thoughts on becoming a stepmom

I sat down to write this post yesterday and was so overcome with emotion I couldn't type. I ended up listening to the Trisha Yearwood song "It Wasn't His Child" on repeat and then calling my mom once I regained my composure. Some thoughts and feelings are just too personal and sacred to write down. I finally understand that now.

In less than three weeks I will not only become a wife but I will also become a stepmom. Becoming Mrs. Earl means I will take on the awesome responsibility to care for Dale's boys and help them develop into the men they will become. I know I'm not their mom and I don't want them to ever feel like I'm trying to replace her. But I do hope that they will come to love me and see me as a steady, positive influence in their lives.

true tales of a puppy parent

10-week old Zoey on an outing to the park

Meet Zoey! The newest addition to our little Earl family. This Friday she will be 11 weeks old and couldn't be more adorable. It's hard to believe it's been almost four weeks since we brought the little miss home.

So I have discovered there's a reason puppies are so cute--they are A LOT of work. Sleeping in is a thing of the past. We love the little miss a lot but she is quite a little torpedo full of energy and destruction. She's teething and seems to think that I'm her personal chew toy. And dang it, puppy teeth are sharp. Like seriously. We start puppy school next week and it can't come fast enough. We all need help!

fall in new mexico

Fall in New Mexico brings the International Balloon Fiesta, roasted green chiles, and a bountiful harvest at the Downtown Growers' Market. We had a very busy weekend full of all kinds of fall festivities. 

Saturday morning marked the start of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta here in our new hometown. Our little puppy Zoey (more to come on her) gets up at 5:30am every morning so sleeping in doesn't really happen anymore. Luckily, the balloons take off super early in the morning so we were able to put the little nugget's early rising to good use.