Our first snow!

We just had our first snow here on the east coast (the first one that stuck to the ground anyhow). It wasn’t much but it was enough that we decided that our poor shivering beagle needed a jacket. I don’t usually like the little doggy sweaters so I was really excited when we found this cute pink jacket and it even has a hood! Ok, so maybe we’re a little ridiculous about our dog, but it’s fun! We tried to make the jacket look red and created a cute Christmas card too…(below)

Important Announcment…

I have a very important announcement to make. For those of you who have been to New Zealand or Australia and have had a “tim tam slam” but are now back to the USA and can’t seem to find that delectable cookie (biscuit) anywhere……
Pepperidge farms is now selling their own “tim tam” at Target. That’s right, a tim tam slam may be in your near future!

Now, for those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about…let me fill you in. The “tim tam” is Australia’s equivalent of America’s “Oreo”. Only better. And if you really want to eat it the way it should be eaten, you gotta slam it!
1. Make some hot chocolate/tea/coffee whichever you prefer.
2. Get a tim tam biscuit ready
3. Nibble off opposite corners of the tim tam
4. Stick one nibbled corner in your mouth
5. Lower the other nibbled corner into your drink
6. Suck the drink through the cookie
7. Once you get some drink, quickly shove the cookie in your mouth

Nick’s response to his first tim tam slam…”MMMMMMMM!” (and then he reached for another, and another…)

Puppy Problems…

Our latest puppy problem is that this cute little puppy…
Can now jump over this little gate!
Little demon! I love her but man she makes things complicated! We even raised the gate a little to give it more height but true to her mischievous beagle ways, she can still get over! I had heard that beagles can get into things, but I’d have only known! Just think, if she can jump high enough to get over this gate…soon she’ll be able to jump onto the kitchen table or counter top…AAAAAUGH!

Thanksgiving in New York

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This was our first Thanksgiving being married. Since there are only two of us I decided against cooking a whole feast and we went to the “chow hall” on base where the officers were serving a full Thanksgiving meal. My favorite part? They had chocolate milk!
Then on Friday, Nick and I headed to New York City to see my good friend Rachel who was home for the holidays (she lives in Colorado, I met her while doing my internship there). And of course, to see New York. Friday we went to town, saw time square, walked around the fashion district and topped off our evening with dinner and a broadway show! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nick so excited. We saw “The Young Frankenstein” it was amazing. The set was incredible and the music was great. Nick had this look on his face like it was Christmas morning through the whole show. Walking around the city was overwhelming (especially considering it was black Friday so there were A LOT of people!). All the Christmas decorations were up though so it was fun to see all the lights and the Macy’s window display and the huge Christmas tree at the Rockefeller center. Yay for Christmas coming soon! (For those of you who love the movie ELF as much as I do, here is a picture of the skating rink where they go skating and the huge Christmas tree that she shows Buddy, with the amazing crystal star on top. There were HUGE cables holding this tree up, it’s big.)
Saturday Rachel took us around Long Island (where she lives) to some local spots including a cute little town called “Lloyd village” and the close by “Woodbury”. We took a walk down this cute path to this huge historic mansion on a hill. For dinner, Nick and I had some authentic New York pizza.
Sunday morning we drove home. And instead of taking 3 hrs like it did to get there, it took us 8 hours! But we made it, and we were glad we went. I hadn’t realized how much I missed Rachel! Plus it was really fun to meet her family, they are such a nice family and were very good to us.