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I mentioned a bit ago that Andrew and I were in the process of adopting a new puppy. Well, I am happy to report that she is moved in and settling well in our house! So friends, meet Chloe: the newest addition to the Smith family. :heart:


We adopted her through an organization called Stray Rescue. They found her her mother so underfed that she couldn’t even produce milk for the puppies. Because her mother was a stray, they aren’t exactly sure what breed she is. They know that her mother is some kind of labrador mix, but anything else is just a guess.

We’ve had her just over a week, and it has been so much fun to get to know her and see her grow! She is already so much taller than when we first got her! They grow up so fast ;(

Chloe sleeping
She likes to sleep in strange places – like under our coffee table.

She is definitely a cuddler. If you are sitting on the ground, she loves to crawl into your lap and sleep there for hours. She’s so calm and even-tempered – I didn’t hear her bark until the fourth day we had her! She is slowly becoming territorial, making her cute little puppy barks and growls as strangers pass by or if something scares her – like the vacuum.

We have been crate training her at night, so the first few nights were a bit rough. She would wake up every couple of hours and whine, so at first we thought she just had to go outside. Then we realized she was just getting us to let her out because she didn’t always need to go. Smart doggy.

Chloe in Grass
Sitting in the grass. She loves to be outside!

She doesn’t like walks or the leash yet, so we are still working on that. She tends to just sit down and refuse any treats we might have to get her to walk with us. So she’s a bit stubborn, but we’re working on that slowly! She knows “sit” very well, and she’s getting close to “down” for lay down. But she is potty-trained! Or so we hope, haha. She hasn’t had an accident inside for three days now, so that is definitely a relief!

Trying to catch her tail!
Trying to catch her tail!

Stray Rescue offers a year of free training classes when you adopt a dog, which is so awesome because obedience classes can be so expensive. We’ve always just trained our dogs ourselves, so it will be nice to have more of an expert approach towards training her. Chloe has an appointment to be spayed next week, so after she has recovered from that, we will definitely start taking full advantage of the free classes. Stray Rescue is located downtown so it will be a bit of a drive, but I think that it will be fun for Chloe and for me and Andrew.

Even though we’ve only had her a short time, we are so attached to her already. I know that she will be a perfect fit for our little family. Plus, when you walk into your bedroom and see her hanging out like this, you can’t help but laugh and fall in love! :heart:

Half under the bed
Half under the bed

Our First-iversary

Yesterday Andrew and I celebrated our one-year anniversary. :heart:

It’s a little hard to believe that it’s been an entire year since our wedding, but Andrew has had my heart for so long that it also feels like it should be longer!

I woke up with morning to sunflowers on the kitchen island (if you don’t remember, we used sunflowers at our wedding) as well as Just Dance 2015 for the Xbox One, and a small bag of Sour Patch Kids, which are my favorite candy. He knows me so well! :D

My grandma has not been doing very well, so I spent last weekend visiting her and the rest of my dad’s family in Pennsylvania. My gift arrived a bit late since I was out of town, but it arrived today so I’m excited to give it to him once he gets home from work. I bought this scratch-off map for him, since we both love to travel. We can scratch off all the countries and states that we’ve been to together and hang it on the wall, so I thought it would be a great gift. Plus it’s paper, which is the traditional first anniversary gift. I get extra points for that, right? ;)

Cardinals Game

We normally probably would have celebrated with a nice dinner somewhere over the weekend, but ended up changing plans since I was going to be out of town. Our friend had bought tickets to the Cardinals game (St. Louis’s baseball team) and gifted them to us as an anniversary present, so we spent our evening with the Cards. We took the MetroLink downtown instead of driving, since traffic is always so terrible on game nights.

We shared a soft pretzel and some nachos during the game (ball park food is my favorite!), but the game itself was a bit boring. They had several good hits, but we were down from the second inning on. We decided to leave after the 8th inning since the score was still 0-4. I normally never leave the game early, especially since the Cardinals are notorious for coming back late in the game, but Andrew had to work in the morning and we were both a bit tired. And the Metro is always so packed after games, it takes forever to get home. So we decided to leave a bit early to get on the MetroLink before some of the crowd.

On the ride back, someone was streaming the rest of the game and next thing I know, bases are loaded and they end up winning the game, 5-4.

The one time we leave early. Figures. :P

Regardless, we had a really fun time, especially since it was the first game we’ve both been to this season! And we can say that they won on our anniversary, even if we didn’t see it, haha.

We did forget to eat our wedding cake when we got home though. We were so tired we just went straight to bed, so we are going to try a piece tonight after dinner and hope it doesn’t taste absolutely terrible. ;)