I have lots of updates for you all, including some wedding photos, but wanted to post this one for your viewing pleasure. Tucker was at the wedding (or at least at Grand Superior Lodge, not the actual ceremony) so we had a few “family photos” taken. This one is my favorite…

Recently Tucker has entered the “terrible two’s” of his little doggy life. He’s become a lot more animated, is testing us to see what he can get away with and is overall just causing trouble. As of yesterday he was 5 months old. I can’t believe we’ve already had him for two months! Here’s a rundown of the latest and greatest…

  1. He destroyed the wedding invitation proofs that I had gotten from the printer. And by destroyed I mean he ripped them up into tiny little pieces.
  2. He runs around with shoes and clothes in his mouth until you chase him. (He doesn’t chew them though thank goodness!!) Case in point. The other day I came upstairs after taking a shower and found him laying on top of my shoe while chewing on his bone.
  3. He steals the newspaper that we use to start fires and rips it into tiny little pieces. (Are you noticing a theme? He only destroys paper.)
  4. He cleared off the table by Mark’s side of the bed. Apparently he didn’t like the things that were on it.
  5. He eats his own poop. (This completely grosses me out and I’m trying to figure out a way to stop it. Any ideas?)
  6. He loves to play with his tennis ball and gets REALLY excited when you bring out the decoy to play fetch outside.
  7. His favorite place to lay is anywhere that there is a heat vent blowing out hot air.
  8. When he rides in my car he likes the back window seat best.
  9. He loves to cuddle when he’s tired.
  10. If he could play with you all day every day he would.
  11. He doesn’t like to be alone if you’re at home. He wants to be wherever you are.
  12. We’re working on Come and walking on a leash. He does both well when he wants to. He knows Sit, Stay and Fetch.

Hopefully I’m going to be better about posting in general on here, but I really want to start capturing some of the crazy things he does! Even when it’s something naughty it’s usually so funny that it’s hard to get mad at him. 🙂 I’ll post some new pictures soon too. Happy Thursday!

I posted some pictures of Tucker from this month on Snapfish… Enjoy!

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I posted some pictures of Tucker from March on Snapfish… As of yesterday he was 4 months old! I can’t believe how the time is flying!

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I’m headed to Detroit on April 29 – May 1, 2011 for Vickie’s wedding. I fly in at 1:30 on Friday and was wondering if anyone wants to get together for the afternoon and/or dinner…

Let me know. 🙂

Tucker George Nyholm. Born 12/4/2010. Joined our family on 3/6/2011.

One Big Happy Family!!

 His story… On Friday Mark attended the 2011 Annual Fundraiser for the Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation. At this event they hold both silent and live auctions to raise money. It’s a two day/evening deal, but Mark went only on Friday. While he was there he met a cute little yellow lab named Sandy who was going to be a part of the live auction on Saturday. When Trav went to the dinner/auction on Saturday Mark gave him the ok to bid up to a certain $ amount – thinking that there was no way he’d go for that since he’s a well bred bird dog. Well, guess what? Our maximum price was exactly what he went for so Trav brought him home for us! While all this was happening Mark and I were up at Gr@nd Superior Lodge tasting food for our upcoming wedding (I’ll post all about that later). Now Mark and his friends often like to play practical jokes on each other so when Trav texted saying we were now proud dog owners and asking what his name should be, we didn’t really believe him. But, then throughout the evening he texted pictures of him getting chipped, hanging out in bed with Trav and then on Sunday morning in the car on the way home. Neither Mark or I really believed Trav until we got to his house on Sunday morning and there was a kennel outside and a cute little dog inside. 🙂 We changed his name from Sandy to Tucker because Sandy he just didn’t seem like a Sandy. His middle name is George because that’s what we told Trav to name him as a joke, thinking that he wasn’t ours, on Saturday night.
 
So after picking him up we stopped at L&M (a local hardware/feed store) to pick up some dog supplies and then headed home. He was pretty tired from all the activity of the last few days so he slept a lot and mostly hung out in his kennel or under the dining room table. We played outside a little and mostly just tried to get him used to his new home. Then Monday morning Mark flew out to California for work this week. So it’s just Tucker and I this week and it’s been interesting! We’ve had a few accidents on the floor which prompted me to purchase a B!ssell Spot Bot (the best investment ever!). But, mostly we’ve been playing a lot and snuggling. I think he has a little big of devil in him. 🙂 He mostly just follows me around the house (unless I go down the stairs – he hasn’t mastered that yet) and always wants to know where I am. He does well in his kennel when we’re not there and sleeps in there with the door open at night. Overall he’s a good dog and I love him to pieces. I can’t wait to watch him grow!!
 
 

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There’s a chance that I’ll be headed to the Detroit area TWICE in the next 3 months – once for fun and once for work.

The first trip…for Vickie’s wedding!

I’m still looking at tickets, but my options are…fly in on Thursday, April 28th and hang out with anyone who’s available on Friday, April 29th. Or fly in on the April 29th and get together with people for dinner. The wedding is on the 30th and I’ll be flying back on May 1st. So let me know if you want to hang out at any point.

The second trip…for work.

I’m not sure exactly what my obligations will be while I’m there, but our meetings are in Novi and are on May 24 – 25. 🙂

I’m getting to the point now where I have ants in my pants and just can’t wait for our wedding to get here. It’s a little over 5 months away (EEK!) and there’s still a lot to do, but I can’t wait to marry Mark… I am really enjoying the whole being engaged thing though. 🙂

What prompted this update and the reason I’m SUPER stoked is because we just booked our wedding photographer! That for me was one of the most important things and it feels good to have it behind us. Now on to flowers, someone to marry us, cake, etc…

So this weekend we’re heading up to Grand Superior Lodge for a day of wedding fun! They’re hosting a social where they have area wedding vendors available along with a buffet dinner featuring the options on their catering menu. We’re staying overnight in a suite with a jacuzzi tub. I can’t wait for a night away, just the two of us. It’s going to be super fun!

Hopefully after this weekend I can check food off the list as well! 🙂

Mark and I have been crazy busy. The kind of crazy busy that means you don’t spend a lot of time together. Most days we’re going in separate directions and meeting at home late for a quick chat and then off to bed. That’s how I thought Valentine’s Day was going to go, but here’s what actually happened.

Monday nights we’re usually both at the local ski hill for separate reasons. I ski in a race league and he teaches proper tobaggon techniques for the ski patrol candidates. Sometimes we meet in the bar afterward, but most nights he hangs out with his crew and I hang out with mine. This Monday I showed up to the hill, got my gear on and was ready to head out and ski when I realized I didn’t have any house keys. (My car was in the shop and I forgot to grab my house keys off the key chain, but that’s another story.) So I text Mark and ask to borrow his so that I can go home after I get done with my runs and start making dinner, I was thinking maybe mac and cheese?!? I get a text back saying that he’s not at the ski hill. Huh? It turns out that he had shown up for training and since there were only two candidates and five patrollers he decided to go do some errands instead. After a few back and forth texts he said he’d meet me at home around 7:30. I did some skiing on the horribly craptastic snow and headed home just in time to meet him in the driveway. We pulled into the garage, get out of our cars and he hands me flowers, red roses to be exact. I was SO excited. Mark has made it very well known how much he thinks Valentine’s Day is dumb so I was shocked to see flowers in his hand. Once we got in the house he hands me a card and shows me all of the stuff that he picked up for dinner – salad, asparagus, risotto and fresh lake trout! So we spent the rest of the evening drinking champagne (that was my Valentine’s Day and happy first day of work present to him), making dinner, exchanging cards and just relaxing together. It was one of the best nights I have had in a long time. And it was all because we had an extra two hours of just us time that night.

And tonight we’re going to the boat show! It doesn’t get more romantic than that. 😉

I just updated our wedding website with a bunch of information and thought I’d share the collage I created for the site. It’s a combination of pictures from throughout our relationship. 🙂

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