Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Once again, I SWEAR Patrick doesn't just live in his diaper, but we just never manage to bust out the camera until he's practically naked. Oh well! We had to seize the moment before we failed yet again to capture Patrick's excellent animal vocabulary. The smoothie in the sippy cup doesn't do any favors, he can be pretty loathe to take it out of his mouth once he gets going, but you get the idea. Enjoy!
Friday, July 17, 2009
As for me, I got some sad news from Patrick. He is GREAT at animal noises (I'll post a video soon - tomorrow?) but we like to try to trip him up by asking what non-animals say. When asked what mommy says, he replied "moooooo!" Oh, the shame!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Blowing up a double pool with palm trees, dolphines, and a slide - all by yourself at only 17 months old! (well, maybe a LITTLE help from mom).
...and the best hosts in the world: Elsha and Brian van de somethingsomething (okay, Boogaard)! Thanks for letting us come play all week! We miss you and the chaos already.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Unfortunately, as Elsha sadly posted, the garage door was open and the door out to the garage was accidentally left open (she failed to post the name of the responsible party, but I am ashamed to admit it was me), and both dogs escaped. Greyhounds: not the easiest dogs to chase. My mom and I got in the car as quickly as possible and drove all over calling their names, but 10 blocks away in all directions there was still no sight of them. When we returned home Brian assured us they would come home by themselves, which one (Onyx) eventually did. But not Brenna. We heard the terribly sad news this morning that when she escaped she was (most likely) hit by a car and passed away at the animal shelter. My sister and her husband loved both dogs dearly and I, being a long-standing dog-UN-lover, didn't really understand why until our reunion. It was such a wonderful week and it was so much fun watching the babies with both dogs, I actually went out of my way to take pictures of it (something an un-lover would never do) and I enjoyed their company even without Patrick by my side (something an un-lover would never admit to). Though Joe has never met the greyhounds, he loves dogs and is great with them, plus he's had a few himself, so I asked for his advice in words of condolence, and he said "I don't know, I've never killed someone else's dog before." Thanks.
So in my own words, this is for you, Brenna: I've never met such a quiet, well-behaved pet before, and I, who have never missed a dog in my life, am terribly sad that I will miss out on time with you in the future. If Patrick understood, he would be missing you terribly, too. I'm also deeply apologetic to your mom and dad (Elsha and Brian), your sister (Onyx) and your step-sister (Kalena). I know everyone misses you, so try not to run away in Heaven, and we'll see you up there.
Espen, doing some chasing. Onyx and Brenna, trying to avoid being caught by Espen.
Once they warmed up, both dogs actually sought out people to pet them! Nice butt shot.
Patrick, giving Brenna his signature snuggle.