The Great Outdoors! Part 1

Last week we decided to go visit my in-laws in Shingle Springs, CA. Its located about an hour or so from South Lake Tahoe and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Everytime I go up there its always, literally, a breath of fresh air for me. I consider myself a very city type girl but deep down I know the country life would suit me just fine, if not even better. I mean who wouldn’t want to be on acres of land with deer on your lawn every morning? Its fantastic!ย We went up there for Christmas and haven’t been back so we went up to celebrate my father-in-laws birthday and spend some time enjoying the country a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

They have a Golden Retriever named Shayna that was a little annoyed with Capone back in December (she didn’t fancy all the puppy play) so we were hoping they would get along a lot better now that Capone had put on 20 pounds or so. ย We kept our fingers and paws crossed!

The kids and Capone were very happy to get out of the car after the three-hour trip. Thank goodness for the DVD player in my car because I would be hearing a lot of “are we there yet’s”. Needless to say, after two Disney movies, we were all excited to have finally arrived. Of course, no drive would be completely without the almost accidental running over of the wild turkeys that roam the area! I mean, seriously, who crosses traffic right as soon as a car is coming?? Crazy birds!! Nothing a couple good car honks didn’t fix, though

As soon as we got out of the car, Capone was zoomin’ all over Shayna who of course gave us the stink eye as if to say “Really? Him, again?” Hee hee, poor Shayna.

So excited to see Shayna

Giving him a “what on earth are you doing” look ๐Ÿ™‚

She wanted to come back into the house…

So Capone went off to explore around the property.

Pretty girl

Still too excited about Shayna to go too far, so he came back after 5 min. and joined her to come back inside.

After setting up the pack and play crib, inflatable toddler mattress and unpacking most of our clothes, we were ready to go outside and enjoy some of the sunshine before the expected storm was going to roll in. My Father-in-laws birthday party was the next day so rain was not welcome, however, we all still had a great time! Speaking of unpacking, this is the first time we used Lily and Logan’s official suitcases that I bought for them at Target. Can you believe they were on sale for a little under $15? Aren’t they cute? Yay for Target! Logan also spent about half the day rolling his around our house so it doubles as a toy ๐Ÿ™‚

Aside from their beautiful home, my in-laws (herein referred to as my MIL/FIL for typing efficiency purposes) property includes a really cute cottage in the back of the property, a rustic old barn, a fountain with a koi pond, a garden, a wine cellar and a shed. ย Which of course, both kids wanted to explore every section of.. so off we went to explore!

Some of the beautiful flowers we found

All of a sudden, something caught Capone’s attention and he had to stop and really pay attention to find out where it was coming from!

It was the koi fish coming up to breathe

Trying to get a better look at them

ย Some of these fish were really big!

My IL’s front part of the house has a really long driveway that Logan is a fan of walking but now that he’s gotten better at walking, his main goal was to run as fast as he could down the incline. Much to my dismay, lots of spills and falls happened, but everytime he would pick himself back up and try again. I think this bothered Shayna because after a while, she started to kind of corral him to prevent it.

I found the cutest little frog!

Who was patient enough to let Capone sniff him for a good 2 minutes.

We also got a tour of their new upgraded garden with adequate fencing. The deer are notorious for eating any crop they plant so it has to have some pretty high fences so the deer can’t jump over it and grab a Scooby snack in the middle of the night!

It’s still too cold to plant anything but my FIL showed Lily her little flower bed that we would plant with whatever she wanted to grow this summer. Lily wants to plant flowers, tomatoes and squash.

Here he is showing her his restored antique swing bench. I loved the sky blue paint job on it! Very retro.

Oh and check out the red door, it was off their old barn that they decided to paint red. Super cute!

Quality assurance Lily testing it out!

Checking out the flower beds


Lily’s favorite tree on the property

After a long day of just walking the property and exploring, everyone settled in for the night. Capone and Shayna settled their differences (once he calmed down) and enjoyed a good snuggle. Poor thing was being squished by Capone as you can see in the picture since he’s practically laying on her back legs. She didn’t seem to mind it tho.

It was cute seeing Shayna’s fur on Capone and vice versa. After running around all day, both of them were pretty dirty!

Knowing we were going to stay for a few days it was nice to see them sharing space and enjoying each other’s company. It’s always nerve-wracking wondering if dogs are going to get along especially since Capone is obviously much bigger than her.

So we took this as a good sign..

Until he decided to steal her bed! Even though his very comfy bed and blanket were right next to him. Silly boy!

To be continued… ๐Ÿ™‚

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9 thoughts on “The Great Outdoors! Part 1

  1. Howdy Capone, wowza what a great place to visit. We loved all your photos especially the one of you and your little peeps looking at the fish pond. Oh oh, what happened when Shayna tried to get on your bed? Can’t wait to find out. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

    • Hi Stella and Rory ๐Ÿ™‚
      Im so glad you liked all the pictures.. my husband always tries to get me to be in more pictures but I prefer being behind the camera so that I dont miss cute shots! I’ll try to post up more things tonight if I dont pass out before they upload ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

      Val & Capone

  2. We think it is normal for Capone to steal Shayna’s bed, Lexi and Jasper are always sleeping someone elses bed if they have the opportunity! The other day Lexi had squeezed into a border collie’s basket…she didn’t fit! :p

    Looks like there was plenty of exploring done and you could do it all again tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ The great out doors is brilliant!

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

    • They played musical beds all weekend but Capone was so greedy and would practically lay on Shayna so she would give it up! I’ll try to post up more adventures tonight once the kids go to bed!

  3. Brett Bryden

    love,love reading about my other half of family…Glad you guys are doing good…gosh capone is HUGE….cant waite to see more and read more…

  4. Hello my friend! I wish to say that this post is amazing, great written and include almost all vital infos. I’d like to see extra posts like this .

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  6. A very good read. Cheers!!

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