A boy and his dog...

Our boys are the best of friends and follow each other around constantly, especially if Ethan has food in his hands. All three dogs Jeff and I have had have been great and we miss our Peaches and Shadow very much. Shadow was also very good with Ethan and in the few months he spent with Ethan, he was very protective and loved to be right next to him. At that time, Copper was only a few months old and was concerned with being a puppy not baby Ethan.

A few months after having Ethan, we had to say goodbye to Shadow and since then Copper has taken over the role of protector and best friend. Jeff and I are amazed at the way Copper is with Ethan. He has such patience with him and will let Ethan do whatever, including climbing all over him, pulling his ears, and recently taking the ball out of his mouth to throw it. Jeff and I try forever to get Copper to drop his ball so that we can play and each time he taunts us with it never releasing the ball, however, Ethan can walk right up to him, stick his hand in his mouth and take the ball without any thought. He is getting quite a good throwing arm and is definitely a right-hander (so Grandpa Hadley, he will need a left-handed mitt).

Summers in Oregon are great and last week and this week we have been having wonderfully warm weather with temps in the 70's and 80's. This last weekend I filled up Ethan's pool and he had Copper had a great time playing in it. Daddy even put Ethan's play structure slide in the pool and Ethan had quite a funny face when he landed in the pool the first time. We all have to start working on getting some color to our skin so that we don't burn when we go home for vacation in a few weeks, hence why Ethan has no shirt on but does have sunscreen.

I cannot say enough about how great our friends Kit, Melinda and Thomas are. They have been so generous in passing on Thomas' hand-me-downs for Ethan. Kit called me a couple of weeks ago and said that Thomas told her that baby Ethan needed these bikes that he was no longer using. Kit was nice enough to drop them by our house this morning and Ethan has been playing on them all morning. He especially likes the bell on one of them.

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