The Puppy

Some people would call us crazy (those people are probably our parents), but Chris and I are getting a dog!  A little, cuddly puppy who is going to keep us up at nights and pee on our carpet.  We couldn’t be happier.

Chris and I have always known we would be adding a dog to our crazy family.  We’re equal opportunity animal lovers.  And we thought our fat, little Zoe-cat could use a puppy brother or sister.

When we first started talking about what sort of dog we would get, we weren’t sure if we wanted to get a dog that either Chris or I had when we were growing up.  Chris grew up with a Brittany Spaniel named Casey and I grew up with German Shorthaired Pointers named Gertrude and Bella.  We ultimately decided we would get a Goldendoodle, a smart non-shedding dog we thought would be perfect for our family.

But sometimes, things don’t go the way you think they will.

We were told our puppy would be ready by September.

“Great,” we said.  “That will work perfectly with moving into the house.”

And then we found out the puppy wouldn’t be ready until November.

“That’s okay,” we said.  “We’ll have time before it gets too cold to potty train.”

Then we found out that we wouldn’t be getting the puppy until December, and that was the last straw.

Chris started looking at other options and we found a place in Iowa that breeds German Shorthaired Pointers.  After a long conversation last night, we finally decided what we needed to do.

Next Friday, we’ll be picking up this gorgeous puppy and taking her home.  Look at that face.  Ignore the crumbs.

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We are so excited for this new addition to our family and the adventures that will come from our little puppy.

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I’m already in love with her.  Cannot. Wait.

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Life Lately

Thanks for sticking with me!  Here’s what the Mister and I have been up to (excuse the crappy phone photos):

Yes.  This is my hubby on a jungle gym.  I’m so lucky.

Chris’ sister and family came for a visit a couple weekends ago and we took a trip to the local playground.

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I made these cookies, and holy MAN are they good.  You need to go and make them now.  STAT, I say!  They are magical.  Sea salt and olive oil brownie cookies – who would have thought?

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We went on a mini – road trip last weekend to just across the border in IL and stopped for some de-licious deep dish pizza.  So good!

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I just checked out a few books from the library and these are on the docket for the next few weeks: Wife 22, Cutting for Stone, and Sweet Tooth.  Have you read any of these?

Hello!

So.  It’s been awhile.

Our summer has been keeping us pretty busy and I know my blogging has been lacking.  I’m sorry!

Expect fewer posts than usual, but I’m going to try and keep you up-to-date on what’s going on with us!

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Hope your summer has been fantastic!

Porch Planters

Since moving into the house, Chris and I have become quite the do-it-yourself-ers, and our various projects have kept us pretty busy.  I worked on these porch planters a few weeks ago, when we wanted to add a bit more color to the front of our house.

I was surprised by how easy this project was, so I think I might be a bit more daring in the future, perhaps adding some of these planters to the patio in the backyard next year?

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We picked up the planters at Costco when they were switching out their seasonal things.  I liked these planters because they were nice and sturdy and we’ll be able to use them for quite a few years.  You can’t really tell from the photo, but they’re a darker brown with a bit of copper color.

Once we had the planters, we stopped at Home Depot to pick out the flowers.  The day we picked these out, it was pretty hot, so I’m glad the little guys made the transfer okay!

First, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the planter to allow for proper drainage.  Wisconsin wives know how to use a drill!

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Then I filled the planters about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way with potting soil.  I picked this stuff up at Costco as well, and it seems to be holding up just fine.

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Next year, I’ll probably fill the bottom of the planters with rocks, because it took a lot of soil to fill to this point.  Then I got the flowers ready.  Because I know very little about flowers, I picked these out based on how the colors looked together.

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I put the bigger flowers in first and worked the little red flowers around them.  After I put the flowers in the pot, I added extra soil around them until they were nice and snug.

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I ended up doing two of these planters for our front porch, and like I said, it was a very easy project, and it sure was cheaper than buying the ready-made planters from the store!

Wedding Wednesday – Three Months

Chris and I will have been married for three months this coming Saturday.  It’s amazing how fast time has flown, but the one thing I know is that I’m a pretty lucky lady!

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Chris’ sister, brother-in-law, nieces and nephew are visiting this weekend, so we’re “celebrating” tonight.

It happens to be Restaurant Week in Madison, which is a semi-annual event in the summer and the winter.  We’ll be going to one of our favorite steakhouses, Ruth’s Chris, tonight for some delicious red meat and vino…yum!

Chris – thanks for being the best friend and husband a girl could ask for – I love you!