Monday, October 10, 2016

Duke is Four!

October 4th was Duke's Golden Birthday; he turned four! I honestly can't even wrap my mind around the fact that he's been in our lives for four years already. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home, but at the same time it feels like he's always been a part of our family. We had quite the birthday celebration!

Once I got home from work we headed downtown so that Duke could get a special meal at Grizzly Peak. They offer a Pups on the Patio menu just for dogs. How awesome is that?! Duke got the PB Dog, because he's a huge fan of peanut butter and once it cooled down he loved it. He took his time and savored it, which is highly unlike him! It was a beautiful day for all of us to hang out on the patio, not too hot (for Duke) or cold (for us). Thomas and I got to enjoy drinks and an appetizer as well.

Once we had all finished our food we headed back home for presents! A new blanket, some bones, and a couple of toys. I think it's safe to say that Duke had the best birthday ever. We love you Bugs!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Weekend in Grand Rapids | Art Prize 8

This past weekend we made our first trip back to Grand Rapids. We had been looking forward to this for weeks (since we moved really) and I refused to let the rain put a damper on our weekend, so while it didn't go exactly as planned we still had a great time in our favorite city.

I was able to leave work around 1:30pm on Friday, so we were able to get a head start on the drive and avoid rush hour traffic. We dropped our bags and Duke off at a friends house and headed to the brand-spanking new New Holland Brewing restaurant, The Knickerbocker, on Bridge Street. A handful of friends met us there and we spent over four hours hanging out. The restaurant was insanely busy, so we had a 2 hour wait, but thankfully there are multiple bars and lounge areas that we were able to pass the time with. While the atmosphere is excellent and the drinks are good, we wouldn't recommend the food. We found it to be overpriced and mediocre.