1 year!

A year ago, this was us:

Jam-packed into the car, getting ready for our 20 hour drive from Ohio to Texas, with 3 drugged cats and 3 dogs.  Wow, what an adventure.

 

I can’t believe it’s been a year already.  Time flies by when {d&k} are having fun!

 

Oh, and just a little reminder about the Jesuit Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, 9-5, at Jesuit High School.  Stop by and visit me at The Polka Dotted Pug booth!

 

Enjoy your weekend,
{d&k}

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K’s bday photos

I know, I know.  These are long overdue.  Since coming back to Ohio, I’ve fallen into the busy, running around like crazy life I left 6 months ago.  Finding the time to blog has not been easy.  But, I’m back and I have lots to share with you.  You are in for a treat, my friends.

Now, onto the long overdue photos of k’s birthday!

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Here is k with his bright, shiny new toy car.

 

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And, I made k play a little basketball before work to show off his new hoop (and car, all in one photo, thankyouverymuch).

 

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Here is k at the store, picking out his basketball hoop.  I had no idea what kind of hoop he would want so, being the awesome wife that I am, I let him pick it out himself.  Go me!  And, go k for picking out a great hoop!

 

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Here, Big E and k are trying to put together the hoop.  I’m not sure if they were actually working or playing tug-of-war with all the pieces.  I’m actually quite impressed that the hoop is still standing and that all the pieces were used.  You never know what you’re going to get when these two are involved.

 

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Here’s k putting on the final touch…the net.  Yay!  Happy birthday, k!  I hope you are enjoying your new car and basketball hoop!

 

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

I’m here…

Hi friends!  So, sorry about being MIA all weekend.  I do have interesting things to post about, I swear.  It was just finding the time to post that seemed to be a problem. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and a nice, long weekend!  {d&k} did!  We have been very, very busy since returning to Ohio.  K actually leaves today to head back to the big D, while d is staying in Ohio for a few more weeks for work.  Sniff.  I will miss k.  And, I already miss the entire zoo.  But, k and I plan to Face Time every night and he promised he’s show me each member of the zoo 🙂  Yes!!!  I can’t wait to see their little, squishy faces.

Anyways, the last week has been filled with catching up with family.  We’ve quickly realized that there is not enough time to see everyone and the time you do have never seems to be enough.  So, we made do with the time we did have and tried to squeeze in as much family time as possible. 

That also meant being in the car. A lot.  I’m not used to driving that much!  When we lived in Ohio, my office was in my neighborhood, less than a mile away.  And now, working from home in Dallas, I don’t really drive that much.  So, I feel as though the entire last week was spent in a car.  Oof.  But, thanks to my parents, we have had a car to zip around in.  It would have been a lot of walking, otherwise, hehe. 

I will be posting more this week and I have pictures for you also.  And, I have a special treat for you all…a video!  Just you wait.  It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Thanks for sticking around, even though the posts have been pitiful lately.  I promise, this week there will be plenty of posts to keep you satisfied and entertained for days to come 🙂  You’re welcome!

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

What have {d&k} been up to?

I’m glad you asked!  {d&k} have been very, very busy the last few days…

{d&k} celebrated k’s birthday on Friday.  And d’s brother, Big E, was in town.  First, {d&k} went to pick up k’s first birthday present….a new car! (Said in my best Price is Right announcer voice.)  We had been wanting to trade in k’s car for a while and had been shopping around a bit when we found a cute little, black Nissan Altima that was perfect for us.  So, Friday we stopped by the dealership to sign the final paperwork and take her home.  Yay!

Next, we all went to pick up k’s second birthday present…a new basketball hoop!  (Again, announcer voice).  He’s been wanting one for awhile and I was waiting for the perfect time to give it to him and since he’s been playing basketball 3 times a week at the school, I thought this was it!  Well, I don’t know anything about basketball hoops, backboard style and size, and all of that.  So, my best option was to take k to pick it out.  Not very much fun to “open” though.  But, I did wrap up a new basketball that the pugs so lovingly picked out and had him open that before we picked out the hoop. 

After shopping, we all went out for Mexican (what else?!) and then went back home to put the hoop together.  Big E and k spent about 2 hours putting the hoop together and then another 2 hours playing on it.  They didn’t come in until 1am!  I think they had a blast.  The remainder of the weekend’s free time was spent playing basketball.  Yay for a great gift idea!

Before we got to enjoy k’s birthday weekend, we had the “pleasure” of trying to register our cars and get new Texas driver’s licenses.  What a horrible, horrible, time we had.  First, I googled where to go for a new driver’s license and it sent us to the DMV location nearest us (which wasn’t really that near).  When we got there (before it opens) and waited in line, the women at the desk tells us we are in the wrong place and that we have to go to the other end of town.  Ok, then what exactly are these other 20 people waiting in line for?  What does the DMV in Texas do?!? 

Then we drive across town (and it’s Dallas, so it is not a short trip) to the Department of Public Safety and we wait in a really, really long line, only to find out we have to have our cars registered before we can get our licenses.  What?!  Then we tell the lady that the website first sent us to the DMV and didn’t say anything about registering your car first and she said, “Oh yeah, the website is wrong.”  Thanks, lady.  You’re very helpful.  And so it your WRONG website.  Ugh. 

So, back in the car we went.  We drove across town (closer to where we live) again and went to register our cars.  Thankfully, the line wasn’t that long and the lady that helped us was very nice (something we had not been used to thus far).  Now that we had already wasted 4 hours, over 2 days trying to get this stuff done, it was time to go back to get our licenses.  We waited until Friday morning to do this, so we could get there at 7:30, before they opened at 8am, and get in line.  Well, a line was waiting for us.  We were probably 25 people deep, oi.  So we wait, and wait, and wait.  Finally get in the door and “check in”, only to wait more.  We’re finally called back and have to show our Ohio id’s, our birth certificates, social security cards, and practically give them blood for them to believe it’s us, before they give us a Texas license.  I’m confused by this.  People can walk into a store and buy a gun and go to war with less documentation.  And, after all of that, they gave us an 8.5×11 sheet of paper with what our license will look like until we get it in the mail.  Seriously?  So after 6.5 hours over 3 days, we get a piece of paper?!  You should have seen us trying to get into a bar on Saturday night to celebrate k’s b-day.  They looked at us like we were nuts with this huge sheet of paper, trying to pass it off as our id.  Then, even though our picture is on it, they didn’t believe us, so we had to show them something else with our picture on it.  Well, the only other thing we had were our Costco cards.  Haha.  They eventually let us in.  Good Lord!  And, I was terrified to try to go through airport security with that, which of course, was no problem at all.  Strange? Yes.  No, you can’t come into my hole-in-the-wall-bar, but sure, hop on a plane across the country.  Enjoy your flight!

And, that transitions me into…we are back in Ohio!  {d&k} are back home visiting friends & family, and d has 4 weddings to coordinate {happy dance}.  I’m already missing my zoo, but they are in good hands.  I just hope they are behaving.  Sneaky little weasels. 

 

So, that is what we’ve been up to.  I have pictures of k’s birthday, and I’ll post those soon. 

 

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

 

Success!

Well, the drive across the country was a success!  We all arrived in one piece, including Elvis, who I thought for sure would get punt-kicked out the window as we drove across the state line.

The trip was pretty uneventful, which for us is a feat in and of itself.  We decided to drive straight through, instead of stopping in Memphis and staying over night.  We thought the pups and cats would get worked up being transported to a hotel and then back to the car.  The cats were sedated by a lovely little pink pill from the vet (HUGE shout out to West Toledo Vet for making our cross-country drive a peaceful one).  The pups slept pretty much the entire way and were so well-behaved, I wasn’t actually sure they were our dogs.  Weird.  But, no worries, today they are back to their devilish, selective listening selves.

The trip itself was supposed to take 18 hours, but we knew it would be longer with the pups.  We stopped 5 times (a few were the pups needing a break and a few were me.  Hehe, small bladder) and it ended up taking us 20 hours.  So, overall not bad.  It was a long time in the car, but k and I took turns driving every 4ish hours and that made the time go by pretty quickly.

Since we got in at 5am this morning, we slept the rest of the morning and then spent the day running errands and trying to get things ready around here for the movers to bring our stuff on Friday.  Yes, that’s right, Friday.  4 days from now.  I miss my stuff.  Sniff.  But, we did get a lot accomplished today, including finding ourselves a new mattress which will be delivered tomorrow! Woohoo.  So, even though we won’t have our bed frame until Friday, at least we won’t have to sleep on the air mattress all week (it is not fun when k gets off the air mattress and catapults me to the floor.  He finds it hilarious though.  Not funny k, not funny).   We did however strike out trying to find a baby gate in this ginormous city.  You’d think of the 2 Walmarts, a Target, a Petco, a PetSmart, and a handful of places we called, that one of those would have a baby gate to lock the pups in the kitchen for less than $100.  Nope.  None.  I can’t believe I am going to say this but, I was so sick of shopping today!  It was frustrating.  It was all my fault that I forgot to pack up the baby gates and left them in Toledo.  But, I didn’t think it would be that hard to find them here.  Thank goodness for Amazon!!  On a better note, our landlord told us we are allowed to paint (happy dance) so my week will now be filled with paint, paint, and more paint.  I love painting!!  So, this will make these 4 more days without our “stuff” easier to get through.

So, that pretty much sums up our last couple of days.  I just want to leave you with a little conversation from the road trip:

{d} – k, can you check on Sebastian?  He’s spent the last hour meowing and I think something is wrong.

{k} – Umm, yeah…he’s fine.

{d} – Why is he meowing so much then?

{k} – Well, he’s sort of upside down.  And I don’t think he can find his tail.

{d} – WHAT?!

{k} – Kitty crack.  He’s high.

{d} – Should I be worried.

{k} – Nope, he’s fine.

 

Enjoy your day!

{d&k}