Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Caterpillars

It's that time of year again!

This time, the kids each claimed one of the caterpillars and promptly named it. This is a little tricky -- in past years, the three caterpillars were all jointly owned, so if one (or two) died, there were no tears. Rainbow and Imperial Walker initially gave me a bit of a scare, but they seem to have rallied in the last few days.

Can you guess who is whose?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Forever in our Hearts

"Once you have had a wonderful dog, 
a life without one is a life diminished."
- Dean Koontz

We said goodbye to Rory on Monday. Her back legs had been weakening progressively over the last months, and when she could no longer get up on Sunday, we knew it was time.

I was so grateful that her final day with us was sunny and warm. Rory never did like the rain or cold. She spent her last afternoon resting in the backyard sun while the kids ran and played, and we loved on her with treats and kisses and scratches behind her ears. MJ carried her up to our room that night, so she could sleep near us like she has every night since she was a puppy.

Monday morning we read her the book Dog Heaven, and the kids agreed that Rory's heaven would have endless kitchen counters full of food for her to steal.

Rory's 13 years with us spanned our wedding, four cross-country moves, and three children. She swiped countless sandwiches, shredded untold diapers, and stalked sunbeams around the house. She was our first baby, and I can't believe she is gone. Our hearts and our house are empty without her.

August 31, 2003 - March 20, 2017
Rest in peace, sweet girl. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Memere and Pepere Visit!

Last week, MJ had to take a business trip to Las Vegas. Las Vegas. During March Madness. He "had" to. Biggest boondoggle ever! But he had a good time, and I'm glad. Awesome restaurants, lazing around at a cabana watching basketball all day, getting a massage at a seriously high-end spa. He even went hiking at Red Rock Canyon, which he said was pretty spectacular. I'm a bit jealous.

But never fear! We had a great time too. Memere and Pepere came to visit, and we had a blast. They picked the kids up from school, took CC to ballet, and treated them all to new St Patrick's Day books. My mom and I had a really special morning on Friday making necklaces together at a cool local beading store, while my dad took Sweet Pea and Little Man to a playground and Krispy Kreme.

Twins: Let's go through the drive-thru!
Pepere: Sure, if you guys know what kind of doughnut you want.
Little Man: I want the kind with the hole in it.
Sweet Pea: I want the kind that Mommy likes.
Pepere: We're going inside!

Even better, on Saturday we were able to meet Patrick and Karen with Bryson and Braxton, and we all had a nice lunch together. Cheers for impromptu get-togethers!

Check out our new necklaces! My mom used jade beads from a broken necklace that belonged to her sister, Sue, and mixed them up with pewter-looking beads. It's gorgeous, and special, too.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Photo Friday

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Trike A Thon 2017

Finally! After two years of being on the sidelines, Little Man and Sweet Pea had their chance to ride in the preschool's annual Trike A Thon to benefit St Jude Children's Hospital. Previously they cheered CC on as she rode around the school gym, but this year it was their turn to be in the limelight.

They impressed many of the other parents by both riding bikes without training wheels. But next year, Little Man tells me, he wants to ride his EZRoller.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Well, look what happened today! It's March, for goodness' sake! And just a few days ago, it was 80 degrees!

The kids practically broke our bedroom door down this morning in their excitement to tell us about the snow. We watched the flakes swirl around the yard during breakfast, then it was time to bundle up and head outside to play while the snow lasted!

After a walk, lobbing a few snowballs at Daddy, and making a ridiculously cute and tiny snowman, they trooped inside for hot chocolate and books. Little Man and I made a double-sided light saber (a "saberstaff" a la Darth Maul), because ... why not?