Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend: For 2 + 1

This past weekend was *very* eventful in the Hawley house.  We hit another milestone.  When we first got married we knew that we wanted a dog, but had little confidence in our abilities to bring 2 disciplining/parenting styles together and keep the dog alive, so we thought that we would start with something smaller, and work our way up.  We started with plants.

For the past two years we have kept our garden alive and even producing fruit (see last year here and this year here).  We decided that we were ready for the next step.  We had prayed and discussed, were financially ready, were ready to make compromises and work together as a team.  So last week we seriously searched for the perfect addition to our family.  We found her!  We are pleased to introduce you to the newest Hawley: Tomlin  (yes we are serious Steelers fans and named her after our *favorite* coach, because we’re fanatics like that).DSC05197

Just after we picked her up and getting in the car to come home for the first time.  (Yes, I was so excited that I was taking pictures in the parking lot)DSC05114

Phil and I were glad that we had a long weekend to figure a few things out and spend time with our new little gal.  For example, the first few days were spent learning things like: how to crate train, how often does Tomlin need to “use the ladies room”, how long should she spend napping, how often should she be bathed, what should we feed her and how often, what problems should we be looking for, is our house puppy-proofed, what kind of toys do teething puppies need?  Thank goodness we are fast learners :-)DSC05129

We were even “fortunate” to have our first trip to the River Oaks Animal Hospital yesterday.  We have a little bit of an upper respiratory infection goin’ on, but we’re going to be ok after about 10 days of cough medicine and antibiotics.  Then we will be ready for some puppy play dates (and she certainly has the energy for it!).  We play and play, until we can’t play anymore.  Therefore, there’s a lot of sleeping going on around here these days :-)

Clearly, we’re still learning what these little pads are forDSC05136

At the door to her roomDSC05144

She has already claimed the recliner, among many other things, as her own.DSC05154DSC05185

…in front of the buffet and under the tableDSC05193DSC05199

Her very own couch for snooze’nDSC05207DSC05223

Isn’t she so precious?!  This little girl is such a delight and we just love having her as part of our family.  Also, I am loving learning about our new roles as puppy-parents with my hubby.  It’s been so easy and fun.  Thank you Lord for letting us take care of one of your beautiful creatures!

xoxo Darby

8 comments :

Morgan said...

she is ADORABLE! what breed is she?

erin.patrice said...

YAY!!! I'm so excited to read about someone else's new puppy! i can't wait to hear more! She's precious. (the petstages toys are a lifesaver!)

Lindsey said...

SOOOO cute Darby. :) Definitely going to have to have a doggy play date with Harmony...

Joy said...

Now I know why your smiling! She is adorable!!!! Y'all will be great parents and you'll learn that you start planning everything around her. BTW - Marleigh took over my first recliner as her own... so we moved it to the bedroom for her to sleep in and got another. HAHA They rule the house — you just pay for it! lol

Kellyn Fleming said...

She is the best! So glad you waited to tell me until I got here and was soo surprised! I am already a super proud Auntie! Can't wait to play with her all week! ;)

Ashley Smith said...

YAY!!!!!!!!! I am super excited for you! I love tomlin already and cant wait to meet her in person hopefully in January!!! YAY!!

Ash said...

As a fellow Steelers fanatic, I have to congratulate you on the amazing name choice. She is super cute and LOVE the hot pink collar!!

-Ashley A

Jennifer Leible said...

She is precious! Our doggies are our children and we couldn't imagine life without them! I hope she's equally that for you! She is so sweet in all your pics!

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