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Posted on Jul 4, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 8 comments

Family Fourth

Hi everybody! I know that today I’ve already reported on hitting up the farmer’s market and going to Wolf Trap with Jennifer and Amanda, respectively, but I’m back to pick up where I left off and shove more self-indulgent pictures of my life in your face. You are welcome. 🙂


Sunday afternoon centered around a family trip to the dog park!


What with my sister’s new puppy down to visit, we decided it was time to introduce him. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly ideal considering it was about a billion degrees outside, and Oreo seemed a little intimidated by all the wide open space at first.

Shady Pup

He spent the first 15 minutes parked under the same tree until Jenny had to physically carry him over to the rest of us, haha!


He warmed up to the experience in no time though:


And it wasn’t long ’til he was officially part of the pack:

Order of the Pack

While we were there by ourselves for a chunk of our visit, we did have some fun visitors come by to play.


I can’t imagine how hot it was for Harry’s water buddy under all that fur!


When this biker came up to the gate, I thought he was just riding by to check out the dogs. I had no idea he had a tiny Yorkie hidden in his bicycle basket! If only Daxter were a few inches shorter… sigh. 😉

Little Man

It really was unbearably hot though. The dogs kept going back and forth between playing and poopin’ out. At least they were nice and tired by the time we got home!


A really fun way to kill an hour or so in the afternoon though, and it certainly worked up our appetites for our big backyard cookout! Grilling was performed in between thunderstorms, hehe.


There was SO much food – steak, hot dogs (cooked flat-top style, mmm!), grilled veggies, pork, and corn! Fruit & cupcakes for dessert, too, hehe. Oh, and I discovered the most amazing way of grilling corn! I gotta remember to share it with you all soon – you will die of blissful deliciousness.

Hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend! We celebrated the actual Fourth today with more family hanging out and attending a cookout at Amanda‘s, and I prepared my fantabulous Mango Guacamole (which was a hit!) Recipe is coming tomorrow, don’t worry, along with what is sure to be a catastrophic weigh-in after all the holiday eating, hehe. Worth it!


  1. Sooo I hear you were in Columbia? Humm…

    • Only VERY briefly! Barely 12 hours! Otherwise you know I would’ve been ringing you up girrrrrl!

    • Noooooooooooo! They’ll always be the cutest!!!!!!!!!!! 😛

      • mwahahaha…. at least until Oreo becomes huge 😛

  2. Oh my goodness… PUPPIES! Love.

    I’d love to hear about that grilled corn… I’m going to pick some up at the Farmers’ Market this weekend, and plan to grill it. Yum!


    • Oooh yes! I plan on posting a full breakdown the next time I grill corn, but just for you I’ll let you in on it :).=

      Remove all the silk/stringies/threads from inside the husks but left the husks on, then soak the corn-in-husks in water for 20 minutes before grilling (just prep all your other stuff.)

      Then toss ’em on the grill and close the lid for 12 – 15 minutes (you can rotate once or twice if you like.) Done! To season it I melted some salted butter in a tiny pot on the stove and added some minced garlic, then painted it on the corn after it was done grilling. It was amaaaazing (though the butter part probably isn’t as conducive to weight loss, hahaha. I’ve also heard putting lemon juice on corn is really delicious!)


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