May 4 2013

Dirty Shoes. Dirty Dog. Darn Good Days.

20130503-010321.jpgWe recently took a sweet little mini vacation to celebrate our two year anniversary (I can’t believe two years have passed so quickly!) Our little 3 day adventure took us away from the monotony of work and school and we traveled down to Escalante, Utah with exploring on our minds. We planned a trip that we could take our dear 1.5yr old pup, Penny, on and have some good off leash wandering for our little adventurer. This was Penny’s first camping trip and she handled it like a champ, despite having trouble with being able to hear and not see the outside sounds from within the tent at night. We wore her out on the second day of hiking after a good 10 miles she was totally pooped for the next few days. There are a lot of really great pet friendly areas to hike in southern Utah, however be sure to stay away from National Parks as they are NOT pet friendly. We really enjoyed the calf creek falls trails, red canyon and the petrified forest.

It was really amazing to just get away from the city for a few days. A definite must when there is school and work always pulling us in different directions. Can’t wait for our next adventure!

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Dec 2 2012

christmas crafty.

We are getting stoked for this holiday season, with it being out first holiday season with in a house of our own, it really strikes home with how much space we have to decorate! I had a few days off in a row last week, so I decided to work on some holiday projects that I had found on Pinterest! And I must say, despite the pain in my hands from tying knots, I am quite pleased in how these turned out! The garlands are just a strand of Christmas Lights, with 6 inch ribbon / fabric scraps, tied between each light. For the first strand i did about 10 pieces between each light, but it was way to dense, I would suggest 6 or less. Which I did on my second strand (and soon too be third).  Secondly, do not use ribbon that has wire in it… I am sure you can figure out why (;

And, I will leave you with this totally adorbs photo of miss Penny.

Sep 10 2012

one cent barks.

Party! Party! Its sweet Penny pooch’s first birthday! See that face? Just drooling with excitement, eagerly awaiting the words. GO! Get it.

In honor of her first birthday, I whipped up a recipe I found on pinterest for a yummy frozen puppy treat. (I made a large batch to use up some materials)

3 Apples – peeled, cored, and chopped

5 Bananas – Old frozen ones work great!

4 large spoonfuls of Peanut Butter

1/2 Soy Milk

Blend the ingredients together, and separate into little dishes that you won’t mind the pup tossing around the backyard. I topped ours off with little milk bones. Freeze, and treat your sweet pup to a organic healthy cold treat on a hot summer’s day!

Penny also had her first swim in a pool this weekend! Each fall, once pools begin to close for the year, many in the Salt Lake area, have a little event called “dippin dogs, doggy days”. Before pools drain out for the year, for a small fee allow dogs to come have their share of the pool fun. And boy, was it! Penny was apprehensive at first, but once she saw all the other pups jump right in, she decided to go for it.

Party on!

Sep 6 2012


Dear blogosphere,

Where has the time gone? Days seem to fly by so fast, with so much to do and so little time to complete all the tasks set forth for the day. We have moved into our new home! It’s a beautiful little split level 2 story home, with plenty of room for eventual growth, and way to many places for Penny to hide! Penny adores her new backyard, although she still prefers if someone goes out with her to play, despite her insane high-tail running in circles throughout the entire yard while we watch. Speaking of… Its her first Birthday TODAY!!


Life has been incredibly good; we are still adjusting to having a home, and the perpetual unpacking. Finding spaces to put photos and furniture has been interesting since we have about a million prints, and 5 pieces of furniture… It’s getting there. Currently the home looks only half lived in.

I have been working a lot of nights, which continues to make the unpacking a struggle, as we have limited time together and really don’t want to spend it organizing all of the time!

On another note, we have had the pleasure of having our sweet niece, E stay with my parents for the past two weeks! Since she lives literally half way across the globe, it has been amazing to have so much time to spend with her, even though her sweet parents were not able to stay visit too. We have had so much fun taking her to the park, the pool, Tracy Aviary, the zoo, Apollo Burger – girly will eat anything dunked in fry sauce; Starbucks! hahaha, (baby LOVES her some soy chai!) I can’t believe she leaves tomorrow! Breaks my heart.
Dear T+K, MOVE TO THE STATES!! Love, a very sad Aunt.

Feb 12 2012

Not the cone of shame!

I think the hardest part of having a pet who is recovering from surgery is attempting to keep them mellow. Our little lady is as crazy as ever. Despite hiding all of her “fetch” toys, she still randomly comes bounding down the hall-through the office- over the bed-back to the living room. Despite all my attempts to calm her, walk her, and keep her generally calm; I am failing.

We’ve thought of giving her the middle name of “chainsaw” for the hackjob of scrapes we have attained over our past months. (shes a love jumper, and man those claws are sharp!) But then her initials would be PCP, and well that just sounds wrong. However, her behavior sometimes makes me wonder if our dog food is tainted with it.

After many countoursonist acts, she has been deemed untrustable, and placed under close supervision. Work schedules have been re-arranged, and to her enjoyment, sleeping arrangements also have been changed. Instead of having her sleep in her crate in another room (while a terrified me dreams of her opening her stitches + having an evisceration)… We’ve tried having her sleep on the floor of our room, but moments after we were all snuggly settled she would come bounding up on to the bed and happily slink into the center of the bed. Cone and all. After nights of fighting over “her bed”, “our bed”… We broke, we gave in, we started a habit well have fun attempting to break once she is medically clear. Over many nights of her stiff legging me for my 1/2 of the bed, she has finally settled for the lower unoccupied center.