Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Soccer

Avery's season started in late February, then Ben's just this week.  So far, Avery is loving it.  She already knew a couple of the girls on the team, and she's the only new member to the team.

She's had one game so far and I think for only having two practices ever leading up to it, she did well!  With more practice she'll get a better grasp of a the game.

What REALLY excited her was the post-game snacks.

Ben started practice this week.  In typical Ben fashion, he was resistant.  Hopefully, like last season, he'll warm up and enjoy the drills and games.  Unfortunately, they both have practice on Tuesdays at different locations.

He will NOT huddle up.

Avery is all about the huddle.  Go Dynamite!

Thursday, March 10, 2016


We had to say goodbye to Arthur on February 29th.   His health rapidly declined over the past couple months to the point where he had trouble, and often could not, stand up on his own.  We were so sad to say goodbye but appreciate that he lived a long, happy life with us.

Newly out of college with my first real job and apartment by myself we-ok, I-wanted a dog.  And being the broke young adult that I was, I didn't have much money to invest.  A newspaper ad for $15 puppies caught my attention and Rob and I headed to a not-so-nice part of town to check out said puppies.  This one little guy licked my face and $15 later we drove away with a tiny, 6ish week old ball of fuzz.

Over the months he grew and grew and grew...and it became clear that he wasn't going to be the 30 pound dog we thought he was.   He definitely outgrew the little apartment with the tiny patio in south Tulsa.  When we moved to the big house with the big yard he had lots of room to run...and cause trouble.  He got out of Rob's homemade fence almost everyday-running the neighborhood and cruising around the McDonald's parking lot down the street, digging holes to China in the backyard, and standing in a stagnant old koi pond and contracting habitual staph infections.   We took him everywhere and he had regular playdates with his "cousins."

When we bought our first house in Owasso he adapted to the new house and yard quite well, although the shedding and the muddy paws on our brand new carpet drove us crazy!

He was definitely out baby though.  I even bought him a puffer jacket and holiday themed bandanas.

And then...we had a real baby.

He was quite obsessed with her.  The night we brought her home from the hospital we had to exile him to the garage due to excessive head-sniffing.

He got shoo'd away a lot, banished to the backyard more and more.  We moved to our current house and added another baby to the bunch.  Arthur was probably really wondering what he got himself into at that point.

And who could forget Rob's famous summer haircuts?

He was a dog who wanted to be near us but valued personal space.  He wasn't the kind of dog to tolerate ear or tail pulling or anyone laying on top of him-he'd let you know what he didn't like with a quick bark.  We always taught the kids to give him his space and for the most part they did.  He tolerated the kids much better than we anticipated.

He didn't like "new" people but could usually be bought with treats.

His bark was much bigger than his bite.

He hated having his picture taken.

He didn't play fetch.

He usually got along well with other dogs.

He was very smart and easy to train on most fronts-he could sit, shake, and play dead.  In spite of years of training with various methods and devices, he would NOT walk on a leash without pulling.  And at 100 pounds, when he pulled, you went.  I eventually gave up and I don't think he'd been on a walk in 3 years.

His favorite treat was pig ears.

He was a gentle giant.

He was a great companion.

Ben doesn't really get it and keeps saying Arthur can come home now.  Avery misses Arthur and is already asking for a new pet.

He was such a great dog and we miss having him around.

Monday, March 7, 2016


I had the opportunity to go to Orlando for work and we decided Rob would come too and we would make a long weekend out of it.

This was my view from the Orange County Convention Center for about 10 hours a day for over 3 days.

Then, Rob arrived on Wednesday afternoon and it was time to play!  We planned to go to Universal Studios one day and Epcot the next day.  It was a lot to pack in to 2 days but worth it.

I was pretty excited to see the Harry Potter stuff at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure and it did not disappoint.  Rob, having never read the books and only seeing part of the first movie, was just along for the ride.  He was a great sport about it, though.

Platform 9 3/4
Hogwarts Express


There were other things, and they were cool too, but not as cool as Harry Potter world

We spent the next day at Epcot, hitting up some rides first then then wandering around the world showcase for the rest of the day.
Mary Poppins in England

After almost 12 hours of walking the previous day, relaxing by the hot tub the next morning was pretty nice!