Friday, July 29, 2011

Where, or where could our wedding be?

There is not any wedding planning going on at the moment because we're still waiting to hear back from a school that Trav has applied to. So far I'm just dreaming about it and I like all the pretty stuff to look at. As far as the actual planning, it seems like it is going to stressful.

We did decide on what kind of wedding we want to have: a country outdoor wedding. Since then, I've been looking at places on where we could get hitched. Where are you getting married you might ask? No clue yet because we don't know which state we want to have it in yet!


There are just so many possibilities.


Wisconsin


This was our first thought. We could get married where Trav proposed. :) We could do it the week that his mom's family booked their cabins, and just rent out more cabins for more family and friends. We wouldn't have a reception hall that we would need to rent out, and there is lots of things the guests could do that involves water: fishing, boating, paddleboating, and kayaking.


This place is beautiful, but the only thing we have to worry about with any of the midwestern states: what will the weather be like? Plus, the drive for people to come out to Wisconsin would be long (eight and a half hours), so it would be a smaller wedding. I don't think the prices would be too bad if everyone could bunk at some cabins the night of the wedding.


Arizona:

If we have it here, the wedding will be small since family and friends would have to fly in. I would feel bad to make everyone pay for their plane tickets, hotel room, a car rental and whatnot, BUT... Arizona is beautiful. You always almost know what kind of weather you're going to get. There is palm trees, mountains, and GORGEOUS sunsets. For people coming, it would be more like a vacation getaway.

We also have our Pastor here that we love, we made friends with someone who can do our pigroast and he could get a discount on a wedding venue, a friend who knows someone who is a photographer and someone who can do our invitations. So we're pretty much set.


Some spots I have found (but not personally seen) and like are:


Inside the Bungalow

Chapel at the Farm
Regency Garden
Corona Ranch
Pioneer Living History Village
Bella Giardino
The Farm at South Mountain
Shenandoah Mill
Juniper Well Ranch

and my favorite place out of all of them:

***The Windmill Winery***

Oh my goodness, this place is beautiful!!!!! I almost fell out of my seat looking at the breathtaking photos of brides and was thinking that this was the place we were going to get married. Even if it is Florence, AZ.. wherever that is! I already called and got an estimate and the place for just the location alone is about all of our budget for the wedding! (We're planning on having it cheap - even though we haven't really even discussed what exactly our budget will be yet.)


Michigan

The Blue Dress Barn 

This is the place where I could get my happy ever after and the ultimate place I could see us getting married. That was, until well....


Trav, "I don't want to get married there"

Me, "WHATT????!! Why not??! It's beautiful there!"
Trav, "It's too far for people to drive home once they've been drinking"
...Later after my heart was slowly breaking...
Trav (still), "We're just not getting married in MI"

Any takers on why not in MI for his lame excuse???!!


Trav, "We're not starting off on the wrong foot by getting married in MI"

Still don't know why? Well let me tell you:

Michigan and Ohio State are bitter rivals... So because of his hate for the state of Michigan, we can't get married there because he doesn't want to put our money in the state of Michigan.


I think he wants to be like coach Woody Hayes (Ohio State) who said, ""No, goddammit! We do NOT pull in and fill up. And I'll tell you exactly why we don't. It's because I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We'll coast and PUSH this goddam car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!"


Really Travis, really???


So moving on...


Indiana

Well, there are not that many unique places to get married there. Everyone that has been to a wedding in town has probably already seen all the wedding venues that our town can offer.

BUT... then my aunt brought up about where she got married, because I sort of forgot about it (it was a while ago that they got married). So I called, and the prices were FANTASTIC!!!! The place is old and rustic - just what I am looking for!


But I am still not completely sold because we would have to a limit of people that could come...


So then Trav's dad brought up about:


Ohio


Where an old family friend would probably let us have the wedding (on about 5 acres of land) in the middle of the boonies. How country is that???!! However.. it is 4 hours away from family and friends to travel which is a bummer and the closest hotel is probably another 20 minutes away. However, Trav brought up the idea of:


BYOT.

What is that you might ask?
"Bring Your Own Tent"

It can't possibly get any more redneckish than that. I LOVEEEEEEEE it!! Plus, Trav's dad knows someone who could do the Pig roast for us...


So I'm thinking we're going to have the most fun here, even if I haven't even seen the place yet. Who wouldn't want to have all their guests camp out at their wedding??! The party wouldn't stop at midnight that is for sure!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Meet our Marley

This is Dougy.


We decided to foster him because 1.) he is so handsome 2.) he's young (and who doesn't want a pup?) 3.) no one else seem like they pulled him out of the kennel - so I didn't understand why a young little one would still be there 4.) he would be gone in a couple weeks like any of our other fosters.

Wrong (about the last one).

This is the dog that we have fostered for probably at least 3 months. Did I mention these were 3 LONG months??!!


At first, he was scared of us (being in a new home -- this was understandable), peed everywhere in the house ALL the time (he couldn't learn the bell like the other dogs), and didn't know what the word, "no", "down", or "off" (thinking he might of knew what one of them meant). He assumed it meant the opposite. He was a wild child.

Overall, Dougy was a hot mess right down to his fur. No joke, we would give this boy a bath and we could fill a grocery bag of his fur.



After having him for a couple days, we were ready to take him back to the rescue group to tell them that A.) This dog is nuts B.) He's untrainable and C.) That we couldn't handle him. Yet, we didn't want to give up on him because this poor dog was stuck in the crate a month before we got him and putting him back in the crate would only make it worse. Maybe because he was stuck in the crate for a month before we got him was the reason why he was misbehaving so much. It also could be because we have two other dogs in the house, which could majorly distract him from trying to learn anything new.

After a month and a half later, you were still stepping in what you were hoping was "water". Dougy was still not willing to listen, making it cause a strain in Trav's and I's relationship (from always being stressed), the other dogs to act crazy because they were somewhat jealous that he was getting more attention than they were, and etc. On top of that we didn't get any phone calls on him. Not what we were expecting at all - since most of our fosters are gone in 2 weeks. On top of this, a sure way to get a foster dog adopted is to take him/her to the meet and greets. I seemed to do this every week and no one seemed to take on any interest because 1.) he's young and not trained and 2.) he's a mix 3.) he's a black lab - and some reason, black labs are harder to adopt than the yellow and chocolate. 



We were ready for him to get adopted, but we didn't want to put him back in the crate that he was left in previously for a month. And when we were about to...
The dogs in our rescue group had a serious viral disease that was going around effecting the dogs that were in kennels. It is so serious that it can literally kill a dog and is so contagious, that people were asked to stay away from them for their own protection. So putting him back inside the kennel was  a no-no.


Dougy started becoming popular after this since we only had a few dogs that could be shown. So we would take him to the home visits and he would not bond with the people or he didn't like the people.  By this time, Dougy finally started coming around - not having any accidents, listening a little bit more, and started following us around everywhere. I started asking Trav if we could get him dog training classes so that way we could adopt him. His answer: no.


In a home visit instance, we took him to a family (who were very nice) but Dougy didn't want anything to do with them, so he was around us the whole time and wouldn't leave our sight, unless he wanted to smell his environment. He could care less about the dog that they had (and Dougy LOVES other dogs), he didn't play with the 8 year old boy that I thought would be best friends with him (which really surprised us because he adores kids). The deal setter was when Dougy went upstairs and took a poop in one of their bedrooms. Dougy seemed like he was going to be stuck with us forever.

After that home visit, Dougy started acting like when we first got him. He started to lose all the confidence that we installed in him, started peeing on our new mattress (thankfully we had a mattress cover otherwise it would void the warranty), peed on our couch, and started peeing everywhere in the house again. After this, we wanted to take him back again. But we decided not to because we knew that all these home visits were very stressful, we just had to be patient. So we were.

Then we got a simple phone call that we have been waiting for: a family wanted to come and visit Dougy since they would be in town (they live in Tuscon - which is about 2 hours away).They came, saw Dougy in his natural state (very different when there is not 2 other dogs in the pictures), fell in love and vice versa. So, they came on Monday back on Monday night to pick him up.



When Dougy was leaving, he smoothered us with kisses as a thank-you for all that we have done, and then jumped in his new family's car.

AND---


We cried. I've never seen Trav so sad, but happy at the same time. I'm still tearing up thinking of the little squirt. I mean - here is the dog we couldn't wait to get rid of and now he's the one that we're crying over because he got a new home.


Oh Dougy, how we miss you, but so incredibly happy that you found a new home!

Update: Dougy now "Cody" is doing great! He gets to lay on the couch whenever he wants, he has a ton of new toys to play with and is adoring his new bellyrubs by his new family. He's spoiled rotten, however, he does have a training class tomorrow. LOL.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

July Haboobs

Arizona is usually a safe place: no tornadoes, hurricanes, winter blizzards, earthquakes (I don't think...), etc. But, we have had not one, but two, haboobs (known as a dust storm) this month.


The first one took place on July 5th.





We did not get the chance to witness it since we were out of town, but we saw a little bit of the aftermath They said that this haboob was pretty large, most of them are usually only 10 miles long, but this one was 70-80 miles long. A friend said that it was nuts: the smoke alarms were going off in their apt. complex and someone had to shut them off individually.

 July 21, 2011
The second haboob wasn't as bad. This one we saw coming. My going-to-be father in law was in the lounge chair, reading a book, and all of a sudden you saw this huge thing of just darkness and dirt coming our way. He got up and took cover in our patio. All of a sudden, there was a massive amount of rain that came crashing down and the wind was a blowin'. Not only did we have a haboob, but it was more of a like a monsoon as well. (It only hit in the west part of the valley). Trav was at work and only saw only the haboob. Of course I forgot to take pictures - it would have been really cool to have a picture of Bill in the lounge chair and the dust storm heading our way. Oh well. So instead, I'm stealing some more pictures of the storm.



A haboob approaches Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Monday evening. (Photo by Josh Radtke/The Arizona Republic)
We survived that!
Have you had any crazy weather lately?



Monday, July 18, 2011

Montezuma Castle/Sedona/Jerome

Montezuma Castle










Sedona






Jerome







We wish we were able to get Jerome sooner because by the time we got there, there was another storm rolling through and because it was late, most shops were closing their doors for the day. Trav and I will def. go back though & we are looking forward to it.



Apache Trail

We can't get enough of the Apache Trail - every time you go, there is always something you missed, new sunset views, etc. It is beautiful each and every time. :) This time.. a storm rolled through.
















Trav and I went outside to watch the storm outside. Trav and I started dancing in the storm without a care, let me tell you guys, it was one of the best moments of my life. This is why I love him so.