Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!!!

It is amazing how quickly an open week with nothing to do gets completely jam-packed, booked solid.  But I guess that is to be expected around the holidays.  Normally I am not one to utilize the calendar on my phone much. Sad, I know, but I like to think that I can keep everything straight in that little ol' brain of mine.  But the craziness of this week has forced me to input everything into my calendar so that I can keep times and places straight.  And just to be sure that Hubs can't claim that I didn't tell him knows exactly what is going on, I input everything into his phone calendar as well! :-) No excuses! lol
Pretty sure that this is how I will feel by next Monday......

Tuesday - Dinner with Hubs, my parents, Aunt, Uncle, cousin, and cousin's bf.  I the past we all got together Christmas Day but because my Grandpa passed away this year and my Grandma is in a nursing home we decided to do dinner and drinks instead!

Wednesday - Dinner with Hubs, my parents, and college roomie, K! VERY excited to see K! It is so hard to get together with her during the holidays due to her crazy work schedule. 

Thursday - My annual shop-til-you-drop shopping day with my dad.  Granted, I think he would prefer the day to be a one stop shop at the jewelry store.......too easy Dad......too easy!  I look forward to this tradition EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR!  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun my dad and I have while shopping.  Of course we always take a breather and grab lunch and a brewski. 

Friday - Christmas get together with friends of the family.  Our friends have three kids that are all around my age (and are either married or have significant others).  So between their schedules and our schedules it is quite difficult to orchestrate this get together.  Sadly, last year we were never able to find a time that worked for everyone so we weren't able to get together.  So we have some making up to do this year!

Saturday - Dinner at one of my best friend's houses.  I haven't seen A in what seems like FOREVER! Oh wait, it has been forever.  Not only do I get to see A and her husband but I also get to meet their new puppy!

Sunday - Colts vs Jacksonville.  This is a must win for my Colts!!!!! And of course, dinner at the Claddaugh after the game with Hubs and my parents.  Mmmmmmm......Irish food!

Phew! I am worn out just going through our schedule for this week.  Oh, and to top it off......work has been very hectic!  I still have some vacation time left that I need to use so I thought I would try to take a day off today or tomorrow but since the CPA's are coming in to do fieldwork today and tomorrow that is a MAJOR no go.  :-(  C'est la vie!

Hope you all have a wonderful day! Try to stay warm!
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Playtime in the Snow

It snowed in my neck of the woods over the weekend.  Now, we didn't get anything like Minnesota or Michigan saw but we did get enough to have some fun!

 Rooney was resting up for all the fun that was about to be had.

Buerly LOVES snow! He loves to chase it, eat it, bite it, run around in it and just go crazy.

Attacking the snow.....nothing new

Rooney, on the other hand, was not very impressed.  We think he was scared of the shovels so he chose to hang out in the garage and watch from a safe distance. 

Buerly cracks me up! The dog has ups!

This picture completely sums up Rich and Rooney's relationship. Rooney is ALWAYS chewing on Rich so Rich messes with him......it is a vicious cycle!

"Mama! Mama! Mama!!!! It is far too cold out here! Let me back into the house so I can go lay in my bed next to the fireplace!"

Not only did the boys have fun playing in the snow (all three of them), I also had a blast playing with my camera and capturing their antics.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!!
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Exercise.....or lack there of

It is FREEZING here!!!! And sadly, it is only going to get colder.  I am talking, single digits, zero and even negative degrees people......and not windchill......actual temperature!!!!! Gross!

That being said, I need to find some other way to exercise because there is no way in hell I am going to attempt to run outside in those temperatures. 

Hubs and I were both whining discussing the other night about how inactive we have been lately. 
Hubs: I seriously need to start exercising again. I felt so much better when I exercised daily.
Me: I agree.  I am starting to get a little fluffy around the mid-section.  But there is no way in hell I am going to run in the cold weather.
Hubs: Well, the other night I saw an infomerical on this exercise called Zumba.  Have you ever tried it?
Me: {laughing} No, but I have always heard great things about it.
Hubs: Well, I did some research and they say that you can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour.  And it looks like all they do is dance like crazy.  I think we should try it, it looks like fun.
Me: {bewildered, amused look on my face} Ooooookay......are you sure?!
So, here is where I need your help my blogger friends:

What are your thoughts on Zumba? Love it, hate it!?  Give the good, the bad and the ugly please.

Since we don't have a gym membership, taking a class is out of the question.  Is there a good Zumba dvd out there that any of you would recommend?!

Thanks in advance! :-) Have a fabulous day!
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Oh Rooney.......

"Patience is a Virtue"

My father is ALWAYS preaching this phrase.  And my response is typically- "A virtue that I do not have!"  So, it comes as no surprise that I have already pulled my Christmas decor out.  I lost all patience with Thanksgiving and was ready to start seeing holiday cheer.  

Much like Santa, I had my own set of helpers while decorating.  Okay, more like two furballs constantly in the way/nosing through EVERY box and tub.  One decoration, in particular, had Rooney in complete meltdown mode.  Being the wonderful evil mommy that I am, I videotaped his battle with the mean old bobble Santa and Snowman.  

After several minutes of Rooney carrying on I moved the Santa to where it belongs which resulted in this-

After a good half hour of Rooney crying/barking/shrieking/yodeling/chirping/growling/whining/obsessing he finally gave up {more like, he gave up after I yelled at him to give it up}. 

Bobble Santa/Snowman - 1, Rooney - 0

Happy Monday!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


It is COLD FREEZING outside which means perfect soup weather!  My all time favorite soup to get when I am at Olive Garden is the Pasta E Fagioli.  Mmmmmmmm.......breadsticks and soup.  Sadly, we do not live that close to an Olive Garden so I took to the internet to find the perfect recipe. 

Pasta E Fagioli
Recipe from Food.com

3 tsp Oil
2 lbs Ground Beef
12 oz Onion, chopped
14 oz Carrot, slivered
14 oz Celery, diced
48 oz Tomatoes; canned, diced
2 c. cooked Red Kidney Beans
2 c. cooked White Kidney Beans
88 oz. Beef Stock
3 tsp. Oregano
2 1/2 tsp. Pepper
5 tsp. Parsley, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco Sauce
48 oz. Spaghetti Sauce
16 oz. Ditali Pasta

Saute beef in oil in large 10-qt stock pot.  Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot.  Also ad beef stock, oregano, pepper, Tabasco, spaghetti sauce and noodles.  Add chopped parsley.  Simmer for 45 minutes. 

  • Cut this recipe in at least half unless you want to eat Pasta E Fagioli for two weeks straight (not even kidding.....this recipe makes 9 quarts when all said and done).
  • Wait to add the noodles until the last 15 minutes otherwise they become soggy.

Hubs and I LOVED this recipe!  It tasted so much like the Olive Garden version.  Of course, since we followed the quantities in the recipe we had LOTS of leftovers.  I am pretty sure my co-workers loved me the next day and the day after that.....lol. 

Sorry, I forgot to capture a picture of the finished product but I can safely say that it looked like the Olive Garden version.  I even bought fresh Parmesan and used my Pampered Chef Cheese Grater (just like they use at Olive Garden). All in all, I give this recipe two thumbs up!

Have a FABULOUS day!
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Cold Natured

Good morning! Sorry for the long, unscheduled hiatus.  Things at work have been CRAZY so by the time I get home the last thing I really want to do is look at a computer.  But no fears.....I am back!

I cannot believe how cold it has gotten! We finally turned our AC off but have been too stupid stubborn to turn our heat on.  So you can bet that we are utilizing our fireplace, blankets and warm clothing a lot.  As cold natured of a person as I am, I prefer that our house be on the cold side.  I would much rather bundle up than be hot, especially when I am sleeping at night.

Last night I was snuggled under all of my blankets, comfy as can be when Rooney decided that he was going to jump into bed to snuggle with me.  When Rooney snuggles he turns into a furnace.  Seriously, if I could choose one thing to be stranded in freezing cold temperatures with it would have to be Rooney.  Sorry Hubs!  Oddly, Rooney is just as cold natured as me.  Crazy for a bulldog, I know!

After awhile I kicked Rooney out of bed.  Not even five minutes later he was back in bed so I kicked him our for a second time.  This little game went on throughout the night.  Normally after kicking him out twice he gives up and sleeps in his own bed under his fleece blanket but not last night.  I couldn't figure it out.  FINALLY at 5 am the game stopped.  So, I went back to sleep thinking nothing of it.

After the alarm went off I managed to crawl out of bed to go turn the shower on.  As I walked towards the bathroom I noticed that our nice comforter and decorative pillows that had been stacked neatly in the corner was no longer in a neat pile.  Baffled, I grabbed the corner of the comforter to pull it back in place when suddenly the pillows started to move.  Boy did I jump! Next thing I know I see this precious little face peak out from his pillow/comforter cave.  I just stood there and laughed (and of course took a picture of it).
"MOM!!!! You woke me up!"

It then dawned on me that I had put Rooney's fleece blanket in the closet because we had had company earlier.  Poor little guy was freezing!!!!  Eventually he resurfaced only long enough to jump into our bed and burrow underneath all of my blankets. 

Note to self: Christmas gift for Rooney this year will be another fleece blanket! lol

Have a fabulous Monday!
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fun New Gadget!

Well, my Blackberry Storm finally bit the dust.  As of yesterday I could only use half of the QWERTY touch screen and considering the phone doesn't have an actual keypad.......that is an issue.  So, I sucked it up and went to Verizon to find my new companion.

I present to you......

The Samsung Fascinate

Now, I have only owned the phone for a day or so but so far I LOVE it!!!! It is such a fun toy!

Perks to this lovely new device:
  • Gorgeously crystal clear screen (thanks to the AMOLED touch screen)
  • Tons of apps
  • Very fast (especially when utilizing WiFi at home)
  • User friendly
  • Swype (the COOLEST thing EVER)
  • Takes great pictures and video
  • Call quality is good
  • Lightweight 
  • Animated wallpaper.....not a big deal functionally speaking but very awesome
  • The internet package is $20 cheaper/month than Blackberry
  • Skype capable
The not so good:
  • Bing is the programmed search engine (I am a Bing hater....Google lover)
  • You have to charge your phone pretty much everyday if you are utilizing several of the apps (but that is how most smartphones are these days)
But, like I said, the jury is still out on this new toy of mine.  As of day 1.....I still love it......which is more than I could say for my Blackberry Storm.  :-)

Have a fabulous day!
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bill Maher is a Joke!

I will let this article do all the talking........

On Friday night, October 16, Bill Maher went on a rant about legendary NFL quarterback and perpetual teenager Brett Favre's recent troubles regarding his alleged “sexting” to a female employee of the New York Jets.

But before too long he turned it into a disgustingly filthy diatribe against “white men” and the type of women they like. It eventually came down to an attack on his favorite target, Sarah Palin and other conservative women. He pompously posited that white men like these women saying, “my theory is that these women represent something those men miss dearly: the traditional idiot housewife.”

And it got me to thinking what kind of “housewife” the never-married Maher might like?

Perhaps it would be the phony ones on television.

I am referring to the series of shows completely mislabeled as the “Real Housewives of...New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, D.C. and the OC and Beverly Hills.”

These women have about as much in common with the real everyday lives of housewives as Bill Maher does with real everyday lives of ordinary Americans.

They are rich urbanites and sub-urbanites complete with lavish homes, fancy cars, closets full of designer clothes and shoes, boxes of jewelry and very bad breast implants. You’d think with all that money they could afford better plastic surgeons.

And that Salahi woman on the D.C. version is so dang skinny, I’ll bet she has to run around in the shower to get wet.

We get to see them scream and yell and argue with each other over nothing of importance. They spend money on extravagant shopping sprees, constantly flaunting their material possessions at the rest of us.

Their husbands are either weak-kneed metrosexuals or adolescent adults who the wives treat as ATMs—that is until they declare bankruptcy.

Their bratty kids are spoiled rotten and appear to have no discernible skills that will get them through life.

They drink wine in the middle of the day and then whine to each other about how difficult their lives of privilege are.

Well pardon me if I don’t feel sorry for them. And for your benefit Mr. Maher let me tell you about the lives of the traditional housewives you so despise and denigrate.

Recently I was in Idaho visiting with my good friends who are cowboys and ranchers. This time of year is for gathering their herds of cattle off the range in preparation for the hard winter that is to come.Work on the ranch is a family affair and everybody works—men, women and children.

But no disrespect or offense to the men, the hardest-working folks are the women. I call them the "Real Housewives of Idaho." Their names are Jenn, Jayme, Kassy, D.J. and Janis. 

I knew these women before I even met them, since I was raised by someone just like them.

They don’t have their own TV show although it would be a helluva lot more interesting than watching the other “real” housewives and definitely better than watching Maher’s weekly ego fest.

They don’t wildly spend money on frivolous things at high-tone stores. They shop at Costco to feed the family and during gathering feed the crew. They are partners with their husbands. Their children are taught the lessons of work, faith and family from the time they can walk and as soon as they can walk they are in the saddle working right alongside their parents.

You don’t hear a lot of whining about how tough their lives are. They know life is tough but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

They don’t have weekends. Saturday and Sunday are just two more days to get the work done.

They don’t stab their female friends in the back when they aren’t around. They pitch-in to help each other and treat each other’s children as if they were their own.

They don’t hang out at Starbucks because they aren’t dumb enough to pay $5 for a cup of coffee and don’t have the time or the inclination to sit around and be neurotic and catty.

And they face adversity everyday and meet it head-on.

Last year we hadn’t been out gathering cows more than an hour when someone spotted a bull used for breeding stuck in mud wallow. It had died struggling to get out. I was riding with my friend Jenn whose bull it was.

As we sat there on our horses she calmly said, “Well, there goes $5,000." When the young cowboy who had found it asked, “Should we pull it out?,” she said, “Nope. No time. We’ll come back later to see what happened. We’ve got to keep going and gather the rest.”

No crying. No whining. No pointing fingers of blame. It happened and the only thing to do was keep going. And that pretty well sums up their lives—keep going.

These are the “mama grizzlies” Sarah Palin is talking about. They identify with her because she is one of them.

I think that Maher belittles them and makes fun of their lifestyle because he is afraid of them and what they represent.

They represent an America that is in resurgence vastly different from his warped and cynical view of the nation and its people. An America that has finally had enough of being ruled by a bunch of elite coastal snobs who push their version of what this country stands for at the expense of traditional values and morals. An America that still prays to God asking for spiritual guidance, unlike Maher who openly mocks religion. Maher better hope he’s right about there being no God or come Judgment Day he is going to be one sorry fella.

It is also an America that is tired of the cattle crap Maher would call entertainment, polluting the minds of their children. And an America that stubbornly believes that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are not just meaningless words from our past but meaningful words to guide our future.

When I got home from my trip, I saw a Facebook posting from one of "the Real Housewives of Idaho." Yes, they have computers and Facebook.

Jayme and one of her sons were helping Jenn and her family and her husband Matt and other son were working at their ranch. She wrote the following:

“Jackson and I have been gathering cows in Soda for Ellis ranch....just got back, now there is laundry to do, house to clean and back to school tomorrow, and driving bus again. Matt and Mattson were gathering cows on our place...its funny how life keeps us all happy and healthy...Great life we live!”

These are the women Bill Maher refers to as the “traditional idiot housewives.” They live on ranches and farms, work on factory floors, raise children and hold down two jobs and they sit around the kitchen table with their husbands each month worrying if they can pay the bills. And somehow they not only survive but thrive.

That is reality, not “reality” TV.

Here’s a piece of friendly advice, Bill. I would stay out of certain parts of America. These women would kick your ass from hell to Sunday, not to mention what their husbands might do.

Better stay in Hollywood with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills like Arianna Huffington!

Patrick Dorinson blogs at The Cowboy Libertarian. He lives in California and is just back from a trip to Idaho.

All politics aside, I thought this was a very well written piece.  I thought Bill Maher's rant was incredibly offensive to the majority of American women.  I don't care if you are a SAHM, a career oriented woman, a working mom, etc; all are tough jobs that take a lot of work, time, and selflessness. 

Screw you Bill Maher!  No wonder you have never been married!  You probably think that child birth is a joke too!  (I know, not nice but that is how I feel).

Sorry, his comments about women made my blood boil!!!!

Side note- Sadly, I do watch the Real Housewives shows purely for entertainment purposes only.  I do not for one moment think that their lives are the norm for American's or even begin to reflect the normal American woman.  In fact, I think Bravo has found some of the most crazy, dysfunctional people to create the entertainment.  I highly doubt that these RH women are even viewed as "normal" amongst the rest of the rich, wealthy society. 
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Lions and Tigers and.......Bulldogs?!

I am sure that you all have an idea what Rooney's personality is like from some of my posts.  But just in case you need a better idea of what he is like I have posted a video from the Today show.  No, Rooney is not famous (well, he is famous in my mind).  But the bulldog in this video reminds me of Rooney's personality soooooo much!  Plus, it is an adorable video! :-)

Oh, and when the bulldog attacks the lion cub for looking at his ball wrong.....that would be Buerly.  The bulldozing, taking on anything no matter how big or small, and acting like a rotten lil shit......that TOTALLY defines Rooney! :-)

Have a WONDERFUL weekend! Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Tale of Two Bulldogs

When Buerly was a puppy one of his all time favorite things to do was play underneath our bed.  If we couldn't find Buerly the first place we would look was under the bed.  I should also mention that if there was an item (bra, wallet, etc) that we couldn't find you could almost count on it being somewhere under the bed.

The bed, to Buerly, was his cave, his safe spot.  He ran under there if he was in trouble (which was often), if there was a storm, to take a nap, or just to play.  We had our very own living, breathing, farting monster that lived under our bed. 

As cute as hiding/sleeping/playing under the bed sounds there were two things that Buerly would do that were not so cute.  After taking a peek under the bed we realized that the little demon child had ripped out all of the lining of the box spring.  Definitely not cute.

The other not so cute thing he would do........attack our feet.  If you even came within 3 feet of the bed he would shoot out from underneath, pounce on your feet with those puppy needle sharp teeth, and then dive back under the bed before you could even register what had just happened.  It never failed.  Eventually Hubs and I learned that we had to take a running leap to avoid being attacked while getting into bed. Of course, this would make Buerly mad and we would pay for it later when we least expected it**. 
See those sharp needle teeth?! They hurt! Don't let this adorable, innocent, squishy face fool you! 

Now imagine falling asleep on the couch on a lazy Sunday.  Your husband wakes you up to go to bed.  Mumbling and half asleep you manage to pull yourself off the couch and make your way back into the bedroom only be ambushed and get the bejeebus scared out of you!  Still sound cute?!? I think not!

Putting laundry away was a nightmare!!!!  I constantly had the ankle biter diving out and back under the bed for sweep attacks.  Buerly would catch us off guard quite often even though we knew that he was under there just waiting to pounce. There is nothing like the feeling of sharp needle teeth sinking into your foot/ankle.  And catching that little booger once he attacked your feet was impossible.  Once he was under that bed he would move from side to side to avoid your reach.  Hubs would take one side of the bed while I took the other and Buerly would sit in the middle, just out of arms reach, proud as could be.  The minute you came close to grabbing him he would scoot to the other corner and remain just out of arms reach.  The only way to get him out was to bribe him with a ball or a treat.  He was such a stinker!
Always ready for the attack!!!!!

**Buerly was too little at this time to jump into bed on his own.  So once you were in bed you were safe. 
Just pray that you didn't forget anything once you were in bed.
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Monday, October 11, 2010


This is me today:

I cannot stop yawning!  What I wouldn't give for my pillow, blanket and bed!  Crazy, busy weekends make for a very LONG work week; especially when you spend majority of the week trying to catch up on rest.

Here was our weekend in a nutshell:
Friday- Picked Hubs up after work and drove straight up to his parents house.  Ate dinner with family and then sat around the bonfire until time to finally go to bed.

Saturday- Went to watch niece cheer for pop warner football team.  Swung by Bass Proshop on way home to pick up grill, propane, and inverter.  Showered quickly and then loaded SUV with cooler, TV, grill, etc.  Drove up to Chicago to tailgate for USA vs Poland soccer match.  Soccer match started at 7pm and ended around 9-ish.  Spent what seemed like eons in Chicago traffic.  Got home after midnight.

Sunday- Woke up EARLY to get ready and pack the car up to drive back home.  Dropped dogs off at home and drove straight to parents house to leave for the Colts game.  Watched the Colts beat KC.  Drove home from game.  Immediately changed into sweat pants and sweat shirt before finding my permanent Sunday position on the couch.  Hubs attempted to keep me awake so that I would be able to fall asleep come bed time.  Major fail.  Woke up and ate some dinner.  Managed to crawl upstairs and into bed.

Monday- Alarm clock screaming at us WAY TOO early.  Hit snooze a million times just praying that it was all a dream.  Eventually pulled myself out of bed to get ready for work.  All I want to do is lay my head on my desk and take a little nipper napper.  I wonder if my boss would notice if I shut my door, crawled under my desk and napped for an hour or two.

Lesson learned:  Never plan multi-city events and try to cram them all in in one weekend!

Oh, and today I have a 4pm appointment to meet with the orthopedic surgeon to find out the results of my MRI.  Fingers crossed!!!

Hope you all have a great day!
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Lots of Football in All Forms

I am off for the weekend to watch these sexy studs play what us American's refer to as soccer.  For all of you across the pond, I will be watching some football! GO USA!!!!

And on Sunday I will be watching some American Football at Lucas Oil! GO COLTS!!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Definitely Not a Walk in the Park

Today I get to have two of these.......

one to numb and the other to be shoved in my.......

So that I can go lay perfectly still in one of these bad boys for 1 1/2 hours.......

Hello claustrophobia!  Obviously I am going to be having TONS of fun today! {dripping with sarcasm}  I have to go get an MRI Arthrogram of my shoulder.  I am not really sweating the MRI but the giant needle that will be shoved into my shoulder is not really my cup of tea.  Oh how I hate needles!!!!!  Wish me luck {and that I don't see the needle because I may pass out}!!!!

UPDATE:  EEKS!!!!! As the minutes and hours get closer, I get more and more nervous! Please 3:00PM just hurry up so that I can get this over with! 

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Tale of Two Bulldogs

A while back I had asked what you wanted to hear more of on this blog and several of you responded that you would like to hear more stories about our two mischevious pups! Trust me, I could write books about all the stories and trouble that those two get into.  Plus, I love talking about our babies.

So, where better to start than the beginning. 

Background: I never had a dog growing up but desperately wanted one.  I always told my parents that as soon as I moved out on my own I would get a dog.  I originally always wanted a Boxer or a Great Dane until I met Hubs.  Hubs owned the cutest English Bulldog puppy named Zeus.  You could kind of say that Zeus brought Hubs and I together.  Sadly, the fraternity changed their rules so Zeus had to go back home and live with Hubs' parents. 
 Meet Zeus - The first bulldog love of my life!  This picture pretty much sums up his personality.  Love that dog!

After graduation Hubs and I moved into an apartment together.  We dove head first into finding our first dog/family member.  It definitely was a long process searching out good, reputable breeders who had litters on the ground.  After going on a wild goose chase we finally found a breeder out of Ohio who had one puppy left.  Originally they had planned on keeping him but due to timing decided it would be best to find him a loving home.  His name was Bandit.  He was the CUTEST little squishy thing ever.  The only problem?!? We only had ONE day to decide if we wanted him, to round up the funds to purchase him and to drive to Ohio to pick up the little stinky bundle of joy.  The breeders were leaving town for the summer so we had to make a quick decision. 

After talking all night we decided to make our final decision after we met him.  Hubs and I drove 3+ hours through terrible weather to meet the breeders at a Cracker Barrel off the interstate.  Bandit did not disappoint!  He immediately attacked Hubs' shoe laces which instantly had Hubs sold!  And he was incredibly cuddly which immediately won me over.  I don't think we could have forked the money over any quicker.  I just remember starring at him the entire drive home.  He was so sweet and snugly!  He slept in my lap most of the drive home except during the storms we drove through.  I swore we drove through a tornado at one point. 
Meet Buerly, formerly known as Bandit

It was so exciting to get the little guy home and let him explore his new home!  While we played with him we started discussing names.  We weren't overly crazy about the name Bandit so we started coming up with different names.  A White Sox game was on that night and the name Buerhle instantly popped into my mind.  Mark Buerhle was our favorite pitcher but even better his name was perfect for a bulldog - stocky and burly! We didn't want to spell it the same way as the pitcher so we decided on Buerly. 
Buerly loved this squeaky baseball......that is until he destroyed it
Buerly and Hubs
Kisses! Or attacking the nose......either was possible with Buerly
As much praise as I give Buerly for being such a good boy, he was a TERROR as a puppy! Complete TERROR!!!!
Does that face not scream terror to you?!? And look at all the wrinkles!
This picture really shows how little he was when we brought him home.  I miss being able to just pick him up and carry him around! Now if I pick him up I would probably throw out my back.
This was his toy basket.  He quickly learned how to help himself to it.

Hubs and I would often find Buerly sleeping in the oddest, most uncomfortable positions we had ever seen!
Example #1 - Sleeping half in his crate, half out
Example #2 - Curled around in a ball
Example #3 - Sleeping in the spot where his toy basket belonged

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of how Buerly became our owner.  And no, you did not read that incorrectly.....pretty sure the darn dog owns us. 

Have a fabulous day!
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010


To my best friend and the most amazing husband ever I wish you the happiest of birthdays!
 Hubs and I @ the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  Great times!
 Hubs and I on an ATV tour in Hawaii
 Hubs will kill me for posting this picture but this was from Halloween my senior year of college.  He came up with the idea to go as a dog catcher so we spent all day getting all the things needed to make the perfect costume.  I have never had so much fun putting together a costume.  I still have his costume!

Hubs and I at the "Happiest Place on Earth".  Well, technically Hubs says that Epcot is the "Happiest Place on Earth" because they serve beer.  Close enough.
Rehearsal dinner for a friend's Florida wedding

Hubs and I at the Manning Bowl this year.

I love you so much babe! I hope you are having a FABULOUS day! Here's to many more fun and exciting memories! Happy Birthday!!!!!!
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