Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Welcoming Miss Mabel Mae

How did I let three weeks pass by without so much as mentioning Mabel?  We are having so much fun with the addition of a puppy to the family, although Kevin and I seem to have different definitions of fun  😉

Backing up a couple weeks, here's the story of how Mabel came to be:

I've been thinking about a puppy for a while now.  No, it's not baby fever; I really wanted my kids to have a dog growing up (it's one of those "I didn't have one as a kids, so I wanted to when I become a parent" type thing).  Kevin, however, was not on the same page (he seems to like this thing called "down time"...) but after some serious discussion (as well as spamming him almost daily with puppy pictures) we decided this spring would be a great time for the addition.

We looked at a of couple breeds (English Labs and English Cream Golden Retrievers being the front runners), but ultimately fell in love with the temperament of Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Once we settled on the breed, I was sure I wanted a BIG male Berner, but after coming across Mabel's 6 week old picture, I was hooked.  Her name was Phoebe and she lived with her litter mates (4 girls, 2 boys) with her breeder in Ohio.  We spoke with the breeder a few times, and after a FaceTime call with she and the kids, we decided this girl was for us!

Fast forward just a couple days and Mabel was on a flight from Ohio to Seattle.  We originally had a 3pm Sunday flight planned, but with crate measurements off by just an inch, she missed her flight and arrived that evening at 11:54pm.

She came to us a bit shaken but cuddly.  We tried sleeping her in the crate her first night, but she was too disoriented and scared.  Kevin ended up sleeping with her on his chest which finally put her at ease.

The first few days we took her everywhere (we still make cameos at St Joe's where she has quite the fan base!) and she slept as much as she could.

We are now just a day shy of three weeks, and while we've cleaned up many accidents, been woken each night (except one!) and have yet another thing to train in this house, I wouldn't trade her for anything (Kevin may or may not feel the same 😉).

She gained 5 pounds in the first 2 weeks and is already much bigger than she was at 8 weeks.  Our small puppy days are numbered already!

Picking her up from the airport.  She rode home on my lap

Okay, we're home and it's 1am...now what?

Mabel's first morning cuddles with Kev

Day one.  We took her around the neighborhood to introduce her to our friends!

Hattie is still unsure

Shopping for doggie shampoo

First bath

Service dogs only, but no one seemed to mind an 8 week old pup 💕

Mabel and Sox

Mabel's Sip and See!

First trip to Gma and Gpa's!

She LOVES snow

Worn out after an afternoon gardening with me

This morning's accident / time out (look how big she already is!)

Alright, that should do it.  Any more pictures and I risk crashing the blog!

We love you, Miss Mabel Mae.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

George's 3 and a half year interview

G, you're the sweetest.  Here is your first birthday interview.  You loved being in the hot seat; all the attention on you.  Hopefully by the next interview you'll learn to ignore Sissy and answer the questions for yourself  😉

(I realize after re-watching this how annoyed I was with you two, but no doubt I'll look back on this someday thinking how cute it was.  Go figure!)

What is your name:  George Lauckner , da fird

How old are you: three... and a half

What's your favorite color: red

What is your favorite thing to do: Play with big Rocky

What do you want to be when you grow up:  Moana

What's your favorite food: Chocolate

Who do you like to spend time with:  Abigail 

What do you do really well: Learning letters

What makes you laugh:  Being silly

What's the best time of day:  Playing with Abigail 

What are you afraid of: Bears

Who is your best friend:  Abigail 

What do you like to do with your family:  play toys

What do you love to learn about: Rubble on the Double

Where do you like to go:  Like Curious George

What is your favorite book:  PJ Masks

If you had one wish, what would it be: Rubble on the Double 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

eighteen months

Alright buddy - your turn!

I'm not sure I'll ever get use to back to back birthdays (especially in my world, where every birthday is the biggest deal ever), but I clearly need to adapt.

Benny, you are such a spirited, funny, perceptive guy.  You light up a room with your smile and curiosity, and have been learning things these past few months faster than I remember your siblings doing.  

You're my little sponge!

Here's what's new on this, your 1.5 birthday:
  • You love kissing and hugging (a LOT).  Straight mouth to mouth, and full arms around me hugs.  It's the sweetest
  • When getting ready you grab all your coats.  You love cuddling with them on my shoulder as we walk out to the car.
  • You scream to get attention.  Given your birth order, this comes as no surprise, but your decibel level is alarming (think rape whistle).
  • You walk around with your stool to access most everything: the junk drawer where you love playing with glue sticks and pencils, and the kid's utensil draw are your two favorites.
  • You always want to be held.  ALWAYS.
  • Everyone in this family loves to eat, but you my friend, get hangry.  Danny DeVito could be your double in the Snickers commercial, no doubt.
Another 6 months and we'll be celebrating your second birthday....where have all my babies gone?!

I love you so much Benny Boy - you are my light!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Three and a Half

George-o, you're 3.5 and we celebrated with a dinner of your choosing: pancakes and oranges!

It feels like such a long time coming, but the idea of you being 4 in six months makes me ridiculously sentimental.

You started talking so much these past 6 months and we're learning what a funny, dramatic guy we always suspected you were.  When you get mad you tell us we're breaking your heart; when you're happy or excited you say things like "I SUPER happy Mommy!" or "Awww, tanks Mommy, dis make me weally HAPPY", the infamous "dat AWESOME!"; or your hilarious half-assed apology "I sorry Mama" without an ounce of regret.

You're pretty much the snarliest little person in the world, and I adore this about you.

Here's what's been going on these past 6 months:

  • On New Years Day you went from calling Sissy "Two" to "Abi-dale"
  • You love Elena of Avalor but get so mad when we sing the theme song to the tune of "Georgina of Issaquah"
  • Dory, Wishbone, PJ Masks, and Paw Patrol have been the recent favorites (in that order).  Trains are practically a thing of the past, although Talking Gordon had quite the run.
  • You love YouTube videos of kids playing with obscene amounts of toys and usually come away from the shows demanding new toys yourself.  I see nothing positive about "Ryan's Toy Review" 😒
  • You love watching traffic lights and telling me when I should go or stop.  You typically tell me a red light is now green when you get sick of waiting.  
  • "C'mon lady!!" is another of your backseat driving tactics.
  • Around Christmas you started saying "Dis so nummy in my tummy!" but when we started saying it too, you replied "no!  Santa say that"  (apparently only Santa says this about his cookies at Christmastime..)
  • This has since past, but for a while you insisted that the letter S was a 5, and when singing it the ABCs you would say: "Q R FIVE T U V"  You always said it extra loud to remind us of our error.
  • Speaking of academics, you enjoy counting and usually repeat "14, 14, 14, 14" in an attempt to get more out of something (usually more time to play before we leave somewhere)
  • Also, in the world according to George, three means two "mama, I want free vitamins" as you hold up two fingers and happily receive two.  I'm almost afraid of what you'd say if I actually gave you three 😉
  • You hate when people imitate you and roll your eyes so hard they disappear.  If we laugh, you freak out.
  • You would eat your weight in vitamins daily if I let you.  Same goes for fish oil and enzyme chewables.
  • You call all blood and runny noses a bloody nose.
  • Ben is growing on you a bit, but truthfully you could cope in life without him "Ben Ben stinks" is usually what you say about both he and his room 😁  It's not nice, but it is kinna funny.
George, I adore you beyond words.  You are determined, strong willed, adventurous, and adorably stubborn; such a fun mix to parent each day.

Happy 3.5 Georgia Boy.  You are so LOVED!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Abigail's Art

It's that time again!

A few cute Valentine pieces, a get well card to George, and an adorable wand among other treasures.

Her first "love note" is finally being taken off the board to be stored in her keepsake box 💖

3 little pigs sequencing book

George's get well card, given to him after he got forehead stitches

Cutting hearts with Miss Iris