September 08, 2006

A tribute

I am so saddened by the death of Steve Irwin. I wasn't a huge loyal fan or anything, but he was such a very fun bloke that was hard not to like. My kids, when they were a bit younger, watched this crocodile hunter a lot on animal planet video tapes that my dad used to record for them and send to us B.C. (before cable) Well, before we had cable anyway.

Anyhow, I am surprised at how hard the news of the crocodile hunters death has hit me. I am still constantly thinking about it. About his wife, Terry and their 2 young children that he left behind. How incredibly sad.

Then the memory came to me. My son Ian (when he was 4 years old) wanted to dress up as Steve Irwin at Halloween. I probably didn't remember it right off the bat, because honestly it was a costume that I put the least effort into. I found it at Wal-mart for $9.99 and picked it up as just for dress up play. But he insisted on wearing it for Halloween. It was a short lived Steve Irwin phase he went through, but now that I think back... he was so in awe of the spitting cobras, and crocodiles that the fun Australian handled.

So in tribute to Steve Irwin. Here are a couple of pictures of my son Ian doing his best impressions of him.

If you look closely you may notice on the back part of the words... Crocodile Hunter and logo, Hard to see, but it's there. I also sewed on a huge tarantula to his shirt. Notice the long snake around Ian's neck and the huge crocodile he is holding at his side.

It was a great costume, that got a lot of fun responses from other parents at the pre-school holiday parade.


Long Live Animal Preservation!

September 04, 2006


We've been impatiently, counting down the days and minutes and getting everything
ready for this moment. The day finally arrived on Friday. BTW, I am pretty sure that I am way more prepared for this family arrival than I ever was with my own three children. (Sad, I know)

So, without further delay, I am thrilled to announce the newest addition to our family.

MOOSE Dickinson

But you can just call him MOOSE.

Moose is a Chocolate Lab and he was born on July 11th, but he was finally ready to be picked up and brought home with us on Friday at seven weeks old.

Oh, and he does have a middle name too. It's Todd. (named by our neighbor, whose first name happens to be Todd.
Coincidence? I DON'T THINK SO!

He answers to MOOSE.

homecoming was fun. We took turns holding him on the car ride and then when we finally got home, we played with him all around the yard.

The sight of a new puppy brought out all of our neighbors and their little ones to meet and greet. I think all the excitement wore out Moose, cause after a bit he just plopped down on the grass for a quick snooze.

Oooh...Awwww.... isn't he just the sweetest thing?

and in knitting news.....I've started log cabin.
Inspired by Deb from Wound Too Tight.

Okay gotta go get some sleep. I'll be up in a couple hours with puppy. I'm on potty patrol tonight. (yawn)