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Monday, May 26, 2014

Cherish the memories time goes fast!

Well if you have followed me online for years , you know how much my nan was a part of my life!
And I honestly know if it was not for her I would have not turned out the way I did! She was a great person, always thinking of others

And I never once heard her and my pap fight or argue. She went through a lot and held her head up so well. I always respected that.

I carried a lot of the things she did into the way I live my life now. I'm surely not as good as her!!!! But I try all I can do! She taught me most everything I know! She helped with my son's and just loved her boys! It seems like yesterday when I remember the feeling in my stomach when she told me she only had 6 months to a year to live. I told her i didnt think thats how it would happen and thankfully I was right, I   was pregnant with my second son at the time the drs told her that. It was a long stressful pregnancy.  All u wanted was her to see her other grandson.   She ended up making it to my son's 5th birthday. And wow I'm so thankful aspin got a lot of life skills thanks to my nan !   She passed 2 weeks after Aspins 5th birthday. 

We miss her everyday,  and it's hard still.
They say with time things get easier , myself I would disagree,  maybe you loose track of time as its coming up on 3 years since she left us. But she's around. Few things that have happened ( that's another blog post if you are interested in hearing it ) but strange things happen!

We went to her grave today. Aspin picked out the red rose for her it lights up. She loved roses. That's why I have a rose tattooed on my hand <3 and Kevin picked out the cross.

We picked my pap up and went to the cemetery,  we also rode around like we sometimes do to see where my pap grew up, and hear some of his stories.

We had a good memorial day! And thank your veterans ! My pap is one of them <3 hope everyone has a blessed day! Life is full of challenges handle them the best way you can

if you are wondering we got the rose and cross solar lights at Walmart get one and go visit a loved one <3 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our family just got bigger!

Well we added on to our family. Kind of by accident but here's the story...

I always rescue and help animals, everyone knows this, why sometimes I think people drop them off because they know I will find homes or keep them.

I just found homes for all my strays when 2 months ago this gray cat just comes running inside my house ? She was so friendly. I thought for sure it was my neighbors pet. So I posted a picture on Facebook someone replied saying she needed a home and was a stray. I found it a home, my sister in law was going to take her. Her and I where at Walmart when my husband called 3 times saying forget it we will keep her aspin doesn't want to get rid of her. We honestly didn't need another cat we have 2 cats inside now, along with 2 dogs and a bunny lol.  My husband isn't as much as a animal nut as I am however I must have rubbed off on him because he really liked her as well. I was ok with it because my one cat is getting older so thought o well why not.
She needed fixed I had a appointment when it happened ... my son let her outside .... well 2 months later guess what ? Kittens !!! She will go into get fixed as soon as she is done nursing.  I hated this happened because out of anyone I know how over populated cats are and finding good homes is so hard!

Well we went from 2 cats to two months later .... 7 cats !

She started having them at 4 am I heard cats meowing. My husband went to work and the hunt be gain trying to find them. She hide them well .. inside my husband underwear drawl lol. I looked about 8 am and there where 2 kittens. So cute ! Few hours later there was 3. She came out and was drinking and running around figured she was done. So I was like o well 3 isn't bad at least it's not 12. ( I have had cats who had very large litters.) She was a small cat tho.

Well my friend stopped over and angel ( momma kitty ) came out meowing in distress ran back to my bedroom came back out meowing like she needed help. I went back to find 2 more kittens however one was dead. I had to take the little one who didn't make it out. And was hear breaking it looked just like her!! But we are now left with 4 healthy little kittens.

I didn't have the heart to tell my son she had one who passed so he thinks she only had 4. ( he did amazing watching her and taking care of her the 2 months she was pregnant. ) he was just so happy and excited.  I'm glad he experienced it. And he loves these kittens to pieces! Always watches them and makes sure angel is ok and always says your such a good mom <3  And he thinks we should keep all of them. And idk if I have the heart to tell him he can't so we will see!

But she had 2 little black ones ( I really did want a black one ) a black and gray tiger one and a solid gray one. Names are still being thought about and aspin is taking that very serious!  He wants to wait till they have more personality till he decides names :)
They are only a few days and my little black one is the most active it's always pushing it'd way around all the time. Up and over all the others think it's going to be super active. Their eyes are still shut. Will be taking them all to the vet soon. And aspin couldn't be more proud.
cats are really great mothers. And angel is such a good mommy! You can just tell how proud she is. So next few weeks shall be interesting when they start running around. Lol
My other animals could careless.  They are use to having animals in and out due to I rescue a lot we will see what they think when these ones don't leave.
This weekend I am going to take aspin shopping for new litter boxes and some cat toys. Will keep you updated as they get more active and cute <3

Monday, May 19, 2014

Trip to the emergency room.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I care about animals, one of my pashions. And my pets are family!

Most of you know my black lab ford. He is a British block head lab. We had got him when I first got pregnant with aspin. Making ford almost 9. And OK he is a bit over weight.

We found him really sick when we got back from the zoo, he couldn't control his bladder , and didn't have control of his body, foaming at the mouth and flinging his head back. Wow I still can picture it as I'm writing this. Was so scary and I couldn't do anything to help him, probably one of the worst situations you can be in.

My vet was closed I took him to closet vet hospital,  to be honest I didn't think he was going to make it.

Him being 135 lbs we struggled to get him in the car to go. After getting him to the vet they ran blood work. Everything came back fine ! I was relieved a bit cause first thing I thought was limes. But now all blood work came back good now what? She said it had to be something neroligical. I had 2 choices .... I could let him there to be monitored overnight with iv and steroids or transport him (4000) to a hospital that did mris.  I said to monitor him overnight as he was already coming back to himself.

As I left him there overnight sick with strangers I never met and didn't have his stuffed animal to give him. I walked away worried then he went to stand up to follow me, I knew he was feeling better. As before he couldn't even follow his eyes. Was a long 12 hours waiting for vet to call back! Finally 9 am I call. They said he was 100% better. I can come take him home. Hard to believe, and needed to see myself to be the judge of that. Rase down to get him.

Waiting patiently in the waiting room just waiting for him to get brought out . And i heard it ... his tail hitting each side of the hallway on the way out. He was himself and so happy to see me ready to leave!

It's been 3 days. He has been on steroids 2 times a day. He is 100% better than he was ! But not 100% himself. Let's hope the medicine helps. I don't know who comes up with the price of vet bills but no wonder you see some deserted at shelters. Too expensive and when you can't afford it they fine you.  Shame sad world.

Off to the zoo... I hope they don't want to keep us.

Well Aspins 2nd grade field trip was today! Another school year coming to a ending, wow time goes so fast. And aspin is growing into such a sweet thoughtful person. I love to be able to go on school trips with him! This year we went to the Pittsburgh zoo and aquarium.  it was a rainy day but nothing a poncho and a umbrella couldn't handle. Thankfully it wasn't cold.

We had a great time! Seeing these big aquariums make me miss our big fish tank. I could never keep the water right and had a hard time always lost fish and was a hot mess. But seeing these neat ones makes me almost want to try again ( my husband would never want me to! ) guess I  wasn't meant to have fish lol however the tunnel we walked under with the sharks was so cool! But that fish with the big teeth was Aspins favorite. ( picture below. If you know what kind it is let me know! ) 

We got to the polar bears and however there was a sign saying bears will not be out during mating season... they where and 2 where quite friendly. Lol some kids got a kick out of it , and as for me and the other chaperones we tried not to look or smile and change topic :) lol

Overall I'd say the kids loved the baby gorilla the most! He got a lot of awes and look it's a baby screams from all the kids. I must admit he was cute. Only if I could talk my husband into that being a new pet lol

Aspin stopped at the stores all throughout the zoo and after careful thinking and figuring out what he wanted. He picked out a sharks tooth necklace , bookmark and a leopard stuffed animal. Great choices if I say so myself :) we had a great day. And aspin was happy I went all that matters! We dried off on the drive home anyway. 

If your ever around Pittsburgh the zoo is for sure a fun place to stop. Prices are very reasonable.  Nice clean zoo.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mothers day

I'm not one for over rated holiday's.  However any chance for a get together or cookout I love it. And i always teach the value of holidays and meanings behind them to my kids. And aspin honestly is always so sweet and thoughtdul ( most times unless your talking with his brother then verry few lol )

He wanted to do it all by himself he told dad what to get and what he needed. I must say this year was one of my best mothers day.

My mom and dad and my sister and her husband ended up stopping out on the bikes. We where having a cookout. They didn't stay too long but was real nice to show them what all we got done in our new house and catch up for a bit! They don't live close to me so I don't see them as much as I do jays family. But times like this I really miss my Nan. Not a day goes by I don't think of her. She inspired me to be half the mom she use to be to us.

Aspin made me some cards at school I won't rewrite them but the pictures are below. So cute <3 and going in scrap book for sure!

He had gotten a bike for Easter. And he was all concerned about me getting a new one so I can go riding with him too :) I did already have a bike, but not as special as the one he picked out for me. He had seen this bike when picking out his, never said a word to me. Told Jay there is a hello kitty bike at toys r us mom will love it. Then he wanted to make it extra special he said, so he asked Jay to take him to dollar store , where it took him 10 minutes to pick out the perfect and even ( he's really into math now ) am out of balloons ! He did great . He also had to tie all of them on.

He was so excited for his surprise.  Never once gave it away. Hard to believe when he's always the one who can't keep quite about something like this! He made me shut my eyes and I must say I was so surprised and I know he got more joy out of it then anyone. So cute ! And wow so thankful. 

We took the bike down to the willow tree. We planted this tree when aspin was born. Tree is getting bigger! Something to look back on.

And let's not forget about the bike. It's amazing right ;) hello kitty. I need to get a basket for owdie ( my chihuahua) he loves bike rides.

Aspin and I have had a few nice days here in PA and we used them peddling. Sure to get lots of use and sore legs this summer !

I did get aspin his stuffed animal he wanted after all I wouldn't have mothers day if it wasn't for him and Kevin <3

Kevin is too busy for mom most days, aspin and I always make jokes look at each other and say teenager at the same time. So much age difference between them only matter of time aspin will start to ignore me too lol but Kevin did make me this bank in art class. The story behind that is just too long for this blog lmao but I love it.

And thanks to my husband Jay for funding aspins ideas <3 times like this is why I am thankful to be the best mom to the best 2 boys I know and as much as I hate to admit it at times Jay is a pretty good guy too! Hope everyone had a great holiday !