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.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

USA vs Jamaica

The day after Stephen finished school we headed off to Kansas City to watch the US Men's national team play Jamaica.  It was a World Cup qualifier, except that we had already qualifed for the World Cup.

Buying tickets for this game as an event all on its own! We were coordinating on the phone between three different states!  It was crazy, but we ended up with really good seats and we had 8 all together, so it worked out.

Here is all the boys showing their USA pride.  Of course mine has to look the goofest.


 We all had little American flags to wave around, but across most of the stadium much larger American flags were randomly placed about.  It was really cool to see them all waving.

                                      
 Here is Sporting Park. 

This is the team doing their victory lap.

My favorite part of the whole game was when we chanted "I believe that we will win!" And we did, the score was 2-0.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

9 things we're excited about once Stephen is done with school.

1. I'll stop being worried that there is not enough time in the dayfor him to get his homework done

2. Stephen will be quite happy that I'll stop worrying and nagging (in my most nicest and politely loving way possible)

3. I'll let Stephen do some of the chores.  Okay, he might not be that exctied about that.

4. We can catch up on some Netflix shows.

5. We can dedicate the weekends to our kitchen remodel!

6. We can do whatever we want on whatever night of the week we want.

7. We can have dinner together more often.

8. We can go on walks.

9.  Stephen won't have to study or write anymore papers.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Our Anniversary Weekend...Day 2

As you should always do when you are staying in a hotel and you have no real concrete plans, you should sleep in and order room service!


We shared the Flint Breakfast and had some complimentary coffee which they bring to you on a tray in it's own fancy pitcher with creamer on the side.  I felt like I was living the life.  It was such a nice cool morning and early afternoon so it was perfect for walking around dowtown. We ventured to check out some little shops that I drive by all the time, but never go to becuase I'm either just in downtown to go to a Thunder game, or I'm leaving downtown after a day of work.  It's really sad, but sometimes I just can't be bothered to drive all the way to OKC on any other Saturday just to see what these shops are.  So being that our weekend getaway was in OKC, it was the perfect opportunity to do just that.

We checked out the Bow & Arrow Boutique which actually had some cute tops and stuff for affordable prices, but still too much that I'd like to pay.  Then we went to Retrofit (I think that was the name).  She takes vintage furniture and gives it a new life with a paint job and hip modern fabric.  Her daughter does ...interesting art.  They both have their own little studio spaces in the back which I found to be pretty cool.  Next we went to the three shops on 9th street.  Two of them were just little clothing stores with handmade things and cool trinkets.  The third store, Perchd which has always caught my eye since it first appeared, was super cute and sold ikea like, swedish modernish, trickets of sorts. Please watch this video to see what it looks like and you'll see what I mean.  

Next, we went to lunch at The Mule in the Plaza District.  They serve gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.  What could be better than that!  I had the caprese and Stephen had the macaroni pony.  That's bbq pork with mac cheese together on a sandwich.  It's a lot of food.

After lunch we had the afternoon to kill so we went to an antique shop (Verdigris Antiques) I drive by alot to see what treasures were inside there.  And it was way cool!!!  We were really temped to buy this big bookshelf with wrought iron designs on the side to use as a make shift china cabinet/buffet.  But decided it was not quite right for what we need and too impulsey.  It's only $995 and it's really pretty!  I should still get it just because and hope to use it in some other house years from now!  




This store had all kinds of things!  Glass baby bottles, gas station numbers, old corbals, glove molds, books, stamps, baseball gloves, you name it, they had it!  The shop was pretty big so it took us a while to walk through and afterward we needed a nap!  We went back to the hotel to watch football, nap and veg before our night out.

I love Groupon.  It totally made our anniversary dinner at Boulevard Steakhouse taste a little sweeter.  Dinner was absolutely delicious like always. I say that like I've been there tons.  Haha, this was my second time.  It's a restaurant that you save for the upmost of special occasions.  And when it's your anniversary you get free dessert!  Also, as a side note, we must have been told "Happy Anniversary" at least 12 times, it was a little ridiculous, but sweet.


We drove back to downtown with full bellies and walked to the Civic Center to see Wicked!!!!!!  I'd also like to note that I had the forethought to bring my flips flops to walk in and then put my heels on when we got the the Civic Center.  I'm so smart.


These are our "I'm so excited and the show is about the start" faces.   Wicked was really good and funny.  I really like going to the Civic Center, getting dressed up and watching musicals, etc.  I feell so culturized.


The second best thing about your tickets are that you get a coupon on the back!  This one was for Flint, the restauant at our hotel.  How convienent for us!  So on Sunday (our actual anniversary), we checked out of the hotel and had a lovely breakfast on their patio.   Please don't judge, we just couldn't resist trying more than one thing on the menu.  It was all super good and we didn't eat again until dinner.


Even though our weekend in the city was for a special occasion, I would highly suggest that wherever you are, if you just need some time away from the every day ins and outs of work, chores, to do lists, etc, consider spending part of your weekend exploring your city.  I think you'll really enjoy yourself.

To conclude,  it was a really great, relaxing weeekend with my sweet husband celebrating our marriage and toasting to many more years.   :-)