Thursday, March 27, 2014

Run Times!

Get it - like fun times, but it's RUN?? I am equally hilarious and creative.

Obviously if you've been reading along you know Pearl has turned one. Good for her. Good for us also because now we can run with her! (You have to wait until a dog is one year old to take them on your runs because of joints/growth etc.)

So far Pearl has been on 4 runs with us. The first one resulted in lots of frustration. Open scene: Katie being pulled down the road with the dog saying, "No! No! No! No! No! No! No!" If I'm not good, God will make me live that experience over and over again for all eternity. I joke around a lot, but about this I am serious.

Determined to keep my arms the same length, my sanity (and face) intact and still get to run with our girl, my Mom and I went to Woof Gang and got one of these!

It's called an Easy Walk. I call it the best $25 I've spent lately. It's easy to put on and connects under her chest. The leash attaches to the front of the harness so any time she tries to pull it turns her to the side.

Will model for treats

She loves to run. And we love running with her!


Friday, March 21, 2014

One more thing

This is Pearl's first birthday cake. She loved it and I hope her dog friends loved it too. Katie baked it from a recipe in a doggie cookbook that Julie and the Denglers gave us. Pearl didn't share any cake with me and that's fine. Katie tried it and said it was nasty. Nasty for humans I guess, but when we'd give Pearl a piece she'd scamper around the house crying, delicately cradling the cake in her mouth. I assume she was trying to find a place to bury such a cherished treat. What a cutie.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pearl turns ONE

Yes, we have kept Pearl alive for 365 days. Well actually 315 as we did not fully accept responsibility for her until she was 7 weeks old. But for the past 315 days we have kept her happy, entertained and full, all a little pup needs, right?

Here's little P the day we picked her up from the gun show:

And here is a more recent pic of Pearl at her birthday party:

Of course we hosted a 1st birthday party for Pearl. Of course because don't all dogs know about their birthday?? And of course all dogs know what a birthday party is, yes??

I might have went a little overboard with the party. Maybe...but 2014 has been a rough year so far and Rob and I really needed a reason to smile and laugh.

My bestest best friend in the whole wide world has posted pics on her blog here.

She makes me look like a younger Martha Stewart. Without all the prison/jail bit. But really I couldn't have done any of it without Rob's support and the love of our family and friends. My parents hosted it in their backyard since they have a fence with posts and stuff and we have an electric fence. Didn't think it was the best idea to strap electric collars on all our 4-legged visitors. I hear shocks to your neck do not make the best 'thanks for coming' presents. Not sure, just what I've heard...

Thanks everyone for helping us kick off a beautiful spring season!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's for dinner?

It's always hard to figure out what to make for dinner. There are so many criteria to meet: healthy, easy to make, not wacky (read $$$) ingredients, tastes good, don't repeat too often in the dinner rotation and no tomatoes or onions. Also a plus if it makes enough to keep for the next night's dinner to eliminate one evening of cooking during the week.

My friend introduced me to and since I've found several good recipes. We made this one last night. And we both have a busy night tonight with running and working late, so reheating the leftovers this evening will be healthy, easy and tasty!

Some other good ones we've made from the site:

Chicken Rollatini (A little complicated to make but worth the trouble. Also good enough for company.)

Garlic Dijon Salmon

Grilled Pesto Skewers

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I haven't felt very 'bloggy'. So far 2014 has been quite short of awesome.. But hopefully more sunlight and warmer weather will help get me back in the swing of things!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Everyday life

I don't have kids but I get the impression that as a parent, no matter what you do, chaos is right around the corner.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Ice day

The more time I spend in the office the more toys Pearl brings up.

Jeff Goldblum's laugh

In song form.