Tuesday, June 06, 2017

the worst day

Last Friday was one of the worst days of my life. I watched our little cat friend Goose pass away. It completely broke my heart and the kids did well but everyone shed tears that day. When I told them after school I couldn't find the strength to end with bad news, my heart welled up and spoke - maybe we can get a kitten to keep Duk Duk company. One thing led to another and this broken-hearted momma just committed to taking in 4 feral kittens - just to foster - and maybe one to keep. In Goose's honor we'll take the unloved and show them not to be afraid, again.

When Calli came home from school she ran straight to me.
"Mom. Please. I hope the answer is yes. Please say yes. Please say you called the humane society and we are getting kittens."
So yes, she was ready.

It has been amazing experiencing 4 week old kittens with my kids. They are a little dirty, they left the wild just 3 days ago, but the kids don't care at all. To them they are all perfect in their own little way. But I really do need to try to bathe them today.

I LOVED Goose. He scratched all of us - but he was also tender and patient with all of us. King of the laser pointer. Thank you for being a part of our imperfect family.

C is for Cat. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

soccer lover

Grant had his first competitive soccer tourney this weekend. He scored a goal which was very important to him and even after the games for the day he would come home and practice all afternoon. He started having pain in his foot so we checked it out at the doctor. Nothing was broken thankfully but he is supposed to take it easy. I wouldn't let him play yesterday before his 2.5 hour practice. At 2:00 he looked at the clock and said, "ah man, still 3 hours until soccer!" So He's into it! And we are happy to support his new found passion for footwork and left footed goal shorts and crushing all his friends at school.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

cat mom

Calli is taking her cat-mom role very seriously. She came in the house today and told me -

"Mom, I want Goose to not be afraid of the snow. So I picked him up and dropped him in the snow outside. He jumped straight out and back in the garage. Straight out!"

Yes, I may have modeled this type of parenting behavior in the past

Monday, December 26, 2016

a big family christmas part I

We were very blessed to be together this Christmas with my parents and brothers. We've partied non stop for 3 days now and I'm very tired!

Best Quote: Grandma got Calli some awesome toys and she just kept yelling -
"DUDE how old are you? How old are you! You are SO smart!"
Because everyone knows - the older you are the smarter you are!

She finally got an ornament with her name on it!

a big family christmas part II

Sledding Day in The Meadows!


Most common heard saying on the slope? WATCH OUT!!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

christmas kittens

As we shopped for Rexx the lizard, Calli's longing for a cat just got stronger and stronger. Finally I snapped and I took Tim down with me. Here's what sent me over the edge:

Within 2 hours my mom and I were wandering down the aisles searching for them at the Humane Society. They were hidden in the back being cared for by the sweetest lady. I held Goose and they were nice and beautiful and could happily live in our garage. I was sold.

I had a genius plan to raise them in Mom's garage until Christmas but the space was too large and the wild came out of them quickly! After a few hours of panic we found DukDuk under the fridge. And then there was more panic and we found them behind the cabinets. And the we really really panicked when they were lost for hours. WE LOST CALLI"S CATS! But they turned up inside the snow blower which my Dad so kindly dismantled and then was immediately attacked by Goose.

So, yes, I had barn kittens on my hands!

But after hours locked with them (one at a time) in the bathroom they started to like me. And then I found out you could feed them baby food and then they really liked me.

After a week they were a lot more chill and that was the trend each week.

Goose is our "dog". Grant can scoop him up anytime but he won't stay in your lap. He wants to play!
DukDuk is our cuddler. She's hard to coax out, but once you have her, she melts into a furry purr pile for about 15 minutes. Their names have affectionately morphed into "Goose-Moose" and "Ducky Mo".  (backstory here)

Yes, they are in the house way too much but Tim has been patient as we train them and no one has severe allergies - Praise the Lord!

We're still taming and teaching them this is their home. We hope they stay around and safe for a very long time.  They are good little kittens - most of the time.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

bearded dragon day

After three months of saving, researching, and going in and out of pet stores every week, we walked into Sierra Aquatics today and announced - "it's bearded dragon day"!

We picked out 'Rex' the runt of the group with pretty dark colors and I had Cory at the store put 150 crickets in a new cricket carrier. Our favorite part is NOT the crickets.

When we were all set to go Cory reassured me that Grant knows his stuff and he's going to do great. And as I turned to leave I picked up the cricket cage and said, "I think we can do it! A mom and a 10 year old, here we go!" And at that moment the full cricket keeper falls to the floor exploding crickets everywhere! I am standing there. Holding the handle of the lid still standing in a pile of crickets fury. Cory didn't lock the top on correctly.

Of course we brought my 14 year old reptile savvy Nephew who pointed his finger right at me!
Abby what did you do!?
Bro it wasn't me!

So that was a good intro to crickets...

And even though I don't care for lizards at least Grant picked a nice social lizard and I'm trying my hardest to get into it and back him up. I watched tons of videos and stalked terrarium photos to make the very coolest habitat we could. I spent too much. But it looks so sweet! Tiny home decor is kinda my thing.

Welcome home Rex!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

to the bay!

I'm so thankful we were able to sneak away a few days in the Bay! Yes, the drive is not my favorite but we did it - and Calli does not like San Francisco - she LOVES San Francisco (her words exactly).

We hit the SF Zoo, California Academy of Sciences, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Calli and Macy went down Lombard street with Tim and I since we were off Siri's directions anyway. Calli said she was praying we wouldn't die. I think it made an impression on her.

And the kids were nice and smiled for all most of my pictures!

sport goals

We are not the most athletic group on the planet but we are trying new things and evolving into a pretty active group. For Calli there was ballet - but the classes were too "boring".

And then there was swimming. She demolished the competition for a while.


And then it was boring, so I signed her up for a hard class and...

So then we added in soccer.
Camps with brother were fine but the fall season... She quit.

And running is hit and miss; mainly she's into the stretching - in the middle of the run.

But our most recent breakthrough came when I saw a Hello Kitty tennis racquet! And now as she says, ' she has found her sport'. I have educated myself with 90 minutes of YouTube instruction and am currently her coach. She's a stud and having fun!


Meanwhile the Twins (as we call them now) are going to volleyball classes. Macy likes serving and Grant is all about SPIKING! He really packs a punch!

Grant also plays U12 soccer  - even though he's 10. He likes mid-field the best...I mean in soccer. What he likes the best in life is Clash Royale on the iPad.