Monday, December 16, 2013

November in a Bag, Box, and Nuthouse

Yes, I know...this post has been a LONG time coming. Sometimes life just happens, you know? I'll spare you the boring details and post what I know you REALLY want to see, which are pics of Emma and Fenway. Life is always better with kids and puppies!

I'm sure you've heard parents complain that they've spent a fortune on toys only to see their children prefer Tupperware, pots and pans, and empty wrapping paper rolls. Let me just say that puppies aren't any different. Who needs toys when there's a brown bag around? And just in case you're wondering how many photos one doggy mama can take of a puppy playing with a brown paper bag, the answer is A LOT. I love this photo of Fenway's teeny tiny legs trying to get the bag into the bed.
Empty boxes are a big hit, too. Silly me for Christmas shopping at Petco and American Girl. :) 
Miss Emma is pleased as punch and as cute as a bug (I'm not sure how punch can be pleased or how any bug can ever be cute, but whatever) to have lost not one but TWO teeth in one week! When she gets to be my age, she'll be praying NOT to lose any more teeth. Or break 'em. Or stain 'em. But for now she's that whole punch and bug thing. And just FYI, the Tooth Fairy leaves Emma $1 per tooth. Not just one dollar, but one dollar folded origami style. So far there's been a heart, a puppy, a fish, and something else that I've forgotten because my brain belongs to a grandma.
Rick's Aunt Joan came for Thanksgiving. She didn't want to be in our "family" photo, but we insisted.
After all, who wouldn't want to be in a photo full of these faces? Yes, we really do live in a Nuthouse.  Except for Aunt Joan. Even her nuthousey face is quite pleasant and respectable. Apparently none of us got that gene. 
This piece of artwork showcases our Thanksgiving turkey. Talk about Before and After shots. 
Emma was chosen to be "Citizen of the Week" at school. Check out the "interesting fact" she wrote about herself. 
How funny is that? She's 6 and she's a world traveler! She illustrated herself in Bermuda. She thought about drawing herself in a gondola in Venice or at the top of the Eiffel Tower, but needed more space for those drawings. Ha ha!

That's it for November news. I might even get to December before it's over. 

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 1, 2013

No Tricks, Just Treats

I'm crate training Fenway. He always gives me such a sad puppy dog face when I put him in there. He sticks his paws through the openings and cries as if he's accusing me of not loving him. It's so hard for me to resist. But I know I'll regret it if I don't. "And they called it puppy love..." (10 points for you if you know who sang that!)
Anyway, on to Halloween. Miss Emma had plans for pumpkins this year.
 You can see that she's not too fond of "pumpkin guts." Unless, of course, the seeds been sautéed in butter and sea salt then roasted in the oven. Y U M
She drew her design.
 Her favorite part was using the carving tools.
 In honor of my beloved Boston Red Sox (who happen to be the 2013 World Series Champions, GO SOX), Brittany carved a pumpkin for me bearing the team logo. This was Fenway's favorite. :)
 Then Miss Emma decided to make a "vampirate" pumpkin for Papa.
 Ta da!
 I dressed as a Red Sox fan, ha ha! If you look closely, you'll notice the bags under my eyes that resulted from 6 nights of staying up until 1 AM to watch the games, followed by only 5 hours of sleep after each game. Not easy for this granny! My sweatshirt commemorates Fenway Park's 100th anniversary. (Or is it a birthday? I'm not sure. Hmm. Maybe a birthiversary? Or an annivirthday?) Naturally, I HAD to wear that for a pic with my pup. Go on. You know you want to say it. Okay, I'll say it for you. Cutest. Puppy. EVER!!!
 Emma dressed as Princess Merida. Her favorite parts of the costume are the bow and arrows.
 My favorite part is the AWESOME wig! I seriously want that hair!
Here are the kiddos ready to hit the street.
 After they were sufficiently hyped on sugar, they improvised a little dance party on the back deck. 
 I love the look on Dylan's face! 
It was actually a pretty small Halloween in terms of numbers. We pass out full size candy bars and, as usual, I had way too many. So I let the trick-or-treaters take handfuls. The kids on our street think we're totally cool. Their parents probably hate us. Ha!

P.S. Paul Anka sang "Puppy Love."

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hopefully I Won't Become a Jailbird

This post was supposed to be all about autumn, and what a spectacular New England autumn it was! But then I got behind on posting because Ive been completely and delightfully distracted by my puppy and by the World Series. My beloved Red Sox won!!! Not only did they win,  but they won at Fenway Park. The last time that the Red Sox won a World Series at Fenway Park was in 1918. I find it quite interesting that they didn't win a WS at Fenway Park until I named by puppy Fenway Bark. Coincidence? I think not. Clearly, MY puppy was the team's good luck charm. See? Fenway actually sat in  my lap and watched parts of the game with me. He really likes Dustin Pedroia.
Therefore, since I did the Sox such a HUGE favor, I think it only fitting that I should receive a World Series ring. Don't you agree? At the very least, Fenway should get a World Series collar. I'll have to give Red Sox owner John Henry a call today. If you see me on the news being arrested for stalking, DO NOT BELIEVE IT. It will simply mean that John Henry didn't answer my calls, and for the life of me I couldn't understand why, so I went looking for him to be sure his phone was on and had good reception. That's the logical thing to do. I can hardly be blamed if he misinterprets my behavior. So really, it will be in everyone's best interest if he simply answers his phone. (I wonder if my puppy will be allowed to visit me in jail.)

Alright, mama, I promise not to get arrested. Want to see some more autumn photos instead? This is my street.

These are my views from my front porch.
I took these at two small lakes a few towns over from mine.
I love the water reflections in this one.
I shot all of these at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury. Mom, do you remember going there with me when you visited in autumn of 2007?
I think this one is funny. Tiffany and Wylie love the crisp autumn air. They also love to bark at the leaves that fall onto the deck.
This is the stable where I ride.
Here's Prince, one of the horses I ride.
And here's one more photo of Fenway simply because I can't resist. 
Happy Halloween!