Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Meet Galaxy!

We decided we were ready to get a new kitty so we made several (well, it was three) attempts to go through the Greensboro Feral Adoption and Rescue folks.  None of which were successful.  We are a good family, nice house, good relationship with our vet, healthy environment, replacing a well taken care of kitty who died of old age....yet, we couldn't get anyone to call us back and/or let us physically visit with the cats available.

So I called the Randolph County Animal shelter.  They had several cats and kittens there ready to forever-homes and the person who answered the phone was INCREDIBLY helpful and immediately invited us for a play date with the pets.  I had looked online at the available pets and fell in love with a little orange kitten.

We all HATED HATED HATED the shelter.  God bless those people who can work there without going home in tears everyday.  It was such a tough place to visit.
When we got there, we asked to play with the orange kitty...but he ignored Spencer.  And seemed very skittish.  We have two dogs in the house so we knew our new kitty had to have some gusto.  We played with about 12 cats/kittens and kept going back to the gray/orange/cream fluff ball they called Dasher.  And Dash is what she did-- all around us! When she was back in the cage, she would climb to the top of the door and yell LOUDLY for attention.
I was still looking at the little orange one when it dawned on me that Spencer is 11 years old and has NEVER gotten to pick his own pet.  So I gave him the deciding vote---and Dasher became Galaxy and a few minutes and a few signatures later, she was Trinity bound for a lifetime of love and spoiling.

And girls, isn't a man extra sexy if he is strong enough to take care of his family, but gentle enough to love on a tiny kitten???

Little Galaxy has LOTS of toys but prefers bits of scrap paper.  She loves her kitty condo and sleeps at the very top.  She eats too much and has a little round tummy now and she can hold her own around Lacie and Bowser--she is a perfect fit for our home.
By the way, Spencer named Galaxy for two reasons:  LA Galaxy is the name of one of his favorite soccer teams and instead of the "LA" in LA Galaxy standing for Los Angeles, he said it stands for Linthicum - Alderin. Sweet, huh?

Happy 42!

December is also Will's birthday-- what a busy month!
We met some of his family for dinner on Thursday then Friday Night he and I had a nice dinner alone.  We ate at Prime 1924 and it was honestly the best dinner we have had since our honeymoon!

Busy Month!

So many fun things happen in December...Let me see if I can do a quick recap of what happened so far...

  • Spencer played the hand chimes in the Children's Choir program
  • I went to Myrtle Beach with Mom and Dee for a shopping weekend
  • Boppa, Spencer and IV were in the Trinity / Archdale parade again this year and enjoyed waving and tossing candy from Boppa's mustang.

We also started the indoor soccer season.  The only difference this year is that Will is playing on Melissa's over-30 team.  He hasn't played soccer since high school so that first game really kicked his old hiney. The past few weeks have been a smattering of analgesic gels, pain killers, ice packs and neoprene braces.  And that's only two games into the season! 
To get statistical, Will has scored 1 goal but has 17 pulled muscles, a swollen knee, a sprained ankle and big ol' ball imprint on his gut:

And if you think that is bad....check out Melissa's injury:

And yes, she was wearing good goalie gloves when it happened!  

Several of our players have injuries as well--- this is going to be one helluva season!

Spencer's Birthday!

Spencer celebrated his 11th birthday earlier this month.  We tried to do a big party for him but he only wanted an after school play date with his friends.  Dad and I took two cars to the elementary school and picked up his friends after school.  We came back to Nana and Boppa's house for a couple hours of outdoor playtime (nerf, soccer, football, etc.) then I ran and picked up pizzas for everyone for dinner followed by cake and presents.  The parents picked their kids up at about 6:30 -- plenty of time for homework, showers and settling down before calling it a night.

A few days before his birthday, we had a special day with Spencer.  We let him open a few gifts early (disc golf gear!) and we all (Bowser, too) went to the park for an afternoon game.  Afterwards, we took Bowser shopping at PetSmart then we sat outside on the picnic tables in the warm sunshine for an early dinner at Char Grill. What a perfect day!