Merrrry Chr— Errr – Happy Halloween!!

brrrrrrrr.  Well it was a SNOWY Halloween in Chicago.  Yes, SNOW!!! (no chuckling or gloating allowed, Darren and Erin!!!)  ugh.  You can’t tell in this picture but it was snowing and incredibly windy and COLD.  We still went out and got lots of candy though. Our neighborhood is super fun and involved in Halloween.  We even got chased by some zombies giving out full-sized candy bars! ha.

photo-2 copyEvangeline was Elsa (we blamed her for the icy weather), Eliza was green grapes (with a sword thrown in for interest – warrior grapes?), and Abe was a black bat (he had wings but you can’t tell in this photo).  Josie was an Indian princess but she’s too cool for us and went trick or treating with friends so I don’t have a picture of her.  Oh, and Cider was Dogzilla.  He loved his costume (NOT!).  Missed you all this Halloween!


The only thing better than one puppy? TWO PUPPIES!

As if one puppy isn’t cute enough, we spent the night at Lisa and Brent’s on Saturday night and they had just gotten their new puppy that day.  The pups are only 6 days apart and they had a lot of fun playing and snuggling (and pottying) together.  Jessie is a golden retriever and Cider is a golden/poodle mix and seeing them together really shows you the difference in their coats! Oct18,2014-19


Somehow Jessie always ended up on top of Cider.  She really put him in his place.  haha




Puppy News

Well it has been one week since we brought Cider home (this name won the vote by a landslide).  He is doing great.  He was crate trained in only two days and sleeps great at night.  He only cried one night.  He is laid back and loves playing with the kids.  He seems to take our family’s chaos in stride.  We are really enjoying him!

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Puppy news – good and bad

Well, the bad news is that our pup, little Rosie, got really sick.  We decided to go with a different breeder and found a really sweet couple south of Champagne that breeds golden doodles for only slightly more than we were going to pay for the cockapoo.  A golden doodle was our first choice of breed anyway and this breeder happened to have a litter ready next week.  Even better, there was a puppy with a curly coat and the exact color we were wanting!  He is a red color.  We are picking him up next Wednesday.  Here is the only pic i have of him so far and it’s not very good quality, but you can see his color and how stinking cute he is!!  This was two or three weeks ago I think.


Now to agree on a name….again.  PLEASE HELP!  HEre is the list.  Feel free to leave comment and vote!

Peter Parker (Pete for short) – after Peter Parker since he’s red like spiderman


Herbie (after Gpa Piercey)


Cider (because we got him in fall and he’s’ the color of apple cider)



So far, Cider is winning.  What is your vote??!!


First Day of School!

On Sept 2, the kids started school.  Josie is entering 8th, Eliza 5th, Evangeline 2nd, and Abe will be in his last year of PreK.  He goes half day in the afternoons and asks me all morning (“is it time to go to school yet?”)  Evie cried the first day but has done great ever since.  Josie isn’t thrilled about the hours of homework she has had this week but is loving seeing her friends everyday.  Eliza typically loves school and this year is no different.  Tuesday night as I was tucking her into bed, she said she wished she didn’t have to go to sleep and could go back to school right then!!  ha!

Here are some pics from the first day of school:

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A pic of Abe with his two teachers (on right) and teacher’s aid (on left).