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2016 Annual Allee French Brittany Field Trials

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Wheat and I (and Juin!) were fortunate enough to attend the Ali family’s Annual French Brittany Field Trials yet again this year.  We always have the very best time watching these little bird dogs show off their stuff, and this year was no exception.  It was a GORGEOUS cool (but not cold) day in the woods.  I mostly just have pictures of Juin, but hope to have a few more pictures to share once everyone who was there gets around to sharing them.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and my Dad, the good Doctor and designated Shooter of the day

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Bobby Lee and Dick

We are lucky enough to have multiple amazing photographers in attendance every year, and this year those ranks included none other than Dale Spartas.  He’s a good friend of Dr. Ali, and he quickly becomes a friend to anyone he meets… especially people who love the same things he does: bird dogs and hunting and the outdoors.

Dale Spartas Photography, 2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Dale Spartas, Photographer

Juin went up against Bobby Lee in the first round of the young adult dogs this year.  She’s 1.5 years old now!  Hard to believe how small and young she was at the Field Trials last year.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin on Point

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin on Point

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin in action

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Doc and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Doc and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Bobby Lee, Retrieving

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Doc and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin Backing Bobby Lee

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin on Point

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin, ready to hunt

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin, on point

Juin got called back for another go at it, this time with her half-sister, Ivy, and Bobby Lee again.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Ivy

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Flushed Bobwhite Quail and Juin

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Juin and Ivy

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Ivy on Point

Ivy is such a pretty girl, and she retrieves, too!  Not all French Brittanys will retrieve, and it’s considered a real bonus if they do.  Her mama, Rhonda, was proud, I know. :)

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Bobby Lee and Ivy, Retrieving

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Rhonda and Ivy, Retrieving

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Rhonda and Ivy – Puppy Love

At lunch time, we headed back to the barn for a feast and awards, but not before I snapped a few more pictures of Wheat and Juin.

2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Wheat and Juin

Wheat and Juin, 2016 Ali French Brittany Field Trials | oysters and pearls

Wheat and Juin

We are so happy to participate in these friendly field trials each year, and we have the very best time seeing everyone and watching these little dogs strut their stuff.  It’s all in good fun, but we’re awfully proud that Juin tied Ivy, her half-sis, for second best in the young adult division, and she won Second Best Overall this year!  That little pup brings so much chaos, fur, laughs and love into our little house and we are thrilled that she is such a good little bird dog, too.

Thank you SO much to Galt and Francine Allee, who host this wonderful event each January.  I’ve been coming to the field trials since I was a little girl, and it’s an event I hope to continue to attend for many, many years to come… hopefully with a little boy or girl in tow before too long!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Merry Christmas! 

Naturally, I haven’t been able to get my act together this Christmas.  Between being swamped at  work and in Thomasville every week day and being crazy, wonderfully busy on the weekends and at nights at the shop, (oh, and busy growing a human!) Christmas cards just weren’t in the cards this year (pun intended).  I promise I’ll do better next year!  Then I’ll have far more adorable Christmas card fodder/subject material.  However, because I have OH so much to be thankful for this year, in lieu of a Christmas card, I thought I’d simply share some of those things I’m thankful for… in the form of iPhone pictures. :)  In no particular order, here are some things I’m really grateful for and looking forward to about Christmas 2015!

Our last Christmas as a family of two!

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Well, if you don’t count critters.  I’m grateful for some down time to spend with them, too!

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I’m really, really excited about Christmas with my nieces and nephew this year, too!  We’ve missed Maggie and Cullen so much and I can’t wait to go camping this weekend with them!

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And we are all SO excited about Elah’s first Christmas!  This little love bug is so much fun!

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And finally, I’m getting ridiculously excited about our own little love bug.  We got to spend some quality ultrasound time with him/her on Tuesday and it was such an incredible blessing!

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I am wishing you and yours a very, merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and praise Him for all our many blessings, even when many carry hurting and loss with us this time of year.

 

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Harold and Juin Eat Apples

Thank you so, so much to everyone who commented on my last post.  The kind, reassuring words from friends and readers I’ve never even met helped assuage the self-doubt I’ve been feeling.  Nevertheless, I think sometimes it’s really great (though painful) to have a true, punched-right-in-the-baby-maker gut check.  Thank you also for all the recommendations and things you’d like to see.  I’ve taken each and every single comment to heart and stored them away for rainier, less happy days.  I also have added some of your suggestions to my reading list.  And by reading, I won’t lie.  Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, I’ve been listening to books via Audible.  I listen during my 1 hour commute, I listen while I walk for exercise… it’s pretty awesome.  Because as much as I love to read, I just don’t have much spare time.  I’m not going to make myself even feel bad about that.

And if for no other reason than I am most likely the most literal person you’ll ever meet (I promise – just ask Wheat)… here are some terrible iPhone pictures of my dogs eating apples.  Complete with some corner of the photo cameos of my ever-lovely crocs.

Commence blog posts regarding whatever the hell I feel like writing about. ;)

Every apple I eat, I give one bite to each of them and then take one myself.  So basically, I never eat more than 1/3 of an apple anymore.  They line up and beg for apples.  And then when they chew them up, they chew really big and crunch really loud and it’s hysterical when you’re working from home and they are the only other “people” you’ve talked out loud to all day.

Enjoy.  And thank you.

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Until Next Time