First, we spent a week with my parents dogs. Everyone, meet my parents dogs:
|I stole these pictures from my sister, btw. I can't take credit for the cuteness.|
You know what that means right? Four big canine galoots running around this house for a week. Abby is older, like Oliver, and mostly tried to scavenge the doggie toy box for old treats. Gracie and Daisy played like maniacs, and Gracie tried to systematically move every sock in the house to the outdoors. I even caught her hunting socks on the far side of our bed one afternoon. She is a sock thief extraordinaire.
The day after the dogs (we call them "the blondes") checked out, my dad and the family checked in. We went through a bit of a sad spot when my grandpa passed away a week ago Thursday. It wasn't unexpected, he'd been ill for a long time, but it was still a sad time. It was great to see my dad and the family, but we wish it had been for a happier occasion. We know my grandpa is in a better place now, reunited with my Grandma - and the funeral was really a celebration of his life which was touching and wonderful.
One bright spot was that we got a bunch of snow while they were here, so the kids were able to enjoy some time having snow fights. It's a novelty to them , coming from Texas and even though they had some trouble adapting to the frigid temps, they were still overjoyed to run around in the snow.
|Todd got this snowball maker for Christmas - my sister Tessa launched it's inaugural snowball.|
The day after my dad and family checked out, this guy checked in:
So, that's what we've been up to lately. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks.
We ventured out for some retail therapy today and wound up making a pretty exciting purchase. We are officially ready to bring a baby home:
It's perhaps not very exciting to look at, but it comes highly recommended by my sister, the expert. We found a tremendous deal on it (which is almost as exciting as the purchase itself) but at first I wasn't sure it was the one we were looking for. About halfway home I realized that it was exactly what we were looking for and it was half the price that we would ever find it anywhere else. So Todd, because he's the best husband ever, turned the car around and we drove 15 minutes back to the store as I started panicking that someone else might have snatched it up. I apparently thought there was going to be a mad rush on baby supplies. In any case, we were safe. We rushed back into the store, scooped it up and now -- we are officially and completely ready for a baby. Well, mostly.
Oh, we also got this:
Finally, we got this:
Yes. Now we have a dog who wears a coat. Daisy has really thin fur and a lot of times when she comes in from outside she shivers and shivers. She's like a 50 pound overgrown chihuahua. We've been searching for a coat for a long time, and even tried a Snuggie that wound up being too small. This coat fits her perfectly and, despite her expression in this picture, she seems to really be liking it.