Christmas Break!

How great is Christmas Break?? Best invention ever!! I'm in Logan Utah currently having tons of fun with the in-laws. Tomorrow, I get to go down to provo and see my sister and bro in law. We'll fly back on Christmas day and I'll drive up to Arkansas with my pup to have a Christmas part 2. woot!

I do miss Winston. I find myself wondering what he is doing and wondering if he misses us. (he doesn't). We left him with some friends who have another dog and a small child who loves dogs, so I know he is in good hands! Duke has been comparing his 4 year old niece to your dog the whole trip. Kind of sad?

Just felt like doing a quick update. PS. I do not miss Utah winters!


Dog day afternoon

Today was an absolute delight. It was in the 70's, I went shopping in Destin, went to the dog beach with Winston in Pensacola, ate at our favorite restaurant in Pensacola, and saw some friends before leaving tomorrow. Winston was is doggy heaven at the beach. He didn't get in the water at all, but loved running around and playing with the other dogs.

Tuscan Oven--If you live in/near pensacola..this is the best pizza- GO


Hello Birth Control!

So at my church we have something called Activity Days. It's for the girls aged 8-12 and we meet 2 wednesdays a month and have a little activity. I just became in charge and we only have 4 girls. 3 of them are sisters and they are ADHD and CRAZY. Like insane. Tonight was the first activity I was in charge of, so I thought I'd have them come over to my house and we would decorate Christmas cookies. You know, a fun, festive activity. Turns out it was like babysitting rabid monkeys or something. My poor dog was victim to these monkey's, and I think he is scarred for life. Anyways, there are no social filters on these girls. Here are just a few things said to me tonight:

You have a lot of peach fuzz.

Do you and your husband sleep together?

Girl: Do you have any more icing?
Me: No
Girl:Then can't you go to the store and get more?
Me: um, no

Then in succession-
Can I get on your computer?, Can I play video games?, Can I play with your dog? Can I have more milk? Can we watch a movie? 

I guess it will make for some good stories. Needless to say, I'm never having an activity at my house again! freaking kids. 


December Update

Life is crazy people. CRAZY. Work is getting a little more stressful with all these Christmas orders and questions. Winston had puppy classes yesterday and a vet appointment this morning. I have commitments for everyday this week. Still have to do my Christmas shopping (whoops)- there isn't much, but one gift is time consuming, and I have to finish it tomorrow. Plus a million little errands that are always staring me in the face. PLUS as of today, we are going to Utah for Christmas. It's a long story, but that is the plan. We're leaving Saturday for a week. So now we've got to find a place for Winston (tried to fly him out, but its just a no-go in the winter :( ), have to find subs for our classes we teach on Sundays, cancel puppy school for Monday. Just all those little things that come up. And of course I'm the one who has to take care of everything. It's do-able, I realize this. I just want to complain about it. I was thrown off a little by our sudden change of plans. But it is Duke's turn for Christmas and the opportunity presented itself. I also really need a dentist appt and haven't figured out my dental insurance. And I need to order new contacts. Which means I have to get ANOTHER eye doctor appt (i had 2 already...dumb Tricare) and that's gonna be over $100. And new glasses. You know how all the little things just add up? And its about that time of month? That's where I'm at. But alas, everything will be ok. It always is.

Anyways. On the other hand, life has been good! I had a cookie exchange party last week that was splendid! Winston has been a ball of furry joy. The weather this week is more than I could have asked for, which makes me so happy. I get to eat at Cafe Rio in like 4 days. I get to see my Utah peeps. I've been binging on candy cane kisses. I really couldn't ask for more. Just get me through this week please!

Loving Pomegranates right now!!

can you spot the lazy dog?

It may look like he is being strangled-but the string is half in the mouth, half around the head. Its his fav toy

I kinda love where I live right now!! 

current addiction. 

mister cute face

Honey butter pork tenderloin thanks pinterest! Duke loved this and it was super easy

Duke & I teach the 4 year olds at church. When we run out of lesson and there is extra time we do things like.."everyone pretend they're a robot! 'I-am-a robot-I-will-eat-you' " One girl actually said that. It's awesome.

I'm obsessed with that sad little face. We love each other!

Winston's first day at puppy class-socializing!

Play day at the dog park

The dog park on base-wiggly field-how cute is that?

Oh and also as a side note-you may notice the scars Winston has on his back. (maybe not in these pics..but others) Found out he has septicemia (blood poisoning) when he was 3 days old. So instead of running the usual tests, they gave him some injections to save the little guys life. So that's the story if you are wondering.


Thanksgiving Weekend Part II

Last Saturday morning we headed 2 hours south of Indianapolis to Louisville, KY! We visited one of my very best friends Natalie and her husband Paul. Natalie and I met in the dorms at BYU and were roommates for 5 years in Provo- until she got married and moved away. So it was so fun to see them and reminisce about the good ol' days. Here's some pictures. And yet, we didn't get a picture together. 

Nat, Paul & crow

Found a cool swing

and we giggled like school girls

Happier than on christmas morning

Papa Johns House. We google-earthed it. He has a helicopter pad in back
Nat & Paul
My husband is special

Our drive back in the cold rain without defrost. Ugh

REUNITED with my pup!!!! He looks thrilled, I know

And one last swing picture
As a side note, life has been a little crazy this week with work and what not. I just started taking over phone calls and that was a fiasco. Plus all the emails from over the thanksgiving weekend. Then Duke's computer cord decided to die and my computer is on its deathbed. Sad. But we will get through. 

Another side note, I upgraded my phone, but still have the old one and I am still getting text messages on both (even though one has no service) I was really creeped out until I finally read about iMessage-and that you can send messages over wi-fi between ipad/iphones/ipod touches. I thought it was possessed. I know those were 2 boring and meaningless side notes. Sometimes I don't know when to stop. 


Thanksgiving Weekend Part 1

Such a good holiday weekend! Duke & I drove to Indianapolis for Thanksgiving, where my grandparents and Aunt & Uncle live, and my parents and two brothers were there too. Everything was great although the drive up was freezing (no heat in Duke's car--didn't think that one through) and no heat or auto defrost on the way back. Always a good time. On black Friday we went to see some sights in Indianapolis. Downtown Masonic temple/cathedral thing, big Christmas "tree" and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. All were delightful!

My precious grandparents

Beautiful Jello!
Scottish Rite Cathedral

World War I monument 

my bro, me and my mom

quality phone time


We still love each other


 "Thanksgiving is a magical time of year when families across the country join together to raise America's obesity statistics. " -Stephen Colbert (my hero)

Hope it's a good one


Thanksgiving Eve

Happy thanksgiving eve! Duke and I are currently in a hotel in Nashville, TN, on our way to indianapolis for the holiday. It's been an cold drive. See, it hasn't been cold enough to turn the heat on in our cars yet in Florida, and well dukes heat does not work in his car..which is the car we took. Whoops! I've never been so cold!!! So in the spirit of thanksgiving in grateful for HEAT!!

Also I did a "guest post" over on one of my bff's blog. I wrote a list if what I was thankful for and left a video clip that served as my inspiration for wearing my stretchy waistband pants tomorrow! So excited for delicious food!!!

Also, I'm half asleep right now, so I apologize for the ramblingness if this strange post. Goodnight!

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Pumpkin Goodness

Last week was a lazy week. Nothing very exciting. Just living life and what not.

But I did discover this flavor of Blue Bell ice cream--and I have to share. I'm obsessed. It was even better than I thought it would be. carmel swirl, sugared pecans, pumpkin goodness. Do yourself a favor and go get it. (unless you live in utah..then you're out of luck..sorry)

Also, it's 9:30AM and it's already 72 degrees. Have I mentioned that I love Florida weather?