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A special surprise

My kids don’t read my blog so I feel it is ok to put this out there. Besides I am way too excited to hold it in.

We have felt a hole around here since we lost Barley our Golden Retriever and Andy and I have been talking about getting another dog. Another big dog that I could walk the trails with alone and feel safe. One that likes to play. Shiloh likes to play, but her idea of play is to go out with Austin and his friends and run around with their dogs down by the river off leash. She HATES walking on a leash and is awful at it. Her beagle nose just goes crazy. She’s also pretty small and not all that intimidating.

I had my heart set on rescuing a greyhound. But the more I looked into it the more I realized that at this stage of our lives, it probably wasn’t the best choice. The biggest reason is our almost 2 acre property has an underground fence and because Greyhounds are sight hounds and trained to chase small critters, they don’t adopt to people with underground fences. Greyhounds will run right through them and they run so fast you can’t catch them. Then there is the fact that we have Zoey, who is a very small dog that is scared of everything. If a greyhound chased her she would probably be traumatized forever.

As I was getting over my disappointment of the greyhound a friend posted on fb that her friends dogs just had puppies and she was getting one.

The pup looked just like Barley did and I quickly clicked thru the rest of the pics

Mom and Dad -dads name is Riley, the street we used to live on:)

I knew Andy thought we should wait until Spring to get another dog but I sent the pics to him anyway, because who can resist spreading a little Goldie love??

And turns out Andy couldn’t resist those little Goldie faces.

For some reason I am all teary eyed thinking about this new little pup. Because of Barley. Because time flies. Because dogs are so special. Because Cole is going to be so excited- he wants one so bad.

Because we have put our kids through so much the past two years.

Because I want to spend the winter snuggled up by the fire with that furry little face.

Austin already knows, we had to tell him since Andy is going to Indiana to pick our new little dude up and will miss his XC meet tomorrow. Blake will be in West Virginia at a lax tournament so he won’t see it until he gets home after the weekend.

But Cole and Eva will be surprised, and excited. I can’t wait.

Last night I got updated puppy pics- they went to the vet yesterday and then had a day playing outside.

The first one cracks me up- Mama was getting a break on the other side of the fence.

We don’t know which one will be ours- there are 5 girls and 4 boys. We are getting a boy.

Oh man- I wish I could take them all!!!

Miss you Barley girl, I know you would approve.

Aimee - You know you are also getting another kid once you get that puppy right? Oh man- I can already smell that sweet golden puppy breath! Can’t wait to meet him!!!

Elizabeths - OH MY!!!!!! They are sooooooo cute all piled together. Goldens have always been my favorite even as a child we always had them. Such sweet dogs although I can do without the shedding. They are gonna love him so much!!!!

Gretchen P - So exciting! How can you not love those sweet faces? It makes me miss our boxer we put down in March. Have fun with all those puppy kisses!!

Kathy T - Congrats to you! I’m so jealous. I miss puppy breath. And they’re so cute! Barley would most certainly approve. Enjoy!

Amy Jo - I’m so jealous! There is nothing in the world better than puppy breath! Looking forward to seeing more pics of the little guy once you get him home. Do you have a name picked out yet?

Hannah - Are those the dogs Sarah posted about? They are SO cute! I almost was tempted to get another baby…but then Buddy threw up another pair of underwear and I got over it.

By the way….COME TO INDIANA! Hello?? I’m here and I’m awesome…or at least I am nice…some of the time. I bake a mean pie ;)

Sarah - Duh… of course I am the FRIEND she is talking about… any my awesomeness is surely casting a huge shadow over your awesomeness… Buddy is OLD NEWS! LOL!

But, seriously… are those fuzzy faces not adorbs? And now, we are going to be related!! LOL! Can’t wait to meet our little girly furball on Monday so we can share pictures!!! And, puppy playdates best be in their future!!!

Pumpkin carving party

The weather was so nice this year and we had a big mix of people and wouldn’t you know, I forgot to pick up my camera.

When I finally did remember I tried to grab a few pics of these dudes


They wouldn’t let me get one good shot


Marybeth had the best pumpkin by far


None of the kids wanted to carve- they all just wanted to play. There were tons of kids there.


And then my camera went missing and these shots turned up on it


And by the time I got it back to get a pic of the pumpkins most people had taken them so this is all I got!


Happy Halloween!

Susan - IT was a fun party!

Eisenhart Invitational 2014


This is the only meet that is “home” for our high school. It’s a pretty a big one but man the weather was awful.

Results are here- we took 2nd place.

And even though Austin got a personal best he thought he should have ran faster:(


Sometimes I think he pushes himself too hard. But it’s his personality and I have known him long enough to know that there is no changing that!


He is currently the 2nd fastest Junior in central Ohio.


He has worked his butt off to get to that spot.


His Grandparents weathered the weather to watch him run.


I’m just a little bit proud of these boys…

Found this video on Youtube from one of the other schools that participated- kinda cool to see our boys.

Gretchen P - 2nd fastest junior!! What an accomplishment. I’m sure he is pushing himself to be the fastest. You should be proud!

Lisa - Way to run, Austin! That is a great accomplishment! :-)

Maureen - Love your posts about Austin’s cross country success! I am a cross country groupie with all three of my kids who ran. My youngest son who ran for HInsdale IL won state for the first time in the history of the school last year. So much fun and lots of nerves watching him and the team. There is nothing like a fall cross country meet. He runs for Boston College now. Here’s a link to a youtube of their team last year if Austin is interested.


Laura h - So great! My son is on XC too, and it is always fun to watch them compete! You must be so proud!

Tonights dinner

Tonight was one of those nights where I opened the fridge and threw together something on the fly. With the help of Pinterest.


I found this recipe and with a few modifications- dinner was on the table!

I didn’t have tortellini so I used farfalle. I also used a lot more spices- especially the red pepper because I love spicy. I didn’t have cream so I used half and half. I probably used more parm cheese than it called for as well. It was really good!! The workers at my house commented that you could smell it outside and they were all getting hungry!

Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Yield 4 servings

The most unbelievably creamy tortellini you will make in just 15 min. Doesn’t get easier or tastier than that!


12 ounces tortellini pasta
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
3 cups spinach, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan


In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
In a small bowl, whisk together heavy cream and flour; set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in tomatoes, spinach, basil, oregano, thyme and red pepper flakes, if using; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Gradually whisk in heavy cream mixture and Parmesan, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in tortellini and gently toss to combine.
Serve immediately.

Once again the oldest gobbled it down. The 2nd one ate a little bit, and three and four had Annies mac and cheese.

Hannah - That looks really really good. I’m in such a rut with cooking…keep the recipes coming :)


I just realized that I never put the Homecoming pictures up.


The kids looked so great all dressed up


I’m feeling so short these days


But then so does Andy. Even though he is 6″1.


I’m so glad Blake went with MaryBeth


Although it is so hard to see them so grown up. Just the other day I was telling someone about this day- it seems like it was yesterday.


Who told them it was ok to get so big so fast?


Did I ever mention that they don’t do Homecoming in Chapel Hill? I’m not even sure they do prom.


It was a good night. I have said it a million times over the last almost two years- it’s good to see my boy smile again.