Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Well you all are due for an update of our little pup and how his ears are progressing! He looks real cute! Ok so seriously he looks silly but we love him anyway and I still have no shame taking him on walks and jogs. People laugh and I like telling myself that they are laughing at the dog and not me, who knows?
His ears are totally healed and no longer have any open wounds. He is not in any pain at all just a little annoyed by the antlers but otherwise he is a very happy little man! We keep telling him that this is for his own good and that he will thank us some day when he looks so handsome and stunning. At this point in his life I really don't think he cares about his looks. Maybe when he is a teen pup and starts trying to impress the ladies he will see the service we are doing for him right now! We sure hope so :)
A lot of people are asking how long we need to have his ears taped?
We have to have the tape on for 6 days and off for 1, basically until they decide to stand on their own. They say that with the length we had them cut it could take up to 6 months. Yeah, NO FUN!!! But he is worth the work!

Do you like how one of his ear's is higher than the other?? Yeah Kip and I are new at this. Funny fact, there are tampons in his ears holding them up. That is what we wrap the ears around to give them their shape and to keep them standing. I very much respect that this little man has no shame prancing around with tampons in his ears. How many men can handle that??

Random Sarah Facts!!!

I was tagged by Dacia & now I get to share 7 weird or random facts about myself.

1. I am totally anal and can not stand water spots on, in, or around my sinks. Any time anybody uses them I have to follow right behind them and wipe up all the water spots or it drives me crazy. I know, I really need to take a chill pill!

2. I have ran 2 half marathons in my life and placed in one of them. I plan to run a whole marathon at some point in my life.

3. I have had 3 surgery's by the age of 27. Torn both of my ACL's in both legs and got vocal chord surgery from developing things called Nodules from talking wrong. Yeah Im special!

4. I am a total total wimp when it comes to heights, I will lay flat on the floor and refuse to ever move again, o' and cry, cry, cry!! Since I have been with Kip I have gotten much, much better but I still consider myself a total wimp.

5. I was in a Rodeo as a child and did Barrel Racing. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!

6. I was born as Sarah Lyn Wyrick, got adopted and became Sarah Lyn Carlson, and got married and will forever remain Sarah Lyn Robinson Jr. (Yes the Jr is a legal part of my name and will be forever. It is a long funny story but it is true, you can even see it on my drivers license and credit cards. I like it, it suits me!)

7. I have recently lost 80% of the hearing in my left ear. I woke up one morning and the hearing was gone, they say it is genetic. I sure pray I do not screw my kids up some day with this same thing, it is not so fun! But what can you do? Did you know that insurance company's consider hearing aids a cosmetic thing and will not cover them! Yeah, hearing is cosmetic, WHATEVER!!!

8. (I wanted to end it on a good note so I added one more) My Husband and I have been crossing paths our whole lives. His Grandpa and Grandma were in my ward from when I was 1 to 16, he served as or Bishop and his Uncle did as well. I have video of his Great Grandpa on our home video's. We have lived an hour and a half away from one another our whole lives and we meet on a blind date in Utah, RANDOM!!!

Can't wait to read them!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Goodness Snakes!!!

So the other day Echo and I were coming home from a nice long walk and right in front of my house in the middle of the road there was a long red snake. I was curious so Echo and I tippy toed over to check it out, hoping it was not mean or poisonous. As we got closer the snake became aware of us and stuck it's head up in the air kinda like a cobra would do, I was freaked out! Once it made itself clear that it was not planning on messing around with us it jetted into the bushes on the side of my house. That did not comfort me one bit, a snake in my yard, not fun! While observing the snake now in my yard, Echo wandered aimlessly into the bushes and the snake aggressively lunged out at Echo and struck him, it was so sad but the strike did not even brake the skin!
Soon after Kip came home while we were outside. Kip informed me that it was not a poisonous snake (thank goodness) and that it is called a Red Racer. Of course Kip was curious and wanted to catch it as well as the neighbors that soon got involved. Kip and Clint were having a total blast tricking the snake and tag teaming it until Clint finally captured him. Once it realized that we were not going to hurt it it calmed down and kindly let Clint show him off. Here are a few photo's of our neighborhood event!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Makenna Mae McKamey

This weekend My sister and her husband Todd had a little party to celebrate the adoption of Makenna to Todd. We are all so happy for them and their growing little family. So now the little one will be known as Makenna Mae McKamey (try and say that 5 times fast), what a cute little name!
Here are a few photo's that I got at the celebration, they are pretty much all of the photogenic little Makenna.

Can you tell I love this little girl and all her little attitudes!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Love Grows...

It seems like every time I have a really long day of work or have been working a ton that week, I come home and Kip has done something really sweet for me. In the past he has done all of the deep cleaning of the house, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming, mopping, all of it for me. He even does the laundry. I can not express how much it makes my day to come home to a clean smelly good home! Especially when I did not even ask it of him at all.
On Saturday I had another long shift at work and my wonderful husband had something sweet up his sleeve once again. I have been telling him that I want more color in our front planter. SO what does he do? While I am at work he goes down to Home Depot and picks out all of the colors of plants I have been saying I want in the front planter and plants them for me. I then get a text message from him at work telling me that he has a surprise for me when I get home. HE WAS SO EXCITED FOR ME TO SEE THEM! It was so cute!
So I wanted to share my husbands sweet act of kindness with you guys. Here are my beautiful new plants in my front planter. I love them all!

I am so grateful that I can watch these plants grow in my front yard for the many years ahead. Each time I look at them I will be able to remember how wonderful my husband is to me and how blessed I am to have him in my life. He truly is amazing!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Floppy to Funny, Fleshy to Furry...

Well he is back and we are so happy to have our little man home! I think we love him now even more than we did before. He is such a sweetheart and he was so happy to see us when we were there to pick him up at the Vet, it made us feel so loved!
Little Echo is taking everything like a total champ. He is not even really acting like he is in pain, he trys to scratch at his ears every once in a while but he is really being better than we thought he would with the cone on his head holding his ears up. The Vet even made it sound like it would be somewhat of a process to get him from ripping it off but our little Echo is being such a good boy. THANK GOODNESS!!! I have decided that he is a tough little bugger. He is not acting like his tail is hurting him even a little bit which is also so nice to see.
Kip and I are totally happy with the procedure so far and it looks like the doctor cut his ears the length that we really wanted, his tail looks SO SO SO much better than before and we are so happy with that as well. The reason we had to get his tail fixed was because we think that the breeder that we got him from docked his tail by themselves. It never healed right because it was cut too long and when little Echo sat if he wagged his tail the end would scrape on the ground and would keep the end from healing. There ended up being a build up of scar tissue at the end of his little tail that would never ever grow hair back. I think it looked like a burnt cigar at the end. The doctor was totally willing to fix it while he was out so that his tail would no longer bother him or us and so it would be cut to the right length for a Doberman. We are so happy with the results. We think that Echo already looks so much more like a Traditional Doberman and we just keep looking at him saying to ourselves "Boy is he going to be a GOOD LOOKING DOG".
Well I hope that none of you that see this post think we are evil. We have really done a ton of research on all of these procedures and we want you to know that he was knocked out the entire time all of this was going on. He is not acting like he is in much pain at all right now and he also has medication that we are giving him every 8 and 12 hours. He is in good hands and with a family that loves him very much and wants the best for him. We want him to be true to his heritage and look like his ancestors. It is in his best interest we believe, or so we tell ourselves.
Echo will be getting his stitches out in 2 weeks and then on to the next step in the process of training the ears to stand up, LOTS OF TAPE!!! I will keep you updated with pictures.
Here are a few more pictures of our little guy that I took right when we got home from the Vet.

Our little guy is going to look funny for quite a while from here on out so please be prepared to giggle a little if you stop by and see him.
This is a good shot of what the ears look like now.

We got him this bone that we gave him right when we got home from the Vet and he has been LOVING it, he has been chewing on it non stop since Saturday morning and is still at it. I'm happy because it is a good distraction.
Yeah for designer dogs!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

It's o' so quiet.......

Ok so I suppose the saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" really is true!
Kip and I have had our little puppy Echo for about a month now and I never realized how much he has changed our every day lives and the feel of our home until today. Boy has he become a true family member!
Since Echo is a Doberman Pinscher we decided to get his ears cropped so that he looks like the traditional Doberman. We had the appointment this morning to get the procedure done. I went in thinking I would pick him up a few hours from then, but when I went to leave him and asked when to come back to pick him up they told me "not till tomorrow morning". I was so sad leaving him there over night, he is just so little and he does not do well at all locked in a little crate all night by himself. All day long I have been so sad for my little boy who is in pain right now without me there to comfort him. Is that totally retarded of me????
Well Kip and I did our best to go on with our day the way we normally did before little Echo came into our lives, and boy does it just feel so quiet in our home and kind of uneventful. I really realized how much Kip and I love our little guy. We can't wait to pick him up tomorrow morning! We are going to be there the earliest we can to get him because we miss him that much!
I have realized that I am so grateful for my little family! What this puppy has done to make this house feel more like a home and Kip and I's life together feel more like a little family is absolutly amazing! Dog's truly are a man's best friend. I LOVE MY LITTLE FAMILY!!!!
(I will post pictures of little Echo after his surgery when we get him tomorrow)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

100% BOY

Kipper had the chance this past weekend to go on a much needed Boys Trip! His brother Rick is going to be going back up to school in a few weeks and Kipper wanted to be sure to take Rick out to these mines that he had found while Rick was on his mission. Kip's dad Kip Sr. and one of Kipper's old young men from his Teachers Quarm he was over, Jeff came along as well. They came back with some fun story's and some really cool pictures that I thought I would share with you all! Enjoy!!!

They camped out Friday and Saturday night and Kip said that the weather was perfect!!

The boys testing their courage before going into the mines!!

Two different days all clean before they enter the mine!

Down they go, deep into the earth!

Quite a bit of bravery required here! Yikes!

Look at the cool stuff they found down in there!

Getting ready to go out after hours of searching deep into the earth!

Up, up, up they go. Kip said that there were about 500 feet of these ladders going straight up, #1 what a workout and #2 holy molly that is HIGH!!!

Kip and Rick celebrate making it out! Let there be light!

Now let's shoot some clay pigeons to really boost that testosterone!
Looks and sounds like they had a total blast, I hope you think these boys are as cool as I do! What brave men!