Cookout and a Crazy Dog Park

After having an already fun and crazy holiday weekend, it was then topped off with a cookout at Andy’s parent’s house.

Andy and I

There was so much food! We munched on grilled chicken (with different sauces to dip in), hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, chips and salsa, deviled eggs, and watermelon.  To drink we had an assortment of beer and wine as well as iced tea, water and soda.

My favorite was the potato salad as well as the homemade salsas that Andy’s sister-in-law, Lindsay, made.

I think I ate my weight in the chips n’ salsa!

Homemade salsas

I filled my plate with a bit of everything:

We brought our dogs, Boo and Sophia, over for the day.  Andy’s parents have three dogs and Andy’s brother Joe and his wife, Lindsay, have one.  It was a like a crazy dog park!

The dogs literally played non-stop for 5 hours.  Boo is really fast (and knows it…he’s not very modest!) so he enjoyed running at full speed being chased by the others:

Just try and catch me Sammy and Buddy!

Baby Claire (Andy’s niece and God daughter) was also enjoying the 4th of July cookout and dressed the part:

Boo made sure to tell Claire that he loved her outfit:

Isn’t Claire so cute?! I just love her!

Claire with mom and dad:

The adorable family!

Besides eating (which we did a lot of!), we played games of Bocce Ball as we enjoyed the perfect, sunny weather.   Then we went back to eating when Andy’s mom brought out this beautiful and festive dessert:

This deliciousness was filled with berries, whipped cream and angel food cake.  It was awesome!

Boo and Sophia said their favorite was the watermelon:

We love watermelon!

When Sophia wasn’t munching on watermelon or eating the millions of treats that were given to her, she was doing what she does best: Looking cute and begging for more food!

Please, I have not had anything to eat in days....

If Sophia wasn’t bad enough, she invited her partner in crime, Bernie, to help beg:

Begging partner!

What little goobers! (But I love them of course 🙂 )

I have to say that this weekend was filled with so much fun, friends, family, and food.  What more could you ask for?

I had a great time celebrating and being with loved ones, even when this guy won’t smile for any of the pictures I take:

Take 1

Take 2

Take 3: Eyes are closed, but I'll take it!

Now it’s time for me to get my booty to work.  I only have a three-day week since I am taking Friday off for a wedding in Cincinnati. More celebrations to come! Have a great day everyone! 

Question of the Day:

I’m in need of book suggestions for my upcoming vacation to North Carolina.  Do you have any book recommendations?


17 responses to “Cookout and a Crazy Dog Park

  1. What a fun weekend! I LOVE all the pups and beautiful people (and food!)

    Don’t work too hard today 😉 Looking forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures 😀

    I wish I had some book suggestions – but I LOVE magazines, haha

  2. This looks like such a fun weekend!! Very similar to mine actually 🙂

    Baby Claire is TOO adorable!! I love her little festive outfit! Both my nieces were sporting similar attire 😉

  3. That cookout looks so fun! Baby Claire is adorable :). I definitely have some books suggestions. I’m not sure what you’ve read or what you like but here are some of my favs-
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    The Manny by Holly Peterson
    Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
    The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

  4. Fun times! I love Sierra Nevada, and I love the dog + watermelon pics. Too cute. Let’s see, if you haven’t already read these…
    The Help
    Water for Elephants
    Georgia Bottoms (I’m about to start this one soon, I hope)

  5. That trifle looks exaclty like the one that I typically make 🙂 Everyone always raves about it, and it is a nice light dessert. Not too heavy like cake, but totally sweet enough to satisfy a sweet tooth!

  6. Look at all of those dogs! How fun! And yes, baby Claire is an absolute doll. My favorite books lately have been Emily Listfield’s Best Intentions, Emma Donohue’s Room, Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Elizabeth Brundage’s The Doctor’s Wife! I also loved the Help too, and have water for elephants on my list for this month!

  7. posts with dogs > posts without dogs 🙂

  8. That looks like such a fun time! Your dogs are so silly 🙂

  9. Oh my God. Claire’s outfit!!!!!! SO adorable!! Ahhh! And your dogs are so adorable — looks like they had so much fun!

  10. Haha, I love seeing all of the dogs playing together! So much fun!

  11. That outfit is the best ever, I love it! I just read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin and loved it! It had lots of great insights into friendships, relationships, etc.

  12. The Help, Water for Elephants, and Happiness Project are all great. I just read Fast Food Nation, The Year of Fog and Sing You Home (by Jodi Piccoult) and they were all awesome.

  13. Oh Baby Claire is adorable!! I love that USA Headband!

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