Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The One with Tip Toe's 19th (and Probably Last) Birthday

I've had my fair share of pets in my 27 years of life. Probably more than 60... From a flock of zebra finches to a warren of rabbits, from a herd of guinea pigs to a school of fish, so on and so forth. My very first "pet" was a pair of tadpoles my dad found on a bike ride or something when I was about 7. I named them Blacky and Snacky. They died while being taken care of by our neighbor when we were on vacation. My second pet was a guinea pig named Tanmerry. 
My third pet was/is our cat named Tip Toe. 
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At the end of October 1994, my aunt and uncle found abandoned kittens in their yard. Being the sweet and caring for animals people that they are, they took the kittens in and hand fed them. I desperately wanted one but the 'rents said no. My uncle had to take the kittens to work with him every day to feed them and since he shared an office with my dad, eventually my dad gave in to their cuteness and let me get one. I remember before we went and picked her up we stopped off at a bread store and I swear we spent five hours shopping for ingredients... I named my kitty Tip Toe because that was what I decided I would name my first kitty when I was about 5 years old.
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Today is Tip Toe's 19th birthday!
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Today my mom took Tip Toe to the vet and found out she most likely has cancer. 
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Nobody/nothing lives forever, but it's still hard to imagine life without Tip Toe! It feels like she's been around forever!
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Granted she's not the nicest of cats. In fact, I'd say she's downright mean. But every once in awhile she can be affectionate; only towards my mom these days.
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Once upon a time I read somewhere that the reason cats like to sit on your things is they want to feel important. If that's the case, then Tip Toe wants to be queen of the castle!
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Tip Toe has already outlived Sneakers our beloved Sheltie. 
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Now she's battling life against Gypsy the Australian Shepherd!
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One of my most favorite pictures of Tip Toe. She's ready for dinner and waiting patiently!
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Every time I've been home over the last several years, Tip Toe has gotten skinnier and skinnier and skinnier.
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Today at the vet she only weighed 5 pounds :( They ran a bunch of tests, results to be known tomorrow. The vet thinks she has cancer of the intestines, hence she's so darn skinny even though she eats her weight, quite literally, in food every day.
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I'm not looking forward to the circle of Tip Toe's life coming to an end. But I do believe our pets go to heaven so we will be reunited!
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Happy 19th birthday Tip Toe! You're such a pretty kitty!

Monday, October 29, 2012

The One with Trunk-or-Treat 2012

So many Halloweeny posts lately - life can't get much better :)
Saturday was our annual ward Trunk-or-Treat. (Def: When people gather and park their cars in the church parking lot, open their trunks, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. This event provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters.)
We dressed Jane up like a little witch.
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Fox was Buzz!
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We got there about a half hour before the trunk-or-treating began to decorate our car. Everything is still leftover from Fox's 1st Halloween birthday party; definitely getting my $$ worth out of those decorations!
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Friends!
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I wanted to be everywhere at once! Checking out the other cars.
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Trike-or-treat?
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Yummy food.
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Games galore!
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Inside the church the Cultural Hall was decorated for a youth dance.
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Meanwhile Chris took Fox around to gather candy.
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I love the look of Halloween!
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Lots and lots and lots (and lots!) of kids!
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Fox tried to climb into the trunks, lol.
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Jane was a good baby like she always is, perfectly content in her carseat stroller!
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Trunk-or-Treat 2010, 2011, 2012.
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Two more days 'til Halloween!

The One with Jane at 3 Months

Baby Jane is 3 months new today! 
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Length: 23.5" (25-50%) 
Weight: 13 pounds 7 ounces (50-75%) 
Head circumference: 16" (50%)
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Jane is such a content, chill, relaxed, happy, good-natured, easy breezy baby. I count my blessings every day!
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When she's not sleeping she sits in her swing or in her bumbo or in the crook of my arm and she's happy as a clam.
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Her sleeping habits are about the same as last month. She goes to sleep around 7pm, wakes up between 2am-3am to eat, sleeps until about 6:30am, and then is up for a couple of hours before going back to sleep on and off for the rest of the day.
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She doesn't sleep in her crib in Fox's room. Don't know if I've ever mentioned that before. Fox is such a light sleeper so until Jane sleeps through the night we'll keep her out in the living room in her swing or bouncer or between us on our bed in a little baby box.
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Her eyes are still blue/gray!
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I love taking her out and about; she's my little sidekick.
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She got some shots at her 2 month check up and for the rest of the day she was not a happy camper and whimpered and whined so sadly. It broke my heart! Shots are the worst.
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Luckily, she was back to her happy little self the next morning!
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It is so easy to get her to smile - one of my favorite things about her! All you have to do is look at her and show your pearly whites and she'll flash you the biggest toothless grin.
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Boy oh boy (or should I say girl oh girl?) she still LOOOOVES looking at herself. 
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I finally caught her cooing at herself on camera:

Yes Jane, you are a pretty girl :)

Her big brother Fox ignores her completely. I guess that's better than having him be really mean to her. One day they'll be friends :)
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I've loved dressing her up in Halloweenish things.
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She has her Daddy wrapped around her miniature finger, that's for sure. Daddy's little princess!
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If her pacifier isn't in her mouth, her hand is. She drools like there's no tomorrow! I need to start finding some cute bibs because she drenches through a few pairs of onesies every day.
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She still fits in all of her 0-3 month clothes. She even fits into some 3-6 month items, but has outgrown her few newborn outfits. Her feet don't fit any of her 0-3 month shoes though, what's up with that?
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She's given us a few legitimate laughs - it's the best sound in the world. Mostly by laughing in her face and she repeats a laugh back. So precious. Trying to catch it on camera for next month's update.
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Jane - I love you so much! When I hold you I just want to smother you with kisses and hugs and I'm so glad you're mine all mine and I get to watch you grow and be your mommy!