Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Meet Prim

A couple of weeks ago one of the doctors I work with brought in a cat from the shelter where she volunteers to spay because she was pregnant. The shelter euthanizes pregnant cats because they are just creating more kittens that need homes. Once spayed, the mama cat can go back to she shelter and hopefully be placed in a home. I asked about fostering the cat until her kittens were born and then I could find homes for the kittens and she could be spayed and returned to the shelter. I couldn't take that one home, but she promised me that she would ask when another came in. Yesterday she arrived to work with three pregnant cats for me to choose from, and while my heart ached for them all, I chose the one farthest along and named her Prim. From her x rays and ultrasound, it looks like she will be having 3 kittens within the next 10 days or so. I am so excited for my kids to see her give birth and to have some tiny babies in my home for a few weeks. I really hope there are three so each of the kids have one to hold :) If you are interested in a kitten, please let me know! You can bet I will post pictures of them once they are born. We can't wait!

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Something that I feel strongly about in our family are traditions. Whether it is that we have pizza and movie night each week or go to the Outer Banks every summer, I think that there is something so wonderful about having something that your family does consistently. You know what to expect and it just feels like- home. One thing that we do well in our family are the holidays. Even St. Patrick's Day. I love that these pictures could've been taken last year because every year it is basically the same: the night before we set up a leprechaun trap, the morning of we find little footprints all over the house, green pee in the toilets and some sort of gold that we managed to snag in our trap but no leprechaun. This year I think our trap was too small, maybe next year we'll actually catch one! We always have Lucky Charms for breakfast and have corned beef grilled sandwiches and potato chips, with green sherbet (or rainbow this year) and ginger ale to drink later in the day. The kids love it and so do we adults. Years down the road when the kids are gone, you watch and see Jeremy and I setting our traps out on March 16th :)

I've also included a picture of the desk I refurbished for Gavin. I got this beauty at a junk store in Culpepper for $25. It was hiding under some thick black and white paint, but after stripping her down I just had to leave the solid wood bare, at least on the top. It is a nice sturdy place for him to get his work done and he has been asking for one ever since he started kindergarten. I love how it turned out and he is thrilled to have so many drawers for his art supplies. I know it will get years of use and love from my boys.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Got a lot of love between us. You're the best!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Talented boys!

Last night Mountain View had its yearly talent show. I really wanted my boys to participate this year, although Cameron was very reluctant. Eventually, I convinced him to play the theme to Star Wars and he practiced and practiced until it was perfect. Gavin wanted to be one of the announcers but he also entered a picture into the art contest for that night. I don't think I knew what I was in for. At the dress rehearsal we found out there would be 88 acts in the show!! Cameron was number 40. I was thankful it was before intermission so we could sneak out early. Gavin announced his big brothers act and Cameron played wonderfully. Gavin won second place for his artwork and they both earned medals. I tried hard to be the mom yelling the loudest for my boys, they made me so proud!

One other event worth mentioning would be our first stapled injury in the house! Mason was pushed into the treadmill last Sunday and had to get two staples in his head. I was thankful they did not have to shave his hair I've been trying to grow out! He was a brave little trooper, even when I took them out at home.