Thursday, August 21, 2014

Energy FC

2014 was the inagural season of the OKC Energy FC soccer team.  We purchsed season tickets as a Christmas gift to ourselves and I have to say, we've really enjoyed going to the games.  The season started on April 26th and will end with their last home game being August 24th.  Stephen and I are sort of home bodies so it was fun to have somewhere to go and something to do all summer long.

This is the supporters section.  They are really vocal...but luckily keep the chants PG for the most part.  This is a family event afterall. We cheer "I believe that we will win", " I believe in OKC", "OKC... ENERGY" and then for the other team who warms up in front of their stands they like to cheer "you're never going in, you're never going in!". Then if the referees screw up really bad we cheer "The yellow/blue/red team sucks!" (the color depends on what they are wearing that game)


Our colors are green and blue and I have to say whoever designed their jerseys and all the promotional shirts, stuff, and logo did a fantastic job!


They also do fun halftime activities.  This was from the first game and it was "Bubble Ball".  Hilarity ensued as people flipped and bounced all over the place.


The Energy FC are not ranked very high in their league or anything and frankly some of the games looks like you're watching a sixth grade team play, but the majority of the time they give it their all and it's enjoyable to watch.   I asked Stephen if he'd like to get season tickets again next year and he said yes.  I'm game for it, as long as the serious summer heat doesn't rear it's ugly head.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kitchen Remodel

Last June we started on our kitchen remodel.  Without doing a complete overhaul, we definitely gave it nice facelift.

We started by moving all of the attic insulation out of the soffits so when the drop down ceiling was demolished, we wouldn't have a butt ton of insulation in our kitchen.


After we had two electricians at our house ALL DAY to move a whole bunch of hanging wires and route us some new lights, we were able to install the lights and do the drywalling ourselves.  The drywalling isn't perfect and it took FOREVER...but we saved some money and that's what matters most. 

After the ceiling was put in place, all those seams needed sanding. There were a lot of seams.  We also had to sand the dining room walls to remove the pokey texture that was there and replace it with smooth walls and eventually our own knock down texture.  As you can imagine, all of this created a immense amount of dust.

We both looked like this afterwards.  And as much as we tried to block off the rest of the house...every surface pretty much looked like this as well....for months as the dust just kept settling. It was a pain to clean becuase I hate dusting.

Once the dining room walls were 'smooth' we appled a thin layer of texture and smooth it out so we could start fresh.  The bottom layer would be sanded multiple times to create the look of a perfectly smooth wall, while the top layer got an even coating of knock down texture.  To save time and to ensure an even look, we opted to pay a lot of cans that spray the texture for you, then you just come back and 'knock' it down with a large putty knife with very light pressure.  Buying the cans cost us more but it saved so much time and I was all over that!



Next we bought some pre cut poplar wood that needed just a little bit of trimming on the vertical boards to create our board and batten look.  We were almost to the finish line!  But first we had to do a bunch of wood filler, sanding, priming, sanding, painting, clean up, and all those other darn details before you can actually see some real results. 


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mocha

Since my last post, a lot has happened.  We found out I'm pregnant, we've gone to a lot of Energy FC games, we've crossed off plenty of items on the to do list, and we sadly lost our sweet Mocha to dog heaven on June 3rd at almost 7 months old. She passed away so suddenly and in a tragic accident just in the backyard. I'll always remember what happened but we both try to focus on the good memories we had with her.  Even two months later, the pain is so fresh.


Mocha was an awesome dog with a lot of spunk, sweetness, and stubborness.  She was so pretty with short, glossy black and white hair and soft ears.  She was becoming the alpha female to her sister Pepper, and they were both just learning how to fetch independently without chasing after eachother. Mocha always wanted to play, chase her sister, or play hide and seek.   She knew all her commands but  would sometimes be stubborn with you and just sit for a second. She mastered roll over like a champ.

                                        

Mocha and Pepper were awesome buddies, always entertaining eachother, cuddling, or playing keep away with toys. If they were too tired to run around outside, they'd just lay down in the living room and  bark at each other.  Mocha was sneaky, too.  She'd always steal toys from Pepper when she wasn't looking even though she herself was just playing with the exact same toy!






Needless to say, she was awesome and we loved her dearly.   We still love her and know that she's getting some awesome play time in dog heaven and keeping watch over us.  My Aunt Rose sent us the book Dog Heaven after she passed away and I cry every time I read it.  It's a sweet book about angel dogs waiting for their owners.  It gives you peace at the same time knowing that they still get to play with all the other dogs and the children in heaven, sleep on clouds, have lots of dog treats, and go on walks, and have plenty of fields to run around in.




Pepper was confused for a few days, but she's coping well.  She's such a different dog now.  She's started to bark occasionally at strangers when we're not around.  I think she's becoming more confident in being the alpha and protecting her home.  It's awesome to see her growing up. She's knows all her commands like a champ now and will do some of them even without us saying anything.  She loves to cuddle and wants to be right by you and know what you're doing at all times. Pepper is most excited to see us right when we get home and can barely contain her excitement to have someone chase her in the backyard, throw her toy, or play tug-of-war. She's also discovered that our bed is the best place to sprawl out and take a nap.


Ironically, their mom birthed another littler of puppies the day after Mocha passed away. We went back and forth on the idea of bringing home another puppy, someone for Pepper to play with and possibly fill the void.  But while we all adjusted to the abrupt change in our life (losing Mocha, learning the new behaviors of Pepper, preparing for a child) we felt it wasn't the right time to bring a new puppy home so soon. We all need time to heal, Stephen and I especially.  We going to be getting a little stuffed animal that will look just like Mocha soon, and we're hoping it will help us to cope.  The first stuffed animal for our baby and something for us to hold onto when we are feeling sad and need to remember the good memories of sweet little Mocha. 

Now that I've cried my eyes out, I'm heading to bed.  


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Lets play catch up

Reading blogs is so much fun and entertaining for me.  I only wish that I could actually write clever and entertaining blogs at least twice a week for people to read. So lets go back all they way to December when the the Buschelman kids were in town and post some silly pictures.

Here's a picture of Will who I caught playing with the toilet paper.  He wanted to measure it and see how long it was across the room.


And here's miss Molly with some serious bedhead.  She was so proud.

The kids also stayed the night at our house, which is always lots of fun.  We might have stayed up really late on accident.   William remembered that we don't have stairs, but decided that was okay now because his house doesn't have stairs either. The boys are getting instructions from the master of Mario.

 Since Molly and I couldn't play Mario, we decided it'd be more fun anyway to take a bubble bath. She was in heaven!  She showed me how she can blow bubbles and attempted to show me her swimming skills, which were very good even in 8 inches of water.


One day, while Stephen and I were getting Chipolte for lunch, the kids and Liesel experienced their first Oklahoma earthquake while at home. I think it was a 4.1 and it actually made the pictures shift on the wall, a few things fell from a ledge and the bathroom cabinets.  The only damage done was this shadow box with glass that shattered as it fell from the top of the computer desk.   Needless to say, it's now nailed to the wall. 

Stephen also graduated with his Masters degree in Finance.  He made a 4.0 and had the HIGHEST score the masters test.  I am seriously impressed with this smartness.





Monday, January 13, 2014

Our new furry additions

Oh my gosh.  I don't even know where to start to pick up from when I last blogged.   We had family visit, graduation, christmas, casino night and brought home puppies.  Yes, puppies.

Let's start with the puppies becuase I know everyone just wants to see pictures of them.  Let me answer some of the frequently most asked questions.

Question: Why do you have two puppies? What made you decide to get puppies?
Answer: Well Stephen has wanted a dog for the longest time.  He brought it up often.  I always said no or said I'd have to think about it becuase I grew up with a cat.  I'm not really a dog person so I wasn't really jumping at the chance to actively go and pick out a dog to adopt. Plus dogs take a lot of work.  Basically, we've talked about it, thought about it, slept on it, etc.  Well, right before Christmas a friend at work told me that she's getting a puppy from my other coworker whose dog had a litter of eight.  She was just giving them away, first come, first serve.  I had her send me pictures of which ones were left and they were so cute.  I texted Stephen and he pretty much melted.  I told my coworker to "put them on hold" for us.  Stephen and I talked really seriously about it for one night and decided that we would take the last two.  That way when we were gone at work, they could have a buddy. These two speckled sisters are now bringing us much joy and at times, a bit of stress.
First night home, 6 weeks old.
Question: What kind of puppies are they? What is their breed?
Answer: They are an Austrailian Shepherd mix.  We do not know what the mix part is becuase the mommy dog literally got knocked up on the streets as I like to say.  It'd be interesting to get them DNA tested to find out, but I dont know how much that costs
Mocha, 6 weeks

Pepper, 6 weeks
Question: Are you crate training them?
Answer: We are now!  At first, before we had a crate for them, I was keeping them both gated in the entryway.  It's the most puppy proof area of the house. I felt they were too young to be separated from eachother all day long. Well one day I came home to utter destruction of their "room".  The taped down potty pads were torn up, there was pee everywhere, and they had even removed the wooden threshold. That night I ordered separate crates.  Once they arrived I decided to just put one crate in the entry way and  one in the hallway and gate them both off in seperate areas.   I thought "okay, you're more comfortable in your surroundings now so I'm going to separate you two, but still give you each a little home (crate), a potty area, and some play space".  Everything was going just fine (other than some puppy whining) until one of them jumped the baby gate and roamed my house all day.  So I switched them until a few days later, that one also jumped the baby gate.   Now they are crated separately during the day and that seems to be working out well now that they are older.  At night, I let them sleep together in the entryway.  Everyone is happy if we do that.
Utter destruction of their "room"
 Question: Do they like to cuddle?
Answer: Yes!  But mostly when they are winding down and getting tired.
Puppy cuddles!

More puppy cuddles.
 Question: How are they different from eachother?
Answer: Mocha is smaller, has shorter hair, a black tail and has brown spots along with black and white.  She gets nervous and shakes around new people and in the car. She's quieter and doesn't bark as much or as loud, but she's usually the one crying for whatever reason.  She is less dominant but can intstigate chasing or biting just as much as Pepper will.  She's sweet and takes her time eating, falls asleep first and relaxes better.
Mocha, 9 weeks
 Answer: Pepper is bigger, has fluffy hair, a brown tail and is mostly black and white.  She is the alpha female and will steal a toy from Mocha even if she is already playing with the same exact toy.  She learned to bark first and barks loudly.  She is always the first to finish eating and is easily distracted by her sister or the grass.
Pepper, 9 weeks
Question: Do they know any commands.
Answer: As in in the picture below, they can sit when you tell them to, but you need to be holding a treat!
They are only sitting becuase I'm holding a treat.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Halloween

We had a party to go to for Halloween this year.  I'm not one to spend a lot of money on a costume from the store or online.  I'd much rather think of something that I can throw together at my house or that I can DIY super quickly and for not much money.

After much deliberation, we came  up with this costume.  We were a "To Do List".

It took us the afternoon of the party to make it and cost $20.  My mom graciously sewed the silver and pink fabric to my shirt to make it look like an authentic pencil.  We used a party hat for the top of the pencil and covered it with brown paper and painted the tip of it.  Stephen's costume was just some cardboard for the backing and posterboard.  He drew lines on it to make it look like notebook paper and embellished it with a pipe cleaner for the spiral bound look.  We secured the whole thing with ribbon and velcro so he could wear it.  It was quite the hit at the party!
My mom borrowed the pencil costume for work, too.

My office also dressed up for Halloween and it was my idea that we all dress as Mall Walkers.  It actually kinda ironic because our agency is inside an old mall and there really are mall walkers at the mall who walk it at all times of the day and during lunch. We took the costume contest a step further and decorated our unit like a Mall.

I painted the big signs at my house.  The four corners of our unit were labled Sears, Dillards, Macy's and JCP.  We were having a luncheon that day as well so we had to label that area the Food Court.  My coworker Glenda made all the shop signs on the computer and we reinforced them with dowel rods so they could be seen above our cubes.  It was a huge it with people that walked by, but we didn't win the contest.  Another unit dressed up as the 101 Dalamations, complete with Cruella and her two sidekicks.  It was adorable.


Monday, November 11, 2013

More Soccer games and famly time

After the USA soccer game, everyone headed to the Reddings to stay the night.  It's a good thing they have a big house because there were 7 kids and 9 adults staying the night.

The next morning we spent at the local soccer fields watching Mary Ann and Rose in their soccer games.  Both teams were quite good.
This is Mary Ann's team.

In between games we all had hot chocolate

 All the kids wrestled with Stephen.  Shortly after I took this picture I went and saved him.

  Brian and Molly had a good time chasing eachother and passing the soccer ball.  I caught this candid photo of them and I absolutly love it.

After the games, we had some time to clean up at the house and watch some baseball on tv.  Then we went to church and afterwards we all ate at Oklahoma Joes, a bbq place.  It was pretty good.  And no, there is no Oklahoma Joes in the state of Oklahoma.  Ironic.

Brian, Stephen and I hung out for a while with family after dinner and then we headed to Kansas City to check into our hotel.  Once to our room I immediatly could smell that we had been given a smoking room even though my online reservation clearly said non-smoking.  We all went back downstairs and asked if we could be moved.  Unfortunely, because of the home NFL game that same weekend, the hotel was completely booked.  So we had to just deal with it for the night.  I don't know about Brian, but Stephen and I both woke up with headaches and feeling nauseous and despite keeping out luggage closed, it all smelled of smoke.  On the bright side though, we did get moved to a non-smoking room later that day and we had the night comped for us and we got extra tickets for managers special (drinks and snacks every night from 5:30-7, one of the best perks to Embassey Suites!!)


After taking Brian to the airport that morning, Stephen and I spent the afternoon having lunch and walking around shopping in the Country Club Plaza.  It's a pretty cool place, but a lot of it was way too nice and places I'd never buy anything in.  I did get a nice shirt at H&M and Stephen bought himself some shaving stuff, like the oil, foam and the brush.  It's pretty manly.  We also bought some Christmas gifts so I can't talk about that.


 I did step foot in this store and immediatly felt out of place becuase no one acknowledged me, nothing had a price tag and I wasn't wearing high heals, black, or fur, nor did I have long, fake blond hair or work done.  Anyway, I can at least say I've been to one of his stores, lol.



On Monday, we definitely took of advantage of being on vacation and not having anything planned for that day.  It was cold and rainy too, so it was perfect to sleep in and watch a tv movie.  We did leave the hotel and venture to the power and light district, but it's lame on a Monday afternoon, and it was a federal holiday.  I think the place is probably pretty happening on the weekends though.  They had some great little outdoor venues.   

However, we did find a bowling alley and it was $3 for a game!!!  So we played a few games and ate a bit of food.  Of course, we made it back in time for Managers Special at the hotel becuase that can't be missed.  We ate some dinner at a nice Italian place in the Plaza and walked around the corner and saw Gravity at the plaza theater.


 Our weekend vacation was pretty great.  I know about a year ago we had wanted to go someone tropical, but KC was pretty fun for the weekend and some time away from home.