Josie's Homecoming!
Sunday, March 27, 2011

It's not every day a five-year-old boy has the best day of his life. In fact, it's only happened to Wyatt once. And that day was today, when we brought home our first family pet--a rambunctious yellow lab pup who will (hopefully someday soon) answer to the name of Josie. Seven hours into the new living arrangement, however, I wouldn't be surprised if she thinks her name is "NO!"

But she's a cute little rascal, if I do say so myself.

And Josie's not bad either.

All I can really say right now is so far so good. We gave the kids one responsibility for the day, which was to wear her out.

Mission accomplished. And it only took about one hour.

If only they took to cleaning their rooms as seriously...

Soon thereafter, Josie was pretty much begging for sleep.

And that's what she's been doing since.

Let's hope it continues the rest of the night.

Personally, I'm a bit surprised just how much she's grown on me so far. She even pooped on my floor and I didn't threaten to send her back. If it had been one of the kids, they'd have been a goner for sure.

We're happy to have her with us and looking forward to the joy she'll bring to our family. Once she stops pooping on my floor.

Welcome, Josie Sugarplum Cupcake Sprinkles Edgar!
(We'll just call her Josie, for short).

Cash Family UPDATE
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Great news!

I just recently got word that the Cash family is currently en route from Japan to the United States. Thanks to all of the Sipping Chardonnay readers who reached into their pockets to help this family. I know they are grateful beyond words.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Please Help!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ever since the earthquake unleashed its fury on Japan this week, I've been trying to wrap my mind around the magnitude of such a catastrophic event. How desperate families must feel to find loved ones who are missing. How devastating it must be to see that your home--neighborhood, community, entire city--has been washed out to sea, along with precious family mementos and a lifetime of memories held within its walls. My heart hurts for those affected. And those trying desperately to escape any further devastation that may still befall upon that region.

I'll be honest, I'd be flipping out if I had my children in Japan right now. With so much instability in the area, it would be so hard to determine how to best protect them. Do we stay? Do we flee? Those are decisions I feel most grateful that I am not forced to make right now. But unfortunately, I know of someone who does. And her family could really use your help.

I graduated high school with Lisa. She lives in Japan with her husband and 4 young children. They're trying desperately to get back on US soil. But it's going to cost more than $12,000.

I urge you to consider making a tax-deductible donation at via Paypal or donate directly through Paypal to to help get this family back home safely.

Other posts about the Cash family can be viewed here, and here.

So doggone adorable.
Monday, March 7, 2011

Yesterday, we drove 2.5 hours to the small town of Kingfisher, OK to see for the first time the litter of pups from which we will choose our Josie, the little whippersnapper who will take up residence with us for the next--oh, good lord--decade or more.

If you think I sound pessimistic about all of this, you're right. But the idea of having a dog has really started to grow on me over the past month. Pretty much, I'm just all talk at this point. Especially once I held these little rambunctious balls of fur in my arms. And there was absolutely no question in Wyatt's mind. They were ALL coming home with us.

Dogs simply adore Wyatt, and the feeling is quite mutual. It makes me happy knowing he'll finally have a dog of his very own, rather than be forced to bond with all of the neighbor dogs through a chain-linked fence.

Avery loved it when they all chased her, but I think she has mixed feelings about doggy kisses.
Better her than me.

Wyatt, on the other hand, welcomed all the interaction he could get. Heck, the puppy could've peed on him and he would've found it funny! I remember a time as a child when I witnessed a friend's mom share a bowl of ice cream with her dog, even eating from the same spoon. Wyatt could totally be that kid. But he won't be. Not if I have anything to do with it.

So, which one will she be? Which one will take on the name of Josie Sprinkles Cupcake Sugarplum Edgar?

Well, we still have three more weeks to decide. But I think we've got it pretty well narrowed down to one of these two.

And if Eric gets his say, it will be this one.

This is what I say. Mama may need a lot of neck rubs and sweet nothings whispered in her ear between now and then. Cause she likes the other one.

Take a picture. It'll last longer.
Friday, March 4, 2011

Right you are, Pee Wee Herman.

Right. You. Are.

I found these lovely wall decals online. I love shopping online. It's so much more time efficient, and I can often score some really unique stuff. One major disadvantage when shopping online, however, is that you can't actually hold the item in your hands--to make sure it's the right size, color, and texture. And most importantly in this case, you don't get to read the fine print. Like, "may not work on heavily textured surfaces."

Well, poop.

I could've sent them back. I should've sent them back. But the optimist in me couldn't send them back. And right now, I'm still holding my breath and crossing my fingers that they'll stay put. But the realist in me has cautioned me not to be surprised if I walk in tomorrow morning and find them in one crumpled heap on the floor.

Regardless of the outcome, I'll at least have a photo of what they once were and what they could've been should we not have had such "heavily textured" walls.

Looks like I may be headed back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

After several discussions and failed attempts to get Avery to understand why we don't pick our nose or eat our boogers, Wyatt finally decided to offer up a little tidbit of advice.

"Avery, just do what I do. Wipe your boogers on the carpet and Mommy will never know."

Ahhh! Boys are awesome. Other mothers beware. Your child may too be this awesome.



My Wine Personality:
For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


“Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771