Hide and Seek

As Declan gets older, he and Baxter are getting to be better buds. I think a lot of it has to do with Baxter eating all the food scraps Declan throws off his tray, but it’s also that Declan is more aware of the dog and thinks he’s funny when he runs really fast, licks his face and plays with squeak toys. We’re practicing petting Baxter instead of the usually hitting Declan does…but it’s coming along slowly.

While I was home the other day, Declan and I had a fun time trying to find Baxter in various locations throughout the house. Baxter’s not that great at hiding, which is totally fine since Declan’s not that great at finding…but it got a few giggles out of Declan, and it was a good way to exhaust him before naptime by crawling all over the house and taking a few steps as he’s learning to walk.

Since Declan and Baxter are my two favorite obsessions, you know I followed those two around with my iphone to take pictures.  So join us for a little hide and seek, won’t you?

A grayish Baxter trying the camouflage strategy in our game of hide and seek. Probably would’ve worked better if he didn’t need a bath.

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“Hmmm…where is that dog?”
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Aha! Got you!

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Good spot, B. Just not quite hidden…

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Found you again!IMG_4241

 

Dog Days

Have you been following the recovery of Bruno, the Anaheim Police K9 who was shot in the line of duty? I’ve been tracking his progress via Facebook updates from here and here. I just love hearing about all the love and support this courageous guy is getting.

If you’re as super obsessed with your dog as I am (or looking to become a crazy pup parent), you might want to head on over to the OC Marketplace tomorrow and Sunday for Spring Pet Days. I got word from those helpful SoCal Honda dealers that they’ll be on site giving away some goodies like leashes and collars and helping you pick a furry new friend. Kevin has forbid that I attend because I’d probably come home with three. And Lord knows Baxter is already quite the handful (every morning I have to give him a quick bath because he goes out romping in the yard and comes back all muddy!) but sometimes I do think he’d love a companion to hang with while we’re at work. Maybe once we get a little better adjusted to life with a baby (read: more sleep). If you go, say hi to the dogs (and the helpful Honda folks in blue shirts) and let me know if you come home with a new furry family member!

Have you ever adopted or rescued a pet? Here’s how we met Baxter.

Happy Friday, friends!


I was contacted by SoCal Honda Dealers asking for my help in spreading the news about the event, which I’m happy to do because it sounds awesome. I did not receive payment or product in exchange for this post (though that would’ve been nice) and all thoughts are my own.

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Maternity Photos

A few weeks ago, our talented friends Brandon + Kristin Kidd (maybe you remember them as our awesome wedding photographers??) took us on a little adventure to the Oak Canyon Nature Center (where they were married — such a neat venue!!) near our home (that we’re getting packed up to move out of this weekend — eek!) for a maternity session. Mumbles and I really wanted some photos to document this special time in our lives and it was made even more special having Brandon and Kristin there to share in the joy of yet another huge milestone for us — the anticipation of our first child. Even Baxter was included, which was awesome.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day (click on photo to enlarge for slideshow):

Thank you, Brandon + Kristin for blessing us with your talents and friendship!  I sort of want to get prints of all of these and hang them up in our new house but a shrine to my pregnancy might be a little weird.  Maybe I’ll just pick a select few, which will be hard.  I adore all the black and white ones.

If you’re in the market for an incredible wedding photographer, Brandon Kidd Photography is always my first recommendation. Brandon and Kristin are simply delightful people and they do genius work behind the lens to truly capture photos that you’ll cherish forever.

Beach Day

For how close we are to the beach, we don’t get there too often. But ever since Baxter discovered sand crabs on the beach in Virginia, he’s loved playing in the sand and waves.  Mumbles and I had a rare day to do nothing at all last weekend so we leisurely got ready, got in the car and headed to Huntington Beach.  We didn’t realize the US Open was going on until we got there and couldn’t find parking but we lucked out driving around and found a super cute sidewalk cafe called Sit Stay Cafe where Baxter got lots of love from strangers and the employees, who even brought him out a doggie treat for breakfast while we enjoyed our meal.  Dog people are the best people, I think.  Especially at the beach.

After a yummy breakfast (and delicious coconut coffee – my fave!) we eagerly headed over to the dog beach and let Baxter roam free — look how happy he is!

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For some reason, Baxter loves to roll around in the sand. I think maybe when he gets wet, he thinks that, like carpet after a bath, if he rolls around in sand it will help him dry off faster?  All it does is leave him looking like Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. Right?? 
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Here’s the dirty mongrel we had to take home to bathe!  (and my super frizzy hair — this is why we can’t live near the beach. I’d be a mess all the time!)

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Happy Friday!

 

P.S. Follow more of our [growing] family adventures on Instagram.

Stay Classy

You may or may not have guessed that we named our beloved pup, Baxter, after Ron Burgundy’s faithful friend in the movie Anchorman.  Ahh, Anchorman. It’s been a while, right?  Well, Ron Burgundy and crew are back in action, coming to theaters again late this year.  Enjoy this awesome trailer (I’m sure there will be more!)…

 

Hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to a great start! 

 

P.S. Now I’ve got funny Anchorman quotes in my head…what’s your favorite line from the movie?

3D Pet Portrait

I stumbled upon a roundup of awesome custom portrait artists on Design*Sponge the other day and just had to share what I found. You know how obsessed I am with Baxter, and after perusing a few of the shops on Etsy, I noticed that one of the artists, sian, does custom 3D pet portraits! Check this one out…looks just like Baxter! I want one!

3D pet portrait by sian on etsy

The Design*Sponge list of artists is a great roundup. I’m sure you can find more in many different styles from cartoonish to whimsical, line drawings to watercolors. I had a custom family watercolor portrait made (see it here) by Heartshug on etsy. Her shop was called something different before and it might have something to do with getting some negative reviews. I didn’t see any when I ordered and I will say that I was very pleased with the end result but the communication was frustrating and the finished piece didn’t arrive until months later (luckily I wasn’t in a hurry). And, it came in handy for our big “we’re having a baby!” announcement, so it all worked out in the end, right?  Right.

Baxter — the last three months

Every day when I leave for work my heart breaks a little bit saying goodbye to our boy, Baxter. I can’t help it — he’s just too gosh darn cute! Here’s what our little guy has been up to the past few months…

Finding a new friend in our cream colored shag rug…

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Waiting for Mumbles to get home…

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Being adorable at my parents’ house…

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Causing mischief after pulling a Houdini out of his crate and enjoying an afternoon chocolate snack…

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Being adorable at home…

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Hanging out with Mumbles in his travel crate in Havasu

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