We had an incident last night when we left the house and left Finley in her crate. Apparently it was for a bit too long because the poor thing had an accident in her crate which proved to be a giant mess and took a while to clean up crate and dog alike (bedding was tossed).
I don’t actually think it was time related, but more separation related. While she sleeps great in her crate at night, we rarely use it during the day since we are often home. I believe it’s time for us to backtrack and do some more positive reinforcement training with ye old crate, slowly starting from a few minutes and building. I don’t remember a puppy being this much work; it’s been a humbling experience!
Let’s backtrack and talk about the weekend! It was wonderfully lowkey. Friday night was exactly what I needed. We made bread machine pizza dough, white Christmas margaritas (which are dangerously good), watched Elf, and made ice cream sundaes.
David worked Saturday and Hailey had a sewing workshop so Kaitlyn and I ran some errands. We bought Finley a new harness, took her on a walk, and picked out dinner. Kaitlyn requested “the yummy broth” from last week, so we picked up the ingredients to make Chicken Noodle Soup.
She made it 80% on her own. The desire to cook is strong in this one right now. Though at that brag, I should also mention that she baked her own cookies, too, which resulted in quite the tumultuous kitchen mess (which she half heartedly tried to clean up) and cute, yet completely inedible cookies.
Saturday night we watched Miracle on 34th Street, a favorite of mine. Realizing we are less than two weeks until Christmas, we decided we will watch a Christmas movie every night to be able to fit as many in as possible. Puppy life feels chaotic right now anyway, so late bed times ain’t no thing. Bring on the crazy!
Sunday brought basketball practice, work outs, and smoothies. I love having Daily Harvest frozen mylks stocked since I rarely buy almond milk. There are no thickening gums or fillers, just almond, vanilla bean, and salt. It’s great for smoothies! Remember you can use AHEALTHYSLICE for $25 off your first order, and $10 any subsequent order.
Late afternoon we left the house for one of our favorite family traditions; team Christmas shopping! This year Kaitlyn and David were a team, and Hailey and I were a team. Instead of Target or Walmart like year’s past, this time we went to Birkdale Village, an outdoor mall with multiple great stores to choose from.
Each team had $100 to spend how they saw fit to buy gifts for the other team. We had one hour. It was such a blast!! Birkdale is so festive right now, and the time limit had Hailey and I laughing hard as we darted from store to store. We saw David and Kaitlyn in Barnes and Noble and went into super stealth mode to avoid having them see us. It was such a sweet memory!
We bought some items from the Cookies for Kids Cancer fundraiser then grabbed dinner at Bonefish Grill. Having a tablecloth to draw on thrilled the kids, and drawing contests began immediately. We discovered that David is some kind of Picasso and he’s just been hiding it from us.
We arrived home to the aforementioned Finley situation, but dived right into cleaning her up. Then we took her on a night walk through the hood to see the luminaries. Everything got pushed back later than we anticipated, but a promise is a promise, so we all came home for a movie. We watched Deck the Halls for the first time, which is completely cheesy but provided multiple laughs for everyone.
Days Until Christmas: 12
Christmas Movies Watched: Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Home Alone 3, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3, Just Friends (just me), The Polar Express, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Deck the Halls