Upon arriving home we were greeted by Sydney, sweetly wagging his tail as we opened the door to Craig's mom's house... what an adorable sight, especially considering the movie we had just seen. The only problem was that we had crated him before we left... in the same crate he spends 7-8 hours in every day while Craig and I are at work. Apparently Sydney had a "Marley moment" while we were at the movie. Somehow he managed to bend the frame of his metal crate, which caused the front side of the crate to collapse inward, giving him his freedom. He then proceeded to tear his bedding into hundreds of little pieces and break two large chunks off of the plastic tray that lines the bottom of his crate. Thankfully, nothing else in the house was disturbed. I wonder if he's trying to tell us that he's getting too old for the crate?!?
Congrats again to you both! We're so happy for you!
And here's Misty and Rob's Mom, Jan, getting ready to set
Friday was Craig's 26th birthday! We were so lucky to be able to celebrate his birthday with my sister Erin and our friends Jared, Melanie, and Brett who all came to stay with us for the Labor Day weekend!
Saturday we all went whitewater rafting on the Upper Nolichucky River in Erwin, Tennessee. Thanks to the heavy rains we had last week the river was absolutely at it's best! This trip consisted of 10 miles of class 2-4 rapids. Out of the four groups on the river that day I have to brag and say that our group was the only one that did not have someone fall out of the raft... unintentionally that is. Several of us became Nolichucky swimmers after being pushed out of the boat by the sneaky person sitting next to us! Jared and I took turns "riding the bull" which is when you ride on the very front of the raft while going over a rapid... extra style points were earned by throwing our arms up when we crossed the waves. Needless to say we all had a great time. Unfortunately we weren't brave enough to try taking the camera on the river with us, so the only pictures we have were taken after we got back and got cleaned up. Here's a picture of our group with our guide John (in the red shirt) standing in the middle.
Sunday we decided to wear out our lower bodies as we had worn out our upper bodies rafting the previous day. We all went biking down the Virginia Creeper Trail. The scenery was beautiful as usual. I think by the end of the day we were all wishing we had padded biking shorts like Jared wore.
We rounded off the weekend by having a few drinks on the newly revamped patio, catching up with each other, and recovering from all of the strenuous activity over the past two days. All in all it was a great way to spend the holiday weekend! Too bad it's back to work tomorrow.
Here's a reminder of what our patio looked like before we stained the concrete, got new patio furniture, and built the pergola:
Here are a few pictures of us assembling the pergola:
Here's the finished product (minus some minor detail work):
I can not tell you how pleased I am with the way it turned out!!! Now we'll be able to enjoy the space as much during the day as we do in the evenings!
Plus, we had occasional distractions when Sydney would climb up and walk back and forth on the boards we were cutting/sanding... I guess he thought they were like the "dog walk" and "teeter totter" that he gets to play on in agility class.
Well, after all of the hard work we only managed to get about half of the cuts done... so I guess that means we're going to have to get busy this week. Anyway, the end product will be TOTALLY worth it!
Can't wait until we get together again!
Apparently he had just woken up and climbed out from under his mossy bed. I couldn't help but laugh. He totally looks like he has an afro. And all this time I thought that White's Tree Frogs came from New Guinea, not Africa!
What a HUGE improvement. In another day we will be able to move our NEW patio furniture out! The next phase of the patio redo will include the construction of a pergola. This is going to be a fun project. I'm hoping we can have the pergola up and the patio finished by the end of August!