Goodbye Old Friend

Yesterday we had to say Goodbye to our wonderful lab Riley.  Riley has been with us since the girls were 3 and 5.  They are now 15 and 17.  12 years of friendship from a dog who’s only fault was to love us unconditionally.

This was by far one of the hardest things we have had to do as a family.

We spent the day together and had pizza for lunch; Riley’s favorite: DiGiorno…he was a simple man, nothing fancy.  Our wonderful vet came to our home and we said our goodbyes.

Here are a few pictures that I would like to share with you.  If you are not a animal lover you may not understand how difficult this was for us.  That’s OK.  I just needed to share this, because our home feels empty without him, because he was always a friend and a protector, because he loved us unconditionally…as we did him.

Our gorgeous Riley

Our gorgeous Riley

Riley's favorite sleeping position...so sexy!

Riley’s favorite sleeping position…so sexy!

Riley sleeping with Bear. She gave him this blanket for his final resting place

Riley sleeping with Bear. She gave him this blanket to be with him in his final resting place.

 

This is the day we brought Cooper home, look at Riley's face...he's thrilled! ;)

This is the day we brought Cooper home, look at Riley’s face…he’s thrilled! 😉

 

Friendship <3

Friendship ❤

 

Riley also liked to hoard the toys

Riley also liked to hoard the toys

Riley got a lot of love today from his human sisters

Riley got a lot of love today from his human sisters

 

for one thing Riley wasn't a very classy eater...but he LOVED food!

For one thing Riley wasn’t a very classy eater…but he LOVED food!

 

this picture breaks my heart, he was such a gentle soul

this picture breaks my heart, he was such a gentle soul

 

Goodbye Riley Old Friend. We love you.

Goodbye Riley Old Friend. We love you.

Peace and Love your pet,

Isabelle

Full Circle

Sometime last year I went for a run and found a wrench on the ground.  I shared my thoughts with you in this post (Found).  A few days ago I went for a run and found this:

a perfectly beautiful Lacrosse ball

a perfectly beautiful Lacrosse ball

I know everything happens for a reason.  I know things come full circle (yup…it’s a ball!).  I know that what you put out there comes back to you.  Isn’t it great that in an unplanned moment you are reminded that your heart is full?

The past 1 1/2 week has been full of emotions: our oldest got hurt playing Lacrosse, then she had a minor car accident, then our youngest learned a “protect your phone” lesson the hard way.  My parents came and went, now I won’t see them until fall.  Our older dog Riley is….well he is old, he is deaf, he is trying so hard to keep up, and it is part of life.

So when I look at this silly Lacrosse ball I need to remind myself about my wonderful Grandpa, the original finder of all things.  A man with a lot of health problems yet who smiled and laughed (often at himself) everyday of his life.

Yes, today it is that simple.  Smile, laugh, and choose to be HAPPY!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

Peace and Hope your heart is full,

Isabelle

 

Diana’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Yellowstone...awesome!

Yellowstone…awesome!

Two years ago, we as a family went to Yellowstone National Park.  It was by far one of the best trips of my life.  I have shared some pictures in the past about our trip but today I would love to share a story (in relation to buffalo)  better be ready for some questionable parenting on Matt and I’s part…

Here’s the story:  Before we started our exploration of Yellowstone Park, we made a small stop in Cody, Wyoming.  Home of Wild Bill Hickok.  We visited his daughter Irma’s hotel….lovely although I must admit a bit “mildewy” smell wise.  (I am highly sensitive to smell and quite annoying about it)  All was well in our lovely day, girls were having fun and Mr. Man was in cowboy heaven!  We decided on a local barbecue place for dinner.  Leave it up to us to never eat in chain food restaurants.  On their lovely menu, they had Buffalo Oysters…(oh yeah).  Sunshine, who when hungry will eat without fear, didn’t even question the name.  Go for it she says.  Her sister Bear who has been known to sit for 2-3 hours before finishing an unwelcome meal, was a bit more cautious.  She looked at us funny and was somewhat hesitant to try.  Needless to say I dove right in, so did Matt.  Sunshine was eating it up and eventually so did Bear.  Then they started asking: “what is a Buffalo oyster?”  “where do you get it?”…”oysters as in the ocean?”…

Matt and I didn’t answer…no, we waited until the nice waitress came back around and told Sunshine to ask her.  The waitress looked at us kind of funny and after we encouraged her (greatly) she looked at the girls and says: “balls, they are Buffalo Balls, you know TESTICLES!”  I couldn’t stop laughing.  Matt was laughing as well.  Bear looked at us like we were insane.  Sunshine shrugged and said: “oh, well…” and grabbed another piece.   Feel free to send any donations for the girls therapy to: “Isabelle&Matt’squestionablepatenting.org.”

***I know I am a mess :)

***I know I am a mess 🙂

Ingredients:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked and shredded, about 4-5 cups of cooked chicken)

1 cup chicken wing sauce

16-ounce cream cheese (Diana says whipped is easier to spread…I didn’t buy it whipped so I whipped it myself!  WHIP IT GOOD!  Who can name that song?)

1 cup Bleu cheese dressing (the thicker the better)

8-ounce bag sharp cheddar cheese (or mexican blend)

How to:

Heat your oven to 350F

Toss your shredded chicken with your wing sauce and set aside.

In a casserole dish (9X13) spread 16 oz of cream cheese.  Then about 1/2 jar of  Bleu cheese dressing.  Top with the (cooked) chicken (tossed with wing sauce) then the 8 oz bag of sharp shredded cheese.  Bake in your preheated oven until cheese is bubbly, about 45 minutes.  Serve with Tostitos Scoops or Fritos, and for an added healthy kick some carrots and celery!

Pre-oven:

already excited about this dip!

already excited about this dip!

Post-oven:

    Delicious Buffalo Dip

Delicious Buffalo Dip

I have heard of many different versions of this recipe and I am certain they are all top notch…I just know Diana wouldn’t put her name on something she wasn’t proud of, that’s the kind of girl she is!  Trust me, I am not saying it this because we go way back and she knows stuff about me I hope she takes to her grave! 😉

Printer friendly: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Peace and Oysters,

Isabelle

Note: I was going to take another picture; a serving of the dip.  It was GONE in a flash.  And it’s kind of messy and ugly…but delicious!