Date Night & Moose’s Graduation from Kindergarten!

Goood morning! I hope you all had the most wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend <3 Right now, it’s sprinkling snow outside, which I love to see! I don’t love driving in it, but I’m cozied inside and enjoying the sight of the gingerly falling flakes out the window.

On October 2nd, DJ and I had our first date night out since we moved back. We still never celebrated our anniversary since I was sick during our plans & DJ’s birthday was the next week- so we called this a two-in-one, or three-in-one, if you count just getting a date night in! Since it had been so long, we decided to go all out! We went to 1929 Grille at Firestone Country Club. The view out the window was so relaxing. As much as we love our Moose, it felt nice to have a little break for a quiet dinner out. At home while eating dinner, we have to watch him the whole time and are often up letting him outside throughout the meal.

We started out with a pretzel fondue that I will not soon forget! I crave this and would go back for this appetizer alone!

For DJ’s main dish, he tried their gnocchi- which was easily the best gnocchi I’ve ever tasted. I stole my fair share.

I was so hungry, so I ordered their vegetable & five grain salad (which I forgot to take a picture of because I was so eager to dig in) & the salmon. Both were absolutely fantastic. I actually loved the vegetable & five grain salad so much, I’d happily just have that alone as my meal (with the pretzel appetizer, of course).

For dessert, we could not resist trying two: The apple cobbler and their crunchy cream pie. Wow, I don’t even know which was my favorite. Their cream pie is “legendary” and for good reason, but that apple cobbler is also some of the best I’ve tried. Everything we ate that night was next level good. We went home after and gave Moose all the cuddles.

Saturday evenings have become our family movie night. We try to squeeze in a movie or an episode of a show (right now, it’s Succession).

On October 3rd, the Pet Supplies Plus in town (where Moose does his obedience school) had a “lock-in” for the pups. They shut down the store in the evening and let the dogs have free rein, running around and playing, for a couple hours.

Moose had a blast. Here is him with his best friend, Leo. Leo also comes to Wednesday puppy social hour, and when the two of them are together, they’re pretty inseparable.

Also! A little update on Moose and his walks. He despised going on walks for the first few weeks we had him. We were lucky to do a small walk down the road and back. Now, he loves them and gets so excited when I grab the leash. We’re still working on him not pulling the leash though- so if you have any tips for that, I’m all ears!

DJ’s bday was October 6th. Per his request, we ordered in Buffalo Wild Wings, and I made his favorite dessert, dirt pudding. We had plans to celebrate over the weekend more with family!

For dinner on October 7th, we ordered Piada Italian Street Food. DJ had the carbonara, and I had the power bowl. Not pictured, but a must try, is their parmesan piada stick, so so good.

Here’s a picture of a sleeping Moose, just because. I recognize I am probably being that person who talks far too often about their dog, but I really cannot help myself!

I took this picture below to document the first notes of fall. Autumn around here has a very distinct scent and feel about it, and I was thrilled when summer started transitioning into that. We were lucky to have such a long summer this year, especially as we personally ease back into the cold- but I was ecstatic when I felt fall in the air!

Over the weekend and that Monday, we celebrated DJ and his twin sister’s birthday along with his Grandma’s bday. It was so wonderful to see everyone!

October 16th, we had a nice lazy Saturday morning.

That evening we heard a knock on the door around dinner time. We had no idea who it could be. We opened the door and found this on our step!

My sister-in-law and her friends “boo’ed” us! Have you heard of this before? I hadn’t until I learned about it from them. Basically, you leave a Halloween gift at someone’s door anonymously. While most days getting “boo’ed” may not sound like a treat, this certainly was- they even included toys for Moose!

October 17th, I spotted this spectacular sunrise. I just love the different morning skies around here.

Later that day we went on a hike at Kendall Hills with Moose man.

Then it was back to applying for jobs on Monday. I’ll give an update on all that soon!

That week we took our usual walks. Moose wanted to show off the cool leaves he found on our walking path 🙂

And just some fall spam for ya!

I think Moose may be tired of photos, lol.

October 30th, Moose graduated from his first level of obedience school (I just call it kindergarten). He had to “test” out, and he did! We were so proud!!! <3 He starts first grade in a few weeks.

On Halloween, October 31st, we drove over to my in-law’s for dinner & to see our nephew take off for trick-or-treating. He was the cutest Jack-Jack from the Incredibles <3. Also, it’s the cutest thing when he says, “MOOOSE!”. Speaking of, Moose was a Lion for Halloween, you can catch pics of that here! 🙂

DJ took this picture as we were getting out of the car, and it cracks me up because Moose looks so annoyed. He’s like, “Dad, help, mom is smothering me again”.

And I’ll leave you with this picture from one of Moose’s Wednesday puppy social hours. 

Question for you: 

  • What’s your TV show lately?

<3,

Mackenzie

22 thoughts on “Date Night & Moose’s Graduation from Kindergarten!

  1. My husband and I have been ‘watching’ Arrested Development on Netflix. It’s one of those dumb shows that if you spend half the time on your phone and tune back in, you haven’t missed anything. It’s really the only kind of show the hubs likes. I’ve been watching Peaky Blinders. It took me a few episodes to get hooked, but I like it so far.

    1. That is such a good show! We haven’t watched it all the way through, but we did a couple seasons and really enjoyed it. I like that you don’t have to stay super tuned in too. I have heard Peaky blinders is good too! Where do you watch that?

  2. Oh my goodness I could just keep looking and looking at all these adorable Moose pictures! Yes your Autumn photos are exquisite, food photos get me so hungry, but Moose, he is just so darn photogenic!! Love love!!

    1. I’m so glad you love the pics of Moose 🥰 I have to agree he is quite the photogenic little pup. My entire camera roll is pretty much all him these days!! ❤️

  3. Oh, a pretzel dipper appetizer! I absolutely would not have been able to leave that restaurant without ordering that. Glad that it was delicious and that you and DJ got a great dinner together with a pretty view!

    Moose is adorable, it is fine by me if you keep talking about him and posting pictures! Congrats on his graduation from puppy kindergarten, he seems like an excellent pup! Consider trying a harness or a “gentle leader” or a spike collar to keep him from pulling.

    We’re also watching Succession over here! I have to say, I liked the beginning but we finally caught up to the current episodes and I feel like I’m in it just because I want to finish it out, I don’t love watching it any more. We’re thinking of switching to Yellowstone, which we never got into but my aunt recommended and seems similar in vibe to Succession.

    Can’t wait for the job update and some more pictures of Moose and the pretty fall colors!

    1. Hey Taylor! It may sound dramatic but I feel like I think about that pretzel appetizer nearly daily 😂 I have to get it again soon!!

      Thank you SO much for the suggestions for the pulling. Definitely going to look into these- I had a friend recently mention the gentle leader, but forgot about it, so I’m glad you mentioned it too!

      I feel the same way about Succession. Usually I’m biting at the bit to watch the next episode, but we’re a few behind, and I feel a little indifferent about it. Hopefully it’ll pick up again soon! I have heard great things about Yellowstone! Let me know what you think if you watch!

      Thanks for reading 😊

      1. Good luck with the gentle leader if you try it! I got one for our puppy when he was little and he chewed right through it in less than a block, but I haven’t ever heard of any other dog doing that. I probably put it on him too loosely.

        We watched the first episode of Yellowstone. I liked it (although it was really sad); my husband liked it less than I did. I also liked the first episode of Succession, so I don’t necessarily trust my first impressions of TV anymore though!

      2. Oh no, hahah. I wouldn’t put it past Moose to do the same LOL!

        Thanks for letting me know what you thought. It’s so hard to know off the first episode- I definitely will give it a go!

  4. Oh my gosh moose is the absolute cutest! I love all the pics of him! And a always your food pics make me hungry! I am so glad you guys have settled into Ohio! <3

  5. So many wonderful celebrations in October!!!! Yay!

    It’s early morning, but I am now hankering after something to eat with cheese dip 😲 and I have to ask: where the pretzels crunchy or chewy? or or both?

    Moose is just too cute – I’m glad he’s enjoying his walks now. And he is so photogenic, even when he’s tired!

    A new season of Lost in Space (on Netflix) just came out in Singapore – so I am rewatching it all the way from the beginning …

    1. Hmmm the pretzels were mostly chewy/soft but they did have a nice crisp outside!! I was just telling DJ yesterday I can’t wait to have them again!

      Hehe we think he’s pretty darn photogenic too 🥰

      Ohhh I haven’t watched that! I’ll need to look into it!

      Thanks for stopping by, friend 😊

  6. Moose is so cute – I’d be cuddling him and spoiling him silly too. I’ve never heard of being boo’d and how thoughtful Moose was included in the goodies. I like the photo of the three of you and that photo of the red fire hydrant and red leaves was beautiful!

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