9 years young

Yesterday my first and only little girl turned 9! I honesty can’t believe that our sweet Piper girl is actually that old. We couldn’t have gotten luckier with this sweet, sweet puppy. I love you tons our water loving, baby guarding (she follows the babies EVERYWHERE, it’s really the sweetest thing ever) fur baby and I am so glad that we were chosen to be your humans.

Piper turns 9

assuming the positions

sweet girl

Piper and Luc

loving on our girl

not too impressed with her hat

one without

crazy normal part 2

a few more from the phone

a GREAT mail day- now to get started on some projects ;)

he’s giving kisses now

prepping to wash the alphabet mat

what, you don’t wash foam letters in your dishwasher?

he is not a huge fan of the gate

he couldn’t quite get his hat off when he was riding in the car and this is how he looked when I opened the door

how many pears can I fit in my mouth all at once

paper, scissors, glue

impressive coloring skills for a 2.5 year old if you ask me


I love this view… three of my loves hanging out and content to just be with each other.  Simple joys, a big brother to shake a rattle for the little brother and a puppy dog who aches to be near anyone that will have her. This is a pretty frequent occurrence around here… the four of us within a four foot radius and it is so, so great.  Oh and incase you are concerned Charlie looked like this about 30 seconds before this photo was taken- content as content can be :)

However, he had some “tough” lovin’ from his ubber affectionate brother (we are still working on hugging not squishing) and wasn’t feeling the group shot. That and he was getting tired of tummy time :)

sweet piper

We have always known that we have a sweet puppy; however, it just keeps getting reinforced with each little boy that we have. After Jay was born Piper didn’t leave my side. She would follow me from room to room when I paced with Jay, she would camp out at my feet or on the side of the bed when he actually passed out and we were able to catch some sleep, she would lie down on his playmat and let him crawl over her whenever he wanted to. Even now she lets him roll cars up and down her back and bounce on her without so much as a big sigh. Now that we have Charlie she follows the two of us around like she did with Jay. She lies on his playmats, camps out on the side of the crib when he naps, follows me around with him when I am trying to get him to sleep and kisses his cheeks when he is fussy and within reach. I can’t wait until the boys are actually old enough to really play with her; I know that they will love her just as much as she has always loved them.

These are just a few of the times that I have actually caught Piper snoozin’ with Charlie although it happens daily :)


After a week long visit to the vets office (two of them actually) Dolce is home.  To make a long story short (or as short as possible and still have it make sense) we took Dolce in to our vets office a week ago last Monday because he wasn’t eating, drinking or acting himself.  They ran a few tests, let me take him home and told me that they would call me with the results.  I got a call the next day to bring him back in because they thought he had an issue with his liver.  They wanted to start him on some IV fluids and see if they could fix the problem.  As it turns out it wasn’t that simple… After ultrasounds and further testing they realized that he had a stones in his gallbladder and an obstruction in his common bile duct (most basically meaning he couldn’t get rid of waste and therefore had stopped taking anything in).  The stones and the obstruction meant that he needed to have surgery and that we needed to take him to another animal hospital where they could better help him.  He did have surgery last Friday.  They took out the majority of the stones that they could, rerouted his bile duct directly to his small intestine and closed him up after putting in a feeding tube.  It was touch and go over the weekend regarding his recovery- he had two blood transfusions after the surgery because of his low levels but he is now back on track (or at least on his way there).  I picked him up from the surgeons office yesterday where I received a bag full of his medications, the special food that he is on and instructions on how to feed him through his feeding tube.

Dolce is still on the mend and not completely back to himself (who can blame him after major surgery) but at least now he is home.  We will need to continue feeding him through the feeding tube until he starts eating on his own and giving him his medications but he is home and on his way to a full recovery which is the important part.  The whole family (furry children included) were really excited to see him when we arrived home; I am pretty sure Piper would have jumped on to the bed to join him if we would have let her…

Wish me luck with all of the medical stuff (it is not my forte AT ALL) and luck managing all three animals plus Jay on my own for the rest of the week- Jamie is at his yearly staff conference for the week (yup- it’s horrible timing).  Needless to say, it will be an interesting week- especially since one of the instructions that I was given was to not let Dolce jump.  Seriously- no jumping??  He’s a cat people…

Here’s a couple photos of him settling back in last night…

He has a "sweater" on to cover the feeding tube a bit and hold it close to his body- that's what the blue thing is.
Piper greeting Dolce after his return home.

the big four

Today our fuzzy ball of pitiful goodness turns four- Happy Birthday Piper!!  Not exactly sure how that happened since I can remember anxiously waiting for her arrival like it was yesterday, but it did.  Honestly though, she has been such a wonderful addition to our family and continues to melt my heart as I watch her turn into Jay’s best friend…

Here’s to many, many more Piper hugs sweet girl!

the birthday girl assuming her standing role as kitchen clean up crew
playing with Jay
best buds
taking a much needed and deserved rest- yes, she really does sleep like this occasionally

a few steps

Just over the last few days Jay has taken multiple steps on his own.  More often than not I think that he forgets what he is doing and takes them without even thinking.  He is usually “walking” towards one of the animals or to get a phone or other electronic device he shouldn’t have.  Occasionally, he will take a few steps to either me or Jamie; which I love- it’s great to have him walk to you!

Last weekend when he was playing with Piper I accidentally got a few of those steps on tape.  Yippee for cool accidents :-) He was super excited to be playing with Piper, although I am not sure that Piper thinks it was too great since he just hands her the toy but he LOVED it. The first clip (towards the end) shows him taking a few steps, the second shows just a few more before Piper gets too excited to let him take anymore and in the last clip he is too excited to walk at all- it’s still adorable though.  Enjoy!

p.s. sorry for the background laughing in the video, just can’t help myself!

Jay really loved seeing himself and Piper playing on the camera after it had been video taped.  He heard the voices from across the room after I started playing it back, crawled up into my lap and watched fascinated until he had seen all of them.

the curious little boy