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iphone photos: week 17ishhhhhh

this week has been nothing but craziness… (see previous post, a vlog! yay! er, yeah.) so, I missed tuesday and wednesday pics, but I got the rest of the week… here we goooooooo…

saturday morning I went to work and then that afternoon I went with the crew from work to a knitting class one of our clients hosted for us. it was fun… knitting is not nearly as complicated as I thought it would be. as my granny said, you can knit… you just need someone to show you! so true.

sunday was all about hanging out… and who better to babysit but baxter? haha… it’s kind of funny. I’m noticing when grayson is up and about… baxter is not far from him.

monday I didn’t have to work so I got to see john a bit in the morning. he and g skyped the grandparents, while I took a shower and cleaned up a little bit. they are wicked cute… and? I got bax and els’ portraits in the mail from wallfry… LOVE THEM. they are so stinking cute.

thursday brought some much needed time out of the house. the weather was nice enough to open the sunroof on the escape! holler! I went to work in the morning and then came home, scooped g up, and headed to katherines for a quickie hang out sesh. it was awesome. I always feel like I’ve burnt a crapload of calories laughing it up with her… and everly is just out of this world cute. she decided she wanted to be zipped up in g’s carseat and g “nigh-nigh”… I could’ve squeezed her from cuteness alone… and I had to take a pic of the diapers hanging on katherines line… SO JEALOUS… I need a line out back at our next house. I mean NEED. heeheh

friday I worked an eight hour day, so when I came home I was DYING to cuddle with g… and apparently he felt the same… check out that grin. love that kid. and I am seriously going to miss moments like this at my job, it kills the puppy fever for me… I get to snuggle them and then send them home with their owners. it’s a win win. and yes, my hair looks freaking haggard in that photo…

here are the daddy daycare pics of the week. I was SO PROUD when he sent me the photo from target. he never takes g out of the house… (I think it makes him nervous…) so I’ve been urging him to get out of the house with g and LOOK! here he is all by himself, running errands. happy mama.

anywho, that’s our week… did you take pics with your phone this week? link up over at amy’s blog… the more the merrier!

see you next week… toodloo!

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project 31: beautiful cousins and things that make sara happy.

project 31: day 16 ::day 2::

Write a letter to your daughter, or a young girl in your life. Tell her what beauty means.

this one is hard for me. I was thinking about it all day yesterday and just could not even begin to sum up what beauty means. I knew who I was going to write to… my beautiful cousins sloan and reaganne… but what does beauty mean? I’m not even sure I know. I know what beauty is defined as… but what does it mean? well, here’s what I came up with…

dear sloanie and rea rea

I was about your age when your mama had you. your mama wanted the both of you (and garrett) so much. she prayed for you everyday… and when she finally got you, she was so beautiful! she was glowing with pride and love… and she was so happy. you were here. beautiful, healthy, babies. and rea rea, you were such a lovely surprise! I spent my summers back then visiting with you… getting to know you… changing your diapers, feeding you, cleaning! (your mama was such a chore enforcer! she was hardcore!)… I was in love. what am I saying? I’m still in love… with the both of you!

to me, beauty radiates. it’s not always instantly visible… but it’s in ones actions and words. you can make yourself an incredibly ugly person just with your words. guard them. use them wisely…. treat people well. treat animals well. treat the earth well. this will only enhance your beauty… because let’s face it… you both are incredibly beautiful girls… and I’m looking forward to watching you grow into beautiful and kind women.

I love you both very much… and I cannot wait to see you this weekend! (g’s super excited too!)

Love,
Sara… who smells like strawberries. (reads with a lisp…)

project 31: day 17 ::day 3::

Write about 3 things that make you happy.


1. this guy, right here.

baxter makes me incredibly happy. I feel like this guy is my little furry soulmate. this dog was meant to be my dog. he’s been the best dog I’ve ever had by a long shot… and I’ll tell you, he’s lucky I feel this way… because he’s not a well-behaved dog… AT ALL. ::bows head in shame:: when I got him, I was going through a rough patch… so, instead of focusing on training him, I took advantage of all the cuddles he was willing to give. regardless, I will have this dog until the day he (we don’t say that word about baxter.)… and I’ll love him like crazy until then.

2. driving.

sounds weird, right? I blame my dad. from the time I was about thirteen, he had me driving on back roads. it was a big time bonding time for me and him… we would talk about everything… so now… if I’m bumming or need to think or need to TALK… I jump in the car and drive. it’s relaxing for me. detox, if you will. I know, I’m a weirdo. but on the other hand, I suppose there are worse things. I also really enjoy cars in general… random fact about me: classic car shows kind of make my heart flutter with excitement. I even like the smell of them…

3. converse and the beach


okay okay… so, I am cheating a tad, but it’s a combination of both. I used to go to the beach in northern california with my friends all the time. I miss it. I miss the smell… I miss the sounds of the seagulls (they are CRAZY hardcore about food, fyi…) I miss being able to just get out of bed and decide to go to the beach… but converse… well, they are pretty much the only shoes I wear (have been since forever… I’m a jeans and tshirt kinda girl.)… and they sometimes remind of me of just waking up, throwing on some clothes… and heading to the beach. ah, love. dreams. ::sigh::

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lazy sunday.

lazy sundays are rad.

that is all.

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much needed ray of sunshine…

pretty much sums up how freaking amazing my day was… who knew all you needed was a grayson, a baxter, an imitation bumbo seat, and lots of giggles to make for a pretty perfect day?

oh and p.s. the last photo pretty much advertises his sweet flat spot… hey, we’re working on it!

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people and their pets.

so, as we all are well aware… I work in the veterinary field. I wasn’t going to blog much about this… because to me, well, it’s kind of boring… but something happened yesterday that made me want to scream… and punch someone! (and I’m not a violent person, incaseyouwerewondering.)

yesterday afternoon we got a phone call. a woman was frantic… irate actually. she was screaming to the technician that her cat was “pissing” all over her house and she was sick of it. the technician tried to schedule an appointment. “no!” the client said… “I want him dead, NOW!” she kept screaming this over and over to the technician… and finally settled on, “well, I’m bringing him in… I don’t care if I have to pay extra. I want him dead as soon as possible.”

the technician hung up the phone and we waited. not sure what it was going to be like when this woman arrived with this cat we had never seen before.

when she flew into the parking lot with her gigantic over-priced gas-guzzling suv… we knew it was her. she jumped out and ran to the door with the cat flung over her shoulders. she claimed he was ten… we all settled on about three. she practically threw the cat at the technician… barked at me asking what she owed… and ripped a check out of her checkbook… all the while, mumbling to herself, “I’ve spent over four thousand dollars fixing my carpet because of this damn cat…” I mumbled something back like, “oh yeah, interesting.” what do you say? the woman obviously has no heart. she can pay four thousand bucks to replace the carpet but cannot pay seventy for an office visit to see what’s going on with the cat?

worst part? the cat was fractious… we all wanted to NOT euthanize the pet… because the owner obviously didn’t care what we did with him… but we needed to examine and run a urinalysis on him to see what was going on. not. going. to. happen. he wasn’t having it.

here are two main problems with this scenario.

a: who knows if this cat is vaccinated for rabies… and without proof, it’s assumed that it’s not.

b: we have to chop it’s head off if it bites someone. (yep, the state requires it to test it for rabies. or six months quarantine, but who’s gonna pay for that? the cat is homeless.)

it was heartbreaking. I just don’t get it. why have a pet if you’re more attached to your carpet? accidents happen lady. it doesn’t have to be a common occurrence if you bring it to the vet and find out what’s going on… but it happens… and most of the time, when a cat is urinating/defecating outside the litter box – it’s cat for – help! I don’t feel good! this just completely drives me nuts. cats and dogs die all the time because of irresponsible people. it makes my heart hurt.

all it takes is two seconds. if you’re considering getting a pet, just think to yourself, “can I really afford to take care of this dog/cat for the next ten to twenty years?” if the answer is no… or even maybe not… don’t do it! wait! there will be others when you’re READY. if everyone took this advice… we’d have a lot less moments like the above mentioned. I’m not trying to get preachy though. I got my little baxter when I couldn’t afford him… and that seemed to turn out well. sometimes, I think pets show up right when you need them… he certainly did that for me.

other than that, nothing too exciting happened at work. other than the woman who came in with a brand-spankin new puppy (so squishy and cute.)… and she kept telling me how she hated her 16 year old son because he was “disgusting.” what does that even mean? I’m not gonna lie though… it was highly entertaining. people are funny.

all is well on the home front. john has the weekend off… and so do I, yippee! so, I’m looking forward to some family time. all of us, no obligations…

gonna go back to cuddling with baxter and baby g now… toodloo!

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top ten of twenty-ten…

I’ve been thinking about twenty-ten a lot today. only natural I suppose… this was a huge year for me. for a lot of reasons. many involving my little g-man… but not all. I’ve read tons of blogs today and many of them are posting top ten photos of twenty-ten. totally amazing… and some of the mamas got some great photos… but I don’t have photos for my top ten moments… so I thought I’d just write at cha’ about em.

these are in no particular order of importance. maybe in chronological order…

one – positive pregnancy test(s). I still remember the look on john’s face. whatthefrigginfrackdoidonow?! he was not thinking it would happen so soon. I remember telling my sister on the phone… a week before I even took the tests that I knew I was pregnant. call it mother’s intuition I suppose.

two – there’s movement! our 12 week ultrasound was incredible. definitely the best one of the entire pregnancy and I had what seemed like many. I just remember the feeling of lying on the chair while the technician ran the wand around thinking… this is real… this is happening… then, he started kicking and shoving his little arms at the wand every time she pushed even slightly on my tummy. he was already a feisty little one. by far, one of the best days of twenty-ten… possibly one of the best days of my life.

three – surprise! memorial day weekend john’s stepdad, norm was scheduled to come and visit on his way to his daughters house in mass. well, not only did he arrive… but john’s mom did, too! I was so happy to see them… and the surprise of having her here for the entire weekend was so freaking fabulous. I loved every minute… even though I puked the entire time… plus, the last day of their trip, I felt g move for the first time. it was a fantastic weekend and I’ll never forget it.

four – it’s a boy! I knew g was a boy. I just knew it. but seeing it on a screen and knowing it for sure… was magical. I would have been happy either way. in fact, in the beginning I was sure I wanted a girl… but there was something about my pregnancy, I was sure he was a boy… and I was happy about it. really, really, happy about it… and you should’ve seen the look on john’s face. holy lord, he was excited. uber frickin’ excited.

five – showers, showers, and more showers…! in the end, I ended up having three showers. two thrown in california by family and one here in connecticut by my boss… they were all awesome and they were definitely a treat. it’s really awesome to see how much people love your bebe even before he’s born. I do not recommend traveling when pregnant… (if you’re having a pukey pregnancy)… I’m pretty sure the entire plane could hear it… and it was not pleasant.

six – “you’re gonna have the baby this weekend…” jenna (my lovely co-worker) said on my way out of work. I had left early that day. I wasn’t feeling to savvy. I was thirty-five weeks preggo… but I had been thinking he was going to come early. I shrugged it off and went on my way… when I called her at five am the next morning to tell her she was going to have to work for me that day… I doubt she was super happy about her prediction… (I’m giggling right now to myself… still cracks me up.)

seven – “you can do it, babe… you’re doing so well!” my husband surprised the crizap out of me when I was in labor. he was supportive. he’d hunt down a nurse when he had to… and he got me popsicles all the time. when it came time to push he was so supportive… and even when I puked on him… he just kept telling me to keep going – we were almost there. he was a pain in my butt while I was pregnant… but he was killer when I was in labor… I guess I’ll take it. <3

eight – you’re mine. once the initial shock of mommyhood wore off… and the baby blues seemed to melt away (I’m sort of feeling like they’re still not fully melted as of late)… I finally got that feeling of holy cow, he’s mine… I’m the person that is in charge of this handsome little blob of bebe. he’s starting to develop a little personality now… and he’s smiling… so, lately has been a lot more fun… but I have to admit I still look at him from time to time and think… holy cow, you’re mine! it’s a trip, this whole motherhood thing.

nine – dad, mom, john’s mom, heather… having so much family out here this year has meant the world to me. I needed the help and support… and I needed to be around people that I didn’t have to “think” while I was around… if you know what I mean… just no work involved. especially my sister. we got to gripe at each other… and as crazy as it sounds… it was super comforting.

nine and a half – granny, nana, and papa. seeing my grandparents with my bebe was beyond amazing. since before g was born I was plotting on how soon I could get him out there to see them. especially granny, since she is 91… I wanted to make sure I (selfish, I know) had the chance to be around her with my son. I love them all to death… and it was an awesome experience… as well as being able to show him off to my dad, stepmom, john’s dad and stepmom… the trip to california was amazing.

ten – baxterlove. (as I sit here and type this, baxter is cuddling my side. trying to bring inspiration, I guess.) the entire time I was pregnant I fretted and fretted about baxter and how he was going to react to baby g. he’s been the only baby in my life for five years and I have spoiled him rotten. he’s gotten to go to work with me. he’s gotten to ride with me on errands. he’s moved several times with me. he’s been the best dog I have ever had in my entire life. and I was worried sick. and then we brought grayson home… baxter acted like it was no big deal. he’d sit on my lap with me and g while I cried trying to breastfeed. he’d mess up my pile of diapers as I tried to fold them (over and over because of his little bum.)… he’d lay with me as I’d try to get baby g to sleep. he’s been amazing. it’s almost like after five years of me taking care of him, he feels like it’s his turn to take care of me. and I freaking love him more than I ever have. which I thought was impossible. people told me my feelings for my pets would change after grayson was born. and I’m not gonna lie, my feelings for elsie have changed. I still love her to pieces… just not the same as I did before… but baxter. he’s still my little soul-dog. there hasn’t been one like him for me before… and there probably never will be again… so I’m going to take advantage of the time I have with him… and I’m going to hopefully instill in g the importance of animals… and what they bring. I better stop now. I could go on for days. I seriously love this dog. I tell john all the time I wish there was a pill out there that made dogs age like people… not seven-times as fast. see, here I go. I could go on for days.

so that’s my top ten of twenty-ten… there were many more moments that have been ingrained in my memory… but these were the first to mind. 2010 was a stellar year… and I can only imagine was twenty-eleven will bring. I have some ideas. but we’ll see what happens. I’m finding that what I want to happen and what actually happens don’t always coincide. ah, such is life.

bring it on, twenty-eleven. totally looking forward to it.

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