Sunday, April 29, 2007

The kittens are doing well and enjoy posing for their pictures :) I can't believe how much they're growing, especially Stripes. She's easily twice as big as Furever, even without all the fluff.

They're also getting playful!

In other news, we got a closing date! We'll be closing on May 11th, which in my opinion can't come soon enough. We're starting to pack up all the non-essentials, and our apartment is slowly taking on that spartan, box-filled look. But I couldn't be happier.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I'm so glad we didn't get video of our wedding's best man when he dropped me during our dance...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Done With School, Dad Update, and Kitty Pictures!

It's not official yet, but I am DONE with school! The knot in my stomach is slowly unraveling. Sometimes it seemed more like a curse than a blessing, but I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to make a better life for myself by getting an education. Especially now that it's over.

Dad came through the surgery just fine; it was an outpatient-type thing, although he was under general anesthesia. It's amazing what they do outpatient nowadays. He'll be on crutches for a few days, then he'll be up an hobbling around.

The kittens are doing well. Stripes and Furever are eating solid food from a bowl, but Star is still stubbornly eating from a bottle. She'll have to figure it out soon, because she chewed the nipple off the bottle again today, and I'm not going back out to the Humane Society again to get another one. She showed interest in the bowl for the first time today, so that's progress. She gets so frustrated with the bottle, but the Humane Society said it's normal to bottle feed up to 8 weeks, which is still 2 weeks away.

Here you can see the collars I made for them. And don't worry, they have a small stretchy part so they can slip out of them if they get them caught on something.

Check out this video of Star. She has a smoker's voice!! She may be a pretty kitty, but her voice certainly is not! That's me at then end when another one of the kittens bit my finger.

House Update
I've been asked what's going on with the house hunting, which made me realize that it's been awhile since I've updated on that. We became really interested in a 1900s-era house with beautiful wood flooring, but the more we looked into it, the more we realized how much work the house would be and how much money we'd have to put into it. Things you don't see at first look, like the fact that there was no insulation in the walls and the roof would need replacing soon. So we started looking again, and we found out that the house that was right next to the original one we liked (the one with the bright blue bathroom) was up for sale. It had everything we were looking for, plus the neighborhood/location we really liked, so we put an offer on it. Right now, we're finalizing everything with the bank, and barring anything unforseen, we should be the owners of a house in a few weeks! I'll wait to put up pictures until it's definite, but we are very excited.

Now it's off to my food blog to catch up on my backlog of pictures!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Just a quick note to let you all know that I'm still alive, just bogged down with wrapping up school. As of tomorrow afternoon, I'll be a college graduate! I have a backlog of kitten and food pictures to show you, but for now please keep my dad in your prayers today. He will be having arthroscopic surgery to repair some tears in his meniscus (translation: he hurt his knee while snow skiiing in February, and now he's getting it fixed). It's a fairly simple procedure, but it's still taking all my restraint to keep myself from going down to Clermont to make sure he's all right. Not that he'd want me there anyways. My dad has a few rules for when he's sick/injured:
  • Close the door to the bedroom and do not open it unless the house in on fire. Slip food under the crack in the door once in awhile.
  • Make no noise. This is the man who once accused the cat of "stomping on the carpet" after he got some dental work done.
  • Do NOT make a big deal out of it. Eventually, the door to the bedroom will open, he will emerge, and life will go on.

Also please be in prayer for my mom, who has to be the caregiver while he is down for about a week. All for now, hopefully more tomorrow.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The kittens continue to do well. We keep trying them with the bowl feeding, and so far Furever, the boy, and Stripes, one of the girls, has sorta figured it out. Their personalities are starting to emerge, and it's been fun to watch them grow. Furever is still the smallest, but the smartest. The girls are starting to pick on him, and he'll wait until they turn around, then wack them a good one. Stripes is getting really fuzzy, she reminds me of a tribble when she marches around the living room like she owns the place. Star's calico colors are starting to really pop. She's going to be a very pretty kitty, even if she is prone to crankiness. Some picture of the Munchkins for your enjoyment:

And as a bonus, here's me opening my birthday gift from my brother David. It was cookies that spelled Happy Birthday, and they were really good. Sophie did such a good job supervising that she got to sample some, too. She approves of my brother's baking skills, or perhaps those of the person he tricked into making a birthday present for his sister.

The shirt I'm wearing is from Mike, and I wish I had a whole closet full of them! It's the type of material that dries quickly, so it's perfect for game days, when you're likely to get beer on you or at least sweat heavily. And he even got the size right!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Twenty-two years, and I still play in the mud. Here's hoping the next 22 years are just as good!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

The kittens continue to grow and eat like maniacs. Yesterday I decided to try putting some wet food in a bowl...let's just say it was not pretty and we're back to bottle feeding. The male was definitely the runt, he's a little smaller than the others and his face looks flatter. For your viewing pleasure, some pictures and a video:

note: sorry for the depressing news show in the background, I wasn't paying attention to the T.V. at that moment.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Sophie: Forsaking all toys for the care of her kittens.

And as a bonus, some uber-cute pictures of the boy, who fell asleep after his bottle today:

Thursday, April 12, 2007

More Munchkin Pictures

The kittens are doing well and eating plenty. Some more pictures for your viewing pleasure. Warning: extreme cuteness ahead!!

This is Star. She is the loudest of the three, and the best eater.

She also has quite a sense of humor.

This is Stripes. She is the other female, and they are both brown tabbies with reddish stripes (or blotches in Star's case).

She's also the grumpiest when she eats. Notice her claw digging into my finger.

This is Furever, our lone boy. He isn't as loud, nor does he eat as well as his sisters, so I make sure to feed him last so I don't feel rushed and can make sure he eats enough. Between the three of them, they can finish off two bottles.

Here's a video of him feeding:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Meet the Munchkins

Saturn went back to the Humane Society today for a shot at being adopted. I really hope he finds a good home. He came so far during his time with us, and he's been through so much, he deserved a loving home.

We got a batch of KITTENS! They are three weeks old and still being bottle-fed. Their eyes are open, but they still have that flat-faced look, making them all the more cute. Sophie has been busy checking them over. Mike was in the bathroom (the temporary lodging place for the munchkins) with Sophie and she would nudge them back into the laundry basket whenever they would try to climb out...awwwwwwwwwww....

Monday, April 09, 2007

The Many Faces of Sophie

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Now that things are starting to return to normal here in Gainesville, I thought I'd post a video and a slide show from Monday night. First, a short video I took of us at the O'Connell Center as the clock ran out on our SECOND basketball national championship. It shows the ecstatic atmosphere as we all started to believe that yes, this was actually happening!

Next, some still pictures:

I am very proud to be a Florida Gator, and it's funny to think that I almost wasn't. I started my college career at the University of South Florida in Tampa, but left for Gainesville after my first semester to be with Mike. At first I was indifferent to it - college was college, right? But over the years, Gainesville and UF have grown on me. Now I can't imagine being anything but a Gator! I've really enjoyed the camaraderie you get here, and even though Mike and I are very excited to be movintg to Leesburg, we'll miss Gainesville, too.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Basically, my school owns yours...

It's great to be a Florida Gator!!