It ain’t easy bein’ Beazy.

Happy Monday.

Who has two thumbs, is a stay at home dad and didn’t sleep last night? This guy.  No, I didn’t drink too much caffeine during the Super Bowl and Maebyn actually slept through the night. So why didn’t we sleep? Well, we have an over protective, too Beazyalert, and even more determined pit bull named Beazy, who thinks its her job to protect the house at night. Last night was one of those nights that she was not going to let us down.

Sometime around 4 a.m. Beazy noticed there was some living thing on our property and this was just unacceptable. She proceeded to scan the perimeter of the house sniffing loudly, growling, and barking. My favorite part in particular was when she decided to scream-bark directly in front of Maebyn’s room. Honestly, this is nothing new for us. We are used to Beazy getting a wild hair up her ass and being weird, but at 4 am when you have a 6 month old baby, that has been struggling to sleep, it’s enough to make you want to euthanize your own dog (I know this is extreme but at 4 in the morning you can’t be held accountable for your thoughts). It turns out a small bunny had wondered on to our property and had gotten too close to the house for Beazy’s liking.

Was I frustrated with Beazy when she woke the house up to let us know there was a measly bunny outside? In a word… YES. However, there was a break-in at a neighbors house a couple weeks ago, and it does give me some peace of mind knowing that if someone were to enter our house at night, they would have to meet our pitbull Beatrice first. She would undoubtedly greet the stranger in vicious defense of her family (at least this is what I think would happen, although we have no proof since her usual greeting to strangers is constant licking). As crazy as she is, it’s really nice having a friend around to help with my SAHD duties. We’re still working on the diaper-changing but she’s getting close. Beazy loves us and brings our family a lot of joy. It’s great having such a loyal dog and 4 a.m. barking sessions are easily overlooked when you consider she is only trying to do her job as protector of the house. (This may not be entirely true but it helps ease my frustration from lack of sleep).

Here’s to the worlds best dog who has to be on a leash at all times while out side because she’s too crazy and adventurous to handle herself like a normal dog,

Ross

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It’s snowing… kindof

20130125-135356.jpgSo I thought I’d try to write a more light-hearted post today but don’t be surprised if this gets a little sappy.

It’s snowing in the ‘Nati today and you would think by the way the city acts we are getting a foot of snow. Don’t worry we are not, only less than an inch. We’re never that lucky here. For those who didn’t know, I was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. I’ve heard Holland described as a little slice of heaven, Gods favorite city in America, ect… You get the picture… I love Holland, MI.

Right now, Holland has about a foot of snow that has fallen over the past few days. I could not be more jealous. I don’t care too much for cold, the winter, or the extended periods of darkness, but I love the snow. If its going to be cold, dark, and grey outside it may as well be snowing… a lot. When it snows in Cincinnati we gear up for storms that consist of a whopping 1-2 inches and the city still goes into a panic. In Michigan, 1-2 inches doesn’t even justify getting the plows out. I know that last statement made me sound like a pretty hard-core Michigander, but that’s ok because I most defiantly am. Is it bad if when I hear Tim Allen’s voice come over the radio and talk about Pure Michigan man tears well up in my eyes? When I hear those blessed commercials all I can think of is, Tim Allen gets it. If you’ve somehow missed those genius ads, click here to fall in love with Pure Michigan.  >>man tears<<

I know it seems crazy that someone that loves Michigan so much wouldn’t live there right? Well, I agree. If I had my choice I probably would be living in Michigan. In fact, in high school I think my friends said I was the least likely to go away from home to college, and I agreed. Thankfully, God had different plans for me and brought me to the city of Cincinnati (sometimes referred to as Suckinnati… Patent-pending on that word by me and my 6 year old pal, Miles Zimmerman). One things for sure, I know I am here for a purpose and am so thankful for the people God has placed in my life here in Cincinnati. I’m also grateful that God knows exactly what our heart needs and where it needs to be. I miss my family, friends, and the home state when it snows, but it all reminds me that I am not here by mere chance.

Alright, me and the Maebs are off to the mall. All this talk about Michigan has made me want to go buy something with the Detroit D on it and she couldn’t agree more.

Your Michigander,

Ross