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Last Weekend


Sophie and Shamrock Saturday


Why does summer always go by so fast?!

I hope if you are one of those teachers who doesn’t have to work in the summer that you are taking full advantage! My work days have felt so long this summer. They go by faster because they are busier than ever this year; but it also takes me a while to come down from them when I come home.

Still, I fill my weekends with friends and fun!

Last weekend, after our Thursday night concert and trip to Saffron, Sophie and Sham had a little visitor:


Yes, Miss Lyla stayed with us while her daddies went up north. Rob was happy knowing that Lyla would be sifting through Sophie and Sham’s overflowing toy bin and would find plenty of toys to destroy!


I sent the above photo to her daddies and was asked what the death toll was! Ha! There is no counting when there is fun! Also, Sophie and Sham have way too many toys. So they served their purpose for Lyla to tear apart and then for us to finally get a rid of a few.

Besides, it’s really hard to say, “no” to this a-dog-able face that just wants you to throw the Newspaper toy…

One. More. Time.


The rest of last weekend was so beautiful that after another trip to Lake & Irving, we took a nice stroll around Lake of the Isles. I had no idea how peaceful it can be on a Friday night!


Then, Saturday included the racking of our second batch of homemade wine


…followed by a Minnesota History Bootleggers Tour. {More on that in a future post!} And Sunday you already know… It was that little trip to Hudson.

Summer is ending soon… {Okay, we shouldn’t even talk about it.} But as Minnesotans, we try not to take one moment of beautiful weather for granted.

Are you making the most of your summer?

What is in store for you this weekend?


Miss Lyla


Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

Shamrock and Sophie are hosting another friend this weekend!

Meet Lyla…


Lyla is an Italian Rat. Haha! She is a mixed breed dog with some Italian Greyhound and some Rat Terrier {I hope I got that right!} with, perhaps a blend of another breed or two. Check out those ears!


Miss Lyla is still a little playful puppy that has made both us realize that Shamrock has surpassed his puppyhood! Lyla gives him a run for his money.

Isn’t she a doll?!


She adores toys, as every little pup should.


She loves to play tug and fetch, too! {That’s something neither of our pooches do very well.}


And she loves to tear toys apart and rip all of the stuffing out! It’s so fun to watch! Here’s a bit of the aftermath…


Rob is so happy to lighten Sophie and Sham’s overflowing toy bucket! I have been hoarding those for far too long…

At night, Lyla likes to cuddle up under the covers to go to sleep. The first time she did this, Sophie watched her with utter confusion. Her eyes followed the bump that was Lyla as she made her way down to my feet.


Our family dog while I was growing up, Jerry, loved to sleep under the covers, too. It’s their short coats that make them want to get all warm and toasty! Our furry children could never handle that…

Then during the day, there sure has been a lot playing going on in our backyard!

Lyla seems to feel right at home chez Sham & Sophie, but I know she has two loving parents who miss her dearly!

Happy Saturday!