Friday, December 19, 2014


Family Update!

As you know on Tuesday we brought home one year old Colt the Chinese Crested for Ryan. I have never known a dog to attach to someone as quickly as Colt did to Ryan. Tuesday night was good, Wednesday was good, but Thursday evening we realized Colt could not stay. I will not go into things further except to say, Colt was reunited with his previous owner early this afternoon.

We were on our way to return Colt when we were text that we had a new puppy to pick up. We headed from our destination to Indiana to pick up this little doll . . .

At the time we picked him up, his name was Harper. He is a four month old Mi-Ki that weighs a tad over 2 lbs. He is a sweet little guy and absolutely gorgeous. 

We left at 10 a.m. this morning and arrived back home at 7:13 p.m. this evening. 

Throughout our drive, Katelyn and Ryan were discussing the puppy's name. They discussed keeping the name Harper, the discuss hundreds of other names. I took a potty break before we left for Indiana and when I came back the name game was done.

Sorry for the fuzzy photos - Katelyn took these as I was driving.

This is Ryan and he is holding . . .

Knox Mustachio Price

Night 1 . . . the puppy is settling in. He roamed around and "introduced" himself to EJ, Cody and Daddy. PLUS, Emma and Seeley Booth. The other two - Beckett and Mia met him when we picked him up. 

As I write, Knox is asleep next to Ryan on the couch.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

a Match Made in Heaven

The day has been long and I have yet to go to bed . . . 

it is now 1:50 p.m. 

Once I finish writing, I will take Beckett and we will head to bed. I will put Lavender on my feet and be snoozing in mere minutes. I didn't want to go to bed until I wrote about today.

We began our day with a bit of excitement, we were heading north today - a few hour drive away. But first we had a few things to tend to.
  1. The dogs needed to go outside.
  2. The dogs needed to be fed.
  3. The ducks needed to go to their screened porch.
  4. The ducks needed fed.
  5. The wild ducks also needed fed. Yes, they come twice a day.
  6. We all needed to get ready.
  7. We all needed to have a bite to eat.
  8. Two of the kids had orthodontist appointments.
  9. We had to make a quick drop off.
  10. Finally we were on the interstate heading north.
  11. Phew!
We were running late . . . and we even started out early. Craziness how planning seems to go awry at times.

The winds were blowing and the skies were gray, but the SUV was warm inside. The DVD player was humming along with How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Dolphin 2.

We ran into quite a bit of traffic, which didn't help our traveling time. Praise be to God the people we were meeting arrived early at our ultimate destination and decided to drive further down as we were driving up. We cut driving time down quite a bit and were so thankful!

I am sure by this time, you are wondering where were we going. Well, we headed north to pick up  . . .


We were asked if we knew of anyone that was looking for a Chinese Crested. 

Ryan was thrilled to let me know that Daddy said 
he could have Colt!

Colt is Polka Dotted & Nakie

Ryan thought Colt was ADORABLE and instantly fell in love with him. Ryan and Colt were made for one another!
Colt is adjusting well and has already bonded with Ryan!

 They both look like I caught them "in the act" of something.

Beckett went along for the road trip.

 Mia did too.
The pictures of them were taken while we 
waited at the orthodontist.

Ryan and Colt
a match made in Heaven!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Coyotes Are On The Prowl

We hear them each evening. Their loud mournful cry in the darkness, they are talking to one another. Their cry chills to the bone and cause great concern. Once again the coyote makes itself known to us. No one takes the dogs outside without a buddy and the wooden baseball bat for a bit of protection.

This past spring, our neighbor called someone to catch and remove three of these beautiful creatures from our neighborhood. They were are bit too close for comfort and as you look at the photos, you can certainly see not only the beauty, but the danger as well.

The hair standing up on this coyote's back is creepy and for good reason, they defend to the end.

Tonight the geese on the lake were honking like crazy. Coyote LOVE ducks and geese. Coyote can and will attack humans and dogs.

We have noticed the past week that the dogs are very cautious when going out the front door - they sniff a lot while on the porch. The boys have seen a few coyote in the front yards a few houses down. The coyote must have spooked because it ran across the street, to the yard (on a hill) and disappearing into the trees. 

Be safe dear neighbors and protect your precious children and furry babes. The coyote has begun its winter hunt.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Prep with Pictures

Saturday was a productive day in our home . . . well, maybe I should restate that one. Let me begin again.

It was wonderful to sleep on on Saturday morning. The house was so quiet and three out of four boys stayed in bed until about 10:00 a.m. Katelyn had an early morning final, but is as quiet as a mouse on those early hour classes.

Once everyone was up and about, we began wrapping Christmas gifts. I began wrapping as the boys began bring gifts to me to wrap. They had basically chosen their gifts and so there was really no need for secrecy - besides the fact that I think they had a few "peeks" here and there. They enjoy sitting with a Lego box and staring at all of the informational pictures included on the box. 

Katelyn arrived home and began helping with the wrapping. She was a bit grumpy when she arrived, but it was not long before she was giggling and having a good time too.

Cameron began wrapping gifts along with Katelyn and I. He even asked if he could have a cup of coffee . . . just like Mom and Sister. He seemed to like it, although it will be a limited occurrence. 

About an hour later, Randy and EJ arrived home. They had been cleaning out Grandma and Grandpa P's home as it has sold. Praising God they are almost finished. We had already moved on to our next project for the day - making blanket throws for Grandma and Grandpa P. 

We tried to keep them a manageable size for them to use while watching  television or reading. Rather like a lap blanket I suppose.

Here are a few photos of Cameron while he worked . . .

With four of us working on this project, we completed both of them pretty quickly. Daddy thought Beckett should try it out.

The blankets are now all freshly washed and dried. Tomorrow we will wrap them. Yay for accomplishments!

Our Christmas Preparation is almost done - and I am thrilled. We will do our Christmas crafts, but the planning, purchasing, making and wrapping are pretty much complete.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Vacation Plans, Gift Wrapping, Crafts, Movie and Food

The days are passing quickly and before you know it, Christmas morning will arrive. Are you ready?

My children have passed the Santa stage and it is no longer their desire to wake early to see if the old elf had delivered gifts. Gone too is the use of the saying . . . "Santa is making a list!" My children are growing up so quickly. 

Gone is the day of "surprise" gifts. My boys tend to intercept all boxes delivered by the USPS, UPS or FEDEX therefore surprises are a thing of the past too.

I am looking forward to the wonderful help I will have while wrapping gifts this year. Many hands make light work and there are MANY boy hands in our home. Although they may not wrap well enough to satisfy my slight OCD, I will allow them to wrap and try to teach them along the way. We are never to young to learn how to do something well. In fact, I just watched a video that has been circulating around Facebook about gift wrapping. Apparently, I have been "doing it" wrong for quiet a while! Take a look . . .

I just may have to try this "new to me" way of gift wrapping.


We only have a few more days of school before the Christmas Vacation break. The days will be filled with finishing up our lessons, baking and making a few crafts. The boys are pretty excited, as am I.

Katelyn is finishing up her semester and has all but one final done. She is ready for a long Christmas break as well.

The boys are pretty excited about Christmas Vacation. I am thrilled they are getting their school work completed and the light is at the end of the tunnel.

Tomorrow we will work on a craft and possibly do a little baking. I know it is Saturday, but the boys are thrilled at the thought of making something for Christmas.

The next few weeks will find us ENJOYING life and one another. We will be building a Lego building or two . . .

Lego Creator building ares beautiful and nostalgic. At over 4,000 pieces combined, we should stay busy for quite a while.

We will also be attempting to make these little crafts:

Make a few treats . . .

French Toast

maybe try this recipe . . .

Slow Cooker Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate is a perfect minty winter treat!
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: about 8½ cups
  • ½ gallon whole milk (8 cups)
  • 2 (4-oz.) pkgs Ghiridelli white chocolate baking bars, broken up into small pieces
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes or starlight candies
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • whipped cream for serving (I use Reddi-Whip)
  • more crushed candy canes for garnish
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  1. Add the milk, broken up white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and vanilla to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cover, and cook on HIGH for 1.5 hours (stirring every 15 minutes).
  3. Serve topped with whipped cream and topped with crushed candy canes for garnish.

and watch Christmas Classics . . .

and a few newer ones too . . .

How about you? What are you planning during the next few weeks?


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