure count by cherishing our loved ones and “taking it all in.” We want to let those moments capture our hearts, take our breath away, and truly live and be present in each moment we have with those we love. With the New Year, Willy and I have decided to try something new. We are going to change the frequency of this blog to twice a month instead of every week; at least through the winter.

Now sit back and scroll through Willy’s 2017 memories. Willy and I picked out some of our favorite photos to share with you. Enjoy!

 

 

Christmas Time is Here

It’s the most Wonderful time of the year!

Willy LOVES Christmas, and well, so do I. So many things make it the most wonderful time of the year – the music, the lights, the decorations, the tree, the joy of giving, the food and time spent with family and friends. Mostly though, it is reflecting on and celebrating the fact that the God who created the universe stepped out of heaven, born as a baby in a lowly manger, to redeem us. Mind blowing how anyone could love me THAT much! It is our family tradition to read Luke 2:1-20 from the Bible every Christmas morning. Do you have any favorite traditions?

Deck the halls! Willy really got into the Christmas spirit this year! He wanted to help decorate. I think he decorated himself more than he did anything else!

Willy even played Santa’s helper and filled a stocking.

Typical Willy style, he has to approach the holiday with finesse! He loves to dress up, even if it is just a silly, glittery Santa hat.

Willy helped me with the gifts as well. He even got a gift for someone special. He told me it was a box full of kisses. I wonder who it is for?

Willy’s gift to all of you is a prayer for a healthy, happy, Christmas spent with those you love. Make memories! Cherish those you love! Make new friends! But above all else, remember the reason for the season.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11

 

 

Willy – the Jedi Knight

Willy may be shorter than Yoda but he ROCKS the Jedi robe!

Willy likes to pretend. He has quite the imagination too!  Though he be little; he be a skilled Jedi Knight – in his dreams anyway. He is ready to defeat the forces of the dark side.

When Rusty heard the Willy wanted to “play” Star Wars, he was all for it! Of course, Rusty HAD to be Chewbacca. After all, Chewy is his favorite character. Rusty rocks his costume too!

Sadie usually doesn’t join in Willy’s wild imaginative games, but this time she really wanted to play along. Who else would Sadie be but Princess Leia! I mean she already thinks she should be royalty. Isn’t she beautiful?

In Willy’s version of Star Wars, Willy the Jedi wins over the heart of Princess Leia, not Hans Solo. A guy can dream, right?!

Chewy and Willy joined forces to help the Alliance defeat the Empire’s evil plot to take over the universe. They look pretty heroic, don’t they?

Willy has the BEST friends a dog could ever have! These three have literally grown up together. Rusty and Sadie both have birthdays this week, they turn 2. Willy thought this was an awesome way to celebrate his two best friends’ birthdays. I think he was right!

Until next time, May the Force be with you!

 

 

Fun in the Pool

Hot summer days equal cool summer fun!

Here on the ranch, when the temperature rises to the 90’s, it is time for the doggy pool. Willy was totally prepared.

With swim goggles and swim trunks on, it was time to dive in and cool off. Boy oh boy, did that cool water feel good on such a hot day!

Once Willy was cooled off, it was time for a little sunbathing on his doggy size beach towel.

Willy tried to get his buddies to come swim with him, but they would rather be in the air-conditioned house. Oh well, more room for Willy. He loves the water. Any water – cow tanks, horse troughs, dog water troughs, sprinklers, swimming pools, but not bath water.

After a fun-filled afternoon getting cooled off in the pool, Willy was ready for a relaxing nap. So he let the sun dry him off while he kicked back on his towel and then we went into the nice cool house.

Until next time, may your summer days be filled with love and laughter.