Readers, I have been a terrible blogger. To say our lives have been disrupted would be a gross understatement. You see, on our last camping trip to the coast, we decided to get a puppy. It all started with going to a petting zoo in Newport, where we got to cuddle lots of sweet animals. Then over dinner, Match told me he was finally ready for another dog.
I had been researching puppies for a long time, and I wanted a hypoallergenic dog this time because of our allergies. I wanted to make sure we did it right this time, because this would be our first dog as a family. Monkey was my pup, and he didn’t always listen to Match because of that. I also did a lot of things wrong with him because I was young when I got him.
So, we decided on a sheepadoodle, a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle, and we figured it would take awhile to get one, because they’re pretty popular. As luck would have it, we found a litter that was ready to come home that very next week, and they weren’t all spoken for. We chose this little munchkin, and we all fell in love.
Meet Loki, our little furbaby. Don’t let his adorableness fool you. As he’s grown more comfortable at our house, he’s also grown more mischievous, fully living up to his name. It’s all normal puppyiness, and his core personality seems to be a cuddly little lovebug who prefers to be held. At all times. Even when mommy is in the bathroom.
This is our first time with such a young puppy, and readers it is like having a newborn. Sleepless nights and so much poo and pee! It’s exhausting. But at the end of the day, I’m so happy we got him. It’s been a couple weeks now, and we’re settling into a routine. He’s learning to like (tolerate) his crate, and he sleeps through the night! He has a lot of energy, but he’s a quick learner and eager to please. I love watching Piglet with him, and how much Loki loves him.
February seems to be the month that we get snow in the Oregon valley. We didn’t get very many days, but what we did get was fun. I love how snow makes everything look magical.
When we had mid-week snow, I was sick with a cold. So when school was canceled, it was the perfect excuse to stay home with my boy and enjoy the snow. Piglet had a playdate with his two best friends from kindergarten. It was so nice letting the boys run off and play while I rested.
This past Friday and Saturday we got our real snowfall. I went out with some friends from work, and downtown was basically deserted. I had a great evening with these ladies, where we asked each other loaded questions and got to know one another better. On Saturday, with my cold finally gone, I ventured out with my boys and really enjoyed the magic of snow.
A friend of mine has some property just outside of town, and he let us go up there and play in the snow. We sledded down the hill and threw snowballs at each other. Playing on that property made me wish we could afford to move to the country. I love our little house and our neighborhood friends, but sometimes I wish we had a little more nature right outside our door.
At home, our chickens thought the snow was pretty weird. Scamper is going through a molt right now, so she’s so ugly she’s cute.
Do you get snow in the winter? Do you love it? I’m sure my East coast readers are rolling their eyes at our small amount of snow!
It’s crazy to think that Match and I have celebrated 10 birthdays together. We met when we were just babies, only 24! I made a promise to myself on my last birthday that we’d always try to get out of town for each other’s birthdays, and I’ve kept that promise so far. For Match’s birthday the first weekend of this month, we went back to Bend, to the magical resort where we spent our Thanksgiving.
Once again, the resort was wonderful. This time we had a one bedroom, but it was still so spacious and had amazing views of the forest. We were all rocking colds, but I’d rather be sick with a cold at a resort with beautiful heated hot tubs than at home! We still managed to enjoy ourselves and all the amenities, though we did skip ice skating.
We decided to sweat it out at the on-site gym, and since it’s not a regulated gym, we snuck Piglet in with us. It was so cute watching him work out, and I love that we’re setting a good example for him. He loves to work on his muscles with us!
We made it into town this time, and enjoyed dinner at 10 Barrel Brewing. The only disappointing part about this trip was the lack of snow. Fortunately for us, we got a couple of snow days the following week. I can’t wait for our next trip to the resort. Maybe this summer so we can see what kind of fun summer activities there are to do in Bend.
Today we did our tradition of cleaning house, and putting away all of our Christmas decorations. We went on a crisp winter walk while Piglet rode his bike. We talked about our resolutions for the new year and what we’d like to do this year .
Here are our resolutions from last year:
Piglet’s resolutions were:
To visit someone on a trip
To whine less
To work on not interrupting
Match’s resolutions were:
To swear less
To work on his temper and to be happier
My resolutions were:
To get back to my driver’s license weight
To nag less
To take a fun family trip
I have to say overall I think we did great. I did 2 out of 3 on my resolutions, (just did not get that weight off) Piglet did 2 out of 3 (he needs to work on his whining a little bit more, but otherwise, he’s been great!) and Match has had a way better attitude overall, and seems so much happier than years past, but he still swears quite a bit at work, but he’s gotten much better at home.
This year, we’ve made the following resolutions:
Piglet’s resolutions are:
Go to bed early (I love that he came up with this on his own! Ha!)
Learn to cook more
Learn to play guitar
Match’s resolutions are:
Get top of class for 2nd year in a row
My resolutions are:
Get back to that driver’s license weight (I swear this is going to happen this year)