In Other News (Dog Edition)

I thought I would share stuff going on with the pups lately since it’s been mostly about the pregnancy in my life right now (of course, I put a lot of pup pics on Instagram so they aren’t totally being left out online).

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Jerzee hates the cold, or she just loves snuggling that much.  On especially cold days, I will put a sweater on her.  I find that when I do that, she is more likely to go outside more and spend less time under a blanket.  Still, she is adorable.

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She still likes to be in the center of everything, though.  Whether that’s sitting on someone’s lap or doing tricks in the middle of a room of people.  In the above picture, she actually got into Michael’s lap because I was paying attention to Teddy.  Jealousy runs deep with this little one.

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And while Jerzee was in Michael’s lap, this is ultimately what Teddy ended up doing.  He doesn’t quite get the skill of snuggling, but he has grown by leaps and bounds since he first became a part of our family.  He understands now that humans are awesome for scratches and pets, and he will even approach humans now (mostly looking for attention or treats).  As a once hoarded dog, this makes me smile big.

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Of course, he’s not without some quirks and kinks to work out.  He has a thing for licking and chewing on blankets, especially if we are not in the room.  I tend to find the holes, still slobbery after they have been made.  We had to make a decision that he’s not allowed on the couch anymore until we know he has grown out of this habit (since our couch is also fabric, I don’t want to take any chances).  But it’s pretty pitiful to see him longing to jump up on the couch.  He will sit as close as he can to it, or rest his head on it.  We set up a dog bed for him right next to us, and that seems to suffice…for now.

I love my two pups and all their quirky ways.  I am looking forward to seeing how they will react to a new baby, though I’m not worried about it at all.  It will definitely be an adjustment, but I can’t wait to introduce my love for canines with my kid!

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Recent Happenings

In my last post, I mentioned that January is usually the slowest month of our year, although this first week hasn’t really been an indication of that.  I suppose most of the weekdays are pretty quiet in this house, but this past weekend was filled with activity.  I took Tuesday to just rest and recalibrate.

So here are some of the things we did.

Friday night, we were invited to a pizza and game night party, where we made our own pizzas.  This was so much fun!  I really enjoyed helping to make the pizzas and getting to know some of the people at the party I had never met!

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Then, Saturday morning, I was invited to go see the movie, I, Tonya at the Alamo Drafthouse with a group of girls.

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I had a few takeaways from the movie.  The domestic abuse made me really uncomfortable, and I wouldn’t recommend people who have first-hand experience of domestic abuse to watch the movie.  Also, the role that the media played in this girl’s life was cringe-worthy.  I could just make media the bad guy, but even now, how many people would be ready to whip out their phones in hopes of views on their accounts?  In one of the statements made in the movie, Tonya had accused everyone in her life of abusing her, then turned the tables on everyone viewing the movie, and accused them of adding to the abuse.

Sunday, we had our last “in home” meeting for our missional community.  We are doing a trial run of combining both house churches in Dallas into one big gathering, which starts next week.  Michael and I have been a part of this house church for about two and a half years.  I’m looking forward to seeing what this new year will bring.

But my weekend didn’t stop there.  Michael and I got invited to a coloring and figure painting party at a friend’s house on Monday night.  I felt like such a cool kid to be out on a weeknight, even though I started to fade about 8:15pm.  Still, I had so much fun and laughed so hard.  I love being with people that make me smile.

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Needless to say, I took some much-needed downtime yesterday, and hope I have a little more downtime today as well.  This pregnancy energy level is no joke.  Most of my energy comes in the morning and I sputter out about 8 every night.  I’m so grateful to have friends who have been understanding and patient with me.  I’m sure it will only get more complicated with the baby is born.  So we will try to take advantage of friend time as much as we can!

How was your weekend?

Celebrating our 10th

Michael and I hit an anniversary milestone last month.  10 years ago, we promised to love and care for each other, through good times and bad, through sickness and health.  We had no real idea what we were signing up for that day, but it has been an amazing journey walking through this life with this guy by my side.

Originally, we planned to make this a big anniversary celebration, complete with an overseas trip.  But that trip has been put on hold due to my pregnancy.  I’ve mentioned before in one of my videos, I think, but we decided not to travel at all during this pregnancy, so a big trip was way out of the question.

Our anniversaries the last five years have become somewhat of a tradition, though.  And I love traditions, so it was still a great celebration.  First, we eat at a fancy restaurant.  Last year, we ate at Al Bernat’s original location.  We enjoyed it so much that we decided to try their new location.  It was still the same great food, but I think we prefer the other location a little more.

I didn’t take many pictures of the food.  I had the 12 oz filet mignon, Oscar style which included asparagus in hollandaise sauce and potatoes.  And Michael had the bone-in sirloin.  And we had brussels sprouts as well, with no bacon.  The restaurant does give out a complimentary dessert in honor of the anniversary.  We chose the seasonal fruit cobbler (apple) which was delicious and I did get a picture.

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After dinner, we headed to a bit of a nicer hotel than we usually use.  It was lovely and a nice, short getaway.  The next morning, we had room service bring breakfast.  I was chatting with the woman who brought it, and when she found out that we were celebrating our anniversary and pregnant (ok, I chat a lot), she came back with candy and some Tropicana drinks to celebrate.  It was so thoughtful!

Then, the next day we went to the Moviehouse and Eatery to watch Jumanji.  I have wanted to see this movie since I first saw the trailer.  It was really funny.  I probably won’t be writing a review but I thought it was quite clever that they also incorporated a lot of the actor’s personalities and quirks into the characters.

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I love being able to spend time with my husband.  These last two weeks he has been off of work, including celebrating our anniversary and Christmas and gender reveals to boot, have been truly special to me.  I look forward to where this next year and the future will bring for our little family.  I couldn’t ask for a better partner for this life!