Sunday, May 30, 2010

Recent Projects

My pile of finished blankets is starting to build again, which means a trip to Phoenix Children's Hospital is in the eminent future. But first, I thought I'd post pictures of them. This isn't all of them, just some of the better ones

Rainbow Teddy Bear

Purple Orchid

Tutti Frutti

Lilac Granny Square
Baby Boy Granny

Strawberry Shortcake
Soft Waves

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pet Crazy

As a kid we always had pets. Usually more than one at a time. We had cats, dogs, fish, mice, gerbils, even sea monkeys.

My hubby has never been an animal person but has always gone along with whatever pet I brought home.

Our first pet was a parakeet. It didn't take me long to realize that was a mistake. There were so many times when I thought for sure I'd set it free off our apartment balcony if it didn't stop squawking. And cleaning up after it was no picnic either. Naturally that thing lived to be as old as it possibly could. I remember the day I came home from work and it was upside down in the cage. On the outside I was sad, on the inside I was celebrating.

We got a cat in 1998. She was my first baby. Yep, I was one of those people who had framed pictures of their cat all over the house. She has lived through two children and two moves. She's now 12 years old and is still going strong.

Those who know me or are my Facebook friend know that through the years we have had a lot of pets and that I can be quite impulsive when it comes to adding pets to our family.

Last May we got four guinea pigs. Yes, I said four. Why four? Well because they are social animals and do better with a buddy. So we started with two boys, then while at the pet store fell in love with a female and then realized she would need a friend.....long story short, big mistake. If you ever think you may want guinea pigs let me know and I'll talk you out of it. They're great pets, especially for kids but they are MESSY and STINKY!

I never really considered getting a dog because I just knew I was never up to the amount of work they would create for me. Plus, we had the cat, I didn't know what to expect with the kids, blah, blah, blah. So it was almost a surprise to myself when one day I decided I wanted a dog.

I remember when my best friend as a kid got a puppy. It was a Bichon Frise and was just like a little white ball of fluffiness. I remember it being such a great little dog and knew that if I ever got a dog that would be one of my top choices.

So I did some research and looked at a couple breeders and before I knew it we were visiting puppies! I knew that I had to be pretty sure before going to see them. Turns out that the breeder I chose would not sell a puppy by itself to a family who was away all day (like ours). So we decided if we were getting a dog we'd be getting two. It made sense. It wouldn't be right to leave a puppy alone all day with no one. So we made the decision and the next day went to pick up our boys! They were two eight week old Bichon Frise puppies who we named Jackson and O'Malley.

They are such great puppies! They are so sweet, great with potty training, super smart and just wonderful, perfect dogs. They are now almost 4 months old and I think I love them more every day!

We LOVE to cuddle together!
The Boys after their first trip to the groomer! So handsome!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Blog It Out

I love how on Grey's Anatomy whenever Meredith or Christina have a problem they "dance it out" Today I decided to take the advice of a very dear friend and blog it out. She's right, it's summer vacation, get back into it. Seems like a good idea besides, it's too hot to dance.

Geez, I don't know how you all are so good at regular blogging! I know that I am not the only one with a job, a house, a husband and pets. I doubt I'm the only one with a son, who I've nicknamed Velcro Kid for the mere fact that he's never very far away from me and seems to need my assistance every 30 seconds. Oh wait, I take that back since as I am typing this I see he is helping himself to some juice....straight out of the bottle. And I'm not the only one with a child who has a chronic illness. So the conclusion I have drawn is that it must be my yarn obsession that is taking up the tiny amount of spare time I have in life.

This is the first official week of summer vacation. I feel SO lucky to get paid to sit at home with my kids and do fun things with my yarn for 9 weeks! This week for the most part has been everything I had hoped it would be. I could have lived without the eye doctor appointment yesterday where I found out my corneas were swollen and had to switch to different contacts. But there are worse things in life for sure!

Evan's preschool went through today so Janelle and I got a little bit of a break from him which was nice. We got to hang out together and do girl stuff. Today we had our 3 month visit with the endocrinologist. Her A1C was every bit as bad as I expected it to be. After dealing with D for a while you pretty much already know what your "report card" is going to look like. We have not had good numbers and I have definitely not been good about keeping up on needed adjustments. I'm going to pass that blame on to the two newest members of our family who have taken up a lot of my time!

So her A1C went up from 7.3 to 8.2. Yikes! The good news is that we expected it to be high. I'd rather that than to think we're doing great only to get slapped in the face with a high A1C. We pretty much adjusted everything there is to adjust. Hopefully her numbers will get better.

My plans for the summer are to crochet and to read all FIVE of the books I bought this week! I will also be taking the kids to swimming lessons, going to Seattle and to Chicago. Oh, and maybe blog a little. I love Summer Leigh!