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Backyard barbecue

I love hanging out with my sisters and brother. We always have a fun time.
Here are their seven new Shih Tzu puppies.
Uncle Marc and Kelly golfed for more the five hours the next day in the smoldering heat on the golf course behind Tom and Julie's house. They had an awesome time on the greens.
Grandpa and Grandma showed up for the barbecue and to see us. We celebrated Lindsey and Madison's birthdays.
Morgan, Lindsey, and Reagan (Morgan's other cousin, who happens to live right next door) went on a triple date with Michael, Miles, and Brian that night and left shortly after our party began. They had a blast doing the silly activities the boys had planned, like flying kites, but had to go to Walmart to buy one, but couldn't find any, so did other kooky things that they considered extremely entertaining.
These puppies were so adorable, but their mom, Cookie, was my favorite. It was so sweet seeing how she cared for her little baby doggies.
You can clearly see how the term "dog-pile" got started.
Brinley and Christopher had a nice time hanging out and playing.
Marc brought a game of Hillbilly Horseshoe that he made himself for all to enjoy.
Lindsey was long gone by the time we sang happy birthday, but Madison did the honors of blowing out the candles for the two of them. Her birthday is not until September, but she was supposed to be in China by now until December, so we celebrated her big TWO-O early.
Madison got all packed and all the way to the airport for China, only to realize that her trip would be delayed until later in August (her Visa didn't show up) and she was devastated. She's going to teach English there.
Thanks, Julie and Tom for your hospitality, the delicious grilled salmon, flavorful home-made baked beans, fresh salad with lettuce picked from your garden, and the Triple Layer Brownies. Mom's potato salad was quite tasty too and we all had a nice evening together.


if puppies would just stay that small i'm not sure I could resist one. It looks like it was a fun filled vacation for you guys!
Jess said…
oh my goodness.. those puppies are sooo cute! If cookie is wanting to have more puppies next time around, lemme know.. I have a shih tzu(2 year old boy) and I am looking to stud him for a puppy before I get him neutered(sp?)... I LOVE shih-tzus... such loving dogs! :)
Callisto said…
This was a blast. Thanks for the birthday gifts, Aunt Kelly. I love my jacket and capris!
You guys sure do know how to have fun. The puppies are so cute!!

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