Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sneaky (and stuffed) Sammy

Meet our dog, Sam, aka Sammy, Puppy Love (my name for her), "dog-dog", and many other nicknames along the way as the kids were learning how to talk.



She is a German Short Haired Pointer. Sammy is 7 1/2 years old and we've had her since she was about 12 weeks old. She is my best friend while I'm sewing and late at night watching my favorite shows. She is such a great dog with the kids, always letting them do whatever they want with her. Sometimes this involves them having a piece of food in their hands running through the house having her chase them. Other times, it's them trying to turn her into a sled dog by tying belts to her collar and them sitting on towels to see if she will pull them around the house. She's very athletic, running 3 miles every morning with Nate. She will play on the playground with the kids, climbing up the rock wall and sliding down the slide (I wish I had a picture of this!). All around, I think she is the perfect dog...ALMOST!!



You see, within the past 9 months, Sammy has been to the vet's office 3 different times, racking up hundreds of dollars in bills, all because she loves to eat!!

November 3, 2008 I had just dropped the kids off at school after a weekend filled with Halloween candy! I had some left over candy that never got passed out, so I put it on the very back part of our stove thinking it was safe. Nope! I walked in the door to find two empty plastic bags, one Twix (my favorite) and one Tootsie (another favorite). There were very few wrappers left and no candy! I grabbed her leash and we headed out the door. This was a blessing in disguise, as she had eaten 6 cupcakes 2 weeks before and (unbeknown to me) swallowed one of the plastic little decorations that the grocery store put on them. When they made her throw up, the little plastic decoration came up too. There was no way that she would have been able to pass it on her own. Whew! But, I was still mad that she ate my favorite candy! This only cost her a few hours at the vet and no medications to take.

See the embarrassment on her face?




Fast forward to April of this year. Our grocery store was having a buy-one-get-one-free deal on graham crackers. I thought I would buy 2 and donate them to the kids preschool for snack time. Silly me, I left the 2 unopened boxes on the counter and left to run more errands. Once again, I see two empty boxes on the ground! This trip cost her 2 nights at the vet, lots of medicine to take and special dog food to eat for a week.

Last week, Mallory was getting a breakfast bar out of our make-shift pantry (a giant Tupperware container) and she forgot to put the lid back on it, along with the 2 pillows for added weight to keep Sammy out. We were gone for about an hour and came home to find the entire pantry spread out across the house, all empty containers. So off we went to the vet again!!!

All this talk about food makes me hungry!!



Off to hunt for a bird!

Monday, July 27, 2009

This is what happens....

When you tell your 5 year old to go wait in the car while you finish getting things packed for the day and she digs through your purse sitting on the passenger side seat.



Later that evening, I confront the only person (other than Nate and myself) that can write in our house.

Me: I wonder who wrote in pen in Mommy's car today?
Mallory: silence
Me: Was it you?
Mallory: no.
Me: Who else knows how to write in our house?
Mallory: Daddy. (long silence) It was Daddy.

I'm SURE Daddy goes around with a pen and writes "Mommy" in people's car. Sure. I thought Mallory was my honest one. She always tells me the truth, even if it means she's going to get in trouble. Jack is the one I had to worry about.

A typical day in Jack's 3 year old life.

Me: (after seeing that he's peed a little in his pants) Jack, do you need to go potty?
Jack: no.
Me: Are you sure you don't need to go potty? Let's try to go real quick.
Jack: I don't need to go Mommy.
Me: Did you pee a little in your pants?
Jack: no.
Me: Well, then who did?
Jack: Daddy.

Poor Daddy gets blamed for everything while he is hard at work everyday.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Kitchen - Getting Closer

So, the cabinet guys left today and probably won't be back until after the granite is installed next Thursday. They ran out of crown molding and can't put the other bookcase in until after the granite is in. Hopefully the crown molding will be in stock by next week...I'm a little tired of listening to the saws, sanders and nail guns, so it will be a nice little break.

Here's how it looks today! I got a sweet little model to help with the pictures :-)





This is the faucet that will be going in next week, in a satin nickel finish.



Also, I ordered these today, that should be here next week too! Crossing my fingers on this, as I can't open any of the cabinets or drawers without hardware!





The appliances are scheduled to be installed next Friday, so maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to cook something for the first time in almost 2 months!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pray for Kate



This little girl reminds me so much of Mallory with her looks and her personality, it's kind of scary. She was a perfectly normal 5 year old little girl until June 29th, when she went to the doctor because of a tremor in her hand. Please read her story HERE and pray for her and her family.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cabinets, Bookcases and Appliances Oh My!

Things have been really busy at our house this week!! The cabinets arrived last Friday. I wasn't home when they were delivered, so I was shocked when I saw how many there actually were! They took up practically the whole room!



They started installing/laying everything out on Saturday, and after they left yesterday, this is what we have so far!







This is my favorite spot, a little mud room for the kids to put all their stuff when they walk in the door from school.





Also while I was gone yesterday, all the appliances (with the exception of the cook top that is back ordered until SEPTEMBER, grrrr....) arrived!! I have NO idea how they got the refrigerator through the front door and how it didn't leave a mark on the ceiling!!



We are getting so close to being able to have a kitchen, I can hardly stand it!! The granite company is supposed to come out tomorrow to template and then it's another 7 days until they will install it. Who would have thought a granite company would be so busy with the way the economy is right now?

I will update with more pictures soon!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Maddie*Kate - New Back to School Outfit w/ Oilily Fabric

Here is our first Fall/Back to School set for the year!!
3-pc set includes top, skirt & leggings, we call it "Groovy Girl"
You can find the listing by clicking HERE.

We were really shocked that Mallory would even take pictures today, as she was a PILL all day long. As soon as we got outside, she turned on the charm!!







We also listed this resell from Halloween. It's best fit for a 2-3-4 year old. The exact measurements are in the listings.

You can find this listing by clicking HERE.



Kitchen Update!!

Cabinets are arriving tomorrow!!! I cannot wait!! We had a little hiccup with the wood floors, as the wood we bought to match the existing floor wouldn't fit in to the grooves of the existing floors. So, instead of just replacing 10-12 boards, they had to rip up a big section of the floor and use a router to re-size the grooves. While this was all happening, Nate decided that he thought it would be a good idea for me to just go down to the wood floor store and pick out what I wanted originally...sigh...if he would have only listened 6 weeks ago...Anyway, they fixed the floors and they look great!



I spent all day yesterday going through paint sample books trying to find the perfect color. I finally realized that there isn't a perfect color and picked something called "Seafoam", as I'm going with the whole Seaside feel to my house. Seafoam, Seaside...should be close to perfect! The color went up today and I really like it, but it's really light. I don't know how it's going to look with the white cabinets, we'll just have to wait and see!

The color I circled is the color that I chose. I say that "I" chose it, as Nate wanted the darker green color.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

4th of July Festivities

We just got back from a little weekend vacation to Anna Maria Island with 4 other couples and their kids. We had a great time, the place was amazing that we stayed in and the weather was perfect. I will post pictures soon, as I took 756 pictures!!

A new tradition was started last year in our neighborhood to have a bicycle parade on the 4th of July. Everyone is supposed to decorate their bikes in red, white and blue and parade around our little circle.



The parade started at 9am, and it was already 90 degrees outside!! One of our Town Commissioners got the parade started with a little speech and fireworks!





This is Mallory's 2nd trip around the block!! Speed Racer!



The perfect ending to a bicycle parade is POPSICLES!!




After we cooled down, the kids wanted to go catch some fish with the cast net. The fish must have thought it was too hot too, as we didn't catch anything.





My sister was having a huge party at her house, so I got the kids dressed in their matching outfits that I made them :-) You can find this adorable fabric HERE.



The day was filled with eating, swimming, sliding and finished off with some fireworks in the neighborhood. Everyone was too tired to make it to the big fireworks this year, and apparently, I was too tired to take any pictures of the fireworks!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mallory's Birthday Party

We had so much fun at Mallory's Birthday Party!! She had decided back in NOVEMBER that her party was going to be at Future Flipz, a gymnastics studio, and that's where we had it!! There was so much for the kids to do and they had their own instructor, so the parents got to sit back and just relax! Mallory's theme was My Little Pony, so we picked out the perfect cake, plates, napkins and pinata! Never did I imagine what a chaotic place it would become after the pinata was broken and some of the kids didn't get a certain type of candy!! There won't be anymore pinatas at any parties that I host again!

Here's the birthday girl right before we left for the party!



Future Flipz writes the names of the kids having a party at their gym that day, which was so cute to see!



Mallory practicing her cartwheel and swinging on a rope into the foam pit.







Some party goers patiently waiting their turns on the rope.









Thursday, July 2, 2009

Butterfly and Kitchen update!!

Our caterpillars arrive on June 17th and 3 days later (on Mallory's birthday), we had this!



All five of them had made their christhylists and now the waiting game was on! They said it would take between 7-10 days for the butterflies to emerge, but ours came a little sooner! Mallory wanted to keep them in their little net cage, but I didn't like that idea, as it was so small. On Sunday morning after a donut breakfast, we decided to let them go!







All in all, I think it was a great experience for the kids to see. Once the kitchen is complete and all the dust has settled, I think we are going to get the ladybug set!

Speaking of the kitchen, we are making great strides this week!! All the A/C vents are in their proper places, the electrical wiring is pretty much done until the cabinets and appliances get here, the plumbing is complete (after they dug a HUGE trench through the kitchen concrete and terrazzo for the new drain in the island) and we have a new wall and the drywall is going up!! Nathan and I are going to pick out the paint color tomorrow as well as the hardware for the cabinets and drawers! He has the day off and the kids will be in camp! Woo-hoo!

Here are some pictures from this afternoon.



See the diagonal line running across this picture? That's from the new plumbing line!

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