Cat walk

Daisy has been super meowy lately and eager to get out the door, so we took advantage of the nice weather and took the cat for a walk!


This time Daisy seemed much more interested in the great outdoors.


Our walk lasted awhile and she went all the way around the house.




Egg shells? Did it fall from a best? Seems like a very big egg to be in our pine trees.


PS. I love this boy!

Daisy enjoyed her exploration, we enjoyed Daisy and the sunshine, and we found signs of spring!  What a great afternoon!!

Fun with pipe cleaners

I’m totally behind on blogging. I just took pictures off the camera and there are so many! We have been busy lately! Last week we got pipe cleaners to make gifts for teachers… and to just have fun with. And boy have they been having fun with them! :)

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Lex made a cat toy that Daisy loved!

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He wore Daisy right out!

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Eve made a toy too. Everyone had fun with cats and pipe cleaners.


Once Daisy was all worn out the kids moved on to other things… like halos! :)


And costumes.

Today Eve made herself a pipe cleaner costume. She called herself “Fang Girl” though there were no fangs. Sometimes she seemed like a super hero, but other times she seemed more villainous. You just never know with that girl. We had to run errands and it was Sunday, so the kids went out in PJs. PJs and pipe cleaners. Life with kids.


Super hero / villian / Fang Girl!


Even heros need to run errands sometimes.


Fang Girl battles King Arthur… while waiting for a snack.


Break time for Fang Girl

Daisy’s first walk

Eve finally bought Daisy the harness and leash she has been so eager to get for so long. The great day finally arrived (last week) and she took Daisy for a walk!


Daisy’s first walk… in the snow.


She was less than impressed!


The walk lasted about two minutes. :)

Eve took her out one more time since and Daisy spent the whole time trying to get back inside. We may retire the leash until the ground clears and the weather warms. :)

Big changes around here…

We had a very busy afternoon! The kids had no school today (Veterans Day!) and they had a busy day with Mema while I was at work. I got home and shortly thereafter our delivery truck came, bringing us new furniture!! We were all so excited!

old couch

Get this old, ugly thing out of here!

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This is when the real fun began, for the kids anyway!

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Parrish came over to join in the fun too.

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Watching the TV in the sky. :)

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New furniture! (apparently my camera lens seriously needs cleaning!)


It’s so cozy and comfy!


Daisy likes it too.

We got a couch, a love seat, and bedframes for both kids. The bedframes are upstairs, but unbuilt. We will put them together just as soon as we get the bedrooms rearranged. Having a brand new bedframe, in a box, totally motivated Eve tonight and she asked if we could do some work on the rearranging process. The three of us (Alan is in London!) spent over an hour moving stuff from the office down to the basement. Step one is moving the office the basement, step two is moving our bedroom into the office, then step three is moving Eve’s bedroom into ours, step four I guess is rearranging Lex in his own room. We got a ton done this evening and got the entire closet cleared out and moved downstairs. One step closer to the grand rearranging!

evening furniture

After dinner we did some rearranging in the living room and put the tables back in place. It looks beautiful! (of course the toys are scattered about already and it’s looking a little less beautiful now!)


These shelves were in the closet. I told Eve they might go upstairs and on my next trip to the basement she grabbed the shelves and hauled them up to her room, all on her own. I laughed when I went up later and saw them already loaded up.

lexs bedframe

Here is Lex’s bedframe, not yet put together. The colored circles in the top are changeable and you can even put your own photos in there. That will be fun!

eves bedframe

Eve’s bed is TOP SECRET and will be unveiled whenever we get around to opening the boxes. :)

crazy daisy

I was taking pictures of Daisy climbing the stair railings today and this one cracks me up. She looks like a psycho kitty! :)

That about sums up our afternoon. Tomorrow will be another big day. A certain someone is having a birthday and her sweet hubby is flying back over the pond to join us for a birthday dinner, lovingly prepared by Mema. It will be a great day! (and the kids want to do more room rearranging!)

Crazy cat lady post

We had fun with Daisy today.


Time to wash the kitty. She hopped right into the open dishwasher (clean, thankfully!) and started exploring.


“A person riding a person riding a cat!” said Lex. Eve likes to ride on Daisy.


Pure silliness. Notice Daisy escaping? :)


Eve pretends to be a cat sometimes. Specifically, she pretends to be Daisy’s momma cat. Tonight they both had fun with the laser pointer. Eve batted at it longer than Daisy did!


Fun in a box. She yelled at Lex to get off, then we all had a laugh when she realized it wasn’t Lex.


This went on for awhile.


This was from a few days ago. When the kids were little they’d stick their pudgy fingers under the door and we’d say “little wormies”. Much of my bathroom time was spent with “little wormies” under the door. Now they are more independent, so Daisy has taken over the job. :)

Never a dull moment in this house!

It’s the first day of school today!

The kiddos went back to school today! I had to wake their sleepy heads up, of course, and rally them for the day. They have actually been sleeping late (sometimes all the way to 7am!) the past few weeks. Eventually they came down and the morning went well. Although Alan will be dropping them off in the mornings, I wanted to drop them off this first day so I could see the classrooms, meet the teachers, say hi to all my friends, etc.

Eve decided to do her hair this morning, which involved spraying the top with water and slicking it back. I tried to get her to spray all of it so we could make nice curls, but she insisted just the top to slick it back. I hoped it would dry before picture time, but of course she re-applied at the last minute, in her opinion making it look perfect for the pictures. Of course. Also, she had Nutella for breakfast and managed to get it all over her shoulders and dress. So her 1st day of school pictures have slicked hair and dirty clothes. When we got to school I noticed she had dried milk on her face too! Sigh.




The real excitement came as we were outside taking pictures, already running a bit late. Alan came out to help move everything along, Eve was feeling hurried and therefore put on the brakes, and Lex suddenly yells, “Daisy is in the garage!” Oh no!! Daisy came darting out of the garage and down the drive way. Alan moved to get her but she wanted no part of that. I was trying to take Eve’s picture and then had to find somewhere safe to put down my camera and the big picture frame. Eve and Lex were near tears. Chaos ensued. We chased her around the house for a bit, alternating between trying to dart and grab her, and just calmly call her name. I kept looking at my watch and thinking “we’re late, we’re really late,” and Daisy zoomed on! I ran in to get her some food (tempt her, maybe?) and somehow she made her way back into the garage and Eve shut it. The mudroom door was open and as I came into the mudroom from the kitchen, Daisy darted in from the garage. We met in the middle. I tried to comfort her, but she was cold and wet and shaking, and she made a bee-line for the kitchen door, patting it with her paw until I opened it and let her in. Whew!

Once we knew she was safe inside we left for school. The whole thing only took about five minutes, but it felt like much longer! We were a bit late for school, but seeing as it was the first day no one was too concerned. The kids were both the last ones in their rooms, but they had a fun story to tell. We were actually a bit later because Eve wanted to stop and tell the story to everyone we met along the way.

I dropped them at school and went to the Montessori school for my first official in-service day. All went well. We had a staff meeting, classroom set up, met a new student, etc. Then I came home, tried to finish my CPR/First-Aid online training as fast as I could while also multi-tasking on snack and bread making.

As the time drew near I started looking out the window for the bus. It was late, and then later. About 15 minutes after it’s expected arrival time I saw it come from the wrong direction, pull into our street, and the kids got off. Hmm…. that was unexpected! Turns out it was just running late (not unusual for the first day of school) and the driver missed their stop! Fortunately they were paying attention and spoke up! He turned around at the next road and brought them back. Whew!

They LOVED school! Both were bursting with stories and excitement and super happy to tell me that I had to do homework tonight! Paper work in duplicate. Good times. We had a nice snack then I ignored them for the rest of the afternoon as I finished up my CPR course. Alan came home at dinner time and I headed out for the in-person practice part of the training. Now that is done, I’ve successfully passed, the kids are happy and in bed, and it’s time for a glass of wine and laundry! Good times. :)

Meet Daisy

So we finally did it!  I think this cat decision has taken longer than the kid decision did!  Today we did it!  After camp the kids and I went to the Humane Society and picked out a kitty.  Meet Daisy.


Hello Daisy

Eve is over the moon!  Lex says he is excited too, but not quite as bouncy as Eve.  The kitty is pretty is happy too.  She started exploring right away, before we even intended.  On the way home she clawed her way through the box we brought her home in, but luckily Eve held her clipboard over the hole to keep her in, but when we got home she hopped right out.


Eve got a little lesson on brushing. We are going to have to get a brush for this furry kitty!


She clawed a hole right through her carrier! They told me I could use this for vet visits and stuff, but I guess not!

The directions said to put her in one room for the first few days to let her relax and settle in.  We tried the bathroom, with the food and litter box, but she wasn’t happy there.  Eve went in to read her a story and the kitty jumped up on the dryer and then jumped down behind it.  Eve almost panicked.  Fortunately I can move the washer out of the way (exposing all the dirtiness back there) and the kitty came out.


Silly kitty


She seems to like the great outdoors. Too bad she won’t get any time out there!


Eve read her a calming story to help her relax in the house.


Big yawn. Long day. Tired kitty.

Eve really wanted Daisy to sleep with her tonight, but we agreed to let her roam around and settle where she is most comfortable.  We left Eve’s door open a crack, just in case Daisy wanted to sleep with Eve.  So far she seems most comfortable on the stairs.  We might have to train her out of that though, as it isn’t really the safest location in the house!

So there you are.  I have one super excited girl and one furry kitty in the house tonight.  Life is good.