Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Here are some recent pictures of Ally and our pets.

Yes Carl is giant.

On a nature hike with Cloey.

At home with Cloey.

Reading and sleeping with Nali.

There has been a lot of  Ally sleeping in our bed lately. Nali loves to sleep with Ally and it's helped her sleep. She and me are missing my mom a lot lately. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Salon at Home

This summer Ally had some of her hair dyed blue. Because of the dark color her hair is naturally the salon bleached it and then colored it. The blue color fades over time. We had it re-dyed once at the salon and then our stylist Feri showed me how to do it at home. Ally has been hesitant to let me do it but this weekend she agreed. 

Becky was a huge help and acted as my assistant. We wrapped the locks in foil like at the salon so the color wouldn't drop everywhere. 

Waiting 30 minutes for the color to set.

Rinsing out the dye in the kitchen sink.

And drying the dyed hair.

It's hard to see the color in pictures. It came out great! We didn't stain anything in our house and Ally loves it! 

After her hair dying we completed the beauty work by shaping her eyebrows. Yes you read that right. A few weeks ago Ally told me she was self conscious about her eyebrows. So I contacted Feri our stylist and she met us after hours and showed me how to tweeze Ally's eyebrows so they are nicely shaped and cleaned up. Ally is so happy with the results and hopefully I can keep it up. We are so very thankful to have Feri to help us with this.

Beauty and tween years are tough. 

Here she is after school today. It was a hot sweaty humid day. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pennsylvania Trip

In late August Ally and Becky flew to Philadelphia to spend a few days with Grandma Debbie and Poppy Dave. They had fun tubing, grilling out and making s'mores over the fire pit, crafting, playing games and they went tubing again on the Brandywine River.

Becky said Hershey Park was probably not the best amusement park for Ally. Most rides were either too little kid or too crazy for Ally. I guess they spent a long time wandering looking for a good ride for Ally, once they found one they rode it 3 times! They did the bumper cars, the chocolate tour and Ally played in the Splash Park. 

The trip itself was fun for all of them, but Hershey Park wasn't the highlight. Spending time together and tubing were the favorites. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New York City!!!!

A few weeks ago we decided to spend a weekend in NYC. I found a dog friendly hotel and booked 2 nights parking and breakfast included. We drove down Friday night after Ally's camp and drove back on Sunday. 

Cloey was pretty good in the car. She sat in the back with Ally for the long 5 hour drive there.

After we checked in we ordered room service for dinner. YUM. Then we walked a few blocks to The Gap for some warmer clothes for Ally. She was freezing in the hotel room so we got her some cozy warm pajamas with a matching sweatshirt. She then slept super soundly all cuddled up with Cloey.

In the morning I was awake much earlier than Becky and Ally so I took Cloey for walk in Central Park.

We made Ally attempt a handstand in Central Park. She was super embarrassed.

It was very hot, but we did walk the whole mile and a half to the American Museum of Natural History.

There was an exhibit showing weavers in Latin America using a back strap loom like we saw used in Guatemala.

The Dum Dum statue featured in the Night at the Museum movies. 

There was a Huge dinosaur skeleton it took up two rooms!

And I thought the shadow of its spine was really neat.

So many dinosaurs.

After a morning at the museum we did some shopping at Lush where we each picked out a bath bomb to use later in the large bathtub in our room which has its own TV! Then we walked to Dylan's Candy store and had lunch at Serendipity Cafe. 

All thought the candy store was a blast. She picked out some good stuff.

Then at Serendipity I got a frozen hot chocolate and Ally had a frozen strawberry drink. After some fear that we might need to leave because we couldn't find anything on the menu we ordered the half of fried chicken that took 30 minutes for them to cook. They told us that when we ordered it, and Ally said she wanted to wait. So we enjoyed our drinks and waited on the chicken and a sandwich. The chicken was AMAZING. Ally said it was so delicious. 

Ally relaxing after her bath. And then sleeping again with Cloey.

 We had room service breakfast and again, Ally enjoyed cuddles with Cloey.

In the morning we took a cab to the Empire State Building.

There was a huge line for the elevator so we took the stairs. 

Well we took the stairs up 10 flights. Here we are at the last one to climb. Ally said she would have liked to climb up all the stairs. 

We had fun on the observation deck.

Checking out the Statue of Liberty.

Then back at the hotel I packed up our stuff and Becky and Ally took Cloey for a walk in Central Park.

Cloey on the elevator was fun.

I took these pictures from our hotel room window. 

Ally was pumped for the ride back to Cambridge. Her dog, her sale pillow from Dylan's Candy bar, a giant pack of Smartees.

But then she and Cloey both passed out and slept for about half the ride home. 

Such a fun trip.