Happy National Puppy Day! 🐾🐾

Today is National Puppy Day (woof woof) and Friday!!!

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What a combination! TGIF friends.

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We are the proud owners of TWO wonderful white miniature schnauzers Emma & Dash. Here are some adorable pictures of them both as puppies.

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    This girl picked me out 2.5.11 ❤

Dash

    Went to “look” at this cutie on 2.14.15 and of course ended up taking him home with us! ❤

These two are always up for a road trip or adventure with us and LOVE us unconditionally. I can’t even imagine life without either of them. They are not only best buddies, but they are also a huge part of our family. We love them dearly!

Look at those serious faces!

Companionship is probably one of the best things about having dogs. I feel so close to each of my pups and I knew we all need each other in some way. There’s also nothing better than coming home to their smiling faces! They are so precious and fill up my heart and life.

A few years ago I shared that our pups are pure bread mini schnauzers and actually share the same dad. Read all about our sweet pups here. Don’t forget to check out Skansen Kennel in Sebastopol and read about mini schnauzers here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about dogs to round up this long post about how much I love my schnauzies.

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’” — Rudyard Kipling 

“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” Cesar Millan 

“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” — John Grogan

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” — Roger Caras 

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” — Charles M. Schulz

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”– Josh Billings

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Happy National Puppy Day Emma & Dash! We LOVE you oh so much! Thanks for being so loving, spunky, fun and keeping us on our toes!

Happy Friday friends! Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you next week.

Xo ❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day ❤ ❤

❤ ❤ ❤ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! ❤ ❤ ❤

Wishing everyone a day filled with lots of LOVE!

Today marks my 12th Valentine’s Day with my forever Valentine…my wonderful hubby. Tof, I love you more than words can probably every describe. Thank you for always loving me and making me feel so special. You’re the most wonderful man anyone could every ask for and I feel so incredibly lucky to call you my best friend and love of my life!  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤  Happy Valentine’s Day! Looking forward to dinner tonight; spending time with you and snuggling with our pups!

Today we are also celebrating THREE years with Mr. Dash. You can read all about our Valentine’s Day pup here. Dash is definitely a big love bug and that has stuck since we first got him. Ha Ha Ha. He loves to give kisses and snuggle with his sister Emma and us of course! 😉

Dash is also our little trouble maker. Yesterday he thought it would be fun to celebrate by eating some gum (which apparently has a toxic ingredient to dogs) and spend 24 hours in the doggy hospital. Sigh. It looks like he’s going to be OK, but is still be monitored and having his sugar levels and liver tested. Fingers crossed he continues to do well and that we can pick him up later tonight. We certainly LOVE both of our pups very much!

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Look at how little sweet Dash was?!

Handsome big boy!

❤HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!❤ 

Xo

Happy 3rd Birthday Dash!🐾💕🎂

HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY DASH! 🐾💕🎂

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Dash, you are a wild one and certainly keep us on our toes…but you are also the ultimate snuggle bug. We love you so much and can’t imagine our family without you!

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Tonight we will celebrate with some new toys, lots of playing and maybe even some special homemade treats by Dad! I feel so very thankful to have two amazing pups in our life. They make our family complete and we love them more than anything.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DASH! 🐾💕🎂

Xo

Happy National Puppy Day! 🐾🐾

Today is National Puppy Day!!! Woof Woof! ❤️ 🐾❤️🐾❤️

We are the proud owners of TWO wonderful white miniature schnauzers Emma & Dash. Here are some adorable pictures of them both as puppies.

Emma

This girl picked me out 2.5.11 ❤

Dash

Went to “look” at this cutie on 2.14.15 and of course ended up taking him home with us! ❤

These two are always up for a road trip or adventure with us and no matter what LOVE us unconditionally. I can’t even imagine life without either of them. They are so very much apart of our family and we love them dearly!

One of the things I love most about having dogs is the companionship. I feel so close to each of my pups. There is also nothing better than coming home to their smiling faces! They are so precious and mean the world to me!

Last year I shared that our pups are pure bread mini schnauzers and actually share the same dad. We always get asked if they are siblings and technically they are (partially haha). Emma & Dash came from Skansen Kennel in Sebastopol. You can read about when we got Dash two years ago here. If you want to read/learn more about mini schnauzers you can read about how awesome they are here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about dogs to round up this long post about how much I love my schnauzies.

“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.” — M.Facklam

“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” — John Grogan

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” — Roger Caras 

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” — Charles M. Schulz

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” — Milan Kundera

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” — John Grogan

Awwwww. Dogs are so wonderful! ❤️ 🐾❤️🐾❤️

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Happy National Puppy Day Emma & Dash! We LOVE you oh so much! The two of you make our lives so much better. Thank you for being so loving, spunky and full of personality!

Xo ❤️🐾❤️🐾❤️

Happy 2nd Birthday Dash!🐾💕🎂

HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY to our big boy Dash! 🐾💕🎂

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You are such a joy in our life and certainly keeps us on our toes. We love you so much buddy!

Tonight we will celebrate with some new toys, lots of playing and maybe even some special treats! So thankful to have two amazing both pups in our life. They really make our family complete.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DASH! 🐾💕🎂

Xo

Happy National Puppy Day! 🐾🐾

Today is National Puppy Day!!! Woof Woof! ❤️ 🐾❤️🐾❤️

Owning a dog (two for me) is seriously one of the best things ever! My life feels so much more full and complete with my pups by my side. They are always up for a road trip or adventure with us and no matter what LOVE us unconditionally.

As many of you may know, I’m the proud owner of two wonderful white mini schnauzers Emma & Dash. When I look back at when I first got Emma in 2011 I can’t even imagine that at one point I had no dogs. Now I have two and wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world!

Top Left: Puppy Dash at 13 weeks old            Top Right: Emma pup at about 8-9 months old

Dash is almost 1.5 and our girl Emma will be 6 in April.

One of the things I love most about having dogs is the companionship. I feel so close to each of my pups and love them dearly. Don’t get me wrong sometimes they get in moods and drive us bonkers, but at the end of the day I always have their smiling faces waiting for me when I come home (along with my hubby 😉 ). I really believe that there is a bond between a human and their dog. I experienced that first hand with Emma and now I have that with Dash. These two seriously make my heart swell with love. They are so precious and mean the world to me!

Our pups are pure bread mini schnauzers and actually share the same dad. How funny is that?! We got them both from Skansen Kennel in Sebastopol. You can read about when we got Dash here. If you want to read/learn more about mini schnauzers you can read about how awesome they are here.

Since it’s national puppy day I thought it would only be fitting to share some of my favorite quotes about dogs to round up this long post about how much I love my dogs.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Josh Billings

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Roger Caras 

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
M.K. Clinton

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
― John Grogan

Awwwww am I right folks? Dogs are so wonderful! ❤️ 🐾❤️🐾❤️  I mean look at these two!

 

Happy National Puppy Day Emma & Dash! We LOVE you oh so much! The two of you make our lives so much better. Thank you for being so loving, spunky and full of personality!

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Valentine’s Day Weekend Update ❤️🌹❤

Happy Tuesday everyone! So glad to be starting this week on a Tuesday and for it being a short one! Here’s a recap of our weekend:

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On Saturday we headed to the wine country to spend the day at one of our favorite wineries, Bella. We are currently club members here, so tasting is FREE. Over the weekend, Bella was going to be pouring their 2015 Late Harvest barrel samples in the wine caves! Yes this winery has wine caves! The Late Harvest Zinfandel sells out every year, so it was awesome to try it before we made a purchase (which we did!). I absolutely LOVE this winery and Saturday ended up being just the most perfect day ever!

Bella is an awesome winery and we seriously LOVE it! They farm some of the most distinct vineyards in Sonoma County; two in Dry Creek Valley and one in Alexander Valley on the edge of the Russian River. Both my hubby and I really prefer the Dry Creek and Alexander Valley over Napa. This side of wine country is just more calm, relaxed and easy going. Now, I still like a lot of wineries on the Napa side, but don’t really love all the crowds of people any more. I could seriously spend every day hanging out at Bella or anywhere along the Dry Creek/Alexander Valley side. Maybe some day we can move to the Healdsberg area and I can work at a winery. How awesome would it be to spend your day talking with people and pouring wine?! I’m totally down!!

My good friend Maddy (from UCSB) was in town from Rhode Island just for the night/day before going off to Davis to visit with the rest of her family. It was so great to see her even if it was for a short visit! Since she’s been living on the east coast, I haven’t seen much of her. One thing that I love is that when we get together it’s just like old times! We pick up right where we left of. I’m so glad we took her to Bella and spent the day drinking good wine, taking in the gorgeous views, picnicking on the lawn and just enjoying each others company. My bestie from middle school, Ashley also came with us and we had a blast!

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

Chris and I realized that this is our 10th Valentine’s Day together! Can you believe it?!?!? We have been together for so long and really don’t need/want to go all big on Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, we still celebrate, but often it’s more low key. Even though it was our 10th vday together we kept it mellow and still had an awesome day. We ran errands, ate lunch at a restuarnat in Santa Row (yummy margaritas and Mexican food), spent time with our pups and watched Bridge of Spies and The Martian in the evening. My guy always sends me the most beautiful roses and this year was no exception! I love you Chris McConnell and am so thankful I get to be your forever valentine! ❤ ❤ ❤

This guy and these pups make my world complete! Love you all!

And just for fun, here’s a picture of us from our very FIRST Valentine’s Day in 2007. We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (where we had our first date) called Chad’s on Chapala. Sadly the restaurant is now gone, but we sure had some great times there! OMG we look like such babies!

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What did you all do to celebrate?

Monday 2.15.16 🌼☀️🐾🐾🌼☀️

Happy President’s Day! I actually didn’t have the day off from work (boo SJSU for making us work on President’s Day), but decided to take a much needed vacation day! I must say it was the best decision ever!

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous out and pretty warm for February. Dash had a vet appointment (just some vaccines) up in San Carlos, so we decided to do a hike at a favorite spot, Water Dog Lake. When we used to live in San Mateo, we would take the dogs here all the time! It was super close to our house (and my parents) and is a great place to get outdoors. There are several trails and lots of people walking/hiking/biking/exploring. We miss Water Dog so much now that we live down in San Jose. I think especially since we haven’t found “our” hiking spot in San Jose yet. Whenever we get the chance, we jump at any opportunity to hit up our old favorite places in San Carlos!

Clearly from the photos, our pups had a wonderful time too! Can’t wait until our next family hike.

Well that’s a quick recap of our 3-day weekend. Looking forward to having a short work week even though it’s going to be busy for my hubby and maybe me too! In other news, I’m looking forward to my BIRTHDAY tomorrow!!! Can’t believe another year has come and gone…haha. We will be celebrating on our own tomorrow night, having dinner out with my co-workers on Thursday (yay for Benihana’s) and then celebrating again with my family this weekend!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that your week is off to a great start!

XoXo