Basset Babies

When I brought my basset babies home they were in need of some serious TLC.  I washed them and then set them in my laundry basket in the sun. 

And they cuddled and slept. 

Two days ago I took my basset babies to doggie daycare.  They came home.

And they cuddled and slept.  Almost exactly like when they were young pups. 

Talk about siblings and what is most harmonious….I’m thinking these guys are the POSTER PUPS for harmony. 

Check back in at Spooinest tomorrow….I’m going to show you how to make one of these

Because you just never know when you’ll need a cake in the shape of a mustache. 




The Camping Trip

I did not get eaten by a bear….I’m here.  What a crazy last few weeks it has been.  I’m glad to be writing today though. 

The camping trip was a great time.  We made our way to the campsite on Friday around 3 and set up camp….Teddy’s mom snapped a few photos of me setting up the tent and all since it was my first time to have done that.  I love having that documented….and my Mom loved seeing them.  She didn’t believe me that it really happened.  HA! 

Here we are on our way!  There was a lot of stuff and of course the bear dogs had to have somewhere to snooze! 

This is the view from our tent.  It was really serene.  The running water from the creek was amazing.  I loved laying in the tent….so typical of me loving to lay in the bed!  We had a blow up mattress, the dogs bed, and our sleeping bags as covers in the tent….so it’s a really good thing we all like one another!  The dogs actually ended up being valuable in the tent because they kept me warm….they are like little heaters. 

 Here is Teddy and his Dad!  Aren’t they so cute?  Teddy and I were really thankful they were there to experience my first camping trip together and his Mom and Dad love camping so much!  The first night camping was so much fun….we had a steak and potato dinner over the campfire….and wine!  So fun!  No smores but we will remember that next time! 

The dogs did great with the camping.  If another dog was around they would bark a little but just because we had them tied up to a stake in the ground.  They slept so sweetly by the fire and just were happy as peaches!  We saw a bloodhound at the campsite and it’s basically a really big Reggie (my brown basset hound)….so funny!  I had never seen one in person and wanted to dognap it from its tent but Teddy said no. 

The second day/night I wasn’t feeling all that great….honest to goodness just not feeling right.  We stayed at the campsite until dark and then went back to Teddy’s parents to sleep.  I felt pretty bad I spoiled the second night’s sleeping at the campsite but I’m so glad everyone was understanding.  When I got to their house I ran, took a shower, and put on clean pj’s, and went sound asleep!  There is something to say about how fun camping is but man did that shower and bed feel great!  The next morning Teddy and I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to go!  We went to church, hung around the house, had dinner and I still wore some camping plaid I had packed that day to stay in the theme of things! 

Overall it was a great time and I’m hoping next time I do feel better so that I can tough it out two nights!  I really appreciate all that Teddy and his parents did for me to make me feel right at home in the wilderness….I only saw one spider and that was it! 

Just call me a Wilderness Girl!  No Red Feathers ALLOWED!

Mixed Emotions

Tomorrow I will sell my first house.  The house I bought so young and worked so hard for. 

Couple days ago when my renters stuff was all gone and the house was clean I sat on my stairs and sobbed.  Teddy just stared at me like I was a serious head case.  There is so much fun I remember about my life there. 

We brought the dogs over there the other night and just let them run around and play.  Then when we were leaving Teddy said “You know honey I’m sort of sentimental too.  This house was my girlfriends house.  This is the house I fell in love with you in.”  It was super sweet.  And so true. 

Then I went home and stared at this face.  Instant happiness.

I Surrender

When I come home from a day that I never really conquered (do you know those kind?) I know I can count on my guys to make me all better. 

Reggie loves on me and is sweeter than any pie. 

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And this one, Deuce, sings to me the sweetest most lovely songs a person could ask for.

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Good day or not….I never thought I would love two basset hounds that smell like Fritos and prefer filtered water over tap as much as I do.  They are freaks and don’t even know it…and it’s just lovely.

Before Boys


Before my boys….Ben, Deuce, & Reggie…..I lived here some alone and some with my sweet sister Kelly.  My very own cute little house I worked so hard for and bought at the ripe age of 23.  I remember being so uncertain about it all and wondering if I would really be able make it by.  I did it for 2 years and did it with great pride and joy. 

When I moved in with Ben there was a lot of talk from my family if I was making the right choice moving in with someone before marriage or if you are my Mom then you just flat out say “Living In Sin”.  I was right there with them…..I had no idea if I was making the right choice. 

I love this house.  I loved it’s smell, the way the grass looked in the mornings when I would walk to my car, the way the stairs to my room hated my guts, the nice hallway that Brooke so sweetly helped me paint, the crazy lady across the street that wore the same Cosby-esque looking sweater every Saturday….everything about it I loved.  I was scared that the feeling of being sad about leaving it was because I was not certain about moving in with a stinky boy. 

But I realize now it wasn’t that at all….my life with Ben has always been the right thing for me….It was that I just really was going to miss this house!  Even now as I write this I’m teary eye’d wondering about how it’s doing and if the girls that live in it treat it nice (well I know they do because they pay me every month)…but you know what I mean?  I miss it because it stood not only for my life as a “kid” but it stood for my biggest achievement yet. 

My life is happier than it ever has been in my new little yellow house with all my boys….but to go back ONE. MORE. TIME. – walk in that house and jump around with my Mom because we were so happy I found “IT”-“THE ONE”-“MINE”….it felt OH SO GOOD!

Ramp for your Dog? Really?


Leave it to me to get a dog that needs a ramp to be made so he won’t have to climb up and down the stairs.  Lucky for me I was also blessed enough to find the perfect boyfriend that happens to be as handy as Bob Villa from “This Old House”.  Reggie has been having some knee issues and it really leaves him in a lot of pain.  Our vet (who at this point is a part of our family we are there so much) told us that Reggie should not be going up and down stairs.  Basset hounds already have a hard enough time with their short legs so putting that much stress on them everyday is just adding to the problem.  So basically if you need a ramp for your dog send me an email and I’ll have Ben get you the info….if you don’t need a ramp and think it’s nuts we did this then join the club, I’m a paying member.