Friday, July 25, 2014

Puppy, Toddler, or Both...

I haven't blogged in quite some time.  Between my brother's Newfoundland nuptials and the recent acquisition of our newest family member, life has been hopping.  Now in the throes of our busy birthday season, it's tempting to avoid the computer and spend time outside enjoying summer.  But, I thought I'd better post an update before the photos get too outdated, because both my babies are growing like weeds. They're just so darn cute.

Meet "Domino", our 11-week old Boston Terrier... 






And... just for fun, a quiz!  

1. Lying on the kitchen floor, eating corn on the cob

   □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Sitting in the kennel splashing in the water dish

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Chasing the cat, growling

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Jangling the wind chimes hanging from the back door

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Running naked through the house

    □ PUPPY    □ TODDLER     BOTH

  1. Slipping under the baby gate to join the children downstairs

□ PUPPY □ TODDLER BOTH

  1. Tackling the cat

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Climbing on the top of the couch to watch the children playing outside

    □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Comes running whenever a door is open

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Bit me on the thigh

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Howls at three in the morning

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Peed on the bathroom floor

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Peed on the kitchen floor

    □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Peed in the potty

     □ PUPPY     □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Tried to eat the potty

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Had a red 'permanent marker' stain on her head

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Drags the leash around the house, yelping

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Greets me at the door when I get home from work

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Snores

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Doesn't understand “sit” and “stay”

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Falls asleep on my chest

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Doesn't listen when I say “Get Down!”

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Ran down the street ignoring me when I called her back

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER       BOTH

  1. Knocked a piggy bank on the floor and played with the pieces

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Sat in the garden eating raspberries off the bushes.

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER      BOTH

  1. Stole our hearts!

     □ PUPPY      □ TODDLER     BOTH






Friday, May 30, 2014

Bragging Rights

Okay, it's been a long time since I've posted photos of the kids, which was the original intention of this blog, by the way.  I let my beautiful, photos spamming, kid blog get tarnished by silly things like creative writing.  Enough of that, you need a kid fix, don't you?  

Well, I just happened to have received some gorgeous ones today and I can't help but share them!

Enjoy!
  
Alex, age 9

Connor, age 7
 Kirstin, age 6
 Brooklynn, age 1.5

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

C'est fini!

And now for our final (yet still optional!) prompt. Today, as befits the final poem of NaPoWriMo, I challenge you to write a poem of farewell. It doesn’t have to be goodbye forever — like I said, NaPoWriMo will be back again next year. If you need a little inspiration, you might find some in perusing this selection of goodbye-and-good-luck poems from the Poetry Foundation website.
Happy writing, everyone, and good-bye, and see you next year!


The terzanelle is a modified villanelle. It uses the terza rima's interlocked rhyme pattern, but fits the villanelle form of five triplets and a quatrain. In addition, the middle line of the 1st stanza becomes the third line of the next stanza, and so on, such that the terzanelle is a huge pain, but worth the effort and determination to finish.



A Farewell to April

It is difficult word to say
When one must summon an honest farewell
Farewell to April, welcome sweet May

It does not pay to consistently dwell
On the sodden grass and cool damp air
When one must summon an honest farewell

April rolls out quietly, brown and bare
Signs of life emerge, so tentative
On the sodden grass and cool damp air

The birds return and the flowers live
As the month comes to a final close
Signs of life emerge, so tentative

There's poetry in spring, sweeter than prose
Ceasing with the last of winter's remains
As the month comes to a final close

Farewell dank earth, farewell melting rains
It is a difficult word to say
Ceasing with the last of winter's remains
Farewell to April, welcome sweet May

-Laura Freeman-
April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WTF kind of a prompt is that?????