my animals

when our cat & dog jump up on the bed or couch w/us luke likes to sing, "In the jungle, the mighty jungle..." it is very hard to get that out of your head....

Turkey Day

julia & jayden
luke & patty (his cousin & soon to be sister in law)libby & abby (my twin cousins)
me & lukecasey & jack
dad ash & chris



This weekend two very important things happened in my life. I will blog in the actual order of events:

1. My friend Kate had her baby! I was HONORED to be invited to attend the birth, which was done au natural in Kate's own house. She called me at 6:50 am and baby Aislinn was born at 8:50! I was the videographer, and let me tell you, it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen! Kate just stood up, and had that baby in between her bed and the dresser! That's right- she gave birth STANDING UP. What a woman! Aislinn was 8 lbs 15 oz, 21 inches long, and a red head just like her big sisters. I am in LOVE.

This is my favorite pic of the day- Kate's two sisters coached her through labor. Here's her oldest sis Rebekah holding the baby with Abi seated next to Kate. The midwife was saying something that they were smiling about- something about it "finally being over!" What a relief!

Three red heads: oh my!

Here's Aislinn just seconds after birth!

Meghan is warming up to big sister-hood, but I think she was a little unsure of it at first!

2. My brother Jack proposed to Luke's cousin Patty!!! They have been madly in love since 2 July's ago when I introduced them. It was a match made by ME, which according to tradition entitles me to: rite of godparentship to their future children, position of honor at the wedding ceremony (facing the audience in front of the priest and in between the bride and groom), and I believe I also win 30% of all their current savings and future income. That is why matchmaking is such a popular pastime. Well look- it worked! I am so excited for Patty to be my sister and Jack to be a married man! Congrats Patty & Jack!!!!!!! Oh- one more thing that is really cute: Jack drove up to Camas to get Patty's parents permission to marry her. Then on the way back to Stayton to propose, he got pulled over for speeding! Jack told the officer that he was on his way to propose and the cop asked to see the ring. When Jack showed him the ring, the officer told him he wouldn't ruin his night & did not give him a ticket! Here's Patty showing off her ice... :)

Eskimo update (THE DOG)

The Clackamas County Animal Control called- they gave me Sugar's momma's name. They barely cared their dog was in my laundry room (albeit spacious, cozy and adequately stocked with fresh water and dog biscuits for Sugar's enjoyment) all day. LAME.


Eskimo in my closet...

This morning after leaving my house I saw a little white dog running down 32nd, which I consider to be a busy road. I pulled over and captured him. He has a Clackamas County tag, but no name or phone number. Alas, I could not return him to his rightful owner. So he is in my laundry room at home right now, much to the dismay of my cat Annie who is totally disgusted and offended at this new thing that looks the size of a cat. In fact, she took a swipe at him (b1tch!) Rucker does not care about this intrusion. Still, the pets are sequestered today for their own safety. I have posted a FOUND dog ad with the Clackamas County Animal control, and left them two messages. I know you are not supposed to revel in your own good deeds, but I am feeling entirely pleased with my effort today. My husband = not too pleased, but this is really no skin off his nose so I cannot be bothered by his opinion. The reason he is bent out of shape is b/c 2 years ago I found a rat terrier (ew) that was under our care for 2 weeks before we finally gave him away after 2 failed attempts to adopt him out. No one ever bothered to claim him despite my efforts to find his distraught and grief-stricken family. I sincerely hope that this white dog’s family claims him soon. Otherwise he may become a Christmas gift for someone I choose at random.


Gill turns 12!

Birthday Girl, isn't she beautiful!? T-t-t-t-thomas
Lexee- Some people can touch their tongue to their nose, i think she's touching her ear!:)

Gill's bday was 10/28. She is one sassy cat!


Cassadra loves ketchup. She eats it straight. Cassandra & Reina
Little cups of goodness.