Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Blog Site...Coming Soon

Hey all - I am changing my blog platform in the near future and will be restarting my blog with some riveting writing and storytelling!  The new platform will hopefully be easier to load pictures and videos so that I can keep you entertained and up to date on what is happening around here (and on Cooper's latest antics!)

I am pretty sure I know the seven people who are reading my blog regularly and I will email you guys the new website when I have my blog up and running!  I hope you will continue to follow me there!

Stay tuned!   Be Back Soon!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Breakfast, Teeth and a Cooper Update

That is a terrible blog title and I am embarrassed I can't think of anything else.  My apologies.  I think you will understand the difficulty when you read the randomness that is to follow.  Sadly, the content may be as awful as the title, but let's just do it anyway! 

Breakfast of champions.  

I made this breakfast stack for Chip.  He loves breakfast.  He loves his momma.  He loves his momma to make him breakfast.  It may be his favorite part of the day.   This particular concoction is a triple stack of gluten free pancakes with bacon, sausage and egg.  

I handed it to him and he was like "Woah, that looks awesome, but you know I am going to take it all apart and eat them separately, right?"  

I did know that, but quit taking the fun out of my dazzling breakfast creation. 

In other Chip news....the picture above is an x-ray of his mouth.  He has one wisdom tooth (bottom right) that needs to come out this summer.  I think we might all be a little nervous about what comes out of his mouth while coming out of anesthesia.  Harry was an all out riot, so I expect nothing less from Chip. 

Speaking of Harry....I have no current pictures of that kid to add to the blog because he is off at college, doing his thing and he doesn't send his mother pictures even though I would love them (hint, hint)!   He is doing great....less than a month left of his junior year.  WHAT?  He has already registered for the first semester of his senior year.  Hard to believe how fast his college experience has gone for me and I think also for him.  He has an interesting sports journalism class where they often have guest speakers that are in the business.  This week it was Chris Rose from MLB Network.  He said that Mr. Rose was on Skype, showing the class around his studio set up in his home...kind of a cool behind the scenes look at a guy in the business.  I like that he gets those kinds of experiences at ASU.  He should be home for a short break in a month or so and then off to summer in Wisconsin.  

Technology update....I have figured out SnapChat...and by figured out, I mean I have the app on my phone and I can open it and swish left and right and up and down until I remember how to get to the stories section and I can play those, but never seem to understand them the first time, so I have to always watch a second time and they go somewhere lower on the page after that and I take another five minutes to locate them.  I have a long way to go! 

How about a Cooper update....he has a few new tricks I can't wait to share.  The first one, he taught himself.  I call it "Cooper Works".  Basically, any time I leave my office chair for a split second and forget to push the chair all the way under my desk I come back to a scene like this. 

I have found him completely on the desk with all four paws sniffing around like it was his job.  The other morning, I stepped out to refill my coffee and just as I was pouring it in the kitchen 15 feet away I heard the sound that meant I had to run like the wind yelling "COOPER - GET DOWN!"   I rounded the corner and saw him sitting in the chair with his front paws on the desk and a pair of ear buds hanging from his mouth.  I wish I could have gotten a picture, but pretty much he jumps down in a panic when he hears the lunatic running and screaming from the kitchen.  So, that is a fun time and I am trying all kinds of mental tricks to try to remember to push my chair in.  It is hard. 

The other trick he is learning is actually proving to be pretty awesome.  He loves Chip's sweaty socks.  Gross, right?  He doesn't eat them or tear them up, he just carries them around.  In the mornings, when I yell upstairs for Chip to wake up to start the day, Cooper is right at the bottom of the stairs pacing in excitement.  I have started removing the barricade on the stairs so Cooper can go up and say good morning to Chip.  When he went up the first time, he said good morning and brought down a sweaty sock.  LIGHT BULB moment!  I am training him to bring down the sweaty socks and put them in the laundry room!  He is getting it, too!  We have made it into the laundry room with the sock, but I am determined to teach him how to put it in the actual laundry basket.  So far he has only managed to bring one sock down every morning, but we are going to work on it until that little furball is a sock cleaning up machine!  It will be like having a dog maid!  Epic! 

That is all from here!  Hope your weekend is amazing! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Puppy Play Date

You want to see some unbridled joy?  Watch two five month old puppies have a play date. 

This is Tibi.

And my boy Cooper. 

They are friends.

Their friendship requires lots of running.




and Biting.  

It looks ferocious, doesn't it?

Then their humans get out the treats and they are sweet angels. 

Both are huge fans of the treats.

I introduced Tibi to dried liver.  We will be friends for life. 

What good puppies. 

Then a little more wrestling.

My boy.  

His girl.

They are a great match.

And the best part is they come home exhausted.  

Being a puppy is hard work. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Boy and His Dog

Chip loves his pup.  Every day, multiple times a day he lays in the floor for some puppy lovin' time.  These two roll around and romp and wrestle like they are brothers.  It's pretty sweet.  Until it gets to rough and dogs are growling, barking, kids are hitting, screaming no….spit is flying….not sure whether that is from the dog or the kid, but you get the picture.   Puppy lovin' time is not for wimps. 

I am a wimp.  I walk around with a squirt gun and am not afraid to use it on either of them.  

The other night I was spraying Chip so much the he grabbed another water bottle and we had all out squirt bottle war in the backyard.  Poor Cooper had no idea what was happening! 

Cooper is well loved and getting more well behaved by the minute. 

He is definitely a keeper! 

Could we get lucky enough to have THE BEST DOG EVER again?