A few days after Arianna arrived, Uncle Joey flew in (first class of course) to meet her and spent time with his nephews! And per 'Rich Uncle Joey'* tradition, he spoiled them (and us) rotten with two suitcases full of gifts & Trader Joe's treats, as well as took them on lots of fun activities (they swam in an ocean front salt water-filled pool, had shaved ice, frozen yogurt, went to see a movie, etc. He even had a welcome home dinner buffet feast for us the night we returned...and breakfast the next morning too! Somehow he manages to spoil us all.'
*This is said more in jest. Uncle Joey lives very well, but he is not rich. (Don't tell him that. He would be so shocked and upset.) I think he really would be rich if he didn't spend all his money on liquor and flight upgrades.
We celebrated my mom's birthday in the middle of Joey's visit...and because we could not mange to get all seven of her kids in one place for a family pic that night...she settled for her four grandchildren instead (which means she ended up with a MUCH nicer pics).
|The first official photo with all four of their grandchildren (not including the ones Joey's had that we don't know about).|
|Letting the boys tear apart and inhale their Halloween haunted gingerbread house (from Uncle Joey).|
So a week ago today, Lucy (from KARES, a shelter that recuses animals from the humane society) joined our household. It's been a rough week at times...but I think she's gonna work out. I was initially horrified by finding her baby teeth scattered around the house (I had NO idea they lose them), moping up puddles of pee and learning to pick up poop, etc. I'm trying to get used to the fur in the car (Riki takes her out of the carrier on 'accident') and having to touch all the parts of her body without twitching. It was a strange first week for me, but I've definitely made progress. .
I think previously I stereotyped dogs as large, jumping, licking, long-haired/shedding, barking beasts. But seeing Joey's dog (Kona) over the last year- who is tiny, short haired, and doesn't jump/bark/lick was the start of the breakthrough for me. Once I realized dogs like Kona exist, I felt more inclined to give it a go. Getting a full grown lab would have been like giving me a one-way ticket to a psych unit.
|Lucy has become my shuttle companion driving the boys to and from school (mostly I have to take her, because she cries so loudly if I leave her and I worry about waking up the neighbors).|