Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Houston cruisin' on the boat with his Dad.

Houston really enjoyed playing in the river.

Houston and his Daddy driving the boat.

Houston and Miss Nancy riding in the boat this past weekend.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Houston got this backpack full of sand toys from his Papa and Miss Nancy for Easter. He thinks it's the coolest thing ever.

This years Paska (Easter Bread) and Hrudka (Easter Cheese). It's a polish thing!

Our tie-dyed cutie-pie!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Houston hunting for Easter Eggs at home.

Houston hunting for Easter Eggs at the library.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Good-bye sweet Krickette!

Good-bye Krickette

One of our ferrets, Krickette, passed away today. We knew it was coming but it's still very sad. She was a sweetie. I don't know what Kravitz is going to do without her. Krickette is going to be the "Pet of the Day" on this Sunday. I sent her picture in many months ago ... what timing for it to appear!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Belly ... 33 weeks down, 7 to go (or less if i'm lucky). Not sure where i'm going to put those extra 7 weeks as I already feel like i'm going to pop.

And then there were four ...

It's so quiet and peaceful in our house tonight and for the first time in two and a half years, I will get to sleep without a dog named Ross stealing the covers or sleeping on my legs. For those of you who don't know Ross, he is Brett's cousin's dog that we have been caring for since October of 2003. We took him in back then with every intention of fixing him up, training him to be an inside dog and then finding a good home for him. We almost sent him home with various friends and family members on several occasions. Lucky for Steve (Brett's cousin and Ross' dad) nobody ever followed through on their thoughts of taking Ross home with them. Steve moved back to Lake City in January and asked if it would be alright if he took Ross back when he found a place of his own (he's staying with his parents for now). We were very happy about this. See, Ross isn't a bad dog but he does have his issues. More issues than our other four dogs put together probably. And over that last four months or so Ross has had an increasing hatred for Tater, our lab puppy who is close to three times the size of Ross. Ross doesn't seem to know any better than to keep picking fights with Tater. Tater is a sweetie though and never hurts Ross even though he could very easily. We never had to deal with dog fights in our house until Ross came to live with us but since then, if there is a dog fight going on, you can be sure Ross is involved. He has several arch enemies ... pretty much any male dog with his manliness still attached is fair game for Ross. Tater's dad (lives across the field) put a pretty bad hurtin' on Ross one day. There was so much blood I paniced and called Brett to come home thinking that Ross was gonna die. Turns out that dog ears can bleed a whole lot. One ear made a pretty good puddle on the floor and the half detached toe made a pretty good puddle of its own.
So getting back to the point, i'd had it with Ross fighting and I don't want to worry about it happening around the new baby or with Houston in the middle of it ... so we told Steve Ross needed to be out by the end of May. He jumped on that pretty quickly having been here to witness the Ross vs. Tater daily fight on several occasions. So today Steve is here to pick up Ross ... and here they go again. Now Tater usually will lay Ross down and walk away and then Ross (not very smartly) continues to go after Tater. I've always wondered why Tater was so nice about this. I'm not sure why but for some reason today Tater let him have it. He layed him down and grabbed his neck and started to shake Ross back and forth. Brett and Steve had to jump in there to break it up and Tater listened like a good dog and let go (Ross does not let go when he's the one doing the latching on). After everyone calmed down I checked Tater over and found no blood. I then began to check Ross over and found a puncture wound (pretty deep too) on his neck, one on the top of his head and his ear full of blood. I got out the antiseptic spray and cotton balls and patched him up so he could get in the car and head home with Steve. Hope there wasn't too much blood on the upholstry by the time they got home!
Ross is not a "bad dog" so to speak but I must say it has been quieter in our house this evening than it has been in a long time (except for the cat working up a hairball in the room next to me as I sit and type this). You see, Ross can't even seem to get off the couch without letting out a bark or two. And I honestly don't think i've heard a bark today since Ross left. It's so nice being back to having our four dogs. And i'm looking forward to going to sleep without having to move Ross out of the way. Tiki, Marz and Mowgli all sleep in our bed as well (on my side too) but they know where to lay so that we all fit and don't get in eachothers way. Ross never figured that one out. I know many people would not believe life could be peaceful with four dogs but I wouldn't have it any other way. We have a unique situation in that our dogs have grown with and from eachother and I think that's why it works so well. Tiki is the mother of both Marz and Tater. Tiki was only 11 months old when Marz was born so they basically ran around together as puppies. Tater is the youngest and the largest who just loves his mom and his brother as much as can be. They all nap together and play together all day. And Mowgli, being the elder of the group thinks she controls the whole thing. She plays with them when she wants to but can otherwise be found inside napping on the recliner.
I have dreams of using our dog family as a basis for a children's book some day. Writing about them like this makes me want to do that even more. Maybe someday i'll actually come up with something good.

About two weeks ago I decided to teach myself how to knit. Here is my first finished product. It's a cell phone cozy and I love it. It keeps my cell phone from getting all scratched up while floating around in my purse with keys, nail file, etc.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Houston and his friend Delaney looking at the chicks. Houston really liked this part of the fair.

The Live Oak Fair & Family Drum Night

Brett and two of the engineers he works with were judging an egg drop competition at the Live Oak Fair last night so Houston and I tagged along. Houston had a great time. He's not quite old enough to ride the rides yet but he really enjoyed all of the animals. His Pappy Tom and Lee Ann gave him a wind up peep when they were here recently and Houston still gets all excited about his little peep hopping along the living room floor. When he saw that tub full of live baby peeps last night I thought he was going to go crazy. He got sooooo excited ... it was really cute. He even tried to climb over the little fence they had up in the exhibition hall to get closer to the peeps.
Tonight we took him to Family Drum Night at Studio Percussion ( in Gainesville where he goes to the Kids Love Drums class. It's pretty neat. They have all the big drum sets inside and outside in the courtyard area they have all the big marching drums set up for everyone to bang on. Some pretty good guitar players were there too and they had a little jam session that we all really enjoyed. Sounded very Jimmy Hendrix. Houston danced and ran around with his drumsticks beating on every drum he could find until he discovered there was pizza. I don't know who had more fun, Houston running around being the little drummer boy or all the people there that couldn't stop talking about how cute he was running around being the little drummer boy. He's definitely taking to the drum thing which I think is pretty cool. Brett and I both love drums and we try to teach ourselves to play our Doumbek but never stick with it consistently. When I finally stop being pregnant off and on for several years I plan to get back into Bellydancing and it would be so great if Houston could be my drummer!

Houston and his daddy at the Live Oak fair last night. Brett got to help judge the egg drop competition with some of his fellow engineers.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

This is one of the cutest darn things he has ever done! I was sorting laundry this morning and as usual, Houston was digging in the dirty clothes (loves that for some reason). After I was done starting the washer and dryer, I found him in the living room like this. He found some matching socks, my shoes, and his dads hat and put them all on by himself. I nearly peed myself laughing. (notice the shoes ... one is backwards)