Friday, September 30, 2011

Restore and After Wrap Up

I had a such a good time at Restore and After I wanted to share all the fabulous details like these amazing dog houses. I'm pretty sure I placed a bid on every one of them. The dog houses were definitely the popular items tonight. I was in a bidding war with several people to win a dog house. I told a few of my friends that I would NOT leave without a dog house. I specifically had my eye on the top two dog digs.

I thought for sure I had lost the bidding war but I dug down deep in my pocket and bid once more, all the while thinking, "it's for a good cause!" And I drove away with this beauty! Here's me and Cara, the lovely artist of the dog house.
Even though I was stressing about my "mini" project, my wonderful husband helped me finish the legs on this little foot stool.... THIS MORNING. The wood glue was drying on the way to the event. :) Nothing like a last minute project to raise $35 bucks for Habitat for Humanity. Maybe next year I'll try to do something a little more challenging.
I also had a mini table set up for Restore attendees to sign up to win a FREE photo shoot compliments of Cara Beth Photography.

Over all this is a fabulous event for a great cause. If you didn't get the chance to attend this year, be sure to come next year to bid on some great items, meet new people and mingle with local artists!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Why oh why am I a procrastinator? I have always been. In every area of my life. I work better under pressure I think... which is weird because I hate being stressed. But yet here I am the day of an event in which I have to present a restoration piece and half of it is sitting on my front porch. UNFINISHED. Yup, that's right. The event is tonight and my piece is not finished. But that's what makes life exciting right? or better yet, that's what gives me migraines. I have less than 5 hours to complete the project, load up my car, charge my camera and head to the Restore and After event.

And you better believe I'll be bidding on this bad boy that my friend Cara made. She never ceases to amaze me. Secretly, I wish I had her skill... and time management for that matter.
Well, I better stop blogging and get to finishing my project. See you tonight!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Restore & After

I am participating in the second annual Habitat for Humanity Restore & After event in downtown Little Rock. Last year, my good friend Eric who is on the board of Habitat for Humanity asked me to take pictures for the event. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to support such a cause. Also, I was thrilled to be a part of the very first Restore and After event. I know that the second annual will be better than ever! I will be entering a small restore project and I must emphasize just how small it is because my life has been nuts! I will have a table displaying some of my photography and raffling off a photo shoot. Be sure to stop by and put your name in for the drawing.
All of the restore items will be up for bid in a silent auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity including mine. Here's a sneak peek:
Stop by the second annual Restore and After TOMORROW NIGHT Thursday 6 pm at The Lafayette Building, Downtown Little Rock. See you there! I'll be the one with the camera in your face. :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

fresh new look

If you are reading this post then you are looking at a brand new blog design for The Buie's Zoo. Our old header was great and all but it still had a picture of Georgie on it and it was about time we switched it out and added Charlie. :) So here's to new beginnings and a fresh new look. We decided to use the pictures that Jen Amato took of us in New Orleans this summer and also one of our favorite's from last year with the dogs taken by a local photographer, Grant Harrison. You will also notice our lovely furry children each have their own picture on the right side. Thanks so much to Tricia Nae Designs for the great blog redesigns she always does on this blog as well as my photography blog.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Update on Charlie boy

We've had our sweet little Charlie for about 6 weeks or so and he is doing so well in his new family. Introducing him to his brothers and sister was a slow process, one in which we had to practice much patience. For about 2 weeks Charlie stayed in our guest bathroom. You may think this seems cruel but we wanted him to adjust to a small space before we let him loose in our entire house. Several times a day we would go in his room and play with him but he never came out of his room. After we played with him we would go sit down on our couch and let our other animals smell Charlie on us. They were very curious of the new smells coming from the bathroom and the new "meows" they heard.

This intro period is very important not to overload Charlie but also not to overload the other three animals. We made sure we give our pets lots of love and extra attention and treats so they would know we were not neglecting them. We would let each one of our pets sniff under the door to Charlie's room to check out their new brother. After about a week of smelling under the door, we would crack the bathroom door and let their paws and noses touch. There was some initial hissing on Hazel's part but it became less and less over time. Several nights we would put Charlie in his kennel and sit in out in the middle of our living room. All three of the animals would smell, sniff and yes, hiss at the Charlie and the kennel. But this stage of introduction is very important. It is crucial to let the pets already in the home get to know the new pet with some sort of barrier between them. Do not just throw them in a room together! I repeat do NOT!

After two weeks of this process, I would take Charlie out, holding him in my arms and let each of the dogs and Hazel sniff Charlie. The would rub noses, lick and do a little more sniffing all while I am holding Charlie. We did this process for several days, several times a day until they all became less anxious and there was a lot less hissing going on from Hazel.

Finally the day came when we put Charlie on the ground and let him go in our house with NO other animals around. He explored and climbed and sniffed. It was glorious! He was in heaven. Then we let one animal out at a time in the house to explore and play with him so he was not overwhelmed. Because the other animals had been introduced to Charlie at such a gradual pace, this last phase of introduction was not traumatic for them in the least bit. Actually we were shocked at how well everyone got along, especially Conner.
I mean seriously have you seen anything cuter? I think the introduction period went pretty well, don't you think? :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Nuttso Crazy Week!

Generally speaking you can just look at our kitchen and see how our week went......

I actually said the phrase to B today: "I don't think our kitchen is safe for our animals." So the cats went up while we cleaned. We were afraid they would eat moldy food or drink dirty water. Gross, right? Am I embarrassed to show you this pictures? Not really. Because everyone reading this blog has had a week like this. A week where you throw in the towel and just say "I'll do it later." It might not have shown up in your kitchen but believe me, it shows up somewhere.

So this is how my week went:
8 am to noon - Monday through Thursday I filled in out my old job which involves a 25 minute drive to Little Rock everyday.

noon to 1 - drive BACK to Benton, eat a quick lunch, perhaps run a quick errand

1 to 2 pm - drive to Bryant to take care of my pups I pet sit for on a daily basis. Meet Foxy & Gloria. :) Cute, huh?

2:30 to 4:30 pm- drive BACK to Little Rock (for the second time in one day) for a chiropractic appointment. I have pinched yet another nerve and have been going to the chiro and physical therapy everyday.

Every evening this week I had something different planned: a photo shoot, serving dinner under the Broadway Bridge at Eikon, and sorting items for a garage sale.

Friday I didn't work for my old job but I DID have to go to Little Rock for a chiro appt and to drop Hazel off at the vet. Found out that Hazel has a cold but the good news is my back is a little better after a week of therapy. Friday afternoon B & I loaded up BOTH of our vehicles and drove to Maumelle to my brother's house. We set up for our garage sale and priced everything piece by piece. We finished about midnight, went to sleep, woke up five hours later to begin our garage sale.
Landon at the garage sale.

Whew... Are you tired yet? Cuz I sure am. And I'm not even done yet.

We left Maumelle around noon, drove to Rison to celebrate my mother in law's birthday with B's family where I proceeded to fall asleep on the couch (and snore) through the last half of the game out of pure exhaustion.
Mrs. Carole (my wonderful mother in law) holding her new Vera Bradley bag.

But I made it through this week. Barely.

Hopefully next week will be a little more normal and I can catch up on some blogging. I still haven't told you about my 10 year high school reunion that I went to last weekend or given you an update on the Buie's newest addition: Charlie. Stay tuned for blogging in the near future! Hope y'all have a great week and are enjoying this Fall weather!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The things we do for love...

Saturday morning began for me at 5am. This is not normal in the least bit. I like my sleep and normally won't answer my phone before 9:30 or 10 am on most mornings. But for Buie I got up at 5am this particular Saturday.
You see, Buie is a Hogs fan and the Hogs only play in Little Rock twice a year. B got tickets to the game on Saturday and decided we should tailgate. The only problem was he had to work til almost noon. Well, if you've ever tailgated at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, then you know if you wait til noon you won't have a spot. An estimated 100,000 people were to be tailgating this past Saturday. After asking around to veteran tailgaters, I decided the earlier the better.
I found us a good spot on the golf course and parked it at 7:25am....then I waited. Buie, along with a few of our friends, didn't arrive til noon or later. So for about 4 or 5 hours, I just chilled on the golf course.... by myself. Oh and did I mention that I'm not even a Hogs fan?

The things we do for love.

I DID get to see the cutest kid at the tailgate party though. My brother's family stopped by to hang out for a few hours. Landon had lots of blueberries, grapes and a few strawberries!
The rest of us had Buie's burgers, wings, beanie weanies and plenty of chips & dip! B even bought a new portable grill for the event!
The two LSU fans even joined in the Razorback spirit and called the Hogs with our Hog hats on! It was definitely a momentous occasion! ha!
Oh, the things we do for love...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Our Texas Trip in Instagram Pics

I'm a bit behind in my blogging but I couldn't go into this Labor Day weekend without sharing about my trip to Texas that occurred LAST weekend.

I hoped in the car with my brother, Craig, and sister in law, Nicole, and my cute little nephew, Landon. We drove the 5 or so hours to Keller, Texas to stay with some friends of ours.
We met other family members in Dallas and the ladies spent Friday and Saturday at a women's conference. This was part of my mom and Nicole's mother's day present back in May. We bought them tickets to the Women of Faith conference in Dallas and so of course, we decided to make a family event out of it. My mom enjoyed spending time with her daughter, (me!) and her two daughters in law.
Nicole and her momma. They look like sisters, don't they?
We all loved the conference, the speakers, and especially the music. I am definitely not a singer but one thing I absolutely love is worship music. I find myself craving worship music and I'll pop in my favorite worship CD and drive around blaring some tunes and praising Jesus. I'm sure people think I'm nuts but who cares, right?
me, mom & Nicole
We also loved having MJ and Landon around for entertainment. While they were not at the conference with us, we enjoyed going back to the hotel for some playtime with the kids. The dads did a great job of babysitting the kiddos while the women were at the conference.
We also had a chance for a little playtime ourselves. A few of us went to this place called Top Golf and it's basically a playground for adults. ha! They have a driving range, putt putt, batting cages, baggo, several giant Jenga games and so much more!
We met some of Craig's lifelong guy friends...
who are basically like my brothers.
Had a blast bonding with my cousin Jena, something I don't get to do often enough...
Family time, worship time, golf, putt putt, good eatin' & great shopping - it doesn't get much better than that.

If you are in the Dallas area and are looking for a fun date night or a place for a boys night (or girl's night, for that matter), then you should definitely go to Top Golf. I also heard a rumor Little Rock might be getting one soon! I sure hope so! I'll be first in line!