Friday, December 19, 2008

Snowed In

A.J. took Grizzly out for some "bonding time" today. Man to man. He doesn't want him to turn into a momma's boy from being with me all day.

He took him to his work ( but he's not working today) to show him to a friend that brings his dog, Oakie, into work, to let Grizzly play with him. Did that make sense? Anyway, Oakie is a blue Heeler, so not too much taller than Grizzly, but he's around 40 pounds and built like a tank apparently. Grizzly is 14.5 pounds at 9 weeks by the way, I weighed him yesterday. So, the two dogs start play fighting and it turns out our little guy was pretty tough! AJ told me Grizzly pushed Oakie over with his huge bear paws and got on top of him, then "showed dominance". Ha! What a proud moment for AJ. Oakie jumped in the truck after Grizzly got lifted onto the seat...guess he hadn't had enough of him. Griz is completely pooped. They've been home for an hour and he's still asleep.

We were all looking forward to the boy bonding today, but this winter storm is getting in the way. I was gonna finish some Christmas shopping and get things done I can't normally do with a new puppy at home. I'd rather not test out the roads right now. And the boys were going to have their adventures, too.

This is a few hours ago, now the branches are all super weighed-down with snow.

So now I'm stuck inside. My sister tells me her coworkers are obsessed with puppies right now, so here come some more pictures and videos!

He's chewing on a seed-pod thing. Cute face...

He's sleeping right here. This is not mid-fall, this was comfortable for him for a while.

These are of his new toy he found outside. Is it a pine needle branch or a flying porcupine?

My camera is weird and won't take more than an 8-second video, sorry guys.

There's a few things I wish I had videos of. One, is he's discovered the Christmas tree and the ball ornaments and especially the string of lights plugged into the wall. He does the funniest thing...he'll run around the tree when he thinks I'm not looking, try to bite some balls and then he'll steal a light bulb out of the cord. And he KNOWS he's not supposed to be back there. I'll yell at him, and he'll come jumping and running to me with the silliest look on his face.

Another thing, is our neighbors have this short snowman in their yard with sticks for hair, and arms of course. Well guess who thinks it's hilarious to steal stick arms and hair off the snowman? It's hilarious. But he got caught by them, so I probably shouldn't get caught filming it.

Oh, and he also learned how to come down the stairs by himself! This is huge for him. He's been really scared of going down even little steps, and AJ taught him how to come down the stairs. Grizzly gets all anxious and growls and barks and fidgets the whole time, but it's the cutest thing. He's growing up!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's a BOY!

Disclaimer: If dog-lover stuff annoys you, you probably won't like this post.

Please welcome our little bundle of joy. This is Grizzly Adams...Frisby...We called him Griz. Griz is the newest Friz!

When we saw him we just thought he looked like a little bear cub. Look how huge his paws are! So instead of calling him Bear, like we've heard a lot before, we decided he's a lil' grizzly bear!

I guess I can't fool anyone. I thought more people would think I was preggers from the past post, but you know better don't you :)

Our first family picture. Ignore my hair.

Having a father-son moment

Grizzly's an Airedale. I'm aware that most people don't know what that looks like. They get big. And this one doesn't really look that big, but it's a cute shot. See how their coloring changes?

But for now he's a cute little puppy! Yay! We were going to pick up Griz today, but things worked out that we could go yesterday. I'm really glad we did, because although it was horribly rainy, road conditions would have been far worse today. We had a huuuuuge snow storm. And um, we had to drive over 4 hours to get him. He was waiting for us in Caldwell, Idaho. Just past Boise. I'd never been to Boise. It was exciting...actually not really because we just stopped at a gas station there.

So anyway, here's some pictures of our little guy playing in the snow. It was aDORable. He was probably wondering why last night it was hard on the ground, and today it was fluffy. He would get excited and jump (because the snow was deep) towards me.

Love that ear!
All tuckered out. We found out last night that he snores sometimes. But the funniest thing is that anytime you touch him while he's sleeping, he'll let out this really annoyed groan, like, "will you STOP I'm trying to get some shut-eye here!" Or he'll get groany and whimpery trying to find a more comfy position. Which is always an odd one, because he's a puppy(!)

There may be a no-dogs-on-the-sofa rule, but we haven't gotten him a bed or toys yet, and...well let's be honest, I've just been letting him do whatever he wants today.

He's a very good dog though. Even after just one night and half a day, he's learned that going outside means going potty. He had half an accident inside...but he's getting really good. And he pooped twice today in the snow! Yay!

I was gonna use this for the "it's a boy" picture. Because I'm really immature.

Ready to see the cutest thing of your entire life? Here's Grizzly playing in snow for the first time!

He's got that separation anxiety going on. There were lots of dogs where he was, and now he's just got me. So he's been following me everywhere. He was super cuddly in the car last night. When I showered this morning he cried the whole time, poor little guy. (sounds familiar, huh Andrea?)

Grizzly's really curious about everything. Watching me scroll up and down on a webpage makes him try to grab it. He got kinda anxious when he watched his own video, like maybe he had a friend behind the computer somewhere. He's watched TV a little bit. New sounds, especially loud ones really scare him. He's nervous for now, but I have a feeling he'll get pretty bold soon.

Well that's our little guy!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

O Christmas Tree

Wow, I don't know what people did without TV or internet back in the day. We were pretty bored for the last week! The internet guy that came yesterday (YAY!) told me people just had lots of kids back then to stay occupied. Hilarious.

Well, we are officially moved in! It took us about 2.75 days to get all of our stuff across the street. I'll admit I still don't have everything put away. I don't know what to do with all this open space so if you have lots or picture frames, tables, or an extra bed, just let me know.

Last Saturday was super fun. I'd been bugging AJ about a Christmas tree. "Wanna cut one down? Or are you gonna make me one still?" Well Kevin (AJ's manager guy/buddy) invited us to cut down a tree with him and his family. I guess you can't cut down a Christmas tree in Utah, unless it's from one of those wimpy tree farms. Just kidding guys, don't get offended, I totally would have gone to a tree farm if I didn't find out you could go to a forest. IN IDAHO. Whoa we went all the way to Idaho! It was like 30 minutes away! Anyway, Kevin knew of a cool spot so we pulled over and went tree huntin' (with a permit of course).

You'd be surprised how hard it can be to find a Christmas tree in a forest. It was tempting to cut just the top off of a huge tree, since the tops were pretty awesome looking. It was also tough to find a decent one that would fit in our living room. Well after trudging around in the snow for a while, we came to this spot where there was a beam of sunlight shining on the top of just one tree. I said to AJ "wouldn't it be funny if that celestial-glory-looking tree were the ONE?" So he went and checked it out. It was our tree! It was symmetrical, not too full, not too wimpy...and the heavens were like "aaAAAAhhhhHHH!!!"

Then we got pizza and Kevin's 12 year old son pouted unless he could sit by me. Later, AJ told me Kevin's wife stopped by the shop and said their son thought I was just gorgeous. Hahaha!!! I've still got it!

Anyhoo. When we got home we decided we better measure the living room ceiling to make sure our tree would fit. Then we measured the tree. Yeah, it was huge. I think we highly underestimated the height when we were in the mountains. WELL good thing our huge dining room has a huge ceiling! And good thing we don't have anything else to put in there! We had to go buy an 8 ft. ladder so we could decorate the tree. Does that give you an idea of it's height? Okay okay, here's the pictures:

See? It's as high as the balcony thing.

AJ told me that "girls don't know how to climb up ladders" so here he is, being all manly. (if you know AJ you know not to take that remark seriously)

And I did THE REST. With the huge ladder. In your face.

I was afraid I wouldn't have enough ornaments, but between the hand-me-downs my mom mailed up to me, and the retro ornaments (they came in boxes that had 1960-something on them) from my great-grandma's house, I think I did pretty well. Oh yeah, and I bought a box of glass craft ornaments and decorated them myself. Saved a couple bucks, and they are definitely originals...

The one in front is one of the retro ones (so is the red one) and the circle-y one I made.

I couldn't find an angel or star that I really loved, so I figured that's one thing I can save for another year. Maybe AJ will make me a nice metal star.

In other news, we may be adding to our little family soon. I'll update everyone in a couple days :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New place

I'm taking a break from moving to post some pictures of the place. It feels huge! And my favorite part is all the sunlight coming in. Our current place is so dark. When I got to the stairs, I thought someone left the lights on! Haha.

I couldn't get a good picture of the front since there's trees, so just imagine this, plus a 2-car garage to the left. Isn't the yellow way cuter than the dingy blue?

Standing in the living room, that sliding glass door is in the dining room.

Here's the garage. And that's like half of the door. And there's a window!

Upstairs hallway. Huge! Behind me is the balcony-thing

Balcony-thing. That wall paper is above the kitchen.

View from the balcony-thing.

K, here's an idea of how close we are to the old place. Or new place. Whatever. This view is from an upstairs bedroom. We were in the blue town home with our silver Honda in the driveway. Garbage day was 3 days ago by the way :)
The upstairs bathroom. You can't tell, but it's a lot bigger than the old place. And a window!

Me doing a celebratory high-kick because look: 2 separate closets, and our own door to the bathroom!

The kitchen. Eh. At least there's a window!

Awesome wallpaper border in the SECOND bathroom! Yay now guests don't have to go upstairs!

View from the back.
This is only part of the backyard. Like the view of our church? Behind me is more grass to the fence.

I didn't get any pictures of the rooms...I mean, you can guess what they look like. The living room has a nice big window though.

Well, I guess I'll get back to moving. By myself. I guess I didn't give the ward enough notice ;) J/K guys! Don't pity me, I'm not doing anything big. Yet.

For the record, my clothes took about 4 trips to take over. AJ's was 1. But what's really going to suck is when he has to move all his garage stuff.

I'm so hardcore.

We're moving!

I literally (literally) found out that we're moving about 10 minutes ago.

Across the street.

There's some town homes across the street from us that are bigger (3 bedroom), cuter, have 2-car garages, and have their own yards. We've considered moving there because we wanted a puppy, and wanted the garage space, too. And yes, it costs a little more. But our landlord came by today and proposed a deal: If we move out of here asap so he can rent our place to a family who needs the lower rent, then he'll give us this other place with a discount on the rent, and we won't have to sign a lease.

So we're doing it!

Crazy, I know. But I'm sort of used to impulsive decisions in our life. Except for the whole getting preggers decision, sorry everyone (everyone who cares).

If you wanna come by this weekend for the Logan weather and nightlife, you can help us carry our furniture across the street too! Cool huh? But seriously, you don't have to.


I know you've all been waiting to hear about the great mustache event that took place over Thanksgiving.

Thanks for the picture, Jenni. It's now my 'puter's desktop background!

Click here for the Tale of Three Molestaches

In case anyone's wondering, my man is the super hot one on the right.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Good Riddance

I'm cheap.

I do things like put water in shampoo bottles to get every last bit, or I save twisty ties to use on other tie-less things, or sometimes I use half a kleenex, rip off the used part, and keep the clean part. Lately I've bought lunch meat that comes in little Gladware containers so I can reuse them!

I usually don't mind doing these little things, but once in a while I suffer because of my cheapness. For example:

This toothpaste tastes pretty gross. It's the orange kind. Orange flavored? No, I don't think so. Well, maybe it could be–I usually dislike orange+otherflavor combinations. But if it were orange flavored, wouldn't it say on the tube? It's just a mysterious gross flavor.

This is something AJ "brought into our marriage". In fact, he had TWO very large tubes of this type of toothpaste. And look how nice and shiny and expensive it looks. So even after I realized it tastes like you-know-what, I still couldn't just trash them. Right? Right guys?

Oh, I almost forgot to mention...I had to use up this toothpaste all on my own. AJ's dentist recommends he gets the sensitive kind. He's sensitive, guys. (sometimes sensitive toothpaste comes in a pink tube! *snicker*)

So here I am, TWO years later. After the suffering and the squeezing and the hurts-my-hand-to-get-it-off lid and the frothy orange spit and the after-taste, IT'S FINALLY GONE!!!

Let's celebrate.

I bought myself some Colgate Total. With a $1.50 off coupon of course! Score!