Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy 8th Birthday!

Today the Oldest One turned eight. I made him a marble cake, and he got two new PS2 games. His grandparents gave him money, and the Littlest One got money for his birthday next week, too. They pooled it and bought an air hockey table, due to arrive on Thursday. I have the local rink rented on the 20th for an hour for a skating party for their classmates. The 6th and 13th were already booked. Looks overjoyed, eh?

After supper we all played four games of darts. They are only allowed to play darts under adult supervision, naturally, considering they are using mine and hubby's darts. The rec room is kinda chilly. Beautiful in the summer, though. Also for their birthdays, if all goes as planned, we will be picking up our new puppy at the airport next Monday. I don't know if I mentioned it on the blog or not, but my fellow Knit Niters know that we've been looking for a dog for over a couple of months now. I finally caved after saying "No dogs!" repeatedly for ages and ages. She's at the SPCA in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, right now. She was found wandering in a northern community, and she started going to the local social services building because the workers started feeding her. They called the shelter, and she was put into foster care. Apparently she was very skittish at first, crouching in fear when meeting new people. They kinda think she was afraid of being hit, so I doubt she had a very good start in life. They've worked wonders with her. She loves cuddling, doesn't mind cats (but I know mine won't like her!), she is fine with kids, and she is housebroke. She isn't spayed yet, that will happen next month. She is getting her first needle on Thursday.

I knew she was The One when I saw her! She reminds me of a teddy bear. We've inquired about several dogs, but none really suited us -- didn't like cats, too big and hyper for kids, etc. They say she's about 25-30lbs now and should be about a medium-sized dog. (We did check local shelters, too. A lot of them just had cats. We were directed to the shelter in Labrador by one located near Halifax and was suprised to learn that like half the dogs we saw on their site all came from this shelter in Labrador!) They think she's about six months old from the look of her teeth.
Saturday was the Road Trip with Heddy, Nova Knitter, and Marti. I forgot to take my camera, but you can see some pictures on Marti's post about the Road Trip. Heddy posted her purchases here. We went to The Innlet Cafe for lunch. I had a really great grilled chicken breast burger and some yummy warmed mapley rice pudding for dessert. Then we went to Have a Yarn.

I came out of there with the least, and definitely the least interesting. (Did you see what Marti got? Can you spell jealous? And a really great find for Heddy, plus that book is a real gem.) I bought the store's sock pattern, Tilting Blocks Socks. I also got some Fabel Self-Striping Sock Yarn and a skein of Drops Alpaca. That stuff is soooo soft! It was the first color that caught my eye. I had in mind to make these or something similar with it. It will go with one of my winter coats, and I have an LL Bean barn jacket (similar to this one) in a light brown that they will go well with. The tarts came from The Teazer. I got something else there, too, but it's for hubby for next Christmas, so I can't show it.

When I say I wear my slippers out, I really mean it!

Next post should be on the 9th, my three-year blogiversary. Gonna have a little contest, so be sure to check it out!
Off to watch American Gladiators. I used to love that show when it was on the first time. The boys stayed up way too late to watch the premiere last night, and they loved it, too.
Happy knitting!


Blogger Bea said...

Happy 8th Birthday Oldest One!!!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Happy birthdays all around, it seems!

Cute puppy!!

12:17 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Happy birthday to both boys. Have a fun time at the rink!
Sad looking slippers. Maybe you need a new pair?

8:46 AM  
Blogger lexa said...

Yes, I will be making a new pair! But I want to hit Frenchy's and get a suede skirt or something to make soles. Not having another pair without soles!

9:50 AM  
Blogger aija said...

Happy birthdays to both! What pragmatic young men-- pooling their birthday money :)

(And your new pup? Adorable!!)

2:04 PM  
Blogger Frieda said...

Belated happy birthday to the Oldest One ,and congratullations on the new puppy . She's a beauty. I'm sure she'll be a great fit for your family . Her fortunes have changed for the better , she's a lucky dog now !

12:39 AM  

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