Dec 31 2011

a belated christmas

First off, I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was amazing, and filled with the insanity of having a sweet 16 week old puppy racing around the house. Well, houses.

This was our first year as a married couple, and out first year with a little chewing monster ravaging about. And for the most part, it went without a hitch. With the exception of one ornament getting nibbled upon by our sweet pup. We currently live in the same city as both of our immediate families, so we thankfully were able to spend the day with both families. Penny got to meet her “cousin” Bella, and the two thankfully interacted well. Despite nearly knocking a few family members over mid-chase, and eventually ended up sharing a bed together.

I spent part of this Christmas reminiscing about Christmas’ passed. Of baking cookies with the siblings, and dousing (and mean dousing) them with sprinkles, after piling a mountain of frosting upon them of course. Of sitting on “santa’s” lap and asking not for gifts, but to have my daddy home for Christmas. We have lately been watching alot of youtube videos about Soldier’s homecoming’s, and every time they make me cry. I know it is a huge stress on significant others, mothers, and especially children. I don’t know how people could do it. I can’t imagine how hard it is on a relationship. Especially before the marvels of modern technology. One of the kids we {used} to nanny {while his mother was deployed} would skype, video call, his mother every night before he went to bed and the two would read a book together. It was the cutest thing. Broke my heart  every time. The reminder of how hard it was as a kid getting phones from daddy once every few days was hard enough as a young child. I wonder how woman a century ago handled it, having to wait for letters, and waiting anxiously by the mailbox day, after day for a letter that may never come.

Wow. How technology changes things. Changes everything. Today, we skyped with my Brother and my Niece; in Moscow, Russia. In an instant we can access someone all the way across the globe. I miss them, I hope they move stateside soon!

grace + peace

Dec 21 2011

Kate’s Pops

Dec 19 2011

growing. Growing. GROWING!

Oh me, Oh my. Our “little” lady has got a growth spurt going at full speed ahead. At this rate, she will be 3 times her current size by 6months! Well… we hope she doesn’t get much bigger than projected – My fingers are crossed that she stays in the 30-45lb range. We have had our sweet Penny for a month. Man, Time flies.  Our little puppy just keeps growing! 

Penny had a vet visit this week for her boosters on her vaccines, of which, she was not too pleased. However, our Veterinary team is amazing, and get a gold star in displeased pet distraction techniques. She took her shots like a champ, however she was inching towards the door the second her treats had disapeared from in front of her. Her current stats are:

weight: 15 lbs

length: 24 inches

height: 16 inches

This past week she figured out, much to our dismay, that she could make one bounding leap over the baby gates to free herself from the “quarantine”.  The Christmas tree is still only minimally decorated, and has a barricade around it to prevent the nibbler from making an afternoon snack out of the Christmas lights + fake pine. She still is quite the expert napper, and will go almost instantaneously from her crazy-running-wild stage, into out-cold-on-the-floor stage in seconds flat. Puppy proofing the house has become the ultimate game for her, because as soon as we feel safe that there is nothing she can get into (read: destroy) she proves us ill-fated in our endeavors. She has figured out that she is tall enough to reach her little snout up on the edge of the counter, if she stretches as tall as she can… just maybe momma will share a cake pop? pwwwwweaaaaaseee…

Meanwhile, I swear I will keep the miracle grow out of her food…

Dec 7 2011

it’s beginning to look a lot like.


(and that we have a 3 month old puppy)

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has past, and the turkey + sweet potato leftovers have been depleted, Christmas has hit the Pangborn household. All of our Christmas decorations  have been waiting ever so patiently in the closet, however I can hear them whispering at night, just begging each other to stage a coup and break free. Despite my desire to decorate the minute after Thanksgiving dinner was consumed, we have been quite apprehensive with our 3 month old teething puppy with toddler-like-tantrums.

At PetSmart the other day I saw this hat, it was super cheap. And hey, it was totally worth a shot to see if she would tolerate it. Well, She didn’t. And she saw me put it away and keeps trying to attack the cabinet it is in. Crazy girl.

The tree went up without a hitch, minus the little runt trying to nibble on the branches, and make confetti out of the boxes. Once the tree was up, it’s still it is only mildly decorated (must prevent loss of decorations, in the event of a “tree tipping”), we attempted to take some photos of miss Penny. And I am amazed at how well she sat and stayed! She as very easily distracted by the flash and always wanted to check it out after it went of. It seriously reminded me of little kids – how they immediately run to the camera screaming “I want to see!” haha. I love her. Here are some shots we got. 

This time of year tends to really make me baby hungry. Not that I want to be preggo, no siree! But the memories of all of the great seasons past flow to the top of my mind, and make me extra eager to start traditions of my own. We are super excited this year to start traditions that will continue throughout our lives together and one day be able to pass on to children of our own. But it really makes me wonder. How on earth are we going to teach our children about Christmas, especially… Santa. *gasp*  

Oh, and Christmas cake pop baking has ensued! Stay tuned! (: