Monday, August 25

It's a Staycation

Aaaaaaaaand . . . we are on vacation. Or rather, staycation. Yet another Grandma and Grandpa have come to visit (I told you, the kid has a whole army of grandparents) and we will be spending the rest of the week visiting all sorts of touristy spots around town. There's nothing quite as fun as a vacation where you don't have to spend a bunch of money on travel arrangements.

Since our guests weren't going to hit town until late in the evening, we figured we would kick our staycation off with a nice little walk with the dogs. You know, so that we could walk the insane out of the Bulldog. Meg goes completely nutso anytime someone besides Mr. Husband, Alexis, or me sets foot in our house, so we figured we would drag her around about 2 miles and wear her fat butt out. I'd say the project was a smashing success considering that she has been relatively angelic since the outing.

Also in Operation Sit Still mode is me, myself, and I. Guess what I didn't think about? I totally didn't remember that a two-mile walk through the woods will invariably result in me developing a 32-pound growth on my left hip. That growth has an attitude problem if I try to move her to the right, up to my shoulders, or do anything that does not result in her being exactly where she usually is. All that leaning to balance the 32-pound growth has me engaging in a rather permanent lean. It's so fun, but not quite as fun as being the person who tries to keep the two psychotic dogs on leashes under control. Mr. Husband was the lucky soul who has rope burns from trying to keep the psychotic furballs from running for the hills.

The fabulous news was that there was a lake where we were walking, so I did get a few breaks from my growth. The kid lurves to stare at bodies of water, so she asked to climb off my left hip a few times so she could stand and be Zen with some H2O. Hello, photo op!








As we are enjoying our staycation, there may be a shortage of quality posts. As in, I may not be coherent enough to put words together to form those new-fangled things called sentences, but I'm sure that photos will somehow find their way here. They always do, after all.

30 comments:

  1. Those are some beautiful photos! WOW!!!!

    Staycation--I love it!

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  2. Ha! Walking "the insane out of the bulldog." That's what we have to do every night before we can all settle down for the evening, except we have to walk the insane out of two of them. :-)

    Peace - D

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  3. What a pretty sunset.

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  4. Have a great staycation :)

    Love the pictures!!

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  5. Ah. We have "walk part of the insane out" of the dogs every night too. Hubby usually fights the leashes but I've been doing it lately because I can't stand all the pulling.
    Hello, Mr. Halti. You make life so much simpler.

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  6. Have a great staycation! And I love her dress! It's the perfect almost-end-of-summer outfit. What shoes did she choose to go with it?

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  7. Is a Just Ducky tour in the works?

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  8. anglophilefootballfanatic.com9:24 AM

    i'll see you on plurk. smooches, lovah.

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  9. Enjoy your staycation. Seriously I have one of those growths too, only he's 45 lbs.

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  10. Gorgeous sunset! Wow!

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  11. Beautiful pics!

    Enjoy your vacation and time with family!

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  12. Wow, those are some great shots. Especially the first one and that sunset!

    And can you perhaps photoshop out the dog booty in the second one? If so, it's perfect! ; )

    Have a fun staycation!

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  13. With 2 dogs that would love nothing more than to rip my arm out of my socket, I had to come up with a new way of walking them. What I did was take three 6' nylon leashes, and make them into a giant Y shape by hooking 2 of the handles to the clip of the 3rd. Then I hook the dogs up to the Y part, and they tug on each other more than they tug on my arm.

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  14. I love staycation. You just have so much more time, and less stress.

    Beautiful photos!

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  15. Love the photos! I did get a kick out of her being in the exact same position in 3 of them!

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  16. Enjoy your staycation. I need one too. can't wait for the kiddos to start school next week. I need some ME time.

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  17. Our dogs are the same way. They're perfectly civilized when we walk in the door and then go psycho for anyone else like they feel it's their duty to give the most enthusiastic greeting EVER.

    Have so much fun on your staycation. You're so lucky to have family come visit you and get to show them your favorite Burgh sites! You're going to have so much fun!

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  18. Staycation--I think that will be in Websters by the end of decade--I love it!

    Those pics are amazing. Just. amazing.

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  19. So do you think you could photoshop the dogs booty out of that one picture cause its really a good picture. :)

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  20. Y'all have a great time with the grands. :) My favorite appendage with the toddlers was the LL Bean toddler back pack, but it sounds like Alexis wouldn't go for that either?

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  21. Oh wow, I remember those 30lb growths. For a couple of years, I thought my hip would never go back into place. lol

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  22. I feel that 32 pound growth like it was my own. Oh, wait...

    Nice shot of doggy butt. And gorgeous sunset. Some of the pics you post make me wonder where on earth you live to have such gorgeous scenery. I've gotta get to the mountains to visit. haha

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  23. I feel your pain with the growth, man. I really do. My growth is 31 lbs (thus far) and creates all kind of pain in my spinal column.

    He is disgustingly cute, though, which helps dull the pain a bit. As is yours.

    As for the visit? Here's to many, many beers in your staycation ...

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  24. Me gusta la hermosa fotografĂ­a de Alexis en el lago. Niza para ver la calma que precede *ahem* la tormenta.

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  25. Jeez! You even have Spanish speaking readers?

    Well, I second their opinion that those are beautiful pics of Alexis.

    Hope your staycation is fun and goes better than planned (i.e. good weather).

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  26. My growth just his 20 lbs. I know, whine, cry--no biggie. But, he has been glued to my side. Something about walking, whining, and separation anxiety.

    I can't even pee in peace . . .

    Oh, yeah. And I'm lovin' all these "great shot" comments--apparently people love a doggy derrieres.

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  27. Enjoy the staycation!

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  28. I think that's my favorite photo series from you EVER. Stunning.

    And I so need a Staycation.

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  29. I love the photos!!! Number 3 is my favorite! A child...acting peaceful...who knew!?!?!?

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