Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Engagement Pics

A few weeks ago we decided to get engagement pics taken. Luckily I work with a fantastic guy who (with his wife) has a photography business. Check out the link below for their website...they are incredible!

2 Reeves Photography

So we met Dan and Alyssa one afternoon in early June and they captured some awesome shots of Mike and I...and of course Scootie too. They really did an absolutely fabulous job with capturing "us" in these pics. Here are some of our favorites...enjoy!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Scooter's Thundershirt

A few weeks ago I got Scootie a Thundershirt. This is a dog shirt that is designed to provide a calming relief from stressful situations (such as thunderstorms, separations, anxiety, loud noises, etc...).

I figured I'd go ahead and get one (they're only $35 on Amazon) and give it a go. Scootie's vet Dr. Allison said she'd never had one of her patients try a Thundershirt, but has heard good things from trainers about them. I decided we could be her guinea pig for the Thundershirt.

If you live in or around St. Louis you know that lately we've had some crazy storms and rain; these are situations that make Scooter very anxious. Some dogs run and hide or shake with storms...not Scoots. He instead runs around the house barking hysterically at the storm (I'm pretty sure he thinks he can eat the scary noise coming from the sky). About 4 years ago I got him a PetSafe Bark Collar to try and stop the crazed barking when storms rolled in. The bark collar does work, but over 4 years it definitely has lost its effectiveness. Scooter knows he can't bark with it on or he'll get zapped, but he's smart enough to realize he can while and cry with the collar on and still be annoying but not get shocked. Anyways, I thought I'd try something new with the Thundershirt and give it a go.

After having the Thundershirt for several weeks now I'm a believer--it sure does work!!

As soon as we put the shirt on Scooter (which happened about 3am this very morning!) it seems like a sense of calm comes over here. He stops his barking and running all over the house and just plops himself down on the bed or chair. Sometimes he is "on alert" with his ears up when it thunders, but he doesn't bark or whine, he just remains laying down and essentially taking in everything that's going on around him. I'm not saying this shirt will work for every dog out there, but for the 13-pound very anxious pup I have, it definitely has worked thus far. The way it's designed is almost like a swaddle for babies; it wraps the pup in a snug-fitting jacket that gives them almost a "hug" feeling while they're wearing it. So if you have a crazy-anxious pup, I'd encourage you to give the Thundershirt a go. It's definitely worth a try!

Below is the link for the shirts on Amazon as well as the Thundershirt website. Give it a read and check them out to see if they're right for your fur baby.

Thundershirt Website:

Thundershirts on Amazon:

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

we love our pool.

I found a pool at Walgreens on sale for $100.

It has a filter, chlorine, and water pump.

It's about 12 feet wide and 3 feet deep.

It is my new favorite thing...& worth every cent of the $100 I paid for it. I don't think anything beats a hot STL summer day while you're lounging on a raft in the sun reading a good book and listening to some tunes in your own backyard pool. Scooter agrees: it's our favorite summer toy. Summer, please stay extra long this year!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

a bunch of firsts...

Indeed it was a week of firsts for Mike.  Our 10-day trip to Connecticut and New York City came to an end last Saturday (and my lazy-self is taking advantage of being in a doctor's office for 8 hours today getting a years worth of allergy shots to catch ya'll up on all the happenings).  However, Mike got to experience a bunch of firsts that he never had before.  I thought I'd use this blog to document everything he experienced for the first time these past 10 days.  Enjoy!

Mike's first visit to the state of New York and to our country's BIGGEST city!

Mike's first time being on the other side of the mugshot camera.

Mike's first time being on the other side of the jail cell.

Mike's first time driving a police car that isn't capable of chasing a suspect.

Mike's first American league MLB game AND first MLB game outside of Busch Stadium!

Mike's first hot dog from a street vendor (side note: this was a lifelong dream of his!)

Mike's first visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Mike's first real musical on Broadway!

Mike's first real New York slice of pizza!

Mike's first visit to the Today Show set.

Mike's first SUCCESS in trading his SLMPD patches!

Mike's first visit to the ONLY city park in the country bigger than Forest Park!

Mike's first Subway ride!

It indeed was a trip loaded with firsts.  I hope Mike enjoyed seeing one of my favorite cities, and I hope he reads this blog to rediscover all of the firsts he had this trip! :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

absolute gorgeousness.

I'm not even sure if "gorgeousness" is a word, but let's just go with it. What I'm referring to with my title is my cousin Jordan (& now new cousin!) and Kim's wedding I so graciously was able to be a part of on June 4th.

This was hands-down one of the prettiest and nicest weddings I've ever been too. It surpassed classiness; it was so elegant and pristine I could not have envisioned a better nuptial ceremony for these two NYC lawyers.

Kim asked me almost a year ago to be a bridesmaid in their wedding and I was beyond honored; it was such a nice gesture for them to include me in their special day. Jordan and I have always gotten along and were close growing up, but since we both graduated from high school and moved away (then I moved back!), we haven't had as much time to just hang out. It was just a fabulous day for them (the weather in Connecticut was perfect!) and I'm so happy for them both. Here are some pics from their big day. Since I was off with the bridal party the whole day Mike got to spend some quality time with my parents and relatives...which I'm sure he secretly loved :)

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