Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Vacation Begins!

I haven't had much time to blog lately. That's because Dad and I have both been working extra hard night and day in order to get ahead at work to be able to take two weeks off with the girls for Christmas break.

Thursday afternoon was the grand opening ceremony for our new animal shelter that I designed and built for our city. I love that my job allows me not only to design, but also to manage the construction....all the way down to ordering the final equipment, hanging the pictures and selecting a Christmas tree to dress up the place. It was a cold and foggy afternoon, but there was a good turnout. Since the shelter opened two weeks ago, there has been a noticeable increase in adoptions and there is room for future expansion.

You can click on any of the smaller pictures for a larger view.

Our animal control officer cuts the ribbon to her new animal shelter.
The front facade has animal imprints and pawprint cutouts.
A new lobby. The old facility didn't have a lobby. It was a small trailer.
New well-lit and heated kennels with outdoor runs for the dogs to go inside and outside at will.
Cat condos with separate toilet space. They have interior ventilation.
A "Get Acquainted" room for prospective parents to play with the dogs and cats.

Friday, I worked in the morning and then Dad and the girls picked me up just before noon to head off to glorious Carmel-By-the-Sea for a two week Christmas vacation. For the second year in a row, we rented a home. There are so many nice houses here for sale and a lot of owners rent them out while waiting for a buyer. It only took us 3 hours to reach our destination, leaving us with plenty of time to unpack, settle in, and make a trip to the beach before sunset.

This looks like the beginnings of a beautiful vacation! There are a lot more pictures and posts to follow.
This is the entry to our vacation rental in Carmel. The hydrangeas are in full bloom.

Chloe does the Happy Dance on the beach to celebrate.


7 comments:

aamayna said...

What an amazing building and amazing business! You are really good at what you do!

tiffany said...

Wow that is a BEAUTIFUL animal shelter! I hope they all get adopted, but its so nice that while there, they get such a nice place to stay.

And soooo jealous of your Christmas by the sea!! Looks lovely.

Leah and Maya said...

wow what a nice animal shelter! great job! so I do love snow for Christmas! but then I would LOVE to be wehre you guys are for a nice family vacation in the warmth with flowers that aren't all dead.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

The animal shelter is beautiful.....what an amazing accomplishment...CONGRATS!!

Enjoy your two week vacation.....the ocean front pictures are specatacular!

happy holidays

xo,

Lisa

Rachel said...

Beautiful pictures of the beach and the animal shelter! What a wonderful facility. You should be so proud!

Enjoy your vacation!

Wanda said...

The ocean picture is jaw-dropping gorgeous. Seems like a perfect vacation spot.

Enjoy!

Teresa said...

Beautiful work, Lori! You are multi-talented.

Enjoy your vacation! The girls look like they're having a great time.