ding dong.

our doorbell has run like 8 times today. probably a world record for us.
puppy loves trying to sneak out the door.
been busy. but good busy. back to pilates and yoga. which is awesome. loving lazy sundays for football watching and monday night football. but all that football is putting a dent in my reading/scrapping/shopping time!
have lots to do before our trip. can't believe it's here already. crazy! did purchase a new camera bag from tracy joy. kimberly with that funky, fun stripe! have been on a waiting list for at least a month. was super stoked to hear back from her and know that i'll have it in time for jamaica! yay.
can't believe we've already made new year's plans. going out for the first time ever. should be fun.
the boys: nick, his dad, and his uncle are outside working on our new deck. fingers crossed that all goes well.
went on a crazy spending spree. new flat screen for the bedroom, new laptop, new cellphones, the deck. egads. eagerly anticipating all those bills... not! i'm not really a techie person, but i'm digging all these new purchases.

pet update: kitties are adjusting to guinness. guinness is mellowing out. the trainer at puppy classes today even told us he was a smart dog. that he was doing extremely well for his age. nice to know that all of our training is paying off. kinda made us proud parents.
pictures soon.... hafta to hook the camera up to the computer and haven't had nick figure that out yet. so soon. definitely before we leave. =)


middle name game...

The rules...
You must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. (If you don't have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.) When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post and then choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don't' forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

M = moody
A = type A
R = responsible
I = imaginative
E = enigmatic {nick's choice.}


puppy classes.

started today. no training. just letting the puppies get to know one another. guinness is currently passed the heck out. which is brilliant. i need scrap time!
the class is small. three dogs including mr. g. a boxer named sophie who is afreakingdorable. and a bull terrier named maverick who loved humping the other two. they all did pretty well.
looking forward to next week where we can actually do some training!
the trainer was encouraging play friends for the dog. now nicholas wants another. grrrr. i knew it. i knew i would cave and then one wouldn't be enough. i'm trying to bribe him with a tv. we shall see!
oh and our pup was the biggest. and the youngest. sigh. hoping the boxer goes on some crazy growth spurt. our trainer said he has a boxer that is 135 pounds. egads.
k. really off to get some work done since baby is sleeping! ;o)


all about me.

got this in an email. sent it out and then thought it might be fun to share here...

Put an X by all the things you've done, or remove the X from the ones
you have not, and send it to all of your friends (including me.)

This is for your entire life:
( ) Smoked a cigarette
(X) Drank so much you threw up.
( ) Crashed in a friend's car.
( ) Stolen a car
(X) Been in love
(X) Been dumped
( )Been laid off/fired
(X) Quit your job
( ) Been in a fist fight
( ) Sneaked out of your parent's house
(X) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
( ) Gone on a blind date
(X) Lied to a friend
( ) Skipped an entire semester
(X) Seen someone die
( )Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
(x) Been on the opposite side of the country
( ) Gone to Washington , DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Felt like dying
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
( ) Played cops and robbers
( ) Recently colored with crayons
(X)Sang karaoke
(X)Paid for a meal with only coins
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose And laughed
more after that
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Made a snow angel
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone you care about.
(X) Blown Bubbles
(X) Made a bonfire on the beach/campground
( ) Crashed a party
(X) Gone roller skating
(X) Gone ice skating

OK, here are the questions:

What are you afraid of? failing
Most recent movie you have seen in the theater? i know pronounce you chuck and larry
Seen a ghost? probably
Where were you born? east chicago, in
Ever Been to Alaska ? no
Ever been toilet papering? yes
Loved someone so much it made you cry? yes
Been in a serious car accident? nope
Do you plan to have any more children? um, that would imply i have children... and that's still to be decided.
Favorite day of the week? wednesday. okay, not really. i don't have an answer.
Favorite Restaurant? don't really do favorites. how bout anything mexican!
Favorite Ice Cream? vanilla bean
Favorite Shake flavor at a fast food restaurant? strawberry
Favorite food at a fast food restaurant? anything from taco bell.
What color is your bedroom carpet? off white
What is your favorite alcoholic drink? tequilla.
Favorite non-alcoholic drink? cherry coke
Tattoos? nope.
Body piercing? yes.
What is your favorite vacation spot? again, no favorites. like trying new places!
Ever steal any traffic signs? no
Favorite Salad Dressing? ranch
Favorite number? who knows. 6 or 10 or 13.
Favorite Holiday? fourth of july and halloween
What do you do to relax? take a bath and read a book
What is your favorite food? potato chips. hey, that was an easy favorite one!
Where do you see yourself ? in the mirror?
Farthest place you will send this? not sure...
How many times did you fail your driver's test? zero
From whom did you get your last e-mail? crystale.
What do you do when you are bored? scrap, watch tv, read, bother nick. ;o)
Who is the least likely to respond? dunno.
Who is the person that you are most curious to see their answer? anyone who will play! i love reading these silly things.
Favorite TV show? grey's anatomy
What are you listening to right now? jack fm
How many pets do you have? three: two cats, one dog.
The chicken or the egg? who knows.
What would you like to accomplish before you die? hmmm. tricky one... not sure. maybe just to live a happy and healthy life.
How many people are you sending this e-mail to? lots!

i've deleted the forwarding directions... hope you girls will play!



on this past weekend.
-football = happiness. so excited it's back. spent the weekend lounging, watching pup, and eating. good times. nick was helping his dad lay new wooden floors. fun for them!
-vmas. so didn't watch. loving overdrive on mtv. had to catch miss britney's stellar performance. {did you notice that was dripping with sarcasm?} LOVED chris brown's. so great. swoon. might be my second musical boyfriend... behind jt.
-scrappies. got some stuff done. whew. just have to work on my samples for the upcoming crop at byom. so for those of you who read this, and don't already frequent those boards... you totally should. =)
-good puppy. getting better. yay. a bit lessing biting which is awesome. and attacking the kitties less... so that's always a good thing.
-pictures. still waiting for my order. guess it takes a bit to print 550-ish pictures.



i hate mosquitos. dispise them. i derive great joy out of killing those stupid suckers.
apparently, the monsoons that rolled through here a while back have created a mighty viscious crop. if you care, you can read an article from the local paper here... really not that exciting. but i think it proves i'm not really exaggerating this time. =)
so this nasty crop has nick and i arguing over who takes guinness outside at night. horrible parents. i usually win. bought some off that wasn't supposed to smell like off and it totally smells like butter. what the heck? heard a rumor that plain ole listerine works wonders. you don't spray it on you, but on inanimate objects around you....
might just have to go out and buy a fogger or a gazilion citronella candles.
does anyone know if they make mosquito suits? like those that bee keepers wear but for mosquitos... i might be interested.



slowly but surely i'm getting better. ;o)
nothing like a long weekend of nothingness to refresh one's mind, body, and soul.
had stuff going on, but nothing crazy, overwhelming. totally off topic, but i have my word for next year... balance. this is is breathe. still hafta do that mini album... k. back to regularly scheduled topic.
crap day at work friday. good friday evening. sleep, sleep, and more sleep!
saturday morning was mr. guinness' first trip to the vet. went really well. 17-18 pounds depending on where he stood on the scale. went to my aunt and uncle's in the afternoon for a get together. really nice. however, no grandma. still in the hospital but on the mend. so yay. should be home tomorrow.
sunday was dinner and game night with jay and chris. they even got a sitter for baby brady. guinness was well behaved, so that was enjoyable.
today. scrapped a bit. not nearly as much as i would have liked. but getting there. been out of the swing of things for a bit too long.
was able to order a boatload of pictures from scrapbook pictures. so looking forward to that mail day!
planned out deck issues with nick's dad and his girlfriend. her rule is that jerry can't help us with the deck until she gets her hardwood floors. so starting this week, we'll be heading over there to help them. then when that's finished it is deck time.
i'm really thinking we might be here for a while. kinda relaxing to not worry about building. taking it day by day... who knows, nick might go and change his mind again about babies!
well, seriously. nick just weighed guinness. heffer weighs 20 pounds. that's 3 pounds since saturday. dear lord. christy guessed he'll weigh about 60-75 pounds. hope that's all... any guesses?
oh and on the subject of puppy. he almost killed himself today. bad times.
nick was outside and guinness was exploring the study. somehow he managed to knock one of nick's speakers off of the desk and somehow had the speaker and the cord wrapped around his neck. the yelping/crying/screaming was too much. i couldn't get him to calm down... totally sucked. just sat there thinking 'how am i going to tell nick that his dog died?' horrible. managed to untangle him... bruised the heck out of my hand in the process. worth it, if pups okay.
totally dug the long weekend. not necessarily looking forward to work... keeping fingers crossed it's gonna be a good week!

and some crazy puppy pics for you... cuz, i'm a proud momma. and don't tell the cats, that they don't get any screen time... shhhh....

after the vet... pup was thirsty. had a bottle of water in the car... this is what we got!

enjoying a carrot for the first time. he's now also had string beans, celery, and cauliflower. so not getting cauliflower again... didn't agree with poor little man.

passed out on his dad's lap a few days ago. can't believe he might be so big that he is unable to do this at a later date. our baby is growing up! ha.