Sammy had gross feet after escaping under the fence and running around in the mud after a heavy rain.
Now that I'm mostly using a smartphone to take pictures, most of the photo-worthy moments, I go to grab the device and.... bam. Dead battery. We dumb phone users only have to charge once a week.
I have been taking a lot of photos of these cats that we've been fostering since the hurricane. It's frustrating because they freak out when they are on display in the cages at petco, but at home they are the nicest cats ever. The president of the rescue group has decided to adopt the one that behaves worse at adoptions, but I'm sad about them being split up.
Angela has been dressing herself lately.... much to my frustration. I try to offer recommendations, but no. She won't hear a word against an outfit once she has decided upon it.
This is my view of Angela for 1 1/2 to 2 hours every school day as we take Natalie to school, back home, to school to pick up, then back home, plus any other errands or activities that we have to go to in a given day.
Angela like to have her hair braided these days so that she doesn't have to brush it as much. She likes to collect eggs with me in the afternoon, be pushed on the swing, eat candy, and play with baby dolls. She is deathly allergic to playing by herself.
Speaking of chickens, we got a few more. They are pretty neat, but seem to have really disrupted the social order of the flock and introduced a lot of stress because suddenly hardly any of them are laying eggs. They are pretty much done with their seasonal molt, but between 11 chickens, we only see 1-3 eggs per day. I wonder if they are laying their eggs somewhere hidden in the yard or if one of the chickens is eating the eggs. It happens.
Natalie has been getting much better at reading and writing. She is also giving gymnastics a try, which she seems to like and has gotten better at in just a few classes, even though she seems like the only real beginner in the group. Her current passions involve going to school early for free school breakfast (poptarts or a cinnamon roll, juice and chocolate milk- no wonder kids cant sit still in class these days!), spreading art supplies and projects all over every horizontal surface in the kitchen and dining room, watching pokemon and complaining that her stomach hurts.
She's been struggling lately with the nervous habit of spitting or wiping her spit on her clothes. I find it disgustingly unhygienic and antisocial. I am very frustrated. Her teacher has talked to me about it multiple times. We have tried many punishments, taken away priveledges and talked to her a million times. I am now offering her money bribes to have a dry shirt when I pick her up at school. Her shirt is constantly soaked, she smells bad and she's getting a pretty bad rash around her mouth.
Veterans day meant a day off for both Micah and Natalie, so we went to watch kids while some friends visited the temple and spent a few hours at Hollywood Studios. We talked the girls into going on Tower of Terror. I didn't realize that it was quite so scary, not having gone on the ride myself! Lesson learned-try it yourself before you pressure your kids to do something.
Upon returning from scout activity Saturday morning, Micah noticed this guy in our front lawn. He returned it to the creek a few houses down.