Monday, March 21, 2016

Suzie's Gotcha Day!

It all started in Jan. 2015, I wrote the breeder that my husband got our Jackson from.
I was inquiring for a puppy. A surprise. Knowing her litters were sold before the dogs were even bred. We put a deposit down on a puppy and over the next few weeks I was keeping in contact with the breeder. What I didn't know was that the breeder was sick. Long story short I am friends with the owner of one of Jackson's litter mates which was VERY close to the breeder.
A few weeks after putting our deposit down I found out that the breeder was needing to retire some momma dogs. Of course my chocolate lab loving heart just exploded and I knew I had to adopt one.

Meet Suzie Q the sweet momma dog I picked to adopt. These are the pictures that were sent to me to show her losing her hair while nursing her puppies. She had a litter of puppies sometime in Jan. I was looking forward to picking my girl up as soon as her puppies were done nursing. Due to her hair condition they decided to stop the nursing around 5 weeks and it fell during a busy week for me so the breeders husband drove Suzie up to Shreveport.

On March 16th, 2015 I GOT my Suzie Q!
She looked so bad and broke my heart. I couldn't wait to get her hair back and looking like a happy fur baby. I loaded her up and drove her to our house to meet the family. Not knowing how her and Jackson would get along, I prayed and prayed that things would go smooth. There was no way I would let things not work. She seemed scared of course I was someone new. She curled in a little ball and stayed that way all the way to our house.
I had some special toys waiting for her.

She loved this ball.

Jackson and Suzie did very well meeting. We did have issues feeding them but after a few months we were able to feed them at the same time without monitoring them staying at their bowl. Since we assumed she stayed in a kennel all the time we did crate her for about a month while we were away. I bought a camera that lets us watch the dogs through an app on our phones. This poor girl would bark and cry so loud while we were away at work. When we felt like she knew inside was home and outside was for business we would leave her for very short periods roaming with Jackson in the house. Unfortunately during her first month home we had MANY vet visits to try to figure out the uncontrollable itch and the lose of fur. During the vet visits she ended up on a steroid which makes them pant and drink lots of water and we did have to deal with an accident in house... THANKFULLY no more accidents once the medicine was completed. 
A walk down memory lane....
our 1st year with Suzie Q
First night time treat at her new home w/ her new brother!
She LOVED getting in the dog bed while we watched TV.
Having a treat and explaining that mom had to go to work. Jackson understood but Suzie was confused! She just wanted to cuddle.

First car ride together with Jackson.
I give major props to anyone that walks two dogs at once. IT AIN'T EASY!
This girl loves going for a walk.
The love dancing together.

Suzie's 1st Easter.

Look how awesome her fur looks. This was taken April 30th at a vet appt. While we did a round of steroids, I also was giving her powders from a holistic vet.
We dog sat my in-laws dog. At first I thought it was a big mistake but it ended up going great!
In May we headed to the vet to get spayed!

Headed home! Oh the cone is TERRIBLE!

This was much better than the cone.

School is out!!! Means playtime and LAKE TIME!!!

In June these two really learned how to snuggle.
I know she is a lab but... I had to get her a life jacket for the lake.

This girl enjoyed her first boat ride.

Ok mom and dad we expect a boat ride every weekend. Ok?
In June we loaded up and took the dogs on their 1st camping trip.

They loved being on the lake.

For 4th of July we headed to Arkansas for a weekend in a cabin and lots of lake fun. Also in July is when we finally figured out something more was going on with Suzie as she started itching again and making bald spots. We then decided to have an allergy test done. The results.... she's allergic to EVERYTHING... ok not everything but more than half of everything on the test.

Another road trip in July... this time down south.

All the kids liked people watching out of the hotel window.
In August we drove HOURS and HOURS to FLORIDA.

We arrived late at night.

Good morning! We like this balcony!

I got my shades and ready to be a beach bum.

After taking family pictures we hit up a pizza place that allows the dogs on the patio.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sunglasses, Ear rings, and Fuller House....Friday FAVORITES!

I am so glad it's FRIDAY!
I'm headed to Galveston today but before I hit the road I am showing you my favorites for this week.
I'm such a sucker for things my favorite celebs share so of course when Sean & Catherine Lowe, Jade & Tanner, and some of the Vanderpump crew shared these glasses... I jumped online and ordered my hubs and I some! :-) This company Diff Eyewear will donate a pair of reading glasses to Eyes on Africa for each pair of sunglasses sold. They have many different styles to chose from!
I ordered these limited edition but have found some more super cute ones that will be mine soon.

I ordered the hubs the guys matching pair of limited edition.
I forgot to take pictures of his glasses so the one from their website will have to do. We both LOVE our glasses! Ours are limited edition so if you want the exact ones I would HURRY!
I am wearing stud ear rings on repeat. They are so easy and aren't heavy on my ears so I have just been putting studs on with every outfit. I love wearing my studs on the lake and by the pool with my swimsuits. Like to keep it somewhat casual but not have naked ears.
Linking some cute studs below.
This stuff works magic! I love how it makes my hair feel and gives it the extra volume that I definitely need. My hair is very straight and thin and doesn't hold curls very well but just with a few sprays of this Triple Sec I get exactly what I need. I will for sure be repurchasing this product. 
FULLER HOUSE! I haven't started watching yet but I plan to binge watch it this weekend!
And folks that is all I have for you today! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Feburary Failed Goals & Simple March Goals.

Today I'm sharing how well terrible I did on my February goals...and of course sharing my March goals.
Honestly I was a failure this month. I was BUSY and I had a HORRIBLE migraine four different days and felt as if I lost a week of my life. 
1. Pray for myself and my family.
I think I had good intentions and I feel like I did saw a few extra prays but I still need to pray for myself and family way more.
2. Read two books.
DONE DONE DONE! CHECK! I accomplished this one. I read The Honest Life by Jessica Alba. This book was a good quick read. Although it did make me do some research and think I should change a few things in my house and my daily life. If you are a GO GREEN person than this book is definitely a good read for you.
My second book was The Choice by Nicholas Sparks......... Ummmm of course it was a good book! This book made me think "what if" I had to make that choice? It wasn't my favorite book by him but it was a good one. I smiled, laughed, and even had a few tears.
I FAILED!!!!! Look I did not do a thing to my closet except pull about 5 things out to donate. It is in such bad shape I think I just keep avoiding it. I don't think I'll put this as a goal again b/c I know I will have to tackle this VERY soon as I am traveling A LOT in March and it is annoying not being able to find what I am looking for.
4. Go to CG at least 3x's a week.
Yeaaaa. I totally failed at this one too. I wanted to get in shape for all my traveling and yea that went out the window. I have not only not worked out a single time but I have been eating like a pig. Better luck in March!
5. Cook more.
I didn't exactly fail nor accomplish this one... I cooked more than I did last month but still not as much as I want. I will shoot for this goal again! 
Here I am sharing some goals again, mainly to hold myself accountable.
Going to keep this month simple.
Even though I will be traveling so much this month, I plan on cooking for my little family. Going to try some healthy stuff.
2. Read 3 books.
I am upping the number! I will be taking two road trips and also flying so this should be a piece of cake to accomplish! I am starting book one TODAY!
3. Enjoy March!
March is a super busy month this year! I have an out of town cheer competition for Riley, girl's trip, Easter, Spring break, and lastly an out of town wedding.
This month is going to be crazy busy so I hope to just enjoy it! I do plan on sharing outfits in a couple of weeks... that means the blog is going to actually get interesting! YAY!
On a side note: I hate swim suit shopping. I LOVE LOVE summer and being at the pool or beach or lake but I really hate shopping for my new suit!
P.S. I plan on doing a GIVEAWAY in MARCH!
Just wanted to share some cute stuff
that is ON SALE!!!
This is a MUST HAVE! Kendra Scott Necklace
I love Kendra Scott and especially love it on sale!
Thanks for stopping by....