Brad, Mel and Val

Brad, Mel and Val
by Van Allen Photography, Kannapolis

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Life after CPCC...

I'm so anxious to finally be done with my Associate's degree. Hell, it's only taken me 9 years to complete! Yes, you read that right! I started working on my Fire Protection Technology degree in 2002 when I got hired at Concord Fire Department. I am SO looking forward to being done! I have so many plans for my extra time...more scrapbooking, more gardening, more time with Val! If all goes well and I pass this math class I'll graduate in May! Yay!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Wow, it's been almost a year since my last post on here. I'm at work this evening, wishing I was at home...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

English Class Complete!

Ahhhh, just finished my final project for my English 114 class. What a relief! I wrote a proposal and power point presentation for why we need to revise our SCBA SOG at work. ANYWAY, now I feel like I can really get into the Christmas Spirit without that hanging over my head! ~~~"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."~~~

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Losing Our Cinnamon

Friday, the 27th, we had to make the difficult decision to let our Dalmatian, Cinnamon, go. She would have been 10 next week. She was in cardiovascular failure and had fluid in her lungs and abdominal cavity. Dr. Julian said that we could treat with meds and IVs, but she felt like Cinnamon would not survive the treatment. As hard as it was, we know that we made the right decision to end her suffering. I'm not sure Valerie really understands where Cinnamon is, she knows that we buried her in the backyard...she assured us that "she won't get muddy." We explained that she was very sick and has gone to heaven to be with Jesus. I'm curious when she will ask about her. We miss her very much.

Messages from friends:

Shanna NickelsonIm so sorry u all!!!!!

Fri at 1:49pm · Eric EarnhardtI really hate to hear that Mel. I'll never forget how she would smile at me when I came over. We'll say a prayer ya'll. Love all of you!!

Fri at 1:52pm · Debra Evans CressSo very sorry to hear this.....Dalmations have been in your family SO LONG.......

Fri at 1:54pm · Dana PalosMel, I'm so sorry! I loved Cinnamon! :( We're thinking of you and hope that all your happy memories with her bring you comfort. We love you guys!

Fri at 2:10pm · Trina MillerMelanie I am so sorry! I know how much she meant to your family! :(

Fri at 2:15pm · DeleteKirk BeardReally sorry to hear about that. I know how much we get attached to our pets :(

Fri at 2:21pm · Lynne MillerI'm so sorry Melanie. I know what it's like. They're not just our pets, but they're our family and I know in the case of mine, they're like the other children I never was able to have. I don't know if you believe in it or not, but I've always liked to think they've gone to the Rainbow Bridge where they're running and playing and healthy and will be waiting on us one day to return to them. My prayers are with you.

Fri at 2:40pm · Tracy OrphanoudakisSorry to hear that Mel. I know 2 years ago when we had to put down Blitz, Georgia took that really hard but she went with Andy and stayed with him when we put him down. He was about 15-17 years old.

Fri at 3:53pm · Leslie Oglesby PipanSo sorry, Melanie!

Fri at 3:59pm · Lisa D StimsonAWW, Sorry to hear that. i lost mine in july.. on my birthday, i still miss her but i know shes happy and whole again

Fri at 4:41pm · Tina Cline PottsSorry to hear! I know you all will miss her dearly!

Fri at 5:49pm · Stephanie ErwinYou know we loved our smiling, sneezing girl - remember, Ivy's half your's...

Friday, November 20, 2009


Valerie is improving, thanks to the anti-nausea medication. She finally got a good nap since her tummy wasn't in constant turmoil! We've moved up from pedilyte popcicles to saltine crackers!

rough night

Valerie is so sick, I'd much rather it be me. She threw up 8 times between 1 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. this morning. Her doc has called in a anti-nausea med for her which Price Pharm is going to deliver...gotta love that! Hopefully, that will help her hold down enough fluids so she doesn't dehydrate. She's resting on my lap which is where she prefers to be, that's okay by me. My poor baby.