Tuesday, December 27, 2011


I'm going to try to get this blog all caught up for those of you who follow the trio through this site. Sorry I've been a slacker. I took a little break because work, life, etc. was busy, but I need to get this up to speed since it's the best way that I keep track of the silly stuff they do.

First order of business, pictures of our winter photo shoot for our Christmas cards. We did these in early December because Billy grew a terrible mustache in November, and I couldn't stand the thought of that hideous thing in our pictures.

Here they are with Papa Nando and Maureen.

They love their Mimi! They start every sentence to her with, "Hey, Mimi." She wants to get a vanity plate for her car that says that.

Silly, family fun.

There were a bunch more from the photo shoot, but I just wanted to give a sample.

The grandpas still watch the kids every Tuesday. They are constantly seeking out new ways to keep them entertained. On this particular Tuesday, it rained, and this is what the grandpas came up with. Let me tell you, we had to do some serious scrubbing in the bath tub that night.

We visited Santa like a million times during the holidays. The picture above is from breakfast with Santa at their school. It's still impossible to get a picture with all of them smiling and looking at the camera. Next Christmas maybe we'll have better luck. Didn't I say that last year?

We also had breakfast with Santa is our neighborhood. They enjoyed that fiesta as well...especially since there were donuts there. Abby is obsessed with the powdered sugar variety and Marie likes the chocolate frosted, but she eats all the frosting off and leave the lower 1/2 of the donut. Will eats them all.

Here they are at Mimi's waiting on some Christmas cookies. Look at Will's face. He's so funny.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winnie's "Tail"

Because we don't have enough issues keeping up with our kids, Winnie decided to be problematic this month. She had an injury to the tip of her tail, and she was bleeding. We think she had thorn that nicked her tail in the yard when she was playing near the rose bushes. Well, she sprayed blood all over our walls. It was like somebody was painting with red paint all over the place. Well, it wouldn't heal because every time she wagged her tail, she would whack it on the wall, and she would re-injure it. We ended up having to take her to the vet, and they tried to wrap it, but she ate the wrapping off twice because she figured out how to flip her tail over her cone and chew at it. So, it kept getting injured.

The vet wrapped it in plastic casing, but she ate that off too, along with part of her nasty tail. So, now she had eaten two bandages, a large piece of plastic, some tail, and she STILL had a bloody tail. Then, we started to get worried that we might have to open her up and fish out all the crap she ate. Not to mention, my Mega Den was getting sprayed with blood several times per day.

Well, the vet decided amputation was the next step. They thought maybe just the tip of her tail. Then, it was 1/3, and then, maybe 1/2. Well, I think they probably ended up taking 2/3 of the thing off.

Here she is with her little tail nub, but she's so relieved. She's not trying to chew at it anymore. However, she started throwing up after coming home from surgery. She barfed up the bandages (intact) and the plastic casing. Nice. She had to take heartburn meds to settle down her stomach and a rice and chicken breast dinner. So, now I have to remember to get her an antibiotic, 2 pain killers, and a heartburn med every day. Things aren't crazy enough around my house I guess.