Sunday, November 30, 2008

Last Day Home

After church...

It snowed today!!! Emmy with her HUGE snowball we brought her!

Just the girls

"Oh Bob!"

Taking a snooze...

Today was spent together as Emmy's last day with us as a Foster Puppy.  We had a pretty "typical" day which included going to church, and visiting with friends.  Emmy did the best today that she has ever done in church.  She has always done well, but we made it through the whole service without having to get up because she was fidgeting.  Then we had our friends, Katy & JP over for lunch with their 6 week old daughter, Leila.  Emmy was VERY curious when it came to Leila and she really wanted to help when Leila started crying.  We enjoyed having them over and allowing Emmy the chance to be around more little ones!  

We're having a good night just hanging out together and then first thing tomorrow morning we head off to PAWS!  We'll post more tomorrow after we get home.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving in New York!

Getting ready to head off to New York for Thanksgiving!

The drive was pretty tough as you can really taxing on you can see! *note sarcasm*

Posing for a picture during our walk in the woods behind Amy's parent's house

In a "down-stay" at the health clinic during our visit

Having lunch with Teri at the health clinic

Learning more about the lab from grandma (we took a picture similar last time we visited but we lost it somehow!)

Visiting Aunt Betty in the nursing home (and we brought Amy's grandma too!)

Sitting in front of the nursing home fire place (if you look back to pictures from last December you'll see the change in Emmy's size from when we last posed here!!!)

Hanging out with grandpa...we had lots of fun playing!

Vacation can be exhausting!  Taking a nap with grandma

Celebrating Emmy's last night in NY with some human Scooby Snacks w/ applesauce and Emmy under the table!

Headed back to Michigan...boy it was another long ride!

As you can tell, we had a great trip to New York for Thanksgiving.  We're pretty much going to let the pictures and videos speak for themselves and all of our activities.  We had so much fun visiting friends and family.  It was wonderful to have a week-long vacation to spend together as a family and appreciate our last few days with Emmy before Monday comes.  We just arrived home this evening, and are thankful to be done driving!  We have a busy day tomorrow as we say a few more good-byes and spend time together, just the three of us.  Then on Monday morning it's off to PAWS to bring Emmy back to college!  We'll keep posting throughout the weekend, and also after we bring Emmy stay tuned on her progress! :) 

Friday, November 21, 2008

Good bye parties

Emmy had a big day yesterday!!!!  Since it is Emmy last time around Hope's campus with the students and staff around before she goes back to PAWS we had some "Farewell parties" for Emmy to say good bye and also thank you to all of you who have helped her in the beginning of her training for service work.  Emmy's first party was at the Admission's Office where Amy works...
Everyone else has cake, so Emmy gets a peanut butter kong....

After that party Emmy got to eat dinner, take a short nap, and then all of her friends from around Hope's Campus and Western Seminary came over to Bill and Amy's to say good bye to their favorite dog.  It was so exciting for Emmy, all of her favorite people came.

Emmy's best friend from Western Seminary Terika (at her going away party and her second day home)

My best friend Bobby, Bill's brother

Emmy and Jordan have been fast friends since this summer

Whew, it has been a long day...time for sleepy time.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

December 1st

This week PAWS Headquarters called to schedule the date for Emmy to return for her continued training. The date has been set for Monday, December 1st. We'll be taking Emmy home to New York with us for a nice week long vacation and when we return we'll take her back to PAWS. We're very sad that this day has come...but are definitely so proud of our little pup and are excited to see how she does in training. But until then, we're going to enjoy the most of our last month together! Please keep us in your prayers as we get closer to saying good-bye. And for those of you who have raised foster puppies before...any tips to help us cope?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween and Fall

Emmy and her best friend Jordan as a monster

Emmy all ready in her glow in the dark trick or treating shirt

Woah we have been busy, on Halloween Emmy went trick of treating at three of Hope's residence halls along with hundreds of members of the local community.  Thank you to Cook, Dykstra, and Gilmore for letting us join all the kids celebrate Halloween together.   Today Bill got out of class a little early and took the chance to go out and play in the leaves with Emmy.  Emmy jump over in and around the leaves, but was far more interested in eating them than playing with them.