Feb 7 2012

5 months today.

Our little miss is 5 months old today! She is currently relaxing on the bed next to me, snuggled into the blankets, probably dreaming of puppy friends and peanut butter. In her occasional repositions, she attempts to leave a large laceration on my face with her Elizabethan cone… I think she is secretly trying to take my head off for allowing those horrible, horrible, people to cut into her yesterday. She seems to miserable, it makes me so sad. Not like it is slowing her down very much, she keeps bringing her balls to me, wanting me to go run down the hall with her. Alot of people say their pets demeanor changes after they are spayed or neutered, but our little lady as of yet, is still her mischievous little self. When I got out of the shower this morning she was on her back, curled up with her legs over her head trying to contort herself to have access to her stitches. At one point she got her back leg into her mouth and tried to chew the coban. Sigh. She needs 24 hour supervision until she is healed… We let her sleep in our bed last night after many failed attempts to get her in her crate, or even just to sleep in her own bed. It started out ok, but she soon decided she wanted to sleep on my pillow, and she stiff legged me, slowly gaining more and more space in the bed for herself. I highly considered sleeping on the guest bed. I bet Sawyer + Penny had it planned. Its a conspiracy I tell ya!

She continues to grow like a weed and is now weighing in at 27lbs, and is nearly at my knees in height. She is 20″ tall and 28″ long. She loves playing in the snow, and leaves, and off leash time is brings about this crazy side of her – she still listens very well, but she goes crazy exploring every new thing. We can not wait until she has a backyard to consitently run around in. She still really struggles with jumping on people, but we are excited to start Puppy Kindergarten in a few weeks! We hope that you all get to physically meet her soon!

hugs and loves.


Jan 12 2012

and the growth spurt continues!

Our little bean sprout just keeps on growing like a weed! Her current stats are:

Weight: 21lbs

Length: 26in

Height: 18in

Everyday our not so little pup learns something new, unfortunately, its not always something we want her to learn… Specifically realizing that she is now tall enough she can get her front feet on the counter, and her nose over the edge to see what is just out of her reach. We are in the process of teaching her “out of the kitchen” and she is slowly catching on, however the whole sit-and-stay part of that doesn’t last very long. The other day she finally mastered rolling over in both directions. And will “leave it” for nearly two minutes when a treat is placed in front of her. One of her favorite activities is to burrow under our bed, the other day she pushed out some rubbermaid boxes holding out of season clothes…

Sawyer made this cute montage of her the other day:

So cute, I think we will keep her (;


Jan 1 2012

well hello, 2012

I sit here on the first day of 2012, surrounded by glimmering Christmas tree, my sweet husband, and a puppy sleeping at my feet, with How I Met Your Mother’s humor drowning in the background, from the television. There is laundry and dishes to be done, but instead I sit here, browsing pinterest, and searching for cake pop supplies on amazon. Soaking in life. Reminiscing on how tantalizing life is, and how surreal it can get.

This past year has been a real journey for us, we got married in April! We’ve both gotten new jobs, we got a puppy, we almost bought a house. We’ve had ups and downs, but God has been there with us through it all.

Each year, there’s always this pressure to create resolutions, and I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible with them. I usually stay strong for about… 10 days. I don’t know why I am really so bad with holding out. Or even just being accountable to them. Especially since I make them. Me. Not someone else deciding what my life should be. And each year I say that I’m going to be different, that this year is a game changer. Well, this year has to be. Come on folks, lets switch up this ride.

Maybe I need to start on smaller scale resolutions that I can tackle, for one, shying away from that ever elusive, darn scale. This year, things are going to be different. This year I am going to accomplish my goals!

1. Get fit (read: acquire muscles). Yes this girlfriend would love to lose weight, but we all know the backwards spiral that would ensue. But no, this is not what I mean, and since surgeons don’t give muscle implants to puny girls, I best get my workout gear on… And actually lift some weights.

2. To get my cake pop business off the ground. And to actually start making money. Hey y’all buy my cake pops!

3. To keep a tidy home. Well, that’s self explanatory. To get off my ever growing derrière and polish off those shelves from their ever growing layer of dust… And put away the multiple baskets of clean laundry…

4. To begin my prerequisites for the PA program. And continue to jump on every learning opportunity I can, to make me the most stellar candidate.

5.To read more. Peeps, girlfriend needs some recommendations! I love action thrillers and suspense books.

What are your resolutions this year? How are you planning on revolutionizing your life and making a better you?


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 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…