Monday, September 19, 2011

We Got A Pet!

My husband is allergic to dogs and cats. When we got married, I had a cat that was 9 years old and I wasn't going to get rid of her. So he suffered for 8 years, until she died. Then we had a preschooler and a newborn baby and no time to add a new pet. The kids have been begging for a pet--anything furry--for years.

After holding a friend's guinea pig, we knew we had found the right animal for our house.

Our local animal shelter didn't have any guinea pigs so I checked craigslist. If you want a guinea pig, I recommend craigslist. We got ours for free, and her cage and accessories for pocket change.

She's about a year old, and the kids named her Alice Wonderlee.

I was dubious about her pink eyes for a while. She just seemed a little....spooky.

But after a couple days of this, I was in love:

She does not bite. She will sit on a lap for an hour, just bubbling (purring) and sniffing the air. She is really fun to feed. She likes carrots, celery, hay, grass, and watermelon rind. She chews and chews. If you're holding her when she is eating, she stops chewing if you stop petting her. When we let her on the floor of Bee's room , she darts all around sniffing things and finding places where she will fit.

It feels so good to have a pet again. I love to take her out of her cage after the kids have gone to bed, and sit holding her on the couch.

Plus, she doesn't puke, and after my cat, I can't ask for more in a pet.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Green Space

Our house sits on a corner lot, and if you keep walking a bit farther you will come to a path. The path eventually leads to a middle school, and some of our friends have houses right along the path as well. We have spent a lot of time walking it over the years. Right at the start of the path is a green space that is hilly, nicely mown, and populated with trees. We pick mulberries there sometimes. Another thing we like to do is load up the wagon with books, snacks, blankets, and frisbees and go to the green space to relax. It's like a little island of peace just paces from our home.

Snacks are always first.

Finding Goldbug

Reading comics

Tree climbing


Monday, September 12, 2011


Well, here are the cakes. I am really happy with the groom's cake, a catfish!

A sea of cupcakes on my counter:

Here they are displayed at the reception, with the red cake top I made as well.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Grasshopper, Archery

Tuesday afternoon we went to the park with playgroup. This park has a fountain, and the kids went wading.

One lucky kid was a grasshopper landing platform:

Today my girl had her second day of preschool, and I had a lot of fun being the class mama.

In a couple of hours we are going to a friend's house. She's a book club pal of mine, and when we read The Hunger Games she decided to realize her dream of becoming an archer. She has a great target setup in her back yard and different kinds of bows. She's going to give us a lesson, and I'm going to have so much fun pretending to be Katniss Everdeen.