Five Months Later

All of us, standing together, on Daddy's birthday.

February 20th myย Daddy called an ambulance to take Mia to the hospital. Her flu symptoms were just too bad, and he was just too sick, to go through standard doctor or urgent care routes. Almost exactly five months to the day later, July 18th, I'm going to be bringing Mia home for the first time. I wrote about so much of it in the first couple of months. I don't know how I did it, how I found the time even. But I'm so glad I did. The facts have gotten so fuzzy... the raw feelings and emotions Continue Reading

Biggest. Solid. Ever: Letting the BIL live with us for 6 months

Something happened at the end of December 2013 that I didn't really advertise: We let Vince's little brother, Joey, move in with us for his first semester at UCF. I didn't really share this news with anyone because it happened REALLY freakin' fast. See, the situation is like this: Vince's fam is from a small town and after graduating high school a few years ago, Joey was kind of just... existing... at his parents house. Thanksgiving 2011 we offered him our guestroom for his first semester at Continue Reading

A Lengthy, Detailed Update on Mia

Mia and Daddy

Since so many people have asked and the details are so vast, I thought I'd write out a full-length update on Mia's health in chronological order. This is long, but it's thorough and pretty interesting if you're interested in that sort of thing... The Beginning: The Flu and Ventilator Mia got Type A Flu around February 16th. She was admitted to ICU on February 19th and she was incubated/put on a ventilator to assist with her breathing after not responding well to the by-pap machine on February Continue Reading

How I Accidentally Nicknamed Baby Pita

Ali and Pita!

If we're friends on Instagram or Facebook, then you may have noticed some unusual activity on my accounts lately. I've been posting photos of myself with... well, there's no real easy way to say this... I've been posting photos of myself with a frickin' baby. Let's go ahead and get this out of the way now: It's not mine. (And in case my Dad miraculously discovered this blog, no dude I still don't want kids. My uterus didn't even so much as twitch while holding this thing and it is a REALLY Continue Reading

I Love My Daddy

Yup. I'm 31 years old and I still call him Daddy. My Daddy is my best friend and my greatest political foe. He taught me how to ride a bike and I don't know how he didn't lose his mind when I screamed for *hours* after skinning both hands and knees in his apartment parking lot. He taught me how to swim - with swimmies and without, in the ocean and the pool. When I was little, he would let me float on his arms in the pool and doze off as he would repeatedly say "Princess of Power... floating Continue Reading

Our First Holiday Card!

Okay I have til this week to finish this whole 'blogging every day' thing. So the next few posts are gunna be sparse, but hey I'm dedicated. Last night I brushed my hair, Vince shaved, we grabbed the cats, and took a family photo in front of our Christmas tree! The goal? A cute photo for the back of our holiday card - our very first one! That, however, was the LAST photo we took. Literally. Here's what it took to get us there... All in all, a pretty normal family photo Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving I'll spend the day at my Uncle's house with Vince, Daddy, Mia, Cody, Cindy, Joe, and Garrett. I'll bring my sweet potato something and crock pot collard greens, Dan will make a cheesey squash casserole he tried for the first time last year, my Dad and Mia will bring pies from Publix, Cody will bring wine, and Bob will oversee everything else. We'll start drinking and laughing around 3pm, eat dinner around 5pm, and end up on the back porch with after dinner martini's until Continue Reading

Family of Four

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! That mean's it's time to get a tree, and when it's time to get it a tree, it's time to get our 2012 Tree Ornament for our little family of four! Vince and I met in December 2004 but didn't really start celebrating a joint Christmas until 2006. Our ornament tradition actually started with Vince's mom. She got us a custom ornament with two kitties peaking out of a stocking. The next year we got a set of pea's in the pod. That was our first year living together and our Continue Reading

One Month Later….

Friday marked one month since we had Lexi's back left leg amputated, and my, my, my how things have changed. First of all, her stitches came out two weeks after surgery. She screamed throughout their removal but I think the relief (and conelessness) afterward was worth it. Continue Reading

Bringing Our Amputee Home

Seeing Lexi one hour after surgery on Friday was heartbreaking. Seeing her an entire 24 hours after surgery and on narcotics the next day made it all better. :) When we got to the vet Saturday morning they ushered us back and said Lexi couldn't come home because she hadn't pee'd since before her surgery. We were pretty sad because we missed her like crazy and were worried sick. But they said a visit with us might help, so they brought her in and she walk-hopped right up to us all on her own! Continue Reading