Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In Memory Of Toby


Toby-March 13, 1999 to July 28, 2009

I am so sad to say that I lost my beloved Toby on Tuesday, July 28th. Toby became increasingly ill the past few days and I ultimately had to make the decision to end his suffering and release him to Dog Heaven. The absolute hardest thing I have ever had to do was choose this for him and I will miss him terribly. When I moved away from home 10 short years ago, the first thing I did was go out and get myself a dog or two. This decision resulted in Toby & Sage and has given me 10 beautiful, enriched years with my buddy. Several times, more often then not I have spent many nights alone & frightened, in new places sometimes without anybody but my dogs, for curing my fears and lonliness Toby, I will be forever grateful. You will live forever in my heart and I am eagerly looking forward to the day that we can be reunited. I know you were suffering and I am so sorry for that but I know that has ended for you now and you are frolicking, napping, chasing balls, eating leather shoes, garbage and cat poop all you want. I will miss you deeply every day and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all of the years of unconditional love you have given me and everyone that you have ever come in contact with. I know there was a special place for you and I guess God just couldn't wait. I love you Toby and I will always miss you. I am so thankful for my love of animals and I feel so sorry for anyone who has never had the privelidge of loving one. They are amazing friends and though it is heartbreaking to see them go, they so enrich our lives while they are here. Thanks to everyone who has sent thier love and sympathy our way, it is very much appreciated. In Toby's 10 short years, he has changed my world and I am thankful for that. Toby was buried at my parent's house on a hill with a beautiful view. He can be there with all of my pet's I have had growing up and right next to the sandbox where my kids play and can visit him anytime they feel sad or lonely. Greyson & Andee have learned that anytime they feel like that, thier pets have always been able to bring them comfort and I know that even in death Toby will still provide that for us. We love you Toby, you will be forever in our hearts! I need to say also that this morning my brother Dave and his family also lost thier German Shorthair, Charlie. Charlie was also a great dog and will be deeply missed but I'm glad that he and Toby can take this journey together. I'm sorry guys that you also had to lose your pal. My thoughts are with you also. Heidi


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of the soul remains unawakened."

Anatole France

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

HELLO?



Holy Moley huh? I know it has really been forever, I think the last time I blogged school was just getting out and now I think it starts again in 5 or 6 weeks! What the hell Heidi? Sorry it's not that I have had nothing worthy of bloggerness going on, I have just been SO busy that I literally have not had time or really felt like it. I began the long process on my teeth in the middle of June and it has been difficult but SO worth it! I must say I have seen many dentists in my 30 years but Scott Nilson has literally saved my life! Everyone knows that I am not religious per say but I am a person of Faith and I do believe in God and Miracles and Dr. Nilson was definitly meant to come into my life. I know it's "just teeth" but not to me, I have struggled for years with painful dental procedures, abscess teeth, many root canals and several thousand dollars owed to dentists only for history to continue to repeat itself and nothing to ever really get better. I feel better now than I have felt in years and my teeth are BEAUTIFUL! Of course right now it is still a work in progress but I am forever grateful to Dr. Nilson for the change he has brought into my life. I honestly believe from the bottom of my heart that it was Divine Intervention! Thank you Dr. Nilson! Other than trying to recoup from all that we have just been hanging out in the meantime enjoying summer. I did a craft boutique at Liberty Days on the 4th of July which was interesting. I was hoping to make some extra cash but it didn't do as well as I had hoped. Oh well, lesson learned I will NEVER waste another holiday sitting under a sweltering tent trying to sell my homemade crafts. The kids are excited for school to start, at least Andee is and I'm sure Greyson will get that way soon. This picture is bad I know but you can kinda see my teeth in it although I still have some swelling there. Hope everyone is good, I promise to blog again in a couple of weeks! Peace! Heidi

Quick Family Pic!

Quick Family Pic!
Greyson's bird just couldn't stay out of the photo!

The Good Witch!

The Good Witch!
Andee looked hysterical in these glasses and absolutley would not take them off! She is SO cute!

Watch out!

Watch out!
This was so fitting for Greyson because he literally HATES homework! I can't even bribe him to get it done without a bad attitude!

Half Time!

Half Time!
Half time snack at North Ogden Park!

Down! Set! Hike!

Down! Set! Hike!
Words of encouragment from our Coaches!

Greyson's first gun!

Greyson's first gun!
Greyson got this Red Ryder Daisy BB Gun for his 8th birthday. I think it was taken away umm...within 24 hours!

First Day of School!

Balloon Festival

Balloon Festival
Crazy kids! They all had a blast!

Sage

Sage
Snugglin' with my kitty

What a bunch of goobers!

What a bunch of goobers!
Callie, Greyson, Andee, Ashton & Lexie

Fishing with Dad!

Fishing with Dad!
Greyson went fishing with his dad and caught his first fish, a Trout! Good job Grey!

Greyson

Greyson
"Should I be worried about this photo? Because I am!

Andee

Andee
"OMG!" This pic is about a year old but I just love it! It totally captures her reaction EVERY time she see's a kitty!

Hungry Hungry Hippos!

Hungry Hungry Hippos!
Snack time, which includes carrots, apples or sugar cubes has on many occasions resulted in fights, biting ears, shoving siblings off the hill and down right temper tantrums!
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of the soul remains unawakened"
Anatole France

UNABOMBER!!!!

UNABOMBER!!!!
Watch your back......he's out on bail!

Cheese!

Cheese!
She is gorgeous! I have to admit :)

Vegas

Vegas
"Day 628 of my captivity..... today I was fed some crusty form of dry kibble while they let the children squeeze me and kiss me and carry me around like an infant. I am currently planning my escape and retaliation. I cannot survive in this enviroment much longer!"

Cortney Woolsey, Miss High School Rodeo Utah

Cortney Woolsey, Miss High School Rodeo Utah
Cortney is in the family and she just won Miss High School Rodeo Utah and is now going on to compete in Nationals in New Mexico I think. Very expensive trip for her family so they had a benefit on Saturday to try and raise funds for her. Andee thought she was for sure a princess. Good Luck Cortney we will all be rooting for you!

Brett Earl Benefit

Brett Earl Benefit
Last month on the eve of Easter, Greyson's friend and classmate Taj lost his dad to a very sudden unexpected heart attack. Brett was 38 years old and left his wife and 4 children with no life insurance. It was very sad but the entire community came together to help raise funds for the family. A benefit was held at Powder Mountain with a silent auction, BBQ, bake sale and numerous other activities with 100% of the proceeds going to the Earls. My generous boss, Dr. Engleby donated funds for me to make some crafts to auction off and it went VERY well! Everything was sold and $10,000+ was raised for the family.

Anchormen!

Anchormen!
Trust me; you do not want these 2 gomers reporting the evening news! They can't read the teleprompter!

Playin' on the Train!

Playin' on the Train!
I had to tell Andee that Greyson eats his own boogers for breakfast to get her to smile for this one!
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Halloween 2007

Halloween 2007
It's hard to tell from this picture but she was an EVIL clown that night!
"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

Sage in da' hood!

Sage in da' hood!
Poor Sage had all of his hair shaved off this week for summer and if you live around here then you know that summer is definitley not here! After a week of downpours and snow storms poor Sagers is freezing! So he's had to wear a jacket out and I think you can tell from the look on his face, he's humiliated! :)

Vegas has a new bed!

Vegas has a new bed!
This is the new bed of choice for Vegas, much to my protest she loves sleeping here! What's the big deal you ask? 14 feet up high. However if you have owned a cat then you know they do not care what you think and the more you try to persuade them not to behave this way, the more they do. Whatever Vegas!