Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dogs on Thursday & more birthday

Happy Birthday to my girl! She bought this jacket with a gift card and birthday money.

I looked out the window yesterday and the three of them were curled up together on the front porch of the playhouse.

Mimi made this hat (needle felted) for Olivia's birthday.

Angus is 12 weeks old now. I weighed him this past Monday and he is up to 27 lbs.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Birthday week begins!

Yesterday began Olivia's birthday week. She had a sleepover party with some friends.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dogs on Thursday

I have a furry toddler at my house! Can't take my eyes off of him, he puts stuff in his mouth and is constantly bugging the other two. Instead of having to drive him around to get him settled, Olivia and I had to take him for a walk at 11:45 last night.
This past Monday he weighed 24.4 lbs. That is a gain of a little over 3 lbs in one week.
This is what happens when big dogs play with the baby's toy.

They seem to play well together but I have to supervise. Starsky gets carried away and it looks like he is going to kill Angus. Certainly sounds like it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday night knitting

John and the kids brough Angus to meet the knitters. They all fell in love.

Holly is modeling the Amelia Earhart

Ashley is making the Lizard Ridge afghan This is a before and after blocking picture.
Jackyll & Hide was knit by Jenny. I will say that I found it a little scary. Alex wants me to make one for him.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Catching up and finding blessings to count

My friend Chan is having a contest. She wrote a wonderful blog post about celebrating life and counting your blessings.

This seemed like the perfect topic for me to jump back into blogging.

So much has happened in the two and a half months since I last talked to you. The kids are going to a new school, my cousin had a baby (a boy), my parents headed back to their place in Florida, Elliot played Fall Ball and Alex had a birthday. He is 12, a pre-teen. Hard to believe. For his birthday he got an I-touch (I don't even have one), that was the only thing he really wanted. Below is the sock I knit for his I-touch.

As far as blessing go, I have many. Right now one stands out the most, has made the biggest impact on our life. The new school that the kids are attending is the local Montessori. It is the perfect place for Alex. They truly care and have great concern for the students. It goes well beyond how they are doing academically and into how they are developing as people. If you have been with me for sometime you know that Alex has some emotional and mental challenges. Starting 6th grade at the neighborhood middle school was not an option. The pressure, chaos and sheer number of people would have been too much for him. He has loved the school from day one. Recently when he began having "bad days" I did not worry. I know
that he is in good hands. They understand and want to help him. No one makes him feel worse or criticizes him for his anxiety. The most wonderful thing about the school is that they allow children to be different, to have personalities and to express themselves. They are not being smothered or forced into a mold, of what the school powers that be think is acceptable.
We were a baseball family again this Fall. Elliot has really improved since the Spring season. He is hitting harder and enjoying being catcher. The coach said that he was most improved from the Spring season. It was lots of fun watching the boys play. We met some wonderful people and when next Spring season comes around he wants to stay with his coach.
It will be his third season with this coach.
Olivia is doing well and making new friends. She has a birthday at the end of the month so watch for more about her.

a follow up to Dogs on Thursday

There was a question about litter mates. Angus has four brothers. The largest and smallest puppies had already found homes. So these are the three that were left. The one below found a home with Olivia's friend Emily. Zeus lives down the street with Emily and her family.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dogs on Thursday

I know it has been a very long time, but here I am.
We have a new addition to the family. This incredibly adorable little guy is Angus. He is a Great Pyrenees/ St. Bernard mix, born July 27th. He came to live with us on October 3rd.

Angus had a puppy check up on Monday the 19th and weighed in at 21 lbs.

He was unnamed for over a week while we tried to agree on the perfect name. We ended up voting Survivor style. There were three votes for Angus and two votes for Olaf.

Starsky likes him, Hutch is a little slower to warm up. He tolerates him. Hopefully the three of them will become the best of friends.

Angus tries really hard to run with the big dogs. Give him a few months and he will be able to hold his own.

Hutch knows there is something in the other side of the fence.

You can't take a bath here without a dog stopping in for a drink. He prefers cold water but has been known to drink it warm.