Monday, October 9, 2017


 James has been having a great time with soccer (although it's a bit of a bummer that his team hasn't actually won any games yet -- they almost won this weekend, and then the other team scored twice in the last couple minutes. Oh well!)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

New Girl

 Elsa's flight into Cleveland was delayed about an hour and a half, but she didn't seem too upset by her trip, and she was great in the car on the way home.  She seems to be adjusting well to her new life. :)  So far, she's not great with other dogs when she's on the leash, but otherwise she is a total sweetie.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pumpkin Love

Sunday was a beautiful day for pumpkin patching!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Let's Glow

James chose "glow in the dark" for his new earmolds. And they definitely do glow in the dark (and they're slightly neon green even when they are not in the dark).  I couldn't get a very good picture yet, in part because Matthew kept trying to photobomb it. :)

P.S. Elsa's arrival has been delayed until Tuesday, much to Matthew's disappointment. She had a small infection in her stitches from getting spayed, and they wanted to make sure it was clearing up before putting her on the plane.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Perils of History

Before bed last night, James was watching some Horrible Histories songs.  (It's a British comedy kids' show about history.)  Then in the middle of the night, he came into our room and seemed a little upset. I asked him this morning what had been wrong.

James: "I had a nightmare!"
Me: "What was it about?"
James: "I wish I hadn't learned about that English guy.  You know."
Me: "Oliver Cromwell?"
James: "Yes, he was trying to kill us!"

Too funny. :)

Here's the song he was watching, about the English Civil War:  (Most of the Horrible Histories videos are a bit better than this one and actually have the video from the show as opposed to typo-filled lyrics.)

Future Dog

I have been browsing Petfinder, and a couple weeks ago we found a dog that looked a lot like Stanley!  Unfortunately, she was adopted by someone else, but I kept checking at the same rescue organization (which is based in Houston but does dog transports to other parts of the country), and Elsa (pictured here) came up!  We put in our application right away, and they picked us to adopt her. :)

Their usual car transports have been somewhat disrupted by the hurricane, so they asked if they could fly her. Since there are no direct flights from Houston to Buffalo, we'll be going to Cleveland tomorrow to pick her up (assuming the vet clears her to fly at her visit today).  We are excited!

Matthew is especially excited. The other night he said, "Since she's a new dog, she'll probably be constantly begging for treats. And I'll fall for it every time!  We'll go through the whole box of treats in one day!"

Elsa's Petfinder listing: Elsa is a sweet tempered 2 yr old standard schnauzer mix (we have no idea - she is NOT hypoallergenic nor nonshedding). She is house trained and loves people dogs and cats, kids. Very loving and wants to curl up on the couch. She's about 30 lbs. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Apples and Oranges (orange pumpkins, that is...)

It was unseasonably hot this weekend -- mid to high 80s -- but that did not stop us from going apple-picking!  James even tried a couple of apples, which was impressive given that he is still missing his two front teeth.

The boys were also excited to pick out pumpkins. (They have named the big one Fireball.)