Thanks for stopping by! We were a family of three, until we added one more (cat, that is), making us a family of four. In 2012, we added four more...one husband, two girls, and a dog. We have a full plate as a party of eight!

Adoption, blended families, pets, school, running...it's all here. Pull up a chair and read a while. After you do, please leave a little comment love! It makes me happy...and y'all know...if Momma is happy, then everyone is happy...at least at our house!

Monday, May 17, 2010

He's a Bad Cat, but She Loves Him

Gloria wanted some ice cream after dinner tonight. I scooped it for her, put it on the table, and returned to the kitchen to unload the dishwasher and clean up from dinner. The next thing I heard was "MOMMMMAAAAA!!!! Screamer is eating my ice creeeeaaaammmm!"

She cornered the offending feline and shook her finger in his face while telling him "Bad cat! Bad cat! Bad cat! Bad cat!"

Then she gently stroked his head and said "But that doesn't change my love for you."

Good thing, because if it had been MY ice cream....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Finally!

It's taken almost a year, but Gloria can finally ride her bike, without training wheels, the length of our parking lot (15 parking spaces) without me holding on to her bike! I still have to help her get started and then jog along side of her, but she can ride on her own. Now stopping is another story...I have the bruises on my leg to prove it.

We took the training wheels off last summer. But she just couldn't balance, steer, pedal, and watch where she was going all at the same time. That's a lot to do. Now that she can do all of that, she can ride her bike and she is so proud of herself.

As for me...I'd rather watch her ride a horse than ride her bike by herself, even though I'm right beside her when she's on her bike. How silly is that?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Strawberry Picking

We went strawberry picking after church today. Gloria was so excited..."I've picked apples lots of times but NEVER strawberries!" Every red berry was such a treasure to be oohed and aahhed over. "Momma, look what I found!" "Momma, look at this one!" "Momma, I can't believe this one!" "Oh look, Momma, look!" I didn't take my camera, but had my phone. So these pictures aren't great quality, but we have our memories! :)


"Look at this one, Momma!"



Our basket full of yummy strawberries.



And the close-up shot of our pickings.



The farm also had a small petting area. This little goat is only about three weeks old and he was an orphan. His momma wouldn't take care of him, so they are hand-feeding him and taking care of him until he can join the rest of the goats in the field. He likes to be held and seemed to be enjoying every moment of attention he could get. He actually went to sleep in Gloria's arms.



Feeding one of the other goats. (There were actually four or five others vying for her little cup of food.)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What's Been Going On?

It seems like we've been busy, but doing what? I'm not exactly sure!

  • I was sick.
  • Gloria was sick.
  • Screamer chewed a hole in his water dish.
  • Screamer dumped Hannah's water dish over about 25 times. He picks it up with his teeth. I've watched him do it.
  • We bought a new, very heavy water dish for Screamer. Hopefully he can't chew through it (it's ceramic) and hopefully it can't be picked up (it's heavy and doesn't have a "lip" he can get a hold on).
  • Had a first conversation with a realtor. Thinking about putting our little townhouse on the market.
  • Gloria has had 2 horseback riding lessons and is completely in love with it. More on that when I have some pictures to go with it.
  • We had Gloria's 7 year old check up. The best part of that was NO shots. Whew!
  • Gloria also had her dental check up. I always feel like a bad mom when leaving those. She DOES brush her teeth twice a day. I DO brush her teeth at night. We DO floss her teeth. We DO use a fluoride rinse. But we only ever get "fair" on her report with a note that "a parent must help with brushing and flossing at night." Grrrr.....
  • All the trees behind our house have green leaves again. It's very pretty to look at. I love spring!