Stache

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.

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All is right with the world…

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.

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This weekend…pumpkin carving

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.

Isabella scooping out the "guts"

Isabella scooping out the “guts”

I love Blackburn's face in this photo.  He was surprised at all the seeds.

I love Blackburn’s face in this photo. He was surprised at all the seeds.

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Isabella sketching her pumpkin's face

Isabella sketching her pumpkin’s face.  Next to a pocket knife and screw driver and a drill at her feet.  Don’t you use the same tools when carving your pumpkins? 

I helped Blackburn with his  carvings, he instructed.

I helped Blackburn with his carvings, he instructed.

Ben carved the bottom of his to wear.

Ben carved the bottom of his to wear.

I find this very creepy

I find this very creepy

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Georgie is like a Halloween decoration

Georgie is like a Halloween decoration.

I can never get them to hold still long enough for a good picture together.  This was perfect.

I can never get them to hold still long enough for a good picture together. This was perfect.

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

These days we have been working on book reports, cooking, taking walks, playing basketball and relaxing at home.  What did you do this week?

pasta nights - no one complains about not enjoying dinner

pasta night – no one complains about not enjoying dinner

We used the crock pot for the second time and had roasted chicken.

We used the crock pot for the second time and had roasted chicken.

gluten-free s'mores

gluten-free s’mores

Gio right before he decided to wrestle me to the ground and give me rug burn on my elbow.

Gio right before he decided to wrestle me to the ground and give me rug burn on my elbow.

Georgie in her new favorite spot.

Georgie in her new favorite spot.

Isabella's presidential book project on Obama.  She had to dress up as him, design a poster and give a mini speech to her class.

Isabella’s presidential book project on Obama. She had to dress up as him, design a poster and give a mini speech to her class.

The neighbor boy is in the 3rd grade and he let her borrow his suit.

The neighbor boy is in the 3rd grade and he let her borrow his suit.

Obama poster

Obama poster

Playing basketball at the park with one of the neighbor boys

Playing basketball at the park with one of the neighbor boys.

great shot by Asher.

great shot by Asher.

Candy Cane Bandit

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.

Saturday Snapshots

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:

Watching tiny fish, collecting rocks and shells

Purse full of rocks

Ben found a baby frog

I saw quite a few of these bright blue dragonflies

Vita made a cairn

Hint of fall

River was really low. This is all usually under water.

If these did not bother Ben’s allergies – I would have cut a ton to take home.

They remind me of fireworks falling from the sky

I love the smell of a campfire.

Neville spent some time outside today

We sketched on river rocks

Vita sketched me

We were given some thyme for drying.

Can’t wait to get the seeds out of this beauty!

Tomorrow begins our adventure in sewing, fingers crossed it is painless.

Random Recap

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.

Blackburn holding Elinor with Caitlin’s mom helping.

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.

Gio is a bull mastiff/german shepherd mix.

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 –

I love it! I found a large round one a couple of years ago at the Northside Community Yard Sale and it holds all our wooden building blocks. This one is going to be great for carrying books, notebooks and colored pencils, food and my knitting.

It was nice catching up…

 

Neville

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.

Carly Neville 2012