Well, as anyone who has been following me for long enough already knows, I am horrible at posting on any kind of regular basis.
A quick catch-up since the last post: She’s back into the swing of being pretty darned compliant with nap times and bed times. It’s certainly quite nice. And her potty training is getting better as well. She’s still having some issues with recognizing and vocalizing when she has to poop, but she hasn’t had a pee accident in ages.
We’ve had some busier than normal times in the past month, lots of little visits with friends and family. A dear friend of ours moved back down to the area from up north and he came to stay with us a couple times before we went to stay the weekend at his new place to help with the absolutely massive yard he now has. James had a ball using Clint’s new 0-turn radius mower. Zoe had a blast riding in his lap. Between the front and back yards surrounding the house, it’s probably a good 2-3 acres, and he got to mow most of the front. It’s absolutely beautiful up there.
We also got a visit from one of James’ sisters, Shaunacee and our adorable nephew whose facial expressions rival Zoe’s. It was really nice to have so many visits. Got to have some awesome sis-time as well and brought her out and popped her karaoke cherry. Corruption: One song at a time. 😀
I’m now recuperating (read: hermiting aside from karaoke) from traveling two days back down the coast from spending about a week up in CT and surrounding areas to see my family. It was quite lovely to have all three of us kids and respective loved ones all in the same place at the same time. We all managed to overlap our visits with Mom & Dad. It’s been quite a while since that’s happened with us being 3000 miles away until last November, my oldest brother and his family being in Texas, and the other being up in Massachusetts.
Meeting the newest addition to the family (well, human addition at least) was awesome. We celebrated her 1st birthday while we were there, a bit early. She is just the cutest little bundle of awesome. Her older brother has absolutely sprouted into a 6.5 year old bean pole who still has seemingly boundless energy. A few of us were a bit apprehensive how the meeting of the cousins would go, but within a couple minutes at the airport, Zoe and Fran were two peas in a very bouncy pod. They were practically inseparable. And being around an older kid for a little while was very good for her, since last week, her sentence structure when speaking and her communication of ideas has just bloomed. Her potty training has also taken some steps forward, after seeing (well, not literally) another kid going by themselves and washing their hands by themselves. She now does both, on the full size toilet with the stool. She even moves it herself to wash her hands and demands to do it herself. Though, we are still having some poop issues from time to time, but at least it’s progress.
Our newest non-human addition to the family is an absolutely gorgeous tri-color collie named Moya that Mom & Dad got 3 months ago. I have the feeling she’s going to be quite a bit larger than the tri-color we had when I was growing up. I would say her current size at 6 months is rather close to Brandy’s full grown size, just not as heavy. Her coat is absolutely beautiful, mostly black with a white mane, white legs and feet, pink pads and a hint of tan on her muzzle and underneath. She has the sleek head structure of the “Lassie” style collie, and looks like she’s certainly going to have the stature. One of the more adorable things about her is her rather cat-like behaviors. She adores cuddling, and will circle you and rub up against you like a cat, she climbs up on the couch with my Mom and tries to get up on her shoulders, nipping at her hair. It’s quite amusing, to say the least.
All in all, a bit overwhelming but has left me in a better mood overall than I’ve been in a while. Gotta love that introvert need to hermit after that kind of thing.