Thursday, December 18, 2014


It's been 3 weeks since we picked up our new puppy Otto, and he has woven his little self right into our family so seamlessly that it almost feels like we've had him for years (ok, maybe not years...but definitely months).  I'm not exaggerating at all when I say he's the best dog ever.  I feel like we won the puppy lottery or something!

The boys adore him and Nick and I also soak in his cuteness, he's wiggled his way right into our hearts and has been a welcome addition.  I realize I'm saying all of this and we haven't even had him a month, maybe I'll be signing a different tune once he's grown or as he goes through his "teenage" months.  But for now, I'm quite happy with our little guy.

He sleeps quite a bit, much like a newborn does, but he sleeps though all the sounds and shrieks the kids make.  He's almost potty trained, we are getting there.  And he sleeps in his crate at nighttime and when we're away during the day.  However, he's a smart little furball...he managed to unzip the crate door and get out while we were gone yesterday.  I imagined the worst as I looked around the house for a pile of doo or a chewed up chair.  We looked and saw nothing out of the ordinary, so maybe he wasn't out long or maybe he just knew, I can't be sure.

The amount of growing he's done in just one month is quite astounding.  I think he was about 10lbs when we got him, and he's gaining daily.  You can see a difference in the pictures below

This morning was his first experience with snow, you'd have thought he was in heaven.  He LOVED it.  It was fun to watch him and the boys play in it, but cleaning him off afterwords is no fun but still worth it.

Here are LOTS of pictures for your viewing enjoyment!

Our very first meeting!

First car ride home, he's a little unsure and was shaking

 Quick pit stop

First Jeep ride

Look closely, all 3 of them are inside Otto's crate

First night home and he found a resting spot on Grandpa's foot

Ethan giving him kisses during his nap

Ethan taking him for a walk (he does this often)

In Alec's bed, Alec was very excited!

Helping with puzzles

Uh-oh, someone else loves Daddy Puppy too!

He won't be able to do this much longer!

Found a pillow and took a nap

Can you take in all that cuteness????

On a walk on the trails

These two cuddle a lot!'s all about the shoes.

This picture sums up how much he really loved the snow!

Having a new puppy is great, but having a goldendoodle is even better.  :)

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Golden What?

We're getting a Goldendoodle puppy.  There, I said it.  I may regret it for the first few months as I'm preparing myself for flashbacks of sleepless nights and constant baby attention.  But, Nick and I think that the good will far outweigh the bad when it comes to adding a family pet to our lives.

In choosing what we wanted (and didn't want!) in a dog, we considered several different breeds.  Saint Bernard was crossed off the list immediately...Bigsy still holds a special spot in my heart, but he was too much dog.  A lab like grandma and grandma have was tempting, we love Emmy at the farm and she's such a calm and easy dog (even Grandma, the anti-dog lover, says so!) but labs shed a lot and get quite large.  We came close to a husky because of their fun-loving and good natured personalities but they also shed a lot and are known to escape fences and explore with no real desire to return home.  So we crossed that off the list, too.  Next we found a mixed breed called a Goldendoodle.  They are half Golden Retriever and have Poodle.  Nick is really working on his delivery of the breed name when asked by strangers.  Goldendoodle is the least manliest name ever.

He has no name yet, but we've got a couple contenders.  Henry and Fletcher (Fletch for short) are in the top two spots.  Maybe once we pick him up on Nov 26th we'll make a decision.

Here he is in all his cuteness.  C'mon Beth, you've got to love that little nose!!!

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Shawnee Mish

We love Shawnee Mission Park, loving called Shawnee Mish.  We've hiked the trails more times than I can count and most recently were a little overzealous and almost got stuck on the trail after sunset.  I  should've taken a picture, but on a recent hike Nick had both boys laid across his shoulders while jogging just to make up time to get to the end of the trail before we had to call the park rangers to lead us out.  We made it without incident, and probably walked 2.5 miles or more.  The boys are such good hikers, they love the new sights and sounds and just being outside.

We spotted more squirrels than I can count but the coolest thing we saw were 2 deer just yards from us.  They were stiff as could be, just staring right at us when all of a sudden one turned and white-tailed it out of there.  The other followed close behind and they both were very vocal as they fled, I guess we were in their space?

This picture is from a different hike, at Lake Lenexa.  We took a hike and then stopped to munch on dinner at the dam while we watched the sun set.

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Got Caught Having Fun

While at a park last weekend, the boys were all three playing on the playground when they decided to take a break.  I was ready to take a picture of them running around but instead caught this little story.

Just a dad and his boys.

 Hanging out having fun.

 A second after I took this picture, Ethan spotted me and was capturing the moment.


 On his way to stop the photo shoot.

Last one.

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Fall Leaves

This fall has been nothing short of wonderful.  The leaves took their sweet time changing color and I feel like they hung on to the branches longer than they typically do.  The weather couldn't have been nicer so we got out for a walk or hike during any downtime we had (too bad it's supposed to snow tomorrow).

We took a little family stroll around our neighborhood and stopped at this tree because of the pretty leaves.  Not sure where the boys' shoes went, maybe they wanted to feel the warmth on their feet?

 Never a dull moment around this guy.

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Sleeping Spots

Instead of sleeping in his bed like this....

Alec likes to sleep outside his brother's doorway like this...

Or on the stair steps like this....
(can't blame him, he snuck down to watch the Royals in the World Series!) but how did he not roll off!??!

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