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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
My results: A puggle.
I had to google it, because I had never heard of these dogs.
Then, I saw the cutest google images I had ever seen in my life: puggle puppies.
Then, I came upon a website for a breeder in Ohio, about two hours from where I lived in Pittsburgh, and I saw this little face online.
It was funny to watch them because they were so much alike. They both wanted to be the one who was being chased.
After Cooper left, the dog park was just hot and boring, so Brokaw and I walked along a trail that's at the same park. Neither one of us is very into or educated about nature. As we were walking, I heard a strange noise, and jumped. Watch Brokaw's head tilt as he hears the strange noise.
Does anyone know what that is? It was in a marshy area. I was amused at my little city boy's nature listening skills.
After the dog park and the little nature walk, we headed home.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I woke up earlier than I was planning to wake up this morning. Scratch that. A certain Puggle woke me up earlier than I was planning to wake up this morning.
So, here I am. I just started drinking my coffee, even though I have technically been awake for an hour. I blame my iPad. That's right, MY iPad!!
Uncle Sam's refund helped me reach my goal earlier than I expected, so Michael and I both have new iPads. (Which you know because of his awesome homemade iPad cases) They are super fun. Coolest to do list I've ever had. Looking forward to learning how to use it more, and finding cool apps, etc.
Of course, now that he has woken me up, and been outside and been fed, Brokaw is now back asleep. So not fair!
I've been thinking more and more lately about wanting to have a baby. Then, I have a Saturday morning like this, where a dog wakes me up at 7:00am and I'm grumpy about it, and I remember. I am so not ready for a baby.
Today, I'm going thrift store shopping with my friend, Jessi! I am looking forward to it. I grew up shopping in thrift stores with my Granny Nora. She taught me how to treasure hunt! Plus, I haven't seen Jessi in a while, so it will be fun to connect.
It's allegedly going to snow tomorrow afternoon, but I'm noticing all of the weather guys dialing back their forecast. It's fine with me. I'm not a big snow fan! Not a big fan of Winter at all for that matter.
We're doing good. It's been a good week. I have some pictures to share, so standby for a bit of a blog-a-thon!
Now, for fun: The other night, I took a video of Brokaw tucking himself in our bed. This is our nightly ritual, while Michael is in the bathroom getting ready for bed, Brokaw does this and I watch. Please pardon my breathy background noise - I was trying so hard not to laugh!
Sunday, February 5, 2012
We couldn't find Chris at all! Tracy and I were both scanning the crowd with our cameras zoomed all the way in. The ceremony was short and to the point. I tried to take it all in, knowing this was it. Chris is home, for good. He has DONE THIS. We are such a proud family!
The Army band played a few songs, an announcer talked about the Brigade's accomplishments, and how this was the first group to come home, then allowed the soldiers to be at ease, so they could give their families a hand.
None of us recognized Chris until the ceremony was over, and the guys were released to their families. I took my mom's hand, and said, "Let's go!" and we made our way to the bleachers. There was a sea of soldiers reuniting with their families. Sons and moms and dads. Soldiers hugging their small children and their wives and girlfriends. Then, I saw my soldier. He was walking toward us. He had taken his hat off and had it in his hands. "There he is!" I led my mom around another reunion, and had my iPhone ready to record the second she saw her baby.
Of course she got the first hug. She deserved it. And though this 30 year old SGT would probably never admit it, he wanted to hug her too, like nobody's business.
We all had our hugs, and squeezes and pictures with our soldier.
We decided to just head back to our hotel room, all together, and we just laughed and talked and caught up. It was a really special time, and I may or may not have been the only sensitive sap to cry!
local TV news report my friend posted to my Facebook page, that you can see three short glimpses of us in!
Let me tell you a couple more things. Chris didn't even want us to take any pictures and post them on Facebook or where ever because he is the first of his guys to come home, and he's not really ready to celebrate until they are ALL home. So, know that all of this is from ME, not from him, okay? We are still praying for each and every one of the members of the 3rd Platoon, as they wrap up their missions in Afghanistan and all come home in waves. They should all be back to Ft. Drum by the middle of March.
Another thing that I also have to note. This sign in the gym was a huge reminder to me that not every soldier comes home like my soldier got to come home. Standing. Safe. In one piece.
I dedicate this blog post to Team Derek. Climb to glory. All the way! To the top! Team Derek, I brought back a little something from Fort Drum for y'all, and I will see you soon!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Bless your hearts for hanging on with us this month.
You know that the past two months have been crazy busy for me, right? I think I've mentioned that. :)
I was in the office all of two days in the month of September.
I'll be in the office Monday, for the second time in October, and it's the 31st.
I haven't had much time to myself.
Not much time to gather my thoughts, to let them wander, and end up with a bunch of brilliant blog post ideas.
So, that's that.
Miraculously, you have still visited, and clicked here and there, and for that, I am grateful.
I almost always chuckle at the random Google searches that lead you here.
For example, the top searches for the past week:
1. Dana Brown Ritter
2. Homemade Christmas Gifts
3. Apple Crisp Recipe Paula Deen
4. Joni and Friends paintings
5. Paralyzed husband
6. Puggle in pumpkin costume
7. Baby handoff
8. Dana Perino
10. dog flash eyes
I am happy to bring you the most random content on the planet.
And now, a reward for staying tuned... Brokaw in his Halloween costume in 2008. That was the last time he dressed up for Halloween. After that, I was engaged and planning a wedding, then a newlywed, and this year, same story. What can I say, when budgets are tight, the dog costumes just don't make it on the shopping list.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I love you, babe. Thanks for being the laundry man.
I secretly shot this video of M folding laundry one night while we were watching 24. Don't mind the TV in the background, it does sound like some love-making is going on, haha!
He does NOT like when I cook! Our old apartment had this really sensitive smoke alarm that would go off every time I used the stove, so he's still conditioned to think that's going to happen again. So, when the vent fan is on, he freaks out, runs and hides.
We got video of it the other morning.
Last week, for work, I got a little sneak peek of the Christmas Decorations at the White House! It's one of my favorite things to cover every year.
I made this little flip-cam video for work. Check it out!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Enter... the ThunderShirt!! Cure to all of Brokaw's anxiety issues? No, but it sure is funny!
Sunday, February 14, 2010