…the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many thins. Of dub and dog and cookie… and whether dicks have skins…

…with an apology to Lewis Carroll…

Friday, after school, Dub, David and I were scheduled to return “Dog” to the shelter. David wanted to talk to me, so we went into his office – leaving Dub and the dogs in the kitchen. David said, “I’m not sure we should take “Dog” back to the shelter. She’s a sweet puppy and has been spending her days in my office… mostly laying under my desk… usually with her chin on my foot. She isn’t any trouble and the other dogs have accepted her. If Dub wants to keep her, I’m o.k. with that if you are.” I grinned and said, “But, you said we were at our K-9 limit before we brought “Dog” home. You telling me you’ve gone soft on us?” He just smiled and shrugged. I said, “Let’s ask Dub what he wants to do.” So we did. Dub said, “I promised we’d take her back to the shelter and that’s what we should do.” Then he grinned and said, “Besides, I already called Unca Alex and they’re planning to meet us there.” So we took “Dog” to the shelter – where we met up with Alex, Cal, Izzie, and Cal’s Mum and Dad.
Long story short, Alex, Cal and Izzie adopted her and Izzie announced that her name is “Cookie” now.
The shelter people were all amazed at “Dog” and how well she’s doing. They took pics of Dub, Izzie and Cookie – and will be doing a special edition of their newsletter with the story of how Dub “rescued” her, made her a new paw, and found her a forever home.
Dub was smiling ear-to-ear, as were the new “puppy parents” when they loaded her into Cal’s car and headed home. I’m thinking we may have to get David a stuffed puppy like Travon’s “Muff” to hang out under his desk 🙂

s.s.s.sox. www.white sox!

We spent much of Sunday with the “Northland 12” and Callum mentioned he’d like to tag on to a post to bring everyone up to date on the happenings with him, Alex and Izzie. I asked him if there was a particular subject he’d like. He just grinned and said, “Well, mate. You know how much I like socks.” 🙂

G’day, mates. It’s Callum. I thought it was time for an update from our end of the Northland, so I asked David if he would do a post for me to tag on to. I think he made a FINE job of it. Thank you, David!
My Mum and Dad are living here in the KC Northland since the first of April. They have a condo over at Briarcliff and are only about 20 minutes from us. I should mention that my folks asked Alex to decorate and furnish the condo while they were in Australia getting things wrapped up. He did, and it’s lovely. They had opened an account at Nebraska Furniture Mart while they were here – and put Alex in charge of it. He bought some things there… but got most of the furnishings at two “high-end consignment stores” over in Lenexa, KS. The end result is truly beautiful and my parents are thrilled. (I’ve been pushing Alex to pursue a career in interior decorating and I think he’s getting interested in doing that). They wanted to pay him for his work, but he refused to take any money. So, they knew we wanted to fence our back yard – and one day when we got home, the (ornamental iron – as required by our neighborhood association) fence was in place. I guess that takes away our last best excuse for not getting Izzie a puppy 🙂
Speaking of Izzie, she’s a wonder. Between Dub, Mr. Martinez and Alex, she speaks Spanish about as well as English now. (I sometimes struggle to keep up with what’s being said round here). She’s been going to David and Ben’s house every afternoon to play with “Dog,” and is convinced she’s going to be her puppy. We’ve been in touch with the shelter and made known our interest in adopting her. Izzie has named her “Cookie” and calls her that round here, but still calls her “Dog” when she’s with Dub because he insists on it. She goes to day-care five days each week and she loves being with her friend Kylie and the other kids. She’s taken Travon under her wing and (even though he’s all boy and older than her) Pam says he pretty much does whatever Izzie tells him to do.
Quite frankly, Alex and I love having my Mom and Dad near-by. Izzie has her own room at their condo and has already spent three nights over there. Gives us time for socks ‘n undies ‘n havin’ sex all over the house – the way God intended!! xoxo Callum and Alex

Recapping Thanksgiving…

We had an amazing Thanksgiving and thought we’d share some thoughts.
It was, indeed, a wonderful Thanksgiving with the biggest crowd we’ve had here at the house (except for Keon and Rick’s wedding).
There were 17 of us… and we all managed to eat, drink and be merry. Everyone brought food and we put it all out on the dining table and kitchen counters so everyone could help themselves. I swear, I think we had more food than Golden Corral, and we ate most of it. In addition to food, just about everyone brought wine so we had plenty to drink. The high point of the day for me was that Dub volunteered to “say the blessing”. It’s something I usually do, but he did a great job… and there were several of us (including the grandparents) with tears in our eyes.
After dinner on Thursday, we were all sitting around… drinking wine and talking. And Dub, Austin and Izzie were playing with the dogs… and I was feeling thankful.Thankful for so many things. My husband, our son, our family, our friends and our home. And I was thinking about how I’d really wanted to move to Colorado because it was a great job opportunity, and now I have this super job here in K.C. – near to our friends and extended family. So I’m just very thankful for all we have and the decisions we’ve made.
As wonderful as the big Thanksgiving crowd was, I have to admit I’m looking forward to a (somewhat) quieter Christmas.
It was 65 degrees, sunny and beautiful here today so Keon and Rick came over and we put up the Christmas decorations outside. There seem to be more and more every year – and keeping Dub off the roof is a challenge… but they’re all up now and look beautiful.
For Alex, Izzie and me, this was our first Thanksgiving as a family and sharing it with special friends was great. Izzie was at first taken aback by the big crowd and sort-of hid behind Alex and me. She finally began to relax as Dub, Austin and the dogs kept entertaining her. Once she realized she was kind of the main attraction, she and had a good time. Of course, all the attention from Dub’s grandparents didn’t hurt. She looked absolutely stunning with her new clothes and hair style… but I’ll let Alex tell you about that.
It was a really good Thanksgiving and we’re thankful for our dear friends who opened their home (and hearts) to so many of us.
Cal mentioned how amazing Izzie looked at Thanksgiving, so I’ll tell you about that. Before they left Australia, Cal’s parents took her shopping and bought her a TON of new “cool weather” clothes. They’re a good start on filling her closet and she loves them. She and I chose a pair of slacks and a lightweight (green) sweater for the occasion.
Then, there was her hair. It’s naturally beautiful… and she told us her Mom was the only one who had ever cut it. I asked her if she would like a special style for Thanksgiving and she was excited about that. So, we went on line and looked and looked and finally found the one that’s pictured above. So, I called around looking for someone to do it for her. Of course, I was too late because apparently every female in the Kansas City metro area has her hair done for Thanksgiving. I found a shop with a stylist named “Doug” who had time to wash and cut it, but not to do the braids. He turned out to be a super nice guy and, when I showed him the picture he thought it would be perfect for her… he just didn’t have time to do it. I asked him if he thought I might be able to do it and he (eye roll) said he “thought not.” But he was a good sport and showed me how to do the types of braids shown and told me where I could get the bows and bands and stuff I’d need. Long story short, I did it. Izzie was really patient – and it took about 2 1/2 hours, but we got it done… and I have to say it’s perfect. Exactly like the picture, only with green bows and bands – and, of course her hair is black. Cal couldn’t believe it, and I was a little surprised myself, but it meant a lot to her and I wouldn’t take anything for our time together.
Cal, Izzie and I are planning to host a big Christmas celebration at our new home. It’ll give David and Ben a break and we’re excited to do it!