Last Weekend

Last weekend was a full one for us.

The fun started on Friday with a birthday party for one of Rae's friends, Abigail. You should have seen her face when she received the invitation in the mail -- pure excitement! She and Ruby both had so much fun.

Birthday girl Abi devours a cupcake.

It was hilarious to watch a group of 3-year-olds attempt to break open a pinata! It took all the patience I had to not step in and go, "No, kids! This is how it's done!" WHACK!

Tap, tap, tap. You're gonna have to do better than that, Sweetie!
(Abi's mom Brenda eventually ended up dumping the loot on the floor)


That night the girls went for a sleep-over at Gammy & Grampie's house. On Saturday morning, JP and I woke up bright and early and set out for a gathering of the Large Munsterlander Club of North America in Pine City, MN. In case you are confused, yes, that is a dog club. Yes, we are now "those kinds" of people. And yes, we are now members of the LMCNA. And yes, we will be involved in more of these sorts of events throughout the years, I am sure!

It was actually pretty informative, and the people were great. Our breeder was there, as well as some other Munsterlander owners we had met through her. Three of Gideon's litter mates were in attendance, as was his dad, Jager.

Jager is the first Large Munsterlander JP ever met -- the one from the hardware store I told you all about in the beginning. He is a monstrous, impressive, eye-catching dog. He was the biggest, best-looking, most complimented dog at the whole reunion. And guess what -- Gideon is the spitting image of his father, from his long head right down to his huge paws.


On Monday our dear friends Chris and Erin were in town from Boston. The girls and I had recently seen Erin, but none of us had seen Chris in at least a couple of years. They came out to our place and we had fun just hanging out. The guys shot guns while we girls built a fire and made s'mores. The evening was unseasonably cool, and after the girls went to bed we stayed out by the fire until we ran out of wood to burn, catching up and watching the stars come out.

Chris is finishing up law school out in Boston, and next summer they will be moving back to MN -- can't wait for that day!


On the home front...

I have reached 37 weeks and I still feel pretty darn good. (It's easy to say that now, while the girls are napping and I'm sitting on the couch. My opinion seems to change around 8:30 pm when my body starts shutting down.)

If I get up the energy, I may pull out the bins of baby clothes and switch out Ruby's stuff from the nursery tomorrow. I also need to get our hospital bags packed soon..."just in case." AND I really want to get a "belly picture" of myself somehow, not only to share, but just to have for the sake of having!

Speaking of Ruby, we have had two amazing days in a row of potty training! She had gone a couple days with little to no successes, but then yesterday it was like a switch went off in her head! She had seven and a half successes, all self-initiated, and only one and a half accidents. Both times she was running to the potty and just didn't make it -- so you have to give her some credit! Today she hasn't had ANY accidents at all. I'm so proud and relieved! Keep praying for her to keep up the good work!

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