Blog Archives for category Maggie

The epitome of pitiful.


This is a new one. 


They love this house!


I love this smushy furry face. 


We grilled steak for dinner and Maggie got this…

She was thrilled!!


Maggie loves the front yard!

She especially loves being out with us.



How I spent my first true alone hours. 

So this morning was actually my first day fully alone since the kids both started school—Papa and Grannie were here on the first day of school and I did get out of the house to go shopping… But today. Today I was ALONE. A-L-O-N-E. So I sat my happy ass on the couch with the dog on my lap and watched about five hours of TV. And it was glorious.   


This isn’t who we expected to lay here. 

I’m guessing the cats will enjoy it more once we get the bird feeder up! 


Someone wants to play and someone doesn’t.



That can’t be comfy. 

We are bad doggie parents. 

We had to take Maggie in for a non-emergency emergency appointment. I’m glad I’d already researched local vets and had picked one… And that they could get us in within the hour.

We’re always a little lax on cutting her nails. Tom actually attempted it a few weeks ago before our move but hit the quick on one and it bled and bled and he obviously stopped and didn’t finish them.

Well, before then, I’d noticed one was getting very long and starting to curl around back towards her pad and I know I mentioned it but it got forgotten. Then the move happened, then vacation, etc. I noticed her licking and chewing on one foot but didn’t think much of it. Until this week and I rolled her over to look at her foot and OMG that nail had curled around and was growing INTO HER PAD.

Oh the horror and guilt we felt… We immediately cut the nail as best we could (we’d actually luckily unpacked that box) and it was bleeding a bit and we wanted to get it checked out to make sure it was okay.

The vet’s office was awesome. They gave her an exam, cut the rest of her nails, and gave us some antibiotic wipes. They said it wasn’t bad at all. (And in fact, it was pretty much healed by the next morning, so we likely could have skipped the appointment but of course we felt better going.)

Even though it was a regular appointment I was steeling myself for the cost. And it was only $59. It was $58 for the exam and $1 for the antibiotic wipes. Complimentary nail clip, complimentary tick pill. So we have a great vet now!!

More windows equal more sun equal comfy sunning spots!


We have plenty of pet beds but…


Len Summer Christmas 2017

Nick and Gracie making Christmas M&Ms (the rest went into Lisa’s monster cookies).

Just a few brats to cook…

All the kids like to fish but they say Aubrey is the one who loves it the most and is the best at it. She apparently gives lessons to other kids at their house!

Katie caught a fish!

Someone took an unplanned jump into the river (learning you can’t walk on lily pads):

Drying off…

I think this picture is a tradition.

And the mandatory annual family Christmas photo! Every year they give us grief about taking it… And this year with the craziness of the move I didn’t post it immediately and they were all asking about it!! So there. :p

And the annual kid comparison—Katie is getting closer to Aubrey but Aubrey is still ahead (which should be the case, as she’s almost 9). And as usual, Owen is definitely taller than Gracie…

But I think he beats Nick this year!!

Last year:

More fishing!

After a campfire and s’mores it was time for bed. The kids decided to all sleep in the living room… Poor Timmy. :)


They’re exhausted after a day of sleeping in their crates. 


Sun dog is happy.


And Charlie has taken over Maggie’s travel crate. We often have to dump her out to put Maggie in.


Exploring critters.


Chicago-bound: Pit stop #2

This leg Bella stopped crying but Charlie started. Ay yay yay. At least it was lunch time so we got more time to stretch out. I forgot a picnic blanket so we just grabbed Owen’s comforter which was on top of a pile. :)

The kids were thrilled because they fit their McDonald’s happy meals.


Maggie is how we all feel right now…

…and where we wish we could be. We still have at least another hour of work. [Note: we ended up working until about 11:30. There’s airways so much more to be done then you think.]


Furry photobomber

I was trying to take a picture of the comforter to list on a yardsale site when this happened.