Vacation Photos, Take 3 (Yes, of course there are more photos)

You didn’t think I’d stop after the crabs, did you?!  Ha.  There are so, so many more photos to share.  I will limit them to one, or five more posts.  Just kidding.  Well, maybe.

Anyways, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I will post later on our fun adventures over the weekend with our guests.  I didn’t take as many pictures as I should have, but we were having way to much fun to stop and pose for a photo.  You understand, right?  Good.  So, let’s get on with the vacation photos…




Sunsets (great picture, DW!)


{d&k} – a little lobster-like from a day at the beach


k & KT…that’s their love-hate relationship showing through


d getting up close and personal with Wags, the duck


A view from the dunes.  I miss it already.


Big E getting a little up close and personal with mermaid k


Finger tattoo mustaches are always a good idea.  Always.


{d&k} sand art


The family.  I miss them already too.  Sniff.




Well, there you have it, friends.  {d&k}s family vacation to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.  Yes, you should go there.  No, you will not be disappointed.



Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day,















45 mph Couch Potato

Yes, that’s the nickname for retired greyhounds.  That is exactly like Uma.  A very, very fast-when-she-wants-to-be, lazy, sneak-up-on-the-couch-when-your-not-looking, couch potato.  That’s my girl!

So, retired greyhounds love to lay around.  Usually on something soft, like the couch (too bad Uma is not allowed on ours, which doesn’t seem to stop her).  They also love to run.  But, only on their terms.  Which they should have terms.  I mean, they spend the first 3-7 years of their life racing and being treated poorly.  I think at this stage in their lives, they should want to run.

So, where am I going with this story?

Well, it turns out, Uma loves to run.  She’ll sprint in the backyard, from corner to corner, hockey-stopping in each corner to turn and run back, taking out pugs and sticks that get in her way.  Occasionally, she’ll run into me if I’m not quick enough to get out of her path.  Who needs knees?!

Then, there are the days where we forget to close the back gate and Uma takes a little stroll through the neighborhood.  Now, the pugs get out too, but they don’t get very far.  Short legs and all.  And, we can usually distract them by shouting “treat” or “wanna go to grandma’s.”  But when Uma is out, she’s in her own little world and just wants to run.  The past few times this has happened, we’ve only found her because she walked into a neighbor’s backyard and couldn’t find her way out (greyhounds are not very smart).

So, on Saturday, {d&k} and KT went to the pool.  We left through the backyard and back gate and left it open because we would be back in an hour or so.  Well, we decided to enter through the front door this time.  And, we immediately went to let the pups out into the backyard.  Oops.  Well, about a minute too late, KT sees that the back gate is open and all dogs are gone.  Great.

And, the search begins.  K takes off after Uma on foot.  I grab the car and KT stays in the front yard in case she comes back (which is highly unlikely).  I lose k and just start driving through the neighborhood, calling Uma’s name.  I swing by the house twice to see if KT has seen Uma or k.  Nothing.  And, of course, none of us grabbed our phones.  I decide to head over to the park to see if she wandered over there and as soon as I cross the street, I see k walking a very tired Uma back towards our house.

Poor k.  He chased her all over the neighborhood and was about 10 feet behind her the whole time but couldn’t catch up to her.  She led him though the back alleys (where we all keep the garbage cans) and through people’s yards.  And, since he was wearing flip-flops and couldn’t run in them, he kicked them off and ran barefoot (we’ll come back to this brilliant part of the story).  So k and Uma were in pretty rough shape when they got back.  Uma was probably gone for at least a half hour.  A greyhound can get pretty far in that amount of time.

The rest of the morning, k and Uma laid around, panting.  Yes, both of them.  K’s feet also hurt from running barefoot, through alleys.  That’s one way to start off a Saturday morning!

Back to k’s flip-flops…

So, after k and Uma get back, k tells us that he kicked his flip-flops off on a corner.  A corner?  Yes, that’s correct.  K didn’t remember what corner.  He thought he knew one of the roads, but wasn’t sure the crossroad.  KT volunteered to go look for the flip-flops.  After being gone quite a while, k went out looking for KT.  (Do you see a pattern for the day?!)  They both return with no flip-flops.  K then takes my car out to look for them.  He, again, returns empty-handed.  We decide that the flip-flops are gone for good.  Maybe someone stole them.  Maybe someone didn’t have shoes and this was their lucky day.  Maybe two kids are now using them as swords (have you see the size of k’s shoes?!).  Who knows.  But, I like to think those super-cute, very comfy, North Face flip-flops are in a better place.

K, why didn’t you just carry the flip-flops with you?  They weigh all of 6 oz.  You could have easily held on to them while running.  Right?!  But, instead, he kicked them off and pouted all day yesterday because he didn’t have any flips flops to wear.

So, yesterday we were on a mission to find him new flip-flops.  After a lot of searching and k becoming more and more discouraged, we found him 2 new pairs!  Congratulations, k!  He was only going to buy 1 pair.  I made him get both pairs.  With his luck, we’ll be providing very nice pairs of flip-flops for every household in the neighborhood.  Keep them on your feet, k!

So, that was our weekend.  How exciting!  And, I’m sure, entertaining for you.  How was your weekend?

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day,

I’m Baaaaaaaack!!

I’m back!

Back to Dallas.

Back to blogging.

I’m so sorry about the last month.  I was super busy and between working in the office, coordinating 4 weddings, and all the driving I was doing (I’m not used to driving from the country into the “city” — it takes for-ev-er), blogging fell behind.

But, I’m back now and I have lots to share with you!


Let’s start with the drive back to the big D and then, over the next week I’ll fill you in on all the things I did and people I saw while in Ohio & Michigan.  Sound like a plan?  Good!


The drive back to Dallas had been planned for a while and we knew that we were taking KT’s car.  So, then came the fun part (for KT) trying to figure out what she wanted to pack, since we only had a 4 door car to work with and we had to leave room for the 2 of us and Gabby-the-cat.  Oh, and I should mention that I had 2 large suitcases.  Oops.  I didn’t quite think that through when I packed for a month.  Don’t judge.  A month is a long time, people.  And, I’m a girl.  That means lots of shoes, thankyouverymuch.

So, once we determined what to bring, the next step was getting it to fit in the car.  It was the worst game of Tetris evah!  But, we won!  We are the car Tetris champions!!  This is mostly due to Space Bags.  Have you heard of them?  If not, you HAVE to try them.  They are amazing.  See for yourself:

Here, we have 2 full size pillows.  Prepare to be amazed…

Same 2 pillows in a much more manageable size!  I think we will be using these bags for vacation!
(I, in no way, benefit from recommending Space Bags.  I just wanted to let you in on a new little packing secret!)

Ok, so now that the car was packed, all we had left to do was give Gabby-the-cat her “sleeping” pill and we were off.  We did the majority of the driving the first day, leaving about 7 hours for us to finish up on the second day.  This time around was much easier since we stopped overnight.  I don’t think I will want to drive straight through ever again.  We also took a different route this time because Ohio is such a long state and I didn’t want to drive through it.  Instead, we headed west to Indiana, though part of Illinois, Missouri, and then the long part of the trip was through Arkansas.  We drove about 130 miles in to Arkansas before we called it a night on day 1.  We stayed in a little town in Arkansas and, of course, had to smuggle the cat into the hotel.  It was either stay at the Hampton Inn or stay next door at the Bates Motel with the outside entrances and risk our lives just to be able to take the cat in directly to the room.  We choose the Hampton Inn cat extraction plan – aka, option 1.  We were quite pleased with ourselves after scoping out the hotel, dropping a load off in the room, then sneakily, Mission Impossible style, ran around the outside perimeter of the hotel looking for another entrance that was close to our room.  Thankfully, our room was almost to the end of a wing and on the 2nd level, far from the front desk.  We were also close to a stairwell that led to a side door, which we conveniently parked next to.  And, to our benefit, Gabby-the-cat is black and KT just happened to have a black sweatshirt in the car.  Success!  We’ll just wrap the cat in the sweatshirt, load up my arms with bags and a pillow, and no one will ever know there is a teeny-tiny 7 pound cat in there too.  Success!  We made it into the hotel room and had ourselves a little party, complete with cat food and pizza!  (The cat food was for Gabby-the-cat, not us.  I think that was self-explanatory but sometimes you never know).

The next morning we had to do the same thing.  We did it the exact same way as the night before and cat extraction 2012 was successful!  Go us!  The weird thing was when we left the hotel side door and were rounding the corner to our car, we saw 3 black cats, all with white patches on their chests, along with 3 black and white cats, all sitting near our car.  It was bizarre.  Why were there so many cats?  Why did they all look-alike?  Why were they in sets of 3?  There are still so many unanswered questions!

I digress.  Back to the drive.  So, we determined every state we went through looked the same.  Corn fields.  Grain fields.  Fields upon fields.  I took pictures of each state, but honestly I’m not sure which state each is from because they all look the same.  It was very boring scenery.  We did get to cross the Mississippi River in Missouri, which was a highlight of the trip.  Neither of us had ever been to it before.  We had also never been to Missouri.  Again, not that exciting of a highlight, but one none the less.  And, answer this for me…Can you name another city in Arkansas besides Little Rock?  Me either!  I can now that I’ve driven through the state, but they are still not cities I’d heard of before driving through.  Weird.

I’m so far into this very random post and I honestly have no idea where I’m going with it.  Basically, we had a fun, uneventful, corn field filled, two-day trip with a drugged up cat.  How is that different from any other day here at {d&k}s blog?

I will leave you with a few pictures and some funny, random things heard while in the car with d & KT.

Beginning of the trip.  Still in Michigan and getting ready to leave on day 1.

I think this is Indiana.  Maybe Ohio.  Well, it could also be Illinois, Missouri, or Arkansas.  Basically this was our view for 18 hours.

The Mississippi River.


KT – Get your camera ready.  There’s a giant bunny on the side of the road!
{d} – What?!


{d} – WHAT?!?!
KT – Nevermind, it went behind a tree.


KT – …Alligators and swamps…
{d} – What?!


KT – I know you think they are scary, but bird flight patterns are fascinating.  They are so coordinated!
{d} – What?!


KT – LOOK!  Those trees look like cacti!
{d} – What?!


{KT} –  Wow, this city has an archaeological museum too!
{d} – Nope, same one…just an advertisement.


Do you see the pattern here?  KTs random yellings.  All happening while I was driving and I had no clue what she was talking about.  I’m pretty sure, aside from the bunny, these all happened in Arkansas.  Apparently that state makes KT  a little crazy.


I’m so happy to be back!  Back to Dallas.  Back to blogging.  I hope you are happy I’m back too!


Enjoy your day,








We haven’t had a countdown in awhile…

So it’s definitely time for another one!  Woohoo!

Here’s what {d&k} are looking forward to:

4 Days until k’s birthday! (Shhh, don’t tell him I’m telling you)

4 Days until Big E come to Dallas to visit

7 Days until {d&k} are back in Ohio (yay for visiting family & friends)

41 Days until KT moves to Dallas (yay!!)

50 Days until my favorite holiday – 4th of July!!!

67 Days until family vacation in Ocracoke (Outer Banks), North Carolina (oh yeah!  And I get to see those not-so-little nephews of mine, yay!)

Wow, we have a super fun summer planned!  I love when our calendar is full and we have things like these to look forward to!

What about you?  Any big plans this summer?  Want to add them to my countdown?

Enjoy your day,

I thought you could use a little randomness

Source: via Dani on Pinterest

Just a little something random to make you laugh today.  I feel as though the person who wrote this must have been stalking me last week.  Every number applies to me!  There’s definitely k in there too.  Hilarious. 

Does this apply to your life too? 

So, since my sister KT is here (happy dance), I might be a little slow on the blogging.  I know, I know.  First, I took off all last week.  Now, my sister is in town.  I’m the worst blogger evah.  I get it.  I will make it up to you.  I promise.  I do have a ton of photos to post for you from last weekend and I’ll get them up soon.  And, you know I’ll have a ton more to post from all the shenanigans KT & {d&k} get into this week. 

Enjoy your day,