Saturday, December 27, 2008

The newest member is officially here....

"GUNNER" made his appearance Christmas morning! I hope to have the video of it soon. It was too cute. The Christmas surprise did come with some drama. I mean, how could it not in the Gilbert house, right?

So here's the story...

On Christmas Eve Eve (Tuesday), Matt was to go to West Monroe to get the dog right after work. So on Monday night, I asked him to go get the dog crate out of the storage building. He went to the Greenhouse (where all of the Santa stuff is locked up with a padlock....I know my son, he's too much like his momma.) first and couldn't find it. He came in to ask me and I told him it was in the storage building. Tuesday during the day Mason's little friends from next door , two precious little girls, came over to play. I saw them playing in the storage building so I asked them to not play in there...never went outside just saw them from the back porch.

Matt had a little time to spare Tuesday evening before he had to go get the dog so he came home. I told him that I wanted to go out and get the leash and collar so that he could take it to Bruce and Cindy's (our wonderful neighbors who were keeping the dog until Christmas morning). Mason had gone to the neighbor's house for a couple of minutes and it was perfect timing so that he didn't see it. I ran out to the was pouring down rain by the way....and when I got out there the door was not only unlocked, it was standing WIDE OPEN!! I FROZE! My first thought was that someone had broken in. Then I saw the stuff and one of the boxes (Marleigh's trike) that was in a trashbag had been opened. Then I was MAD...I KNEW what had happend and WHO had done it! I was thinking "how can we afford to go buy all new Santa stuff?" I took off running back to the house...did I mention it was raining....oh and did I also mention that I was wearing Crocs? Rain, Mud, crocs and BEING LIVID.....not a great combination. I rounded the fence post at a dead run and feet (yes both of them) went right out from under me. I fell on my left shoulder and I guess my left knee. I walked into the house squalling....Matt looked at me like I had two heads and then saw my left side covered in mud. He ran over to me and asked if I was hurt and I said "That's NOT what I'm crying about! Did you leave the Greenhouse unlocked?" You know that look that kids get when they've been caught with a cigarette, or a porn magazine? I mean the top of the line "HOLY ....." and the adam's apple bobs up and down with the swallowing of those "Holy....." words? Yeah, you get the picture. He didn't admit it then.....I don't blame was TOTAL self defense and he was smart. It's funny now and I can laugh about it b/c I found out from the girls next door's mom that they only saw the tricycle. We'd decided already that we were going to save it for her birthday in April anyway. Oh and since I can laugh about it now...imagine Matt's thoughts knowing that I was running b/c of what happened and this is what my knee looked like...

It's kinda hard to tell but this is my left knee and the scrape and knot are on the outside of the knee. The knot was literally the size of a small orange! It's gone down a lot and I can also raise my left arm over my head now.... :-)

So you can see....we had the typical Christmas drama but all is well. The puppy is a huge hit! Marleigh got a motorized four wheeler (small) and loves terrorizing the puppy. I think she considers it payback...the puppy likes to chase her and bite her hiney! He's taken lessons from the Coppertone dog I guess!

We had a wonderful time with our families. We are so fortunate to have such great families and treasure them beyond words. From our family to yours....Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nine Years Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is mine and Matt's 9th anniversary! I can't believe it! It seems like yesterday!

I remember when the doors opened at the church and I started down the aisle toward Matt, the look on his face was what I'd always hoped for. Ever girl should feel so loved at that moment. Fortunately for me, I see that look often.

I've told many people that I thought I was marrying a really great guy. I mean I KNOW I have great taste! (hee hee) But the Matt I married is not a drop in the bucket to the Matt that I'm married to now. I know this is becoming a broken record but I don't feel like I can say it enough. I have a wonderful husband. He could not be a better daddy to our children. The Lord has blessed me beyond belief. My soulmate, my love and my best friend....Happy Anniversary!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Update of the Fox...

The fox is now named Rocky and is getting a nice new cage at the zoo. He's a bit fiesty having only bonded to one handler! We had a great time seeing him! He has changed so much!

ChRiStMaS is in the AiR!

It's beginning to a lot like Christmas! I've voiced opinions to any who would listen about Black Friday! I'm not a fan. I won't bore you with my rant but let's just say I'm protective of my Christmas Spirit and don't want to see the worst in humanity on the first day I allow myself to get excited about Christmas! That being Christmas spirit is firmly in place! Some might say that it is clouding my judgement and I'm pulling Matt down with me...namely Matt!

We are giving Mason a dog for Christmas! Isn't he adorable? He's a golden retriever and we aren't getting him until Christmas morning! He'll be from us not Santa....Santa gets to have all the fun and we are stealing some thunder this year! I showed Mason the pics and told a *Christmas Lie* (yep makes me feel better to call it that)...that it was a friend of mine's dog. He said "That's exactly what I want!" Whew! Matt asked him what he would name it? (I mean...we don't want to burden this dog with a bad name so some "tweaking" might be necessary) To our surprise he busted out with Frazier or Gunner! Not bad! We could take either of those....we left it alone! Watch...he'll reconsider in his own mind between now and then and we'll be stuck with a "Sponge Bob" or "SpiderMan"....the minds of 6 and a half year olds are precarious!

Last night was our local Christmas Parade and it was COLD! We had a great time with some good friends and the pizza place we all 5 or 6 families went afterwards will never be the same! Thanks to our wonderful photographer extraordinaire...Sarah....seeing as how I left my camera at home!