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Our Kindness Elves Part 1 of 2

This year Santa sent our family 2 adorable little kindness elves to help the kids to be thoughtful this holiday season. Their names are Eira and Shepherd and they will be with us for 12 days. I wasn’t sure how well my kids would understand, but they are actually really excited about their daily letters and “assignments”. It’s been a lot of fun to watch so far.

Of course since they’re so young (Lucille is not yet 3 and Lennon is a little under a year and a half) their letters have talked about some pretty simple things. I thought I’d share what the elves have asked our family to focus on the first half of their stay.

Day 1: We wrote letters to Santa Clause thanking him for sending us our Kindness Elves.

Day 2: We went shopping and picked out stocking stuffers we thought Daddy would be excited to find on Christmas morning.

Day 3: We had to share our Christmas cookies (that were being eaten way to fast) with a friend.

Day 4: We had to do something extra nice for our cat. (This also came with a reminder of how lucky we are to have animals because so many kids ask for pets every year but Santa can’t give them animals because their parents don’t want them to have them. This was due to the elves observation that Lucille wasn’t being nice to our cat the past couple days.)

Day 5: Have to make things fair… Do something extra nice for the dog today!

Day 6: Color a picture for someone you love!

Because Who Needs Peace and Quiet

With a 2 year old, a 1 year old and Chihuahua Yorkshire Terrier mix… I often feel as though our home couldn’t get more chaotic. Until now… introducing the newest member of our family: Dylan Meow!


We had 2 cats until September when my cat Cotton Eyed Joe, who I’ve had since middle school, passed away. Then in May, our 2nd cat Jack-o-lantern also passed. I’ve always said I never wanted just one pet because they need playmates. But at the time that Jack died I was heartbroken from losing 2 cats and overwhelmed by my current life. I couldn’t imagine adding another animal to the mix. So Santana Banana has been lonesome for a few months now.

I can tell Santana misses her friends and having no animals to play with she has decided to start wrestling with Lucille… which doesn’t go well as Lucille is a wee bit dramatic and acts like the 7 pound dog is eating her alive!

Additionally, Lucille still looks for Jack. When she can’t find him she starts crying “kitty gone!” It breaks my heart. Last Monday when she did it I told Peter I’ve had enough, we’re getting a kitten.

Luckily my aunt had a very handsome loving kitten she needed to find a home for. He was ours by Thursday night.

Though he was living primarily outside at my aunt’s, he seems quite comfy inside our house and only goes outside when we go outside.

The kids are obsessed with him. Seriously, OBSESSED!! It’s adorable to watch them follow him around and snuggle him. And he’s so sweet to them in return… though he does occasionally bite playfully, which we are working on.

Santana took a few days to warm up to him, but now they are best friends!

Honestly, I think he’s exactly what this family needed!!




Lennon’s Birthday Trip To The Zoo

As I’ve mentioned before, Lennon was born more than 3 weeks early. In my family most babies are born late, so this was quite a shock. What I have not yet mentioned (to my recollection) is that he was born on my Aunt’s birthday, which is also my late Grandmother’s birthday. The day he was born I told my husband I wanted to spend his first birthday at the zoo with my Aunt Kathy, Lennon’s birthday buddy. Luckily, my Aunt Kathy agreed this was a great idea.

Lennon’s birthday happened to be the hottest day of summer so far. But that didn’t stop us! We got to the zoo shortly after it opened to try to beat the crowd and the heat. We all had so much fun!! The kids adored the animals. And thankfully Seneca Park Zoo had several areas where you could walk through sprinklers, a few air conditioned buildings and even a man mad stream for the kids to play in.

Thank you to my Mom and Aunt for spending the day with us. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our adventure.


A Birthday Cupcake!

Watching the Rhino

Watching the Rhino

Lucille's new buddy!

Lucille’s new buddy!

We all loved the sea lions

We all loved the sea lions

Staying cool

Staying cool

Birthday Buddies!!!

Birthday Buddies!!!