Its April, April already! Can you imagine? April 1st was Clio’s first birthday, or as its known around here: the day we celebrate our April Fools Baby. But really, he is no fool! He has stolen our hearts just as his brother Emory continues to do every day. We are so so so blessed to have these little puppy boys in our lives. So, of course we had to have a little party for his special day! Balloons, party hats and most of all, a puppy Sprinkles cupcake for the birthday boy. And being that he is a little tyke – soon enough he was passed out taking a nap. It’s been a special year, and here’s a lifetime of memories to be made with a certain tuxedo’d Pekingese.
And so, we being our spring with birthdays and despite some random cold days, it’s lovely to be on the other side of winter. It’s time for sunglasses, road trips, New Orleans, bicycles and lots of lots of sunshine.
So, we seemed to have dropped off the face of the planet?!!! RIGHT! No, not really at all. That’s all dramatics, or theatrics…well, it is something. But what have we been up to?It’d be easy to give a generic answer about living life and how excited we are about of adventures, blah blah blah…and that would be technically true.
But the truth is that we are doing life and that is always more more intricate and complex. We are getting our heart rates up, riding bikes and jumping jacks. Thanks, mom!
All that being said, we started marriage counseling aka therapy. So, there is that roller coaster of memories and emotions. But this is a good thing right? It is. We are good.
But life is strange, Bo was very gently let down from a job he applied for and really wanted, and we are still looking for the right place and home to call our own. But we take it one challenge at a time, process all the emotions and feelings and do our best. Right? Right.
So, it helps to talk about it – to have family that is involved in your life, to have community! So more of that!
It seems like we were stuck in our house for a good long year after Clio had his neuter surgery. But luckily my baby brother came to stay with us for a week, along with my childhood puppy-turned-ladybird Bailey. So, it was an overly full house but a blessing to be with a little slice of family. But Clio is a fast healer and so we decided we needed a day out! We hit up the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the DMA in Dallas and generally had a relaxing day. But not to rest on our laurels, we are also planning for a vacation because for the first time in a long time we haven’t traveled for a good 8 months. And that will not stand!
Where are you, Christmas? You came and went too soon, and we are a week into the new year. But it was still the most wonderful time of the year. Admittedly, it took both of us some extra time to fully embrace the holiday spirit but all it takes is walking into the family house and having it full of family and dogs and Mom’s decorations and treats to make things perfect. We were really blessed to have a week out of town, full of family time and we were spoiled. The boys, Emory and Clio, were spoiled beyond beyond. It was ridiculous. Between certain packages of gifts arriving from wonderful, amazing friends all over to Nancy Elizabeth Brooks – aka Nani-Claus – it was a good time. But the New Year came, and our family made it back here with us just in time to ring in the New Year with food and drink and a hope for the whole of 2014.
We haven’t done an actual “how we are doing” update since we moved from our last house. And since we are iced in from the always unpredictable Texas winter weather, we thought we’d speak as to how life has been for us.
It’s not easy to move and the first part of the year was our house being sold out from under us and having to pick a house, any house, to live in. It was a taxing time, and one which really took us on a journey of facing ourselves and what steps we needed to take control of our health. Heather has been on a journey that meant new doctors, correcting chemical imbalances and discovering life on the other side of anxiety and chemical depression. We have been closer than ever and walking together through it all.
In the middle overcoming beyond a few challenges, we got an amazing little black and white tuxedo Pekingese puppy named Clio August Liles! He is definitely Emory’s brother, but entirely different – all rough and tumble. He is what we call the bruise cruise! Our family is a matched little foursome. Our baby boys? Perfect. (to us)
We have been looking for a house/condo/apartment/anything that is right for us. And it is so so so difficult to find a lease house for us and our future plans. Why Fort Worth why?! But this town isn’t all bad, sometimes boring to tears, but not all bad. We have found the healing needed to visit churches, and have spent some time at The Village Church Fort Worth Campus.
So as the holidays have begun, how do you sum up a year? The best word I can think of is that its been a year of transition. We are grateful, we are honest in knowing our struggles aren’t over and that family and community is something we need more of. That, and a big dose of the Christmas spirit.
Because things go a little haywire when we have been iced into our house for 4+ days!
So, bring on the holiday cheer! And family time to ring in another year of possibility, challenge and hope!