Goodnight, Sweet Zain

Tomorrow, we will say our final good-byes. But tonight, sweet Zain, we say one last goodnight.

You were born with degenerative hip displacia and your hip sockets never quite formed correctly. We found this out when you were only 6 months old. I remember crying in the vet’s office that day thinking that we were going to lose you then. The vet gave us some meds and told us to try to build up your muscles, so your daddy took you to OU Stadium every day to run stairs. Before we knew it, you were running around the yard again as happy as ever.

That was 12 years ago. TWELVE! You’ve lived to be an old man in dog years and you’ve been a hyper happy dog the whole time. From carrying the cat around the yard by his head (never hurting him, of course), to hiding in the bathtub when little kids came over, you were always ready to lick someone’s face and lay your head on their lap if they decided they didn’t want to pet you right then.

When Gray was born almost three years ago, we thought you might be scared of him like you were of other kids, but he was your favorite person to chase and lick. His face was just the right height for your tongue. We wish he could have more time with you…just as we wish we could have more time with you.

Unfortunately, buddy, your hips have given up for good this time. That’s too much pain to go through for an old man. So, we said one last goodnight this evening with steak and lots of love under the setting sun. You’ll get to spend one more night under the stars with your life-long friend, Nalla. We are so happy we found you wandering around that house so many years ago.

Goodnight, Sweet Zain.

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Karmon & Austin {Baby Shower}

I have a friend…a friend who can do just about anything…and her name is Lizzy. Not only does she help manage a moving company, she teaches acting classes to kids and has now added party planner to her resume. Two weeks ago, she asked me to come take pictures of the baby shower she put together for Karmon & Austin. It was held at Kupcakz (71st & Mingo). She had Ron’s cater in burgers and Kupcakz made some amazing treats for the celebration. It was hard to take pictures instead of hanging out behind the counter to eat all of the delicious food.

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This is Lizzy and her little one. She is fun, genuine, and super organized. If I ever have another baby, I hope she throws me a baby shower! Speaking of babies, there were lots of babies running around during the party. Lizzy set up a play area for them so that they would be less likely to have melt-downs during the event. Did I mention that she is smart?

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Every detail was planned out, from the decorations to the games. This was a joint baby shower (for mom & dad) so the games couldn’t be too weird. No guessing what kind of candy bar is melted in the diaper. No blind taste test of baby food. Just good ol’ fashioned family fun. Lizzy planned some activities for the group to reflect back on the childhood of Karmon & Austin while they celebrated the life they’re about to bring into the world.

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It was great to see family and friends there to support this next chapter for Karmon & Austin. Having a little one is hard work…it will be great to look back and see how much love surrounds this new life.

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Congratulations, Karmon & Austin. The fun is just beginning!

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