Monday, December 28, 2009

A Christmas road trip with Oliver and my best bud Dramamine

This holiday season Oliver and I made the 9 hour road trip down to South Texas to spend Christmas with my family. You may be wondering why I don't just fly home for Christmas instead of subjecting myself to 9 hours in the car and it really all just comes down to baggage. When I go home for Christmas I have a lot of presents to take home and a lot to bring back with me and I don't know if you have seen how much it costs to check bags at the airport nowadays but I am not prepared to have to stuff all my belongings into a suitcase and then pay $20 for my first checked bag and then who knows how much for my second one. So I drive.

This years trip was made even more fun because I had Ollie in the passenger seat as my co-pilot. Only problem with this is that Ollie gets car sick. Jon, Shellie and Ann have all seen Ollie's projectile vomit skills while on a road trip. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than being trapped in a car with a dog that is barfing and refuses to even try and get it into the bag you are shoving in his face.
Anyway, I figured since Ollie was a year old now maybe he had outgrown his car troubles and could make it the whole way without being sick. Not the case. An hour and a half into the trip Ollie lost his breakfast so we had to pull over and clean up. An hour and a half after the first incident he got sick again and we had to pull over for another clean up session. And a couple hours after that again. At least the third time he got sick he didn't really have much left in his stomach so clean up was a breeze and I had planned ahead and carefully positioned him so that each time he got sick he didn't get anything dirty in my car. Hallelujah!

We finally made it all the way home and had a nice relaxing Christmas with all my family (we were missing Danny and Ender though since they stayed in Dallas).

When it was time to pack up on Saturday morning to make the drive back to Dallas I could not handle the thought of having to deal with a barfing dog again so I did what I had to do. I gave Ollie some Dramamine (this was recommended by our veterinarian). This worked like a charm! Oliver slept the entire 9 hours home!!! He would occasionally wake up to switch sleeping positions but that was it! It was amazing! It was a much more enjoyable ride for both of us and I will never again go on a road trip with that guy without my new best bud Dramamine!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays!!!

Happy Holidays!


Ollie, Ender, Danny and Mitzi

Friday, December 18, 2009

Oliver's First Birthday!

One year ago today this little guy entered the world.

Two months later Danny and I drove to Oklahoma to bring him home.

Oliver has turned out to be the greatest dog ever and puts a smile on our faces every day!

We love you birthday dog!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sew Fun!

A few weeks ago Kiki and I decided that it was finally time to actually have a hobby and get good at it! Recently we both got sewing machines and have just been tinkering around with them but this Tuesday we took our first sewing class and CityCraft!

It was a beginner class where we learned how to make a mini apron and got to drink wine at the same time. What more could we ask for?

Both Kiki and I forgot to take our cameras to the class so I had to snap this picture of the finished project when I got home.

I think our aprons turned out pretty great! Next up is a pajama pant class and a dog collar and leash class. Kiki and I will definitely be attending the collar and leash class to make Shiloh and Ollie some new gear!

Here is a pic of Ollie in case anyone was having withdrawals.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Whirlwind Weekend

This past weekend was amazing!!! I got to see all my favorite people in the entire world (minus my bro, dad and granddaddy), got to have an all weekend slumber party with Ash, Alexis and Erica, got tons of great gifts at the beautiful wedding shower and went to look at houses (one of which we bought!)

The festivities began Friday morning when I picked up my mom and grandma at the airport. I went to drop them off at my house and then rushed to work for the rest of the day. About 20 minutes after I got home that afternoon Ash and Danny arrived from Houston. They headed over to Shellie's to drop of stuff for the shower and my mom and I went to the grocery store to stock up on food for all the guests I was going to have that weekend and to pick up some dinner for everyone. We had our yummy Pei Wei and then hung out to wait for Alexis and Erica to call to be picked up from the airport. Turns out both of their flights got delayed but Alexis somehow managed to get on a flight from Harlingen to San Antonio which put her on the same flight as Erica to Dallas. Yay! Ash and I headed over to pick them up around 10:30 Friday night and came home for a slumber party just like old times! We talked and laughed and stayed up way too late.

The next morning Danny and I had to go to a work meeting for the entire day so everyone was left to fend for themselves. We got home and got everyone rounded up and headed to the Shower.

The girls did an amazing job! Shellie and Jon's backyard looked great, the food was delicious and they had so many special details spread around. Here are some pictures from that night (sorry I stole some pics from your blog Ash!).

Thanks for such a wonderful shower! You guys worked so hard and I couldn't ask for better friends! I love you guys mucho!

Sunday started out with my mom making my favorite breakfast ever. French toast and bacon. Yum! We also woke up to see that the White Rock Marathon was going right in front of my house! My crazy neighbors were out in lawn chairs with glasses of wine in hand by 9am to catch all the marathoners run by. We took Erica to the airport and then went to look at 6 houses. We had a crew with us since my mom, grandma and Alexis were all still with us. After the house hunt we took Alexis to the airport (if you are keeping count that is the third time I went to the airport in 2 days) and then went to Big Shucks for a late lunch. Then it was finally time to go home and rest a while before we had to get ready to go see A Christmas Carol which was great!

Whew! This week is going to be jam packed with even more fun! More to come on that later!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"We"lationship's and Stuff

So, long time no blog. Not much has been going on around these parts lately. Well, a lot has been going on just not anything super exciting. I have finally had a couple weekends in a row where I didn't have to go out out town for the first time in about 5 months so I have been taking care of all the little things that have gotten pushed to the side.

Anyway, this weekend Danny and I had to attend an Engaged Encounter retreat. It is one of the things we have to do as part of our marriage preparation process. I honestly thought it would be a lot more interesting and helpful than it was. We had to write like 8 love letters to each other over the course of the weekend. That was way more than Danny and I can handle so we skipped out on writing the last few and just talked to each other instead. The funniest part of the whole weekend was when Danny wrote me a letter (by letter I mean 2 sentence paragraph) where he wrote something about us being in a "We"relationship. We thought it was super funny but that is probably just because we had been locked in a room talking about our feelings for 8 hours.

On another note, this weekend I get to see all of my best friends in the whole wide world!!!! All of the Dallas bridesmaids and Ash (the lone Houston bridesmaid) are throwing Danny and I a wedding shower over at Jon and Shellie's house and my besties from back home, Alexis and Erica, are even coming into town for it! All of my faves in one place! My mom and grandma are also flying up and Danny and I are taking them and his parents to see A Christmas Carol (the play not the movie) on Sunday night. Danny and I went to see this production last year and it was so good so I am excited to see it again. Hopefully it will put us all in the Christmas spirit!

Stay tuned for the cutest Christmas card you have ever seen!