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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Making Dog Food

Not to be outdone, Shea's ear allergies have gotten so bad that she's had to be sedated twice in the last three weeks so they can clean them and put in medication.  We've tried many foods and it was getting expensive so we decided since we are having to already having to feed Chuy special heart food now, we might as well jump on the homemade dog food wagon for the other two dogs.  I was worried about where I would find approved meat.  The vet wanted us to use novelty foods, meaning foods that are not normally in dog food and thereby Shea would not have an allergy to it.  I posted on FB and we were very blessed by the amount of response we got with folks offering us their old deer meat.  So Wednesdy morning, I got to work making dog food.

It's pretty basic right now, and will be for the next month to make sure that Shea reacts well to it.  We did 1 cup of deer meat to 3 cuts of peas/sweet potatoes with 1/2 cup white rice.  I think next time I'll just put it all in a bag and measure when it's time to feed.  I give them 1/4 cup every morning and night.  We weighed the dogs to make sure they don't lose weight.  We will weigh them again in a week. 

About 3 days in, Shea developed this hacking cough and refused to eat.  So we sent her home with Mom and Dad and they got her to the vet first thing Monday morning.  Her constant ear infections seems to have caused an infection elsewhere.  Her lungs sounded good but her trachea was irritated.  So she now has 3 wks of two meds to take on top of the 5 that Chuy takes.  Good thing I love these animals!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Time with Ava-Boo

Drew and I went and had lunch with the girls last week.  When it was time for Ava to leave, she busted out in tears b/c I wasn't taking her home.  She's made comments here and there about not getting to cuddle with me or have alone time without Drew.  That afternoon her teacher sent me this picture of Ava's journal:

"What would you to go fo dinner?  I would like to go to Taco Bueno.  Would you do the zipline?  I mist you."

Talk about shrugging the heart strings!  So Saturday night, Ava and I went on a date together.  We talked, listened and sang fun music in the car and she let us eat at Daniel Boone's instead of Taco Bueno.  We had a lot of fun and I was glad to get to spend some alone time with my Ava-Bava Boo!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Carli's Christmas Date Night

One of Carli's Christmas presents was to have a date night with just Keith and I to an art studio.  Even though she wasn't 100% as she developed an ear infection the night before, she took some ibuprofen and was ready to be creative!  We went to Bless Your Art and Susan Sellers did a fantastic job!  We were there two hours and it was so much fun.  Carli dictated what everyone painted and  thoroughly enjoyed herself!

After our painting adventures we had dinner and made sure we put the phones away.  Carli got our undivided attention and ate it up!  And Keith and I enjoyed the time we got to spend with her!

Meanwhile, Ava and Drew spent the evening with Grammy and Pa!  They got to go to Aldolphos pizza and play video games.  They even brought home some little gifts to Carli.  Ava will get to use her date in March when the weather warms up.  I think we will do this every single year!  We had a great time!

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Decorating Progress

I have a hard time decorating...and a really hard time buying decorations!  But I do love organizing!  So I was thrilled to find the time to get my peg board in my laundry room set up...it only took me a month!

Drew is 19 mths old and I didn't have a picture of him anywhere in my house.  So I was determined not to put anything on my newly painted walls until I got pictures of Drew.  But finally, but blank walls are filling up and I have canvases ordered to do one last wall...then I will fill accomplished!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Separation Anxiety?

Drew has been going to stay with Mawmaw since the beginning of January and I am starting to think the boy has separation anxiety.  He literally recognizes the way the car sounds/feels as soon as we turn into her driveway.  He starts crying and he cries until I leave.  He does willingly go to Mawmaw and bless her heart she has the patience of a saint!  She says most days it takes him about 10 minutes before he will start playing...sometimes with other kids, sometimes by himself.  He cries again as soon as I get there to pick him up.  This makes naps quite non-existent on Tuesday/Thursdays b/c if I attempt to leave him in his bed for a nap he wakes within five minutes screaming.  I've resorted to laying with him and the boy sleeps like a log...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our House Cat

The cat is not a house cat, but he's determined to be one. He escapes the shop, sneaks through the backyard, slips through the doggie door and greets us good morning. If he didn't purr so loud, it'd take awhile to find him! And Drew loves him dearly!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Time to Play!

Softball playing, mud pie making, bike riding and cat chasing makes for a busy night at the Hays house!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Carli the Waitress

Carli and I got up early this morning and headed to Applebee's in Palestine so she could play waitress and raise money for her softball team.  This was right up Carli's alley!  She had a GREAT time and had a good turnout with all her friends and family coming to eat pancakes and eggs.  She makes a pretty good little server too!  :)

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Best Friend Forever

We were walking out of church and Carli looked at Ava and said, "Ava, you will be my best friend forever." And Ava responded, "Yes, Carli FOREVER!"

Be still my heart!

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