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Sunday, March 28, 2021
On Thursday, both kids played line 1 singles for their tennis teams. The match was in our neighborhood on a fairly warm day and I went with Millie Mae to watch them. Andrea was pretty busy as she is the tennis mom for Paige's team and was pretty busy getting the kids organized. The match was the second one that the kids played for their middle school teams and both won 4-0, 4-0. Great work kids!
Millie Mae is getting bigger, cuter, and more mischievous every day. She has learned a lot of tricks like come, sit, stay, lie down, roll over, shake, settle, and "sit pretty" which is "beg". We changed from saying "beg" since I think she thought we were saying "bad" and would look very sad while we were trying to make her do the trick. We can tell that Millie's a smart cookie, although she definitely isn't as eager to please as some other dogs we've worked with. I hate to always compare her to Chloe, but once Chloe figured out what you wanted, she was eager to please. Millie Mae likes her treats and will perform if you have treats. If you're trying to get her to listen to you while she's busy, or while she wants to do something else, tough luck.
I've been giving her a bath each week and she doesn't enjoy it, but tolerates it nicely. She has also gotten better about tolerating her nail trimming. Millie is getting to a point that I believe she may actually enjoy going on walks. She doesn't cry or whine during the walks and will "heel" and come next to you if you give her a tug on the leash. I've also been working with her to sit when we stop, and as long as there aren't too many distractions, she does really well.
The last couple weeks, Millie has become a sneaky pooper. She will go on the puppy pad most of the time, but she will also sneak off and poop random places. Connor found some behind the couch the hard way while the Gobles were in town. Ryan was chasing Connor around the house and Connor stepped, barefoot, right in a big turd which was on the carpet behind the couch in the family room. Amanda thought it was one of the funniest things she'd ever seen, and if you've ever seen the way Connor reacts when he has to pick up one of Millie's poops, you would understand how traumatizing it was for him.
We are still working with the kids to get them to help out more with Millie. They can do a lot, but only with a lot of direction and on demand, which can get exhausting.
On Thursday March 18th, 2021, the Gobles flew to Florida and spent a few days with us. The kids were off of school for Spring Break and although the weather turned cold and wet while they were in town, we enjoyed their company and had fun with everyone. On Friday we went to lunch at TPC and then we went to the beach club to enjoy the only sunny day in the forecast during their visit.
We had so much fun with the Gobles, although it was a little cold and a little crazy with all the driving around town. It warmed up just as they had to leave and it was a little disappointing they couldn't have better weather while they were here. They flew out early on Tuesday morning, March 23rd.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
This past week marks the 1 year anniversary of the Coronavirus becoming a global pandemic that affected us directly. I posted about it on 3/18/2020 (http://www.vernonvolumes.com/2020/03/spring-break-wild-dunes-and-coronavirus.html) and we weren't sure what to expect at that point. We kind of expected it to last a few weeks at least and it's wild to see how the world has truly changed since that day.
For our family, we've been very fortunate. While we do know some people that got sick and that died from the COVID19 pandemic, our family has stayed healthy. The Gobles and Rudolphs contracted the virus this past winter, but thankfully they had fairly minor cases. Andrea and I have been vaccinated and more people are vaccinated by the day. It's incredible how quickly a vaccine was developed and rolled out. At this point, it seems like the world may be turning the corner and there's a lot of hope that anyone who wants a vaccine will likely be able to have it in America by May. It will be interesting to see how soon things return to "normal" following that point, and I wonder if things will ever be the same as they were before the pandemic.I've included a couple screenshots in this post showing the pandemic's #'s in America as of this date, how they look in the world, and also how they looked a year ago when everything started.