Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Introducing Hurley!

Sunday we ventured out to the Iowa Animal Alliance Mega Adoption event at NewBo.  I had it in my head that we were going to make donations, enjoy the event and meet lots of animals but we would NOT bring one home.

Well that all changed when I saw a very handsome, young looking dog that I couldn't take my eyes off of.  I know when I saw him and bee lined to where he was Kyle knew we were in trouble ;)

He was so friendly, giving Bella and I kisses, not jumping on us, I was immediately smitten.  I decided to read the paper work on him, normally there is some issue but this guy was good with cats, good with other dogs, good with children, low key personality, crate trained, I couldn't believe all of the goodness!  He is a boxer/german shepherd mix and 10 months - 1 year old, his adoption fee was also discounted for the day.

The gal from the shelter came over and we chatted, she let me know another woman had filled out an application for him but that I could fill one out in case it didn't work out.  Kyle gave me the ok to fill it out, the other woman had an hour to make her decision so we decided to go to lunch and have a family discussion before heading back in an hour.

During lunch we discussed the pros and cons of having another dog.  After explaining to Bella what pros and cons were she was ready to go!  Her only con was that Luna might not like having another dog in the house.  Kyle's con was that our house isn't big enough for two dogs.  I disagreed with Kyle on that con, I've always wanted another dog and in my opinion our house would be fine with two dogs.  I did tell Kyle that if he was completely against it, we didn't have to adopt another dog.  Bella got all teary eyed, not understanding Kyle's position.  She then told Kyle that it seemed unfair that she has Luna, Kyle has Tybalt and I don't have an animal but I really want one, especially for a running partner.  She is quite the negotiator ;)  Kyle then sent me a text letting me know that if the dog was still there I could adopt him and he would be an early Mother's Day present.

I was so anxious as we were walking back, I knew if he was gone then it just wasn't meant to be.  I was THRILLED when I saw him still sitting there.  He was so excited to see us and so was the gal from the shelter.  Our application was approved and she was happy he was going home with us because she truly felt we were an awesome fit for him.

I decided to name him Hurley, it just seemed like a perfect fit.  We recently binge watched the show Lost, Hurley was one of my favorite characters.  He always wanted to make everyone happy and help out in any way he could, my boy just seemed like a Hurley to me :)

It has been three days and we could not be happier.  Tybalt is happy to have a playmate, Hurley is very well behaved, super loving and likes to snuggle a LOT.  Luna has been in hiding but she did come out yesterday and Hurley didn't even give her a second look :)

I have started working with him on the leash, he is super strong but a very fast learner.  He and I will be running together in no time.  I am over the moon happy that we found him.  He completes us and I feel like we have always had him.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Our Level 3 Dancer

Bella received her recommendation for dance class levels in the 2015-2016 season on Monday.  She was so, so excited that she was recommended to move to Level 3 in ALL genres.  She was at Level 2 for ballet, Level 1 for tap and Level 1/2 for hip hop.  She was so proud of herself for skipping an entire level for tap.

The joy on her face was priceless, I could see how proud she was of herself and that she was truly surprised.

I loved our drive home as she chatted away about how much she loves dance and just truly enjoys it.  She also let me know that she understands it takes hard work, lots of listening but she has to have fun too otherwise she wouldn't enjoy dance.

I asked her how she knew to work hard and have fun, she told me she learned that from me and Kyle.  She loves watching me work hard and have fun going on stage for my competitions and she knows how much Kyle helps me with training, posing and that he is really proud of me too.

I love how much she truly watches us and takes what we do to heart, putting that same effort into what she loves to do.

She got awesome reviews from her teachers and as I read them to her I swear her smile kept getting bigger and bigger.  I am so proud of our Bella, the effort she puts into working on the small details all while having a blast.  Watching her dance and improve each year brings so much joy, I am thrilled to watch her do something she loves so much.

The recital is just two months away, we can't wait to watch our little dancer perform!