Friday, April 26, 2013


I wanted to post about all of the walks that Coby and I should be taking right now, but that isn't the case...

Lately, Coby has been having a lot of soreness in his joints. He frequently shifts his weight, whines when he lays down or gets up, and flinches if you rub near his front leg. Poor guy! We did started him on a glucosamine regimen and got him an extra large bed with memory foam (spoiled!), and we hope it helps.

Coby was able to take a trip with me before he started feeling crumby. Last Friday, Coby played office watchdog with me at work. He loved it! I'm so glad he came.

Right now, he is staying with gma and gpa while Andrew and I take a short trip to KC with friends. My parents just love spending time with the grandkids! Have fun buddy!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


I feel ridiculous taking a pic of myself.

Well, I finally got some new glasses! They weren't the Warby Parker's I had picked out, but I think they will do for now. Definitely a change from what I had before.

Tonight, Andrew and I will head out for a few drinks to wind down a long week. I don't have to work tomorrow (hooray!) and it will be nice to just sit down without distractions.

I'm so glad the sun is shining today. I have been battling a cold for the last couple of days, and I think the sunshine helps. Also, tea with honey. Maybe it's in my head, but I think it heals me faster than anything else.

Need some laughs? This video brings a smile to my face. I hear that laughter is the best medicine (along with sunshine and tea with honey)!

That's what is happening in my life. What have you been up to?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


On Sunday, we celebrated Pop's birthday with a family get together at Pizza King. It was so nice to get everyone together, and I think Pop's really appreciated it.

The birthday cake I made for him!

It's hard to believe that he is now 94 years young! I can't wait to celebrate many, many more birthdays with him. Happy birthday to one swell guy!

Friday, April 19, 2013


After visiting the Packer's stadium and game this last winter, I knew I had to sign Andrew up for the Packer's season ticket waiting list. We finally got our letter in the mail this week!

We are #107,212. It sounds like a lot, because it is. We will be able to purchase two season tickets in about 60 years. Andrew seemed skeptical that we would make it that long. C'mon! I will make sure that I hold those tickets in my hand before I die!

We will then pass them along to our children, and they better be forever grateful. If only Andrew's parents would have done this 20 years ago!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


This pic of Coby has been cracking me up lately!

Reading: I know I haven't done a general update since January... I know! But now that I am FINALLY done reading a Dances with Dragons, I thought it was about time. Although I'm really excited to be done (for the time being) with this series, I also feel a sense of loss. Where are my characters? What are they doing? When is the next book coming out? So many questions! At least now I have time to read other things, like Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. I'm 100 pages in, and I'm not impressed. Maybe my opinion will change by the end, or maybe I will have to endure another 150ish pages of weird dialogue.

Watching: Breaking Bad. Andrew and I are a whole season behind. That's what not having cable does to a person. We are slowly catching up, but we also want to watch the episodes together which means about one episode every week...

Listening to: Mountain Man, Idiot Wind, Birdy. That is some good stuff right there!

Thinking about: How the heck I can get more people interested/involved in/excited about/donating to Coby's Cause... I think I might have set my expectations a little too high, but I won't give up. Got to keep on chugging along!

Loving: The free rain barrel that I got from the city! I can't wait to get it set up and figure out all of the fun things that I am going to use the water for... Also, Calypso has been extra cuddly lately. She is really becoming my lap kitty.

Looking forward to: Planting a garden and using my rain barrel to water it! Andrew and I are trying to figure out what will work best for us. Traditional v. raised bed v. container gardening. Lots of decisions. I originally thought container gardening, but I really think I want to go for the raised bed. The benefits seems to really outweigh the other two. If you have any insight on this, I would love to hear it!

Also, Pop's birthday is on Sunday. He will be 94! We are having a small get together for him, and I'm excited to celebrate with family.

Making me happy: Thinking about the gift we got my mom for Mother's Day! My brother and sisters/sister-in-law went in together and got her a pretty b.a. gift. Only about a month until I can finally talk about it! Wanna guess what it is, Mom?

Sunday, April 7, 2013


This whole weekend, I felt a lot of joy. It actually began to feel like spring. 
It even rained. 

I was able to spend some time with my family and just relax. 
Relaxing is a hard concept for me to grasp right now, 
and I'm learning to just slow down. 
Life will work itself out, and I'm just along for the ride. 

I'm blessed in a lot of ways, 
and it's weekends like this that help me to remember that. 
Thank you, weekend. I needed you.

I took these pictures while Andrew and I went on a drive around town. 
Nothing special, and for no particular reason.
 Just because.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Well, our house is officially a zoo. In addition to all of our animals, we are watching three other dogs - Lyle, Paxton, and Buddy. And things are going surprisingly well! The dogs are well-behaved, bedtime was a breeze, and the cats have survived. Win!

Andrew said it kinda felt like babysitting, and I can see why. These are other peoples' babies! Just like we think of our pets as family, these dogs are part of someone's family. Right after lights out last night, Andrew and I were tiptoeing around the house and whispering. We didn't want to wake the sleeping babes! I'm so glad that we have had this opportunity and that people have trusted us with these awesome pets.

Next month, we will welcome two different pups into our home. Hopefully, everything will go just as well!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


It's happening! I'm so excited to let everyone know that plans have been put in motion and donations are now being accepted to help raise money to purchase food and pet supplies for animals and their families in Omaha! In October, I wrote about how hard it was to find help to make my dream a reality, and now it is.

After months and months of waiting, wondering, and wishing, I found Red Basket. Red Basket connects people who need help with those who can give it. The project is now live and will be up through the end of April!

With your help, families will no longer have to make the hard choice to give up their pets if they temporarily cannot afford to feed them. Our goal is to keep as many animals out of shelters and in their family homes. If you would like to help, just click here!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers throughout this journey!

Monday, April 1, 2013


This year, the Flaters came to visit us for Easter. We were so excited to have everyone in town. It was the first time that Jenny had ever been to Omaha, and it was also the first time that everyone met Coby! Here is a quick rundown of events...

dinner at Saints Pub and Patio
Andrew loses a parking stub
Andrew goes to the casino with his parents and is stopped on his way out because security wanted to make sure he wasn't driving (he wasn't)

lunch at Black Oak Grill
watch the Easter Begg Hunt from the restuarant (Coby was going to go, but he has been really sore from a long day at the dog park on Thursday)
stroll around the old market
epic family puzzle time
grilling & talking
keno and drinks at Dinker's
nightcap at Side Door Lounge

brunch at Wheatfield's


no work!

The weekend was a lot of fun, and it felt like it went too fast. I love seeing Andrew's family, and I'm looking forward to the next Flater adventure!