Does This Dog Look Angelic?

Look at that face!  How sweet is Miss Marcie Moo?  What a gorgeous and angelic looking little pup.  You’d be wrong in your thinking if you think she looks as if she could do no wrong.

A few nights ago, I tied 28 chocolate decorations to the tree.  I put them all over, evenly spaced… some obvious, some hidden closer to the inside of the tree… some plain milk chocolate and some filled with caramel.  I was so excited for Ollie and Nate to wake the next day and realise that all those new decorations actually contained something yummy.  My excitement was short lived.

The next day I thought to myself that the tree looked a little bare, so I moved the decorations around a little… a few hours later I noticed again that it looked bare in parts. The next time I went into the room, I saw Marcie on the sofa, nose stuffed right into the tree and she turned around when she heard me…. she was licking her lips.  The little butthead of a dog!

Does she not know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs?? I told her off and put her outside.  I let her know she did something wrong.  Did this stop her from doing it again? Nope.  I caught her doing the same thing 3 times.  Now there are 6 chocolates left on the tree… way up high… neither Marcie or the boys can reach those ones.  SIX.  Out of TWNETY-EIGHT!  The boys maybe have had a couple, I had one… James hasn’t had any…Marcie ummmmm…………………

A Little Life Catch Up!

So, there has been a lot going on in our little house recently… I have been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to post about a ton of things I would have liked to.

James has been working away for the last month and a half, for 3 days a week in London. It’s been so hard getting used to him travelling again.  The boys are bigger and school is back, and doing the parenting thing single handedly for half of each week, is kind of crazy. I have so much respect for the women (and men!) who single parent full-time!  I guess I take it for granted that James is normally always there to help out and do his share… and when he is here I get to have a break sometimes… when he is away, it’s round the clock single parenting.

Ollie is fully settled back into school and is so far enjoying P2.  He likes his teacher and likes his classmates and the first topic they are studying is Space and he is LOVING that. His behaviour has calmed slightly, as I knew it would once his mind was properly occupied again.  He is a clever little man… he takes so much in and I am surprised every day by the things that he knows.  He missed 3 days last week though due to a chest infection, so this week is the first week that he has been given homework!  It doesn’t seem that different from his homework in P1… yet.

Nate has started at a Surestart creche that opened in our housing development in August! He gets to go and play with the other kids his age twice a week for 2 hours each session. He has not had any issues with me leaving him, as I knew he would not… and he loves it! Though I know he is so pleased to see me when I come to collect him.  I haven’t yet decided what to do with my 4 free hours in a week… I might dedicate that time to blogging… or editing a bunch of photos… in other news, Nate isn’t well at the moment, has a ton of new words including: stop it, no, upstairs, Marcie and hi, and has started to have full blown ‘terrible twos’ style tantrums.

In my news…. I recently went out for lunch with my mum, went on a tour of Crumlin Gaol, had a girly night in with a friend for her birthday, reconnected with an old friend who came for dinner and went to a hen party for my gorgeous friend who is getting married in a couple of weeks!  I’ve also been going to church recently and I’m really enjoying it!

Marcie was not well!  She has been to the vet a few times in the last number of weeks but it seems she is on the up.  She had not been feeding at all well since we got her and when we went to the vet to get her jab, he told us that she had a high temperature and that she was too underweight… too unwell to get the jab… so he sent us away with new food, an antibiotic and some sort of paste stuff.  She slowly began eating… and is A LOT better.  She was able to get her 1st vaccination at the last appointment and was fitted with a chip… she will get her 2nd vaccination next Monday and then we will be able to take her out for walks!  We are all so excited for that!

Do Not Look At This Post If You Dislike Insanely Cute Photos!

OK.  You have been warned.  This post will make me the envy of everyone who reads this blog… because… we may or may not have added the cutest, furry, little pup to our family of 4.  Ok, we totally did.  Introducing Marcie…

Now you’ve looked at this post, you can’t turn away can you!  Like I said, insanely cute.

Marcie is an 11 week old Yorkiepoo…. or Porkie… she is a Yorkshire Terrier/ Poodle cross.  She does not cast hair at all and never will… which is perfect for us as the boys are allergic to dogs that shed hair.  It was one of our main priorities when looking for a pup.

We picked her up a week and a half ago… Ollie was super excited the whole way there.  We got to meet her mum and dad… her mum is a cream poodle, with hair like a shaggy rug and her dad is a tiny little black yorkie.  I wonder what her hair will turn out to look like, because it is already changing and becoming lighter!

She has a little pink bed and a pink cushion that goes into it and she sleeps soundly in the kitchen.  Such a lovely and easy dog so far!  She doesn’t whimper or cry much at night and accidents are few and far between.

We can’t wait to have her vaccinated in the next week, so that we can take her for walks soon!  Ollie is going to love the responsibility especially.

Ollie is so good at looking after her.  He helps me with her a lot!  Nate on the other hand, needs watched closely!  Sometimes he is very gentle and other times he forgets and thinks that Marcie resembles one of his stuffed animals and lifts her up… he needs reminding to be careful!

Marcie has already brought a ton of love to our family and we can’t wait to get to enjoy her more… and Ollie is already planning her 1st birthday (doggy) birthday party.  He has already told the people he knows that own dogs, that they are invited.