Last week Natalie went to a school carnival. It was called a "Math and Literacy" carnival, but was mostly a Halloween party. My favorite thing was the book walk (similar to the cake walk of my day). Natalie did the book walk several times and ended up winning 5 books. Natalie's favorite thing was walking around looking for her friends. However, since she was wearing a blond, curly wig most of her friends didn't recognize her. Natalie has recently become fascinated with a show called "Ever After High" where all of the characters are the offspring of famous fairytale characters...like Briar Beauty, daughter of Sleeping Beauty; Madeline Hatter, daughter of the Mad Hatter; and Apple White, daughter of Snow White. Natalie's costume resembles Ashlynn Ella, daughter of Cinderella.
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.