Hello January

IT IS OFFICIALLY 2020.

How weird is that to read. As a 90s baby, I am having trouble believing that 2020 is already here. It feels like I have been stuck in 2012 for the last 8 years jamming out to ‘As Long as You Love Me’ by Justin Bieber and ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna. By now, I am sure you know what apple music playlist runs in my Jeep during my road trips out of state.

We are finally getting snow in NW Ohio.I know most people hate the snow, but I absolutely love it. Goose does too!

snow dog

Austin’s lease FINALLY ran out on his little Honda, so I decided that it was time to convert him… into a Jeep man! We are officially a Jeep family and what better place to start a Jeep family than in Toledo, OH: home of the Wrangler Jeep Plant. Austin chose a Jeep Cherokee and named it Chad, very fitting. Although, I still think Fiona the Sahara is way cooler (my personal Jeep obsession).

January is still young and I am sure there is more to come, but for now here is your update!

Celebrating into 2020

This holiday season has been jam packed with TONS of quality time with our friends and family. Austin and I have quickly realized that we were beyond home sick after moving to Ohio. So getting to spend some extra special time with our loved ones has made us feel beyond blessed throughout the holidays and entering the new year.

Our crazy season began early in November. Some of our dearest friends Katie and Jose tied the knot! Their special day was filled with love, laughter, and tequila!

A few weeks later, I headed up to North West Indiana to celebrate my Dad’s 50th Birthday. Because Dad isn’t much of a party person, my mom decided to throw together a 50th Birthday Bar Crawl for him instead. It was so much fun to be able to get together with lots of our family friends and catch up. Is there anything more fun than a Birthday Bar crawl in small town bar scene?

We spent the rest of the weekend visiting my sister in Chicago. We did some typical tourist stuff (even though Hollie is a Chicago girl herself, she chose to tag along with us for the fun of it!). One of the highlights to our weekend-cation was visiting the Sears Tower (aka Willis Tower).

Thanksgiving and Christmas flew by. We were lucky enough to be able to visit both of our families on the weekends surrounding the holidays. Christmas was my On-Call holiday during 2018, so Austin and I spent Christmas eve and Christmas day watching movies in our PJs and vegging out. Here are some photos my mom was kind enough to take of us for our Christmas card this year.

Our friends made a quick trip up to Ohio to celebrate a late Christmas with us. As always, we had a blast but I every time we spend time together, I am quickly reminded that I left part of my heart with them back in Indianapolis.

We realized how much we missed Indy, so we opted to join them for NYE.

Austin and I welcomed in the new year with so much love in our hearts. And even though we missed or friends & family and cherish every second that we were able to spend with them over the holidays- it has been nice to finally be settled back down at our little home in Ohio.

Oh Deer!

It seems as if the unbearably hot days have come and gone. Today it was so beautiful outside, I just couldn’t resist taking Goose to the park and skipping the gym. We went to Sidecut Metropark, which we seem to be visiting quite a bit latley!

For some reason it felt like we had the park all to ourselves for once, seeing only a few people during our hike. It was a peaceful 2.5 miles, listening to the birds chirp and the leaves that have recently begun to fall crunch as we walked. We were so quiet that we came across a doe about ten feet in front of us. Unfortunately, I was not quick enough to take a picture before the doe darted off. So we went on our way.

Not far up the trail, we ran into two more deer who seemed to be enjoying a little afternoon snack. They were kind enough to let us walk right on by. Surprisingly, Goose didn’t even bat an eye at them.

This lady even stuck her tongue out for the photo op!

And towards the end of our hike we ran into a little buck! The buck didn’t waist much time on us though, he was very busy and must have been late for a meeting or something like that because before we knew it, he was gone!

The Busy Little Buck

After the deer extravaganza, Goose and I took a nice 1.5 mile run to end the evening off on a strong note. I hoping for more nights like this to come! Who’s says that being healthy can’t be fun?!

August is here!

It has been a crazy first week of August for our family, so this might be more of a lengthy update!

We are officially Ohioans! Our address and state IDs have legally been changed, which is so weird to us, considering that neither Austin or I have ever lived anywhere but good Ol’ Indiana.

To start August off right, Austin fell over Goose (our goldendoodle) while playing outside and we ended up making a quick trip to Urgent Care. After a few x-rays and a ace bandage on his ankle, Austin was good as new, well kinda. He got lucky and it ended up being just a really bad sprain. We were worried with PA school starting next week for him, that it might have been something worse, so we had it checked out right away.

A few days later we made a trip back to Indianapolis, IN for a Jon Bellion concert. I had bought Austin tickets for this concert Christmas last year before we found out that we were moving away. We also had dinner at one of our favorite resturants in Fountain Square. It was Just the date we needed after feeling a little home sick for Indy.

The Canal
the Hawaiian shirt

We left Indiana as soon as the concert was over because we had let Goose stay overnight at his daycare for a sleepover and we had to pick him up early the next morning.

I had been studying all of last week for an EKG test required for my job in the Cath Lab and it had been taking up most of my weeknight time. It’s safe to say that this experience of ‘text book studying’ has reminded me why I did not go back to school after I graduated with my AS of Science in Radiography last year. Thank goodness that Miss. Honey was around to keep me company while I studied. I also started taking call at my new job, so I will most likely be much busier from here on out. (I love to pick up call!)

Honey is the best study buddy that anyone could ask for!

We realized a few days after picking Goose up from his overnight stay at daycare, that he might have rough housed with the other doggies just a little too much while he was there. Turns out that he had tore his Carpal paw pad in half (we looked it up and I guess it can be common in active dogs) and we have been cleaning it and wrapping it in coban every day, hoping that it heals up on its own.

Patient Information : Goose Sandlin, DOB 09/23/2017, MRN 317WOOF

Today, Austin and I went to the Jeep Festival in Toledo, OH. If you know me, you know that my love for Jeeps is real. Watching the Jeep parade was like a dream come true. Ironic that we moved to a city that has such a strong love for Jeeps too!

Toledo Jeep Fest

And that is all for our early August update, see ya next week!