Crystal: Well folks, it’s safe to say we’ve been neglecting this blog. Let me see if I can’t give you a quick rundown of our life from last December until now: road trip to Texas then Vegas and back;

Jonathan: Fantastic trip! We logged over 3600 miles during our Christmas vacation and Bella was a HUGE hit everywhere we went. She loved chilling out with Mom and Dad down in Dallas, and she charmed EVERYBODY in Vegas. We even brought her home a doggie bag from the 2-star Michelin restaurant where we had dinner!!! Who’s dog is treated like royalty?!  Our dog!

The only thing we’d have changed about our Vegas stay was the hotel. We stayed at the Flamingo. Never again. Perhaps we’ve been spoiled by the 2500 square foot suite we had last time we stayed at the Bellagio, but we will never stay any place other than Bellagio again. The only reason we chose Flamingo was because we were under the impression that Bellagio didn’t allow dogs. It turns out Bellagio DOES allow dogs and we will never stay anywhere else.

Crystal: Began bathroom remodel;

Jonathan: I blame this solely on ‘Property Brothers’. We started marathon-watching this at Mom and Dad’s house in Dallas and thought, ‘We should paint the guest bathroom…that’ll look nice’. We picked out a color and began the prep work. Next thing you know the old paint is peeling off the walls in sheets (because the drywall had never been primed to begin with), we start finding large amounts of mildew (which means ALL the drywall had to come out…which was good since it was all normal drywall, not the moisture/mildew resistant stuff AND it was even used in the shower instead of cement board. NOT cool) and the skylight is being removed and patched over since it’s directly responsible for all the moisture finding it’s way into the bathroom.

It’s actually been pretty fun thus far (other than the ‘oops’ with the tub faucet…but that might have to get a blog of it’s own), and it’s going to look fantastic when it’s finished. Not only that, but we’ll know it was done correctly.

Crystal: Took in a foster puppy;

Jonathan: Penny the Pisser. Sweet little pooch but don’t even get me started about the shelter we got her from. Yikes! They are  SO mismanaged.

Crystal: Two bullshit Air Force written tests and an Air Force fitness test;

Jonathan: SO glad I won’t have any more of these to take ever again!!!

Crystal: And my mom has cancer.

Jonathan: Yeah. But she’s not going to have it for much longer and that’s awesome!

Crystal: So I guess we have a few excuses as to why we’ve not been blogging. Still, we are two months into 2015 and I thought we should try to post something. Obviously the most worrisome thing on that list is my mom. The good news is, they’re taking out her left kidney and that should be it. She had a random blood clot, totally unrelated to the cancer, that was causing her pain and when she went in to get it checked out they found her left kidney was basically one huge tumor. So that sucker is going to be gone soon.

I think the best plan here is to let the pictures do the talking.

mom's dessert table

C: Mom’s Christmas dessert table. She does not mess around.

J: Those iced cookies (back right side) are the BEST!

Brian and Jonathan

C: My brother and Jonathan playing video games. Something about parking cars before the Prime Minister arrives?

J: No Brakes Valet!!! Might be the best damn game EVER!!!

Christmas Eve

C: Bella really enjoyed being at Grandma’s. 

J: Yep.

passed out pooch

So much so, that you’d frequently find her in this state: passed out pooch.

unlucky bird

J: This poor creature was not Ford tough.


C: Brunch in Vegas. Yes, we wore our Victorian clothes. And yes, we got LOTS of compliments!

J: The Duchess Crystal von Puppy-Lover!

crazy Vegas peeps

C: These guys stopped US asking for a picture! And yet, we still ended up giving them $20…

J: No SHIT!!! And after we posed for nearly 100 pics with strangers and we didn’t make a dime!!! LOL

That’s my boy ‘Pharaoh Moan” on the left. Yes, that’s really his ‘stage name’. HA!

Louis Vuitton balcony

C: Us at the lovely Louis Vuitton balcony enjoying the Bellagio Fountains before dinner at Picasso.

J: It’s not a Vegas trip without spending an evening at the LV patio!


C: Penny the foster puppy. She got adopted this past weekend! We had her for one month and nursed her through her spay surgery/recovery.

J: This pooch ate rawhides like they were popcorn!  She was a real sweet girl.

big piece of bathroom

C: Yes, that is part of our bathroom. The great remodel has begun!

J: No more of this fake shit for us. We’re going with REAL tile this time around.


C: Jonathan is taking everything out and redoing it all. Correctly.

J: Hopefully.

sky light

And the skylight that has been leaking is coming out! 


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