Ralphie Post Baby!

Hi friends! You haven’t seen me in a while and for good reason. I became a big brother to a little baby girl on November 8, 2013! Having Hanna around has been a definite change to my life before baby. To explain, I will list the biggest changes for you. First off, my ranking in the house. I used to be first fiddle as they say, but now I’m second to this little cherub:

It’s pretty tough to compete with those dimples.

Second, my nighttime sleep. It is constantly interrupted! Before I could sleep soundly for 8 hours in a row, now maybe three hours straight followed by crying and then four more followed by crying. Once though, when she awoke we found her like this:


Thirdly, I don’t get bathed as much, or at all! Since Hanna’s arrival my look is closer to a mini-sheepdog than a schnauzer-poodle mix. See me on my bed in the first photo above, it’s embarrassing. I need a bath & haircut, now!

There are good things, however, too. Hanna is full of laughter, happiness and well, poop. (And I thought I had to go a lot!) Mom and Dad have this special container called a “Diaper Genie” that stores the smelly things. Though, it’s not THAT special, I have one of those too, it’s called a garbage can and it’s outside.

So far, Hanna gives me my space, but occasionally I try to get a little close, once I even licked her cheek. Though usually, this is as close as I get to the drooly baby:

As you can see, I’m not amused and still need a haircut.



Ralphie has a true love, carbohydrates. Chips, crackers, bread, marshmallows to name just a few. His favorite carb-packed food, however, is PANCAKES!

It’s true. Every time we make blueberry pancakes for breakfast, Ralphie hangs around our feet hoping a pancake would fall from the counter straight into his salivating mouth! Unfortunately for him, that will never happen.

Since we understand his love of carbs and we love him unconditionally, we always make a plain pancake for him to enjoy after we clean our plates.

I thought I’d share Ralphie’s happy moment in our kitchen with you!






Ralphie and I wish you a great day! ❤

Ralphie & his new vaccum!

Ralphie has been distracted by the fact that our carpet needs to be vacuumed. He can be quite a prima-donna when he wants to be!

I was too tired to put together our new portable vacuum, so I asked Ralphie for assistance.

Here is his response:






In the end, this looked to be an even easier task than I had imagined.

Good job Ralphie! Next time, I’ll ask you to do the vacuuming, too!

Happy Sunday, everyone.

What is Ralphie doing now?

What is Ralphie doing now, you ask?

He’s getting ready for a walk with his new harness.



“I really like the snuggly fit and the fact that I’ll no longer have that annoying tugging feeling on my neck when I pull too hard. This great invention makes my walks much more comfortable. Thanks guys!!”

Cheers to a great week, readers!

What to do today?

Ralphie wonders…

What should I do today?




Go for a swim?


Go for a walk and look for Petoskey stones?


Make a sand castle?


Go wine tasting?


Go to the grocery store?


Put my shirt back on?


Watch the sunset?


Go back up the the house?


How about I take a cue from this sign?


Yes. That is what I will do!

Ralphie says, “Here’s to a relaxing Sunday, readers! Thanks for stopping by.”