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Brenda Novak Auction and Reevaluating Family Time

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KAT or Kathy as she signed her post.  Kat, shoot me an e-mail at tamibrothers@yahoo.com.

Thank you to all who commented and to all who stopped by to read my post today.

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Only 5 days left!!!  We are down to the wire as the Brenda Novak Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes 2011 winds down.  This is not only a terrific cause to get behind that will make a person feel good for helping out, it is also a great place to find some terrific loot!

Hand Crafted jewelry pieces

Baskets OVERFLOWING with fabulous treats

Manuscript critique, after critique, after critique

Books, books, books and even more books!

Incredible Coach purses

Super Fan Packages (gotta love that Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love and Mary Buckham)

Writers Digest Reference Books (shameless plug for my donation…<g>…)

Don’t miss out!  You won’t be disappointed…

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2011 Year of Reevaluation – Family Time

By Tami Brothers

 

The Kid – - “Ummm, you really want to try this game?”

Me – - “Sure.  It doesn’t look too hard.”

The Kid – - “OK.  If you say so.”

 

Ten very looooonnnnnggggg minutes later (I lasted this long because I spent most of that time creating my Avatar for the game).

 

The Kid – - “You really aren’t very good at this.”

Me – - “Yeah.  I’m coming to that conclusion.”

The Kid – - “Then why you still in here?” (here being the game room)

Me – - “Just trying to spend time doing stuff you like to do.”

The Kid – - “Really?”

Me – - “Yep.”

The Kid – - “How about we go to GameStop?  That’s something I really want to do…”

My family had this brilliant idea back in December to embrace 2011 and Reevaluate everything we’ve been doing up to this point in our lives.  To say it mildly, we were not impressed.  We had backed ourselves into a corner that didn’t leave us much wiggle room to maneuver through life.  During our country’s current economic struggles, THIS was not a position we wanted to be in.  Change had to happen and it had to happen now.

After listing our too-big house for sale, we progressed to taking control of our Budget, de-cluttered our house, and finding a balance with our health and eating habits.  All these changes were like learning basic math compared to the next topic we tackled.

Reconnecting as a Family

Sound like a simple idea.  Log off the computers in the evenings, eat some meals at the dining room table, take the dog for a family walk.  Easy peasy.  Not!  We jumped from addition and subtraction to calculus and statistics in ten seconds flat.

The activities that are working

Don’t get me wrong.  There are some things that are working.  We have been doing a pretty good job of walking the dog as a family at least three times a week.  Those other times she has to settle with playing in the back yard because we have been swamped with afterschool activities.

We’ve also done very well sitting down as a family to eat dinner at the table at least three times a week (again the afterschool activities have really made this tough to do).

I’ve scheduled something out of the norm at least once per month.  This month is the Renaissance Festival here in Georgia.  Next month we are headed to a water park.

Even with these activities, we don’t feel like we are really where we want to be yet.

Epic Fails

Okay, so I’m TERRIBLE at video games.  We’ve discovered that Pokémon is really the only one I can play without dying (Note – these are games for older kids.  Maybe some of the younger ones might work… but that defeats the purpose of spending time as a family).  Although I really like that transportation helicopter with the mini guns and missile launchers (on Halo: Reach), I just can’t live long enough to fly the darn thing. And hubby doesn’t like playing the games at all, so that really didn’t work.

We’ve been working at clearing the smaller trees and brush from some land we bought.  This has been a huge undertaking.  Unfortunately, everything we need to do is done separately.  Hubby in the Bobcat.  The Kid on the mower.  Me picking up sticks and raking the leaves and brush away from the larger trees.  Although we are doing something together, there is not much communication going on.

My plan was to disconnect from the computer and electronics in the evenings and sit together as a family to watch TV or connect before bedtime.  With the after-school schedule, hubby working on clearing the trees, me trying to keep up with the whole writing gig, it just isn’t working.  After spending all day at work/school, we are maybe able to disconnect one night a week.

Any ideas?

Although we are slowly getting back on track, I’m just not satisfied with the results quite yet.  This is where you come in

If anyone has any ideas on how to reconnect as a family (that would stay within a tight budget), I would really appreciate hearing them.  To sweeten the pot and maybe get a few more people to share some ideas, I’m offering a Starbucks gift card to one lucky commenter.  Just leave a comment today and I’ll draw a name first thing tomorrow morning and post it here in the comments section.   

Interested in winning other prizes?  I’m participating in a Splash into Summer Giveaway blog hop Wednesday May 25th through Tuesday May 31st (along with almost 300 other blogs!).  Pop on over to my personal  blog and check out the prizes.  Entering is easy.  I’d love to see you over there!

Come back June 23rd to hear how I’m trying to find a balance between The Day Job and my writing.

Have a great day!

Tami

katt - May 26, 2011 - 1:46 am

First of all, let me echo the Brenda Novak Auction shout-out. This is my third year as a bidder and can hardly wait to see what I end up winning.
For those of you who are new to the game, here are a few tips.
1)if you are an aspiring author, take a look at the critiques by authors. They can be very reasonably priced ($20-$100)and the time that an author puts into reading your chapters and doing a detailed critique is absolutely priceless!
2)agent evaluations are generally more expensive ($100-$800), but also worth their weight in gold and a great way to establish a bit of rapore with an agent.
3)Gifts galore. Think birthdays, Christmas etc. Everything from sweet soap collections to big name handbags, jewelry… many many books.

And Tami, about that reconnecting idea. Eating together is fabulous, but have you tried cooking together? that can be a riot.

cheers
Kathy.

JB Hunt - May 26, 2011 - 7:29 am

I put in bids for a few agent evals, but the competing bids quickly soared out of my price range!

Tami, it sounds as if you’re doing a marvelous job bringing your family together. You’ve carved out space/time in the midst of busy schedules. Brava! I wouldn’t worry that the magic doesn’t happen all the time. Sometimes just working side by side can be its own comfort.

Linsey Lanier - May 26, 2011 - 8:05 am

Tami, I think you’re doing just great. Better than I could. I hold to the idea that if you’re in the house (or the yard) together, you’re together. It’s not the same as sitting close and focusing on the same movie or TV show or game, but it’s also not the same as everyone being off somewhere.

Maybe the thing you need to feel more bonding is ritual. Hubby and I have a set of TV shows we watch together every week. We both look forward to those specific times. (We don’t do Tivo.)

Or you could turn off the TV once a week and read a book together. You could be sure to leave it on a hook, so you’d all be thinking about it all week. And you could discuss it when you’re done. That’s what they did in the old days. :)

Thanks for the reminder about the Brenda Novak Auction. I’m heading over there next.

Marilyn Baron - May 26, 2011 - 8:14 am

I lost a bid last night by a few minutes but I’m going to try again before the auction is over. I’m the highest bidder on something else but I fully expect that one to escalate before the bidding is over. But there are some great things out there.
I have no interest in video games and don’t think I’d be good at them. I’d rather be reading. I can’t give you advice about family time because both of my girls are grown and out of the house. But I do like Katt’s idea about cooking together. My girls and I used to watch certain TV shows together but they were shows my husband wasn’t interested in. I love the picture of your dog on his leash waiting to be walked.

Pam Asberry - May 26, 2011 - 8:45 am

The older my kids get, the less they want me to actually DO stuff with them – quite the opposite – but the more I need to be available when they need me. For example, I do not enjoy video games, but if I take my laptop into the living room while they are playing, it gives them the opportunity to say something about their day, ask me a question, vent, whatever. Other times, they are in their rooms and I am in mine, but my door is always open, and I never know when one of my boys will come in and sit down for a heart to heart talk. I know that wasn’t what you were looking for but that is reality around here. And I think my boys would agree that we are a close family. It sounds like you are doing everything right. Try to relax and enjoy your time together, even if it doesn’t look like “The Waltons.” It’s true what everybody says – it goes by SO FAST.

Sia Huff - May 26, 2011 - 10:19 am

Tami,
You’re doing a great job. I tried playing video games with my boys. That was a disaster for me. They bonded over laughing so hard. Super Mario is about as good as it gets for me. Have you tried any board games: Sorry, Clue, Twister?
Some people believe you can schudule “quality time”. I don’t. I believe it just happens when the moment is right. And you have to be together for those moments to gel. Just keep putting in the effort, those times will come.
Day trip suggestions, The Skywalk (I think that’s what it’s called) at Atlanta Botantical Gardens or Calloway Gardens has several different activities. Although it’s a little far for you, Stone Mountain is fun. They have a Ball Barn where you can shot nerf balls. Of course the lazer light show is fantastic. Have a happy summer.

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 11:35 am

Hi Kathy! Oh man is there a ton of stuff to bid on over there. So far I’ve been outbid every time but that hasn’t stopped me from trying…grin… I’m eyeing a pair of earrings at the moment…

Thanks for the idea of cooking together. The one time we did do this, we had a ton of fun (even if I ended up messing up the pudding cake…). This sounds very doable and something I can add to our schedule.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 11:50 am

Hey JB! I hear ya there. I’m waiting til those last couple of days, then I’ll see if I can stay in the competition (within my budget…).

Thanks for the compliment. I like the thought about working side by side being its own comfort. Definitely something I need to remember.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a terrific holiday weekend!

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 11:51 am

Thank you Linsey! I do appreciate hearing that. I am definitely rethinking the being together thing even if we aren’t doing the same thing. Hubby definitely feels more “loved” when we are sitting in the living room with him even if The Kid is playing his PSP and I’m reading…

Now that you mention the ritual, I do remember how nice it was when we would watch America’s Funniest Home Videos together. I’ll see if they might be interested in finding a new favorite (or even start watching AFV again…). Regarding the reading, The Kid and I LOVE to read. Hubby, not so much. I really wish we could talk him into it but he’d rather watch TV than read.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 11:51 am

LOL Marilyn! I hope you get the item you want. It’s kind of fun watching the prices go up and knowing it is all going for such a great cause. I hear ya on the video games. Hubby does not like playing them and I keep thinking of the other things I would much rather be doing. I’m thinking we need to all find a hobby we can enjoy together. Maybe cooking could be the answer.

Have a fabulous holiday weekend, Marilyn!

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 11:59 am

Hey Pam!!! Major sad face here about the lack of interest when the kids get older. I totally see why people would tell me to enjoy those crazy moments when they are younger because they will be few and far between as they find a way to get around without mom or dad’s help… Thanks for this. I’m beginning to see that I might have my expectations set a bit too high for the “norm” for us. And that maybe we are doing better than I thought.

Thanks a ton for stopping by and I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Tami LOL Marilyn! I hope you get the item you want. It’s kind of fun watching the prices go up and knowing it is all going for such a great cause. I hear ya on the video games. Hubby does not like playing them and I keep thinking of the other things I would much rather be doing. I’m thinking we need to all find a hobby we can enjoy together. Maybe cooking could be the answer.

Have a fabulous holiday weekend, Marilyn!

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Hi Sia! Your experience sounds like mine with those video game attempts. You should see me try the new interactive Kinect games. I would hate to see someone video tape those…

I’m guilty of trying schedule that quality time. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t feel like quality. Definitely rethinking this approach.

I’ll look into your suggestions. I think Calloway Gardens is pretty close to where I’m at. We visited Stone Mtn when we first moved here but have not been in a very long time. Will definitely look into it.

Thanks so much for your suggestions and for stopping by. I hope you have a terrific holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Christine - May 26, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Hi Tami: I think you’re doing a great job reconnecting! Everything doesn’t have to be “quality” as much as availability. I make it a point to have a sit down meal almost every night of the week — even if my darling teen isn’t available. I also open the house for her friends–especially her drama dept. group. Party? Come to our place. We provide a safe place for them to hang out and be themselves. Availability is the key.

I had an interesting run-in with one of my teen’s NON teachers who is an extra curricular volunteer that heads a group darling teen was involved in (till the MONO). And she nattered on and on about the “balance” when she is going in so many directions along with her 4 kids and etc. etc. that my head spun in circles.

As for electronics–we have all sat in the living room watching a show, with laptops and FB talked to each other in the same room. It’s silly, but fun.

I also stink at video games. I just go upstairs and watch the hubby and teen play.

:-)

EC Spurlock - May 26, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Hi Tami,I know how hard it is, having a teen and a college kid myself! But we stay connected somehow. I did read to my kids every night growing up, and still share and recommend books to them that we can talk about after we’ve both read them. I too stink at video games (the best I do is the Playstation version of Life) but we have a long tradition of having a family game night at least once a month, either board games or cards or occasionally a tabletop RPG (kind of the DIY version of videogames!) Our favorites include Trivial Pursuit, Mexican Train, and our family version of Rummy which bears no resemblance to the official rules. I highly recommend Apples to Apples as a great icebreaker game, it gets pretty hilarious.

I also recommend camping as a great way to connect. You are unplugged and collected in one place, all experiencing the same thing. Even if you don’t enjoy tent camping you can often rent a cabin or a lodge room and thus have all the conveniences along with the nature experience. Our favorites are Unicoi and Vogel state parks, both of which always have tons of stuff to do including planned activities, hiking, boating, swimming, and games, as well as concerts in the evenings. And if you get tired of that, both have great towns nearby (Helen and Dahlonega, respectively) with even more stuff to do.

We stay connected sometimes by just little things like forwarding articles we think our kids would be interested in, or funny YouTube videos. The trick, I think, is partly as Christine says just being available when they want to talk, and also coming to understand the things that interest them, even if you don’t participate. I don’t play videogames but I can admire the game maps my sons create and sometimes make suggestions, or do the same with their Lego creations. And their friends and girlfriends are always welcome to join in our games and share books and ideas as well.

Maxine - May 26, 2011 - 1:18 pm

Tami,
I enjoyed the post and am about to look on the auction to see how I’ve done -been out of town overnight.

You are absolutely awesome the way you get so much done! Me and my “family” have the longest talks in the car. We sometimes just ride around a couple of hours, stopping for a special cold coffee drink. Too, we take one-tank-trips for the day. Sometimes we don’t go anyplace in particular, sometimes a destination for lunch and riding home, or walking around the water. Whatever. Good luck. PS the kid is fabulous!

Susan - May 26, 2011 - 1:38 pm

Tammy,
I think you are doing all the right things.Looking at home videos and family pictures is a fun way to laugh and share stories.

Nicki Salcedo - May 26, 2011 - 3:19 pm

We do “family questions” at dinner or breakfast on in the car. It will be questions like “What is your favorite memory from Thanksgiving?” or “What animal do you feel like today?” Ok, maybe your son is too old for that one, but everyone has to answer including you. It’s not about the quantity of time, but the quality. I think you are amazing! Writer, mom, friend, energy giver. As for the yard work. That absolutely counts as quality time, even in the silences. Thanks, Tami.

Tamara LeBlanc - May 26, 2011 - 3:41 pm

Tami,
You should be very proud of yourself for even trying to do all of those things. I’m impressed!
Like you, we have loads of after school sports that eat up the time. We barely ever have dinner together as a whole family.Usually it’s two and two instead of four. It’s hard when there’s soccer and swimming and Lacrosse and running. So I know how you feel.
I think your 3 times a week dog walking and dinner thing is as good or better than most families achieve.
My son drives, so I don’t have to take him places, but my 14 yr old still needs a taxi. She always wants to turn the radio on in the car, and usually I cave, but every once in a while I say no…so that we can talk. She’s in the seat next to me, belted in, can’t run off to her room, or ignore me. She’s stuck with me. So that’s the time I use to talk. How was your day? Any new boys you’re interested in? What happened at school?
It’s easier to get answers out of her when she’s strapped inside a moving vehicle with no escape:)
We’re also a TV family. We watch alot of it. My husband and I like watching all sorts of shows together (we usually banter back and forth during commercials) And my daughter and I watch 3 or 4 shows together too.
Like alot of your commentors mentioned, in this day and age, just being in the same room together, focusing on the same thing counts as quality time.
Thanks for sharing with us!
Best of luck to you and your family. I think your wonderful, so I know you’ll find your rythm.
Have a great day!
Tamara

Carol Burnside - May 26, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Tami, the yard work definitely counts.

When I was grade school age, I helped my Granny with her huge garden. We’d start just after sunup hoeing, weeding, gathering vegetables. We sat on her porch, shelling peas and snapping beans. We labored in the kitchen canning beets, peeling peaches for a pie, kneading dough for rolls.

Sometimes we talked a lot, sometimes we worked in companionable silence, but I cherish those times. Even during the silences I learned a lot about my Granny’s work ethic and having integrity in a work product.

Relax. You’re doing fine.

Sally Kilpatrick - May 26, 2011 - 5:49 pm

I think you’re doing great. I need to get away from the computer more often, I know. We do our best to sit down at the table for supper as much as possible. We have Sunday lunch with the grandparents. We have family Zorro night where we watch one episode of Zorro then we’re together for other stuff. Um, we got a basketball goal though Her Majesty isn’t really old enough to get into that one.

I guess our biggie is that we don’t have DVD players in the car for road trips. 4 people in a Toyota Corolla for a week is enough family time for several months. ; )

Pamela Varnado - May 26, 2011 - 5:57 pm

Tami, talking the dog on a long walk is a major chore when your life is busy, so I applaud three days a week. Family time is special at my house. We each take turns sharing something we’ve learned or heard. It can be anything from a poem, a bible verse, or a riddle. Ivan my five year old youngest grandson shared a song he’d written. It was so creative and left me speechless. In the rush of taking my grandsons to karate class and swimming and piano lessons, sharing dinner together is equivalent to taking a relaxing bath.

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 8:36 pm

Hi Christine! I like the idea of opening the house to the friends. Might be a good way to get him here more. That is hilarious about sitting in the living room together and chatting with each other on Facebook. Will have to try that. Hubby is always on his laptop while I’m on the desktop (with FB open).

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 8:44 pm

Hey EC!!! Awesome idea with the camping. Hubby is NOT a camper. I actually had to go on the campout with The Kid so that he could get his Cub Scout badge. Was really nice when he got into Boy Scouts and could go with the group by himself… BUT I love the idea of the cabins. I will definitely look those places up. I love the idea of boating, etc. and not having to bring this stuff with us. Concerts would be another bonus.

I also love the idea of the YouTube videos. The Kid loves those and hubby is really good at finding some of the funnier ones. Game night is also doable.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have the best Holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 8:45 pm

Big wave to Maxine!!! Hope you aren’t getting hammered by this weather up there. We’ve been getting hit hard down here in the southern areas. Great idea on the driving thing. I remember doing that with my parents. It was actually kind of cool. We would stop and buy a CD at the truck stop and then just drive around town and out in the country listening to the new tunes. Those were some of the funnest times.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you and Lanny have a terrific holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 8:48 pm

Hey Susan! Awesome idea on the family pictures and videos. We have not done that in years. In fact, I think The Kid was 7… Yikes. Will definitely be doing that.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the summer holiday and the break from all those kids…grin… Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 8:48 pm

Hey Nicki! Totally digging the question think. He might even get a kick out of “What animal do you feel like today.” I’m pretty sure it is a bear or a lion with how growly he is. Darn teen hormones… He’d love the idea of making us answer one of his questions.

I definitely need to reconsider the quality thing. Now that I think back on everything we do, there is definitely quality there.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you and your family have the best holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Hey Tamara!!! How the heck are ya? Your evenings sound a lot like mine. I often wonder how people with 2 or more kids do it. The Kid keeps us running with just him.

I LOVE the idea of having them belted in and not able to leave while you question them. I usually get the grunts right now. Maybe uncomfortable silence or mom nagging will get him to open up…grin… “No escape.” Hilarious. Great idea!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I wish you all the best and hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Hi Carol! I hope you guys are still doing okay out there. I read on FB where someone mentioned your garden. I hope it’s doing okay. LOVE this story about your Granny. You just brought back a memory that I had completely forgotten about mine. I do miss those days. Okay, I will learn to cherish the yard work. It is nice when we take our breaks and sit in lawn chairs in the middle of a forest of trees. Kind of surreal. I LOVE the idea of this teaching him to have integrity in his work and a good work ethic. You guys are really making me feel a lot better about all this.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 9:05 pm

LOL Sally! I love the comment about the 4 people in a Toyota Corolla being enough. I can definitely relate…grin…

LOVE the Zorro night idea. Had not realized there was a series. Am going to find that. I can’t remember which author I read a review on recently but she wrote about three half-brothers whose father was Zorro. I’m really wishing I had book marked that site now.

I also remember you telling me about the way your family dresses up in costumes when you go to Disney. There is no way I could get hubby and The Kid to do that, but I LOVE the idea of it.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a terrific holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 26, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Hi Pamela!!!! There is NO WAY you have a 5 year-old grandson. I totally thought you were my age or younger. Kudos to you girl. Love the idea of sharing something we heard or learned. I’ll see if they will be open to this.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a terrific holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Mary Marvella - May 26, 2011 - 10:26 pm

Tami,in the dark ages when I was teaching, I did a project called “The Family That Journals Together…
I asked parents to take time to journal with their kids. A version of timed writing. Some entries were private but others were for sharing. It wasn’t about grammar and spelling but about showing parents considered it important.

I did another one which involved reading together. Parents set aside time to read, no TV or games or phones.

Some parents didn’t follow through bit some did.

Tami Brothers - May 27, 2011 - 6:17 am

Awesome idea, Mary!!! I definitely journal and I’ve been trying to encourage The Kid to journal. He has to do it for school but those are usually school related. I’ll see if I can rope hubby into doing it too.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a terrific holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 27, 2011 - 6:22 am

Wow! Thanks so much to everyone for all the fabulous ideas. I will definitely be using most (if not) all of them in the near future. You all have made me feel a ton better about how I’m doing and that has definitely taken away some of the guilt I’ve been feeling with all of us living such busy lives.

Okay, okay. I know you are checking back to see who the winner is. Drum roll please….

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Woohoo, that would be our first commenter (plugged in 0-32) KAT or Kathy as she signed her post. Kat, shoot me an e-mail at tamibrothers@yahoo.com.

Thank you to all who commented and to all who stopped by to read my post today.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tammy Brooks - May 27, 2011 - 7:45 am

Hi Tami,

Loved your article. It’s fascinating to hear about your family’s effort to be together. It’s just me, hubby and Pooh, our very loved Shepard mix and we always try to make time as a family to have dinner, talk about our day and walk together as much as possible. You are doing what is right for your family. It may be hard to see it now, but in five years, you will look back and see that it made you all stronger as a family.

Sandra Elzie - May 27, 2011 - 5:12 pm

Hi Tami,
Just got back into town…loved the concept of trying to get the family back together more…hard, but worth it.

Tami Brothers - May 27, 2011 - 9:50 pm

Hey Tammy! I love the idea of you guys walking Pooh together. We walked Bella tonight and it’s hilarious to watch her run with her little short legs. We’ve always had larger dogs, so having this shorter one takes getting used to. We have to ease her into our walking routine because it takes so much extra work for her to keep up.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope to see you at the next GRW meeting!!!

Have a terrific holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

Tami Brothers - May 27, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Hey Sandy! Definitely hard. With the wonderful suggestions yesterday, I think it might just get a bit easier…grin…

Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific holiday weekend.

Tami :mrgreen:

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