It's been a while since I've posted anything, but I couldn't resist posting these pictures. Perfect for a Monday morning, no?
We are having some puppy issues. Truthfully, we are having ALL of the puppy issues. Chewing being one of them. We're working on it, and quite frankly, it is teaching the kids how to take better care of their toys (and thus, the house).
Sometimes (a lot of times) there have been toy casualties. Yesterday GI Joe took a bad hit, and Jack started screaming "He's dead! The man who kills animals is dead! Cassie killed him and he was miiiiiiiine!" This is what we found:
Poor GI Joe was missing his right arm and both feet. More tragic because it was a gift to Jack from Amanda. She picked him out of the treasure box at school just for him, and told Jack he was a hunter (the man who kills animals).
But a few minutes later, the kids went outside and I found the man who kills animals exactly like this:
Jack had put him in the window, facing the backyard so he could watch the kids play. I don't know if the fist in the air was intentional, but it was a pretty good Toy Story moment.
When the kids visited Santa this year, their requests were:
Elizabeth: Dinosaur fish Amanda: Fish tank Jack: Golf balls
And it looks like this year they all made it on the nice list.
Behold, the amazing (and kind of creepy) dinosaur fish. They haven't hatched in this picture, all of the brown specks floating on the top are hundreds of fish eggs. Out of the hundreds of eggs, only 2-3 will actually survive to become grown ups. And those 2-3 lucky fish get to spend their 20-90 day life span right here in this tank! Super cool, right?
Now, this next gift proves that Santa is very good at his job. He realized that Amanda's request of "fish tank" wasn't so much an actual request. The sweet little girl was frozen with Santaphobia and muttered out the first thing that popped into her head. Since Elizabeth went first, Amanda quickly followed with "fish tank" and that was that. Santa can't NOT listen to the one and only one request. So he brought her something special, just for her - a jellyfish tank!
Jack asked for golf balls. But Spongebob golf balls? Santa is amazing!
And what did Sully ask for? I don't know for sure, but I'd say he is pretty pleased. Introducing Cassie, our favorite Christmas gift of all. She is 100% flopsy puppy and she came with a bonus - our mole problem is officially solved!
I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they choose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas. ~Jack Handey
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
This left me alone to solve the coffee problem - a sort of catch-22, as in order to think straight I need caffeine, and in order to make that happen I need to think straight. ~David Sedaris
Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Lead your life so you won't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip ~unknown
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal face. ~John Donne
The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy. ~Sam Levenson
The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic. ~Henry Ward Beecher
It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get. ~Arnold Palmer
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. ~Phyllis Diller
We cannot wait for the storm to blow over; we must learn to work in the rain. ~Jennifer Granholm
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~George Bernard Shaw
Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry. ~Bill Cosby
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ~Confucius
Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won't think you're going gaga. ~David Ogilvy
Instant gratification takes too long. ~Carrie Fisher
My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season. ~Mary Todd Lincoln
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. ~Albert Einstein
I have great faith in fools. My friends call it self-confidence. ~Edgar Allan Poe
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is the lightning that does the work. ~Mark Twain
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~David Carradine
My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? ~Erma Bombeck
I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.~Janeane Garofalo
If I only had a little humility I would be perfect. ~Ted Turner
I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants. ~A. Whitney Brown
Every year I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing, and which shirking pain, misses happiness as well. No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime 'let out all the length of all the reins'. ~Mary Cholmondeley
With kids, the days are long, but the years are short.
The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life. ~George Carlin