Thursday, July 30, 2009

33 Weeks

Now you see it...

Now you don't.

Now you see it...

Now you don't.

Now you see it...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Love From the Midwest


I'd been told to be on the lookout for a large box arriving in the mail. Auntie Jen and Auntie Amy sent a care-package for Knox, and they wanted to be sure no one stole it from our porch. So when the mailman knocked on the door yesterday afternoon, I ran right out to get it. It arrived in true Jen Price fashion. She's the coolest!

What a treasure chest of goodies! Knox will have a different outfit every day for the first month! Auntie Amy sent clothes that little A.J. has already outgrown...and he's only a month old! Who knew babies grew so fast?!

I love, love, love this puppy hat! Unfortunately, I couldn't get Ib to model it. Maybe I'll stick it on him when he falls asleep on the couch...

Knox's first pair of "sparkly shoes" with a matching rock star arm band (which rattles), from Auntie Jen. She's always been the fashion mogul. I think he'll be wearing these accessories home from the hospital.

She takes "aunt hood" very seriously. I can't wait to put these tags in the scrapbook!

It plays Old MacDonald. Too cute! We also got some binkys (YAY!) and a giant diaper bag.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts. Knox is a very lucky boy to have such fantastic Aunties! We love and miss you guys!



Dog Days of Summer


Much to the dismay of 2 furry family members, I declared last Saturday a "puppy bath day."

Vinnie tolerates the tub, but pouts afterwards. He always looks so dejected and unloved.

Cooper used to climb the walls in the shower. Now he will even sit if asked. He's come a long way. But the outcome is always the same once the bathroom door opens: he dashes to the living room scooting across the carpet, couch or dog bed trying desperately to rub the "clean" off.

It's actually pretty hilarious to watch. Some day that dog will win us the $10,000 prize.

To add insult to injury, after the bath, I took them to get their vaccinations. They were the most popular dogs at the clinic, but that didn't go far once I gave the OK for 3 shots each. Cooper was up first. The DHPP shot tends to itch at the injection site, so he was yelping and thrashing around. He couldn't decide if he was hurt or just needed to scratch. I finally got him calmed down in time to see Vinnie trying to escape the needle. Somehow, we managed to get through it. The rest of the afternoon resulted in quiet naps.

Poor Vinnie had a pretty rough time. They must have got him in the muscle when he flinched because his shoulder swelled and he was limping on his front leg by the end of the night. He spent the better part of 4 days in sad shape...limping, crying, and sleeping a lot. I called the vet, who said as long as the swollen area wasn't hot (infected) that he should be OK in a few days.

We fussed over him: icing down his shoulder, fluffing his puppy bed and picking him up to put him on the couch....until we realized what good faker he is. He managed to leap off the floor for "goodies", but then whined for someone to open the back door so he didn't have to bend his leg to go out the doggie door. A little tough love, and he's good as new!

At least they've got a whole year to forget about it before we have to do it again...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mop and Glo


After two grueling weeks of sweating, dirt and climbing over furniture, we finally managed to finish the floor. It turned out great and we're so happy that the carpet is gone.

Before.

After.

Cooper has already claimed the new rug as his own.

The chocolate brown shows little dusty dog prints, but it's nothing a daily Swiffer-ing won't take care of. Ib wants to get a couple smaller, matching rugs for the front door and the hallway. Other than that, though, our latest and greatest home-improvement project is complete. Sweet success!


Friday, July 10, 2009

Baby Blessings


After a particularly rough week, hormonally speaking, I came home to a surprise in the mailbox! My favorite! My cousin, Arlea, and her husband Joel sent a little something for Knox. Adorable? I think so! And when you pull the tail, it plays Brahm's Lullaby.

Here are a few photos I've taken since the room has been mostly put together. SOOOOO excited about the glider rocker. With my recently swelling ankles, though, I might just have to move that baby out to the living room soon.

Just need to find a new home for those grown-up books and fill that last shelf with toys, too. I think he's already spoiled!

Notice the 50¢ raincoat hanging on the $1.00 coat rack...I'm so thrifty!


Artwork from our dear friend,
Jendala. I know it will make Knox as happy as it makes me. I love going to her booth at the street fair...there is such a sense of peace.

He's got a bed full of friends waiting for him! It's starting to look like a real zoo...we're going to have to get some cages!

Special thanks to Arlea and Joel for thinking of our family!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Vinnie Humor


As I was chatting with my grandparents on Sunday afternoon, I noticed Vinnie tip-toeing across the backyard at Hass & Amy's. Desert grass isn't quite as soft as "regular" grass. In fact, it can be downright prickly.

This amusing display of caution from the dog who patrols a gravel yard daily...I just don't get it! And he did it more than once, so I know it wasn't just a fluke.

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What a funny dog!

4th of July


Taking a break from our home-improvement endeavors, we took an overnight road trip to Phoenix to visit the family. Farlan & Shanika hosted a great BBQ! We got to take advantage of the pool, too which was great. Although I found that I don't float as well as I used to!

We spent the night with Hass & Amy. Kenny, Heidi and Forrest were also in town, so it was great to see them too! Special thanks to Kenny for giving up his bed for the night! I found out early that pregnant bellies and air mattresses don't mix.

The puppies aren't exactly crazy about their new car-ride arrangements, but they will just have to get used to it. It's much safer for them, and they can't be climbing all over the place once Knox is in the backseat, either.

Auntie Amy checking in on a sleepy Amar'e.

Naptime didn't last long...

4 months old, and already a flirt!

Meeting cousin Cooper.

The Contessa brothers, grilling up some grub! It was a short trip, but so nice to see everyone. The next party is at our place!