Friday, March 29, 2013

Meet Gunyr

Meet our sweet sweet little boy Gunyr, pronounced Gunner with awesome spelling. He is a Labrador and Bernese mix. We rescued/adopted him yesterday from the Delaware Humane Association. He was born on January 17 2013. His birth mom was in foster care and up for adoption. The litter of pups came in to the shelter for adoption themselves the day before we decided to come look at the dogs available. We were in love as soon as we took him for a walk at the shelter and applied for adoption that day.

Before we picked him up, we went to Pet-smart and got his halter and leash along with his food bowls, some healthy organic shampoo, training treats and a few other essentials. As soon as we were able to pick him up, which was the day after we applied,we drove to Petco and he got to pick out all his toys and treats. We initially named him Bloodsworth and Blood for short. Steve always wanted a dog named Blood so we did... until everyone that asked his name at Petco and outside on walks would give us a shocked look. We decided that its best to choose something else... So Gunyr he is!

Today we went for a morning stroll around the complex since it was so warm and beautiful. He loves his walks but his legs are so little, he can only go so fast but he sure tries. He has to jog to keep up. He is so fun to watch. Later we went to the dog park at the Brandywine Park. Its off-leash and he loved playing fetch. We train with positive reinforcement and barely punish unless he wines at his feline brother or sister then its a stern "Bad Dog"!. We don't believe in hitting or physical  punishment AT ALL! All it does is make him afraid of you. His legs are still too short to comfortably climb the stairs to the apartment but sometimes he will try to climb them himself and other times Steve has to carry him. And as for housebreaking him, he is doing extraordinary. We put out puppy pads and he always went on those except once. Then today, literately one day later, he will wine and let me know when he has to potty. But if I wait too long, he will go inside on the pads... so its a race against time.

We are so blessed that the Lord brought him in to our lives. He is a true blessing. We have a dog park right here in the apartment complex so there is no excuse for him to have any pent up energy. Bunker and Gunyr have been doing great and are getting along. Tubbles on the other hand is in the bedroom and will not come out. We had to move the litter box and dishes in there because she is having the same reaction as when Bunker came in to our lives but not so extreme. She is actually doing much better with this transition then the last. We are just giving her lots of extra love and attention.

Time for a walk

He is such a beautiful little man

Walking by the water

Run Gunyr, Run!

A quick drink

More running

I love Him!

Momma holding him during his first car ride

Cuddles for Daddy

His big new comfy bed

Loved watching the birds (Brandywine Zoo)

"But Mom, I dont want to shop anymore!"

"..well, okay.. as long as I get more samples"

First bath time.

A snoring Gunyr.

My little mouth breather

"I was rescued"

Look at those huge paws! He is going to be a big dog!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sweetest moment of my day

Sweetest moment of my day:

I was making homemade pizza and salad for dinner and here is a conversation we had.

Me: would you like to eat dinner separately? Your pizza is almost done and mine still has 10 minutes.
Husband: No. We eat together and pray together at the table and families who pray together stay together.

I melted. I am so blessed to have such a godly man for a husband.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

forgotton photos

My cousin Ashley tagged Steve and I in a few photos on Facebook that I have never seen. We look so different then. These were taken from when we were just dating, or maybe we have just gotten engaged. I'm not entirely sure. I was about 16 or 17 here (in 2006 or 2007). Seeing these completely made my day. I don't have any photos of my childhood or teen years. When my Dad passed, I gave everything to the local church and didn't think I would want a photo of myself as a baby to show our children one day. I think I will have to ask my Mom to see if she has any she can send to me.

Steve and I with my nephew David (my brother David's son)

David and I
Steve, David and I

Picnic for Grandmas Katherine birthday (my Mom's mother). My Mom on the right and Grandpa Ralph (Mom's father) on left.

From left: My mom Debbie, me, Stacy (sister-in-law) holding my niece Katy, and Bob (moms boyfriend) holding my nephew David.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Growing boy and our apartment garden

Seven months and he is already taller than Tubbles (look at those long legs of his!). He is so fun and is such a baby. He still suckles my shirts and loves to vocalize his opinion about everything. You should check out a few of our home videos we have taken of him. He is so fast in play and he sure keeps Tubbles on her toes. I think she has lost a bit of weight since she has him to play with all day now. They sure sleep good at night.

We recently planted some flowers and a few vegetables (apartment gardening is a little experiment we are doing) and since they need to stay indoors for the first six weeks, the kittens love to smell the dirt and hang around the kitchen where I keep the pots. We also got some balcony furniture so it should be nice this Summer to sit outside with my family and smell our blooming flowers and yummy veggies. So excited for the warm season coming up.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Life of a Housewife

I was reading some old posts from my blog and boy, my life has changed from when I was in college, and in Germany, and well, when I had a normal life outside the home. I had FRG meeting to attend and fun wives get-togethers. Its hard not having any friends here.
I can't wait to settle in one place and make long lasting relationships. But anyways.. I know I have done a daily life post before so here is an updated one for all those who care, Ha! But its fun to record how much life changes over the years.

This is a rough estimate of my daily life now, it varies since I have different cleaning tasks for different days. This was pretty much my day today-

6:00am Wake Up! Feed my kittens and make sure they are loved on.
6:20 Scoop litter box.
6:30 Meals planned out and prepared.
6:35 Start breakfast for husband and I.
7:00 Counters cleaned, floor swept, and dishes done after breakfast.
8:00 Make husband's lunch for work.
9:00 Wake Husband up.
9:30 Keep telling husband he will be late if he keeps dragging!
9:45  Kissed my husband goodbye for work and made sure he didn't forget anything.
10:00 Tended to my home business while clipping coupons from Sundays paper.
11:00 Listen to my church's Sundays service on the app since I can't be there in person. (While I am still working and couponing! Love to multitask. Time goes by much faster)
12:00pm Make lunch for myself.
1:00 Let my kittens play outside on the balcony.
1:30 Throw laundry in the wash and hand wash delicate clothes in sink.
2:00 Started scrubbing bathroom shower walls, tub, counter, mirror, sink, toilet and floor.
4:00 Straightened up living room, vacuumed, and dusted.
4:30 Let the kittens back out on the balcony for one last hoo-rah of the day.
5:00 Start prepping dinner (Once I read Proverbs 31 in the Bible, it really open my eyes to what Gods wants wives to be like and do and now I cook wholesome meals for every meal for my family, including my kittens.. I will only feed them Halo brand foods) ..Ive even lost weight with this new healthy eating!
6:00 Start cooking dinner while catching up on my shows in the back ground (unless its Teen Mom, SOA, The Walking Dead, or Army Wives, then it needs my full attention (Ha :P))
7:00 Hubby is home. Sit down, pray, talk, eat, be merry!
7:45 Wash dishes, wipe down table, clean counter, sweep, and then go relax with the love of my life and my kittens.

Days for deep cleaning, like today was for the bathroom, alternates everyday of the week. I try my best for my husband to come home to a clean home at the end of a long day of school and work. Its Sunday so he only had work but some days, he is not home at all until late at night and I am cooking his lunch and dinner while cooking his breakfast in the mornings since I won't see him. I am looking forward to him graduating as much as he is. I wish we could eat together like this every night but that will come in time.
I try my best to fit sewing practice in there because I am slowing learning, which was a 2013 resolution for me. I love it. I know I have said I am trying to write a book as well but it has sort of gone to the back burner for now. I hope to finish this year but we will have to see.

I also do the shopping so I try to shop once a week to get the most of out my coupons and weekly deals but most of the time, shopping happens twice a month.

Hope you found my day oh so interesting.