Thank You!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes!  I had a wonderful birthday in Ohio, with friends and family.  And cake.  I had lots of cake.


{d&k} got into Ohio on Wednesday night and were greeted at the airport by k’s parents.  Then, we went to dinner at our favorite Ohio Mexican restaurant {yum}.  On Thursday, {d&k} ran errands, had lunch with friends, and then went to d’s parents for dinner and homemade birthday oreo cookies {yum}.  On Friday, {d&k} ran more errands (it’s amazing how much you have to do when you go home for a visit) and d got to take a birthday nap before meeting friends out for dinner and drinks.  Saturday d was coordinating a wedding all day and k got to spend the day with his parents, which included a trip to the Garrett Ranch to visit my parents and the mini donkeys.  Sunday, {d&k} went out for a birthday lunch with d’s parents, then to visit friends, and finished off their stay in Ohio with dinner at k’s parent’s house.  We had a jam-packed, fun-filled birthday weekend!  For those of you that I was able to visit with, I’m so happy we did!  For those of you that I didn’t get a chance to see, we’ll be back for Christmas…hopefully we can squeeze in something then.



I was a bad birthday blogger.  I managed to snap 3 pictures.  That’s it.  Sad.  Pitiful.  I’ll be better next year.



KT made me a birthday cake! Thanks, KT!  And, I can’t stop eating it.  Must.stop.eating.cake.  It was not my plan to gain 30 pounds on my 30th birthday.  But at this rate, that’s what it’s looking like.

{d&k} at d’s birthday dinner.


k bought d an electric sander for her birthday. Best. present. evah! Thanks, k! And for any one else, if you ever have to get me a gift, tools are always a good idea. Always. Watch out Bob Vila.




Now, it’s back to the real world.  Back to work.  Back to taking care of the dogs.  Back to eating healthy (oof, birthday weekends are full of bad food and cake.  Lots of cake).



And, I get to start on all my projects that have required an electric sander.   Like…refinishing my dining room table, 2 bedroom side tables (they NEED to be turquoise), and I’m sure I can find more.  Anyone need anything refinished or painted?  Bring it on over!



Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day,







{d&k} Style Easter

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  {d&k} did!

This was our first holiday together.  Just us.  No running from one family to another.  No stuffing ourselves to the max and then having to do it all over again, 2 hours later.  No leaving early from one house to make it to the next…not too late.  No rushing through family time.  No leaving the pups all day.  No stressing.

I’m not going to lie…It was fantastical!  We slept in (until 9am, people!).  We went to a lovely mass at church.  We came home and made some lunch – quesadillas.  (We decided every holiday must consist of some form of Mexican food).  Then we watched a movie and lounged on the couch the rest of the afternoon.  The pugs were even allowed on the couch for a cuddle, since it was Easter and all.  I made cookies while k played video games.  More lounging.  Then around 7pm, we made dinner together.  After dinner, we watched yet another movie and had more pug cuddles on the couch.  I would say that was one of the best and most relaxing holidays we’ve ever had.  Now, don’t get me wrong…we missed spending time with our families.  But it was very nice to be together for a holiday.  Just {d&k}.  We’ll remember this forever.  Probably because it will never happen again.  But, I highly recommend it at some point in your lives.

How was your Easter?

Enjoy your day,

Weekend Photo Overload

Hi there, friends!  As promised, here are quite a few photos from last weekend’s festivities. “Quite a few” is an understatement.  Enjoy!

First – The FOOD photos.  Try not to drool.





* Photo 1:  Black bean and cheese quesadillas. Yum.
* Photos 2 & 3:  Burgers from Twisted Root.  K did not want to pose for that photo…he just wanted to start eating.  Haha.  Sorry to delay you, k.
* Photo 4:  Our very large meal from the Mexican restaurant that didn’t have a menu.  No one told us how much food we would get and that we would have been fine sharing 2 meals between the 5 of us.  Oof.  Well, we know now.
* Photos 5 & 6:  More burgers.  And cheese fries.  Bestest had been looking forward to that moment for months.  She was a very happy and full girl.
* Photo 7:  That pizza was goooooood.  I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture before we started grabbing slices.  I almost lost a hand.  We are dangerous pizza eaters.
* Photos 8 & 9:  The best dessert evah.  Ice cream sandwiches!!  You choose 2 cookies (they can be the same or different) and your choice of ice cream and tadaaaa….best ice cream sandwich evah.  Bestest and I made everyone wait before digging in so we could have our photo-op.  We’re nice like that.

Next up – ANIMALS!  {d&k} took everyone to The Stockyards in Fort Worth, where DW could fit right in with his cowboy boots.  We also went to the Dallas Aquarium and had a blast!





* Photos 1 & 2:  D & bestest made friends with some horses at The Stockyards.
* Photo 3 – We met a few cowboys. Yeehaw!
* Photo 4 – We watched the cattle drive reenactment and that was my favorite long horn.  Isn’t he sweet!?
* Photo 5 – Sara fed a bird at the aquarium.  She was warned, “Don’t worry, he won’t bite” and seconds later he was trying to eat her thumb.  I think the aquarium needs to update their disclaimers!
* Photo 6 – My favorite little guy there…a blind penguin!  He was so sweet and didn’t move from that rock.  We were there in time for their feeding and he just waited patiently until the fish was right by his beak.  After he was done, he was tossed in the water for a swim and he just floated around, happy and full.  I really wanted to take him home but I didn’t bring a big enough purse.  Next time.
* Photos 7 & 8 –  The sea turtle and the manatee were very lively this time.  Both were swimming around and even stopped to pose for pictures.  Thanks, guys!!

Lastly – The RANDOMS






* Photo 1 – I am slightly obsessed with tying toys to Elvis’ head.  And then photographing it. I.can’
* Photo 2 – Bestest & {d&k} took their first trip to Half Price Books.  Heaven.  K and I got 2 business books, 2 cookbooks (one was $10), and 3 novels for $40.  Are you kidding me?  I will be back, Half Price Books, I will.
* Photo 3 – We just had to have our picture with Elvis.  Not the dog. The King.
* Photo 4 – You know me…I always have to have a cute {d&k} photo in my Photo Overload posts.  You’re welcome.
* Photos 5 & 6 – K was sent to jail. Twice. Bad k, bad.
* Photo 7 – My parents, DW & B.  Aw.
* Photo 8 – K & Bestest mocking my parents.  Awkward.
* Photo 9 – Every once in a while k has to stop and ponder “things”.  Good thing there was a giant spur for him to ponder on.
* Photo 10 – Every once in a while k also has the urge to stop and “pose” with large long horns.  Good thing we were near a large long horn.

Well, friends.  There you have it.  That is what I documented from DW, B, and bestest trip to the Big D last weekend.  I hope you enjoyed looking at all of our fun. And food.

Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your day,

Things you may have overheard this weekend…

This past weekend my parents (DW & B) and bestest were in town.  We had a blast.  The weekend was filled with food, fun, laughter, and more food.  Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much food in one weekend.  It is almost hard to walk.  I’ve got a little waddle going. Working out will be difficult with all this extra weight.  Damn you Dallas for having such great restaurants.  We did take our food groups seriously…we alternated between Mexican and burgers.  It was a lovely balance of cheese and carbs.  Ooh, and we through a little pizza in there too.  And wine.  Don’t forget about the wine.

If you were anywhere near the five of us this weekend, here’s what you may have overheard or seen…

* DW reenacting a building falling down and the noise could only mean the building fell on a pile of pillows.

* Passing Chuy’s Restaurant and DW immediately imitating Chewbaca.

* B being forced to sit in the corner of the sectional couch so she doesn’t fall off (after 1 margarita).

* B snorting when she laughs.  A lot.

* DW reading ALL of the billboards and signs while driving.  We now know where all of the Jack in the Box’s are in the D/FW area.

* DW changing the GPS to Mandarin.  Hilarious.  Hard to follow, but hilarious.

* K telling me that if I get caught stealing bamboo I can just tell the homeowners I’m “bi-panda“.

* Bestest screaming “Hey” in the middle of the restaurant.

* Recreating the “talking dog” video in the car.  And the rest of the weekend.  And yesterday after everyone left.

* Lots and lots of talking about the Duggar’s and whether or not the babies come out of Michelle via a tunnel slide.  And I’m not sure why we were talking about her being a bounce house?!  Anyone remember this?  This was all outside of a very tasty ice cream sandwich restaurant, with children around.  We keep things classy.

* B getting up in the middle of the night to snack on a Cadbury egg and DW catching her.

* Sebastian yarn-bombing the living room while we were gone.  He also fashioned a noose.  We could only assume it was for k.

* The awkward moment at a Mexican restaurant when we realized there were no menus.  And then the other awkward moment when we realized we ordered way too much food.

* DW, B, and K all getting out of the car after pizza and wine, while Bestest tries to get d out of the seatbelt in the backseat.  D was stuck.  It was not pretty.  When we finally got out and went inside, everyone asked why we were outside for so long.  Thanks for the help family.  Just wait until you are stuck in the backseat, being attacked by your seatbelt.  You can bet I won’t be there to help you out.  Thankyouverymuch.

* Acting like little kids in the aquarium.

* Only taking pictures of food and the animals at the aquarium.  Best blogger evah.

These were the only things I managed to take notes on in my phone.  And all of these happened over 2 days.  I’m sure there are many, many more things we did that I don’t remember.  DW, B, bestest…care to share what you remember?

I’m so happy my parents and bestest were in town over the weekend.  We really did have a great time, even though we all felt miserable at the end of the weekend due to all of the food we ate.  I can’t wait for them to come back and visit again!!

Next up, photos from the weekend.  Be prepared for lots of food and aquarium animals!!

Enjoy your day,