This year we thought it would be fun to put some videos together and share them.  I am hoping these will become a little more exciting as the year progresses, but for now I thought these gave a good idea of how the first 7 days of the year have been.

I just finished my first week of work at my new job.  It was a tough and laborious week, but it was really fun as well.  So essentially you are seeing a bit of traffic this week, followed by a delivery we received from a new service and a new game we played last night.


Spectating Ironman Wisconsin

On Sunday, September 13th, we loaded the dogs and headed towards Madison to spectate at Ironman Wisconsin.  Since Madison is over 2 hours from our house, Nick and I knew we wouldn’t make the start of the race.  So we decided the best thing would be for us to leave in the morning to watch the athletes off the bike and the leaders of the pack cross the finish line.

We’ve been spectators at Ironman Texas, Ironman 70.3 Galveston, and Ironman 70.3 Racine.  These races have ample space to bring dogs and still be in sight of the finish line.  Although we had seen pictures and read about Ironman Wisconsin, we didn’t realize the finish line and area near transition were close quarters and not ideal for the dogs.

We arrived around noon and walked around, trying to get a close view of the transition area.  We found a spot near bike out and waited for the leaders of the bike to begin their run.

IMWI Runner 1  IMWI Run

We made our way down to the capital to find a spot a little calmer, as the dogs were getting a little antsy with all of the noise as the athletes made their way out of transition.


We grabbed a bite to eat, and found a spot in the shade to cheer the runners as they made their first (and second) lap around the capitol.


IMWI State Capitol

A walk in the State Park

Kohler Andrae State Park This past weekend we took the dogs to the Kohler-Andrae State Park.  We wanted to get the dogs out of the house for a while, as well as take a few pictures (even though it wasn’t the prettiest of days).  The weather was mild and cloudy, but with the sun making an appearance, it made for some great pictures.Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park Kohler Andrae State Park   Kohler Andrae State Park


Crocheting – Dog Paws Christmas Stocking

After completing our Christmas stockings and all of the snowflake decor, I had one more crochet project to complete and ship before Christmas.  While perusing the RedHeart website, I found this adorable Dog Paws Christmas stocking pattern and knew without a doubt which four-legged pup would be receiving this for his first Christmas!

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Meet Roux, my brother’s pup!

I made the leg sides one afternoon and finished the stocking the following afternoon.  Overall, it took a few hours to make.  The directions were quite simple, and the featured video located below the stocking picture was extremely helpful, especially when it came to making the paw and toe prints and sewing them onto the stocking.  Helpful hint, when making the paw, toe prints, and bone, when you are fastening off be sure to leave a long tail.  You can then use this piece of yarn to sew the piece to the leg sides (if you are having trouble, watch this youtube video for further explanation).

I used the same yarns as our Christmas stockings – I Love This Yarn, 100% acrylic, worsted weight, in Forest (leg sides), Cranberry (center paw and toe prints), and White (bone).  After completing the bone, I decided to use my sewing machine’s embroider function to add Roux’s name, and then attached it to the front side of the leg.  Once complete, I filled the stocking with a few doggy treats and mailed to my favorite Rhodesian Ridgeback, Roux!  Dog Paw Christmas Stocking

Weekly Activity Report 11/23/2014

Another week of cold weather made for very little activity for us.  The dogs, on the other hand, are really enjoying the cold weather.  Here is a picture of Lou running in the snow.



Weekly Activity Report ending 11/23/2014:

Emily –
53,439 steps (daily average 7,634)

Nick –
48,697 steps (daily average 6,957)

Weekly Activity Report 11/16/2014

This week was a cold one.  The pups got to experience their first snow.  With temperatures below freezing, we’ve been staying inside more than we would like to.  Our basement should be finished before Thanksgiving, so we will have our house back and our exercise room fully functioning.



Weekly Activity Report ending 11/16/2014:

Emily –
44,851 steps (daily average 6,407)

Nick –
59,144 steps (daily average 8,449)

Pups Enjoying the New Backyard

This past weekend the weather was absolutely gorgeous.  We sat outside for a while and played with the dogs in their new backyard.

Pups enjoying the fall weather.

Pups enjoying the fall weather.