Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Everything!

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This was our Holiday Card this year! Now let me see yours! If you didn't make the list to receive an actual in-the-mail card this year, but think you should be on the list for next year... email me you're address! Laurealism at gmail dot com

Also you should play along at McMommy's McHoliday Card Spectacular if you aren't already. It's fun to see a bunch of great cards (and can give you ideas for next year!)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Wedding Edition


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The many personalities of Sparty

First of all-- yesterday I became a first-time aunt!!!!! I am so excited to welcome baby Claire into the world. She's beautiful and already well on her way to being the most spoiled baby alive, as I just left Babies R Us. I apologize in advance to everyone we Christmas shopped for because baby Claire got wayyyy more than anyone else. It's really hard to leave Babies R Us without spending a fortune on ridiculously adorable things!

But on to my new baby...

Sparty has been with us for about 2 weeks now-- and since he hasn't been eaten by King (it's actually really cute how much they get along,) or strangled by me, he has officially become a part of the family.

Sparty's "real" name is Spartacus-- but we call him Sparty for short. Here's a list of some of his other nicknames:

1. "Farty Sparty"-- this is when he let's a stinker go.
2. "NONONONONONONONONONO!!!!!" this is when I catch him peeing into a vent.
3. "Chunker"- this is when he eats his entire bowl of food 3.2 seconds after I place it in front of him... then he tries to get to King's food (which he is very successful at might I add.)
4. "Nugget"- This is when he's being a sweetie and cuddling.
5. "Spartles"- also a nickname for when he's in cutey pie mode. AKA Asleep.
6. "That's it! We're having you for dinner." For when he chews through part of the tree lights so that the bottom half of our tree is not lit up (I am SO not redoing that!)
7. "Smarty" when he actually sits when instructed. So far this name has only been used once.
8. "Good boy" this is what I imagine we will call Sparty someday. When he's out of the puppy stage. So probably 3 years or so.

Here's some pictures of our little nugget and King:

Santa Paws anyone?


Friday, December 17, 2010

Easy Cran-Apple Oatmeal

I've been on an oatmeal kick lately-- and sometimes oatmeal can get a little boring, but this fast and delish recipe packs a ton of flavor with a healthy kick! Enjoy!

What you'll need (1 serving):
1/3 cup fast-cooking oats
2/3 cup Simply Apple Juice (or any apple juice!)
Handful of craisins or raisins
1 Tbsp. brown sugar.

Combine the oats, apple juice and craisins and microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring halfway through. Add brown sugar and enjoy!

I told you-- easy AND delicious!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday- You have to be able to laugh at yourself edition

I have no problem laughing at myself-- and I invite you to join me. So quick... how many bridemaids does it take to help a bride pee?

That's my trying to pee "in public" face mixed with a little mortification. Thanks everyone for your help on the big day.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Random Catch-Up

I've been MIA so here's some random ramblings to tide you over until I have a REAL post for you.

Room: A NovelDay After Night: A NovelApe House: A NovelThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
1. Books- I've read a lot of good books lately: Ape House by Sara Gruen (same author as Water for Elephants) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (I actually listened to this one on tape and LOVED the accent) Day After Night by Anita Diamant (sooo good! author of the Red Tent) and Room by Emma Donoghue (interesting psychology, but a bit depressing.)

Have you read anything good lately?

2. Wedding- I know I promised to keep you posted on all the goodness that was our wedding day. In truth I'm waiting on the pictures to illustrate how fabulous it was... but I have a couple of our cakes that aren't professional-- but still good quality and so I will share.

Exhibit A: Our Wedding Cake

I know it's beautiful right? And our cake topper was a cute little wire heart that said "Lauren & Mark" even though its a little hard to see, but all in all it turned out perfectly. Simple and elegant and just what I imagined. Thanks Beck's Crown Bakery in Crown Point, Indiana. And now on to...

Exhibit B: The Groom's Cake

We all know Mark is a fisherman. And so for his groom's cake we had a Musky cake created. And it turned out totally amazing. And it definitely stole the show. I mean look at that fish!! This cake is television bake show material. I think I maybe even remember someone asking me where our "regular" cake was (okay I made that up, but you get the point.) Thank you times a bajillion to Designer Desserts in Valparaiso, Indiana. P.S. Our honeymoon was fabulous.

3. So what else... oh yea. I am a crazy person and agreed to get another puppy. So this time next week you can count on a blog post titled the "The new puppy just threw up a pair of my underwear- still remarkably intact." (That happens to be a true story from King's inspiring youth.) So the new addition will be officially known as Spartucus aka Sparty. It's sure to be a party.

4. Our new home is in an area of Northeast Ohio affectionately referred to as the "snowbelt." I guess exactly where we live gets about twice as much snow as if you drive ten minutes away. And I'm starting to understand exactly why everyone around here keeps saying to me "I hope you like snow!" Because it started snowing a couple of days ago and literally hasn't stopped. It's not blizzard type snow-- just a steady flurry, but it seriously does. not. stop. It's like I live in a snowglobe. I think we have about 100 inches of snow still due to us this season. And that's like the only time I haven't exaggerated something ever-- I truly mean 100 inches.

5. I think you've had enough for now... Happy December everyone!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wedding Gifts

Maybe I'm biased, but I think my wedding was the greatest ever in the whole history of the world. And I plan on boring you with every single little detail of it... one little big at a time. Because it's a free country.

And that's our theme for the day because it's Veteran's Day. My husband is a vet, a Marine in particular. And that's why for my wedding present to him I got him a Marine Sword. It's this fancy thing with engravings all over it (including his name engraved.) and I'm pretty sure I have never given him a present that he was as excited about as this.

We opened our presents the night before the wedding, together. And after Mark opened his he immediately unsheathed it and started sword fighting an imaginary enemy-- sound effects and all, reminding me that in the morning I would indeed be marrying a man who acts like he's six every now and then.

Young at heart is a positive quality, you know.

Oh and the sword also played a part in our wedding-- we cut the cake with it!

Then it was my turn to open... and I'll tell you I had my doubts. Mark is VERY thoughtful, but his thoughts aren't always on the same line as my thoughts-- so the pressure was on. I began opening...

First... a fishing reel and rod- which Mark assured me were a really, really good fishing rod and reel. Better than anything HE even has. And I know what you are thinking-- he basically bought himself a rod and reel, but gave it to me so he could "borrow" it whenever he wanted. But you know what?

You're wrong. Because my amazing rod and reel are PINK. And girly. Which totally proves his love for me because you know he's not going to borrow them when he goes on a man-trip.

Then... a tackle box of my very own-- with all girly colored bait and lures and worms. At which point Mark told me-- "I know we've fished together a few times, but you always use my stuff... I thought this way you have your own and always feel welcome."

Awwwww. Except that may be a nice way of saying "get your paws off my stuff."

And the last part of my gift.... was a necklace-- a round silver pendant with glitz all around the edge that has my NEW initials and our wedding date on the front. And this on the back:

"To my greatest catch. Love, Mark"

Mark has caught some awesome fish--but to call me his greatest catch brought tears to my eyes. I totally picked a winner.w

P.S. Hug and thank a Veteran today-- We live in the home of the free because of the Brave!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I just now figured out that Rambo is creative.

I've officially been married for a week. So far things are working out.

I've known Mark now for about three and a half years... but for some reason I never trusted his creative ability.

Any sort of necessary "arts and crafts" projects I've pulled off on my own because well, Mark is a boy and what could boys know about creativity??

That's why I was skeptical about the whole pergola thing for our wedding. I thought, "Mark's a boy- he wants to be manly and build something but is he really concerned about how it will actually look up there in front of a bajillion* people?"

Well let's see... how do you think our wedding pergola looked?

Amazing right?!

And since I haven't blogged about the wedding I will tell you this: It was perfect. Everything went smoothly. And it was the best day of my entire life. I will bore you with all the details once we have our pictures... but here's two more to tide you over... (those are our ring bearers and flower girl... so cute!)

But back to the point of this blog post-- analyzing Mark's creativity. I should have totally trusted his creative abilities after the pergola turned out amazingly.

But when we went to Walmart on Thursday in search of our non-exsistant Halloween costumes for a party that was happening Friday, I was panicked. This was a work party-- so I wanted to make a good impression-- you know like we actually cared about our costumes. Which I really didn't care about until that moment because hellloooooo we were planning a wedding.

At first we thought we'd be Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Easy enough.

However Mark was convinced he needed to be furry. Like all over furry. So I suggested the rug aisle, where Mark eventually fell in love with this white furry rug. He was holding them up to his body like "Ohhhh this is perfect-- I'll be a polar bear."

And in my head I'm thinking... no way can Rambo turn three furry, white rugs into a polar bear. And then hang on...

"What about me, husband?"

"I don't care, you can be whatever you want. I'm being a polar bear."

Oh no he didn't.

I calmly explained that a day before we needed a costume, my husband of a week was not ditching me with a lame Walmart Lady GaGa costume so he could be a polar bear at one of the first parties where I need to make an impression.

So eventually we noticed the bright pink rugs, and so we compromised... because that's what marriage is all about.

And what's basically the same as a polar bear?

 A Care Bear! And yes, Mark created that costume himself... I think it may have been better than mine...
 He even drew this heart on my nose.

I know. I'm impressed too. We were a total hit. Oh, and also I'm totally copyrighting the pictures above, and this is me telling you so. Because no one but me will be able to blackmail Rambo with these in the future :)

The jury's still out on whether we will be married next week after he figures out I leaked all these pictures on the internet...

Happy Halloween!!

*tiny exaggeration.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

TWO DAYS and a Wedding Contest!

The big day is in two days. TWO DAYS. It's unbelievable how fast the time flew... I remember when the count was still in the hundreds of days and here we are at two. And I dare say it, but we are pretty much set!

It's been a ridiculously productive week. We've made favors, we've tied a bajillion little bows, we've ribboned bubbles, we made poms (I'll have to give you the DIY tutorial eventually!) And we still have all of our fingers which is a plus.

Oh and when I say we I mean me, my Mom (who mysteriously disappeared when all the boring crafts came along...) and Jennifer (who is a bow-tying, circle-cutting machine.) I couldn't have done it without them. And my Dad with his encouraging words of "that's alot of chattering down there for people who are supposed to be getting things done." And my aunt who told us how eager she was to help only to cut out about twenty circles before having a "phone-dying" dilemma that needed to be dealt with immediately. (Love you Aunt Lisa!)

So yes, this is my way of thanking them... by making fun of them all, it's sort of how it works in my family.

The crazy part is that in two days I will have a new last name. I'll have to refer to my "old" last name as my "maiden name." How crazy is that? 24 years with that last name... I'm going to miss it. At least I have the whole time it will take me to legally change it to adjust which I'm assuming will be somewhere between 6 months and 6 years. That seems about average, right?

And in case you are getting married in the near future... you know those "pre-wedding jitters" people mention?

Well I thought the jitters were directed at the man you are marrying, but I can assure you that no, the jitters in fact come from the stress associated with "oh my god I spent more than a year planning one freaking day. What if I forget the card box? What if the pergola falls over and crushes us? What if someone streaks through our wedding? What if Nicole accidentally spills diet coke on my wedding dress? Insert more crazy, unrealistic possibilities here."

So I though we'd play a little game... you know to make me feel better. Comment below with
1. Advice for a long (happy?) marriage.
2. The worst thing that happened at your wedding or a wedding you've been to. (I'm hoping these will make me laugh and feel better!)

Whatever I deem the best comment... WINS! A little, secret prize :) That may or may not take me a week or two to actually send you.

Read... comment!


Friday, October 8, 2010

How do you live?

Found this new quote which I love:

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." -E.B. White

Me too, E.B. Me too. 

Which do you choose? To improve the world or enjoy it? And how?


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fish Smiley: The new "I love you"

A recent text conversation between Rambo and I:

Me: "I miss you. Can't wait for you to come home from work so we can cuddle and watch our shows. Love you."

Rambo's Reply:  " ><(((;> Fish Smiley"

Yes, indeed. That's how he responded to my lovey-dovey text. With a "fish smiley." Did I miss the memo when the "fish smiley" became the new "I love you?" I refuse to ask him where he learned it, because I'm afraid he made it up himself. I'm also afraid to ask him what exactly a "fish smiley" is because I don't like to bring up the topic of fishing unnecessarily, for fear of a long-winded lecture of some aspect of fishing that I won't particularly care for.

Another Update: The picture of the Muskie has made it from the garage inside our house to the front guestroom. It's not hanging up yet, but I think I'm going to lose that battle.

What battle with your significant other have you lost lately?


Monday, September 27, 2010

Pergola of Love

So Rambo and I are building the wedding pergola that we are getting married under. We are building it together. So far we have only accomplished buying and staining the wood for this project. And I know it was totally my idea, but what was I thinking?

Originally I thought it would not only be beautiful but symbolic of our relationship as well: something we built together (like our relationship) that we could be married under (beginning our lives together) that we could put in our backyard and have for the rest of our lives (while we grow old together.)

But now I'm worried that during the ceremony I'm going to be thinking about a.) how many trips we had to take to Home Depot to get the stain color right, b.) the giant spider I accidentally touched with my bare hand because I thought it was a leaf, c.) the giant spiderweb I put my hand through in the process, which I swear I can still feel attached to me two showers later, d.) the jacket I ruined in the process and e.) the constant bickering about the design that Rambo and I have still not finalized.

Come to think of it, I guess if we can get through building something like this together without pulling out each other's hair, than that is really more of an accurate analogy for life, right?


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nashville Bachelorette

Ten reasons why your should visit/have a bachelorette party in Nashville:

1. It's encouraged to wear cowboy hats and boots.
2. They are totally on it when it comes to social media. Foursquare and Twitter specials are everywhere.
3. There's a bartender at the Wild Horse Saloon named Bernie who will teach you how to fold a napkin into inappropriate things.
4. There's a Spaghetti Factory restaurant. Best ever.
5. You'll never have to leave a 2 block radius.
6. Line Dancing. Everywhere.
7. Karaoke. Country karaoke, which is even better.
8. Everyone is super friendly, and with a southern accent, it's adorable.
9. There are cowboys on the streets just walking around. Like REAL cowboys. And people with mullets-- amazing people watching in general.
10. Just trust me. Go with friends, have fun, it's amazing :)

Thanks to everyone who made my bachelorette the BEST!!!

Walking in to an adorably decorated room.

The group from left to right: Leah, Abby, Lainey, Jen, Me, Susan, Kim, Becki and Nicole :)
Opening presents. I blurred out my name-to be but how adorable is this? Perfect because Mark's a project manager. Also ignore the "Pin the Junk on the Hunk" game in the background :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Best Peanut Butter Cup Cookies EVERRRRR

So at the wedding shower this past weekend, I got a TON of new recipes. Which I plan on sharing with you. So get excited.

In an attempt to become the favorite wife at Mark's office I decided that every few weeks I'll send him in with a baked good. This will hopefully lead to some teasing for him while he is at work, plus I like to bake and really I can't just have three dozen cookies lying around the house. So really, everybody wins.

So today I sent Mark into work with the below cookies. The recipe came from my Mom and she calls them "Peanut Butter Cup Cookies." I'm going to call them "So good you can barely get to the point of baking them because the dough is so flipping delicious/Whoever invented peanut butter is a goddess"

And yes, I'm just assuming the inventor of Peanut Butter is a woman.

On to the goodness:

2 1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter (yes, that's two sticks. I never said this was healthy)
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I even used natural and it worked out fine)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
10 oz peanut butter cups
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Taste the mixture with your finger and just about die because it's delicious.
  5. Repeat tasting with your finger if desired.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until thoroughly blended. Stir in with wooden spoon the dry ingredients until smooth.
  7. Taste the mixture with your finger and just about die because it's delicious.
  8. Repeat tasting with your finger if desired.
  9. Coarsely chop the peanut butter cups and fold into batter along with chocolate chips
  10. Taste the mixture with your finger and just about die because it's delicious.
  11. Repeat tasting with your finger if desired.
  12. Spoon a heaping Tbsp. of dough about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until slightly firm to the touch about 10-13 minutes (I had to go with the high end on the baking time.)
  13. Cool before transferring to cooling rack.
  14. But be sure to taste one when it's still hot and gooey.
***Steps 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 14 are completely necessary. Otherwise your cookies will fail.***

The recipe says it makes 3 dozen... but I got closer to 4!



Thursday, August 12, 2010

A birthday and sibling rivalry

I have this (free!) iPhone app called 31 Seconds. Everyday it tells me famous birthdays, when the sun rises and sets, a little history tidbit, and a quote.

Today's quote I loved:

"I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great." -Ray Charles

Now, I don't always blog on family birthdays... but I think this quote perfectly describes my Dad, who as fate would have it is having a birthday today. He strives to be great both for his family and at work, but he never wants any recognition for it.

Well, too bad, because I'm the boss around these parts. So today you get recognized.


I also wanted to add at this time how a normal birthday goes in our family. See, my siblings and I tend to be very competitive, and I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point it became a competition to be the first person to wish the birthday boy or girl happy birthday.

So a normal birthday call goes like this:

Ring, ring...



"Thanks, (insert name of caller)"

"So how does it feel to be (insert age of birthday family member here)?"

"Not much different than any other day."

"I know what you mean. So.... did I win??"

"(Laughing) yes, yes you did." or "Nope sorry, (insert winner's name here) beat you too it! Better luck next birthday."

These may not be the most heartfelt or sappy birthday calls on the planet... but we have fun. I LOVE my family :)

Oh, and just for the record, today I totally won :)


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Love is in the Air!

Mark and I are getting married in 73 days!!! It's crazy that more than a year ago I was saying "YES!" on Catalina island.

This weekend was our wedding shower... and it was amazing! We are blessed with great family and friends, and I'll be sharing pictures soon.

And with all this wedding stuff going on, it occurred to me... did I ever tell you how Mark and I met? It's hard to believe that 3 1/2 years ago I didn't even know him, and now he's my best friend and helloooo my FIANCE WHO I GET TO MARRY IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS EXCUSE THE ALL CAPS BUT I'M SO EXCITED.

So picture this: We are in a club called Louie's on South Padre Island. On Spring Break. I know-- not exactly where you think you meet your soulmate but just go with it. Mark's brother spotted us because someone in our group had a Purdue hat on or something.

I don't think Paul reads my blog so it's okay that I'm about to make fun of him. He was all "Hey ladiessss...." in the best pick-up line voice possible. He then began to tell us that his brother, Mark went to Purdue, too. Cue introductions with Mark. Then Paul wandered into the mass of men who were ogling at the half-naked beer models throwing out hats and beads.

But Mark stayed behind. And so we chatted. And I liked him. Sure he was dressed a little dorky (to this day checkered or plaid shirts still give me this opinion) and sure he was fried to a crisp. But I liked him. And so I broke one of my cardinal rules and gave him my number. And we left. The girls teased me about the boy I was flirting with, and I just smiled, never really expecting to see him or hear from him again.

And of course he didn't call the next day. He says now that he thought I was just being nice and giving him my number out of pity-- that I was out of his league. But as luck (fate?) would have it the next night one of the girls just HAD to stop at Long John Silvers for hushpuppies on the way back from another club. And while we were waiting in a line of 29840438 drunk college students... I spotted him as he walked in the door. Mark--only this time without a checkered shirt, and therefor much cuter.

And he was visibly happy to see me again, and so I teased him about not calling. We left separately, but the next day he texted me.

And so we invited them over to our condo the next night, along with some other spring-break goers from Purdue that we had met during the week. I'm trying to make this post as short as possible, so I'll just say that our condo wasn't allowed visitors, and so there were some fake hotel bracelets, some running from the security cards where we got split up, but Mark and Paul still managed to find our room (fate again?) And I was totally into him. Here is our first picture together:
So maybe that deck of cards, and the three cups are the main focus of this picture,
but we are clearly already into each other.  Also note: plaid shirt!
Though it has become my favorite due to sentimental reasons.

He told me about getting in trouble for golfing into the ocean, one time, because the sea turtles will choke on the golf balls (something that to this day he can't believe I was actually listening to.)

I made him his first Lauren-cooked meal. A quesadilla (classic.)

He told me he was a Delt and I immediately changed my outlook on him from sweet to skeptical (he could have been a sleazy frat boy! Good thing I turned out to be wrong!)

He even asked me to move in with him that night. I pretended to think he was joking because only a creeper asks that the first time you hang out. And later he told me that he was in fact dead serious because he thought I was too good to be true. But when I laughed it off, so did he-- he didn't want me thinking he was a crazy or something.

When Mark and Paul left, Mark kissed me on the forehead and I was swooning because seriously who does that? SO SWEET.

We didn't know at this point that three years and seven months later we would be getting married.
Otherwise we probably would have put down our drinks to smile.  
When we got back to Purdue I wanted him to call SO BAD. But of course I wouldn't be the one to call first. The girls teased me some more at practice that Monday, and told me to call. But when I got to my car (cue angels singing!) I had a missed call from Mark and a nervous voicemail asking me out on a date.

We went on a date every night that week. And saw each other at every possible moment after that. I finally got the courage to ask if we were officially "together" three weeks after Spring Break (a total girl thing to do) Mark just laughed and said, "We've been together since the first time I saw you in Padre, haven't we?" Which was exactly what I had been thinking. The rest as they say, is history!
Mark & I at Purdue's Grand Prix (April 2007)
Our first camping trip. (And my first camping trip ever!) April 2007
After our first "I love you" (on that camping trip) April 2007, but that's another story.
So that's it! The story of love at first sight on March 13, in South Padre Island.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Random Update in Pictures

Don't have a heart attack but I'm blogging two days in a row. I know it's sort of crazy so I'll give you a minute to take it in.

Still with me?


While I haven't been so great about updating my blog, I have been good about taking iPhone pictures about my life. So here's a totally random update on my life... thanks for being a loyal reader :)

First off, when I got onto my blog today the ad that was running was for suspenders. What on Earth did I blog about to have an ad run about suspenders? Just in case you are a new reader I want to be clear: I am NOT and old lady, and my blog is NOT boring enough to warrant an ad about suspenders. That being said, feel free to click on the ad if it interests you because of course, I get paid if you do that. But I'm not really sure I'm actually allowed to say that. So just do it if you WANT to. No pressure. (Click the image below to enlarge the screenshot I took of the ad.)

Here's a picture I took on one of my long drives. I don't know where I was headed. Either to Cleveland or Indy or my parents (any of which is at least 6 hours...) I was trying to capture an awesome sunset storm (the iPhone failed me in this regard) but it did manage to turn the light reflecting of the raindrops into music notes... which I love.

Speaking of driving. Here's a picture I sent to Mark on one of my firsts drives to Cleveland. 

And here's one I sent to him on one of my drives to Cleveland after making about a million long drives (moving... wrapping things up in Indy... wedding stuff at home... etc...) Yay for driving.

I've been cooking a lot. The Pesto Shrimp Mac & Cheese was a big hit. Recipe to come.

I made homemade coasters that are super simple and cost maybe $5.00 for 6. Craft project to come.

We got a King size bed. Which Mark still somehow manages to take over.

King also likes the King bed, and when I can't find him during the day all I need to do is walk upstairs.

I'm obsessed with sunsets through the trees in our backyard. And the firepit we built in it. And when I say we I mean Mark. But I was totally there for moral support.

I'm also now obsessed with Teavana (details to come.)

Last weekend we went fishing. King, like myself refused to get out of bed until the clock read 5:00AM (Mark tried to get us up at 4:30)
But we did manage to get out on the water for a gorgeous sunrise.

Which King really enjoyed.

And King followed Mark everywhere on the boat. Which was hilarious to me, but annoying to Mark.

You'll notice there are no pictures of fish to go along with our fishing excursion. That's because we didn't catch any. 

Okay, I've exhausted my recent iPhone picture collection. I think I'll pull out the "real" camera and keep it handy so the next post like this actually has quality photos.