Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Sting'em!

One year ago today, lil' Sting'em was born. We, of course didn't get him until 8 weeks later, but we wanted to celebrate his birthday. For some history, when we moved out of the beach condo (we were not allowed to have pets in the condo) the first thing I wanted to do was buy a puppy. A chocolate mini dachshund to be exact. It did take some convincing with Greg, but since we hadn't been blessed with children, he gave in. I needed a little something to take care of. So I started searching for a breeder, I finally found one close by and on June 26th we picked our little Sting'em up. He was eight weeks old, so tiny and adorable. A little timid at first being away from his brother, but now he runs the house. He has been so wonderful to have in our home and absolutely was the best addition that we could make to our family at the time. We love him very much and he is so much fun to have around. A little hyper and ill mannered at times, but a lot of fun. I know that people think we're a little crazy about him, especially for celebrating his birthday with a cake and presents...but what can ya do, we still love him. Happy Birthday Sting'em!!!

Oh, and Greg, who was a little reluctant at first, absolutely fell in love with him. Ssshhh, he would never admit to that though!
Sting'em liked his peanut butter "pupcake." When he was done he had frosting all over his nose. And then he got some new toys. Which, of course, he loves.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Chris and America

Chris and America were able to fly in for a very short visit-America's sister had a baby, so they came to see her. While they were here, we got to snag a few hours with them. We drove down to Palm Bay on Saturday to see them. Chris, America, Greg, and I went to the Melbourne Art Festival and then met up with my mom, Heather, and lil' Mattie for lunch. Matt, unfortunately, was on reserve to fly that day and couldn't join us. Poor Matt. We had a nice time. Mattie was a little wild in the restaurant. She kept saying very loudly, "I want NOOOODLES." She's so cute. Then we had to drive back home and get ready for Sunday. It was a short visit, but it was so great seeing them!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Rays at Disney

Last night we were able to go to another Rays game. They were playing three games at Disney's Wide World of Sports against the Toronto Blue Jays. Whenever the Rays play in Orlando, we like to take advantage of that and go to as many games as we can...shorter drive. So last night we met up with the Lugos and headed down to Disney. The Lugos are our new baseball buddies. Jose is a huge baseball fan and it's nice for Greg to have a guy to talk with about the game...or about every game. And it's nice for me to have Frances to talk to about how crazy our husbands are about sports. We have a lot of fun with them. I love going to the Wide World of Sports stadium, because no matter where you sit, you have great seats. It was a good game. We had a blast. Greg, of course was cracking me up the entire night. For those of you that think my husband is very quiet, you have never seen him at a sporting event. He is standing up and yelling, cheering, sometimes happy, sometimes angry. It's a pretty funny, sometimes embarrassing, sight. Don't feel too bad for me, I knew he was like that from our first date, which was to a Magic game. So, I have known from the beginning how he really is. Anyways, we were sitting at the game, it was the bottom of the 6th, and Toronto brought in a new pitcher...Shawn Camp. Shawn Camp was previously a pitcher for our Rays...he's really not the best (that's being nice). In his past with the Rays, he messed up many, many games with his awful pitching. But, luckily he is now part of the Blue Jays. Well, when they announced his name, Greg's ears perked up and he started laughing. Then, as the crowd quieted down...it was really quite...Greg stands and yells, "Shawn Camp, you suck sooo bad!"(while pointing his finger toward the pitching mound). Well, needless to say,everyone in our section and the neighboring sections heard him and turned. I, of course, had my hands over my face, half mortified and half laughing. Greg sat down shaking his head and turned to us, very seriously, and said, "He has caused me so much heartache." HA! My poor, tormented husband. He was yelling all night. I think he threw Shawn Camp off because he only last 2 innings before his team took him out. Poor guy. I was giggling the rest of the night. TheRays went on to win 6-4, we were happy. Go Rays!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sting'em's Sting

So, I am sorry that we talk about our dog all the time, but it is what it is. He's our little guy. Sting'em, like many dogs, is fascinated with anything with wings. He likes to chase butterflies and bark at birds, he's a curious little guy. Well, he was outside playing in the afternoon near some little flowers. I looked out our back door just as he has was pawing at a small bee. I knew that this was bound to end up bad and before I could do anything, poor Sting'em let out a little bark and he came running into our house. That tiny bee stung him! We couldn't find the stinger, but the damage was done. He had a rough hour or so. His front paw was very swollen and he just laid there in his bed, completely miserable. It's tough to be a dog. He did let us put ice on it for a few minutes to help the swelling. Luckily, that was as bad as it got. It was hard to see our little guy so hurt...but he was back to being the little stinker that he is by the evening.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


How exciting! In November I started tinkering around with making vinyl signs. As my husband would say, it's always something new with me. It's true. There is always a new craft that I am trying to teach myself-thanks Greg for putting up with my many experiments. Well, needless to say, everyone in the family got a beautiful vinyl sign for Christmas. Even my nieces. Mattie's read "My Prince did come, his name is Daddy'-in the Walt Disney font, of course. I think they were a big hit. So, I kinda fell in love with the vinyl sign thing and bought my own cutter. Well, this weekend I sold a few of the signs to our friend Robyn, for her store, YAPA. YAPA is this incredible store in downtown Melbourne. YAPA means "a little something extra." And that's what the store has in it. All these cute cool things for your home or whatever. Well, Robyn and I are hoping that my signs do very well and if so, she will definitely continue to sell them. She loved them. Greg and I were trying to come up with a name for my little "signing business." Any suggestions???

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Lunchtime with Greg

Lunchtime has become my favorite time of my work day. Now that Greg is at his new job, he is much closer, and we get to eat lunch together. He meets me at work (since he gets the longer lunch break) and we get to spend even more time with each other. The ladies at my office all think he is so cute and funny! And they all say how lucky I am because my husband actually wants to spend his lunch break with me. Well, of course he would! So, I am loving this new job location and my lunchtime breaks!!

(He also gets home 30 min earlier at the end of the day than he used to. Sometimes he even beats me home! Maybe he should start dinner on those day...hmmm.)

Monday, April 14, 2008


10 years ago I was:
I was a junior in High School, getting ready for my summer break before starting my senior year. Planning to go to Ringling School of Art and Design and become a Disney Animator…what happened?

5 things on my to do list today:
1. Go to work, blah
2. Check my blog
3. Go to Dr’s appt
4. Walk my dog
5. Relax!!! (had a busy weekend)

Things I would do if I became a billionaire:
Hmmm…what to do with all that money?
1. Buy a house on a lake, maybe a little house in the Keys too, for Greg (he loves the Keys)
2. Pay off Greg’s student loan
3. Invest the rest and take care of our parents

Places I've lived:
1. Palm Bay, FL
2. Cocoa Beach, FL
3. Sorrento, FL

Jobs I've had (in random order):
1. Marketing Assistant
2. Medical Receptionist
3. Dental Receptionist
4. Hospital Registration

Things most people don't know about me:
1. I have become a snooze button hitter, I like to hit it twice some days (I was always anti-snooze button until recently)
2. If I could stay at home and do art, vinyl signs, soap, jewelry, scrapbooking, or any craft, I would. (Most people probably know that though)
3. I am terrified of heights!!!
4. I absolutely HATE scary movies...I want to sleep peacefully!

Okay, so I tag:
1. Heather
2. America
3. Christi
4. Melissa

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Take me out to the Ball Game...Wait! No Sting'em Dog??

Ah, Baseball Season! Yesterday we took our yearly trip over to Tampa for opening day at Tropicana Field. We have gone every year for the past four years. The Rays were playing the Mariners for their first home game of the season. I was looking forward to it all day. We met up with the wonderful Lugos, friends from our ward, and started out on the long drive to Tampa. Anxious to get there to see our team, and especially craving a "Sting'em dog"....For a little history, the "Sting'em dog" is a chili dog they started serving last season. And it happens to be what we named our little puppy after. When we decided to get a puppy, we wanted to give him a name no other dog has. Since he is a "wiener" dog, we had to give him a "wiener" name. Oscar or Meyer would not do, so I came up with Sting'em...after a chili dog. Everyone asks us where we got that name, so there is the story of how our Sting'em dog came to be. So, this brings us back to yesterday. I was craving a Sting'em dog all day, to eat in honor of our little guy. To my shock and disappointment, Tropicana Field has stopped serving the popular Sting'em dog! I was upset. I pretty much save all my hot dog consumption for the entire year just for baseball games. I had to settle for a regular old hot dog with mustard, nothing fancy or exciting. It was still tasty though, it's funny how hot dogs seem to taste better when you are at a baseball game.

So, the absence of the Sting'em dog was the first upset of the night. The Rays losing the game was the second upset (I think there were some bad calls). We still had a great time. And even though they don't serve that delicious chili dog anymore, we'll still keep going.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Phlox and Blossoms

Can I just say that I love Springtime. Greg and I have been very blessed to live in some beautiful places since we have been married. For the first three years of our marriage we lived on the beach in our condo. We loved hearing the ocean waves at night and first thing in the morning. Truly one of my favorite things. The one thing that I didn't particularly care for was springtime on the beach. Not that it wasn't beautiful...it was just so busy. All those Springbreakers from the north. They just made life a little...noisy. Moving to our new place, opposite of the beach, the country I guess you would say. I have learned to enjoy springtime again. Not only is it quiet, but it is gorgeous. On the side of the road, these beautiful little purple flowers have sprung up. I have been told that they are called "phlox"-I don't know too much about plants, I generally kill any plant I try to take care of. These are just so pretty. There is a field not too far from us that is covered in these little flowers. Driving by it, it looks like a purplish-pinkish field. Very colorful. So here are some pictures, to enjoy what we get to see everyday. Another one of our little delights is smelling the lovely orange blossoms. We have many orange groves around us...yum. And they smell delicious!

We do miss our ocean view, but love all of the colors of Springtime we get to enjoy over here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Last Day

Today is Greg's last day at Pershing (the finance company for The Bank of New York). This was Greg's first job out of college. He starts his new job next week. We are very excited for this new opportunity for our family.