Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Thank you all for the warm wishes over the holidays. They were difficult, but, we spent time with very good friends that took us in there home like family. We enjoyed many moments together as a family and made the best of it.


The "grands" (as mom would call them) are doing well and staying busy. They still have lot's of questions and we do our best to work through them. They are drowning themselves in school, swimming lessons (for Zoey) and both in gymnastics.

Thanksgiving weekend in Victoria, Canada


A lot of you have asked about the "furry" baby.  Annie is doing ok.  She has had some kidney issues requiring some vet attention and extra medication.  However, she is getting better and we are trying to make the most of our time with her.  It is a huge adjustment with her living with us.  She was so used to being with mom and dad 24/7.  We are gone a lot during the day, but we try to spoil her when we can.  Mackenzie has taken over a lot of her care.  Annie gets very excited when Mackenzie comes home.  She does sleep a lot, but the vet says that is normal.


sleeping on the couch
A lovely lady named Darlene told me that they are looking over the memorial site in Pismo Beach where mom and dad where.  I thought it was so nice of her to send us pictures and she also gathered up the notes left behind and is sending them to us.  Very sweet! 
on Price Street
Sorry I don't know how to rotate picture.


Hope you all have a Happy New Year!  Love your families!  Stephanie

29 comments:

Sandra said...

Thanks for your post, Stephanie. I'm glad that things are falling into place for your family and that Annie is fitting in. I'm sorry that she's had some medical problems. Dogs are so adaptable. As long as she knows she's loved, she should be able to get thru the long days without you. They sleep through them.

Take care of yourself and your family and know that the blogging and RVing communities are thinking of you and wishing you all the best.

Happy New Year!

BIGDAWG AND FREEWAY* said...

once again my heart skipped a beat when your post came up!..Happy New Year to you, Darrin the girls and Annie..glad to hear that all is as well as can be expected..take care of yourselves..we hope this year will bring you all much joy, happiness and good health!
We still think of your mom and dad, often..hugs to you all!!
Sue and Doug

Judy and Emma said...

Thanks so much for the update. Like Sue, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the post. Your folks were loved by many and that spills over to you and your family. I hope you can find some peace and happiness in the New Year. Give those grands a hug from Emma and me...

Carol K said...

Stephanie, we appreciate your updates so much. Your daughters are so precious and it's nice to see updated pictures of them looking so happy and healthy.

When we are in Pismo Beach again, Dave and I will try and find the memorial site so that we can pay our respects. Take care, Stephanie, and know that you have many of us out here in blogville who love you and care about you and your family.

Cindy said...

Sorry for being absent..I needed to pull myself together..and my mom was having major health issues.
I have thought of your mom during the holidays..before eating something I shouldn't..or when I was scrapping with my grandchildren.
I have tried to live my life to the fullest becuase of what happened to your folks.
My Kim got me a bluebonnet kitchen towel..I opened it up and started bawling...she said she forgot..those were my friends favories while here in Texas.I know if I cry..you must be on the edge all the time.
You are doing a great job with the girls and Annie..Your mom and dad would be proud of you!!
To a new year..that I hope will bring you some gentler waves of life. One day at a time!

Hugs from Texas..Cindy and Walker

Rick and Elaine NB said...

Hi Steph, was wonderful to read your post...we have been wondering about you and your family and wondering how you were all doing....nice to see pics of the 'grands' and 'annie'...sorry to hear of her health issues, and she will adjust to your home and being alone in the daytime..your mom would be so proud of you....
take care, and all the best to you and yours may 2011 bring you peace, love health and happiness...
Elaine

Jim and Sandie said...

Steph, thank you so much for the update. We certainly hope that 2011 will be a wonderful year for you. I'm so glad MacKenzie and Annie have become so close. And believe me, dogs do sleep a lot. Eat, sleep, and love. I, too, think about your Mom and Dad often and try to live my life with a little more love each day.

Sandie

The Gypsy G-Mas said...

Stephanie ~

Thank you for providing an update. We're glad to hear your family is healing, although I imagine it is slow and still quite painful at times. We hope 2011 will bring you peace. You and your family continue to be in our hearts and our minds.

Ali said...

Dear Stephanie and family. Thank you again for the update. The pictures of the "grands" are darling. I am sure your folks are smiling down on them each and every day.

Sorry to hear Annie has had a few health issues. Sure glad to hear she is responding to the medication. And I agree with the others, she probably just sleeps all day waiting to have play time with MacKenzie and Zoey.

May you find comfort in knowing that many of us think of your parents often and thus you all. Take care and God Bless!

pidge said...

Thanks so much for the up-date. I know it still has to be hard for you to write about. Just know that you have lots of prayers and thoughts out here in blog-land. Stay safe and I hope you have a great New Year.

Beth (CC) said...

May the New Year bring new peace to you and your family. How very sweet to be able to receive the notes left at the memorial. Hoping the motorhome sells soon!

Jerry and Suzy said...

Zoey and Mackenzie have had a tough time adapting and realizing, but then again so have you. Thanks for letting us know what and how you are doing. May 2011 be far better for you than 2010 was. And please don't stop reporting, as we want to continue to follow what you and the grands are doing.

Connie,Barry said...

Hi Stephanie,
Thanks for your recent update. Your girls are adorable!
Best wishes to you and your family in 2011!
Sending warm thoughts and hugs,
Connie

Cyndi said...

It is so kind of you to continue to update us on things. Thanks for posting the picture of the memorial. Have a wonderful 2011, with fond memories to keep you going.

An English Shepherd said...

A Very Happy New Year to you and yours as well

Wizz :-)

Wild Blue Yonder said...

Stephanie and Family,

I hope you have a great 2011. We still think often of you and your parents.
They are missed terribly.

Thank you for the picture of the memorial site. Will definitely visit when we are down in Pismo Beach.

Take care of yourself, and your family.

God bless.

Happytrails said...

There is hardly a day that goes by that I do not think of your mom and dad. They were so loved by us all. We miss them!

Thanks so much for the updates...the "grands" look so sweet and it was great to see their smiling faces on this blog again.

Annie looks so peaceful in her new home and I am so glad she has you and your family to love and care for her. Thanks for the sweet picture!

I hope in this new year, you and your family will continue to heal and find peace with the sudden loss of your mom and dad. Our thoughts, love and prayers will continue to come your way.

Hugs,
Happytrails...Mike and Gerri

Lin said...

Well, you have made it through some very difficult holidays and you survived. I'm glad for that. :) Every day forward means there are difficult days behind you.

Don't worry about Annie. We, as humans have a tendency to put human emotions to animals, and really, they don't have them. Annie has no sense of time and she would be sleeping whether you were home or not. Do not feel guilty about that. She is warm, healthy, loved, and her belly is full. Animals don't need more than that.

Be easy on yourselves as you get through this first year without your parents. It gets easier to bear as time goes on, but know that the worst is probably behind you.

Love and strength to you all!

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Our lives changed the moment we read of your parents accident and it continues to change every moment. We now make choices as if this moment could be our last, not in a morbid sort of way, just in a make it the best moment we can.

Thank you for sharing your family's progress with us, we hope that you get as much healing from it as we do.

Levonne said...

Happy New Year to all of you. I hope that 2011 is a superior year in your lives.
Levonne
A Camp Host's Meanderings & Levonne's Pretty Pics

MargieAnne said...

How sweet of you to leave us this message with photos.

I've been thinking of you so much over the holidays and wishing there was a way I could let you know and send you y good wishes wishes.

Glad to hear Annie is enjoying being with you and giving Mackenzie pleasure.

2010 turned into an awful year for you.... the worst possible. I do hope you all have a wonderful fulfilling and prosperous 2011

I am surprised by how often I 'hear' Margie's voice as I write into my Blog. It's an odd experience and shows how I valued her kindness and wisdom.

I think you must have the same wonderful qualities.

Blessings.

TinaM said...

Thank you for the post and pictures :)
Happy New Year to you and your family.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

I couldn't believe what I was seeing, Bruce and Margie's blog came to life again. Thank you so much for the update.

2010 was a bad year for y'all, and I sincerely hope that 2011 will help you get over all that happened. I know I am still in shock over it, so it must be terible for all of you.

Poor little Annie. I do hope that she feels better. I know, as Margie would, that the correct diet is crucial for her right now.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/11/04/kidney-failure-pet-dogs.aspx

Thank you for posting pictures of the 'grands', we love to hear from you.

Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX

squawmama said...

It is hard to adjust to a huge loss and I am glad you guys are doing ok. Annie looks great! I read a poem on another site today and thought of your mom & dad...

Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us everyday
In our hearts forever more
We just can't see them like before.

Thank you so much for keeping in touch with us...

Love to you and your family
Donna

Dinahsoar said...

OH MY GOSH!! I JUST REALIZED IT WAS BRUCE AND MARGIE THAT WERE KILLED. WHEN I READ THE POST DETAILING THE TRAGEDY, IT SAID AT THE END 'POSTED BY MARGIE' SO I DIDNT 'GET' IT..THOUGHT IT WAS MARGIE POSTING ABOUT HER PARENTS/PARENTS IN LAW.

I WAS CONFUSED WHEN I READ ABOUT HOW HAVING ANNIE LIVE WITH THEM WAS SO DIFFERENT--I THOUGHT TO MYSELF 'DIDN'T ANNIE ALWAYS LIVE WITH BRUCE AND MARGIE?'

SO I WENT BACK AND REREAD...WITH HORROR WHEN I REALIZED THE TRUTH.

I DID NOT PERSONALLY KNOW BRUCE AND MARGIE BUT MARGIE INSPIRED ME TO TRY ONE MORE TIME TO LOSE WEIGHT AND I SO LOVED READING HER BLOG.

TO REALIZED THAT SHE AND BRUCE ARE NO LONGER WITH US IS SUCH A SHOCK TO ME BECAUSE I FELT LIKE I KNEW THEM, THEY WERE MY BLOG FRIENDS.

I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I THOUGHT IT WAS THEIR PARENTS, BUT TO FINALLY REALIZE IT WAS THEM--STUNNED.

I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS STEPHANIE AND SORRY THAT I MISUNDERSTOOD. AS FOR YOUR GIRLS IT MUST BE VERY HARD...I KNOW HOW MUCH BRUCE AND MARGIE ENJOYED THEM FROM HER BLOG POSTS.

AND BECAUSE OF MARGIE I'VE LOST 28 POUNDS, A MIRACLE BECAUSE I'D GIVEN UP UNTIL I READ HER STORY.

SHE WAS AN INSPIRATION TO ME AND TO MANY I'M SURE.

MAY THEY BOTH REST IN PEACE AND HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME DISCOVERING HEAVEN.

Lyn said...

I just now found out about Margie and Bruce's tragic deaths (from Dinah) and I wanted to come and offer my very late but very deep condolences. Margie was a sweet, sweet soul and was very kind and supportive of me on my blog, always. I cannot believe she is gone. I thought she was just taking a "blogging break" and I am shocked and saddened by this news. She will be remembered always. I am just so sorry for your loss.

Shelley said...

I just heard about this and wanted to leave my belated condolences...Margie left me some really sweet and uplifting comments on my weight-loss blog and I always appreciated her taking the time to do that. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your parents.

Happy Fun Pants said...

Stephanie,

I just found out on Friday that your parents passed away. I am so sorry for your loss!

I emailed you on Friday to Margie's old email address...but I don't know if you still or can check that.

Can you let me know what your email address is so I can send it to you? Basically, I bonded with Margie over the last year or so and would love to be able to share some memories with you and to send a doggie care package to Annie.

My email is happyfunpants @ gmail.com

I'm praying for you and your family. I can't imagine how hard everything has been for you all. I want you to know that your mom is definitely not forgotten - and never will be by me.

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