Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I should be pinning

Seriously. Sitting in the doctor's office right now with crazy blood pressure again. I should be posting my "oh how pinteresting" post from my desk right now, instead I'm stuck in this room with swollen hands and feet and a BP around 160/100.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Target Tuesday: Sawyer's First Christmas

We are so pumped that this year we will get to celebrate Christmas with Sawyer! I have had even more fun buying his stuff than making my own list so I am linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for Target Tuesday to talk about the fun stuff we (and our families) have gotten him so far...

Leap Frog Learn & Grove Color Play Drum
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Puppy
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
VTech Learn 'n Discover Driver
Little Takes Champ Sports Center

We also have him a few things we couldn't find at Target like this super awesome play tent and tunnel set with a ball pit!
Megaland Pop-Up Playset from Toys R Us
and a Mater (from Cars) ride on Power Wheel! 
Power Wheels "Mater" from Toys R Us
And of course he needs some Carolina Tarheels paraphernalia for basketball season from Johnny T-Shirt

But don't worry, he got some more Pirate gear too from Dowdy Student Store

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's been three years...

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. 
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

This story, as corny as it is, always help me get through this time of year. Three years ago today, Joshua & I said goodbye to our sweet Brittany Spaniel, Mac Daddy.

Unlike our crazy Sookie, Mac was calm and docile. The people who run the local kennel (and bought my family's old house) gave us Mac my freshman year of college. They knew we wanted a dog but didn't have the time or space to raise a puppy, so Mac became ours. 
He wasn't much on playing, but he did like to run and snuggle. Him and my roommate's dog Chloe were partners in crime. They would take turns ripping the stuffing out of their toys and get into all kinds of mischief together when left unattended.
Despite being so young (he was 3), Mac I took Mac to Albermarle Animal Hospital on Monday, November 24th after he'd been vomiting and having horrible diarrhea for a few days. This wasn't abnormal for Mac since he (like Sookie) ate everything in site and had a sensitive stomach, but we decided it had been going on too long. 
On arrival, our vet Dr. Gregg, immediately thought that maybe Mac had gotten into some antifreeze, which is a common cause of kidney issues. But, our baby hadn't gotten near any antifreeze and didn't have the drunken-like stature like most pets who have ingested it. 
We were so blessed that a pet urologist was at the clinic that day, so they shaved off Mac's beautiful white & orange hair on his swollen tummy and did an ultrasound. 
Mac's pancreas was swollen and inflamed and because of the pancreatitis, his kidneys had also started malfunctioning. Dr. Gregg told us that he would do his best to treat Mac and to leave him over night to push IV fluids and monitor his progress.
The next day Mac wasn't a lot better. He was still lethargic and shaky and hardly noticed when Josh and I came to visit.
Wednesday, Dr. Gregg had to go to Mississippi to visit family for Thanksgiving so Mac was transferred to Tarboro Animal Clinic, another pet clinic in our area. Dr. Fong told us she would continue treatment and hope things got better.
They didn't.
We visited Mac Wednesday before Thanksgiving at the clinic and he looked terrible. He was swollen from the fluids, his eyes were glassy and he didn't even want to walk or stand up. I cried and cried the whole way home. 
Thursday during Thanksgiving dinner, one of the vet techs called to let us know Mac's enzymes hadn't gotten any better. We knew a decision was ahead of us.
The next day, we had a home ECU football game, Josh and I visited the vet together and after seeing Mac we decided he'd been through entirely too much and we were being selfish to keep him here suffering like he was. We told Dr. Fong to put our 3-year-old dog to sleep and we rubbed him while Mac took his last little breath. 
It was BY FAR the hardest decision I have ever had to be a part of. We had Mac cremated, we just didn't think we'd be able to handle driving his body home to bury. 
Josh and I went on to the football game in attempts to get our minds off of the sad events of our morning. 
We still miss our first dog, but Sookie does a great job of trying to fill his shoes. We saved a lock of his fur and have it inside a little tin with his ashes. People may think we're crazy for paying so much money to cremate an animal, but Mac was our fur baby and he was a huge part of our lives. 

Me {and the freshmen 15}, Mac & Josh - Christmas 2007

Mac, snuggling with his daddy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Target Tuesday

I am linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for Target Tuesday

A Christmas tradition at my parents' house was that we ALWAYS got PJs for Christmas, mainly so we would match and look cute in the Christmas morning pictures/video. They were usually from Limited Too when we were little then as we got older they became sets from Victoria Secret. But....(this is probably on the verge of TMI) I get really hot at night now and therefore can't enjoy cute little PJ sets with pants and sleeves and such, so I usually end up in a tank top and my drawers. BUT Target does have some lovely night gowns that I may try out, after all I wouldn't want Santa to catch me in my underwear.

Gilligan by Gilligan & O'Malley® Womens Chemise

Missoni for Target Silky Woven Chemise

Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Dotted Chemise
Missoni for Target Fluid Knit chemise (Out of Stock of course)
Xhilaration Chemise
And of course Sawyer needs some Santa PJs....

Just One You by Carter's  Fleece Snapsuit
Just One You by Carter's Monkey Snapsuit 
Now you go link up! And also follow Tara, she's SO close to 1000 followers!

Also, you should head over to Keep Calm & Carry On to enter Katie's KEP Designs bangle giveaway!
Aren't they precious?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Fevah//Rally for 1000

First of all, YOU need to go follow the amazingly wonderful Tara at Fabulous but Evil.

Homegirl is awesome. She is so good about commenting, responding to tweets and emails and she is just a dag-on awesome blogger. Check her out and help her reach those quadruple digits!!

Christmas Fever, Do you have it? That warm snuggly feeling you get when you know Christmas is coming soon? Christmas Fever is sneaking up on me and I think it's because I am so excited about Sawyer having his first Christmas experience this year.

But another reason I am so pumped? I can hardly wait to decorate, especially now that Pinterest has equipped me with tons of ideas and inspiration. Here are some of my faves.

this is a little too "busy" for me, I mainly just like the candle-holders with the ornaments on top
in the process of making these RIGHT NOW.
just not in those colors...
who HASN'T pinned this?
replace my leaf "E' with a garland "E"

Friday, November 18, 2011

Look-A-Like Linkup

I am linking up with Mrs. Monologues for Look-A-Like Friday

Don't these guys look a like to ya'll?

Ian Somerholder aka Damon from Vampire Dairies, 

Chace Crawford aka Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl

They've both got that piercing eyes, strong jawline, scruffy sexy hair thing going.
I don't watch either show (but did love the GG books), but when I turned on CW not to long ago I couldn't tell which show was on because these guy look so much alike. Then the Ian guy was all vampire-y and stuff so I figured it out.

Now, go visit Mrs. M and link up!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Senor Sawbug

realized I haven't posted new pics of Sawyer Lang in awhile, so see below for some shameless bragging about my precious 9 month old baby boy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Twilight Link-Up

I am linking up with Tara @ fabulous but evil and Star @ Star's Pink World for 

2.      Scene you're most looking forward to in Breaking Dawn?
Umm, do I even really need to say?

The honeymoon stuff. Have you SEEN the commercial when it shows ole EC breaking that headboard? Yum.

4.      Favorite book in the Saga?

I liked Eclipse the best, probably because it was a little "steamier" if you will.

6.      Why do you love Twilight?

The love story. Hand's down. It's nice to see "teenage" love not being portrayed as silly or easily broken. Edward's chivalry is also one of my favorite things too. I found myself saying "Josh NEVER threatened to kill someone for me.. no fair."

7.      Are the books or movies better?

Books, for sure. One thing I love about the books is that they allow you to paint your own picture of how the characters look and give you more insight about why the characters are doing what they're doing since obviously a movie isn't going to show a thought bubble showing what Edward, Bella and crowd are thinking.

8.      What do you dislike about the series?

I dislike how Bella seems so pitiful. She holds her own sometimes, but usually ends up being a little pathetic. I also dislike how people are constantly comparing/contrasting Twilight with Harry Potter - I love both and it is totally okay.