Today is my mom’s birthday! Being a snowbird, she’s down in sunny Florida soaking up the rays. I stitched up this cute sea horse from a pattern I bought from Kim at Big B on Etsy. Mom hung it in her bathroom, which is where I intended it to go. It looks small on the wall, so I’m going to need to stitch up some of the other elements in the patterns to go with it
Happy 3rd Birthday to the most awesome Chihuahua in the world…ZUZU!
Zuzu was born on Monday, May 18, 2009 to momma Maya and daddy Rascal. Human grandparents Kim and Corky assisted in the birth.
Zuzu joined our family on Friday, July 3, 2009.
It is one of the happiest days of our relationship.
It makes her name more meaningful, now that I think about it. When I got to thinking of names for her, I happened to think about the classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. I love the little girl, Zuzu (Petals)…you know, “Teacher says, “Every time a bell rings, and angel gets his wings.”
Zuzu quickly made friends with Karma and Mina. She allowed both to mother her, and she often seems to be part cat…
Each year for her birthday, we get Zuzu a new dress and a special treat.
And, yes, I sing her Happy Birthday.
This year we got her the neat sugar skull t-shirt you see her wearing in the pictures. It’s a color change shirt, and when she’s in the sun,
more colors appear (bought at Petsmart).
My guess is that Zuzu was a starlet, haunted by paparazzi, in a past life. She has no use for a camera, and she often lets her displeasure show by purposefully ignoring it. When she looks at the camera, it’s often because I lie to her and say that, “Daddy’s home!” when he’s not. Or I ask her if she, “wants some…”. I’m not totally cruel, I give her a treat afterwards.
Here are pictures from Zuzu’s Birthday Photo Shoot.
About a year ago I thought it would be a good idea to reunite Zuzu with her momma and Daddy. She came to live with us when she was 6 1/2 weeks old, and I wondered if she’d remember, or just “know” these two Chihuahuas were her parents. It turns out she didn’t, and she wasn’t too terribly happy about sharing me with them.
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I’ll leave you with a final thought:
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Josh Billings (pen name of humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw)
Today marks four years since Todd and I had our first date. Before I tell you the story of that night, I’ll tell you the story of how we met….
It was mid-September of 2007 when I first laid eyes on Todd. I went to Kryptonite Bar to hang out with friends and visit with my friend, bar manager Katie. Todd had just finished his shift and was sitting at the bar, alone. I asked Katie, “Who is that cute guy?!” She excitedly told me his name and that he had recently broken up with a cheating girlfriend, he was younger, and we’d be perfect for each other. I wasn’t too keen on the idea that he had just broken up with someone, but we were nevertheless introduced.
Over the next several months we came to be friends and formed a mutual admiration for each other. Fast forward to mid-January when I learned his birthday was coming up in a couple of weeks, and he’d always wanted to go to a Rockford Ice Hogs hockey game. I was an avid fan, and I’d been to quite a few games.
I bought an extra ticket to a game I was going to with a couple of friends and then built up the courage to ask Todd if he wanted to go with me, you know, cause I just happened to have this extra ticket…he said yes!
The big day came, and we made our way to our seats. We were both so incredibly nervous that it had to be humorous to those watching us. I was both nervous and excited at the prospect of being featured on the Kiss Cam (we weren’t).
That night was the start of something big for us. I’ve felt as though our souls have known each other forever, and they were reunited when we met. Todd and I are great people individually, but together we’re so much more.
So, Happy First Date, babe! And a huge thank you from both of us to the people who have contributed to the happiness of our relationship…most especially to those people who pushed two shy people (when it comes to relationships) together in the beginning: Katie, Austin, Louse, and Debbie.
When my son Logan was a little boy, my mom started a tradition in which she strung up a Happy Birthday banner on the fireplace.
Through the years I’ve carried on this tradition. Today the Happy Birthday banner hangs on our fireplace for my husband Todd who turned 34.
(I can’t help but hear Frosty the Snowman’s voice every time I say or write that!)
The best thing about turning 42 today?
I look like I’m only 29
I’m sending birthday wishes to my Internet friend Laura Jean! She and Todd were good friends in college, and, although she and I have never met, I feel like I know her through the stories from Todd, Facebook, and her blog. Heaven help her husband Matt and Todd if we were ever to meet face to face…
You may remember that I stitched up Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for her back in May. I decided that she also needed the Prince and Queen.
After thinking about this, I’ve realized that in order to truly complete this collection from me, she’ll also need the Witch with the apple! That will be for another day.