Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Last Monday while on my daily walk with Tucker, I found a baby squirrel (eyes still closed) on the sidewalk, all by himself. Emma was home from school because she was not feeling well and I knew that she would never forgive me if I just left it there. (Kate probably would have forgiven me, especially since she seems to think that ALL wild animals have rabies.) Luckily, Tucker had left me with one unused poop-bag, so I used it to pick up the tiny animal and carry it home.

From a previous experience with a wounded squirrel, I knew that I first had to hydrate the little guy - a solution of water, salt and sugar. Emma fed him with a tiny syringe and began begging me to let her keep in. All I could think was, "Where on earth do you get Squirrel Formula?" Knowing that the best thing for this little guy was getting him to a vet, I prepared Emma for the fact that she was, most definitely, NOT going to have a squirrel for a pet.

After a few calls I found a veterinary clinic that could take little "Miracle" (Emma's name for him). Knowing that she wanted to spend as much time with him as possible, I took my time taking care of my morning activities. Then Emma and I hopped in the van to take Miracle to his new home, where they have Squirrel Formula. She held him in her arms the whole way there, talking to him and telling him how much she loved him.
The veternarian spoke to Emma personally about how they would care for him and that he would be taken in by some woman who cares for orphaned squirrels and makes sure that they go back out into the wild. Emma was hoping that we could come back to see him, but the vet said that he would go to the woman's place in a couple of days. I was proud of Emma - she kept it together until we got into the car. Then she cried all the way home.
She is on the lookout for another orphaned, baby squirrel.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Witching Hour

What is it about the hours between 4 pm and, say, 7 pm? I have always called it The Witching Hour, though obviously it is longer than an hour. Witching Hour is the exact opposite of Happy Hour, of Fun, of Happiness. You know what I am talking about: It's time to get dinner on the table, the kids are hanging around the kitchen bugging you for something to eat, even though they have had a perfectly nice after-school snack, someone is whining because they are bored, another someone has a major issue that requires me to leave the kitchen (and further delay dinner) for 45 minutes, and so on and so on.

Witching Hours are always exponentially worse when your other half is out of town again. Now you have to clean up the kitchen while the Whiner continues ... alone. And homework is still waiting for you and the kids to tackle. Plus an extra little project that will require a large bucket of water and measuring a little toy that will grow while in the large bucket of water.

The bad news for today is that it's only 6:30 - I have another 30 minutes of parenting bliss before Witching Hour is over and normalcy returns until tomorrow.

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Kids Are Saving The World ... What Are Your Kids Doing?

We weren't able to do Bark In The Park this year. (See March 2008) But Emma has been bugging me about raising money for the humane society anyway. Being the slacker mom that I am, I kept blowing her off. She finally decided to take matters in her own hands.

A quiet Sunday picnic under our neighbor's tree with another neighborhood friend turned into a drive-by fund raiser. Emma, Kate and their friend made signs asking for donations to the Humane Society and tied Tucker to the tree ("He's the mascot, Mom."). Drivers slowed down, asked what they were doing and, surprisingly, donated to their cause. They sat under that tree for close to 6 hours - and raised a little over $80.00.

When I called them in for dinner and baths, they were not happy.

As Kate said, "Mom, we're saving the world! Do I really need a bath?"

And sorry, this slacker mom didn't take pictures of the event either. But trust me, it was cute.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Blogging By Kate

Today, I read an original piece at school during the 4th grade annual ''Author's Tea''! I read a piece I call ''A trip to Texas.'' I had alot of fun.
(Note from Mom: Kate's 4th grade class read their favorite creative writing pieces. Her teacher has really inspired the author/poet in each of them. Kate's essay was about our road trip to Texas, and her favorite part was exposing my cousin Jon for the Diet-Dr.-Pepper-addict that he is.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Before and After

Hi Honey ... Here are the photos you've been asking for.

Old deck and new deck - and new paint color. Can't you see how much more beautiful the new color is? ;)

Old bathroom and New bathroom. Quite an improvement, don't you think?

Old bedroom and New bedroom. I'm sure you will agree that new bedding is definitely in order here.

Old view and New view from the back doors.

I think that's a pretty good representation of what's happened to the house. Now all we need is a new front porch and some fresh landscaping. And that's all. And maybe a fancy closet system. And that's all. And a new driveway. And that's all.

We love you and miss you!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

For Chris ...

What to do on day when you are at home with a sick child ... update the blog!

Christmas in Texas was great ...

Emma lost a front tooth, thanks to Hey Dad and Lovie ...
And the new addition is finished! I mean we've-passed-final-inspection finished. And it is awesome.

I'm still working on the details in the new area of the house and hope to post "before" and "after" photos here in a few days. I'm just trying to match up the "befores" with the "afters."
God Bless America!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Just got off the phone with Chris. He's deployed again ... this time to Afghanistan. :( I sure do hope that this is the last one. He's doing well ... working alot and sleeping. That's all I can know.

Before he left, we had a little family Christmas. We each opened one gift - you would have thought it was Christmas day as excited as Kate and Emma were. Very sweet.

On a more positive note ... the addition is finished!! I think that the final inspection is tomorrow. Here is what the back of the house looked like back in April ...

And now ...

It's all very exciting - though still a little messy in the back. I've got big plans for the yard when the holidays are over.