Sunday, March 22, 2015


is a beautiful glorious day in the neighborhood! Hello spring!

I'm supposed to be cleaning the house while everyone is gone (skateboarding, biking, baseball practice, etc) but I started to upload pictures from my phone and camera and thought I'd post a few from today.  Of course, most are of my baby Phoebe :)

Getting the community garden ready for spring plantings.  My sister and mom have been super busy planting onions and potatoes and starting the rest from seeds in the green house.  I hate to garden.  I wish I didn't, but I do.  I do love to walk around nurseries though and choose my next victims hanging plants.  I was not born with the green thumb or love of gardening.  Sorry Engelke family!

digging for worms

puppy spa is open for business

throw her toys in, jump in and saves them.

Phoebe does not like to play Frisbee like this
poor baby is sad that daddy won't let her ride in the front seat of his car :(  She loves car rides and jumps in as soon as someone opens the door..whether she's invited or not.
Cate quickly realized that the fastest way to dig a hole is to stand back and let the dog do all of the work...

manure mulch dive

 Obviously, we're still smitten with Phoebe! She definitely loves being outdoors the best and could run for hours...and then sleep for hours (my favorite part). She weighed a whopping 11 pounds at her last appt and should top out around 22-25.  We're looking forward to lots of summer fun exploring the outdoors with her!

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Saturday, February 7, 2015


Team Smallie has a new player.  Spoiler Alert:  It's a dog.  Why did Team Smallie need another dog?  Don't the coaches remember that puppies are a lot like babies? 

Phoebe Smallie.  Yes, that's the same name as every doll in our house and now it's also the name of our puppy.  Why do we have a new puppy?

So here is how this happened....

Scott: (watching tv and randomly comments) "I like that dog.  Australian Shepherd?  I'd like to have a running partner and they're good running dogs"

That's all it took.  Scott was probably just thinking out loud and never really meant that he wanted a dog, because he probably didn't, but those details aren't important.  He is married to the most obsessive person ever and his random comment, that he probably doesn't even remember saying, set the ball rolling and we all know that once I get something in my head, there's no turning back. After 13.5 years, he should know better.

So, meet Phoebe....

Awwww, isn't she cute?!
 I found her through an Australian Shepherd rescue group...this is a picture her first mama text me.  It took me a few months to find a good fit for us, and then a few weeks going back and forth with the owner, and then she was all mine.  I mean "ours". I mean mine.
We got her last weekend when she was just 6.5 weeks old.  Wittle bitty teeny thing.  (Why do puppies make me want to use baby talk?)
So far she's been fantastic! Australian Shepherds are known to be the smartest dogs in the world...seriously, google it...and since the Scott Smallie family is known to be the smartest family in the world, well, it just worked out.
She's a herder and loves to run.  Run Run Run.  Herd Herd Herd.

She's mastered the potty-outside-thing which has been clutch.  But it's also what has created the most work for me.  Taking her outside so often during the day and at 4 AM every morning is very time consuming...and exhausting.  I would actually much rather she just pee in the house, but since it's not an option, I spend a lot of time outside with her.  And because Scott did 90% of overnight feedings with our babies, I decided that it's probably my turn to take one for the team.  Even though he is the one that wanted this dog ;)
I've had at least one dog every day of my entire life (except maybe a very short run in the late 70's between Taffy and Skipper?)...but I totally forgot how much work they are.  Murphy and Buddy are 11+ years old and very self sufficient and their puppy days seem like a lifetime ago, so this past week has pretty much been a shock to my system.  Especially the 4am wake-up calls.  And adding one more name to the list has totally thrown me off.  Ex. "Does anyone know where Brady Trevor Cate Murphy Carter Bennett Parker PHOEBE is?

To my friends (Jen and Marci) who are grossed out about animals in beds, LOOK AWAY NOW!

We bought a crate for Phoebe to sleep in but.....
this is not the crate

Trevor does not need a puppy.  I repeat.  Trevor does not need a puppy.  He is not what I would consider "puppy friendly"
still not a crate
two nap Tuesday
dying from the cuteness
Parker and Phoebe sleeping exactly the same way (notice my strategically placed leg to keep Parker from rolling off the couch). 

paw on the tushy

crates are stupid anyway.

Murphy is hanging in there.  The first hour Phoebe was with us, I thought Murphy was going to eat her.  For real.  But he's rallied through and has become a great mentor :)  Until Phoebe is big enough to jump onto the couch and invade Murphy's territory...then it's probably game on.
Murphy and Parker...still BFF's

Phoebe plays hard and sleeps hard and I hope the "honeymoon" phase never wears off and she continues to be a great dog.  Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


What is wrong with me?  Why do I suck at updating my blog?  I'm blaming it on Olivia Pope.  I have 18 episodes left before I'm all caught up with SCANDAL and I only have until next Wednesday to do it.  Sooooo....I'll be back soon.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

photo bombed.

Cold winter days are the best to experience the STL zoo...the animals are out and ready to play! 

Not even a little animal encounter could break Brady's focus on having his picture taken!

Say Cheese! 

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Friday, November 28, 2014


We were at a home football game one fall Friday night when the Mizzou football coach, Gary P, landed the black and gold helicopter on Scott's baseball field. Pretty cool, right?  I thought so...Scott did not. 

 The kids were excited to be able to get their picture taken with him before the game. (oops! Bennett is wearing an Illini sweatshirt)

Scott mentioned he would like to take the kids to a Mizzou football game and next thing you know, we are lake bound for a weekend of fun! (funny how it always seems to work out for Scotty-Boy)

What?  Is that Carter?  On a family trip??!! 

Card games are a sure thing on lake weekends.  Bau Bau is often banned because she always wins!

It was a Mizzou themed weekend! New hats! Waterbottles! Sweatshirts!

I hated to climb out of bed and away from this view...

We arrived on campus hours and hours before the game started so we had plenty of time to walk around and see the campus.  It's a really great school...not too big, not too small and it looks like everyone has a good time :)  We had only been there one time before...for Carter's swim meet a few years ago, but never made our way around campus.  My dad attended college there a long time ago and was always a big Tigers sports fan, so it's kinda in our blood :)  It was chilly in the morning but warmed up and turned out to be a beautiful day! We ate lunch in the student union and cheered the team on during the player walk through and finally made our way to the stadium.  

 Truman the Tiger LOVED Cate's hat!

Player and coaches walk through.  Thanks to Fran for making friends with some die-hard tailgaters, we had the perfect spot to cheer the team on!

The field house was filled with blow-ups, face painting, games, and plenty of room for the boys to play football.

The band, cheerleaders and dancers got in on the fun too!

We had general admission tickets which meant we sat in the grass behind the end zone.  Because we got there early, we scored the perfect space against the wall and had plenty of room to lay our blankets out and a great view of everything.  I had the best time at the game and joined in on the student section cheers.  Scott finally looked at me and said "You do realize you aren't a student and don't actually go here, right?" hahahascrewyouhahaha

Cate had quite the pregame cheer routine
60,000+ in attendance.  Crazy crowded

Did I mention it was our Anniversary weekend too?

 Mizzou kicked butt and won big...we were on the jumbo screen everytime they scored.  You can see Cate against the wall, blue jacket, with her arms outstretched in celebration! MIZ-ZOU!!

Great weekend!! Maybe we'll make it to a basketball game this winter :)
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