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Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Lights

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their family and friends. It's a good day to be thankful for a lot of things but it's important to be thankful the other 364 days of the year too.

The family came to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. John's Mom and Dad, my Mom, step-dad, Dad and brother. Dinner was about 6 b/c Bryan (brother) had to to work til 5. We cooked the turkey and made potato salad, mashed potatoes and deviled eggs. Mom and Sonny brought broccoli casserole and sweet potato casserole. Dad brought collard greens and green beans. John's Mom and Dad brought pecan pie and homemade banana pudding. And of course we had rolls and cranberries.....shit! I just realized we forgot to open the can of cranberries, oh well, we forgot about the ambrosia in the fridge too LOL

The spread: I love our island. It's perfect for big dinners and even has a power strip built in for warming plates.



Waiting for the food to be ready: Didn't have long to wait as most w…

Dentist Appointment

Last week we took McKayla to her first dentist appointment and let me tell you......if my dentist office had been like this, I would've gone once a week!!!
The decor was fantastic. The whole safari theme was too cute from the elephant head, to the thatch "roofing" around the desk, to the mural, to the bamboo walls. They had a huge tree with toys and games inside and a sign outside it saying "giraffe feeding station". They had 2 monster flat-screen TV's and a little hidey-hole area for the older kids filled with TV's and game systems.




Happy Turkey Day!!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. We're having the family at our house about 6 tomorrow evening so we'll be spending the better part of the day getting ready for them. Everyone's bringing something, so that means less work for us, but we have the Turkey and a few other things to prepare and then of course making the house presentable.

I found this place so we could make turkeys to give to the grandparents tomorrow.....cause we all know that grandparents love getting handmade things. :-)

I printed out several of these sheets and then traced McKayla's hand on to different colored pieces of construction paper (sorry, no pics of that).


Then McKayla sat down to coloring. She was excited that I had brought out my markers for her to color with. She kept telling me "Mom, these are so awesome!".




I then cut out the pieces for her and then she glued them together.


Playing in the dark

Yesterday was such a nice day that I decided to take Rio out for a playdate. Even though I have a house to get ready for tomorrow and Christmas presents to finish, I couldn't pass it up. We got started off late as John had asked if I could pick up some chips for a company lunch.....of course he asks right as I'm leaving. So McKayla and I head to Walmart to sit in line for 30 minutes for 3 measly bags of chips. I race back home to pick up Rio and call John to tell him I'm on my way, only to discover that this lunch was actually for next Tuesday! Thanks hun!
By the time we were finally ready to leave, it was getting dark and I still had about a 30 minute drive to pick up Jessica and her pit, Layla. I was game for playing in the dark and so was she, so we said what the hell. I had never been to Jessica's house before and of course, I ended up passing her house and had to loop around to get back to it (she lives on a busy road so there was no U-turning). It had been awhil…

Hibernating

I feel like I'm failing my blog. I've had nothing of real importance to blog about. Instead, I've loaded it with Great Dane standards and other things, which is OK if you like stuff like that, but it's not really about me or any adventures we've had; which was the whole point of this blog.

This time of year kinda makes those adventures hard to come by. When the weather gets cold and icky I'm a bit of a hibernator in that I hole up in my house with a blanket and hot chocolate. I only go out if absolutely necessary. That leaves a decided lack of things to blog about.

Now I sit at home, getting ready for Thanksgiving and the chaos that comes with having a ton of people in your home. After that is Christmas decorating, shopping, sending out Christmas cards and trying not to pull my hair out. Trying to decide what to get everyone and wishing, yet once again, that I had started my shopping in September (but it's really hard to get in the Christmas spirit when we…

A Beautiful Lesson

The girl in this picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, she is 21. Next to her, is her fiance', Nick, 23. This picture was taken shortly before their wedding ceremony, held on January 15, 2005 in the US. Katie has terminal cancer and spends hours a day receiving medication. In the picture, Nick is waiting for her on one of the many sessions of Chemo to end.

In spite of all the pain, organ failures, and morphine shots, Katie is going along with her wedding and took care of every detail. The dress had to be adjusted a few times due to her constant weight loss.

An unusual accessory at the wedding was the oxygen tube that Katie used throughout the ceremony and reception as well. The other couple in the picture are Nick's parents. Excited to see their son marrying his high school sweetheart.

Katie, in her wheelchair with the oxygen tube, listening to a song from her husband and friends.

At the reception, Katie had to take a few rest breaks. The pain wouldn't allow her to stand up for long p…

GDCA Breeder's Code of Ethics

This Code is established in accordance with the objectives of the GDCA to protect and advance the interests of Great Danes and provide guidelines for responsible ownership and ethical breeding practices.

ALL MEMBERS SHALL:
 Maintain the best possible standards of health, cleanliness, safety and care of their dogs.Take all appropriate measures to assist a Dane in distress.Display good sportsmanship and conduct, whether at home, at shows, or in hotels, in such a manner as to reflect credit upon themselves and the GDCA.Not alter the appearance, physical structure, condition, or natural temperament of a dog by any means other than allowed for in the Official Breed Standard if the dog is to be exhibited.Bear the responsibility for the truth and accuracy of any information and/or photographs submitted for publication.
ALL BREEDERS AND OWNERS OF GREAT DANES (BITCHES AND STUD DOGS ALIKE) SHALL: Breed Great Danes which are temperamentally and structurally sound.Be familiar with the Breed Standard …

GDCA Breeder's Color Code

(As endorsed by The Great Dane Club of America)
"It shall be the goal of all to breed forward, never backwards, to attain pedigrees of puppies which have the desired color strains endorsed by the Great Dane Club of America."
There are only six recognized colors; all these basically fall into four color strains:
FAWN and BRINDLEHARLEQUIN, MANTLE and HARLEQUIN BRED BLACKBLUE and BLUE BRED BLACKBLACK Color classifications being well founded, the Great Dane Club of America, Inc. considers it an inadvisable practice to mix color strains and it is the club's policy to be cognizant of the following breedings:
1. FAWN Approved Breedings 1. FAWN bred to FAWN or BRINDLE only.
1. BRINDLE Approved Breedings 1. BRINDLE bred to BRINDLE or FAWN only.
Desired Pedigrees Pedigrees of FAWN or BRINDLE Danes should not carry BLACK, HARLEQUIN or BLUE upon them. ------------------------------------------------------------------------
2. HARLEQUIN Approved Breedings 2. HARLEQUIN bred to HARLEQUIN, B…

The Great Dane Standard Through the Ages Part IV ~1995~

(This is the last and current Standard)

The Great Dane Illustrated Standard Approved and Published by the Great Dane Club of America, Inc. September 1995, Illustrations by Stephen J. Hubbel
An Illustrated Standard And Guide for the Evaluation of the Great Dane This booklet has been prepared by The Great Dane Club of America to assist fanciers, breeders and judges in their assessment and understanding of desired Great Dane type. Nothing in the discussions or illustrations contained herein should be construed as altering or contradicting the provisions of the Official Standard of the Great Dane adopted by this club and approved by The American Kennel Club. It is rather to be considered as a supplement to, and expansion on, the Official Standard.
The reader should remember the Official Standard describes the ideal Great Dane. In the following commentary we discus common deviations from that ideal, and the relative importance to be place on such deviations in the overall evaluation of an in…

The Great Dane Standard Through the Ages Part III ~1976~

The 1976 Official Illustrated Standard
Revised & Edited by The Great Dane Club of America, Inc. Written text AKC approved August 10, 1976 Illustrated by Donald E. Gauther - Great Dane Breeder & Judge Copyright, 1972


1. GENERAL CONFORMATION (a) GENERAL APPEARANCE. The Great Dane combines in its distinguished appearance dignity, strength and elegance with great size and a powerful, well-formed, smoothly muscled body. He is one of the giant breeds, but is unique in that his general conformation must be so well balanced that he never appears clumsy and is always a unit--the Apollo of dogs. He must be spirited and courageous--never timid. He is friendly and dependable. This physical and mental combination is the characteristic which gives the Great Dane the majesty possessed by no other breed. It is particularly true of this breed that there is an impression of great masculinity in dogs as compared to an impression of great femininity in bitches. The male should appear more massive t…

The Great Dane Standard Through the Ages Part II ~1945~

The Official Illustrated Standard of the Great Dane Club of America, INC. 1945
(Typed for easy reading below each picture which has made this post EXTREMELY long. Also, you *should* be able to click on the pictures to enlarge, but sadly still not enough to read the charts.)


BREEDERS CODED OF ETHICS as endorsed by THE GREAT DANE CLUB OF AMERICA
There are only five recognize colors; all these basically fall into four color strains: 1 FAWN and BRINDLE, 2. HARLEQUIN and HARLEQUIN bred BLACK, 3. BLUE and BLUE bred BLACK, 4. BLACK. Color classifications being well founded, the Great Dane Club of America, Inc. considers it an inadvisable practice to mix color strains and it is the club's policy to adhere to the following matings:
------------------------------------------------------------------------ FAWN TO FAWN OR BRINDLE ONLY
BRINDLE TO BRINDLE OR FAWN ONLY
Pedigrees of FAWN or BRINDLED Danes should not carry HARLEQUIN, BLACK or BLUE upon them -------------------------------------------…

The Great Dane Standard Through the Ages Part I ~1929~

I thought it'd be fun to share with you the Great Dane Club of America's standards throughout the years. This will be rather lengthy as I have several Standards to share with you, but I'll break them up into separate posts.

AKC Official Standard for the Great Dane  (revised 1929):
The Great Dane Dog's appearance should combine nobility, size, power and elegance to a degree not seen in other breeds. He is neither clumsy and ponderous like the mastiff nor as light and slender as the greyhound. The Great Dane should combine the size and strength of the mastiff with much of the elegance of the greyhound. He should have a long, easy stride and noble, proud bearing. His head should be carried high on a long slender neck which arches slightly before joining the head. The tail hangs down almost straight when the dog is at rest, but when at attention it is carried up in a line with the back, the tip curving upward so that the tail resembles a saber.
HEAD: The Great Dane's head…

Wordless Wednesday ~ Tea Party!

Office Environment ~ Doggy Style!

These where just too cute not to share! The faces fit the job to a T! If you were having a bad day, I hope this brought a smile to your face.!













Fur Real Pet Portraits Contest

I have never won a contest before, and it's not for a lack of trying either! I can't tell you how many contests I've entered over the years, I'm just not a lucky person. Now John, he's the lucky one in the family. He's won 2 printers, a DVD player and countless other things. People tell him he needs to play the lottery, and he does, but he might win a free ticket, but that's the extent of it LOL

Well, my luck changed the other day!!! Fur Real Pet Portraits had a contest the other day. The picture with the most "likes" would win a digitally drawn portrait of their submitted picture. It was a close race. The whole time I thought I was in 1st place, only to find out on the last day that not only were we in 2nd place but behind 1st by like 40 "likes"!! I started sharing and begging like crazy and by the end of the day we ended up with over 100 "likes"!!

Thanks to all that voted for us! I really appreciate it!!!
The submitted picture:

Halloween Rant

So I didn't want to mar McKayla's Trick or Treating adventure with a rant but I just need to say something.

I understand some kids are learning manners and they need their parents to help teach them that, but the way some parents allowed their kids to behave the other night was atrocious. It wasn't a simple case of the parents not seeing, nooooo it was a case of the parents allowing the behavior!

Here's a few instances:

McKayla and I are in line and it's a long line b/c they're giving away chocolate chip cookies. A mother with a stroller and  her 2 kids go walking by and park the stroller beside a bench (which happens to be directly across from the woman handing out cookies). Her 2 kids just walk right up, in front of everyone waiting patiently, and get their cookies. The mother then stops "traffic" to let her kids walk back across to her...........Seriously! There's a line. What gives you or your children the right to go straight to the front of …

Links

I provide a lot of links in my blog. Links to reference a point in my blog, links to places we've gone or links to places of interest. I just think it adds to my blog, I think it adds life? It puts what I talk about into real-life perspective.

I don't get much feedback on here but I was wondering how y'all felt about all the links. Do you like being able to "see" where we've been, where we go or what I talk about?