Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hiccups and Garage Sales

Well, it's been almost a month since I've posted to this blog last. WHOOPS. Things have been a little hectic around here. Like buying a house.

We are also getting ready for a garage sale this weekend which should be a fun time. Hopefully we can make a little cash for our fridge we will be purchasing. Or carpet. Or lawn mower. Or new windshield....

Yes. Equinox's windshield is in need on replacement. It is beyond repair, as the crack covers half of the windshield. Bummer.

Dakota is doing great. She currently has the hiccups and playing with toys. Doesn't seem to really phase her. She turned 7 months old on Sunday and we can't believe how much she is growing and changing. She's acquiring quite the personality and also likes to consume 2 jars of baby food at a sitting. I think she's trying to make up for her tiny body. She also attended her first baseball game last Saturday, the Royals. It was a bit chilly but she was a trooper. She made it through the 5 inning. Not bad for a little squirt!

Okay, gotta go get ready for the garage sale. Enjoy the pictures!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Layla Hershey Schreiner, April 2, 2005

Happy Birthday, Layla Hershey! Today, Layla is 3 years old. It's hard to remember the day Jared found an ad in the paper for "West Pinchers", Westie/Min Pin mixes and we traveled to BFE Missouri to pick out our little princess. I remember the day we drove there - Addie in tow and arrived to find 2 mischievious little puppies tearin it up in the basement of a house. The whole way home, we wondered what to name her. She has come so far.

Last night was Layla's second night of obedience class. Yes, Layla Hershey is currently in school, working towards her Masters in Obedience. The first week, I happily gave up my training duties to Jared since I was in Dallas house-hunting. Jared took her the first night and learned the key words: off, uh-huh and perrrrrrrrfect. Last night, I went with a little a few reservations, but came out with a new dog. Well, kind of. We worked on lose leash walking last night up and down the aisles of PetsMart and I have to say, Layla did pretty good. She had her special moments, though. But the instructor did say she could already see improvement. See - Layla is a good dog afterall!

Layla is also featured in a poster all over Pennsylvania. Okay, not really, but sort of. I designed a poster for my sister's upcoming show about a dog that is an agent to the stars. Who is the model in the picture? None other than Layla! See below for her big debut. Apparently, she is getting lots of comments. Naturally.

Forgive my absence

So, things have been a little crazy around here in Schreinerville. For a while there, I thought no one was even really reading this blog. But alas, my dad informs me that I've been slacking on my blog and that he had been directing a lot of people here, so I better keep up on my blogging duties as a mom.

This seems like a good time in our lives to update friends and family. Lots has happened.

We feel very blessed in our lives right now. On March 20, we attended to much-anticipated Match Day at KU Med. This is where all the 4th year students find out where they will be attending their residencies. I must point out the highlight of the day - Daddy and Dakota's matching outfits. Jared (whether he admits it or not) was a little hesitant on wearing these so-called matching outfits, but it was a huge hit! As Jared's name was called to the stage to read his fate, his good friend Jon shouted, "Nice shorts!" And everyone laughed. He then speaks into the microphone, "My wife dressed us today." And everyone went, "awwwwwwwww". It was pretty dang cute, but I don't really remember all of it because it was a blur until he read he had matched at The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas! We were so incredibly excited as that was Jared's #1 choice.

After match, we went down to Dallas to search for a house - the hunt was on! With the help of one awesome father and father-in-law, Lee, Mr. house guru himself. We now officially call him Dakota's nanny because he was so helpful the whole trip. Dakota was a real trooper. Each day, we would pile into the car and head out to Rowlett, Texas (about 30 minutes from Amy and Scott's house) and look at numerous houses all day. Luckily, we matched up with an agent my sister was good friend's with and (knock on wood) we have finally found a house!* The plan is close May 20, right after Jared's graduation.

*currently in final negotiations.

Dakota had her 6 month appointment today. Funny enough, she was in the 92% for her head circumfrence and 11% in weight. But, all is well and great with Little Miss Smiley and the doctor says she looks great. She got the go-ahead for more fruits, veggies and cereal along with a sippy cup with water and snack crackers! Oh boy!

Here are a few pictures from Match Day. In the future, I will try to post more often to keep everyone updated.