5 Ways a Puppy is Like a Newborn

The snuggles. It's been a long time since my kids would simply fall asleep on my chest and stay there. Having a puppy is a good reminder of baby snuggles. The potty training. Well, this is different in a baby since they wear diapers but still, tons of potty breaks! Instead of changing size 1 diapers though I'm taking her outside and ringing a bell on the way out (she's already started ringing Continue Reading

Meet Miss Elsa, our little curveball.

When you're least expecting it, life throws you curveballs. Some are terrifying and some are thrilling. Fortunately, our family's most recent curveball was of the latter variety. On Monday, my husband's cousin (who is a veterinarian about 30 minutes from our house) posted on my Facebook wall about a puppy she met that needed a new home. A cute 11-week-old Jack Russell Terrier (same breed as my Continue Reading

Happy Easter!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter. The weather was perfect for egg-hunting and the food was aplenty for our family brunch. This year was extra special with the joy Jackson & Sidney got out of finding eggs filled with coins or chocolate. Sidney has had her fill of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for the year and Jackson has hoarded enough coins to buy him a "monster truck." Here's a few pictures Continue Reading

We’ve Got Crabs!

hermit crabs

Introducing Dora in the pink, Charlie wearing the baseball shell and Tebow sporting the alligator (of course)... In a moment of weakness yesterday, I stopped at the hermit crab shack in the mall. I've always avoided it because I have a soft spot in my heart for hermit crabs (story about that later), but today Jackson pointed and said "Mama, look at that crab, it's BOOTI-FUL!!!" I assured him Continue Reading

A boy’s best friend & first steps!


What started out as a fair to poor day has turned into a great one! It's hard to feel bad about the little things in life when you have a little boy giggling his heart out while playing with the family dog. Not only did he have quality play time with his pup, he also took his first steps on his own! From the train table to the couch, about 4 steps- laughing the entire way. Life is good! Continue Reading

Wordless Wednesday: Lambchop’s Reliquary


Ok, I lied, there will be a few words. For my 30th birthday, my wonderful husband had a custom reliquary made portraying my beautiful Lambchop, you can read more about this special dog here. Erin at Commemorative Jewelry designed this piece and was amazing to work with! Continue Reading

My best friend, Lambchop.


My dog, Lambchop, was my sidekick for over 13.5 years.  She was by my side during prom: Next to me when I graduated high school and went with me to the University of Florida: She was towed behind me when I went on bike rides with my husband: (I loved the looks on people's faces when they peered in, expecting a baby and instead saw her grin) She was by my side during life's best events. Continue Reading