31 December, 2012

Our Cari - Looking for a Forever Home

A few of you know that we have been fostering an amazing cat by the name of Cari. We love her so much and she has made such an impact on our family.

But now it is time to find her a forever home.

With our impending adventure, we need to find her a permanent home. If you know of anyone who is looking for a new cat - she's the one! Please forward this information over to them and have them contact the Montclair Animal Shelter.

Cari is a lovable, spayed, calico cat just a little over a year old. She is quite playful and loves to snuggle. She is also a great hide-and-seek player. She is good with children and has put up with a lot of attention, love, and picking up from our kids. But, she doesn't like dogs.

Cari likes to see the world and will go out walking with a harness and leash - but don't think of it as walking her, you go where she wants too! She is also a good traveler and enjoys hotels; having ridden from New Jersey to Georgia and back again – twice!

Cari came to the Montclair Animal Shelter when she was 3 months old - weighing only three pounds and pretty sick. The shelter staff nursed this little cutie back to health, but could not seem to get rid of her persistent cough. They hoped that a stay in a home environment would help her body heal even more.

After time spent out of the stress-filled atmosphere of a shelter she is as healthy as can be, but does have some lingering respiratory issues. This means she needs daily medications (that she gobbles down in her food). Plus her breathing is a little bit louder than most cats so you always know where she is at!

Help us find a forever home for her - let her into your heart and home today!

Contact the Montclair Animal Shelter

973-744-8600 | mtas77@verizon.net

30 December, 2012

A Big Christmas Surprise - The Beginning of Something New

It's been a very busy and exciting time for us this month. To catch you all up ... and to make the first official announcement out to the world ... Courtney and I are stepping away from our jobs and the craziness that life in the modern world brings as working parents with three kids.

Whew. That's a mouthful. It is so exciting, scary and amazing all at the same time. This opens up a whole new experience for us of home schooling and traveling with our children for the next year/ year and a half.

And we had kept this a complete surprise to our children. That is until Christmas morning.

Christmas morning it all broke loose. In a good way. Courtney and I planned a scavenger treasure hunt for the kids. Not only did they get to traipse all through the house - but also had to research questions on the Internet to answer certain clues to get to their final gift.

Here's a short slideshow of what happened: http://show-vid.com/view/4c9ax28

What's next, you might be asking? Here's our itinerary as we know it right now:

Jan 24-Jan 31 - Georgia
Feb 1-2 - Back to NJ
Feb 3 - Fly out of Newark to Costa Rica
Mar 5 - Off to Australia
Apr 6-ish - Off to New Zealand
May-ish through July-ish - Stops in Europe
August - Turkey
September - Stateside traveling ... then who knows!

I'm looking forward to this next step and hope you will share it with us. Be well and stay in touch!

24 January, 2012

When I'm 100 ...

I will take care of you when you are 100. You'll be an old grandma. Little Man

Will you help me when I am an old grandma? Me

Yes. And give you money. I have lots of money in my wallet ($5). I'm going to save all my money in my wallet and not spend it any more. Little Man

Why aren't you going to spend it? Me

I'm going to save it to take care of you. Little Man

I can't wait to turn 100!

13 January, 2012

Measuring Up to Penguins

There once was a time when my tallest was still not quite as tall as the tallest penguin in the world. How time flies.

Yesterday The Diva celebrated her 10th birthday (Peace Girl turned 10 in November, and the Little Man was 5 in October). And as you can see, The Diva, as well as the other kids have grown quite a lot. *Sigh*

08 January, 2012

Night walk

What a great night to take a walk!

The kids wore their headlamps to make sure we didn't loose our way.

Love our neighborhood!

05 January, 2012

Googolplex and the Little Nutbrown Hare

goo·gol·plex [goo-gawl-pleks, -gol-, -guhl-]
a number that is equal to 1 followed by a googol of zeros.

goo·gol [goo-gawl, -gol, -guhl] 
a number that is equal to 1 followed by 100 zeros and expressed as 10 100 .


How high can you count? 100? 1,000? 1,000,000? 10 to the power of 100?

My son and I have had a bedtime ritual that goes back, to well since he was old enough to talk. (Which isn't so far, he is only 5 - but it sure seems like a long time). It's a take on the book "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney.

At lot of you probably know it ... Little Nutbrown Hare tells Big Nutbrown Hare that he loves Big Nutbrown Hair as wide as his arms reach. Big Nutbrown Hare replies, with much bigger arms, that he loves Little Nutbrown Hare as wide as his arms reach. Little Nutbrown Hare replies that he loves Big Nutbrown Hair as high as he can jump. Which Big Nutbrown Hare replies, with much more height in his jump, that he loves Little Nutbrown Hare as high as he can jump. You get the picture.

The one that always gets me is the last one - I love you to the moon/ I love you to the moon and back.

That is what we have been saying every night since my Little Nutbrown Hare could talk. Once he could talk and start to figure out that some things were bigger than others - well it got interesting. I love you to the moon and back two times. And it grew as his information grew: I love you to the moon and around all the planets and back.

Then one day, my five-year-old came home saying: I love you to the moon and back googolplex times.

How cute, I thought. He and his friends at school are making up numbers bigger than they could imagine. You know, like bazillian-gadzillian. What great imaginations - and with math in the equation, too. He described it as the biggest number there ever was; nothing beats googolplex.

 Well, that last statement might not be technically correct, but these five-year-olds are correct. Somehow in their normal play-learning, they have come across, understand and use a term that (I believe) most adults don't even know about. At least not the ones that I polled.

So when he tells me tonight "I love you to the moon and back googolplex." I know it means something. And even if it wasn't a real term, it still would mean the biggest amount of love that goes on forever that my little man can think of.

And that makes me happy.