Christmas 2017, also known as the stomach bug Christmas. UGH.
Christmas Eve started off with some donuts from Cookie the elf. And if you look carefully, you’ll see Maddie & Owen sprinkling reindeer food outside. Poor Fin opted to skip this part and stay in bed. I’m not even sure when the puking started, but it started a few days back with Owen… moved on to Fin and to David, now it’s on to Maddie and I just know my turn is coming. It’s been awful. We haven’t slept, we haven’t eaten… a whole Christmas dinner just packed away in leftover containers that will probably eventually get dumped just because they’ll go bad before everyone feels better. Ugh.
After a night of throwing up, Fin thankfully felt a ton better come Christmas morning. We woke up slow and took it easy. David started a fire, I made some coffee and about 4 dozen muffins (because they’re so quick and easy). We opened presents and spent the rest of the day being lazy bums, vegging out to chips & dip, lil smokies and more before the sickness crept in again and nobody wanted real food for dinner.
Remember Sant shops from school? Well, we normally give the kiddos a few bucks to take, but this year they willingly spent their own money and my heart about burst from the sweetness of it. Here are the gifts they got me. Haha. Can you guess which was from who? They were SO proud of the gifts they each chose too.
Mug from Fin. Angel from Maddie. Keychain from Owen. (we all laughed when I opened that one. It’s attached to my purse now of course and that’s where it’ll stay til I switch purses or until it breaks because #momlife. haha)
This dragon… dinosuar thing… he’s been asking for a Yellow eyes (this version in yellow) for 2 years now. TWO YEARS! We’ve searched EVERYWHERE! (found originally at walmart, but then went MIA). Finally David found this on Amazon after repeat trips to walmart and target just to browse the toys…. took the kids to spend Christmas gift cards a few days before Christmas and wouldn’t you know it, David had to talk Owen OUT of buying this exact dinosuar/dragon thing because Walmart had finally restocked em. I about fell out of my chair laughing when David told me that he had to convince Owen NOT to buy the exact thing he’s been asking for for TWO years now. And the fact that after all that crazy searching, walmart restocked and it was there.
Either way, he now takes Fin’s red dragon (red eyes is his name) and pairs it with his Blue dragon (Blue eyes, duh) and they walk around the house growling at each other and scaring the cat and confusing the dogs, so it’s pretty entertaining.
Overall, aside from the sickness that’s going to be the death of me (I’m being SLIGHTLY dramatic, but only slightly… you guys haven’t seen the way this thing hits people), our Christmas was really nice. We don’t have any family local, so we didn’t have to places to be or people to see. We just enjoyed the five of us in all our sickness.
I hope yours was awesome. I’m ready to undecorate now and get life back to normal. Who else is ready for 2018?! *raises hand*
Happy Hump Day, friends! I really hate that phrase. I don’t know why, probably because I’m like super modest and conservative, that and it’s just really overused… so overused that I actually used it myself even though I really hate the phrase.
On another note — is anyone else just really thrown off this week? All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Friday! Or at least SHOULD be Friday. Isn’t that just sad?! It was only Tuesday, guys! ONLY TUESDAY!
My kids are sickly. Not sickly enough to keep them home from school, but sickly enough to keep themselves up coughing half of the night. Ugh! The neverending motherly debate – do I keep them home from school and drag them to the Doctor just so their absence is excused? Do I keep them home and just let them rest and their absence be unexcused? They don’t have a fever, just a nasty cough and some stuffy noses, but who’s to say it’s not just allergies and weather changes?! UGH! Being a parent is such a struggle sometimes.
I sent poor Owen to preschool yesterday worrying about the excused/unexcused absences and then realized, “Amber! It’s PRESCHOOL! He can miss! It’s not mandatory! You’re such a dummy” but by then the damage was already done, he was at school, happily, just coughy.
They all woke up happily this morning, happier than they have the past few days so hopefully it’s skipping town and ditching my kids sooner rather than later.
In other news… Dr Seuss night at their school – so fun! They made hats, ate lots of cookies, got some new books from their book exchange, and ran around like chickens without heads. Seriously, it was chaotic and they had a blast.
Missy ate another couch pillow. We started with four. We own two now and one has a giant hole in it.
Poor Bo was just sleeping right through it until he realized I was running around, yelling at Missy, and cleaning up pillow fluff from EVERYWHERE, including his head.
Let’s move on to Owen photography. Every now and again, Owen will ask for my phone to take pictures. It usually starts with him wanting to look at a picture we just took and escalates from there. Next thing I know, I have over 100 new pictures of blurry who knows what on my phone. He is improving though, just look at these pictures!
Outfit of the day yesterday because I was cleaning off pictures off of my phone. I actually changed into black shoes because these pinches my toes funnily and it bugged me.
David had to work late the other day, Bo decided he’d keep me company. He usually ends up in David’s spot in the mornings after he goes to work anyway, but on this particular night, he straight up beat me to bed. I had to argue with him and shove him over onto his half of the bed. Such a ridiculous dog.
As we close out the 2015 chapter of our lives, I thought it’d be a fine time to reflect back on the past year of this little blog by highlighting a few posts throughout each month of the year.
In January I shared what Maddie’s closet looks like as well as a few key pieces to any kids’ wardrobe and kicked off the Mini Fashionista with this post. Also in January, we lost our little Sadie Bug to the great outdoors.
In March, we continued the Mini Fashionista and this time the boys were a part of it as well. March was also the month that I realized I was too short for normal people jeans & the month that Owen started part day prek in Georgia.
We spent June lounging around at the pool and watching all of our stuff be moved across the United States. We finally made it to Oklahoma in the end of June after more car troubles. *sigh* I also put together a Baby shower care package for my friends, Lisa & Ken.
That brings us all the way up to December! I shared our Christmas wrap up with you guys! I’m actually using this mug again today as I type this up. I talked about how my kids have their own little lives amongst themselves and how cool it is to see them having what I used to have with my siblings. own little lives. I shared with you how to put together a manly man’s stocking as well as how to make some Minion playdough. Oh! And I shared an EASY costume idea for your Elf-on-the-Shelf.
It’s been so fun putting this post together and looking back through a year of posts. I hope you guys have enjoyed it too and I hope you guys have a fabulous 2016! Thanks for sticking around!
Having two dogs now instead of just Bo, David and I have struggled a bit to find a good brand that supports both of them. Missy is still young, but eats like a grown dog, Bo is a beast that’s basically never full. They share a bowl because we tried separate bowls and not only was it messy, but they’d argue about who got to eat which, when, and where! It was absolutely ridiculous! So now they have just the one bowl of food (it’s a huge bowl) and a huge bowl of water that they share. It works out well for all involved, except I feel like we are constantly refilling one or the other because they’re basically bottomless pits and always thirsty.
Anyway, in trying to find something that they could/would both eat, we went back to Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®Zero Grain™ Beef. It is made with simple, natural ingredients like real U.S. farm-raised beef, which is always the number one ingredient, combined with wholesome vegetables. And there are never any grains, glutens or fillers. Rachael Ray Nutrish to try it. We knew from past experiences that Bo loved it but we didn’t want to start Missy on it as soon as we got her because she was tiny still. Now that she’s a bit bigger and they’ve both gotten a bit pickier about foods, we decided to give it a go again.
Bo gets SO excited about any packages that come our way. Sometimes they’re for him, sometimes they aren’t. When they aren’t for him, he pouts after sniffing it and realizing it contains nothing of interest to him. If it is for him though, he basically rips the box open for me! Just look at that happy, goofy face! He’s waiting for me to open the food for him!
Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Zero Grain™ Beef with Bison Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients like real U.S. farm-raised beef, which is always the number one ingredient, combined with wholesome vegetables. And there are never any grains, glutens or fillers.
In order to make the transition to Rachael Ray Nutrish, we had to do it slowly over the course of a bit over a week. We started off mixing it in with their old dog food, then little by little, day by day, we’d up the amount of Rachael Ray Nutrish and use less of the old dog food. When introducing new food to your pets, don’t just make the switch overnight! Make sure you make it a slow transition!
Here’s a little bit more about Rachael Ray Nutrish: ◦In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish ultra-premium food and treats for dogs. In 2014, we were very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple natural ingredients and do not contain meat or poultry by-product meal or fillers. Real meat is the #1 ingredient and all recipes were inspired by Rachael’s kitchen. ◦Even more impressive than our formula or position, Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, a charity created to help shelter pets in need. To date we have donated over $9MM. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. Unlike our competitors, we pride ourselves on bringing pet specialty quality food to the masses. We are the first premium brand that is only available in grocery/mass retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon. In a hyper- competitive category, we are very happy to say that we are the fastest growing dry dog food brand in the grocery/mass space. Contributing to the brand’s success is the approachability, accessibility and connection to Rachael Ray, who brings on-trend humanization of pet food and represents the charitable Rachael’s Rescue component.
Bo and Missy loved it so much! And I swear I see a change in both of them! They seem happier, and more active. That makes me happy!
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Y’all…. Bo is such a giant turd! He reached this point a while ago that he just hated his dog food. HATED it. Like his bowl would remain full for DAYS. He would just slowly sneak food from us or the kids. If we happened to leave a plate to go use the bathroom, to get up to get a drink, anything at all, he would just help himself right to it! He’s quick too! Like sneaky quick! And for such a large dog, his level of sneakiness really surprises us.
We finally decided that maybe it was just time to try a different food. I had heard good things about Purina foods, we actually have a whole pack of canned wet Purina food to mix with his old dog food to try to get him to eat it — he’d even try to dig the wet food out from the dry food! He’s hilarious, really. So we loaded up one day & took him up to PetSmart.
He had THE BEST time in there! He absolutely loves to go on car rides anyway, so the fact that we went for a longer than normal one (usually we just drive him to the local dog park or the gas station down the road with us and then back home) and then he got to come in the store with us… he was in puppy heaven! He was just grinning ear to ear as we walked by people, their dogs and around the store! It was pretty cute to see!
We headed to the dog food section & let him have a good sniff around. He settled on Purina® Pro Plan® DRY dog food so we loaded it up in the cart (by we, I of course mean David) & headed to checkout.
After buying a new toy (because we’re suckers) and donating some money to the animal shelter, we headed out the door & back to the car. After a quick stop to mark some territory, he hoped right in the car and took a nap on the way home. That little adventure wore him out!
Once home, we washed out his dog food bowl & refilled it with the Purina® Pro Plan® DRY dog food. We were happy with his choice because it’s made with real chicken, beef, lamb, or salmon and it’s the first dry dog food brand to use and be founded on the idea of real meat as the #1 ingredient to help promote total body health.
He was excited about it!
He scarfed it down happily! No begging him, no arguing with him, no mixing it with wet food! He happily ate the food he chose! I kid you not when I say that Bo is just like Scooby Doo minus the talking thing!
Oh and since we are here talking about this crazy pup, I thought I’d share a few of my go-to DIY dog toys for you guys. If your pup is ANYTHING like ours, any toy you bring home is probably totally destroyed in less than a minute so I came up with a few easy (and budget friendly) toys that I thought I’d share with you.
Let’s start with the DIY rope toy. Gather up some scissors & an old shirt.
All you have to do is cut that shirt into strips, gather them all up, tie a knot at one end and then braid the strips (I used chunks of strips to just do one big thick braid) and tie a knot at the end.
Next is Bo’s favorite (because it makes noise).
You just need an old sock & an empty water bottle (the crinklier the better). Put the water bottle in the sock & tie a knot in the end to hold it in. I cut the rest into strips for him because he likes it when his toys are ratty like. Sometimes when I make this one, I’ll also cut holes in the water bottle & put some dog food in there so that it smells yummy and he’s greeted with a nice little surprise when he rips it open!
Now that I’ve shared my favorite money saving tips for new dog toys, tell me what some of your best tricks are?
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Did you know that October is Pet Adopt Month? We adopted a puppy last summer from the shelter, Lucy! You guys may remember her cute little face.
Last summer I with the help of some friends raised up the money to rescue Lucy from a shelter 2 ish hours away. The day we went to pick her up, I loaded up my car with blankets & toys and food I’d gathered up from thrift stores and friends and sales racks to take with me to donate to the shelter. The kids loved her. I loved her. David loved her. Bo however did not love her. We ended up only fostering Lucy until we could find her a forever home (a couple with three teenagers that had been begging for a dog for a few years now had finally convinced their parents to let them get one). At first I was really sad to not keep her and felt bad about “giving her up” but the new owner kept me posted for MONTHS about how well she was doing. It wasn’t fair for us to keep her with the way Bo acted towards he. He’d push her out of the way when we tried to love on her, he’d steal her toys, her bones, her bed, etc etc. He was just a big ole bully (punny because he’s a bulldog) towards her but I knew as soon as I received the first picture (a picture of Lucy sitting on her new bed enjoying the sunshine through a window, her own bed and eating her own little bone) that we had made the right choice in not only rescuing her but in finding her a forever home.
With that story in mind, I’d like to introduce you guys to the newest member of the McCain family, Sadie.
I’ve kept Miss Sadie a secret from you guys for a few weeks now because at first she was a trial run to see how she’d fit in with us, with the kids, with Crowley cat and especially with Bo. At first Bo was a bit taken back & Sadie was a bit shy but after the first few days, I knew she was a keeper! She can hold her own against Bo unlike Lucy. Sadie will sneak on up and steal her bone or toy right back from Bo, then go wiggle her tiny self into a corner that she know Bo can’t get to and just enjoy herself. She’s still in trial mode, but she’s pretty darn cute, huh?!
Since October is Pet Adoption Month, Pedigree dog food is donating one bowl of dog food to help feed sheltered dogs for every pedigree dog food purchased at Sam’s Club so naturally that’s where we headed to grab up some food for our pups! (I’m a huge fan of good deeds as some of you may remember last year’s “52 weeks of kindness” challenge I gave myself).
Bo & Sadie bug love their special treat when we mix the wet food with their dry food! They gobble it right up!
They also love the Dentastix we grabbed for em. Just look at BoBo licking his lips! haha! And ignore the trash bag coming out of the cabinet behind him (Fin has just put a new bag in the can).
I also took a bag of pedigree dog food, some old blankets and some puppy toys to our local shelter over the weekend to help them out. They’re always in need of donations. So what about you? Have you adopted a pet? Donated to a local shelter?