Northern Virginia Lifestyle Dog Photography | Our First House | Bealeton, VA
I don’t do very many personal blog posts, but of course when I do, you know pictures of my dog are going to be involved, right?!
Our house in Bealeton was never going to be our forever house, but when we put it on the market a few months ago, it hit me that this is the only home that Rui has ever known! We lived here for five and a half years, and Rui came home with us just a couple months after we bought it. Neal and I have had countless conversations about wishing we could explain the concept of “moving” to him. He seems to get that all our stuff is still with us, just in a different place, but I still get so sad that he misses “home” and doesn’t understand what’s going on. He’s an emotional dog 😂
I took about half of these photos in the last few weeks (wanting to document everything before we left), but the other half are from over the years. So now you all can take a tour of our first house, and see what a day in the life of Rui typically looks like. Enjoy this little trip down memory lane!
When we upgraded beds, the master bedroom briefly turned into Rui’s ball pit room.
Oh my heart. This boy does not usually do much cuddling with me, so I will take a hand hold any day. (He loves to cuddle with Neal! Apparently I’m the “fun” parent and he’d rather play with me than sit still haha).
Rui’s favorite spot to watch the neighbors and bark at all the other dogs on their walks.
Rui prefers to be on carpet, so he didn’t spend a lot of time in this kitchen, but if there are bananas (or cheese) involved, he sits close by. Just in case.
The purple bathmat came along with us, so luckily Rui still has his spot for supervising all teeth brushing activities.
The sun from the bathroom skylight provided the perfect place for afternoon naps.
Haha, this was an “I’m not coming out of the bedroom until the vacuum is gone” moment.
When’s Neal’s brother moved out a few years ago, the guest bedroom also became a temporary ball pit room!
Neal rarely plays his Xbox, but I grabbed this shot shortly after he bought some new game. I thought it looked like Rui was sad that Neal was hogging the controller 😂
Rui is not allowed on couches, EXCEPT when hockey blanket is out. Then it’s cuddle time.
I made sure there was plenty of room in my office for multiple dog beds. Gotta keep my co-worker comfortable.
Some days when he didn’t feel like sitting next to me, Rui would take on the very important job of holding down the rug outside my office.
Or holding down the floor in the family room.
This guy LOVES working out with me. He always followed me down to the family room to join in on my sit-ups and dance videos.
On occasion, the family room turned into a concert venue.
I think what I’m going to miss most about this house is our backyard! It was so perfect for playing soccer (and/or eating soccer balls), and we backed up to a giant field of common area where Rui and I went running most days. And I know we’re going to miss being neighbors with Rui’s BFF, Hiro!
See ya later Bealeton, it’s been fun!