Friday, December 19, 2014

Introducing Piper

Our family is growing...by 4 paws! We welcomed home Piper from Saving Grace dog rescue last week.


She is a 9 month old Border Collie mix, and we are all smitten with her already! She currently weighs around 30 pounds and is expected to get to about 45 when full grown.


We took her to the Chapel Hill Christmas parade on Saturday, where she met some of our friends and seemed unphased by all of the activity and loud noises.


She is definitely a snuggler and has made herself right at home in our house. Unfortunately, after she'd been home about 24 hours, she started having some GI distress. We weren't sure if it was caused by stress from all the changes in her life or if something was really wrong with her.


On Monday we took her in to our vet, and she was diagnosed with Parvo. At her age, she should have been fully vaccinated against Parvo, but because she is a rescue we assume she has not had proper veterinary care until now.


The vet did not paint a very rosy picture of the situation for us. Parvo is very serious and can have low survival rates. We chose to have her treated inpatient at our vet's office and hoped for the best. 


Luckily, our sweet girl is a fighter! The very next morning after we left her at the vet's, their update to us was that she was tolerating the treatments and they were "cautiously optimistic" about her recovery. By the following morning, she was feeling good enough to start some puppy antics: she had chewed through her IV line overnight. After four days at the vet hospital, she was released to come home to us!


She is still not 100% but is clearly feeling much, much better than a few days ago. All signs are pointing to a full recovery for our Piper, and we are so glad that she's a part of our family!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Little Elves Workshop

Last week MC and I participated in a Little Elves Workshop though a local kids' activity place. Each class had 30 minutes of Christmas songs and dancing followed by 3 unique craft stations to make Christmas-themed craft projects. We had so much fun!

Here is a sampling of the craft projects she completed in the class. She also made several other ornaments that I didn't photograph.

Sparkly play-dough star:


Santa with a fluffy white beard:


Shiny Christmas tree with ornaments:


Christmas tree and candy canes painted with scented paint and glitter:



Painting with ice cubes (This one was my favorite, and we will definitely be doing this again at home!)


Star painted with a paint/glue mixture then embelished with sequins:


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Card 2014, Bloopers Edition

Now that our Christmas cards have all been delivered, I'll share all of the funny outtakes that I got while trying to get ONE good picture! Life with a toddler...it's never dull!!

This one allllllmost made it onto the actual Christmas card. I mean, does anything capture being 2.5 better than this picture?!


Want me to hold the jingle bells? Okay! Want me to look at the camera? Okay! Want me to smile? Okay! Want me to sit in the chair? Nah, I'd rather lean awkwardly on it.


Ditto.


I think it's a great idea to use mini marshmallows to bribe me into cooperating! Just be aware that I'm going to be eating them in 99% of all your pictures!


No, I will not put down the water bottle, thankyouverymuch. I need something to wash down all those marshmallows!


Cheeeeeeese!


Oh, so you think a toy will help distract me from the tantrum I'm throwing because you won't give me any more marshmallows?


You're right.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Brunch with Santa

We took MC to have brunch with Santa last weekend. Luckily Santa was in another room because MC had no interest in getting anywhere near him! (Just like last year!)

Our same little friend was there this again year, so we got another picture of them together under the Christmas tree. We've known his parents since before any of us had kids, so it's been fun watching them grow up together. T is about 4 months younger than MC, but you'd never know by looking at him! (That's a cinnamon roll in her hand; she held it the entire time we were there!)

2014

Everyone has a lot more hair this year!

 2013

She was very interested in the big Christmas tree and all the shiny ornaments, so we got plenty of pictures in front of the tree instead of pictures with Santa!




December 6, 2014

She loved decorating her gingerbread house.


She'd place a few decorations, then eat a few decorations...place, eat, place, eat...snack 'n craft!


When we got home from brunch, she wanted to go visit our Christmas doggie. She loves to give him hugs and kisses. This is an almost daily occurrence -- can you tell we all miss having a dog in the house?!




Here are some of our other outside decorations. BD also has several of our landscaping trees on either side of the house wrapped in white lights. It looks fantastic at night; I'll try to get some night pics and post soon.


(I just realized I need to do a little rehab on this wreath -- this pic makes it look like one giant mesh poof. You can't even see all the little details on it any more!) All the garland is also wrapped in white lights.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Playing in the Leaves

On the weekends in the fall, BD uses the blower to remove all the leaves from our driveway and grassy yard areas and corral them in the wooded yard areas.

I had the idea for these shots, thinking it would be fun to do each year as MC grows. I must admit, however, that these did not turn out quite as Pinterest-worthy as I imagined them. I guess my photography skills aren't quite as developed as my imagination!




BD also blows up a big pile of leaves for her to jump in, and she loves it!





Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Oh, What a Difference One Year Can Make!

Helping with Christmas tree lights, December 2012


Helping with Christmas tree lights, December 2013




Helping with Christmas tree lights, November 2014



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

This year for Thanksgiving we had 'Friends'giving - we had 2 other families with toddlers over for the holiday. It was so fun! We split up the menu so that each family only made 3-4 dishes, and everyone agreed that it was so nice to have a big meal with only 1/3 of the work! All of the food turned out really well, and everyone went home with some leftovers.

As you can imagine, with 3 toddlers running around, we didn't have much time to take any pictures. BD managed to snap this one of MC as she waited patiently by the door for her friends to arrive. (And yes, you can see her pajamas peeking out underneath the dress because she refused to take them off. We pick our battles!)


See her in this same dress from last year here.