Fourteen.

You guys, this day is very special and important. Today is our dog Ben’s birthday, and he’s 14 years old! Can you even believe it? I wanted to post some pictures and tell you all a little about this very special dog, in honor of his birthday today. And just so you know, we’re planning a great little shindig this weekend with our family for him (cake and presents included, because dogs are people too!). If there’s one thing Ben loves, it’s a good party.

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My family adopted Ben when he was about 10 months old (so the shelter told us, and we think that was pretty accurate). At the shelter, we were walking up and down the aisles looking for the perfect new addition to our family, and there was this one dog who was sticking his paw out of the cage. My dad (and subsequently, all of us) fell hard for him, and we brought him home and he’s been a critical part of our family ever since. He had cancer several years ago, and our vet told us last year that he’s got active cancer now, so we’re not expecting a whole lot more time with him, but we’re ever so grateful for the time we have. He’s so special to us!

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Ben loves Christmas, you actually have to watch him like a hawk with any presents under the tree because he starts ripping into them. He loves opening presents.

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He loves snow: playing in it, laying in it, catching snowballs…

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he’s really good at the doggy-emoji face…

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like, really good at it.

He’s also great at taking naps.

His favorite toys are stuffed animals and tennis balls.

He’s also an excellent beggar (and now that he’s old we pretty much give him MOST of what he wants, unless it’ll make him sick).

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Happy Birthday, Ben! We love you so much.

xo

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Life Update

December has been a month filled with late nights and tears (I was taking my finals last week), leaving Pittsburgh, and prepping for my big road trip to move to Florida for my first clinical rotation. Oh, and the holidays!

While it’s been busy, I’ve enjoyed spending time with my family and pets this week. It’s always so good to be home. Here are some photos from life lately:

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So proud of my classmates for finishing our finals! Now we’re all headed off to our clinical rotations. MOT Class of 2016!

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A snapshot of my last walk in Schenley Park.

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Not the best picture, but flying home was the prettiest.

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Elouise and Ben.

Our annual Christmas cookies…we use zoo animal cutters.

Hope your holiday season is filled with love and joy!

xo.

Life Update: Back in Colorado

Last week I finished up the summer semester at school and hopped on a plane back to Colorado for the summer. I’ve been home with my family for a few days, and I’ve really settled in to being back. The weather has been really good here this week, and I’m enjoying spending lots of time in our backyard with my pets. I start work in a couple of days, and I’m planning some DIY projects to share on the blog with all of you. Until then, here are a few snapshots of the last few days at home.

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My mom and I made this incredible warm quinoa salad for dinner last weekend.

Puppy Love

Ben is still doing pretty dang good for a 12 year old (almost 13!) shepard. He’s such a handsome fellow!

Porch

My parents spent the better part of last year putting up this gorgeous beetle-kill wood on their back porch. The picture doesn’t do it justice, it’s really beautiful in person!

Garden

Elouise spends most of her day outside in the garden. Summer is definitely her favorite time of year.

Banana Bread

A fresh loaf of banana bread hot from the oven.

I hope you’re all having a great June — can you believe the 4th of July is next week? I can’t. Slow down, summer!

xo.

Happy Holidays

I want to wish everyone happy holidays (I know it’s a little late)! I hope they’re filled with love and joy.

I’ve been enjoying my time off from school back home in Colorado, spending every second with my family and pets. It’s been so nice, and I’ll be sad to leave next week! But I am excited to get back to school and see my friends, and get back into that routine again. I’m so thankful to have had this long break to spend with my family, I’ll be much more motivated to kick butt next semester.

I’ll post again soon, I promise! For now, here are a couple of pictures of my fur-babies. They kind of love the holidays.

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Ben guarding our Christmas tree.

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Elouise got a new box! Cats are such sweet weirdos, they do love their boxes.

Happy holidays!

xo.

An Angry Kitty and White Elephant

We had a couple of inches of snow overnight! My cat thought it would be a good idea for her to get out there in the 18 degree weather! and I snapped this photo of her begging to go out. I caught her mid-meow, and I just had to share her angry face!

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My mom and I went to a wonderful white elephant regifting party last night. It was a fun girls night out, we ate tasty appetizers and little desserts (think mini cupcakes), and laughed about all of the bad gifts people had received. One of the gifts was a slimming belt–can you imagine getting that for Christmas?

Anyway, it’s time to start hitting the gym and cutting back on all of the cookies and chocolates lying around our house. Happy (almost) new year!