Saturday, December 27, 2008

Akira Couture Hartung

Say "Hello" to the newest member of the Hartung household, Akira Couture Hartung! She's the hottest little thing ever to hit Austin, and she knows it! She flaunts it! What to say... Akira's a Leo, like me, her birthday is July 25, 2008. She loves hiding behind the couch and occasionally behind the toilet (I'm trying to rid her of that habit). She also loves being under our bed and under my dresser. Akira is very affectionate, though still adjusting to her new home and new family. She mews very cute! It sounds like "Ow!" and she also growls sometimes. It's cute. Akira is into the latest fashion, and has a very stylish bright pink leash. She also only plays with the latest in accessories, for example her bright pink mouse with yellow feathers for a tail, her crinkle bird which is green and yellow, and her cheetah print bouncy ball, which looks a lot like her. Akira is still working on her coordination skills, though. She is not the most graceful when it comes to jumping onto and off of things but we hope she'll improve with time.

We've finally gotten her confidence up enough that she will lay out on the couch with us while jeff plays Fable 2. She loves Jeff, and is currently sleeping on his lap because I'm in the computer room (which is off-limits to her). She also loves me. We had good bonding time because when she first got here she would not leave the bathroom. I'll tell the story.

We picked Akira up from the airport around 3pm yesterday, and drove her home for 30 minutes. She hardly made a peep the whole time but kinda just stared at us and looked pretty freaked out. We decided to let her out in the room where we keep her little box (guest bathroom), and we also put out her food and water bowl so she would be able to eat after the flight she was on. I let her out of her cage and she slowly came out but not till I left the room. The next few times I checked on her she was hiding behind the liter box. Jeff's mom suggested we get her some cat nip to calm her down. So I sent Jeff to the store and stayed behind to try and see if one person was easier than 2 in getting her to come out. Soon I heard her weird little "Ow!" meow, and started making the same noise back at her. Slowly, antagonizingly slow, she peeked her head around the corner and eventually made it all the way into the living room. Meanwhile, I maintained my distance on the couch so she wouldn't feel threatened. Through lots of meowing at each other I finally got her to sniff my hand and then to let me pet her. She is now very over being afraid of either of us but it definately took some effort. I blame that on her age. She's 5 months old, so she's young enough that she's not secure being on her own, but also old enough that she's not a fearless baby. She's more at that unsure toddler age.

This morning she came and cuddled with us on our bed, though, and has been much more friendly and out there with us today. I think by Monday all hesitation will be gone and we'll be in for it! I can't wait!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Create your own FACEinHOLE

It's a GIRL!

This kitty right here is my new baby! She arrives December 26th at the Austin airport from Corpus Christi!!! I do NOT have a name for her yet, though, so I need your help! I will give you the 2 names we have so far and then you let me know your oppinions and also I would LOVE suggestions because I'm not sold on either name just yet. Also, I'm looking for an exotic type name since she's a bengal with spots.

1.) Isis - "supreme goddess" named after an egyptian goddess
2.) Jazmyn
3.... your suggestions please!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Country Siblings Elfed

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My siblings and I... ELFED

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group elf dance

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We Elfed Ourselves

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This Coming Vacation... ruined plans lead to happy rewards!!!

I'm noticing a trend with some of Jeff's Utah peeps... we continually get flaked on. As I wrote in an earlier episode, we were supposed to fly to Utah (one-way tickets were purchased) and go to the family reunion and pick up Jeff's broncho, which his Uncle PROMISED would be done in a WEEK a few weeks ago. Come to find out, his broncho will NOT be done, and we will be stranded forever in the depths of Park City... just kidding. Last notice, I almost had to fork up another $500 at LEAST to get us home, but due to my mother's bargain-feind blood line, I managed to find us two airline tickets costing only $220 after taxes and everything! Best part... we're flying out of Vegas... which means...

VEGAS VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so excited! We're going to stay in a 4 star hotel which I also got cheap prices on ($53 a night) because I am awesome. Definately going to walk the strip, dance in the clubs, and avoid gambling cause we don't roll like that. I am soooo excited! Not only will this be our first vacation since our honeymoon where we are actually alone together, but we will be erasing bad memories of past Vegas disasters. Cause I really like Vegas and don't wanna hold those memories against it. I mean, honestly, when we went to Utah for Ali's wedding and got flaked on by Jeff's childhood best friend, we ended up having to stay in a crappy motel 8 and it cost us more than this 4 star awesome hotel! This vacation is now well planned. Unfortunately that means no going to Denver to see my parents or Jeff's brother Chris. We might try going out there at the end of the month but so far no cheap tickets.

***foot note**** anyone wanting to join us in Vegas for a good time, please email or text me, friends are invited but you'll have to get your own room :p

***other foot note*** for those of you wondering where I found the best deals:, I checked all the sites I could find and these were the fairest

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Nutcracker :D

The nutcracker was awesome! Sadly the only pictures I got were from afterward when the kids when out to ihop... none of the parents. We had a very good time, though, and the dancing was great! So.. I'm just posting some of the pictures for your enjoyment:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

more dress shots

More of the dress... just so you can kinda see the design of it...

Best part... it's a 4!!! Hallelujah! After all this hard work it better be a freakin 4!
I think this is the best shot of the dress cause you can see the side crinkles
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My Nutcracker Outfit

You wanted it, you got it! My nutcracker outfit! Complete with hot red hooker heels!

Couldn't get a great pic of the dress... I'll post more when I have it on... It comes with a wrap since I know it will be cold. But it's super cute on! It's satin...

closer up so you can see the wrinklies!
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