Saturday, June 25, 2011

the crazy month of june.

june was a crazy time.
we had so much going on, and the rest of the month is going to fly even faster.
here's a little recap of the whirlwind that it was.

1. chad took up the ukulele in the beginning of the month,
2. we had a sangria party to kick off the summer,
3. and i attended a beautiful malibu wedding.
4. we got a puppy! and he bonded with neighbors,
5. and is the cutest thing i've ever seen,
6. and everyone loves and fawns over him (he's totally spoiled.)
7. some of my littles graduated
8. and i played mommy at their prom (kids these days wear the best shoes to dances,)
7. and little brother jared returned home from ethiopia and was bearing gifts.

tomorrow morning i'm off on houseboats. i'll return on friday, hopefully sun kissed and full of love and good stories.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

summer busy summer.

right now i'm savoring sitting on my couch and sipping on coffee in the still, quiet, june-gloomy morning. life is about to get real crazy, summer is my busy time, and i just want to hold on to this moment of serenity. starting next week it's back to back graduations to attend, women's retreat, houseboats, weddings, bbqs and beach days and other various events with my students, camping, AFRICA, south carolina, and about a million things in between. my iCal is starting to look like a box of crayons (one of those big boxes with the obscure colors.)

but in the midst of it all i want to remember to enjoy my life, so i'm starting a list:
  • finally get patio furniture and turn our backyard space into something magical.
  • detox and keep my fridge stocked with fresh fruit.
  • master making the perfect sangria.
  • write letters and send packages to far away friends.
  • take puppy to the beach often.
  • try new recipes and get better at this cooking thing.
  • finally visit this little lady and see her new place.
  • read east of eden for the third time (as well as the 200 other books on my list.)
  • save my monies and finally get that bike.
  • make time to do nothing.
and it goes on and on and on.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

rock star puppy.

yesterday i chased puppy around for a good 20 mins trying to get the perfect polaroid of him. no luck and lots of wasted film. he doesn't like to sit still. (right now i'm watching him run around in circles in the corner for no apparent reason. he's such a little weirdie.)

we're still searching for the perfect name for him as well. we really did like the name mr. feeny (and the man, of course. who didn't love feeny?) but the more we get to know our little guy, the more "mr. feeny" just doesn't seem to fit him. at all. so... here we are with a puppy called puppy. (or pups mcgumps as i like to refer to him.)

so with that in mind, here's some of the names we've thrown around:
cash, inspired by johnny cash (and as i lay dying.)
bennie, inspired by bennie and the jets.
we've also talked about bowie and hendrix...

(and please, enjoy all of the incredible music to start your wednesday..)

if it's this hard to name a puppy, i can't even imagine naming my child!
any suggestions or votes?

Friday, June 10, 2011

our new little family member.

let me just start by saying i'm not a dog person. i'm really not an animal person of any kind. i've always secretly (and sometimes not-so-secretly) mocked those people who are obsessed with their pets. you know, the ones who make photos of their dogs their facebook profile pictures and put their animals in human-like clothing... i've never understood it.
(does this make me heartless? maybe.)

but husband has recently talked me into getting a puppy, something i've always put my foot down about with a firm "no". how he sweet talked me into getting one now i'll never know, but let me tell you this... in 3 short days i've become that person i've never wanted to be! i've become a dog person! (or at least, a "my dog" person... let's not get too crazy here.) i really love our new little guy, so much so i'm about one step away from dressing him up in a matching outfit and making an entire photo album of him.

dog lovers, i'm sorry i ever judged you. i'm one of you now.

so, without further ado, let me introduce you to our newest little family member, our tiny maltipoo, mr. feeny (a la "boy meets world.)

chad grew up with/wanted a big dog, i didn't want a dog at all, so he represents the perfect compromise. and he could keep us entertained all day! he's he the cutest!?