Shoka

Our Spring Break Diary

March 17, 2013

Well, this is a little late but thought I’d update you on the happenings at our house over our recent spring break. As a sidenote, it’s still WINTER here and is snowing as I write this….so spring break is always a challenge weather wise unless we travel. Since we didn’t this year, I decided to piece together a bunch of fun things that we did do and the following is a “diary” of some events worth highlighting:

We began with a Braces On Pizza Sleepover for Mady and Cara. A few friends joined our fun, ate pizza followed by tons of sticky gooey candies that would soon be forbidden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One predicted snowy night over spring break, I cooked a Thanksgiving dinner and we ate it in the middle of March, remembering to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to each other while passing the gravy! It’s nice to remember to be thankful for our blessings throughout the year, and this dinner triggered that for us! Personally, I have tons to be thankful for, but on this night, I was especially thankful that the predicted snow storm totally missed us! I hate snow:)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a fun and relaxing weekend, it was time for BRACES! Yes, Cara and Mady spent one afternoon of spring break getting braces put on! Not really a fun thing, but in an attempt to not miss a school day, I opted to do it over their break. I also thought ahead and figured if they were home during those first few “ouchy” days, it would help them adjust best. After all, if they were in school, how would they have had endless access to moms home made milk shakes and all the popsicles and ice cream they could ingest for days on end?

 

 

 

 

 

Next on the list, was an all out cookie bake! In one afternoon, together we baked, packaged and froze over 200 various kinds of cookies for school lunches! To say we were up to our eyeballs in cookie dough would be an understatement on this particular day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It wouldn’t be a spring break or any kind of break if we didn’t have at least one movie night, SO, after searching HIGH and LOW, I finally found the movie I had been desperate to locate at our local library…. It was an old Disney movie that I had seen when I was about 12 and still remembered it after all these years! It’s message was so heart warming and valuable to me and it clearly stuck with me, so I was determined to find it so my kids could enjoy it too! It’s a movie called “The Girl Who Spelled Freedom” and our local library ordered it from somewhere in our state and had it shipped there so I could pick it up… On VHS tape! My kids were amazed as I hauled our only working TV/VCR combo to the family room where we huddled around and watched, clutching our popcorn with a surprise in the bottom, of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, I have to add here that over spring break, our well loved furry family member “smiled” for the first time ever! This was a huge event in our house – so it’s worthy of adding it to our “spring break diary.” Check out our smiley boy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, while we are discussing pets, I thought it necessary to mention that we got a new one during our break. Her name is Felicia (all fish have to have “F” names in our house) and she lives in her own bowl on our table, next to Fabio and our frogs “Leon and Neon.” Felicia makes me nervous because she is a “baby beta” and is delicate according to the pet store. So we all crowd around and watch her eat (usually while we are at the table also eating) to make sure that she is growing and staying healthy! I have to admit, I loved Fabio and so I “allowed” myself to be “talked into” getting Felicia! She is really tiny and cute! When I am home during the day alone, I tend to say hi to them as I pass, much the same way I talk to Shoka, lol!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, at the end of spring break, I got sick with a little flu bug and passed it onto a few of my kids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That squashed our last fun outing we had planned: painting pottery. We had each planned to paint our own dinner plates but will reschedule that for some other time! :) Such is life! We had a great break with lots of rest and family bonding! It was gr8 to have my kids home for a week and a half! Next coming attraction is summer and WE CAN’T WAIT!

XO
K8

Skunked!!!!

February 13, 2013

Hold the applause. I know I'm cute.. But thank goodness this pic isn't "scratch n sniff!"

Well, I guess it’s been a howl of a long time since I’ve posted my thoughts here. Sorry about that. I’ve been hunting, gettin’ into trouble, defending my dinner against possums and tending to my non-furry family. But, besides all that, I had to give a “bark out” about  my recent run in with a very intriguing black and white animal my people called a “skunk.”

I was lying around, doing my usual business – barking at my family as they left early one morning to catch the big yellow car – when I saw IT. A black and white animal wobbling along. I, naturally, followed it. It led me on quite a doggone chase! And, since I mentioned doggone, when I looked up, I was! I had left home and didn’t know where I was! Ohhhh not again….

Next thing I know, I sniffed myself and I must admit, to this dog, I smelled real nice… But to the man who picked me up along the road (and looked at my collar to see WHO I was and WHERE I belonged), I could tell this smell was NOT good! I was gonna be in T-R-O-U-B-L-E! So, I put on my best “puppy dog eyes” to tail waggingly greet my person when she pulled up in the big black car…Oh, I didn’t care about being in trouble – I was safe!!!!
My non furry human mom, opened the back door, while shaking her head (for the record, she had a loving half smile on her face – I saw it!)  and thanked the man who “got” me, and I obediently hopped in. My non-furry human mom mentioned many times during our short ride home how VERY badly I smelled… Yep, just as I had suspected. Thought I smelled good, but this mom is always right, and she was NOT impressed!
Once home, she was on the phone…. It was cold outside but I was okay… I wouldn’t want to make my family smell my not-so-good “cologne” so I waited patiently on my warm bed on the front porch.

Next, my man, Rick appeared! Oh, I love that guy!!! (He’s the non-furry human dad of my girlfriend, Inka, who I have regular play dates with.. But not before Rick and his people bathe me and fluff me! Gotta look good for my girl!)! I heard him talking to my non-furry mom and he said something about a BATH…. So, with my head hung, I hopped into his truck…but first, he did something very strange! He took off his sweatshirt and put it ON ME! My non furry mom took a picture and said how cute I was! Oh, humans! The way they look at me… you’d think I was a canine cover model!

Anyway, once I was clothed, I hopped into Ricks truck for another adventure! Hours later, I returned home smelling “human approved” and a bit flowery, if I must say so myself! But hey, I aim to fleas… Oh, I meant please! My personal pack of humans came pouring out the front door to greet me with hugs and kisses and lotsa sniffs! I guess my Rick did a wonderful job because the front door opened and in I went!
I found my usual spot inside the front door where I lazily laid my freshly fluffy self on my favorite rug and was covered by my many small non-furry brothers and sisters! After being handed many healthy oatmeal milk bone snacks, they proceeded with their evening routine of using ME for their oversized living “dog bed”  and I’ll tell you what, I lapped up the love and adoration as any good dog would!!!

Seriously dogs, does life get any better than this??!