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When Pets Leave Us

Recently my family had to put down our dog. Our dear sweet girl was 16 years old, and my husband and I had raised her since she was 6 weeks old. At the time we were just two young teenagers fresh out of high school. We were dating, not anticipating that we would one day marry, create a life and family together, and have to say goodbye to the sweet dog that started our little journey in to adulthood and parenthood.

If you are a pet owner, or as my family calls it, a pet parent, you know how close you can become to your animals. Our dog was a purebred Black Labrador. During our time with her we moved out of our parent’s houses, graduated college, bought a house, got married, and had children together. But she was our first baby together. She went on vacations with us, she slept in our room, we took care to train her, play with her, and help her throughout her life. We even bred her and helped her birth 10 puppies (one of which we have raised next to her for the last decade). During this time she was also there for me while I carried my babies. She was even the one with me as I miscarried my nearly 12 week baby. When I woke up in the morning terrified and realizing what was happening as the rest of my family slept, she stayed with me and comforted me.

Our sweet girl was incredible with our children. She let them climb on her, sleep on her, dress her up, use her as their patient when they played doctor. She laid under them as they played on their swing set, always ready in case they needed her. It was incredibly hard to make the decision that she was unable to fight her disease any longer. It was hard to realize we would continue on without her. We decided early on in our marriage that when the time came to discuss death we wouldn’t shy away from the subject with our kids. So when we knew it was time to make the trip to the Vet we took the kids aside and explained that the doggy was sick, that she wasn’t getting better, and she needed our help. Our oldest were in school, but our youngest son when with us to the vet. At only two years old we knew it probably wouldn’t make the biggest impact on him, but since he spent the most time with the dog during the day we thought it was important he understand why the dog wasn’t there anymore. During the visit we petted our girl, loved on her, and cried a lot. Our son did too. When she was finally asleep and resting our son petted her head and raised his arms and told us “Doggy gone.” We weren’t sure that he understood, but in the week since we have noticed our other dog searching for her friend, and our son pets her and tells her “doggy gone.”

Sharing this with you was on of the ways I have come to terms with the fact that someone who was such a large part of my life is gone. She won’t come back. I am a grown woman, who has lost many loved ones over the years, but still find myself weepy and depressed, unable to fully reconcile my emotions. My children are young, have never experienced death, and I am watching them try to deal with the loss of their best friend. Sometimes life is hard. We read our blogs, enjoy the comedy within them, pin things on Pinterest to make our lives more fun and exciting, and live our lives not worrying about the other things. Occasionally those other things catch up with us, and this month my family has dealt with a lot of the hard and very little of the fun. I don’t share this to depress you, but instead to remind you how short and wonderful our lives are. Hug your kids, kiss your partner, eat the pizza, and dance no matter who is watching. At the end of it all who cares what everyone else is doing, after all they are probably looking at their phones and not at you. Enjoy your life with the people and animals you love. After all, tomorrow comes very quickly.

Boy friendly Valentine’s Ideas

February is almost here, and some of you may be getting ready for that day of love. Valentine’s Day can be hard for some boys. They want to participate but a lot of the valentines available are a little too cutesy for them to imagine giving out to their friends or class. That is why we try to give some boy-friendly valentine ideas every year. Because your boys shouldn’t be embarrassed to give out a token of friendship to the people in their lives.

Star Wars Pixie Stick Light Saber Printable: This fun printable is incredibly boy-friendly. Star Wars is a beloved movie, and you cannot go wrong with lightsabers. This simple printable is available from The Idea Room. Simply print the template, tape some pixie sticks to the page, and handout to friends! Simple, straightforward, sweet, and not too cutesy! Thank you to The Idea Room for such a  perfect valentine!  

Star Wars Valentine's ideas

Hot Wheels Valentine: This fun printable from Little Bit Funky is fun and sweet. For those boys that love to get and give candy this is a fun play on words. I am Wheely Glad we are friends is a safe and fin sentiment and it comes with candy! How can you go wrong? Thank you to Little Bit Funky for such a  perfect valentine!

Hot wheels valentine's ideas

Pokemon Valentine: I choose you! This fun tutorial available from Parenting Healthy is right on the ball for those Pokemon lovers. Simply follow their tutorial to create a Pokeball valentine and attach a pokemon card for fun. This will catch everyone’s heart. Thank you to  Parenting Healthy for such a  perfect valentine!

Pokemon Valentine's ideas

Christmas Storage Organization Ideas

I have not cleaned up Christmas, and I won’t for a few more weeks. But I love looking at great Christmas storage ideas for the cleanup when I do. Since I usually get a little bit more decor at the end of Christmas (sales hello!) and I have extra money from gifts, I like to purchase things for next year. One thing I love to do is purchase storage containers. They not only make excellent storage for decor, they also make excellent storage for all the extra toys and clothes my kids have received during the holidays.

Some great places to get storage containers inexpensively after Christmas is Home Depot, Target, Wal Mart, Lowes, Big Lots, and Dollar Tree. I love to purchase bins, wall organizers, closet organizers, and cases that I can put things in all year long. Check out some incredible storage ideas here.

You can also repurpose items to be used in different ways that can enable you to have more storage. Check out some incredibly cool ideas here from Spunky Junky.

It always feels great to start the new year off right with everything organized and clean. I feel great knowing I know where everything is and can get to it easily.