Thursday, July 17, 2014

S+L Hitched: Laura's Bridal Shower

In addition to my sister's couples shower this past weekend, we also celebrated my cousin Laura's bridal shower! 



The ladies in our family did a wonderful job with decorating and everything came together so nicely. We watched the weather radar religiously all weekend and thankfully everything dried up just in time to have the shower outdoors at my parent's house. 



Mama Z had me print out their wedding invite that I had designed on some tracing paper so she could mod podge it onto a candle. High five mama, well done!





The beautiful bride-to-be... looking stunning as always! 

Shameless plug... Laura blogs over at Relatively Offbeat, so make sure you go check out all her chic outfits, recipes and adventures with soon-to-be hubby, Steve, and fur child, Syrus!


Beautiful bridesmaids! 




Brody was a huge fan of bridal shower bingo. He helped Grandma Z with her card... and then he proceeded to pour the jars of buttons out all over the yard. Thanks, kiddo. Mama appreciates it.

Lil Man also took a page out of Ryan's playbook and decided to pursue this older and taller cute blonde at the party. Ermahgerd... adorable. Someone's gotta teach that kid some subtly though. He practically followed her around the yard the entire shower and never took his eyes off her. Aww, to be young and twitterpated. 


Anyways, it was another beautiful shower spent celebrating with family. I can't wait to celebrate with these lovebirds in September! Side note, does anyone else binge relentlessly on those butter mints at showers and then slip into a food coma? Well, I guess if your weekend ends in a food coma, then you were doing something right. Right?

Happy Thursday kids! The weekend is near...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Love and Goulets: Couples Shower

T-minus one month until my little sister ties the knot! Wait... one month?! Well shit, I guess I better get going on that MOH speech and figure out how I'm going to squeeze into my bridesmaid dress after all the wedding festivities these last couple weeks. What a pig.

Anyways, Adam's family hosted a couples shower this past Saturday evening. Sadly, I went stag. My main men were too busy with sleepovers at Aunt Cindy's house and working out of town. Boooooo. :(



The evening got started with a hilarious round of "whose leg is this?" Adam and Ashley took turns being blindfolded and groping everyone's legs. The goal was to identify one another. 




Ashley narrowed it down to Adam, his dad and his uncle. Hmm... apparently the Goulet men have very similar legs. However, she successfully singled out Adam after further uncomfortable groping. 



Adam managed it narrow it down to Ashley..... and his sister Ashley! Oooooh, that's awkward. Thankfully, he chose the right Ashley (for his own sake.)


Best photo of the night!





Most of the bridesmaids...



And then there's these dorks. Awkward touching and flipper arm, judgmental Ben and those two lovebirds in the middle sharing a special moment. No dull moments anticipated at this wedding.



Obligatory maid-of-honor and best man photos. Ash and I look cute... well, I guess so do those two weirdos.


And of course the mamas and the papas...


Overall, the evening was wonderful. The rain let up just enough to have some of the celebration outside, the food was amazing and there was booze. Duh. Plus I got to briefly catch up with Adam's people who are all guys I graduated from high school with. Welp, better get going on that MOH speech. Uncomfortable stories about why we nicknamed Ashley "Stinky" and her laundry list of ex-boyfriends are acceptable topics, right? ;)

Monday, July 7, 2014

God Bless 'Merica

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend as much as I did! New things were planned/happened each day and for once I wasn't such a hermit. Even though Brody was scheduled to be with his dad all weekend, I'm very glad I had Thursday and Friday off from work so we were able to spend two whole days together. Ryan, who was supposed to be in New Jersey working all weekend, had a change of schedule so we got to spend the entire weekend together as well.



Ryan is quite the experienced landscaper and volunteered to spend his first day off in months working on the front of my house. He did such a fantastic job... I can't believe the difference it made! Lil Man and Zora spent most of the day perched in the living room windows watching him work and barking out orders. 



What a guy! :)



Lil Man, Zora and I hung around the house Friday morning until it was nice enough for pool time at Grandma and Grandpa Z's house. Despite being on the crabby side due to teething, he's also apparently going through a huge growth spurt. Slept for 14 hours straight, took a 2 hour morning nap despite only being awake for 90 minutes, then slept an additional 3 hours in the afternoon. Holy cow, kid! We did sneak in a little bit of pool time together before he left for his dad's.



Once Brody left, Ryan, Mom, Dad and I got ready to go out and have some dinner at The Deck and watch Steve Rivers perform. We met up with quite a few family members and friends and the weather was perfect. 


Of course, who could pass up a beautiful night without a walk out on the pier? 





Mom and Dad Z always said the true test of a relationship is how well you can survive together on a tandem bike, so the four of us hit the road and made the loop from Muskegon to Grand Haven and back through Spring Lake and Fruitport. Being the first real trip of the season for all of us, the buns were a bit sore, but it was a great ride and much appreciated time together. For the record, Ryan and I did just fine. ;)



It was also our duty of lifelong Michiganders to show the Indiana native what a real lake looked like. After our bike ride, we loaded up the coolers with a picnic dinner and got the boat ready. Although a little choppy, we gave Ryan the official tour of Muskegon Lake, Bear Lake and Lake Michigan. 

We dropped anchor in Bear Lake where the water was a bit calmer and ate our sandwiches just like we used to do when Ash and I were kids. Oh the memories...


...and of course, what long weekend isn't summed up by a picture of all 3 dogs and both the guys snoring? 


I hope everyone else enjoyed the long weekend and hopefully Monday wasn't too unbearable! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Zora Update: Michigan State Veterinary Clinic Follow-Up

Today was the long awaited follow up appointment from our last trip to the MSU veterinary clinic. I'm so thankful for my mom and Ryan taking turns being my mobile support group. Nervous and praying for good news, Ryan, Zora and I hit the road early this morning to make the trip over to East Lansing.


Zora's been off the Clavamox (antibiotic) and Panacur (dewormer) for the last five days or so, but has been on a steady dosage of the Prednisone (steroid). The Prednisone is what has decreased the inflammation in her airways and stopped the heaving. At least for now.

Even with the heaving being under control, I was still concerned about her overall well-being. My 3-year-old crazy puppy isn't anywhere close to her old self. However, the weather has been hot and humid, her sickness has been going on for seven weeks and she's been pumped full of A LOT of very potent meds lately... so it's really hard to tell if something is still not quite right or she just needs some time to recuperate.


The goal today was to redo bloodwork and x-rays. Thankfully Miss Zora didn't have to be away too long and they had the results (and my brave girl) back to us within a couple hours. For once, we were greeted with happy faces and good news. Her eosinophil count (white blood cells) went from 20,000 on June 11 to a normal count of only 500 today. Her bronchial pattern went from severe to mild and the vets were amazed at how much her lungs cleared up in the x-rays.


We were also told to file our lymphoma fear under "extremely unlikely."

... ... ... deep breath.

Our next step is to cut back Zora's Predisone from one and a half to only one per day. After two weeks, we decrease the dosage again to only a half a pill a day. After three weeks, she should be off the Prednisone completely. If the heaving does not come back, we chalk this whole ordeal up to either bronchitis or parasites (most likely lungworm). If it does come back, we get her back on the lowest dose of Prednisone we can in order to reduce the inflammation to prevent any further episodes. In theory, she'd be diagnosed with Eosinophilic Bronchopneumopathy.


Even though today's visit didn't provide any definitive diagnosis or answers, it felt incredible to receive some good news for once. She's not 100% out of the woods yet, but we're making great strides and there is light at the end of the tunnel. To be honest with you, I went into today's appointment fearing the worst. We are all so relieved and thank you everyone who has kept my fur baby in your prayers these last couple months. xo
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