Fun Times With The Beckers

All the fun, even if it's not always blogged…

Merry Xmas from the Pups — December 23, 2010

Merry Xmas from the Pups

Oh, THOR and Lucy– how your lives have changed… as we anticipated they would.

but part of me always thought, “oh, no. they will always be my babies. the arrival of an actual baby won’t change things.”

well. i was wrong.

my poor, poor, neglected four-legged babes.

the other day i was showing off our 2010 Holiday Cards, when a co-worker so kindly pointed out that the pups weren’t mentioned… anywhere.

oh, what have i done?

so, in an effort to make things right, here are my loves wishing you all the squeaky toys and rawhide you can handle this holiday season!
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and yes, i ran out and bought them absurd amounts of chew toys and bones in an effort to make it up to them.

a present for Lucy! — June 14, 2010

a present for Lucy!

i just bought this for Lucy!

maybe it’s because i am so excited about TCU making it to the College World Series

or maybe it’s because her Husker collar is slowly losing it’s cute imprint and becoming just a black collar on a black dog.

i had decided that purple was probably the color of choice for my girl – i just wasn’t finding anything i liked at the big-box pet stores… and then i remembered, ETSY!

so i found the cute one through this link

and here are some other cute ones i considered:

from here

from here and here’s the website

from here

from here

from here

i love etsy!

The Big Reveal – part 1 — June 7, 2010

The Big Reveal – part 1

Okay- no baby yet… but 11 days until the due date. (though, i swear i will go over… start placing your bets now, folks!)

and i apologize to my Reader, for keeping you on pins and needles, i am sure, awaiting the Big Reveal of how the nursery turned out.

it all started here with my panic regarding “To Bumper or Not To Bumper… that is the question”

well, i decided against the bumper, as explained here.

and then it was a matter of putting the big pieces in the room, as shown here, and then, in an oh-so-out-of-order fashion… i painted the room… no real pics to show, sorry.

and then the nursery sat for awhile. it became sort of a staging room for the other nesting projects that were going on in the house– such as the bathroom fix-up, as detailed here. (Oh, that AJ, he’s been nesting just about as much as me… it’s just that his projects seem to be bigger and dustier… but more on that, to come in a different post!)

and then, last week i was up before the birds, deciding to finally finish this puppy off, as posted here.

well, today, i am finally back with some photos to share… what’s that i hear? a “Hip Hip Horray”? Why, thank you very much!

I’ll start with the tiny bathroom that has since had a make-over. this is directly across the tiny hallway from the nursery
(okay, what you see here is mostly a new paint color on the walls.)

notice the fixed wall and though you can’t see it- the pocket door WORKS!!! Yippee Skippy!
(you can also spy the nursery in the background…)

this is a shot from the door way of the nursery… that nook is just the perfect fit for the crib!
and you can kind of see the bed skirt i created with the Amy Butler fabrics and the easy-peasy tutorial from Young House Love.

our changing and seating area… cozy.

taken from behind the rocker – here is the closet with the covering i made (thankyouverymuch) and the built-in dresser with the new hardware, thanks to AJ and his drill skillz.
(notice who snuck (sneaked?) into the pic!)

and there’s the pups, loving the new space. i sometimes catch them sniffing around in there. boy-oh-boy do they have a bunch of new smells soon heading our way!

and, a final picture of the crib area.

sweet dreams, little Bumpit!

a taste of spring, and more blood — March 19, 2010

a taste of spring, and more blood

yesterday was gorgeous.

mom and I took advantage of the awesome weather report to take all three dogs (THOR, Lucy and Uncle Neil) on a long walk! and of course, i attempted to take camera phone pictures while trying to hold two leashes.
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this was the first meeting for THOR and Neil – and THOR was loving up on him in such a funny way. we noticed that he kept laying his chin on Neil’s neck as if he was saying, “Oh, how nice and fluffy your fur is, Uncle Neil”

THOR also had his Domesti-PUPS visit at the Legacy Estates, where he got to see his doggy buddies, Teddy, Colby, Jake & Paco. though, THOR was more interested in the Ice Cream than anything. i wouldn’t call it out most successful visit, but a visit all the same.

this morning, i woke up an hour early (OK, i didn’t really sleep well all night in anticipation) for my 3-hour glucose tolerance test – since i failed the first one…. you know, the more people i talked to, the more i heard that it’s pretty common that everyone fails on the first try… unless you are completely fasting, which i was not.

so i was already bent out of shape for giving up three hours of my friday morning… but then i decided to turn that frown upside down, and made the most of it.

I used my time between the four (FOUR) blood draws to:

  • Pre-Register at the hospital (Which, by the way, looks like a hotel lobby more than a hospital delivery room)
  • Submit The Becker’s in to the 2010 Census… yes folks, prepare yourselves for more Fun Times ahead!
  • i almost have the baby blanket all knit up for Baby Austin, which is just slightly late, since he was born on Monday!
  • Sprint PictureMail

and then i was out of there by 10:15am – just in time to run to my car and head to the nearest McDonald’s for a Bacon Egg & Cheese Biscuit… because i’m worth it!

sad thing- their credit card machine wasn’t working, and i, as per usual, was completely out of cash.

so i quickly jaunted to the bank, deposited a check i forgot i needed to deposit anyway, and withdrew cash and got back in line. lucky for me, they still allowed me to order breakfast six minutes past the cutoff…

this here is one happy mama! 🙂

today’s weather feels more like December… with snow to boot… but that just means that a weekend of more baby prep is in the works- yea me!

I Love My Dog Expo — March 1, 2010

I Love My Dog Expo

Saturday, THOR and I woke up early for our shift at the I Love My Dog Expo here in Lincoln! this is the 3rd year for the event and it’s all hosted by Domesti-PUPS.. which, by now, i am sure you all know i LOVE this organization!

THOR and i were stationed at the Petting-PUPS booth… and boy doesTHOR love the petting!

here he is right before we started the day:

and then, of course, here he is after:

i think i may have created an ice cream-loving monster!

he did so well! and to think, i was originally planning on not bringing him along… i wasn’t sure how he would do, and if it would be more hassle than it would be worth, but again, he shined (shone?) and was the star that i know him to be!

later in the day, I packed up Miss Lucy, so she could experience the wonder of the Expo. poor girl, i feel so bad that she misses out on the fun when THOR and i go out to “work”. We met up with my parents and “Uncle Neil” (as i like to call him). and we had a great time!

while there, i fell in love with Adoorables. If you have a moment, please check out their way-cute stuff! i picked up an awesome teal and purple lab for our front door. love it!!


SEW Exciting! — February 26, 2010

SEW Exciting!

that’s right- i finally did my research, gathered the facts and then walked into a sewing shop and that is where i had my break down and decided to buy a new sewing machine. it could have been in any store, really… and i could have ended up with any machine. Sew Creative was the lucky store that won the machine lottery that day, folks. that’s the only way i know how to explain it.

you may recall this post, in which i couldn’t decide if it was worth the $125 to fix Dear Grandma’s machine. The Ladies at Joann’s Fabrics said that Singer’s are good, and better than most machines you buy today- so it’s probably worth the fix. A couple of the other stores i called agreed (I had no idea Lincoln had so many sewing machine stores! Yea Hand Made!).

So, as randomness would have it- i stop by a store on my lunch break, and the guy at the counter agrees – it will cost $125, but it’s probably better to do that, then buy something new and flimsy within that price range.

he leads me back to the main sewing machine fixer guy, who takes one look, says, that machine is worth $40 – but we take trades and let me show you what we have on sale.

30 minutes later, he is showing me the BMW of machines (half price, for me!) – all pretty and digital and does stuff i have never even dreamed of doing. my mind was racing. but i knew that i would never use all that stuff, and for the price, it just wasn’t worth it.

so i kindly tell him that the other model he showed me – non-digitized and $200 cheaper – is more my style. so he brings that one out, gives me some helpful hints and then i say, “Wrap it up, i’ll take it home.” (sorry Grandma!).

last night was the first night this week that i could get to some sewing…

this thing runs so smoothly. it’s easy to thread. i’m in heaven… and now wondering why i waited so long to upgrade.

the plan for this weekend is to get more done- b/c all of you girls out there that keep having babies- this girl has to keep up with her sewing!!!

and here, for your Lucy enjoyment, is a moment of zen:

in need of a doggy workout — February 12, 2010

in need of a doggy workout

i came home to this last night:
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Lucy decided that i was gone too long, and needed to take out her aggression on her dog bed.

NO, NO, Bad Dog!

i lugged out the sewing machine to repair not one, but TWO beds last night. uggh.

this cold weather has kept the pups and me from our usual walks — which would greatly benefit all three (four?) of us.

Dear Mother Nature – and Mr. Groundhog – please melt this snow and ice and bring back 40-degree temps so we can get our walk on!
thank you,

i thought this was only supposed to happen in the 1st trimester — January 19, 2010

i thought this was only supposed to happen in the 1st trimester

okay ladies… as of 7:15 am (C.T.) i no longer have the joy of saying i never got sick while pregnant.


yesterday morning, i was out of milk, so no typical cereal (cornflakes with chocolate syrup, if you’re wondering), but mom was so kind to give me half a loaf of my fave cranberry bread she makes… so i was noshing on that… it didn’t seem quite right.

i went to sit on the couch.

lucy followed me.

lucy nose in face.

nausea dissipates.

move on with daily routine.

then this morning. i was up a bit earlier to catch my meeting at the Embassy Suites – with their famous breakfast buffet included (SCORE). so i just had a banana. i had just turned yellow – just how i like it – crunchy.

then i went upstairs to dress for the day… and there’s the nausea again.

i tried to lay down on the bed… but i was right back up and to the bathroom – hoping that just looking into the “bowl” would change my mind.




and sweet lucy was right there trying to give me support the whole time.

if she could have held back my hair, i am sure she would have.

so here’s to week 18, baby becker. bring it on!

The Great Lu-Dini — October 19, 2009

The Great Lu-Dini

THE SCENE: 5:29 am – i hear a slight rustle in the hallway, then the faint sound of a zipper opening… a few seconds of quiet and then the ambush as Lucy jumps on the bed and snuggles right in between us providing sloppy kisses and wriggling around until she is comfortable.

i am exhausted, and she is sweet and cozily warm… but no, this goes against the new rule: the dogs must sleep in their kennels at night.

so i get up, let her out and tell her to go back into her kennel, which she does, kindly.

i zip it up and try to secure it as best as i can, and go back to bed.

18 minutes later… repeat performance.

this time, i get right up and say “Kennel” and once again, she walks right in. i zip again.

16 minutes later… i hear the rustle, and wait for the pounce onto the bed, but nothing… so i get up, turn on the light, and she’s slowly slinking into the room hoping to make it this time.


“Kennel”… and, as the good girl that she is, heads right back into her red travel kennel.

this time i place the zippers together at the bottom– seems to have foiled her attempts…. for now.

But, as anyone knows, once you have been awakened just shy of one hour from when your alarm is scheduled to chime, there’s really no going back to sleep.

you lay there, you change positions a few times, you try to count to 100 – or as i did, trace the lower-case alphabet in cursive, backwards.

and then, just as you are drifting off… The Alarm dings, and it’s time to free Lucy for real.

Silly Woosey!!!

in training — September 10, 2009

in training

imagine getting yourself a personal trainer and then not going to the gym for three months. essentially, that is what i did with my new (old) wii activity game, “EA Sports Active” (you may recall that i mentioned it on my bday, here).

well, last night, (after a nice jog with the pooches) i decided that enough was enough (and when i say enough, i mean Funnel Cakes and Cheese on a Stick at the NE State Fair!) and i set up the EA Sports Active and started the 20+ minute easy workout.


this (animated) girl is cheery, encouraging and great! and the activities are fun, and focus on strength training and toning – and goodness knows This Girl needs all sorts of that!… so, the habit begins- i hope. i hope to be good enough to keep a steady, solid pace with this “game”.

and i apologize to my new trainer- sorry to keep you in the box, on top of Lucy’s crate for three months. please don’t hold it against me while you make me do an extra set of squats!

further to that– the night was good.

here’s Miss Lucy enjoying a snack while being a good political citizen:

and we did “good things” – i met AJ at La Paz (my fave) for dinner after he was done at work – last night was “Dine Out to Help Out” for the Lincoln Food Bank – so a portion of our meal (money, not actual food) was donated to a worthy cause. yea for doing good things…

though, all the chips and salsa i inhaled probably erased all the good i did working out…

shhh! don’t tell my trainer!