It feels good to be back writing on the blog again. It’s been an emotional month. Before I start today’s recap, I wanted to thank all of you for the kind words and prayers you all sent my way during one of the worst weeks of my life. I’m so grateful to all of you. Another big thank you to those who donated to the Morris Animal Foundation in honor of Grumples. It meant the world to me. With their matching, we raised $2631.40 to help fund science to advance the health of animals around the world! I hope we can keep the number going, and I will continue to donate each month. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Last week, Walt Disney World invited me down to experience the parks. The trip to Disney World was planned for a while, and I didn’t feel like going and having a good time when I felt like everything around me was falling apart. I knew that it was something I desperately needed. Sometimes, it almost feels as if laughing while grieving is wrong. But it’s ok to laugh, and it’s ok to be sad at the same time. Crawling up in a ball and pushing everything away (even when that sounds like the good thing to do) when your sad isn’t healthy. Even while grieving, it’s good to go out into the world and try to smile again.
This trip ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. I met amazing people and laughed harder than I’ve ever laughed before. I’m so happy I went, and I cannot wait to share everything with you all in the upcoming Disney blogs. I was so excited to be back with Leo and Kyle when I got home.
It was good for them to have their bonding time, though. Kyle sent me photos of him and Leo on walks, and they went almost everywhere together.
On Saturday morning, we took him to the Fort Mill SC Farmer’s market to visit Megan Jayne’s bakery stand! My friend, Caitlin, her sister make the most amazing desserts, and we were so excited to pick some up! Not only are they cute, but they are so so so tasty! I believe her next trip to the Farmer’s Market is June 22nd, so if you’re local, make sure to stop over! We bought the iced sugar cookies, vanilla cake, chocolate cake, and pistachio macarons. The cakes are so cute because they come in a single serving-to-go container. After the farmer’s market, we took Leo over to Napa to have lunch by the water. We have been bringing him everywhere to keep him busy and upbeat. I ordered the lemon & shrimp gnocchi. It was so tasty! We stopped at Starbucks on the way home to get him a puppuccino. He loves them! Leo has been getting so much love from other pups on our walks, and we’ve been setting him up with playdates with the neighbors. I know we are so extra annoyed with him, but sometimes when he’s alone, he seems sad and confused, and it breaks my heart. For dinner on Saturday night, I made a delicious kale salad and roasted carrots from the produce I picked up at the Farmers Market! My salad had kale, my homemade vinaigrette, pecans, avocado, and roasted tomatoes. I also added crumbled black bean burger to the top. On Sunday morning, I headed to hot yoga. I have been doing yoga 3-4 times a week this past month, and I really love it. But Sunday’s class was the first time back in a while, and holy moly, was it tough. I have to remind myself to drink more water before going.
When I got home, I had a smoothie with raspberries, peaches, unsweetened almond milk, and vanilla protein powder.
For dinner, I made another delicious kale salad! I’m going to sound 100-years-old right now, but I’m really excited about the new addition to my backyard. I picked up a stone birdbath this morning from Lowes to place next to the climbing roses, and I can’t stop watching it. This was Grumples favorite spot to pee (😆 ) so it’s in honor of him. A few bluebirds have taken sips, and it made me want to cry happy tears. It’s the small things in life. We struggle to water the flowers every morning when Leo thinks he needs to help. But these moments make me so happy. Just in case you needed another Leo photo! 😃 He went on a walk this morning with his new girlfriend.
Thank you all for the patience with me on this blog. Things will start to all into place once again. As of right now, I’m doing much better than I thought I was going to be. I can look at photos of grumples and smile and laugh at the memories we had together. I’m starting to move forward without forgetting, but things are starting to hurt a little less. Time heals all. xo
Questions for you!
- What is one small thing in your yard/home that brings you joy?
- Does your town have farmer’s markets?