Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I think it's been long enough....

....that I'm able to blog about it now.

Almost 3 and a half weeks ago, on the last day of dear sweet hubby's vacation, we made one of the toughest decisions we've ever made.

We decided that it was in the best interest of the family and of the dog, Rocky, that we find him a new home.

His shedding was out of control and making mine and dsh's asthma worse than it already was. Then there was the fact he was chewing on himself out of boredom. I mean life is hectic for the rest of us, but for him it was just about as boring as it could get. I didn't have time between housework, yard work and taking care of the kids to walk him on a regular basis and dsh works two jobs and has little time to spend with his human family let alone with the canine member.

It was especially hard on dsh as Rocky was his dream dog, but it was him who made the choice to do what was right for everyone involved. It hurt me as well but even more so to see dsh in such pain. I told him we didn't have to do it, we could figure something out so that he could stay, but dsh just said no, that it was best for the dog to find a family who had not only the time to focus on him but the space for him to run around in.

I still get upset when I think about it, as I feel like we really let the dog down. Of course it wasn't the most thought out decision we ever made, it was a very impulsive decision made two years ago. We tried to stick it out, to not shirk our responsibility of being a pet owner, but we just couldn't keep fooling ourselves. At this stage in our family we just don't have the time or resources to have a pet that requires so much attention.

Sure, we have the two cats we've had since college, but they are going on 15 years old and won't be around too much longer. Plus they are pretty much low maintenance cats. You just put out fresh water, food and make sure their litter box is clean and they are happy campers. Plus most of the time they just prefer to be left alone so they can sleep. No need to worry about them getting bored!

So now we are back to being a no dog family, as Little Man puts it. Dsh isn't sure he wants to try having a dog ever again, but I'm thinking that maybe a few years down the line after the cats have moved on to that happy mouse hunting ground in the sky, we might try again. But I can tell you this much, if we do decide to try being dog owners again it will be with a NON shedding medium to small sized dog who is quite happy sleeping most of the time!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Progress....we're actually making progress!!!

This week my dear sweet hubby has taken off in order for us to purge the house and get it to a point where it isn't overstuffed and embarrassingly messy. So far we've cleaned out underneath the kids' bathroom sink, cleaned out and organized the linen closet and cleaned out and organized our closet, bathroom and bedroom. I don't think my bedroom has ever looked so nice. Now I just have to paint it and put up some nice matching window treatments and it will be perfect.

Today we started on the loft and made some surprising progress even though we only worked on it for about an hour (after we finally finished our bedroom). Tomorrow we are going to tackle it head on and get that puppy whipped into shape once and for all. Much to the kids' dismay we are seriously cutting down on the amount of toys we have. They don't play with all of them and we just don't have the room for them to keep them all and have space to play.

It has been pretty much working on cleaning and organizing, two of my least favorite activities but I think that it has been one of the most enjoyable weeks I've had so far. Mainly because I get to do it all with my ever so handsome dear sweet hubby!!!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Floored, flabbergasted, and flustered....

Why is it that people are having such a problem with the president making a speech to the schools tomorrow??? Is it because he's half African-American? Is it because he's a democrat? What is the reason that some schools are not showing the speech and in the schools that are why are some parents opting out of having their children watch??? Are they afraid that the president might try and brainwash their children into thinking that all Republicans are wrong? Do they honestly think that a speech about staying in school and doing their best is going to turn political???

UGH!!! I am so honestly flabbergasted about this that I can't see straight. It just makes no sense to me why people have such a difficult time with it!!! I mean George H. W. Bush made a speech to schools back in 1991 and I don't recall anyone having any problem with it back then! I mean I don't even think it was an option to opt out of watching it. And if you know differently please share with me!

I just read an article in the paper about how three schools in town are not showing the speech at all and one is going to show it later after they've had a chance to view it and plan a lesson plan around it. Really? You have to plan a lesson plan around a speech about staying in school???

Oy vey, what's this world coming to?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's so dang easy to do....

....so maybe that's why we do it so much.

Complain, that is.

I hate it when I find myself complaining way more than I need to. Yeah, money is tight for us and there for a while we weren't sure what was making dear sweet hubby have anxiety attacks (turns out he's hypoglycemic), but we have a nice house to live in (even if it feels small sometimes) and three beautiful children who are all healthy and bright, even if they do fight a bit much sometimes.

SEE!!!! I just did it. I was talking about the blessings we have and I couldn't help but put in some complaining comments. I mean I should be glad I have a house this big! The house I grew up in was half the size and we had 4 people living in there, so this should not be too small for 5 people. And yeah my kids fight like cats and dogs sometimes, heck even the cats and dog we do have don't fight as much, but hey at least they are able to fight. At least they don't have some kind of disability, mental, physical or emotional, that might make them lose touch with the world around them and all that it means to be a child growing up and learning their way.

I heard a song on the radio recently that made me realize that yeah, I may not have a perfect life but hey I'm alive and that's what matters most, right? The song is the last one on my playlist below. It's called "I'm Alive" by Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews. And I love me some Dave Matthews! And yes it's a country song, but I think that since Dave Matthews sings as well that it will probably get some pop music air play. But that's not really the point. The point is that in listening to it it reminded me that just breathing is a gift and some people don't get that gift every day.