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Furry Friends

I still have a lot of catching up to do on the blog about our trip to Jacksonville to visit Abbie & Mike, our 1st Anniversary, a football game, a trip to DC, and Alyssa’s Bachelorette weekend. 


But, for now, I just wanted to share some VERY cute pictures of some our favorite furry friends!

Rascal, Emma, Sophie, and ChiChi

On Sunday, Adam was doing some yardwork, so the dogs and I decided we would go outside to keep him company.  (Notice we had 4 dogs staying with us this weekend! Actually, 4 dogs stayed with Adam this weekend as I was out of town.)

Sophie, Adam, Rascal, and Emma

 The big dog in back is Rascal, Adam’s parents’ dog and his childhood pet.  Rascal came to stay with us a couple weeks ago while Adam’s parents were out of the country, but then he got very sick, so Adam kept him here so that he could keep a close eye on his health. Thankfully, he is doing much better!


Rascal's PhotoShoot


Also, we can’t forget about my mom’s dog ChiChi.  She stayed with Adam over the weekend, too, while my mom was visiting Samantha in DC.  How cute is her snaggle-tooth?? haha!

ChiChi (a.k.a. "Little Nutcase")

And, last-but-not-least, we can’t forget about Pookey.  He hops into bed to snuggle with Adam every night.  

"That's Mr. Pookey Bear, to you!"

Oh, how I love all of our animals!! And, my smart hubby who takes such good care of them all!



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Grown Ups!

Sometimes I still feel really young like I’m just out of college, and other times I feel really old and grown-up.  I know it’s all relative, but it’s interesting/scary/amazing to think about how much things really do change as you get older. 

This past weekend when we went boating for Adam’s birthday, we talked about this very topic and came to some interesting conclusions.  Over the course of the day, we spent a good deal of time marvaling at how different this trip would have been if we had done it 7 years ago!  Here are some of the differences that we imagined:

Things we brought with us:

  • Boat trip at 28 years old: 1 cooler for food, 1 cooler for beer
  • Boat trip at 21 years old: at least 3 coolers for beer….and maybe 1 bag of chips?

Things we did:

  • Boat trip at 28: first thing we all did was apply lots of sunscreen
  • Boat trip at 21: we all would have come home looking like lobsters!
  • Boat trip at 28: we obeyed the laws (well, except for the one about jumping off a moving boat…but we didn’t know!) and respected the rental boat
  • Boat trip at 21: someone would have certainly gotten arrested, and something would have definitely been broken on the boat

After we all got home for the day:

  • Boat trip at 28: Here is what happened when Felipe had a headache and went to bed earlier than the rest of us:

    Emma came to snuggle with Felipe!

  • Boat trip at 21:  Whoever passed out first would have most likely woken up with sharpie drawings on their face!


It’s funny to think about how much we’ve grown up!!


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Weekend Whereabouts – Adam’s Birthday

I really meant to post this sooner, but it has been a crazy/busy/stressful week! 

Anyways….last weekend I planned a BIG surprise to celebrate Adam’s birthday!!  You should know that I love planning surprises, but Adam doesn’t usually cooperate very well.  So, over the previous 2 weeks, I slowly let him think that we were going out of town for his birthday…I even played it off like he had “caught” me spilling the secret when I told some friends that we’re going out of town for the next several weekends in a row! 

So, Friday after work, I packed some empty suitcases into the trunk of my car, and when Adam got home from work, told him to pack up his toiletries so we could get going.  It had been a long week for him, and he was acting all grumpy about the fact that we’d be leaving the dogs, and that he didn’t want to go anywhere.  Just before we were about to leave, I gave him a card that was his Birthday Surprise No. 1. (See picture 1.)  It had a picture of a beach on the front and the words “Get ready to go on a trip with me! To the far away land of….”  And the inside said “JUST KIDDING!! We’re only going out to dinner!”  

He was sooo excited and thought that it was hilarious!  (See his reaction in Picture 2.)  We then went out to a lovely Thai dinner, the Birthday Boy’s choice!  On the way home, we picked up some beer for what Adam thought would be just a quiet evening at home.  Little did he know that i had been texting all evening with Lani to make sure the timing of the real surprise would go smoothly.  I even had to hurry him out of the store by faking having to pee!

When we got home, I presented him a birthday gift – he was so confused when he unwrapped the Captain’s hat!  But, then there was another card, Birthday Surprise No. 2, that explained that we’d be spending the following day on a rented boat on a nearby lake.  (Picture 2.)

The third, and final surprise came with another card that said “Guess who is coming with us?  (open the door)”.  Adam opened the front door of our house, and standing outside was 4 of his best buddies: Felipe, Brian, Aaron & Lani!!  (Picture 5)  He was shocked and soooo excited!!  It made me so happy to be able to pull this off and surprise my hubby!  Everyone came in and we had some carrot cake cupcakes (Adam’s fave) to celebrate. 

Then next morning we got up early, had breakfast, and went to the lake our day on a boat!


  1. Birthday Surprise No. 1
  2. We’re going on a boat!
  3. Gotta love that surprised face!
  4. Adam and Brian
  5. Aaron, Lani, Captain Adam, Felipe, & Brian right after their arrival
  6. Lani & I enjoying the sun, and the other 6. (since i apparently can’t count) is Captain Felipe
  7. Aaron & Lani are just too cute!
  8. The boys on the boat
  9. Felipe & Adam
  10. the breif reign of Captain Ivy
  11. nothin’ better than just floating in the water on a hot day!

I had been very worried that we’d have bad weather, but luckily it was a gorgeous day!  (Well, up until about 4pm, anyways!)  We had so much fun just driving the boat around, swiming at the sand bar, jumping off the moving boat (which is apparently illegal…who knew??), eating lunch while anchored in a cove, and of course drinkin’ lots of beer!  There was a pretty bad thunder and lightning storm that rolled in around 4pm.  Things got pretty scary there for a while, but thankfully Captain Aaron got us through! 

Me and my handsome Captain!

That evening, we grilled out at the house, hung out for a bit, and then went to bed.  Boating can be quite exhausting!

The next morning, his friends had to leave fairly early, but we were so glad that they came!!  Adam slept in while I cleaned the house a bit, and then his family came to town that afternoon for some bowling and sushi dinner.  (Birthday boy’s request!)

  1. Adam and his mom (shouldn’t birthdays really be about celebrating the mom’s anyways?? they did all the work!)
  2. Me and the hubs
  3. Brenna & Adam
  4. Brenna and I now have a signature shot whenever we go bowling!
  5. Gunga & his TWIN!  (Adam’s dad’s nickname is Gunga, and he was getting very grumpy that the waiter was not coming quick enough to take his order.  Just a few seconds before this shot Gunga was making the same EXACT face as in the painting behind him! ha!)
  6. This is what  happens when you don’t feed him quickly enough!
  7. Bowling Family Fun!

After dinner we had carrot cake back at the house and Adam got to spend a little time loving on his parent’s dog Rascal.

Rascal & his boy

 All in all, it was a wonderful weekend!  I could not have been more happy about how the surprises turned out! 

Yesterday, Adam’s actual birthday, we had a quick dinner of Chinese take-out at the house and went to see Harry Potter with my dad and sister.  Honey, I hope you had a fabulous time celebrating your birthday!  I love you so much!!!

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Weekend Whereabouts – lots of yummy food!

I almost forgot to do this post from last weekend!  It was another busy/fun/relaxing one filled with LOTS of really yummy food!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a lot of pictures of it….  but here goes:

Friday Evening: I went to yoga after work (go me!) and then we ate leftovers from a really yummy dinner that i made Thursday night.  We had grilled chipotle-honey BBQ chicken, an Israeli salad made with tomatos from our garden, cucumbers from my co-worker’s garden, red onion from our CSA, and feta cheese , and fresh green beans from our CSA. Then, we went out to meet our friends Bo & Rebecca for a drink at one of the bars we can walk to.  It was a fun, but early night.

Saturday: I ran some errands and visited my grandparents and then we took the dogs to play in the park in the afternoon.  That night we had a double-date with my dad and Erin at one of their favorite restaurants, Passion8.  It was resaturant week, so we figured we’d splurge!  The food was good, even though their restaurant-week pre-fixe menu had some strange options.  I had a salad with a pancetta chip and some sort of cheesey custard thing, a bison steak (orderd without the sweetbreads – which are the thymus gland from baby cows – ugh!), and a delicious tiramisu dessert!!  Also, a yummy watermelon beer.  Adam had some pasta made with sausage, fish with succotash, and chocolate ganache for dessert!  

Sunday: I got up early and walked the dogs (separately, of course!  because if I tried to take them at the same time, I would be the one being taken for a walk!!).  Then, we went over to my dad and Erin’s house for brunch.  They served fresh blueberry pancakes, bacon, fruit salad, mimosas, cheesey scrambled eggs, and english muffins with cream cheese, lox and all the fixins.  It was absolutely delicious, as always!!! 🙂  After we rolled our stuffed selves home, we spent the afternoon cleaning.  That night, my mom and grandparents came over for dinner.  My mom and I combined forces to create this delicious meal:

Grandma & Pappy were ready to chow-down!

We ate: soy-honey marinated & grilled tuna steaks, fresh tomato/basil/mozzerella salad, purple-cabbage cole slaw, crescent rolls, and grilled corn on the cob.  It was all fresh and delicious and so so good! 🙂

After everyone left our house, we decided to beat the Sunday-Night-Blues by walking to one of the nearby bars to sit outside and have a couple beers.  And OF COURSE the puppies got to come with us!! 

Sophie was being such a good girl!


Emma loves her daddy!

Another wonderful weekend!! 🙂

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Weekend Whereabouts – Happy 4th of July!

Hooray for long, fun-filled weekends!  This past weekend was the perfect balance of fun-time and relaxing-time…unfortunately it was pretty slack on the house-cleaning-time, but that’s OK! 🙂

Friday Night: We went to NODA to see Andrew’s band (Pseudo Blue) play.  We ate yummy sandwiches for dinner at Salvador Deli, and then grabbed a couple beers and met up with friends for the street-show.  It was such a nice evening, and Pseudo Blue rocks!

Loving that wine in plastic cups! ha!

We had to leave a little early since Adam had to work the next day, but he insisted that we stop to get some frozen yogurt on our way home!  YUM!

we heart fro-yo!

Saturday morning, I got to sleep in (yay!) and then spent the morning hanging out around the house.  That afternoon we decided that it would be fun to go down to Carowinds.  (Carowinds is a big amusement part like Six Flags or Busch Gardens, that is just south of Charlotte sitting right on the NC/SC border.)  We had both been here frequently as kids, but neither one of us had been back in at least the past 10 years!

Which roller coaster should we ride first, honey?

We were both excited to ride all of the new fancy roller coasters, even though it was a very hot day.  Unfortunately, I got very nauseous after the first ride, and despite drinking 2 bottles of water, the feeling didn’t really go away.  Adam thought it was heat-exhaustion, and almost took me to the medic!  Even though I got sick, we were still able to ride 3 pretty awesome roller coasters, and we still had fun!

We rode this crazy NASCAR one first!

 Then, we came home and spent a quiet evening on the couch eating pizza and watching The Fighter.  I really liked the movie, but I think the dogs were bored by it….

ChiChi (my mom's dog) and Sophie sleeping on the couch!

Sunday, I got up early and went grocery shopping, and then to yoga (go me!), while Adam spent the morning doing yard work (go him!).  Then, I came  home and made mini blueberry pies and a plum-peach-raspberry crisp for the 4th of July celebration we were going to that night.  My dad and Erin hosted us for a delicious and fun night!  My dad made really freaking awesome ribs and there was lobster, too!  The food was actually so yummy that hardly anyone touched the desserts, but that’s OK.  More for me!  Here’s some pictures of our 3rd of July celebration:

On Monday, we decided to do this….

Adam and I took the dogs to Lake Wylie for a little bit of hiking and swimming (well, swimming just for the dogs).  Sophie has always loved the water, she’s actually from the beach, but this was Emma’s first time swimming in a lake – and she loved it!

Sophie & Emma Swimming in Lake Wylie

Sophie likes to play fetch in the water.  She stands absolutely still as you throw a stick and she does not move a muscle until it hits the water with a splash. Then, she jumps right in, swims out to get it, and then paddles herself back to you on the shore.  She could do this for hours!!

Sophie going after a stick!

We were so glad that Emma enjoyed the lake, too!  We’ve only ever taken her swimming at the beach in the past, and she is scared of the waves.  But, she really enjoyed splashing around and cooling off in the lake.

Emma was loving swimming in the lake!

We all had so much fun hiking and swimming, what a was wonderful way to spend the 4th of July! 🙂

That night we stayed in and ate leftover ribs (yum part 2!) and watched the Adjustment Bureau.  And ya know what? We had such a fun weekend that I didn’t even get the Sunday-Night-Blues (even though it technically would have been the Monday-Night-Blues)! 🙂

Hope you all had a great weekend, too!  And, I’ll leave you with one more cute picture of Sophie, just because….

Happy Puppy!


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Thank Goodness It’s Friday!  I’m definitely one of those people who ‘works for the weekend’, and I’m especially exited because this one will be a long one!  But, in an effort to not dwell on the negative (a.k.a. my job), here’s a list of some of the little things that made me happy this week:

  • I survived my first yoga class!  Monday night I used my birthday gift (from the hubs) to try out yoga for the very first time.  I was surprised by the intensity of the workout (I thought it was mostly meditation), but overall I really enjoyed it!  I may or may not still be sore (haha!), but I’m looking forward to attending another class this weekend! 
  • Also on Monday night my fabulous friends Miquel, Daphne and Courtney took me out to frozen yogurt!! (my fave!)  Miq even treated me as a late birthday present.  Thanks ladies, it was super-fun way to end a Monday!!
  • Adam made this on Wednesday night….  YUM!

    Bread Pudding with a Home-Made Burbon-Carmel Sauce!


Also, this happened:

Emma trying to lay in Chi Chi's dog bed! (Chi Chi is my mom's dog who weighs about 10 lbs!)

  •  And, last night I visited my grandparents just to say hi.  That makes them happy, which in turn makes me happy! 🙂

Now, it’s almost time for a long 4th of July weekend!  Yay! 


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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

I’ve decided that my blog needs more pictures of the animals!  After all, the title is ‘my life with adam AND the animals’, and they haven’t had much face-time on the blog yet!  So, here goes my first attempt at ‘Wordless’ Wednesday, which in my case, obviously, will not be completely wordless.  Enjoy!

Sophie & Emma snuggling on the bed the other night!

And then Pookey came to join in the snuggle-fest.

Seriously….my doggies are the cutest!!! 🙂

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