Monday, June 23, 2008


Things have been tough in the Keyser household this past week, but things are getting easier everyday. My first puppy Samson was put to sleep on Friday. Samson did not live with me for the past two years, he stayed at my parents house after I moved out, but he was always still my baby. He just turned 10 at the beginning of this month. On Wednesday of this past week my mom took him to the vet because he was bleeding really bad and they ran a bunch of tests on him and concluded that he had some sort of a virus that was causing his immune system to attack itself. The vet gave him a 50-50 chance at that point and they were going to put him on IV drugs for 3 to 4 days. On Thursday morning he was doing better and eating again but by later that evening he was really sick again. The vet said not to give up hope yet, that most dogs do survive the condition, but early Friday morning the vet said he was suffering and put him to sleep. If he had been able to survive this he would have probably lived another 3-5 years. It caught my whole family off guard and it has been a rough week for everyone in my family. Samson was a great dog to all of us.

Juno must have known that I was sad this weekend because she stayed extra close to me all weekend. She is doing well, she just turned 3 months on Friday and she is eating a lot and growing a lot. She is still getting a lot of hair and we are hopefully on the upside of potty training now. She does not have very many accidents, except when I say how good she has been doing, then she pees in the house again. She knows how to sit and lay down and we just started working on stay. My hope is for her to carry on the tradition of crazy tricks that started with Samson!!!

Peter is doing great studying for the CPA exam. He is feeling more confident and more prepared everyday. Please keep him in your prayers, he is 2 weeks away from his first test date and I know nerves and doubts are going to get to him any day now. We have been discussing what we want to do to celebrate each test that he passes. He wants to go to Benihana's when he passes the first test. The second one he hasn't decided yet. The third reward is a night to the beach and the fourth and final passed test he will go buy a Nikon or Rebel camera!

I am still on 50 hour work weeks. I am looking forward to next week when I only have to work 20 hours!!! I don't know what I am going to do with all my free time next week but I will hopefully get some yard work done! We have gotten the back yard all cleared out now and this weekend hopefully Peter will get the yard leveled and then I can go buy some plants for the yard. I only have one part of the yard planned out and the rest will probably be cheap things that we can find. Then we will bark dust and put a little gravel walkway through the yard and call it good!!! It will be so nice to have that project fully completed!!!

That is all the news in the past week - its been a rough one!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Busy life............

Things on the home front are very busy right now. I can't imagine things being much busier then they are right now, but I am sure something else may come up eventually to add to the fun. Peter is in full swing with CPA exam studying. He has been studying for the better part of two weeks now for the first of four sections that he will hopefully be taking in early July. That date is quickly approaching and Peter is definitely nervous about the whole process so please keep him in your prayers :) He has to study for at least three hours every night and at least four hours a day over the weekend so that has kept him tied up most of the night. There is so much information for the poor guy to cover but he is taking an awesome prep course that gives him good study guides and great practice tests that help him figure out what his weak spots are.

My life is very busy with my job. We are up to 50 hour mandatory weeks right now and who knows if/when that could be bumped up to working on Saturdays. I am very thankful to be working for a company that is so busy because I have been hearing of so many people right now who are getting their hours reduced at their jobs or getting laid off so I am one of the fortunate and I don't take that for granted. We are busier then we have ever been in my time there and we are pretty sure that things will not be slowing down until the end of the year now. My back is having a very hard time dealing with the hours and so I just need to do everything that I am supposed to do with it (take my meds, use my chi-machine, stretches) and hopefully I will be able to survive!

Juno is doing very well. She is now 10 weeks old and growing quickly. It is amazing how she is growing hair now. Our naked puppy is growing hair!!! I think she is just happy to have a home! She is doing very well with potty training as long as we keep a close eye on her and we are beginning to be able to tell the signs that she needs to go out. She has learned how to sit and is starting to get the hang of down. The biggest problem we have had with her so far is crate training. She has hated going anywhere near her kennel and freaks out anytime we put her in it. She freaks out to the point of scratching her poor face up really bad. We tried quite a few different methods at first and it finally came down to the best option being .............. spending all day at Grandma's house!!! She really is "parent training" us. Peter takes her over to "Grandma's House" on his way to work at 6:30 in the morning and she spends the day there until Peter gets off work. She plays with Bella and Edik and gets some time in the crate which has been very good for her. She still does not like the crate, but she is getting used to the fact that she has to spend time in it. One thing about her is for sure - she has us wrapped around her paws!!!!

In the last bit of big and exciting news for today - and this is exciting news for us - we are going to Disneyland!!!! Over our 2nd wedding anniversary we will be going to Disneyland with the rest of the Keyser family! Even after a few short weeks of working these long and exhausting hours I am so ready to go away and there is no better place to go then the happiest place on earth - so very exciting!!!

So there you have it for today. I will be posting pictures soon of Juno's introduction to the chinchillas - it was very cute!!!