November 30th, 2004

Sydney is...

Remembering my Dad and the day we brought the fuzzy dog home...

Today my Dad would have been 77 years old. It's hard sometimes to believe that he's been gone for over a decade and still - days like today haven't gotten any easier to deal with. :( This weekend Mark & I are planning to go to Punchbowl to visit him. In a way, I feel awful because I don't go to see him as often as I should. During the first year after he passed away, my Mom and I used to go to visit him every weekend, but now we only go on special occasions. :( It's definitely not that I don't think about him or miss him everyday, but I guess to me - he's not there at Punchbowl, he's with me everyday in the wonderful memories I have of him and in my heart... I'd definitely love to visit him more, but the times that I feel the closest to him are when I'm at home looking through old photo albums and remembering good times. :) In any case, today would have been his 77th birthday...

In much more upbeat news, today also has a separate, happier meaning in our family. :) Exactly seven years ago today we brought our fuzzy dog home from the pet store for the very first time. :) Those of you who have been reading my journal for a while will know that the reason I was even at the pet store in the first place, was because I was depressed during my Dad's birthday one year and Mark thought seeing puppies would cheer me up. Well, it did. :)

A little too much, apparently. :) From the moment we saw Sydney in the store, we knew that she had to come home with us. :) And I don't think either of us realized what a life-changing moment it was at the time or that the little fuzzy creature that we were taking home would so completely win over our hearts. :)

While I was looking through a few of my photos for one that I could use in this entry, I ran across one of my favorite Sydney puppy photos. :) It was taken a few weeks after we brought her home, but I think it really shows that even at a very young age, her personality was already starting to emerge. :)

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*HUGS* to you all, I'm off to work on Kevin's site a bit more. Hope you all have a nice evening! :)
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