Overflowing with Praise

May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. Psalm 119:171

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Puppy Hunting

I want a puppy! If you have known me my whole life, you are probably wondering if this is really me. I've never been a dog lover. Honestly, I've never cared about dogs at all. In college, of ALL philanthropies my sorority could have had, ours was the Dahlonega Humane Society. Yes, the most miserable two hours of every semester, walking dogs and playing with cats. The smell of the place just made me want to puke. Not to mention, all the convicts worked there. Not fun. So yeah, definitely didn't change for me in college. But...when Daniel and I got married he already had Abrum. I fell in love with him. Over the summer, before I got my job and I was home alone every day, I felt like he was my protector. I liked knowing I was not completely by myself. I loved it when I could finally tell that he recognized me and knew me as one of his owners.

So, since he's been gone, we have started looking for a new dog. Like I said in my last post, we have fallen in love with border terriers. We've just run into one problem. Well, two problems. There are no breeders around here. And the puppies we do find are priced over $1,000 dollars. Not happening. So, we have been on the computer ALL weekend looking for a puppy. Still no luck. We've been emailing back and forth with lots of people. And yesterday we spent the day with my parents. They are looking for a puppy now, too. They don't know what kind yet though. So we puppy hunted ALL day! It was a lot of fun though. But, now, I just want a puppy!

How much is that doggie in the window?
How much is that doggy in the window?

On a different note, we got to meet Stephanie, Chase, and Mercie for dinner Friday night at Outback. I was so glad to get to see them. Mercie is still so tiny!! Here are some pictures of us.

Stephanie and Chase

Me and Daniel

Afterwards, we went to pick up some camping stuff we need for our camping trip next weekend. I got a sleeping bag and we got those self-inflating pads to put under our sleeping bags. We had way too much fun in the Coleman outlet.

Saturday, we pretty much spent the day at my parents'. We got bbq plates, covered the pool, puppy hunted, and ordered some delicious Johnny's pizza.

And today...church, grocery shopping, puppy hunting, blogging....

Have a fabulous week!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Too Long!

It has been entirely too long since I have blogged. This is becoming a trend that I have got to stop. I have been exhausted. When I finally sit down in the evenings, I don't want to waste the time starting up "Old Bessie," which would be my loyal laptop that I have had since graduating high school. Maybe Daniel will get me a new one for Christmas! Hint Hint!! Where to start today, I don't even know.

I'm going to start with our emotionally exhausting last week. If you read my last post about Abrum, I want to start by saying that his sickness was nothing that happened while he was at the breeder's. But, sadly, last Monday Abrum left this Earth and went to a far better place with no more suffering. It got a lot worse after my last post. Abrum completely stopped eating and had lost fifty pounds. After three trips to the vet and an overnight stay, the vet discovered that Abrum's kidneys were failing. This was making him turn up his nose at any food. Daniel had raised Abrum from a puppy. He even went to Kentucky to get him. He was only four years old, and it all happened so fast! We were not prepared at all. In the end, it was Abrum's time. It took  the whole week for us to recover. We were physically, mentally,and emotionally exhausted!

So, now, we're on the puppy hunt. Not just any puppy, and we're in no rush. But, I have to admit I'm pretty excited! We're looking at border terriers right now. Daniel wants one he can train up to hunt with him. And my requirements are that it's cute. :) Check out these puppies that we are looking at now!
Last Saturday, I went to the Heart Walk in Gainesville to represent my accounting firm. Me, Ryan, Zach, and their wives had a great time. We walked three miles (almost!). Ryan was a TOP Walker. We got a great laugh out of that, since he was just in charge of collecting the money at our office. It was a lot of fun though and I enjoyed the exercise. Check out more pictures on Dana's blog here.

Then I left there and went and met Daniel and his family out at the property. We enjoyed the rest of the day riding four wheelers and the guys did a little shooting and I played with the kids. We had Daniel's parents over Sunday for dinner. It was good getting to visit with them some over the weekend. I got to meet his uncle too, so that was neat.

After our wonderful weeknd, we got more bad news this week. My parents' cocker spaniel, Freddie, that I grew up with was sick, so my parents tok him to the vet. He had to be put to sleep this week. We got him when I was in sixth grade. So, it was a sad day for my family. He will be missed. He was such a great family dog. So, no, we are not having much luck with animals lately.

Hopefully I will blog some more this weekend. Hoping to take some pictures in this beautiful fall weather. Also hoping to get my fall decor out and snap some shots of our new wood stove. Hopefully tonight I will get to see baby Mercie. Haven't seen her since I went to the hospital!

Enjoy your lovely weekend!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Big Apple...a trip to the past

When Savannah at Savannah Smiles posted that she and Josh are going to New York and asked for ideas, I wanted to comment. But...just like my blogging, I haven't been doing much commenting either. Just been reading my favorites. So instead of just commenting, I thought I would reminisce a little and post a few of my favorites places we went in New York.

During Spring Break of my Senior year of high school, over FOUR years ago--hard to believe--my mom and Lauren's mom took me and Lauren to New York City! It was one of the funnest trips I've ever been on! We had so much fun (until the trip home...but we won't go there)!

So Savannah...here are some musts!

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Serendipity for some frozen hot chocolate -- it is delicious!!!

Empire State Building -- the view is amazing, just dress warm!!!

Statue of Liberty -- gotta go there!

Central Park -- Make sure you strike a pose in the Friends Fountain. We took a ride around the park and enjoyed it a lot!

M&M World and Dylan's Candy Bar
Good Morning America (or another morning show!)

Some other restaurants we enjoyed: Brooklyn Diner for Breakfast, Maui Tacos for dinner, Johnny's New York Style Pizza for dinner (best pizza ever!)

Hope y'all have fun!!! I'm sure you will! Best advice --dress warm and take rain jackets and umbrellas! Oh, and make SURE you get on the right subway! :)

I'm Back!!!

It has been a while! I've missed blogging the past couple of weeks. Excuses...I haven't taken ANY pictures lately and just haven't made the time to get out my laptop and blog. So, no excuses on this day off of work. Especially since we have had some exciting things going on lately!

Daniel got a new truck! It was much needed with his lawn business, and we are enjoying it. I'm looking forward to having heated seats during the winter! :) Here it is!

Football has started! Even though the Dawgs let us down Saturday, We enjoyed watching the game at my parents'. Daniel has agreed that he is going to give the Dawgs a chance this year and 'tolerate' them, but he will still be a Gator fan. (I think he know the Gators aren't going to be any good this year...) Even though the Dawgs lost, the Dragons are off to a great start! I enjoyed going to the first game of the season with Mom and watched them "catch the tiger by the tail" and defeat Commerce. I was also excited to hear that we won Friday, too, defeating North Hall (where many of my co-workers went to high school)! I just love football season!

This year, the Roberts Family decided to have a Fantasy Football league. Daniel and I both have teams along with his brothers and their wives. I'm excited about it. I got a good team, and I think it is going to be a lot of fun.

My good friend, Stephanie, had her baby Thursday! Finally! She was more than ready to meet her baby girl, as we all were, since she came the day after her due date. I got to go see her Friday at the hospital, and she is precious!! They are all home and doing good. I can't wait to see her again! No babies for us anytime soon, but I have enjoyed being around so many babies lately. After seeing Mercie on Friday, I got to babysit two precious little boys on Friday.

Mercie Lynn

Steph and Mercie
 Last but not least, last night one of my best friends, Baileigh, brought over her new boyfriend, Brett, for us to meet. We had a lot of fun grilling out and playing Phase 10. Daniel was so excited that he won the game. He claims I always win. The guys enjoyed lawn care talk while Baileigh and I enjoyed catching up. We approve! :)

Baileigh and Brett

One more note...I didn't realize I had so much to blog about! Our dog, Abram, has been gone for several weeks. Some owners of another English Mastive wanted to breed their dog with him so we let him stay over there for a couplel of weeks. We finally got him back yesterday, and sadly he came home in pretty bad shape. He looks like he's lost a good bit of weight and has cuts all over him. I think he misses his girlfriend too. We bathed him and are taking good care of him. Hopefully he'll be back to his normal self very soon!

Have a great Labor Day!! Enjoy the rain!