Friday, May 27, 2011

A Disasterous Afternoon

I took the girls someplace public today as part of Daddy's father's day gift.  We're working on a surprise project, and part of it required some professional services.  Normally, I can take my kids out in public and they don't embarrass with poor behavior.  They're good girls.  Smart, kind, outgoing, etc.  Today was an exception.

I can't say it's all their fault.  Really, I can't.  It was one of those "too much planned" afternoons and both children started it all off with a cupcake and ice cream morning followed by a late lunch and no nap.  The only part of that lineup that I'll take blame for was the no nap.  School served the cupcakes as a last day treat at 10:45am.  Neither child was hungry at 11:15 when we had 20 minutes to eat before an 11:45am doctor's appointment for an ear infection.  Daddy had forgotten his lunch and we decided to take it to him and do some other fun things in the big city, but since Daddy had to go across town at 1:30pm, we had to get to him before then.  By the time we ate, it was 2pm.  M spilled her lunch all over the floor at the mall, so there was not quite as much food to go around as planned, too. 

By the time we got to the professional, whose services we had hired, M was in NO mood to cooperate.  She kept trying to storm out of the room, threw things, and laid down and cried.  My bad for scheduling it during what is most days her nap time, but many days, she avoids napping the entire time she's in her room, so how was I to know that today she needed one?!

After we finally gave up on the whole activity and were using the computer to check out what we HAD managed to accomplish with Miss Fussypants, we hear A say to M, "go on in there, lie down."  I looked over, and A was holding the computer cabinet open for M to crawl inside.  Just as I said, "No, M!  Don't!" she did.  Yup, she turned OFF the computer, and it was all lost before saving.  

The little stinker. 

Yep, I won't be doing THAT activity again.  I had to apologize about 20 times to the staff.  It was a huge disaster. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Revised Playroom

We decided last week to bring up the toy kitchen up to the playroom on the main floor and take all of the random plastic toys down to the basement playroom.  This is what we have upstairs now:

I really love having little girls. The entire room just makes me happy!

Stuffy Fluffy

Frank loves to play with stuffed animals.  We try very hard to keep him from the girls' toys.  We really do try.  Because we don't always succeed with keeping him away from the toys or the toys away from him, we also try to have on-hand a LARGE number of stuffed animals that are his and his alone.  This week, all stuffies were half off at the local SVDP so we went shopping.  We came home with a large number of animals and one very large animal.  Everyone was immediately charmed by the big pooch.
We hoped that with a larger animal, it might take Frank longer to destroy it.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.  The Grande Pup lasted less than a week before the nose was ripped off and Frank was chewing on its brains.  Sigh.  It was still fun while it lasted.


You have now been crowned Queen or King CheezeBurbur.  Long live the Queen!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's My Birthday!

As usual, I made a birthday cake in honor of my birthday.  This year, the girls both helped me.  It was a Pillsbury Funfetti cake with french vanilla instant pudding between the layers and the most incredible homemade frosting.  I swear, I will never buy chocolate frosting again.  EVER.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Our 6 Month Old Puppy: another "what is he" guess

As Frank gets older, he continues to grow, and grow, and grow!  And as he grows, we continue to wonder, "Frank, what are you and how big will you be?" 

At 5.75 months, we took him to the vet for yet another round of digestive upset.  This time, he was so sick he was spewing from both ends and unable to contain himself for the time we were inside at the vet.  Poor boy.  We've just decided, after another $300 in testing, that he's sensitive.  No matter what we do, he will probably be nothing other than sensitive to every little thing he should or shouldn't be eating.  We'll have to be extra vigilant about EVERYTHING that gets left on the floor or in a low trashcan.  Regardless, the reason I bring up the vet is that he was weighed one more time. 

At this visit to the vet, he was 24.3lbs.  Two weeks prior, he had weighed in at 22.6lbs.  So, needless to say, the mutt is still growing.  When I measured his height at 5 1/2 months old, he was 15.5" tall.  For reference, standard sizes for beagles are around 20-25lbs and 15" at the shoulder.  Beagles continue to grow until they are 18-24 months old.  He's not done growing.  Oh boy! 

Taking another spin around the internet, I came across a website that was giving out advice for estimating adult size based on puppy measurements.  This website, and another I found that day, told me to expect his weight and height to be about 60-75% of his adult size when the puppy is 5-6 months old.  Let's do some math again, shall we?

puppy weight = .60 x adult weight
24lbs (rounding down) = .60 x adult weight
adult weight = 24lbs/0.6
adult weight =  40lbs

Working the math a second time with the more conservative 75% calculations, I still get a reasonable size for Frank.

adult weight = 24/0.75
adult weitht = 32lbs

So Frank ought to top out at 32-40lbs.  Is that what the calculations have been saying all along?  I can hardly remember!  Regardless, seeing his "new" guestiated adult size, I began to wonder one more time, "what is he?"  Well, what could he be?  Which breeds are larger than a beagle but not so striking in their appearance as to overshadow the beagle part of his breeding?

Enter, the labrador.  For a while, various people at various times have pointed out to me that Frank looks to have some labrador in him..  Labrador?  You must be joking.  He's much too small to be a Labrador mix.  But is he?  I looking at Labrador/Beagle mixes, or Labbes or Beagadors, I find that the average labbe dog is 33-40lbs.  They can be yellow, black, or beagle colored.  They sniff like a beagle, but bark more like a labrador.  This starts to sound a lot more like Frank the more I look into it. 

Then I ran an image search.  It seems that most labbes on the web are yellow or black.  But a few popped up with Frank's black and tan coloring.  A few.  Then I found this blog, and forgive me for linking to your blog, but I wanted to share just how much your dog resembles dear Frank.  Does that look like anyone you've seen around here before?

I believe we may finally have a winner!  It's really rather interesting as the other puppy that Frank was found with looks much more like the other Labbe pictures I found on the internet.  He was slightly larger than Frank and mostly black.  I used to think that they couldn't be litter mates but now I'm not so sure.  If they were both Labbes, then perhaps Steve resembled one parent while Frank resembled the other.  This is all purely speculation, of course, as we'll never really know the truth.