On Tuesday, I found out that I won a giveaway for a Guidecraft toy box from Mommy B Knows Best. I was very excited about this because it will be perfect in helping to get Kaitlynn's toys organized.
Wednesday, I was awakened by Dave yelling about the dogs. Sassy (the puggle) apparently decided to climb on top of the wood pile in the back yard so that she could jump into the neighbor's yard. Dave ripped his favorite Cardinals' shirt in the process of getting her back over the fence. I told him to just get rid of the dog and Kaitlynn woke up at that point saying, "No don't get rid of her." That dog is so lucky that Kaitlynn loves her as much as she does. Kaitlynn is her "saving grace" otherwise she would probably be gone. Later that day, when I was getting the dogs in from the back yard, I couldn't find Sassy. She came out from under a bush with a dead bunny! Gross! I don't know if she killed it or just found it dead, but it was very disgusting.
The best thing about Wednesday was that it was Dave and my 8 year dating anniversary. 8 years ago, we went on our first date on Father's Day (so obviously it was a Sunday). We went to the Shakespeare Festival. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the play showing that year. We have gone to every production since with the exception of 1 (because we were in Florida). We both remember that night so well. We were so unprepared -no blanket, chairs or food and beverages. The people behind us had tiki torches and a bucket of KFC. At one point we were afraid one of their tiki torches was going to set Dave on fire. We almost left during intermission because we thought the play was over. We even remember the conversation we were having as we were walking from the car to the play - it was about chunky chicken (don't ask!).
As the years have gone by, we've gotten pretty good at being prepared for the Shakespeare production. We try to go as close to the anniversary date as possible, if we can't go on the 16th. This year's production was Hamlet. It was awesome! Our dinner consisted of Subway sandwiches and Riesling. What a combo, huh? It was such a beautiful evening. We couldn't have picked a better night to go. We were the largest crowd at that production up to that evening. Quotes from the night / production: "To thine own self to be," "Brevity is the soul of wit," "To be or not to be. That is the question, " and "Get thee to a nunnery." What great quotes.
Kaitlynn stayed at MawMaw's. We also took Pumpkin and Jasmine (the cats) to MawMaw's because they are going to live at her house. So, we are cat-free now! Kaitlynn and MawMaw had a treasure hunt around the house, played outside, played with dolls and gave her doll a bath after making dinner. Kaitlynn was bathed and sleeping when we came to pick her up. We probably should have just left her there, but she did well transitioning to the car and then to her bed. She stayed asleep the entire time.
I have mixed feelings on being cat-free. It was a must since we have the 3 dogs. I do still really like cats and will miss Pumpkin and Jasmine. Having cats when I was single and living in an apartment and even after having a house and getting married, they were great companions. Things changed after having Kaitlynn. The constant vomiting, occasional peeing on her stuff (clothes and toys) and messing up the new carpet in the basement just got to be too much, along with all the cat hair. It's nice that we will still be able to see them and I hope MawMaw is able to keep them and they do well at her house. Kaitlynn was fine with taking them. In fact, on Tuesday night when we were at MawMaw's, Kaitlynn out of the blue said that we were going to put our cats in a cage and bring them over to MawMaw's house. I prepared her on Wednesday before Dave got home from work. I told her that we were taking the cats down to MawMaw's and they were going to stay at her house.
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