• my Instagram Top 9 2018

    WHAT. A. CRAZY. YEAR. WE. HAD. If I could choose my own top nine for this crazy year, these photos would be it. Last year was a blast! (Most of it!) I was a little sad to see it go, to be honest. 2018 was very very good for my soul. For our marriage. For our future as the Shugarts. We are so blessed to have had 2018

  • our puppy is a genius

    Blue update #2—Weeks 10 & 11 In the past two weeks we dog sat another puppy, marveled at Blue’s genius, and had a potty training regression.   My favorite things about the past two weeks: Transitioning to only getting up with Blue once every night. Getting lots of good puppy snuggles and kisses. Watching tiny Blue climb up and down our stairs. My least favorite things about the past two weeks: The great potty training regression of 2018. Hand bruises from sharp puppy teeth. Things I have learned: That Blue is really really smart. That Blue is already great at posing. That Blue loves to please us. Blue has gained…

  • the pitfalls of potty training

    Blue update – Weeks 8 & 9 If you didn’t know we got a puppy, go read this blog post ASAP! Being a puppy mom has been incredibly hard and incredibly rewarding at the same time. Blue is a smart cookie. I can tell when she’s just ignoring me, or when she’s sneaking off to do something she knows is naughty. But I also rejoice with her as she begins to get it. As she begins to ask to go outside so that she can “go potty” and as she obeys when we say “come” and “sit.” I am so surprised that at nine weeks old she knows so much.…

  • I am thankful for…

    At my job, every day we start the morning by sharing our good news.  Sometimes it is a struggle to think of something, but I can appreciate it all the more because it forces me to chase the good and positive.   Even if I have been dog sitting another puppy all weekend and I feel like I cleaned up more messes than when we were in the thick of potty training our pup Blue.  Even if I am struggling to adjust back to North Carolina busy life.  I know that my good news this morning is that I got to spend some much needed quality time with my husband…