Having just returned from a weeklong jaunt to "The South" to visit my folks and in-laws, I've been turning over the week in my mind a lot. In fact, last night, I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking I was back at my house in NC, and couldn't for the life of me figure out where I was. Finally it dawned on me that I was home, in Northern Virginia, back to the grind.
We had a great trip down. Dad came up and picked me up, and we drove down on Saturday, stopping to visit my grandmother for a short jaunt.
She was doing well, and brightened up when Shepherd and I walked in. After cooing and tickling him, she started singing to him with our help prompting the song. She sang my favorite song start to finish without hesitation, and I managed to get it on video. (The video is quite large though, so I'm having trouble posting it) After visiting her, we drove on down to my parents house, settled in, and had a blast just hanging out with them.
My parents Golden Retriever, Maggie, is a very excitable dog. Most Goldens are pretty calm, but Maggie breaks the mold. She jumps and squeels when she sees someone new, or someone she hasn't seen in a while. But after we got settled in, Maggie calmed down enough to play with Shepherd. And much to my surprise, she was exceedingly gentle.
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After half of a week at my parents, my in-laws picked me up and we headed up to their house to visit and get ready for the big party. What big party? Oh, I may have forgotten to write about that. You see, 5 years ago this month, Forrest finished his treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. So this month, Forrest celebrates 5 years cancer-free. So we decided that it was such a great thing to celebrate, that we'd invite all of our closest family and friends and have a good ol' time. Poor Shepherd was a little overwhelmed, so he went to bed a little early. But not before meeting some of our good friends.
The rest of the weekend flew by, but we had a great time visiting everyone. It was hard coming back, but we're back.