Santa Paws

Our favorite local pet store The Happy Hound was hosting an Christmas event this last Saturday, and we were so excited to take Olive. She’s super social, and loves to meet everyone. They had adoptable dogs, the Grinch, Santa Paws, and all kinds of treats and Christmas-y things. She met so many new friends, and could not contain her excitement. We waited in a line a few minutes for her picture with Santa Paws, and I have to say, I am so happy with how they came out. They’re so funny! Olive is so expressive, and she was not so sure about a giant dog sitting next to her.

Here I feel like she’s thinking, “What in world is that? That is NOT a real dog.” Lil Sis said she was giving him major “side eye”.
Santa Paws - 3

Okay, so now she’s giving him a chance. Figuring maybe he can’t be too bad because Nick doesn’t seem to be afraid of him. 😉
Santa Paws - 2

Now I think she’s thinking, “Okay, I sat here long enough. I’m ready to go and sniff other dogs and eat stuff off the ground.”
Santa Paws - 1

We had such a fun time, and she totally passed out when we got home. It’s definitely super dog-friendly around here, and it’s so fun that there are so many great opportunities to get Olive out and about. It’s so great to see her having so much fun. 🙂


Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park

Nick and I are slowly getting used to our area and finding all the fun things that it has to offer! A new friend from church told me about Red Rock Regional Overlook Regional Park the other day, so Sunday morning after Nick and I did our couch to 5k workout and stopped at Peet’s Coffee & Tea for a beverage, we packed up the pup and headed out to the park.

It’s only about 15 minutes from our house, and sometimes I can’t believe that I’m only 15 minutes away from the Potomac River! Having lived in the Midwest my whole life, it’s just a new adventure everyday to discover all that my new home has to offer, and all of the things I get to experience!

We did the loop that was about a mile and half. Olive was having SO much fun, and loving every minute! There were some parts of the trail that were a little crazy, but we got right down along the bank of the river. The smell was a little less than fresh, but that didn’t stop Olive from jumping right in and going for a swim! Nick and I were laughing so hard because we’ve never seen her do anything like that before! She was so happy!
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

We continued on our hike and got up a great overlook spot. It was a little cloudy, but it was still a beautiful view! (if you look closely in the background, you can see the mountains!)
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

We had such a lovely Sunday morning being outside enjoying Virginia! While this park isn’t overly large, or have any extra amenities, it’s a great place to get in a good hike, and see some beautiful scenery. So far, Virginia isn’t too bad. 😉
Red Rock Overlook Regional Park

Happy Birthday, Nickerbocker!

Today is my favorite person’s birthday. It’s a bit of a bummer that he’ll be at work all day, but I DID send him to work with a dozen birthday cupcakes! (white cake with fluffy white buttercream, per his request – with sprinkles, of course!) Tonight we’re headed to Native Foods for dinner, and I can’t wait! It’s still so strange to me that I have places like Native Foods, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, IKEA, and Lush nearby! I don’t have to make a 3+ hour trip to Chicago anymore to enjoy these things. They’re all right here!

Anyway, I love you, Nick and I hope we have many, MANY more birthdays to celebrate together. You’re the best!

A man and his (distracted) dog

High Five for Friday

It’s back! I’m not sure why I ever got out of the habit of doing a High Five for Friday and linking up with Lauren, but hey! Whatever! It’s back!

Here are my top five things for the week:

1. I finally get to have my husband home again! He’s been traveling the last three weeks, so it’s really good to finally have him back. Who else can I annoy constantly?! 😉

2.. Friends of ours recently bought a new a house where they can have some farm animals. We went Monday night after Acts of Worship rehearsal to play with the goats and chickens. I mean, goats?! How cute are they??

3. Tuesday I went to Chipotle with Lil Sis. They just opened up a week ago, so we had quite the line, but it was totally worth it in the end. My veggie salad with guacamole was delicious!
Chipotle has arrived!

4. After fueling up with a tasty lunch, Lil Sis and I ran some errands and scored some great deals on some summer baby clothes for our local crisis pregnancy center. While it was a bit of a challenge finding 0-6 month summer clothes, we found quite a few things and they were all SO DARN CUTE! Plus, Bridgehaven was really excited to have them!
How cute are these??
(those jelly shoes?! the cutest!)

5. Nick and I were able to enjoy the beautiful weather last night. Nick golfed and I walked along and talked pretty much constantly about all kinds of things. (new things always came to me right when he was about to swing! ha!) The sunset was gorgeous!

How was your week? I’d love to hear about it! Any big plans for the weekend?

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