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Meet Armani

medium_armani.3.jpgOur newest family member is a 3 month old black labrador-chow mix. We went to the animal shelter and adopted him. Alejandra picked the name (her affinity to fashion clearly visible).
The first thing Armani did was pee on the carpet in the family room, Alejandra's room, under the dining room table, and in Mollie's room.
Good thing Tom had bought a can of special pet stain removal spray for that purpose. We'll have to work on that.


House Warming Party

medium_housewarming1.jpgWe had obviously picked the perfect day for our house warming party! Sunshine and very pleasant temperatures helped make this an enjoyable event for everybody.

We had potatoe salad, pasta salad, veggies with dip and fruit salad for sides. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beef brats on the grill. I had prepared a dozen German Pretzels (need to practice and fine-tune the recipe), which everybody liked. Tom's chili was very much appreciated, as always.

Five kids on the trampolin at the same time proved a challenge for the smaller ones. But everybody liked it so much, that Penny couldn't resist and jumped too - carrying James and Tiana.



Ted keeps postponing his move

Tom's dad is in pretty bad shape, health-wise. He has been diagnosed with multiple system atrophy a while ago and doctors fill him up with dozens of pills that counteract each other.

When we bought our house we specifically looked for one with enough room and the possibility to have Ted move in with us. Tom already got quotes on putting a shower in the downstairs bathroom and we were talking about Ted moving in late April or early May.

But every time Tom called his dad to get a certain date for the move, there was some other reason why he couldn't make that decision just yet. Right now the tentative date is set for August, but I won't believe that until I actually see Ted here.

He is such a nice person, stubborn and funny, I'd love to have him around. I also believe his health would improve if he had somebody taking good care of him, maybe get him off some of these pills.