Saturday, March 17, 2018

A little love from the Irish...........

Are you needing a little Irish love and a bit of luck on St. Patrick's Day?   I hope this helps.  Love from some Irish Doodles and of course this very lucky Leprechaun!  Happy St. Patty's Day, on this day we are all a bit Irish and I think we all need a bit of extra luck.  Have a great day. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Missing in March.............

I am afraid I will be missing most of March with all of you my friends.  My caseload has risen to almost a ridiculous amount of kids.  My problem is I can't say no when I hear some little one is in need, I always think I can fit them in somehow.  There were 34 one hour treatments over four days last week, and that does not include the two that canceled.  Nor does it include my drive time which is extreme.  Ah well this will pass and it will all even out.  I am trying hard to get most of my paperwork done on Friday, my day off, so I have the weekend free for one little six year old I know and his two fury brothers.  

Saturdays and Sundays start off the best.  Even this ridiculous Sunday with day light savings time.  Little Buddy likes to start his, "S" days in bed with the boys.  They walk all over him and he laughs and laughs.  They lick his face and basically trap him under his covers.  He loves it!

We have gone to a gardening/social/communication club hosted by his retired Pre-K teacher the last few Saturdays.  She was testing it out to see if this is something that would be beneficial for the kids.  I thought it was great and a good way for Little Buddy to interact with kids outside of school.  It will start back up in April.  I asked her to try and figure out a camp or two for the summer.  It is so hard to stimulate Little Buddy as he can't go to regular camps because he is still in pull-ups and he has special needs.  I work all summer so I can't take him on field tips here and there.  His teacher is thinking about how to host morning camps a few weeks over the summer.  It would help him so much to be engaged in an activity with people I trust him to be with.

Little Buddy and I went to the shoe store after gardening club yesterday.  I have the hardest time finding him sneakers that fit over his braces.  I thought I would give it another try before resorting to Crocs again.  Look what we found!  They have this great Velcro z-strap that makes it easy to get his brace in and out of the shoes as the shoe opens up really wide.  He loves them and to make it even better they light up when you stomp your feet.  He has been stomping all over the place.  They only had this color but a quick look online when we got home found a green pair that is now on the way to our house.  Lets hope they hold up a bit better then the last pair of sneakers I bought him which wore out after three weeks.  I also found these great shoes for me!  As you can see I bought them in two colors.  They are the Blossom Mary Jane's by Jambu.  And they were on sale!  Perfect for me for work this summer.

The boys are getting bigger every single day as you can see by the photos.  They are so darling.  Mr. 20 made it home for Spring Break last night and I swear they would not stop licking his face.  Even when he tried to get up and get away they would climb up him and just lick him.  I think Mr. 20 was tickled at their behavior.  The only casualties this week were my leather sofa and a pillow.  The leather sofa is my fault as they went for a tag on it a few weeks ago and I did not cut it off when I should have.  So we now have some teeth marks and a bit if a tear in the corner of the sofa.  I ordered some patches for it until they are old enough to not bite it again and then I will get it professionally repaired.  Puppies!  What can I say?

March is just going to be the worst month for me as far as paperwork and work.  I have six major reports to write and they take up a lot of time.  I am already done with two but can't move onto the others yet as they have a specific due date.  I am so sorry if I will be missing out reading and commenting on your blogs.  I am going to try and keep up, but please excuse me if you don't hear from me.  April might be a little easier.

Wishing you all a wonderful week. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A smile on a Saturday..................

The only thing better on a Saturday morning than furry boys under your bed is furry boys in your bed!  And certainly not furry boys eating your bed.  Happy Saturday everyone.  Stay safe in all the bad weather wherever you are. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Happy Four Month Birthday Boys.............

Happy Four Month Birthday boys. 
 We love you so much.  
You bring joy and a lot of chaos into our lives. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Another week has flown by with all the animals.........

Another week has flown by and I have to admit I am a bit tired. It all started with a trip to the zoo last weekend with Little Buddy.  You can't tell from any of these photos but he actually had a good time.  He loves the rides but covers his ears before they start because the noise startles him.  After they get going he is all smiles, but you could never tell from these photos!  They make me laugh.

We saw a few giraffes, zebras, an elephant that went down to the pond and had a drink with his trunk and pygmy hippos!  The baby was born this past December.  She was running around everywhere while her Mom stood there eating.  I bet Mom had her eye on her even if it didn't look like she was paying attention.

Little Buddy has been battling an eye infection this week.  I will spare you the gross photos.  The doctor thinks an eyelid follicle got infected.  He looks like he has been in a barroom brawl, and lost I might add.  Today he gets picked up from school early so we can finally get more Botox shots for his right leg.  It won't be a fun experience but it will be worth it once that hip relaxes a bit.  He is growing which is so much harder with a little person with Cerebral Palsy, it takes much longer for their muscles to adapt to the bone lengthening as it grows.  Hopefully these shots will help me as I am stretching him out.

The boys are growing like crazy.  I can't believe how big they are now.  I have had a very busy work week so my time with them has been limited.  But each time I see them it seems they have grown a few inches in length and height and of course gained some weight.  They will be 4 months old tomorrow.  We have had Hank 6 weeks, and Bear 4.

Have you been watching the Olympic's?  I would love to say I have but work has had me much too busy this week.  I have not even played with yarn since last Sunday!  I hope to rectify that tonight as I snuggle one little boy with a swollen eye and possible sensitive leg while trying to keep the two furry boys in check.

Hope you all had a good week, I'll catch up with all of you as soon as I can.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Have you seen their faces...............

17 beautiful lives have been lost this week in yet another mass shooting.  Lives have been shattered,  no one related to these victims and this school will never be the same.

Our country has had yet another massive shooting and again our politicians offer prayers and kind thoughts but don't do anything about it.

If you have voted for these politicians do you feel accountable?  I think you should.  While I may yet again lose many of you there has to be accountability here.  Where is it?  Who will finally start the momentum of change?

My senator, Marco Rubio has accepted $3,303,355 in campaign donations from the NRA.  How much has your Senator or House Representative accepted?  Do you think with over a $3,000,000 payout Marco Rubio is about to make any changes to our current gun laws?  I don't.  We will all hear the big talk about this is not the time to politicize shootings, really?  When is the right time?  When?

Did you know this is the 7th fatal school shooting at a school in the United States this year?  Did you know that 150,000 children have been exposed to shootings on campus since 1999?  That number does not include the teachers, principals, therapists, counselors, maintenance staff, nurses, caregivers, lunch room staff, office staff and their families, neighbors and so on.  And while this is the 7th fatal shooting that does not include the 11 other incidents where either no one was hurt or they were not killed during school hours, but a gun did go off at a school.  That is a total of 18 incidents my friends, and we are not even through with the second month of the year.

Did you know that it is legal to buy a firearm at the age of 18 in the United States but we don't trust those same young people to drink alcohol?  

While our politicians want to make this a mental health issue, which surprisingly enough they have cut funding to mental health facilities and plan to cut more funding to Medicaid and Medicare where many people receive their mental health treatment, it is at the most basic level a gun issue.  And if guns are available, then those who want to use them irresponsibly will find them and use them to damage lives.

When I was at work this past week I saw a horrible commercial on FOX News that showed what was supposed to be an illegal immigrant shooting a young woman. The Mother at the house I was at told me that was on because of the horrible shooting by an illegal immigrant.  After I regained my composure about that commercial being on during the day with little children around I had to have my say.  Many, many more people are killed by american citizens than illegal immigrants.  To politicize that event in order to say we need more guns to protect ourselves is unbelievably ignorant.  

So while I want to blog about the Olympics, puppies, cute little boys, and hearts and flowers for Valentine's Day that all seems so unimportant right now.  So very senseless.  My husband treated me to an unbelievable gift, a concert with Andrea Bocelli on Valentine's Day.  While we sat there listening to the most beautiful voice ever created all I could think about was those 17 people and their families.  How Valentine's Day will never be the same for them.  Actually no day will ever be the same for them.  17 beautiful lives have been lost, and they will be added to the list of those lost before them that is increasing at a rapid rate.  When is it enough?  Look at their pictures and read about their lives so they aren't just a statistic, they are human beings that have been murdered because we think the NRA and gun laws are more important than human life.  If you voted for these politicians than you should be held responsible, we all should. 

And this just in, our current president has received over $31,000,000 from the NRA.  Just some food for thought.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Long weeks are always better with some puppy love, and a gift................

Last weekend we had family visiting from Minnesota.  Our darling great nieces and their parents of course.  Little Buddy had a wonderful time with them and asks about them everyday.  They arrived on Friday evening and left on Tuesday.  We did not have the best weather but it was warm enough for shorts and light weight jackets, which seemed much better than their below freezing temps at home.  Our great nephew also came to stay with his Grandmother, my SIL, so the boys took him out to celebrate his 21st birthday.  Well Mr. 20 had to stay home because he is not yet 21.  Still we had the whole extended family over for dinner to celebrate.  We had a visit to the park, lots of playtime, and puppy duty of course, it was a BUSY weekend.

The boys are getting bigger and are starting to listen a wee bit more.  We are understanding the command, sit, and most of the time, stay, but sometimes they are just so excited by life and are wagging their tails so much they simply can't listen.

I tried a photo shoot outside this morning and they did pretty good.  Hank is weighing in at about 20 pounds, and Bear around 16 1/2.   You can see how much bigger Hank is in the photos.  He is bigger yet lets his brother chase him and bite as they wrestle.  They are really so adorable to watch.  Bear can only handle so much playtime before he needs a cuddle.  He is very much the baby even though they are from the same litter.  Bear is thin, but the Vet is not worried, some dogs are just smaller and thinner.  He has food available all day long and Hank is not pushing him away, so I guess he will eat when he needs to.  Our Max was the runt, he did not eat much the first 6 weeks we had him.  I had to take him into the vet's office once a week until he really started to gain weight.  He ended up a very healthy 95 pounds so maybe I should stop worrying.

We have been keeping them close to home, just walking around our house when we are outside, but today I decided to try a longer walk.  We made it 1/2 mile and they did very good.  Yes they were distracted and tried to go in opposite directions a few times but overall it went well.   We will gradually move to longer walks in hopes it tires them out a bit.  They have a lot of energy!

This week I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Vera.  She is the incredible knitter, who makes things I could only dream of.  Thank you so much Vera for picking my name.  I can't wait to dive into this gorgeous book.  The book takes a look at the great lakes region of Michigan, where I grew up.  I can't wait to see all the beautiful areas that will remind me of my childhood.  All the places I have been to and had hoped to see someday.  This will be a perfect way to relax after an incredibly busy week at work.  Thank you again Vera.  Please pop by Vera's blog and say hi for me, you'll be glad you did. 

I'll leave you with this photo.  It reminds me of a heart.  These boys usually sleep while touching each other in some way.  They are so darling.  Hope you all have a great weekend.