I took the fam' to a local forest preserve today for a picnic. We ate, the kids ran around and played, and then we followed a hiking trail. Afterwards we hit Trader Joe's to stock up on dark chocolate covered espresso beans, raisins and almonds.
The dog is our newest addition. "Manu" (German nickname for Manuel) is a female Mini Dachsund. How she wound up with a male name is a longer story. She is a sweet, mellow dog when inside, and playful when outside. She does not shed, and rarely barks. Perfect.