Hello, friends! What a crazy awesome weekend it’s been! On Friday night, we got the biggest November snowstorm in Chicagoland in 120 years.
We also attended my cousin’s wedding on Friday night and luckily we made it to the hotel before the snowstorm started. The front desk had hangover kits waiting for us when we checked in which I thought was such a great idea.
The hangover kit included a bottle of water, Tylenol, crackers, band-aids, and candy.
Danny and I:
The wedding was so much fun. The food was better than typical wedding food – salad, mostaccioli, Italian beef sandwiches, pizza. Yeah, I ate a lot.
My cousin in the middle was the bride. Her and her husband got married in Vegas so the reception was all Vegas themed.
The best part was that there wasn’t a wedding cake. Yes, I was happy there wasn’t a wedding cake. Because there was a donut table.
Donuts are a billion times better than cake. I have a strong love for donuts.
My stepmom and dad.
My stepmom just got her hair cut and I love it. I kind of want the same haircut.
We had so much fun at the wedding and I’m glad we ended up getting a hotel room because there was so much snow!
We left the hotel on Saturday morning and stopped at Danny’s parent’s house to pick up the kids.
When we got home, we had an early Christmas present delivered!!!
A puppy named Baylee!! Isn’t she adorable?!
Danny and I have thought about getting a dog for a long time and have been looking at adoption shelters for the past few months. Jaden has been wanting a dog forever and ever and even made a pretend dog out of a cardboard box.
We found Baylee at the Fetching Tails Foundation through the PetFinder website. We filled out an application and I thought we’d have to wait awhile before hearing back but we heard back the same day. The lady who fosters the puppies asked when we could come meet her and we went during Danny’s lunch break the next day. We originally wanted to wait until the weekend but the lady said the puppy had a lot of applications on her and probably would be adopted by the weekend.
Baylee is a lab/retriever mix and has seven brothers and sisters. She is only 11 weeks old. The puppies were born under a porch in Mississippi and just left there, uncared for by the family that owned the dog. The puppies got a skin infection from being abandoned but luckily it was treated and they are all fine!
The Fetching Tails Foundation took the puppies back to Illinois to foster with the deal that the family would spay their dog so this wouldn’t happen again.
We went to meet Baylee and she was the sweetest puppy in the world and we knew immediately that she would fit into our family. We wanted to give the kids a puppy for Christmas but this was happening a lot faster than we thought so we just decided to make Baylee an early Christmas present.
Our application was picked out of all the others because I am home a good portion of the day and puppies need lots of attention and to go outside a lot. I work 5 hours on Wednesday and Fridays which is the longest stretch of time that I’m gone but Danny comes home for lunch daily so Baylee won’t be home alone too long.
The lady from Fetching Tails said that she needed to do a home visit and meet the kids. We set it up for Saturday afternoon. She said that as long as everything went good she could leave Baylee with us on Saturday!
We told the kids that the post office called and said they got an early Christmas present for the kids that had to be delivered so it wouldn’t sit at the post office. Jaden waited anxiously for the delivery. I was so excited to see his reaction because he has been dying for a puppy.
When the lady arrived with the puppy wrapped in a blanket and a Petco bag, Jaden was so confused. He thought whatever the lady had in the bag was for him and Jacob and didn’t realize that the puppy was the delivery! I finally had to ask him what the lady was holding. He said a puppy. And I said yes, a puppy that’s going to live with us!
Once it finally dawned on him what was happening, he was so excited!! Jacob was just as excited too!
So, we are now the proud owners of a puppy named Baylee.
Puppies are definitely a lot of work and so far everything is going good. She has had a few accidents but we have puppy training pads and we bring her outside often.
One of the requirements from Fetching Tails is that we sign her up for puppy training classes. We have already spoke to the puppy training place and she will start classes when she is 5 months old in February. She will also get spayed in February.
We are crate training her and my brother-in-law’s mother-in-law was nice enough to borrow us a crate, toys, food bowls, and a puppy harness.
Baylee likes her crate. She naps in it and sleeps in it at night. We currently leave it open at the beginning of the night and she sleeps about half the night and then gets up to go potty and play a little bit before going back to sleep. Having a puppy is a lot like having a baby!
She loves to bite and chew so we have been working on that and have lots of chew toys for her.
We are so happy to have a dog in the house again! And the kids were so happy for their early Christmas present!
Have a great day!!