Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Operation: Dog House, Day 3

Soooo ... the past two days have been much better than the first. 

Yesterday we found that he had chewed up our home phone a bit, but that was basically it. 

And today he found a wedding card that we had saved and ripped that apart. 

All in all, he is getting better. 

I have a few other things that I want to try over the next few days.

1) I want to give him a special bone tomorrow - a brand new one he has never seen before. I am hoping to make this his 'home by myself' bone.
2) If that doesn't work - I am going to take him for a long walk/run in the morning (this would be on Wednesday since that would be the next day he is home alone. 

I am really hopeful ladies! I just hope he keeps getting better and better!

Go Guiness!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bad Dog!

Oy. It has been so long since I last posted. I am SOOO sorry! Especially since this is ICLW week and I have had such lovely visitors! 

Tonight I am going to share some drama from today and then some specifics from our lovely evening!

So we have been trying desperately on and off for the last few months to get Guiness to the point where we can give him the whole house while we are away at work. The last time that we did this, he ended up chewing up some books and papers - so we took the house away. 

Now we are DETERMINED to let him have the whole house. He is almost 2.5 years old and I am so sick of the gates in the house. It is definitely time.  

So yesterday I cleaned the whole house. I 'Guiness-proofed' and got rid of all books that he could get his teeth on. I even put the gates that used to keep him in the kitchen, in front of our two book cases so he didn't get tempted to go for those anymore. 

I left him with ALL of his toys this morning, and his favorite antler chew. 

And THIS is what I came home to. 
*all photos taken with my iPhone*

~First I saw my sneaker in the middle of the living room, and then realized all these flowers were scattered around~

~Yup. He pulled my dried wedding bouquet from our living room and pulled it into pieces. Thankfully  he didn't eat any of the pins, but half of my bouquet is missing now (if you look in the background you will see where the rest of the flowers went)~

I honestly cannot believe that he did this. He left his antler chew in the EXACT same spot that it was this morning. Grrrrrr.

Thankfully, he is a cute puppy.

*picture taken yesterday*

So my question is.... 
how did you all get your dogs to behave during the day? 
I am just at my wits end here. When we came home we showed him the mess and yelled, and he knew as soon as I walked in, but I am not sure what else I can do. We are going to just keep trying and trying but I would love some input.

Now after that, I decided it was time to get dinner cooking. When I went grocery shopping this weekend I decided to try a few new things. 

First, I made Kale Chips. 


So you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put some foil or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Cut the kale stems off and take just the leaves and cut into bite sized pieces (I just used kitchen shears). Then put all the kale on the cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and a bit of chili powder (all to taste). We ATE those babies UP!!! hahaha! Rob was like - these taste ALMOST like potato chips. Mmmmm they were sooo good!

Then I made stir fry to go with the Salmon we were having for dinner. We actually decided to try those cedar planks for the salmon and it was mmm mmm good. 

I put baby bok choy, garlic, onion, and yellow & green zucchini into the stir fry. I would have added peppers too but I am doing a gut cleanse with my nutritionist right now and I can't have peppers. 

More pictures:


~Oil, Garlic, Onion, Zucchini~
*in that order - about 2 minutes in between each*

~Baby BokChoy Stems~

~Added the stems, then 2 minutes later, the Baby BokChoy Leaves~

~My Favorite Taste Tester~

It was all absolutely delicious. We also shared a yam with a pat of butter and some cinnamon and that just was mmm mmm the perfect end to the meal. 

Deliciousness all around! 


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

They're Here!

I was just letting little man out to use the backyard and noticed SOOO many fireflies!

I tried to take a video of them all going off at different times, but unfortunately it was just too dark and didn't come out the way I hoped it would. 

On a separate note, I forgot to tell you all about my weekend (silly me)! 

We had a good weekend except for feeling super sick. I had to work on Saturday for a work function but it was a family festivity so Rob came and helped all day and then my parents came for the afternoon. 

I work in a Manufacturing facility so protective equipment required :)

It was a fun day even though I was absolutely miserable and suffered through my head cold all day.

Sunday was just spent recovering. Rob started to feel sick, I hurt my ear blowing my nose and it was just a mess. That's when I decided that going to the Doctor's yesterday was essential. 
Oh ear infections. How I loathe thee!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Super Sicko

It's official.
I am sickly.
Upper Respiratory Infection.
Double Ear Infection.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Today is a wonderful day to celebrate wonderful Dads. 

I love my Dad to pieces. He is amazing and protective and loving and wonderful. 

I remember him throwing a baseball so high in the air that I couldn't see it anymore. I thought he was the best baseball player in the whole wide world.
I remember when I first had my heartbroken in the 5th grade and he was home and I just went downstairs and cried and cried. He was my shoulder to lean on. 
I remember when my leg fell through a rotted board on our dock and I couldn't get myself out. He was there within seconds to lift me right up.
He's always there when I need him - he's my Daddy.

Me, My Dad, and My Sister on my Wedding Day. 

And to my Husband - who is a Daddy to Guiness and to our Angel Baby:
I love you, adore you, and cherish you.
You are my everything and you will be an amazing Dad. 
I can't wait to see how Fatherhood looks on you. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

3 Months

Yesterday marked 3 months since we lost Maveric.

I am doing much better than I have been, but still feel lost sometimes. I'm supposed to be 22 weeks pregnant and planning a nursery and growing a belly. 

Instead I am home sick today with an awful cold/sorethroat/runnynose. 

I miss you baby and I hope you now how much your daddy and I love you. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Weird Schedule

I am home right now getting ready to go into work. 

I am working from 1pm till 2am today. Oy! 

Then tomorrow I am going to just work in the afternoon so I can get my schedule back on track. 

Tonight my husband will be picking me up for an evening date so I can actually eat some dinner! 
Oh how I love him!

Found this beautiful picture on Pinterest!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Weekend Update

What a wonderful weekend! 

Friday we went to my In-Love's house and enjoyed a ride in the 1915 Model T, dinner, and all around fun! 

Then on Saturday we went on a car tour with the Model T (SO much fun)! Driving around in that car is SUCH a good time! The day started off really rainy and gross, but ended up being perfect.

My hair was an absolute disaster all day! 

Afterwards we went to Lambertville where Rob and I got married and walked around with the fam! Looked at antiques, puppy stores and consignment shops!

What a goober!

And lastly, here is a 'photosynth' picture of the view from the Lambertville, NJ bridge. It was a cloudy day but gorgeous!  I used the photosynth application on my iphone to take pictures from the bridge all the way across!

Hope you all had a great weekend! 

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Soooo ready for the weekend! 

I have to tell you - I have become obsessed with Pinterest

I just cannot believe how much fun it is to pin things that I enjoy. 

I know that we are not pregnant again and probably won't be for some time - but I LOVE LOVE LOVE pinning baby ideas and things like that! It's just is so great to be able to store all of these wonderful ideas! 

I found this one pin that really got to me:

Love this! 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Our Weekend

Good afternoon all! 

I am home sick today (sad*face) but feeling much better now than I did this morning. 

I wanted to share my weekend with you quickly before I go back to laying on the couch with puppy!

On Friday my dear friend Kelly was visiting home from Oregon! A few friends came over to visit with her and it was just so amazing to be with her again! We were friends in high school and roommates in college! I didn't take any pictures Friday night :(

Saturday was my Sister-In-Love's bridal shower! She was visiting from Martha's Vineyard and her shower was just wonderful! Here are a few pictures of the day!

Centerpieces were gorgeous!

 Cynthia was the creator of the picture boards!

How cute is this?! My hubs is Laura's younger brother (the one squirting her with the hose)!

The Bride-To-Be!

The Maid of Honor!

I tried to get artsy with this one and just color the flip flops :) Not sure if I love it yet.

I was in charge of the ribbon hat! Looking mighty fine if I do say so myself!

SO TRUE!!!! <3

Sunday was when I started to feel like crud. I spent all day on the couch and still went to bed feeling awful. Last night I hardly got a wink of sleep and woke up feeling even worse. 

Hopefully on the mend now!