Going to the groomer

April 30, 2008

Today is doggie spa day! It’s the first trip for baby Pickles. They are all getting the full treatment: bath, blow dry and brush, nails, ears, butts… I really hope Pickles has a good experience. We go to Classy Dogs- they do such a good job. The babies come home happy and smelling so good. Pugsley always falls asleep in the car on the way home- it must wear him out. I just miss them so much while they are gone, it’s so strange not to have them following me around the house all day.

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Is this terrible?

April 28, 2008

So, this weekend I went to a 12 hour scrapbook event. It was the only thing I wanted for my birthday and it was awesome! I packed up all my stuff, and had big ambitions of getting Matthew’s scrapbook current. I had over 2 years worth of pictures to get through, and knew it would be a big job. My motivation? Get this done and I can work on the dog’s book!! So, 25 pages later, Matt’s book is current! First time ever that I can say that! Kenzie’s book is still a couple years behind, but the Pug scrapbook is looking GOOD!!

My favorite story of the day? My neighbor, Dana and I rode together- she told me this story on the way home- so funny. She was working on her little daughter’s book. She was doing this beautiful layout from Leah’s adoption. They were in Korea after the ceremony and Leah is dressed in this beautiful Korean gown. The layout was perfect- all in reds and pinks with Asian looking flowers, really pretty. Meanwhile I am going through the Pug’s bluebonnet pictures. The older lady across from me said, “Oh that is so beautiful!”. Dana said she almost said, “thank you”, and then realized that the lady was looking at my damn dogs and not her gorgeous layout!! What can I say? Pugs are awesome- no one can resist their wrinkly faces!! 🙂

Happy Anniversary to US!

April 24, 2008

I can’t believe we’ve been married NINE years! It’s pretty amazing to think back on everything we’ve been through together, how much we’ve grown, and how far we’ve come! Life is good!

Our Wedding Day was so much fun! We had such a simple, inexpensive wedding. I did all of the flowers myself- I even made my own bouquet. We made our own table favors- they were plastic spoons with hershey kisses in them, wrapped in toulle and tied with a little note that said, “a spoonfull of kisses from me and the misses”. So cute. McKenzie was just a little munchkin- she was the cutest little flower girl. We had so much fun with our family and friends. It was the first time, and only time that we’ve had everyone together like that. We drank keg beer and boxed wine, and just ate finger foods. No fancy sit down dinner, but it didn’t matter. We had the best day.

Our honeymoon was amazing. We rented a little cabin in Sevierville TN. It was up in the Smokey Mountains surrounded by the tallest trees you ever saw. The cabin’s theme was The Wizard of OZ. There was a big basket of fruit, nuts, and snacks waiting for us on the table in the kitchen, and champange chilling in the fridge along with a nice deli tray. I think the best part was the hot tub. It was out on a screened in deck- I think we sat out there every evening! Each day was a new adventure. We saw shows, ate at fancy places, even rode horses through the mountains. We spent a day driving through the Smokey Mountain National Park and gambling at a casino in North Carolina. It was our first time being away together without McKenzie, who stayed with Grandma that week. It was so much fun!!

I’m happy to say that nine years later, we’re still having fun. I would marry my best friend all over again!

Preparing for the Pug Luau!

April 22, 2008

Every year the Austin Pug Club hosts a Pug Luau to raise money for Pug Rescue. Last year there were so many pugs that we actually made it on the news! They are so cute all running around in grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, bikinis, and leis! I’m trying to come up with cute costumes for these pug boys, but just can’t decide on a theme. Anyone have any great ideas? If I could get Pugsley to carry around an apple in his mouth he could go as the roast pig! I bet I could make Pickles into a pineapple or something…. we’ll probably end up in the traditional Hawaiian shirts! Oh- won’t the pictures be wonderful?!!

Ok, one about the human kids…

April 19, 2008

Get \'em Matt!
Tom was giving me a really hard time for not including the human children more frequently in my posts. So, here’s one for the kids! We had games today. Matt’s flag football team got beat pretty bad, but they had a good time. McKenzie’s soccer game was really intense- it was a no score game until the last quarter when her team scored! They won 1 to 0! It was a gorgeous day to be outside, sunny and hot! They have been outside the rest of the day with their friends- I think we are all ready for summer!

For whom the bell tolls…

April 18, 2008

Pickles had a potty training break through today, or at least I think he did! We have a little bell hanging on the back door. It’s very high tech- an old Christmas jingle bell tied to the door knob with a long ribbon. When Tink or Pugsley need to go outside they go smack it with their paw or bump it with their nose, it rings, and I let them out. Today baby Pickles rang the bell all by himself! I was in the office, Pugsley was sleeping on my feet, Tink was sleeping in the bed behind me, and I heard the bell. I ran to the door and there is little pickles on the rug! I threw him a little party and he went out and did his business! He’s such a smart little baby!

messy pug mouths

April 18, 2008

My puggies are so cute. I love their squishy faces. They are especially adoreable when they eat something messy. It gets all over their little muzzles and they look at you with that sweet pug smile. Tonight we decided to be totally indulgent and have a root beer float from Sonic- one of our favorite treats on a hot night. Guess who thought that was a fabulous idea? Check out their little ice cream smiles!

This place is a PUG STY!!!

April 16, 2008


I’m overwhelmed. You should see this house.

I am serving on the RRISD Citizens Bond Committee. Our meetings get longer and more stressful every week as our deadline approaches. Last night we heard from our Ad Hoc people about how much everything is going to cost and what it will do to the tax rate. We’re trying to keep our tax rate at $.34, which is not going to be easy to do considering we are looking at a $300M + bond package. Now is the hard part of trying to cut the list down. Our district is really in need in so many areas, it’s hard to say, “yes spend the money here, but no, don’t spend it there.” I wish we could just give all the schools what they are asking for. I just know that I’m going to be crushed if we do all this work and the bond doesn’t go through in November…

So, I’m still thinking about all of that, I have 11 loads of laundry to do today, and the house is so messy. There are dog toys, chew bones, ripped up tissue and stuff everywhere! I can’t get mad at them though. It’s days like this when their big googly eyes and squishy hugs make me smile the most. I love my pugs- they just make me happy! On the other hand- the human children are going to have some major chores when they get home from school!! 🙂

It’s my birthday

April 15, 2008

I can’t believe I’m 30 today. It just doesn’t seem possible! Mr Pugsley looks so cute in his party hat- way cuter than I would. I had a great day. I’m so lucky to have wonderful friends and family who love me. Not to mention my gorgeous pug babies. Who could ask for more?

Pug Play Dates

April 13, 2008

The pugs had a rough day today.  The human kids had sports all day long, then we went out to dinner with friends.  This meant that they were alone most of the day.  Because they are little toots and can’t be trusted, this also meant that they were confined all day.  To make things worse- we ran out of bacon treats.  Bummer.  To cheer Pugsley up, I reminded him that LAST Saturday was his day to play in the park with his friends.  Georgetown has a great new dog park, with a small dog section reserved.  Round Rock just got a new one too, but we haven’t been there yet.  My favorite thing about the Georgetown one (Bark Park) is that it has this great double gate system so you can let your dogs off leash and not worry too much about them sneaking out.  Here are some pics of the Austin Pug Club playing at Bark Park.  Can you pick out Pugsley?  They all kind of look alike!