Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Changing Tradition

We are leaving in less than two hours to join the rest of the family in Surfside, South Carolina for a beachy kind of Thanksgiving. This is something we have never done before and to be honest I am a little apprehensive about it. Maybe it is the thought of breaking tradition or not being able to spend the Holiday with all of our family. It might also be the fact that I was at work til 3:00 and still have not packed for this trip. I think the not being packed part can be a side effect of the above mentioned apprehension. I know once we get there tomorrow morning it will all be worth it and we will thoroughly enjoy our little mini vaca with the family that is able to make it. I just need to breath.

Anthony has the day off and is spending the day finishing up what needs done, doing a little bit of my packing, taking the doggies to where they are staying, and even grabbing what I needed from the grocery store for tomorrow's feasting. He is truly amazing! I am super thankful for him (:

I hope all of you have an amazing Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with your families followed by some shopping on Friday. Be careful traveling and eat to your heart's desire.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Happenings

It's already Monday and I am not going to lie that when it was time to get out of bed this morning I was more than ready to get this work week started. Not just because it is a 3 day work week filled with a Thanksgiving Feast at the office and then we can begin our mini vaca to South Carolina for Thanksgiving but after taking Friday off due to our water issue in the basement and being pretty much cooped up in the house all weekend I was more than ready to get out of the house.

Saturday we were supposed to go to the Ohio State game however it was shut down pretty quickly when we woke up to freezing rains and a level 3 (so no one on the roads unless you are emergency personnel) Anthony was unaware of this until he left the house to go to Wal Mart and grab a few things for the game and he was on his way home and saw a bunch of wrecks on the interstate. The roads were all backed up and even though the weather advisory was lifted at 11:00 there was no way we would make it Columbus to make the noon game. So we made the decision to watch the game safely from our living room and it just so happened that we had an unopened bottle of wine and the ingredients for nachos, we were good to go!

Saturday night I made a little trip to town and picked up a couple movies at the rental. I ended up getting Neighbors (do not recommend it!) and The Fault in Our Stars. We watched the Neighbors first and I am pretty sure we only laughed maybe twice throughout the whole thing. We were pretty disappointed! I ended up watching The Fault in Our Stars Sunday morning because Anthony really wasn't all that interested. Talk about a tear jerker, I found myself crying through the whole ending of the movie but it was a really good movie. 

After the sob fest was over I had some cuddle time with Tyson on the couch while watching some Lifetime Movies. I took Anthony lunch at his work while the guys in the shop put new winter tires on my car. I spent the rest of my evening doing some online Christmas shopping, editing pictures & packing for our trip this week. All in all it was not an eventful weekend by any means but I took that graciously after such an eventful day on Friday.

Friday, November 21, 2014

When it rains....

I am so glad this day is finally over, well close to it anyways. Normally I am thankful that the week is over but this week has not been anything to really complain about, that was until this morning. Anthony woke up a little before 5 a.m. and he heard water running in our basement. He went down to see water spraying all over the place out of our water softener. So he spent half an hour trying to get it to stop but the shut off valve was broken in our basement. I woke up to see what the hell was going on and it was literally a nightmare. I was down there turning a bunch of knobs trying to see if anything would shut off the water flow but nothing was working. Anthony called one of his buddies to see if he knew anything about it and he instructed us on how to turn the water off out by the road (what the City is only able to do), that turned out as an unsuccessful attempt and we went back in the house to try to figure out what to do. Anthony went back down into the basement and was getting ready to try one other thing and all of a sudden another pipe burst right by the valve and even more water came spraying in all over the place (10x as bad as what was going on before with the softener). I finally called the Water Dept because it was getting close to them opening at 7 and luckily they answered and sent someone over to shut it off to the house.
I called off work and we headed to the hardware store for supplies to redo all the pipes in our basement. We ended up working on everything until 1:00 and after 3 trips to the hardware store and one to Culligan for the softener part, which they don't have because ours is so ancient, we finally we able to sit down and sign. It was truly so exhausting!!!
So no more debbie downer news, here are some of my Friday Favorites.

Reading. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. 
This is seriously one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I don't normally read memoirs but Amy always has a way to make people laugh so I figured it would be a really good read, and it is. All I can tell you is go buy it right now and read it for yourself!!! That is all.

Decorating for Christmas.
We decided to put our tree up before Thanksgiving because we are going to be in South Carolina for Thanksgiving and I did not want to come home with the need to rush to get the house decorated. Plus it would be super relaxing and fun to get home from our mini vacation and be able to just plug our tree in and enjoy it. 

Cuddle Sessions.
Tyson has been extra cuddly here lately. I think he has an inkling that we are leaving next week and he doesn't get to go with us. He is going to have a blast going to his sister's house. We contacted the breeder and they are going to watch him while we are gone. He is going to have so much fun with all nine of their mastiffs and I am so comfortable with him going there which means no worried Momma about how he is being taken care of. 

Cut & Color.
I went and had my hair done last night after work. I told Steph that I wanted something different but didn't want anything drastic with the color. I ended up having her cut 3 inches or more off of it and she weaved heavier blonde throughout. So far I am loving it, but I haven't had a chance to curl it yet so we will see how that goes.

Tomorrow we are kicking off the weekend right by going to the Ohio State game in Columbus. This will be Anthony's first game so we are planning on heading up early so that we can get the whole Buckeye experience. So please excuse me while I go drink another glass of wine to hopefully numb the pain of today away and probably hit the hay before 9:00. Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014


TGMO (Thank God Mondays Over!) 
After a pretty eventful weekend, mainly recovering from a late night of dancing and drinking all day Sunday, I was pretty exhausted today. On top of all the fun festivities the time change is not helping in my favor. Even though I slept in on Sunday morning I had the hardest time sleeping last night. 
Anyways, Mrs. Complainer McComplainerson signing off here and getting on with this little weekend recap...
Friday: we had our annual trick or treat at Grandma's on Harper Drive. Molly ended up spending the night with Anthony and I. We finished the night off watching Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Saturday: We woke up fairly early, got ready, went to Donald's to get donuts, I ran a couple errands and Molly and Tyson chatted it up in the back seat. After errands we headed to Aunt Lori and Uncle Matt's to surprise them with donuts and to take Molly home.
The biggest surprise of the day was Maddy got her first car! a 2012 Chevy Cruze in the prettiest blue color. It was involved in an accident in the back end so there are some minor repairs that need done but other than that the car is pretty sweet! I cannot believe Maddy is turning 16 in a few short months!!!! Where has the time gone?!
Saturday night: we got all dressed up in our Halloween costumes and headed to Cumberland for the Double Cut Halloween Party. I spent the whole night dancing with my favorite girls and drinking way too many Red's Apple Ales. I definitely paid for it on Sunday!
Sunday: As already mentioned was spent sleeping in, taking two naps and going with my Hubby to get some stuff he still had at his Mom's and then stopping by my parents to show them his new (new to us) car. Anthony ended up trading the Chrysler to a friend for an 01 CRV. It is perfect for him because now he has something to haul all of his fishing and duck hunting stuff in plus his kayak on top compared to the two door convertible we had.

Now if we can just make it through another work week and I will be in for another busy weekend. I have a couple photo sessions planned for Saturday and then I am shooting Anthony's cousin's Ballet Recital on Sunday. So fingers crossed for good weather and smiling faces!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Life Lately

Once again the month of October has flown by. This is a picture loaded post of what has been going on around here lately. Lots of fun stuff and I have taken lots of pictures. First off last weekend I had the opportunity to take my first wedding pictures at a really close family friends son's wedding. 
It could not have been a more beautiful day on the farm. 

Christmas Planning. You totally read that right! I have been trying to plan out what I am doing decorations wise to the house this year for Christmas. I have an undying love for blue and green together and after seeing this display at Hobby Lobby I am considering doing some sort of decorating in our house with something from here!!! I also came to the realization last night that we are going to be gone for Thanksgiving this year so in all reality I could start getting Christmas out any day now and it would not be that big of deal since we won't even be here and coming home for our beach trip for Thanksgiving all the Christmas stuff in the house would be done and I could relax!

Last week Jesie and Kris' photographer made a little sneak peak of their wedding pictures which made me even more excited to see the rest of them! Our gift to them is a custom wedding album with the pictures from their photographer so I am super anxious to be able to create it for them!! 
If you want to take a look at some of their other work you can check it out here, they do not disappoint. Justin has some amazing talent!!!

I participated in my first Wine and Paint event and I have the urge to do another!!! I am not a huge fan of the paintings that are being offered in future events but I loved the Ohio State one that we did last week. Now I just need to find a place to hang it in our house. 

 Shopping and Pinterest Inspired Outfits. I snagged this really cute navy vest at TJ Maxx and had been itching to wear it with one of my plaid shirts like I have seen in so many pinterest pins lately. I ended up putting an outfit together with it for the wedding last weekend. 

 Halloween costumes. Joni, Kelsey, Aubrey and I decided that we are going as the Ninja Turtles for the Doublecut Halloween Party that is on Saturday. Sunday we had a little shopping trip followed by craft night at my house to make the costumes. 

 Spinning. I started my first spinning classes three weeks ago and I am loving it! I have never sweat so much in a class before and I leave knowing I have had an amazing workout, plus it is a lot of fun!

Somehow we have gotten into this habit of letting Tyson sleep in bed with us at night. He thinks it is amazing, us not so much. For one he has to sleep in the middle of us because he has a tendency to just roll out of bed when he is in a deep sleep and secondly he takes up all the blankets and we don't sleep very sound. So tonight we are going to start working on him not sleeping the whole night with us. My problem is telling his precious face no and making him be on the floor. Heck I wouldn't want to be on the floor so why should he?!

I cannot believe tomorrow is the last day of October and that we are going to be starting the major holiday season here soon. Life has been going so fast! I really wish it would slow down so we can have a chance to soak it all in and enjoy it a little bit. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mini Vacation - Picture Overload!

I know it is already Thursday and I am just now doing a weekend recap but I have been fighting horrible migraines all week and the last thing I have wanted to do when I get home from work was look at another computer screen. I ended up sleeping from 6:30 pm on Tuesday evening all the way through the night and still woke up with a migraine and throwing up. So yesterday I spent the day trying to sleep away the migraine. 

So last weekend we decided to have a little spontaneous trip to Niagara Falls. We were originally planning on doing this trip for Anthony's birthday but then I quit my job and we put Tank to sleep so we decided to postpone it. I am sure glad we did because it was beautiful up there with all the leaves changing colors for fall. Aside from the on and off rain we couldn't have asked for a better trip.
We ended up taking Tyson with us for his first major road trip and our first road trip with a dog.
He did wonderful and seemed to enjoy riding in the car and exploring with us.
However all the foreigners that were at the falls were not as impressed. The majority of them were obnoxious and at one point one guy was taking a picture of Tyson going to the bathroom.  

We ended up cutting our time at the Falls short because of the overwhelming amount of people. It was also decided that next time we go to the Falls we want to go to the Canada side and hopefully enjoy some more time there. We drove about two hours to Jamestown NY which was right in the middle of the Allegheny State Park. After finding out that all Red Roof Inns allow dogs of any size for no charge we ordered some pizza and relaxed in the hotel room. 

Sunday we woke up super early and spent the morning hiking and exploring the Allegheny State Park. This State Park was absolutely huge and we quickly fell in love with it and are making plans to go back (probably next Fall) and staying for a 3 day weekend or longer in the cabins. 

Yay for the EOS Remote app on my phone for our Canon!!!

Snow on the leaves as we climbed higher in the mountains.
The park offered lots of hiking trails, anything from 2 miles all the way to 18 miles. Our first stop was this area called Thunder Rocks. It was this huge area of massive rocks that were spaced throughout the woods. It was fun to walk around them, take pictures and even climb on.

Our next stop was a hiking trail. Since we were running out of time we chose to do a 2.5 mile hike because we needed to start heading back home.

Tyson was able to be off his leash for the whole hike because there wasn't anyone else on the trail and he listens when we tell him to come back. For the most part he stayed on the actual trail and just ran along ahead of us. He really is a great dog!!
We came up on this wood teepee at the very top of the hill that I had Tyson pose in front of.

On our way home we started spotting these bear signs on the side of the road.
Our last stop on our way home was this scenic overlook in Pennsylvania. It is called Kinzua Bridge Overlook. It used to be a railroad bridge but then it got struck by lightning and was redone and reopened in 2011. Instead of making it go all the way across they left the damaged structure on the ground and made a scenic lookout with it that is 300 ft above the ground.

The jeep was in the parking lot at the lookout and I loved the color. It had come all the way there from Texas! 

All in all it was an amazing weekend spent together. We loved getting out of town and didn't have to worry about how Tyson was doing or who was going to be taking care of him. Now I am in search of somewhere to have the dogs boarded at or watched for Thanksgiving weekend because our family decided that we are spending it at the beach house in Surfside, North Carolina at my Aunt and Uncle's beach house. Unfortunately the dogs cannot go with us on this trip. Anyone have any suggestions?