Monday, October 10, 2011

Harley gets a brother... is true. There is a new member of the Haddon family. Meet Harley's new baby brother, Beast. (haha....beast)
Beast is a Lhasa Apso. You may be thinking, "What is a Lhasa Apso?" They are a lot of the time show dogs, and look like this:
Yikes...right? Well Beast is first of all black as you can see above...and also his hair will stay shorter than that! He is really hard to get a picture of, because he is 1) A puppy and runs around and 2) is all black and hard to distinguish between puppy and other objects! So I tried to google Lhasa apso puppy to give you an idea on his size and body and this is the best I could find, but he is a little bigger than that. But body wise, you can see what they look like without all the long hair haha.
He is very low to the ground (like Harley can stand over him) But wide and so soft and flat on top. With a cute little apple bottom rump! I tell Chance he reminds me of this guy off of Beauty and the Beast:
The puppy ottoman, Sultan...ha:) Only because he is just like that dangit! He is super snuggly and low to the ground and shaggy....and he sits on your feet! The guy at the pet store said they were literally used as feet warmers because they love to come plant themselves on your feet. He is super sweet so far....Chance and I were really worried about bringing another pet into the family, but .... I'm always "on the verge" of course! If you want the story though, it started when I was running errands for work and decided to stop in with a co-worder at Petland. I was looking at the puppies for fun and I saw this sweet boy! I asked to hold him and after a few licks I was ready to take him home:) Chance has been wanting another dog pretty bad and we need a medium sized dog still because of the apartment. I put a hold on him so that we could have 48 hrs to think about taking him without anyone else buying him. I told Chance I had a surprise and after a blindfolded ride to petland I showed him the pup! Chance LOVED him. We were actually going to get him and sell him to his best friend, Troy, because he has been wanting a really good dog like Harley, but after talking with Troy, he decided he wasn't ready yet...Chance was happy! We waited to pick him up until yesterday, because we had some company and I didn't want to be potty training with guests. And NO he wasn't a million dollars. He actually was older than all the other puppies (about 4 months) so they really wanted him to get a good home and sell quicker. He was priced at $950 the DAY BEFORE I came in and they took away all the normal pet store guarantees and mish mosh and sold him straight up and out the door for $250! Clearance puppy! Beast was named by Chance and Harley is getting along great. We got a hot pink kennel for Harley and gave Beast the black one. I also got a bunch of new toys so Harley didn't feel trumped. We also have been giving Harley extra love and attention so that she isn't sad about the new addition. They have been definitely figuring out the older sister, little brother dynamic...annnnnd I just realized that I am talking about these two like they are my children. Yikes...I am that girl right now. Stop it. Stop it. It's better than having a baby right away ...right? RIGHT? What if in these years of waiting to have kids I have like 10 puppies? My house would be covered!!
I would need so much food!!!
Ok...I promise right now before God and the world wide web that I will have NO more pets until I have a house and/or a child. Ok...whew! I feel better. Plus that gave me an excuse to post super cute puppy pictures:) Anyway, Beast is potty training like a champ! We brought him home and had a pretty rough first day and thought about taking him back (not gonna lie) but today he has rocked it! Pottied all three times he was taken out and hasn't chewed a single thing other than a toy since we brought him home! Also hasn't barked...and slept through the night with no potty in his kennel! I am basically the dog whisperer it's no big deal. I SWEAR that Jesus has given me these dog training magic skills since I went through every single birthday and christmas begging for a puppy. Now I have two amazing pups that are well trained! Almost. Beast is also great because he warms my feet obviously, and he is hypoallergenic (like Harley), doesn't shed (even though he has all that hair!), and hasn't been one of those crazy barking little dogs! Beast is just ....well, a little beast:) His nicknames so far have been Beasty boy, Furby ferbs (because his big round eyes and smooshed face look like those toys, ya know?),
.... Monster, sasquatch, squish face, and teddy bear. I'll keep ya updated, but so far he is learning just as quick as Harley did! Hopefully I am not dreaming that this can work out....and don't worry sisters and more surprises.....for now.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gotta start somewhere

Yes this is another craft. GOSH. Lay off! :) Here is how this one best friend Erin (married with a 10 month old, went to high school with her) and I hang out with her husband, my husband, and our other best friend, Michael, EVERY Sunday night. It's kinda Jersey Shore style in that we all bring something and eat dinner and hang out from about 7 to 11 and catch up on each other's lives. Total family dinner tradition. We usually order out from somewhere or all bring something to add to a meal. I always look forward to Sunday nights!
Well since I am all married now and trying recipes, Erin and I started talking about how we need to start trying recipes together and build a little recipe book for ourselves. Not like some legit book, but just start conglomerating some recipes (old and new) and saving them! Sunday nights prove to be perfect timing for this adventure. So I decided CRAFT TIME! It's weird though, I looked all over for cute recipe storage things and cards and separators and apparently people do not store recipes in this fashion anymore! Or maybe I am looking in the wrong places! I happened to find some cute boxes on clearance at Michael's craft store and some fun recipe cards on sale to go with them (for $1!)....
Kinda fun, right? The sayings on the recipe cards are pretty cute. There were a couple other different ones too. So then I went searching for some separator tab things (like appetizer, desserts, etc) and nothing! AH! I was so frustrated! I still got the boxes and cards, one for me and one for Erin. So I looked EVERYWHERE. No luck. While I was at Joann's fabric feeling pretty down about this whole deal I stumbled upon this really cute paper:
The stripes are the backside of it but I really liked the pots and pans on the other side! So again...wheels got turning and I decided I was going to make my OWN tabs for the recipe box. Then I wanted something to kinda differentiate the tabs from just a card stock piece of paper. So then I found these:
They are photo corner things that you are supposed to use in scrapbooks for corners of pictures and stuff. I thought, hey, this could work. I don't know why I got fixated on this project but I wanted to surprise Erin with a fun gift to start our recipe trading. So I tried a few different ways until I finally found the right size that would fit in the box but also stick up a bit from the recipe cards. Everything sounds so simple but I always think I am going to do something in 15 minutes and it turns out to be an afternoon. So I cut part of the stripes from the back, glued to the top of the pot and pan side, wrote the description on the tab, cut the tab to stick out, added the photo corners, and then laminated to help stand out more. Result:
I did five tabs. Starters, Entrees, Side dishes, Sweet Treats, and Family Recipes (cuz my mom is AMAZING and she needs a whole section!). I separated the new recipe cards with the tabs I made and here is what it looks like in the box:
So I hope Erin likes it! I made two identical ones for us:) Because that's what best friends do people...they match. ;)

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Alright, so I am sooo not a cook. I can't like decide to put things together on my own without someone or something telling me what to combine. So, cooking freelance....not so much. Following a recipe...finding out that I'm good at following directions! Thank you mom for always teaching me to follow directions:) I haven't been cooking dinners yet really, mostly because I haven't even organized our wedding gifts, but I HAVE been finding some pretty awesome dessert recipes on Pinterest! If you don't know what that is, go find out, it will take over your life facebook style. Lots of fun creative ideas to look at and try. I haven't tried anything TOO risky yet, but I have tried two of the dessert recipes. They both turned out! Like turned out well enough that I could share them with people besides my husband! SCORE! The first one I tried was the Smore's bars below. AMAZING. Super easy after doing the recipe once you pretty much know how it goes. They were a HUGE hit at Bible study and I even baked a whole other one to take to our boxing coach! (Weird taking a super rich dessert to a gym haha...but he asked so I felt I had permission!)
They are way good to eat right out of the oven because they are all gooey and melty, but actually the next day they are all cooled and you can cut them into bars that stay all together and are SOOO good. And not so messy to eat the next day. Anyway, here is the website I went to for the recipe: http:// And here are a couple pics I snapped while in the process of making mine. I know I know...looks easy right? Well I still feel accomplished for not having someone standing there walking me through it:) So there!
Then I made these crazy sweet Oreo cupcakes...
Here is the website I stole the recipe from: Not gonna lie, I can only eat like half of one of these. They are SO rich! BUT....hear me out. They are super fun to share because everyone loves them if they weren't the ones making them! ha:) NOOOO I don't make people desserts to make them like me .......gosh! This was a pretty ridiculous recipe of mixing things, adding half of other things, mixing more things but only partly mixing it, then adding more, then mixing all the way, other words, don't try to follow this with too much wine in you:) Super good batter too if I might add. I swear I would rather eat batter of ANYTHING than the real thing. No sign of salmonella yet! The surprise at the bottom is that you line the bottom of the cupcake liners with a half oreo, cream side up! Super fun and stays crunchy!
So here is what the batter looks like all mixed
And the inside obviously you can see that above in the picture from the website....these I was very proud of because I accomplished my second recipe from Pinterest as well as used a wedding gift from my sisters, Laura and Susan, for Chance to take them to work with!!! How cute am I having a cupcake carrier!??? Ha ok just kidding I'm getting too excited. Chance was so pumped to take them to his team at work and he would text me throughout the day with updates about compliments on them! I am so pathetic! I feed off of this! Please don't judge me.
One of the ladies at his work even came back for another one AND asked for the recipe!! WHAT???!!! From me!? big deal. So here is the first ever Mrs. Haddon recipe that was shared with some lady at Chance's work:)
WOOT!!!! Okay so that is my cooking experience lately. Chance probably wishes I would generate some of this energy towards dinner.....oops!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I tried something...

....and I am not sure how I feel about it. It MIGHT be that I am so proud of it because of all the work I put into it and I am blinded by my efforts:) It's like those kids that spend the whole day on a picture or craft and then want it on display. This is my grown up version of that. I have been seeing all these fun wreaths on Pinterest and I decided that even though we just have an apartment, it would be cool if I made my own crafty wreath! I went out looking for the supplies to make a super cool Halloween wreath but it turns out that it was going to be really expensive to make! I was looking for the "make your own wreath for $5" thing. So I had already bought the base wreath that I was going to wrap with something, but as I was wandering around Target, I happened upon something and my wheels started turning. I ditched the Pinterest idea and went with my own thing...dangerous. I bought this wreath for $5 that was all branches and real "fall-ish" I thought maybe I could just use that as a base and hang it for all of fall and not just til Halloween. So I happened upon these:
They are supposed to be for a vase or centerpiece (see the picture on the box?) But I got this wild idea that I could wire them to my wreath. They were $7 so I got them:) Chance sat up the other night playing video games next to me on the couch while I started in on my own little DIY project. I didn't let myself get down...and I kept telling myself it was looking good haha. So after a lot of wiring and taking out and re-wiring I ended up with this:
I need help here! I kinda trusted Chance to tell me his real thoughts and he really liked it....but I mean, he knew I put a lot of work into it so I think he was sort of playing the parent here and telling me good job:) Do I need to take this off my door??? Here is a close up of the bottom. Notice how you can't see any wire! YAY! And let me tell you wiring things that aren't meant to be wired....kinda difficult. Especially when they are circular. Also these pictures make the colors look reallllly bright but they are wayy more muted and fallish. So don't think I put up super pink and purple colors on my door haha.
So this is hanging on my door until someone tells me if I am crazy or not. Pinterest is turning me into someone scary.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yes we are that couple....

...that celebrates their one month anniversary! Ok so it's not like we are going to celebrate EVERY month we are married (I mean, unless he WANTS to.....), and I wasn't even planning on celebrating ONE, but Chance surprised me! He was ALWAYS good at surprises...and I love him for that. He hasn't always been great at hiding that a surprise is coming, but I never know what it is. This time he mastered both! My stomach hurt so bad yesterday so after work I jipped boxing to lay on the couch. I told him I wouldn't be mad if he went without me, and he said he was going. I was actually kinda sad because I wanted to be coddled (lol), but I was ok as long as Harley kept me company. Harley always whines when she sees our cars pull in the parking lot and way before he should have been home Harley was whining. I was like Harleyyyyy its not daddy! I thought she was all of a sudden retarded. Boxing never gets done early! But in walked Chance all proud of himself with a big fresh fruit bouquet!!! I was so frikin happy! He is getting so good at lying! I'm so proud... :) haha. So I don't know if you all have had these fresh fruit bouquets but OMG get one. I've been telling Chance about them since we like met. They are delicious and the chocolate dipped parts are the best!
If you can't see real well there are chocolate dipped apple slices, chocolate dipped strawberries, grapes, and pineapple. YUM.
After about 10 minutes half of it was gone, so I'm glad I got a picture before we started in:) It helped my tummy too! We tried to get a picture of us as our "one month picture" but I was hurting and a mess and he was all stressed out from his little adventure, but I will post it anyway because I want to document our one month. I love this man. Chance Haddon, thank you for being the perfect man for me and knowing what makes me feel loved and special. Jesus gave me an amazing person to spend my life with. I love you. And I mean, if you WANT to make fruit bouquets an every month tradition thats totally fine....just sayin.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

PBR don't know what PBR is? I'm sorry....only us country folk know I guess;)....Ok just kidding, I had no idea! Professional Bull Riding. YUP. Yeeeehawww! I was looking through some online stuff going on at our downtown arena and I found out that they were having the PBR competition here in Wichita this weekend! DATE TIME!!! We have just fallen in love with a couple from our Bible study from church. They are sooo nice but also fun and easy to talk to! Alanea and Jeff are so sweet and love the Lord and are just so encouraging to be around. You know how usually the couples who know all the verses by heart and all the right things to say are usually stuck up and no fun? They are so not that! Alanea and Jeff and so great. So since we had never spent time with them outside of church or Bible study we decided this would be a perfect time to have a "first date" with them! It was a BLAST! We went out to eat, had a few beers, buttoned up our plaid shirts and pulled on our boots and joined the other cowboys and cowgirls at the PBR event at the arena. Look how cute these two are! Oh also they are both SUPER tall and make me feel so short! We had a great time and wow what a dangerous sport! I had no idea how crazy big those bulls were going to be! How cute are they?
Here is Alanea and me with a cowboy and one of the big horses outside the stadium. She is like a head taller than me! Talk about model body sheesh!
Bein country girls:)
The clowns were so entertaining and one of them in particular did a lot of funny dancing:) I tried to get some good pics of the riding, but they only stay on like 8 seconds so I wanted to watch most of the time! It was so intense! It is scary to see them fly off and then almost get trampled by those things! YIKES! Oh and there was a cowboy on a horse that would have to rope the bulls sometimes if they didn't go back into the gate properly. It was pretty neat to see the horse working sooo hard to get that bull in the right direction! Some of them were stubborn. Also they lit the letters PBR on fire at the beginning! That was pretty cool. These pictures seem to be posting pretty small. I'm still figuring out the "new" blogger:) Hopefully you can see them bigger if you click on them. Oops if not! :(
We had a good ole fashioned country night and had an amazing time with friends. I wore plaid (only plaid shirt I own haha) and some boots for the occasion and drank a few beers too....good double date night!

Bachelorette Party!

Soooo I kinda threw my own Bachelorette party because well....I love planning parties and Erin said I could just plan it and then put her name on the invite:) So don't judge me for planning my own stinkin party. I promise it's what I love! Anyway, I don't have like ANY pictures of me and the girls! I know a couple girls took pics of us so I will try to get some to add but UGH we were all drinking so early on that pictures were really the last thing on our minds:) Here are a few snapshots I took before everyone came, it was so fun! There was about a dozen girls there and we ate snack foods and my mom's amazing guacamole while we drank some fun drinks and then did ENTIRELY too many jello shots ( I think I made too many!) as each guest arrived through the door and randomly throughout the party as well. It was a hoot! So we did gifts and then went downtown for more merriment and guess who took us? Chance and a couple of the other girls' boyfriends haha. I didn't ride with Chance because I told him he couldn't talk to me on my bachelorette party because he got a whole weekend for his! So we bar hopped and then all ended the night at the apartment. Good times!
Oh yeah! I also picked out the invites and wrote a little rhyme on them .... I feel like I am giving myself a lot of credit for these small decisions haha...but I had so much fun picking my own stuff! Should I be admitting this? Here's the invite...I hope you can read it on this was just off my phone.
So the party was a blast and it was so nice to spend some quality time with the girls! I think that's all I have left from before the wedding.....gonna try to keep up on this now! Gotta be that good housewife type;)