Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

This is one of my favorite times of the year and I'm enjoying it more
and more as the kids get older.

Logan had several really funny comments while trick o' treating
tonight. He was MUCH more into it (running ahead of us every time)
than years before. Callum was very grumpy at first but once he saw he
could get candy from each house, he stuck out a pretty long walk
around the neighborhood too.

My favorite quotes from Logan tonight were:

"Do you want to ring the doorbell this time Callum? You have to be
brave, not scared."


"He got more candy than me because he's cuter than me." (referring to
his brother)

Callum had trouble remembering to say "trick or treat" and instead
would walk up to each house saying "I want another candy." *sigh*

Logan also was very forward in haggling and negotiating with the
neighbors if he saw they were open to letting him choose his candy.
One man yelled out to me, "future sales men right there!"

Seriously. It was embarrassing and funny at the same time. Thankfully
our neighborhood is very active and involved during the holidays, and
all the neighbors are forgiving and understanding of these little
twerps. ;-)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Flag Football

I have a half written post drafted from when we first started Logan in
flag football a few weeks ago, but have been totally slacking on
uploading my pics.

So, for now, I'll post this quick one I took today during his game.
All the kids seemed to have a lot of fun out on the field (Logan's
team won, which probably helps) ;-)

Logan is, for the most part, pretty distracted and would rather just
chill than run his butt off, up and down the field. But, that said, he
still had a couple of awesome runs today and was very proud of how
well he did, which made us happy too! :)

Bring it, neighborhood kids!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Meet Tobias (aka Tobey)

Jon and I have been talking about getting another dog to give Grover a younger playmate (Odin is getting more and more grumpy, as he gets older) and because we're nuts we just love having the furry kids around.

We wanted to get another German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) because we loved Lola to pieces and the breed in general.  But, we weren't up for taking in another puppy at this stage, so we started contacting nearby GSP rescue groups to find an older, but suitable fit.

We ran into a lot of frustrating roadblocks - our local GSP rescue group has a policy about not adopting out to families with children under 6.  While we understood why, we felt like exceptions should sometimes be warranted and were miffed with the rule (which they wouldn't bend for us).  So, we contacted other rescue groups in CA, all of whom said they wouldn't adopt out to us because we needed to work with our local rescue group.  *sigh*  We even contacted a few rescue groups out of state (!!) but those weren't willing to adopt out of state (understandable, but we gave it a shot).

Our local rescue group said we should look at shelters, because sometimes they'll find a GSP which a rescue group doesn't have room for.... it's very rare, but can happen.  We were starting to think we may have to contact a few breeders and look at finding a puppy instead, since our original idea of a slightly older pup wasn't going to work out.

For whatever strange reason last week, I decided to refresh the "shelter" page of the local rescue group's site, just for the heck of it.

Lo and behold, they had a posting, literally brand new from that very day!  The description was brief, but seemed to be exactly what we were looking for: a GSP, under the age of 5 (they estimated 1.5 years old), good with other dogs and cats, and in need of a good home ASAP.  Jon gave them a call right away and left a message (I had been reading that with shelters, you really need to act fast, not because dogs are adopted out, but sadly, because they are usually put down pretty quickly).

This little guy was found "at large" running loose for at least a week, by the local animal control in Clearlake (about a 3 hours drive from us).  The shelter called Jon the next morning and left a message with a bit more info.  That night, after doing a little more research, I found the City of Clearlake Animal Control actually had a pretty active Facebook page, so I posted a few questions to see if I could find out anything more about this little guy.

I ended up friending the woman (Officer Frankie) who manages their Facebook page, exchanging several questions and answers late Friday night.  Because the drive was significant, I wanted to be sure that this little guy was right for us - and I was mostly concerned with how he'd be around our other (male) dogs.  Frankie said he had been great so far but hadn't had a chance to test him with bigger male dogs.  She offered to test him out that next day, Saturday, so that if we wanted to come up Sunday (when the shelter was closed and on her day off!), we could.

We waited Saturday to hear the verdict - sure enough, she said he was really mellow with the other dog (who showed signs of aggression).  So, Jon and I decided we'd make the trip on Sunday to meet the little guy.  Unfortunately, Frankie wasn't able to meet us until noon that day (we were hoping to drive up early in the morning), which meant that only one of us could go (since Logan had a football game that afternoon).  I was very nervous about driving up and making the decision alone, but bit the bullet and did it anyway.

Callum made the day trek up with me.  We drove through the middle of nowhere - the drive was uneventful and slightly boring (since my co-pilot basically slept the whole way).  ;-)

Frankie texted me a pic, at some point on the drive, with a cute note that said: "Waiting to meet you"  :)

When we got to the shelter, it was an automatic pass with Callum (one of the other interactions I was interested in testing out).  Callum went straight to the fence, talking loudly, pointing and grabbing at the dog and basically being a rambunctious 2 year old.  The pup didn't blink an eye.  And, when Frankie took him out of the kennel so I could meet him in person, he immediately nuzzled up against me, again totally not bothered one bit by Callum who was now patting him and tugging on his ears non-stop.  And, when we opened the back of the truck (where I had set up a crate since I wasn't sure how he'd do in the car), he immediately hopped right in, sniffed a bit, turned a few circles, and curled up right at home.

It was a match made in heaven.

Chillin' on the drive home
Quick fill up at the gas station - Hi!
Callum and I were very excited about our new doggie and couldn't wait to get back home to introduce him to everyone else.  On the drive home, I texted Jon several ideas for names (there wasn't much else I could do!).  Every name I thought of didn't really seem to stick with Jon, but the one that did for me was Tobey.  Jon preferred Tobias (which is what Tobey is usually short for), so we decided to name him Tobias, but call him Tobey, for short.  ;-)

Sadly, Logan's pick "Spotta" didn't make the cut, but he quickly adopted the name Tobey as well.

His first night, just a few hours new, but so comfy and right at home!
Once we got home, we spent about 30-45 minutes out in the front yard introducing Tobey to Odin and Grover, one by one, letting the dogs sniff and get to know each other.  Tobey was super chill with both.  Grover was immediately interested in playing (but Tobey was still a little reserved and kept close to Jon and I).  Odin's first reaction was to growl and snap at Tobey (for no reason other than Tobey didn't immediately cower to him), but we nipped that in the bud and they've been fine ever since.

First night, and already bonding with Grover :)
Pretty much making himself comfortable wherever we were ;-)
I texted this one to Frankie with a "look who doesn't fit into our family and home at all"
We kept a close eye on everyone the first few days Tobey was home - just to make sure everyone was getting along.  But, now, just shy of a week later, it's pretty clear that each of the dogs has accepted each other and everyone seems to be getting along just fine.  The kids love him as well - and he's very patient and loving with them (and us).

He snores!  (like Lola, but perhaps all GSPs do)  :)
Very princely.  He likes to sit with his front legs crossed!
The past week has been really productive for us all.  Tobey is fantastic on leash, so we've been doing several walks a day with him and the other dogs.  It's clear he hasn't had any past training, so we're starting from scratch - but he's a fast learner, already picking up on "sit" and using the doggy door.

He was roughly 15-20 lbs underweight (we don't know about his past but it doesn't look like he was treated very well), so we've been feeding him extra to bulk him up.  We have also now taken care of his vaccines, neutering, teeth cleaning, bathing, and a biopsy of a tumor the vet found (which is benign, phew!).  He hasn't taken to the cone too well, but who can blame him! ;-)

Go Giants!  ;-)
Tobey (and Grover) chillin' in Logan's bed last night.  He actually slept with Logan for most of the night which was pretty cute.  :)
Supervising our pumpkin carving this afternoon - even off leash, he's extremely well behaved!
It's amazing how quickly he has just melted into our home like he's been here for ages.  I can't help but think we majorly lucked out in rescuing such a gorgeous mellow loveable dog.  I am certain he is meant to be a part of our family and can't wait to see how he develops and grows over the years!

Out on display

Here's a few slightly nicer quality pics (but still so hard to capture the boys!) of them with our pumpkins on the front porch.... We had a fantastic time!  :)

Their "happy" faces

Their "scared" faces

Snapshot of some of our scary spiders

Logan was totally DONE with pics

Until I told them to act spooky scary!

Just like brother

Callum wanted a picture taken with me after he saw Logan had one. ;-)


Logan really wanted a spider on one of the pumpkins. So I got the
lucky job of that one!



Friday, October 26, 2012

We are the knights....

The knights that say...Happy Halloween!

Having a great time at the boys' school Harvest Festival party. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Middle of nowhere

Callum and I took a day trip to Clearlake today.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Testing out our new glasses

Back to an Apple

You may have noticed I've posted a few pics lately where I've played
with the borders and filters.... all fun and games I'm having with my
"new" iPhone!

I've been having a heck of a time with my Windows phone this last
year. I actually like the OS and UI quite a bit, but the flippin'
phone has died on me countless times (I've had to replace it *several*
times, in a single year!).

I gave it a shot but MAN, I've finally had enough.

So, when Jon upgraded to the iPhone 5, I inherited his old iPhone 4.
Woohoo! I can't tell you how excited I am to have a phone that works
again (not to mention fun apps to play with my pics again). :)


Forgot to post this the other night. Fruits of our labor!

I'm "booooky"

Logan made this Spiderman "bad guy" mask for Callum today. Callum
loves it and keeps telling us he's "booooky" (spooky). :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Callumism of the evening

Mommy, I'm so happy.  I'm not whining!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

And that, my friends, is why our kids might be a wee bit competitive.

The other night at dinner, Jon asked Logan how soccer practice was that day.

Good. The green team got 1 point and the red team got 2 points. I was on the red team and scored one of the goals.

Nice! So you won.

No Dad, nobody won.

Buddy, 2-1 means you won.

No Dad. You have to get 3 points to win. Nobody won.

Jon looks at me confused. I try to hide my smirk and tell him I think this is a game where nobody loses because they're all winners. Jon says, that's ridiculous!

He then turns to Logan and says, I don't care what they say, you won. 2-1 is a great score. In fact, in most professional soccer games, they rarely score 3 goals anyway. So, you definitely won.


Let the holidays begin!

Marking the start of a decadent next few months filled with sweets,
decorations, late nights by the fire, presents and fun.

Pumpkin Patch

We took the kids to a local patch to burn off some morning donut sugar running around the pumpkins and bouncy house slides.

Callum pointed out this "big beautiful pumpkin" to me. :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Working on homework tonight (writing), Logan busts out with not just telling me how to add numbers together but then writing it down for me too!

I'm impressed!

Crazy Hair Day

Forgot today was crazy hair day, but the teachers took care of that! :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

So that just happened

The box cover says:

"Works in minutes
Gentle, safe relief
Convenient, no-mess..."

I took Callum to his gastroenterologist this morning for an urgent visit because he hasn't pooped in a number of days, has been pretty cranky, and seemed to be in a lot of pain this morning. :(  Jon also reminded me that he just started antibiotics for his ear infection about the same time we've noticed his mood swings upping a notch and thought that might be stopping him up.

So, our instructions today were to give him a double dose of his normal laxative, but if we didn't see any improvement, we'd need to do an enema. :(  I was dreading this more than anything but without any change all day, we decided to "help" poor Callum out tonight before bedtime.

While I thought the enema itself would be the traumatic part of tonight's events, it actually wasn't at all. I don't even know if he noticed it to be honest! (technology these days, the suppository was all ready to go with a small dose and applicator, just for young kids, making it super easy for me).

What was much more traumatic was the following 10-15 minutes while our poor guy twisted and screamed in pain. Jon was awesome and just held him and rocked him the entire time until he finally passed, what we're hoping, was the blockage causing so much pain.

I waited another hour or so, lounging on the bed with Callum, to make sure he didn't have anything else after that. He was in MUCH better spirits, as you can see from his gorgeous smile here, which made me feel so much better too, like we did the right thing.

And, seeing how quickly he recovered and felt instant relief, if I had to do it again, I would in a heartbeat.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Ready for Halloween!

Spoooooky Scaaaaary!

I love that the boys are old enough now to help me pick out and hang
up our decorations.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Working on homework

We've been behind on homework this week so we're catching up today. I love how focused Logan can be (when he puts his mind to it!). 

Terrible Twos

Callum has also been a real punk lately. Partly due to the cold and ear infection he's battling, but we think it's also just the age. He falls apart at any little thing, twice yesterday he had major meltdowns at the school, where I considered leaving him outside the classroom door with a "free" sign taped to his shirt. ;-)

When he's not throwing a tantrum, he's often times telling us no, generally while smiling and sticking his tongue out, to see what exactly he can get away with. He may look cute here but don't let his looks fool you. It's exhausting as all get out and I can't wait to move past this stage. ;-)

End of summer

I'm calling it. We're nearing end of summer (just ignore the fact that we hit 100+ a couple of days ago). So, we're making as much use of the last remaining mild weather and light left after school these days.

Yesterday, the boys ran round and round for a good 30 minutes before we headed home. :)

Checking out the mannequin

Here's a better picture of what I found the boys doing the other night. They were laaaaughing and giiiiiggling up a storm. It was pretty cute. ;-)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spooooooky eyes!

We started one of our Halloween projects tonight - 'spooky eyes' -
which we'll plant in the bushes. Here's our initial test, to make sure
it looks spooky enough. ;-)

Where's his butt?

Needed to get Logan some new tennis shoes as well as cleats, for football that starts practice this weekend!

My monster boys have humongous feet. Logan is now in a size 13; Callum is wearing a size 9!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

At the pharmacy

Killing time while Callum's anti-biotics are filled. Unfortunately, he's been super cranky these last few days because he has a nasty ear infection. :(

We had gone so long without one that I hadn't even thought about that possibility. Darn!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Loganism of the night

So Logan's watching TV tonight before bedtime and the (kids) TV show asks, "Have you ever scraped your knee?"

Logan, chin resting in the palm of his hand and in a totally tired and bored voice says, "Yes, like a hundred times."