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30 November 2003 @ 04:12 pm
Mixed emotions...  
I went to Punchbowl today with Mark to see my Dad. He would've been 76 years old today. It was raining (how fitting) and we didn't stay too long, but I did get to give him the bouquet of flowers and balloon I bought him.

For those of you who took my quiz a while back, you'll know that today also has another meaning for our family... A happier one. :) Six years ago, Mark & I brought Sydney home - and really, our lives haven't been the same since. Mark had taken me to the pet store on my Dad's birthday one year because I was really down and he thought that I'd get a kick out of playing with the puppies. I don't know if either of us expected that we'd be bringing Sydney home with us that day. (We had been looking for a Sheltie for a while, but hadn't found one that we HAD to get until we saw Sydney).

She is - and probably always will be - the heart of our family. She's our baby and it's hard for me to believe that such a small fuzzy thing would have such an emotional hold on us all. This day means all that much more after the horrible two months that she's been ill. We're just so thankful that we could celebrate this anniversary with her. :)

The pet store took our photo outside as we were getting ready to leave with her - she was SO small! :) Yes, we were all much lighter then! ;)

Got all teary watching "Finding Nemo" with Mark this afternoon. I can't believe that it took us that long to watch it, but it was such a cute show. I loved it! :)

I'm off tomorrow and Tuesday to attend my second set of classes at CTA. :) I'm not as excited about this set since it's mostly back-end stuff (that I really need to learn, but am not totally interested in...) It'll be a nice break from work, though. :)

I'm off to eat sushi with the in-laws. Hope you all have a nice evening. :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on November 30th, 2003 06:49 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwww so cute! Sydney is soooooo cute! You guys look good too! hehe

Where did you get Sydney from?
Sherishutterbug93 on November 30th, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rayna - wasn't she tiny? I can hardly believe she's the same dog! :) And Mark & I were about 20 pounds lighter than we are right now. :P

We got Sydney from Pet's Central (they take polaroids of everyone as they leave with their puppies - but being the camera person I am, I happened to be carrying around a point and shoot with me that day and had them take one with my camera too. ) :)
Kananigirl: doggykananigirl on December 1st, 2003 03:14 am (UTC)
She is sooooooo cute! I've been to Pet Central, you just wanna take home all the puppies! *L* I went over there to look at their puppies one day.

I still think that is a great pic! I like it though, show you guys as a whole family.
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on November 30th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)
That picture is very very cute! She is sooOooo little. :D
Sherishutterbug93 on November 30th, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
She was the tiniest one there - they said she was the runt of the litter and the moment we saw her we knew that we wanted to take her home. :)
With a spark: Animated: Smiling Sunconchispa on November 30th, 2003 07:01 pm (UTC)
Aww, I can't believe how tiny she was!
Sherishutterbug93 on November 30th, 2003 09:42 pm (UTC)
Me too! And how much lighter Mark & I were back then too! :D We all gained a lot of weight since then! :P
Smithasmittenbyu on November 30th, 2003 07:47 pm (UTC)
oh how adorable....
ohhh sydney is so tiny and cute!!

Finding Nemo had left me teary eyed too! Good movie!
Sherishutterbug93 on November 30th, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: oh how adorable....
Thanks, Smitha! :) I can hardly believe that she's the same dog! :)

And I'm such a sucker for Disney/Pixar movies, they always make me weepy. ;)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on November 30th, 2003 07:54 pm (UTC)
p.s. I'm a big one for studying body language in photos -- it speaks volumes. You and Mark are VERY sweet in the way you lean in towards each other. That speaks volumes too. :)
Sherishutterbug93 on November 30th, 2003 09:44 pm (UTC)
Awww that's really sweet of you to say, Rita. :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on December 1st, 2003 06:07 am (UTC)
I like the way he folds somewhat protectively around you two and you tuck nicely into him. :D
irisheyes77 on November 30th, 2003 09:00 pm (UTC)
That is such an adorable picture! Thanks for posting that. I did remember from your quiz that this is the day that you got Sydney on! She was so tiny - wow!

That was very sweet for what you did for your Dad today.

Sherishutterbug93 on November 30th, 2003 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Amanda! :) She was so tiny that for a long time I could carry her on one arm. :) It's kind of hard to believe that the tiny little thing in that photo is Sydney. :)

And I had a nice visit with my Dad today. :) It was nice and private and I always feel relaxed after I visit him.
Carriecarrieh on November 30th, 2003 11:18 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely photo of the three of you. Sydney is so tiny, I can remember when Tess was so tiny as well (and when she was that rather horrid puppy greyish brown as well!). In that photo she actually looks a lot like Tess did as a pup, yet their colourings have turned out so different now.
Sherishutterbug93 on December 1st, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
I've noticed that Sydney's color has changed a lot since she was a puppy. Her under coat is still a little gray though and I think it's because she has some blue merle in her ancestry line. (?) I'm not too sure. I'm glad that her brown became more pronounced as she got older, though. :)
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMORbeam861 on December 1st, 2003 06:22 am (UTC)
She is so cute! We never got to see Mortie that little, and I wish
we had. We got him at about 6 1/2 months and they were thinking about "putting him down", because no one wanted him. When I heard that I had to take him! I loved Finding Nemo so much that I had to go out and buy the DVD! I think I have watched it about 4 times since then! I love all the colors! Everytime I watch it, I can still find something new in it. Yep, I am a simple person, I don't require too much to make me happy:)
Sherishutterbug93 on December 1st, 2003 08:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Barb! :) I would've loved to have seen Mortie as a puppy too! :) And I still can't believe that no one wanted to buy him - he must've just been waiting for the right family to come along! ;)

"Finding Nemo" was so cute! :) I have to re-watch it. :) I loved Dori talking "whale" - that was so hilarious! :D
Sabine: Lausersabine10 on December 1st, 2003 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the photo, it's beautiful. :) You both look great and Sydney looks cute and satisfied - like she would think: "I'm sure I chose the right persons. And they took me, yes, I'm a smart dog." :)
Sherishutterbug93 on December 1st, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sabine. :) She had us trained right from the beginning, I tell ya. ;) Thanks for your sweet comments. :)
Care: smilecareleswhisper on December 1st, 2003 06:02 pm (UTC)
How cute is that? :)