Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Last weekend Kevin and I traveled to Grand Forks, North Dakota. Kevin attended a conference, and I visited with some friends I haven't seen in a while. We visited with a lot of people, and spent a lot of time with Noel, Lazie's first girlfriend. Noel is a five year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who Laz met at obedience class at Daria's Place. She and Laz were top students and bonded as Julie and Darla would work with them every week. We also got to spend a lot of time with Noel's parents, Darla and Brian, and we got to see Monty who Laz knows from dog class. We also got to see Monty's Mom, Pene and her new human son Cameron who was really cute and alert for three months. We were also able to see Sharon and Sherm, who are very special to us. Brad and Kristen invited us over for dinner and we got to see our favorite ice skater, Ella and meet Autumn, her new sister. We also got to see another of Lazie's pals, Zipper who came to his first birthday party. We rounded out the trip with a visit with Mike and Stacey and a trip to Home of Economy, arguably the strangest store on earth. While it was nice to be in Grand Forks for the weekend, it was very strange being there without Laz. Moses was very young when we left, but much of our life in North Dakota was so influenced by adding Lazarus to our pack.
It was nice to go to a place with cooler weather for a few days, and it seems the weather has broken here in San Marcos, as it has been in the high 70s and low 80s the past few days.
Because of the cooler weather in Texas, Laz is like a whole new dog! Each degree lower that it gets, the better and more energetic Laz feels. He just seems so happy these days. He went swimming this morning so it is not too cold for that! I do think he noticed the sniffs of his home town, Grand Forks, on our clothes and suitcases.
We were also able to eat at a Grand Forks institution, the Italian Moon. (pictured) The food was good, but I found it pricier than I remember! :)