Saturday, April 25, 2009

Chubbiness Update!

Today I did a weigh in and I'm down a total of 15 pounds since the middle of January. I need to lose 7 more pounds by the middle of June to hit my goal of 1 pound per week. This last week I was sick and didn't work out but by limiting my caloric consumption to 1,510 calories/day I've been able to maintain my 1 pound/week goal. I actually just bought a pair of jeans one size down from my last ones which feels great! And my work pants which were a bit tight are now loose.

Hopefully by these lifestyle changes I can keep the weight off and actually continue to lose more. Just thought it was time for an update on me! Oh and for Colin - he's lost some weight too and has noticed a big difference in hitting in his softball games. I've noticed too!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Last night the puppy didn't pee or poop in her kennel! Yay! I took her out at 6 am before work and she peed. I came back inside to get ready and she pooped on the carpet! Oh well, it's a step in the right direction! Duke and the puppy play really great together. And I constantly have 2 tired dogs! Aside from being is good!

Monday, April 20, 2009

5 for 5!!!

Just for the record....

I'm 5 for 5 in guessing the gender of friends babies! 3 boys, 2 girls. And congrats to Tiffani who just found out today they are expecting the little boy they were hoping for! Yay! Can't wait to meet him!

A little bit of this....and that.

Below are a couple videos I took off my camera. Not very good quality but thought I'd post anyway. The puppy has finally figured out how to keep up with Duke. He likes to take the toy and shove it in her face to get her to play. Then he runs and she chases him all around the house and outside. It's pretty cute! We are crate training her which has been a huge challenge the last couple of nights! Both nights she pooped and stepped in it. Which called for a 6 am bath yesterday. Hopefully she will learn to hold it until we wake up! Her yelping was better last night than the first night but we decided she sounds like a cross between a monkey, seal and donkey getting their insides ripped out. HORRIBLE! It makes me wish I was deaf sometimes! She really doesn't bark but she snores really really loud all the time, and when she yawns, she lets out a loud noise.

I weighed her the other day and I think she weighs about 15 pounds. She's absolutely solid! Her legs are so thing and she's got a very round belly. She's definitely going to be bigger than Duke in a matter of weeks. He'll finally get a taste of his own medicine!!! :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

More pics...

Here are some more pictures I took today! Colin has decided that calling her Rissy might feel a little strange. So, we are thinking about Lola. We'll see how her personality pans out and name her accordingly. :) She's such a cutie! Her and Duke play a little and Duke isn't nearly as jealous as I thought he would be. I'm sure that will change though. I'm sure I'll have a thousand more pics to post later!

Our new furbaby!

Today Colin and I picked up our new Chocolate Lab! Her name for now is Rissy but we are thinking about changing it. We'll see! Duke seems to like the new puppy as long as the puppy knows he's the boss! Diesel sticks closely on top of a chair or couch to check her but isn't sure about her yet. Rissy is 9 1/2 weeks old. Her mom is medium sized and her dad is HUGE! So it will be interesting to see what she looks like when she's older. Here are some pics from my phone. I'll try and post more later!

Right after we bought her!

Drinking water. Notice how she's flopped over the chair!

Colin and the puppy

Allison and the puppy - asleep in her arms!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The fruit of our labor...

Today was the day Colin and I have waited for for a LONG time! Other than being exhausted by all the hard work, it was a really great day. The weather couldn't have been more beautiful and stayed around 60 degrees with full sunshine the whole day.

My parents came down Friday night and planned on helping us redo our yard along with Colin's parents and our friend Charlie on Saturday (today). We are SO thankful for all the help we got! THANKS guys! It definitely would have taken forever to do it alone. I guess that's what family is for! My parents were kind enough to give us their previous rota tiller and Colin's parents gave us some money to buy some more plants. We are so excited to get these gifts!

Colin and I had been working really hard to prep the yard by tearing out Rhodie's, arborvitae trees, replanting roses and daffodils in the back yard, and getting and spreading out dirt. By the time our parents and Charlie were ready to help us we were onto spreading manure all over the yard and evening out the dirt where the grass would be planted. It took us just about 5 hours to finish and was well worth it! Here are some pics of the finished product minus lots of plants and shrubs that I still have to buy.

This is back in November. Not a great pic but an idea of what it looked like before!

The dirt Colin and I spread on Friday before our parents came to help.

My dad trying to pull out a HUGE tree root with the truck. No luck.

We ended up having to just saw the root down so it didn't poke through the new lawn.

Finally done! Colin distributing the grass seed.

The finished product. Well, almost. We planted some grass along the walkway.

The boxwood shrubs we planted along the driveway.
We didn't have enough so we have to go get more tomorrow!

Look back soon! I'll post pics when we add more plants and the grass starts to come through. With the amount of manure we used, we should have one healthy lawn!