A Pretty Terrible Day

This morning before breakfast, Bean put Gus’s cage on the floor of his bedroom.  This isn’t that uncommon.  The kids usually put his cage on the floor so they can play with him better.  But before Bean went downstairs to breakfast, he forgot to put the baby gate up on his bedroom door.  So, about fifteen minutes later, I go upstairs to Bean’s bedroom for something or other and guess what I find… Gus’s cage has been completely dismantled.  The top cagey-part is on one side of the room and…

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Catch Ups and Weekends

Last week I was back in school for preplanning and it basically kicked my butt.  I started to regret my afternoon naps and staying in my pajamas all day during the summer because I was not physically or emotionally ready to be awake, alert, and productive for that long.  Holy cow.  But I wasn’t the only one preparing to go back to school.  The kids had “Meet the Teacher” and were both really happy with the teachers they got.  They were also happy to see their friends again. This weekend…

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Bugs and Rodents and Our Growing Petting Zoo

So, guess what we got… That’s, right, friends. Meet Gus Gus, our adopted longhaired hamster. Now, before you freak out (like my husband did…), let me tell you that I have been lobbying for a hamster or guinea pig for the kids for almost a year now. So, this might seem like a last minute decision, but it has been on the discussion table for quite a while in our house. And when my sweet friend, Jessica, mentioned that her girls had outgrown their pet hamster, I jumped on the…

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Daisy Doo

I wanted a third baby.  Real bads.  I begged Chris for months.  Actually, almost a year.  But he was adamant that we should not be outnumbered.  “Man to man coverage,” he would say.  “Can’t take that spread offense, Mom.” Just before Christmas, we finally agreed on a solution.  We would get a puppy.  And I could snuggle and cuddle and sniff her forever and ever amen. Which is how Daisy joined our family. We got Daisy from a rescue society in Orlando.  It was the craziest process I’ve ever been…

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Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

On Saturday, we said goodbye to my sweet Lucy Girl. About six months ago, Lucy had liver failure and while she was able to get back to a point where she was functioning again, she just never fully recovered. She continued to have accidents all over the house, which we could have dealt with. But it was her aggression that prompted us to make the call to the vet about end of life options. Lucy had become so aggressive in the last month. She was snipping at all of us,…

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The Odd Couple

Now, I love my dog, Lucy.  Love her.  But as much as I love her, Lucy is sort of the black sheep of our family.  She is grumpy, and is sort of like living with a cranky old lady.  She doesn’t like loud noises, being woken up, staying up late, or sharing.  We’ve thought seriously about giving her away to a different family.  She really would be better in a home with no other animals or children, but I just can’t bring myself to do it.  She just likes her…

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Introducing the Dogs to Wee Babies

Introducing the Dogs to Wee Babies When we were bringing Bean home for the first time, I was a little worried about introducing him to our dogs. We have a big black lab named Big Molly who I didn’t worry about for a second. I was pretty sure that sweet Molly would let any baby climb all over her, pull her tail, or dress her up like a pony without ever batting an eye. Over the years, I have been proven right countless times. Big Molly loves babies. Even before…

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Come Home to Kittens

I can’t say enough about how strong my mom has been since my dad’s passing.  She has been the epitome of grace and strength throughout the past seven weeks.  She is facing all the challenges that come with losing a spouse head on, and though it is incredibly difficult for her, she continues to impress me by her ability to move forward even in the midst of such sadness and loss.  I think she has balanced the grief with moving forward perfectly, and whenever I find myself struggling with how…

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Too Many Living Things

We have a lot of living beings in our house. Me and Chris, two wild two legged beasts, two wild four legged beasts, and a fish named Lt. Dan (cause he ain’t got no legs). When we’re all home and at full capacity, it’s a little overwhelming. And God help the person who calls me when all living beings in our house are hungry. It’s like World War 3 around here at meal times – every man (or beast) (or Bean) for themselves. In all the hustle of our daily…

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Coping

They say that when you’re pregnant, your dogs can sense that something is up.  With Bean, this was true.  Lucy and Molly stayed closer to me, were quieter, and were gentler during my whole pregnancy.  And then Bean came along and their lives changed forever. This time around is slightly different.  For one thing, the dogs don’t sense that something is up.  They KNOW.  And they KNOW exactly what’s going on.  They’ve seen this before.  And, trust me, they are none too pleased about this unexpected turn of events. Each…

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