Monday, December 31, 2007

For the sake of posting the last official post of 2007...

I wish you all a safe and happy New Year!

Thank God I made it through 2007!!!!

See you next year!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

December 29

Christmas has already come and gone!! Hope you had as great a Christmas as me! All the activity wore Cooper out.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Who works Christmas Eve?

Apparently no one...except me. I opted to come in and put in my four hours (basically checking my email and backing my cube), since I took last Friday off and I'm taking this Wednesday off too. I'm so bored....

Only two hours to go!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Very Balow Christmas

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

Apparently, all of my blog posts today have to be a song. The other title I was thinking was "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas," but no need to dream, we definitely have a white Christmas. These pics and video are from five minutes ago or so -- basically, a live video of the weather conditions here in Shakopee, Minn. As you can see, the dogs love it!

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

Actually, she needs 4 front teeth...


Of course the whole reason why we celebrate Christmas is important, but what I think really makes the holiday season the best is all the traditions we have. Each year we make the time to do our family traditions, and it's great to be part of a family that wants to spend time with each other and keep the traditions going year after year. I was just looking at some of my photos from the last couple of weeks, and as busy as they've been, it's been a wonderful time. Every year, especially during Christmas, we make the time to do our family traditions. And each year, we make special memories. And this year is extra special, because it's the first Christmas in two years that we've all been together. I don't know why we don't do more special family things throughout the year -- we should, but Christmas is one of the few times during the year that all my sisters are home. Spending time with the people I love really makes his time of year special.
Our 2nd Annual Holiday Dinner

The Holidazzle Parade

Amanda's B-day

Making Cookies Someone let the girls sprinkle (pour) the sugar...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

26 degrees Farenheight

Yep, that's as warm as it got yesterday. 26 degrees. It didn't make it to the freezing point. Not that I really expected it.

I noticed something really funny when I went to to check out yesterday's high. In case you didn't know, for today, Indoor Heat is Needed. On a scale from 1-10, the need for indoor heat is 10 -- very high. Duh!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Finally some good news...

Okay, finally I have some good news to report. I read it this morning in the Star Tribune.

Today, the temperature might (keyword: might) reach the freezing point. Yes, you read that correctly -- the "high" temperature may hit 32 degrees in Minneapolis today! :)

According to the article, the last time the high temp was above freezing in the Twin Cities was Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving and 22 days ago...

Let's keep our fingers crossed, so that it gets that warm today!

Of course, by posting this, I probably just jinxed myself. I'll keep you posted...

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Here's some recent photos of Otis and Cooper...
The Balow Brothers

Emily and Amanda love Cooper Joe. In fact, Amanda said, "I love Cooper. I don't care about Otis anymore."

Cooper Joe's first bath.


Cooper's First Christmas

Balow Dance Party

You'll have to turn your head sideways to watch this one. I accidently filmed the video in the wrong direction. But the entertainment is well-worth the crink in the neck.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Done and Done

Yea! Business law is done. I turned in my paper and delivered my presentation. Just in time for Stevie to come home and make Amanda's watermelon b-day cake -- the unofficial Miller girls' b-day cake. It doesn't even taste all that great -- but it's cute and the girls' love, so I make it.

Someday soon I'll add more photos. I've taken some photos, but haven't taken the time to put them on the computer. Maybe tonight...I won't have any homework to do. :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

woo woo!

In less than 10 hours, my Business Law class will be over! My paper will be turned in and my presentation will be completed.


Monday, December 10, 2007

It's that time of year --- BUSY

Yes, it's that busy time of year.The Holiday Season. And I'm definitely busy this year! Besides all the Christmas hoo-ha of Christmas parties; hanging out with friends; family baking cookie day; shopping, ordering and buying Christmas gifts; sending Christmas cards and Christmas itself; throw in my mom's and Amanda's birthday, two puppies and all the other stuff I've got going on right now (finishing my Business Law class and job searching), I am busy. But I'm really not complaining. I'm enjoy it all, well except the b-law class and job searching.

Anyway, the tree is up, most of my shopping is done and the cards are in the mail. So all is pretty much going well. As of Wednesday, my b-law class will be over -- hurray! Then Stevie comes home Friday and the holidays can officially start! woo woo.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

So what's new...

Not much.

There's still snow on the ground. It's still cold. There's still more snow on the way.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Growing up so fast...

Cooper is growing like a weed!! He's so big already! He told me he wants to be bigger than his big brother and be the alpha dog of our family. It's going to be tough, Otis isn't going to give up his throne very easily.

Cooper's first snow

Saturday was the first time Cooper experienced snow. At first, he didn't like it. He didn't like the cold stuff on his paws. Then he saw Otis running all crazy- and hyper-like through the snow. He took off after his brother and realized he loves the snow just as much as his brother. Here's some photos of the day!

This snow stuff is delicious!

Dashing through the snow...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Family Time

I spent the last week with my family in North Carolina. It was a great escape from the cold! It also was great to hang out with Dave's family and my adorable nephews. And of course we ate lots of great food! Here's some of my favorite Anthony quotes from the last week.

"Goodbye Uncle Dave. I'll give you a call sometime." (Saying good-bye to Dave at the airport)

"Uncle Dave, when you get another puppy, will you name him Scooby Doo?"

me: "We're going to watch Ratatoullie."
T: "No, it's Ratatootie."
me: "Ratatony?"
T: "Ratatootie!"
me: Ratatummy?"
T: "RataTOOTIE!!"

Uncle Dave: "Tony, you can have Chick-Filet or my toe nails for lunch."
T: "Chick-Filet."

Uncle Dave: "Are you sure you don't want my toe nails?"
T: "You can eat your own damn toe nails."

Diana: "You can unzip your shirt a little bit." (Anthony was wearing a new fleece pullover and had zipped it up all the way.
T: "No, I can't. It's the rules of it."

And some photos, of course!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

An update on me...

Looking through the page with my most recent blogs, it appears that I'm a little bit obsessed about my puppies. I have lots of posts with pics, but none of my posts talk about me and my life. I'm sure you love the doggy pics, but maybe you read the blog so you can find a little bit about what goes on in my life once in a while. It's really not that exciting, but here it goes anyway.

Work really seems to have taken over my life. Especially since the lay offs, I've had a lot more to do, since there are less people around. It's really busy and a little stressful, and the environment is so gloomy and depressing. But the last two weeks, I've made a better effort just to change my attitude about work -- to not care so much about it and just remember that it's just work and the important things in my life are friends and family --and be thankful that I do have a job -- and to just remember work is 8 (or maybe 10) hours a day and I still have the rest of my life to enjoy. Well, the change in attitude has really helped. I'm not so bummed about going to work, and I'm staying more focused and just getting the work done so I can go home. I'm not back to the point where I actually enjoy work, but it's definitely tolerable. Actually, I did enjoy work this week. We went to Reynold's Plantation for three days for an off site meeting. I got to meet a lot of people that work throughout the world to work in communications for my company, and we had some really great work sessions. The resort was amazing. Lots of delicious food and drinks. And I have to admit, it helped bring back a little bit of enthusiasm for working...just a little bit.

So I've done a little bit of fun stuff the last month or so. Beginning with Erin coming home to visit from Chicago. Erin, Melissa, Rachel and I had Girls' Night Operation Snuggly Mittens (part II to our girls' night in Chicago last September -- Operation Cute Shirts). And every time I wear my scuffed up brown boots, I remember Operation Snuggly Mittens. Here's a pic...

And then there was Halloween. Dave, Rachel and I had a Western costume theme. I was a saloon girl, Dave was a gun slinger and Rachel was the sheriff. Here's a couple of pics...

And last weekend, Dave and I took Otis and Cooper down to Rochester for a quick visit to meet Minnie and see Grandma Louise, Ann and Joe. Minnie is Ann's new little puppy. She probably weighs two pounds and Cooper was scared of that was pretty cute (yeah, I know I couldn't get through a blog without mentioning the puppies. I tried!)

Well, that's all for now folks. Until next time!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Best Friends

Otis and Cooper are fast becoming best friends. They love to play with each other, go on walks with each other, and cuddle on the couch with each other. Right now, when Dave and I aren't home, Cooper and Otis are in different kennels, in different rooms. And as soon as I let Otis out of his kennel when I get home, he rushes up stairs to rescue his little brother. Here's some photos from this weekend.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Cooper learns to go down stairs

Cooper learned how to go down the stairs yesterday. Watch him going down them his second time. (His daddy coaxed him down the first time.)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hello world, meet my little brother, Cooper!

What an exciting weekend for the Minnesota Balows! Otis got a little brother named Cooper. This little guy is almost three months old. Saturday afternoon we drove down to Worthington, MN to pick him up. It was a long drive, but definitely worth it. He's been great so far....slept through the whole night without crying or having to get up to go outside. Today we got to go for walks, explore, sleep and eat. Otis likes his brother and his new best friend!!

Discovering all of Otis' cool toys.

Playing outside in the grass.

Cooper and his momma!
Even Gracie likes Cooper!

The proud Daddy with his pups!

So sleepy after a long day!

Monday, October 29, 2007

My girls!

I love my nieces. They are so adorable and beautiful and funny. Here's a couple of pics of these wonderful little girls from my dad's and sister's b-day dinner back in September.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Great Otsby

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The really wonderful life

Nels truly lives in a really wonderful world. Nels is the family dog we got when I was in 8th grade. He's a really sweet boy. Now he's a retired dog....meaning he lives with my retired parents. He gets to go on lots of walks every day. He gets about a billion treat every day. He also gets to go on vacations with his famly. Here's a couple of photos from his trip to Door County, where he got to run free through the woods.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

GB Leighton...

So it's pretty likely that you've heard me talk about my favorite local band, GB Leighton. Maybe I've even dragged you to one of their shows.

Well, they're part of a contest on CMT, so you should defintely go vote for them if you get a chance.

But at least check out their music video. It's a really great song.

And let me know if you want to join me sometime for one of their shows. They're always playing, and it's always great!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I still have a job...

I wasn't laid off today. So I guess I have to go back to work tomorrow.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A few more race day photos...

A few more photos from the case you aren't sick of me blogging about it yet.

And if you still haven't seen enough -- here's the link to the official marathon photos for me and Dave.

That's my last post about the race. I promise!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Crossing the finish line...

Crossing the finish line on Sunday was great. Like I said in my earlier post, it was the highlight of the race. Unfortunately, no one saw Rachel and I crossing the line. We were so fast, my parents missed us, and no one else was there watching. So here's your chance to see us finishing the race!

Kare 11 filmed the finish line, so if you follow the link, the video should open. The tricky part is fast forwarding to the appropriate time, so you don't have to watch a 30 minute video, especially since we're only in it for a couple of seconds. I also posted the approximate times for everyone from our team...if you want to see them too. Look quick and you'll see us speeding past!

TC Finish Line video 1
Dan: 0:50 - 0:56
Dave: 0:57 - 1:07
Jordan: 3:37 - 3:43
Rachel J. & Jenny: 11:04 - 11:12
Rachel P. & Melissa: 19:27-19:38

TC Finish Line video 2
Steven: 22:16 - 22: 21
Bryan: 22:25 - 22:30

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Twin Cities 10-mile results

Last Sunday, Team Kicka$% completed the Twin Cities 10-mile race. It was warm and humid as predicted, but we successfully completed the race. Rachel and I crossed the finish line side by side...definitely the highlight of the race. It was really cool to cross the finish line with her, especially since I talked Rachel into doing it. I am proud of her and I'm proud of everyone on my team to battle the heat, exhaustion, hills and despite all the aches and pains along the way, finish the race.

Here's a photo of all of us and Amanda, a future member of Team Kicka$%.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

My grandma turned 93 years old today. Pretty impressive, huh? I thought it'd be kind of interesting to research what happened in the year she was born, 1914. Here's what I found out...
  • On June 28, Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie, were assassinated by Serb nationalist, Gavrilo Princip.
  • On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after it failed to meet the conditions of an ultimatum Austria-Hungary set following Archduke Ferdinand's assassination -- beginning World War I.
  • Babe Ruth made his major league debut with the Red Sox.
  • Pope Benedict XV becomes the 258th Pope, succeeding Pope Pius X.
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of the U.S. opens.
  • Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1914.
  • Joe Dimaggio was born on November 25, 1914.
  • Suffragists were fighting for the women's right to vote in the U.S.
  • Anchorage, AL, is founded to serve as headquarters of the 538-mile Alaska Railroad that was being built from Seward north to Fairbanks, which won't be completed until 1923.
  • Threats of labor troubles lead Henry Ford to offer workers a minimum wage of $5 per day—more than twice the average U.S. wage. Thousands rush to accept his offer, but learn that Ford will pay only $2.60 per day, plus a $2.40 per day bonus to be paid if a worker remains for 1 year. Applicants must not smoke or drink, must learn English (Ford set up schools for the purpose), become U.S. citizens and open bank accounts.
  • The Panama Canal opens to traffic on August 3.
  • The U.S. has roughly 1 million automobiles, but fewer than 100,000 trucks -- most of them delivery vans.
  • Greyhound Lines was founded in Hibbing, MN.
  • The world's first red-green electric traffic light started directing traffic in Cleveland, OH.
  • Physicist Henry G. F. Moseley publishes a paper in which he concludes correctly that there are only 92 elements up to and including uranium and 14 rare-earth elements. He errs slightly by saying there are only three unknown elements between aluminum and gold (there are actually four).
  • New York City's overcrowded schools turn away 60,000 to 75,000 children each year for lack of space.
  • President Wilson proclaims the first national Mother's Day
  • Doublemint chewing gum is introduced by William Wrigley Jr.
  • The term "birth control" is coined by International Workers of the World (IWW) organizer Margaret Sanger.

TC-10 mile update

Only 1 day, 16 hours, 12 minutes until race time.

A couple of updates:

1) The weather forecast has changed (of course!) Now a few thunderstorms are possible. Highs in the mid-70s and lows in the upper-50s.

At 6 a.m., it's supposed to feel like 70.

And the humidity is going to be 78% (yuck!)

2) My parents are going to come watch us race!!!

Two Glasses of Wine

I received this in an email today.


When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things; your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else; the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you."

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. Do one more run down the ski slope. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend."

Thursday, October 4, 2007

7:15 a.m.

The sun rose at 7:15 a.m. this morning.

At 7:14 a.m. I was running around the lake by my work. To be exact, I was on the west side of the lake and had an awesome view of the sun breaking through the horizon. The glorious colors of pink, orange and yellow brightening the sky and reflecting across the lake, which was surrounded by woods and trees with their autumn leaves brilliantly changing color into deep reds and oranges.

It was so beautiful, I had to stop running and just stand, taking in nature doing its thing. It was so refreshing, so peaceful. It's a miracle that God gives us every day.

I drank in this miracle. The sunrise lasts for just a moment. The fall leaves last for just a moment. But with such an amazing sight to start my day, how can it not be great?

At 7:16 a.m. I was back on the trail finishing my run. Ready to get on with my day, like the sun.

It's a great thing that running also lasts for just a moment.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

TC 10-mile update

The big race that I've been training for all summer *haha* is less than a week away!

At this point, I'm as ready as I'm going to get for it. So it's pretty much do or die! :)

Here's a couple of updates.

1) They had to change the course, b/c the original course went write under the 35W bridge that collapsed. Here's a link to the new route:

If you take a moment to look at the map, notice the race elevation at the bottom of the page. Most of the race is running up-hill. Scary!

2) The weather. It's supposed to be rain. Highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-40s. Consider the race starts at 7:10 a.m., it's probably going to be pretty chilly!

Go team Only Kickass Remains!!

Interview update...

As many of you know, I'm looking for a new job. Yesterday afternoon and this morning was spent attending second interviews for two different positions. I think they both went well!

The one this morning was mostly spent writing an internal news story based on three pages of bulleted info. So it will depend a lot on how much they liked my writing, if they continue to consider me. But I met with the HR recruiter and she went over a lot of the benefit info with me. That's probably pretty good sign.

The one yesterday....I met with three people for 20 minutes each, they all seemed like they'd be good to work with. The last guy was the head of corporate communications. He kept me for an extra 20 minutes and he kept saying, "what more can I tell you about the company?" I think that's a good sign that 1) he kept me longer and 2) wanted me to ask him questions. He said that they're interviewing about 5 more people and then will bring 2-3 back for a final interview.

For both I'm supposed to hear back next week. Please keep me in your prayers that all goes well! But even if nothing happens with these two positions, going through the whole interview process and being called back for second interviews has given me something I haven't had in a long time -- hope that I will get a new job!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Watch Otis watch puppies....

Five Little by Amanda

Amanda read this book....all by herself!!

Puppy love

I decided to take some movies with my camera after watching Baby Edwin on Diana's blog. Here's one of Otis loved giving his love to Emily and Amanda. He was so excited when they arrived.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

I can't wait to see Emily and Amanda!

This is what Amanda said to Becky when she woke up this morning...

"I love you. I can't wait to see Otis!!"

Amanda and Emily are going to sleepover at our house tonight. Otis can't wait to see his favorite nieces!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Otis is a big brother!!!

Otis' biological mom and dad (not me and Dave) had three baby girls!! They are so cute! One looks just like Otis.

They are for sale too! If anyone is thinking of getting a dog, these are the puppies to get! Check out the cuteness:

(I was going to post the photos directly, but according to what I learned in my class that week, I would be violating copyright I just posted the link.) :)

Tonya's cancer is gone!!!!

Tonya's cancer is gone. Wow. It is awesome to write that.

Tonya's cancer is gone!!!!

She had her PET scan yesterday morning and her doctor called with the results yesterday afternoon. All that is left is a little scar tissue, and the cancer is gone!!!

She has an appointment next week to figure out what the next steps either do some more chemo treatments and then radiation, or go directly to radiation.

It's such a huge relief to know that the tumor is gone. It's really the "best case scenario" everyone has been praying for.

Hurray!!! The cancer is gone!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Otis' world not so wonderful day...

For me, Dave and Otis, Wednesday is the worst day of our week. We don't get to see each other at all! It's bad for me and Dave, because we both have work and school and are gone all day long. But it's probably the worst of all for poor little O-bear. Here's how he spent his day...

First he woke up to the loud noise of my alarm at 5:45 a.m. Then he watched very patiently while I got ready to go to run before work. To his dismay, I left without taking him outside. So he had to wait for Dave to wake up to the loud noise of his alarm and wait very patiently while he got showered and dressed. Finally, he got to go outside and has a chance to do his "business." Then the unavoidable happens -- the mischievous puppy gets put in his kennel, so Dave can go to school and work around 8:15 a.m. or so...then Otis has to wait...and wait...and wait inside his kennel all day long to be rescued. Luckily, he has such a great grandpa. The Colonel came and rescued Otis around dinnertime and took the poor little guy outside. Unfortunately, he got put back inside the house (somehow he escaped the kennel...must have been really good to the Colonel) and he waits again...and waits and waits to be rescued. The next time he hears the garage open, he's so excited because his momma came home! Even though it's 9:45 p.m. and he's been alone all day long, he's so happy to see me, get to go outside again and be hyper boy. He knows that his dad will be home soon, and then he'll be the happiest boy in the world!

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Very Busy Puppy-dog

Otis is so tired from all the festivities surrounding his Grandma's trip to Minnesota. First, we had a long car ride down to Rochester. When we got there, there was so many people to sniff -- aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma and great grandma. Cousin Jana and Uncle Joe -- they have their own dogs. I can tell because I'm such a good sniffer. All the people kept me really busy, because I had to keep going around the room so everyone could pet me. It's so nice to get so much attention from so many people!

I was a really good watch dog at Great-Grandma's house. I looked out the front door and made sure that the family was safe. My favorite thing to do a Great Grandma's is running around the park that is right next door. I was being a good boy, so I even got to run without my leash.

We were only there for one day and then we had to come back home. Then I had to watch mom and dad make lasagna. I was hoping they'd drop some ground beef on the ground, so I could eat it....but they didn't do it. Then to my surprise, we had house guests! The Dobosenski's came and I had another room full of people to give me attention. Awesome! By the time they were leaving, I was struggling to keep my eyes open. My momma says that it's rude to fall asleep when guests are visiting. I tried my hardest to stay awake.

Today was a nice day. I got to recuperate and relax from my very busy weekend. I hung out in the kennel when I didn't have to be in there. Tonight we had pot roast and I was hoping I'd get some scraps. I must have been good because dad snuck me some meat under the table. Momma poured some leftover juice over my dog food. Hurray!

I had a really great time this weekend with Grandma visiting Minnesota. I love my family and friends and am glad I get to visit them!! Here's some photos we took!
Otis is his name and keeping busy is his game!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Otis is ready to go see Grandma and Great-Grandma

Otis is ready to go see his Grandma and the rest of the family down in Rochester!! His bags are packed (okay, we haven't packed yet). He has gotten rid of all his excess energy by going to the dog park (okay, he always has excess energy). He helped his momma clean up the house (okay, his momma hasn't really cleaned yet).

But Otis is still ready to go! He's so excited and can't wait for tomorrow! See you soon, Grandma!!
Otis is his name and visiting his Grandmas is his game!!

Pink Perfection

Katie asked me to elaborate on my pink pants...

I got these during girls' weekend from Victoria's Secret. They are the most comfortable pants ever! Sweatshirt material, but not heavy. Just perfect. Pink perfection!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Good Day!

Today was a pretty good day. Here's why:

1) It's Rachel's birthday!

2) Tomorrow is Friday!!

3) I had a job interview today and it went well!!!

4) I got a call to schedule an interview for a different job next week!!!!

5) Dave's mom came to Minnesota today and we get to see her Saturday!!!!!

6) Ugly Betty is on TV right now!!!!!!

7) Dave is on his way home from work right now!!!!!!!

8) I'm wearing my pink pants!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The grand-dog, his momma and a creepy-looking guy...

I thought I'd update the blog with a couple of photos we've taken recently. Here's one of me and Otis. And one of Dave. There really isn't anything to explain in the photo of Otis and I. It's just a cute mother-son photo. But the one of Dave...he said I could only post it if I clarified the fact that he doesn't run around town with this creepy 'stache. He was just trying out a new look while he was shaving off his beard. I just had to take a picture, because it was so funny. I was on the computer and all of a sudden my husband comes out of the bathroom looking like some -- well, uh, pervert, I guess. I thought I'd post the photo tonight, since Katie posted one of Anthony having fun with his hair in the bathtub. Well, Katie, if Anthony takes after his Uncle DAVE -- here's what you have to look forward to in 20 years.

Enjoy! And feel free to laugh out loud!