Third Grade & Crimped Hair

It’s that time of the year! Back-to-school time! Even from the mom view, I get excited buying up school supplies and picking out backpacks with the kids. I don’t know if I’d say it’s nostalgic or an office supply addiction, but we sure have fun! 

So today, my not-so-baby-girl started third grade. I love her excitement of starting school. I love that she loves school. It’s something I hope she carries with her always… That love of knowledge. 

Each year, we make a little sign with some fun facts! Below is this year’s sign & my prayer/hopes for my daughter this upcoming school year.

My brother, Mitch is known around these parts as the Oklahoma Bigfoot. He is an accomplished Oklahoma-born artist, author, and designer.

You can check out his website >> here.

The original Bigfoot       (The O.B.)

A few years ago, we collaborated on a project together which resulted in the creation of this crocheted Bigfoot doll. Originally, I only made one crochet doll which was more for display at an upcoming art festival, he was attending. There were so many inquiries about the doll, we both knew we needed to produce more. However, due to a supply-related issue, we switched to fabric-made dolls which are available on his Etsy store.

Recently, I revisited the crochet doll version because of my love of crochet. Today, the first preordered doll will be shipped out! I am super excited about this because I really like the way the newly-designed doll turned out. Soon, Mitch will be placing the crochet dolls along with the fabric dolls up for sale on his site. If you’re a Bigfoot fan and have been looking for a great plush doll for you or someone you love, this just might be the doll for you! If you are interested in this doll, you can contact Mitch Cookson on his website or you can contact me directly!

Brain Dump & Starting Fresh…

I took some time after my last post about Knuckie. Loosing a dog makes it hard to want to write about dogs and it also made me want to spend some time with my own dogs.

While I was taking a break, I could not get my blog out of my mind. I knew I wanted to include my dogs in my blog but I have a host of other ideas bubbling up in my head that I couldn’t decide how I wanted to express and share them. Everywhere you read about starting a blog, there is such great emphasis on picking a topic and sticking to it. While I get it, that’s also hard for me. Very hard.

I am constantly researching and reading about building this blog, and I want to share that. Everyday, I am working on crochet projects and other crafts, and I want to share that. Everyday, one of my dogs, kids or Jeff does something that keeps me smiling or laughing, and I want to share all of that! We’re going on a road trip (sadly, without any dogs), and I want to share that too! I just want to write about what comes to mind. The point of starting this blog was to write and share my life experiences. To share the things that inspire me, make me creative, educate me and to keep my brain working constantly.

I never want to quit learning, not ever. I never want to quit creating, not ever. So here we go! Thanks for letting me vent or brain dump rather. I feel much better!

“A dog can’t think that much about what he’s doing, he just does what feels right.” – Barbara Kingsolver


Farewells & Heavy Hearts

A Knuckles update: Last night, Knuckles passed away peacefully in his sleep and in his favorite spot.

In this life, you’ll meet only a few good souls. For me, one of those good souls was Knuckie. We only had one great year with him but it was one year that will leave a lasting impression.

This one’s for Knuckie.

“Everyone is taught that angels have wings. The lucky ones of us find that they have four paws.” – Jury Nel

As we reach the middle of July, I suddenly realized… I never shared these from the 4th! I apologize.

It was Jasen’s first 4th driving and he wanted to decorate his truck… With a giant American flag. Bean, as usual, wanted to help and be all up in the mix.

Happy Friday to all of you. I hope your 4th was a safe and happy one!

Movie night with the human kids

Can you guess what we saw???

Naturally, it was dog-themed… Or rather pet themed!

Yep! The Secret Life of Pets!

Great movie by the way! Took both Jasen & Scarlett along with mom, and we all enjoyed it!

“You aren’t doing great but you aren’t drowning and that’s something.” -Duke (Secret Life of Pets)

Bean & My Favorite Tattoo

In October of last year, I got this tattoo below… ⬇️

This is what it looked like right after Austin finished. Austin McCullough is the tattoo artist who does most of my tattoos and will hopefully do all my future tattoos. He took this picture of Bean (below) and created this amazing sugar skull of my actual dog’s face.

It doesn’t get more awesome than that, folks! You can check out Austin’s other awesome work on his Instagram linked here or if you’re in the market for your own dog ink… You can schedule your own appointment at Mi Familia here in Tulsa. Contact info is on Austin’s Instagram.

Here is the process until full completion.

It’s my absolute favorite tattoo. I want to get my other dogs but I struggle if I want to continue the sugar skull theme with each of them or mix it up a bit.  Please, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below. I appreciate the feedback!

Since getting this tattoo, I’ve had numerous people stop me and ask me about it. I’ve had a few ask for a picture of it. Here is how great it looks even now months later. I got stopped again today by a girl asking about it!

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

Our remodeling assistants 

While the bathroom is coming along, we’re having a little help from our furry assistants…

Cobbler & Dog Ice Cream

img_6137Today, I made my very first cobbler ever. Jeff loves porter peaches, and he loves peach cobbler even more. It turned out great! Now, I believe in equality… That is equal desserts for all. I couldn’t very well enjoy ice cream while the pups looked on. And I have a bad habit of sharing my food with my pups a little too much. So naturally, I had to serve the pups their own dessert as well… dog ice cream!

Everybody’s happy with full bellies. Now, we’re putting our feet up and watching “Independence Day” (circa 1996.) This movie gets Lulu all worked up. Especially, the dog in the tunnel scene!


“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” -John Grogan

Sweet potatoes for my sweet potatoes!

So, I am all about homemade dog treats. Scarlett & I like to make these below for the pups…

They turn out pretty great! The pups seem to like them a lot! But today, I wanted to try something new. Change it up a bit and give them a great cold treat to chew on during these hot summer months!

I found this post by a gal named, Karrie over at Happy Money Saver: Natural Homemade Dog Chews, and decided to give it a try! I just now slicing them up… So, I will be back later today to let you all know how they turned out! Wish me luck!

UPDATE: The treats turned out awesome! The dogs loved them but I completely forgot to take any pictures of them! I am going to make more this week… 6/27/16. I will be sure to take pictures this time!

“You can trust your dog to guard your house, but you cannot trust your dog to guard your sandwich.” – Unknown