Cat Attack

Beware if you're squeamish...

We "have" a pet cat. He belongs to our neighbors, but he has been a frequent visitor to our house ever since he was a brand-new kitten 3 years ago. The kids named him Filbert (I think his real name is Harley or Harvey) and they love to pet him, chase him and feed him whenever he stops by. I think this is a great setup because we get all the benefits of having a pet without any of the actual work (unless you count the fact that we have to scoop his poo out of our sandbox).

Nov 2009

Nov 2009

Sep 2010

July 2012

July 2012
Well last Sunday, Austin was out back feeding Filbert some chicken. Suddenly he comes running in the house crying and clutching the top of his head. Apparently Austin had tried to give Filbert a hug and it was either too hard, or Filbert was trying to get to the food, or something. Austin said he jumped on his head and bit and scratched him.

After deliberating for several hours we finally took him to the Urgent Care where they prescribed antibiotics (cats have very bacterial mouths apparently) and put 8 staples in his head! Check it out.

Austin later wrote a book about his experience titled, "Staples In Your Head."

"[ ] (staples) in your head"
Picture: a stapler

Austin is picking Filbert up.

Filbert scratches me up.

The doctor uses a staple gun to put staples in my head.

"Ding Dong"

It's a whale toy from the neighbors who own Filbert (an apology gift).

The doctor is taking the staples out and a hair.

We still love Filbert dearly. Two days later Filbert came back and after a hesitant moment, Austin was sitting and petting him while Filbert purred. All was forgiven.


New Haircut

I love Ruthie's new haircut. We have been trying diligently to grow her hair out, but her hair continues to linger in that "baby hair" state - super soft and utterly unstylable. Her hair was always frizzing out in every direction and her bangs were constantly over her eyes (think Violet from Incredibles). I finally decided to just cut the bangs (and grow them out in a couple years perhaps) and life has been so much better! I'm so happy that I no longer have to tuck her hair behind her ears 20 times a day. Plus, she's adorable!

Before (and this is a pretty decent 'do').

After. Yay!


Our Little Bear Cub

Top 5 signs that Summer is part bear:
5) Soft fuzzy fur/hair
4) Goes about on all 4s
3) Rears up on hind legs
2) Eats trash left behind by humans

And the #1 sign that Summer is part bear...

She growls!
Although she also squeals and coos, the growling is pretty frequent and pretty unique. This morning she greeted me from her crib by growling, "Grrr..mom...rrrr."


Heather Crafts

Aunt Heather gave the kids a years supply of craft projects for Christmas. We do about 1 a week. This morning's craft was "etchings". It turned out to be a blast. We etched leaves from all over our yard and explored the different things growing in our yard. Then we etched pennies from the kids' penny collections and recalled our fun vacations to Disneyland, Arizona, Tennessee, Colorado and even outings in Utah. Good times.


I helped with hers, but it was fun to hear her squeal "It's coming! I can see it!"

I think I'm going to start my own penny collection - it was so fun to reminisce with .