Category Archives: Funny

135 Seconds of Awesome

Lately I have been getting to spend a lot of time with my favorite guy, my nephew Thomas.  Not only am I his favorite aunt, I am now also his favorite babysitter 😉

Thomas is growing like a weed and absorbing everything around him like a sponge!  It is amazing to watch him experience all types of new things, process them, and figure out how to repeat or copy them.  He is even starting to get the hang of repeating things he hears.

I am admittedly biased, but Thomas is really rather awesome.  Recently, I even captured some of that awesomeness on video!  Here are the three best and most recent videos of him:

In this first one he practices saying “uh oh,” “get down,” and “cuckoo” 😀

http://youtu.be/g_6i05IijZY

In the next one I managed to distract him from the iPad for a minute to get him to copy me 😛

http://youtu.be/F5Jb9Yjliko

And this last one is of his first, hands-on experience with a puddle 😉

http://youtu.be/rTUhWRG1JPs

I suspect that this videos will continue to make me smile for a very long time, but I can’t wait to capture even more videographic evidence of how amazing and awesome he is 😉

Tuesday With Thomas

It is already going on six months since Thomas turned one!

The day before his actual birthday we threw a mini-party for him at my grandma’s (his great-grandma’s) house.  It was just my grandparents, my sisters, Thomas, and I.  We stuck a candle in a cannoli and sang Happy Birthday. 🙂  It was a lot of fun to watch him eat his first cannoli!  (He is 1/8th Italian after all 😉 )

Thankfully my sister got some awesome pictures!  Here are a few of my favorites:

He really wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at first, but he ended up finishing the whole thing.  In fact, he seemed to enjoy the cannoli more than his actual birthday cake the following day 😛

 

Eight Years of Gray

“People that don’t like cats haven’t met the right one yet.”

~ Deborah A. Edwards

Eight years ago I met “the one” when Chris and I went looking from a friend for Ash, after we moved into our first apartment together.  We went to Petsmart to look at St. Francis Society’s adoptable cats and agreed that we wanted a cat that wasn’t gray since we already had a gray cat, Ash.  As luck would have it though, within moments of walking into the adoption center we knew we wanted the cute gray cat who was belly up and purring away in his cage.  According to card on his cage his foster family had named him “Squirt” because he was a feisty little squirt when he was captured with his feral mom during a spay day event.

Needless to say, we brought him home the next day.  Here is the first picture I have of him:

You can tell he was a still a bit freaked out about his new home there.  He settled in quickly though!

After he was settled in I did try to find a name that was a bit more dignified than Squirt.  In fact, I had settled on the name Salem, but it just wouldn’t stick.  Squirt just suited him. 😛

Over the years, a few of Squirt personality traits have become very apparent (and endearing!).  He is shy at first, but very curious.  He is a scientist at heart and loves to experiment with gravity.  Despite seeming to be the most nervous of the cats, he is actually the most easy going when it comes to change.  He is generally well behaved and very polite and he has a strong paternal streak to his personality… He keeps an eye on everyone and acts as the father figure to the young’uns, even if he can’t boss them around like he did when they were little. (Photographic evidence here and here 😉 )

Here is a cute story so that you can get a sense of Squirt’s personality:  One day, not too long after Titus decided to adopt us as his loyal subjects, I decided to give him his first bath.  I filled the tub, grabbed Ty, and shut him in the bathroom with me to keep things contained.  As soon as I lowered Titus into the bath he started screaming protesting.  I wasn’t too surprised that Titus was upset about his bath.  What did surprise me though was the indignant meowing coming from outside the bathroom door.  I swear that Squirt was trying to tell me to be nice to his new buddy and to let him in so he could make sure Titus was okay.

He doesn’t just keep an eye on the other cats either.. He also keeps an eye on Chris and I as well.  Here is a picture of him supervising my online activities from his perch on my leg:

Even after all these years, I still think Squirt is the cutest cat ever.  He also has such pretty green eyes!

I really can’t imagine life with out my Squirt watching over me. 😀

Happy Gotcha Day Squirt!

Buried Treasures

As you can probably tell, recently I have been sorting through all the photos and videos on my computer and I rediscovered some of my “home movies.” 🙂  Most of them aren’t worth much to anyone besides me, but here are two more of Squirt that might be worth watching for my cat lover friends out there:

In this first one Squirt shows off the trick he taught himself.  For some odd reason, for a few months the floor in that particular room was hot lava as far as Squirt was concerned.  I would have to carry him in and, if he did have to touch the floor to get out of the room, he would jump and run like his tail was on fire.  It was very weird, and to this day a mystery.  After a month or two everything went back to normal and he stopped performing this particular trick in favor of simply sauntering out though.

A bit of back story on the next video.. I was attempting to teach myself how to crochet and Squirt thought the yarn that I was working with was just the neatest thing since sliced bread.  Having just recently installed a ceiling fan in our bedroom I came up with the genius idea to tie a piece of yarn to one of the fan blades!

I looks like I am getting to the bottom of the barrel now, but I will have to see what other buried treasures I can find to share with y’all 😀