Let's Go Mama!

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to travel with a toddler, then you're in luck. I hope that you enjoy reading about our vacations, and that it inspires you to get together as a family, and just go.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


I got a surprise for Christmas...no really, I did! Rissy gave me a new Great Dane puppy! His name (for now) is Fred, and he's adorable. See?

Cute huh? We think so too...now that is him at 5 weeks old. All legs...and wrinkles....and he's got sisters y'all! Dane-o's for you to bring home to your family. I've been around these little guys...they are PERFECT with Rylee, they've been raised in a family home with plenty of socialization.

Get ready for cuteness overload...

You guys need to get you one of these. For more info and how to reserve your little lady..email Cherish @ establishedhouse@yucca.net. Tell her that Kristi and Fred sent you. You won't regret it...these are some cute and cuddly little dolls.

Monday, December 26, 2011

What's New?

So it's almost a new year, so I should probably post an update right? Almost. I don't have time to update every single thing that's happened, so here are the highlights....

Disney World in May

OKC and Arbuckle Wilderness in July

We saw a smiling donkey..and a real live Chewey!

We stayed home in September because Rylee started Pre-Kindergarten...

and I cried every time I watched her walk in...



We made Junkin Punkins from junk from Rissy's Farm

Rylee and Rosee in their "faux" winter portrait...it was actually 70 degrees. LOL

My baby was a pirate for Halloween!

November saw us off to Ruidoso, Roswell and parts west of the AMA.

What a view!

My two favorite girls!

December brought Santa, saw Rissy dancing in the snow as we had a White Christmas and brought out the crazy in our Elf on the Shelf, Edgar as he "tinseled" our entire house with ribbon.

She's pretending to sleep with the doll...

...it wasn't really snowing in this one either...THANKS Picnik!

She finally sat with Santa!

Edgar! You were a naughty boy...but a FUN one!

I guess that's it from the frigid AMA this week. I'll try to catch up next week as we add a new hound to the mess of our life. But, like we always say...it might be a crazy life..but it's OUR life!

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sheep-a-weenies Week 7

I can't believe we've made it to week 7 with these little guys..it's almost time for them to venture out into their new homes **tear** I'll sure be sad to see them go, but happy for them all the same.

Now...onto the pictures!





Sheeple---5 weeks old

I realize this is a little late, but wanted to TRY to keep up with the Sheep-a-weenies posts. These are pics taken when the guys (and gal) were about five weeks. They've since started eating on their own, and generally run the house (at least their crate and yard area)!

Up first as always is Chubbs. He's a lot less hairy than his other brother Flaco (now called Davey). He's still attached to his people...wanting you to hold him. He's got the cutest face.

Up next as always is Bullseye...our second boy. He's rambunctious, and loves biting his brothers.

The only girl, Minnie, is still as outgoing as ever. She hasn't met a stranger yet and LOVES to play with Rylee.

Finally our little guy Davey. He just has the funniest expressions, not to mention that tail that he keeps perched high over his back like a little goat. He's our only hairy one, and he has the best "hound" face of them all. That droopy look just gets me every time!

That's it for week five...check back later for a week 7 update :-)

Happy Tails :-)

Dallas Arboretum and American Girl Store

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Dallas for Spring Break with Rissy's family. We had a great stay at the Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center It was a really nice place for kiddos, except that they do not have milk available in the lobby store. Remember to get your own before you arrive. The grounds were amazing, and it was a quick drive over to the Watters Creek outdoor shopping extravaganza! Rylee loved the ducks, and we of course enjoyed the Vera Bradley store!

We also had the opportunity to visit the American Girl Doll Store in Dallas, located at the Galleria.

Anyone who knows Rylee, would know that she would find the horse outfit/saddle right as we walked in. She didn't want anything else.

We also got to have lunch at the Cafe overlooking the store, while Rylee's doll Roxy got a new hair do. They have little high chairs that let the dolls join their little girls for lunch, and this was a hit at our table for sure.

Don't let the need for reservations (try at least 30 days out for lunch time guarantee) or the prix fixe menu scare you off. The lunch includes an appetizer, and an entree, which were playful and tasty. If you have a little girl interested in dolls (or horses) or even the American Girl book series, this is a must do on your Dallas vacation.

We had a great adventure at this store, coming out with several items so big
they required a stop off at the car to unload before continuing our shopping spree.

After a detour into some free parking on HWY 75 as well as the George Bush Turnpike, we headed back to the hotel for swimming before wandering over to Uncle Matt's parents' house for a great spaghetti dinner.

Finally, on our last day there, we ventured back into Dallas to visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden for their annual Tulip event. We weren't disappointed...this place was amazing.

These were some amazing flowers, and I was excited to get to take some "amateur" shots of them, there were certainly professional photographers there. Rylee had a good time here as well, playing in their miniaturized version of a Wild West town. There was also plenty of grass for running and playing. We spent most of the morning there before heading back north to Amarillo.

We enjoyed this short weekend trip to the Dallas area, and look forward to returning soon.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sheep-a-Weenies are Three Weeks OLD!

I guess you could say that this week was certainly different. On top of a trip to Dallas (see next post) the puppies have continued to grow and get stronger. Their little personalities are starting to shine, and I'm looking forward to them meeting their new families soon. I should note that all of these guys have their eyes and ears open at this point, and are beginning to walk instead of "scoot." They've also gotten quite good at 'yelling' until their mother gives them what they want. LOL

Now, on to the pictures!

Flaco is still our calm baby boy, he's a lot less vocal than his siblings, and it content just to "chill out" much like he's doing here.

Oreo aka Minnie

She's the only girl, and it shows. She's most content in a lap somewhere, or near her mother. Don't count her out of a fight, she's the first one to growl for her spot in the line. Being the runt has brought out the "fight" in her I guess. She is also our most content to lie on her back and let you rub her tubby tummy.


Bullseye is our first baby to ride in Rylee's new wagon, and he really seems to enjoy it. He, like Minnie is most comfortable curled up on the lap of one of his "people." He's calm and cool, and doesn't easily startle.

Chubs aka Mickey

Chubs is still our "big guy." He's also by far the most demanding of our time, as well as his mother's time. He demands to be fed, and cuddled, crying mercilessly if he doesn't get his way. I'm anxious to see if this is just a "phase" or if he'll really grow up to be this demanding. LOL I had a dog like him once...I carried her in a backpack to school to keep from being evicted from my apartment. She was a true whiner, and she never outgrew it, even at 13 years old. That's all from the land of Sheep-a-Weenies. Check back later for the updates and pics of our trip this weekend to Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum, and of course, The American Girl Doll Store.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mamo, They Have EYES!

So they do. This week has brought us new challenges (just how do we keep them in that crate anyway?) and new joys...they have EYES! So let's get down to the pics. Here they are:

Donald aka Brinklee

Mickey aka Chubs

Our girl, Oreo, aka Minnie

Finally, Flaco, our skinny boy