We have a new addition to the family. This is Stache. We are not sure how old he is. He is a fancy bearded dragon and despite the fact that he eats live crickets, he’s pretty cute. The last few days have been filled with trial and error and I check on him as if he was a new infant. I find myself watching to make sure his chest rises and falls at night when he is sleeping. Here are a couple of scenes since Saturday when we brought him home.
We picked up Vita this morning and my prediction of a grumpy lass who just wanted to sleep when she got home was accurate. Once rested she said she had a great time. She made a t-shirt necklace, danced to the Wii, ate tons of food and spent time with her best friend. After a restless night of meowing, Georgie was most relieved to have her back and promptly crawled in bed beside her.
This weekend we carved our pumpkins and did lots of cleaning. Setting up new little cozy corners in the house, washing coats and gloves, and winter blankets. There has been a shift in the air and we are embracing every moment of it.
I hope you had a lovely weekend and were able to join in the Halloween spirit. Almost time…there are discussions at our house of witch costumes (the evil kind, not the good kind), the hulk, a creepy doll, a medieval time girl and a few other ideas thrown in for good measure.
These days we have been working on book reports, cooking, taking walks, playing basketball and relaxing at home. What did you do this week?
We have a candy cane bandit at our house. It is surprisingly not the kids…Gio is in love with candy canes. He will pull them right off the tree, off the counter and if you’re not quick enough – right out of your hands. He has no shame about it either. He will walk in the room with one sticking out of his mouth. This is a common sight in our house now of days:
I think it is safe to say that Christmas is his favorite holiday.
After an early morning soccer game (we are still undefeated!), we swung by the house and picked up Gio for some time at a local river. After the river we spent the day in the backyard, collecting walnuts, roasting marshmallows, drawing and talking while enjoying the awesome weather. Pictures from our day are below:
Tomorrow begins our adventure in sewing, fingers crossed it is painless.
We met up with our friend Caitlin and her family on Saturday. They were in town visiting relatives and we were lucky enough to see them. Her little one, Elinor, is such a happy baby and our kids loved meeting her. Hopefully we can make a habit of seeing each other more often, either in Ohio or when we pass through Boston.
Sunday we dropped the girls off at their friend’s 8th birthday party. We got the birthday girl a sparkly journal and “smencils” (pencils that have different scents, Ben’s favorite is the bubblegum scented one). They had a lot of fun and made tie-dye shirts and headbands.
On Tuesday night I did something different and took Gio for a walk before dinner. Usually Ben walks him because he is very skittish. He hates loud noises, skateboards, buses…basically everything in the city. He did okay with me. We only went a couple of blocks and I kept a tight grip on his leash most of the time, for such a big dog he really is a baby.
I’m still enjoying the Tori Amos cd.
The girls want to see “The Lorax”. This is my uncle’s favorite book from childhood and he bought Isabella a copy of the book awhile back. It comes out on DVD soon.
Ben bought me a present –
It was nice catching up…
So it turns out that Carly may actually be a boy…Vita has changed the name to Neville.
Also, today is my “little” brother’s 19th birthday. Happy Birthday Adam – we all love you very much!
Last year Vita’s bunny passed away and she was heartbroken. We buried Lucky wrapped in one of Vita’s old baby blankets in the backyard. Over her grave we placed a flat stone and Vita sprinkled flower petals on top. We tried to comfort Vita as best as we could but in the end we realized she just needed time…time to grieve, time to remember Lucky in her own way and eventually time to heal. She grieved for days. We would think she was doing better and then she would get a faraway look in her eyes and tear up. Some days she wanted to talk about Lucky and other days she didn’t want her name mentioned. Then slowly, over time, we started sharing memories. We could joke about how mean the bunny was to everyone but Vita. Vita was the only one never bitten by her. We spoke about how she used to thump her feet on the cage, make a growling noise when she was displeased and we laughed more. Lucky had a large cage, a rabbit condo that we kept in Vita’s room. She even had a hammock that she would sleep in. She was a spoiled princess. We debated whether or not to sell the cage or at least move it from Vita’s room after Lucky passed. In the end, we decided to leave it and wait for the day when Vita decided to get another bunny.
A couple of months ago, that day came. She told us she was ready to have another bunny and she wanted it to be black just like Lucky had been. One of Ben’s co-workers, Sam, raises rabbits for their meat and pelts. Ben talked to her and found out that their rabbit was going to have babies. Not only did she have babies, the runt was all black and for a very small fee we could have
her him once she he was weaned. As soon as she was able, Sam began handling the bunny so it would be used to people. On the day after we returned from vacation, we were able to bring the bunny home to our house. Vita named him her Carly Neville. This bunny loves people. She He loves to be held, pet, cuddled and will hop to you for attention. We are working on litter training; Lucky was litter trained when we were given her and we have a small corner litter box in the cage. We researched and found that it can be harder to train a young bunny but there were suggestions given online that we are trying out. I hope she he gets the hang of litter training soon, I also hope she he lives a very long and happy life with us.