Sunday, December 18, 2011

Part of the Family

We had a pretty traumatic night here this past Thursday. It made me realize that our family would truly fall apart if we had to be without one very important member...

It was about 5:30 and Steven had to run to the grocery store for some rice. Shortly after he left, our Boxer, Bianca, started ringing the bell on our back doorknob. That is what she does when she has to go potty. As I opened the door, before I could even think twice, she darted out the door. I didn't freak out over it, since she generally doesn't go very far. I called for her about a minute later and she didn't come. I started to get kind of worried, because it was dark and I couldn't see or hear her. I was afraid she had left our yard. After about 10 minutes, Steven came busting in the door yelling "I just hit Bianca! Oh my God!" At first, I thought he meant that she ran in front of the car in the driveway. He was panicking and searching all over for a flashlight since it was pitch black out. He kept running outside and yelling for her, then coming back in, unable to locate a flashlight.

I called my mom and told her we needed to borrow hers and to hurry up because it was an emergency. Steven explained that he was coming down our road and Bianca jumped out and he hit her going about 15mph. She immediately ran off and he couldn't really see which way she went. My mom arrived quickly with a flashlight and they both split up and went searching. Steven walked and she drove in her car.

After almost 3 hours, Steven came back home. He was alone. I automatically began crying. It was just too dark, so he decided he would go back out as soon as the sun came up. We tried to figure out what we would tell Carter when he asked where his dog was. I spent the next few hours pacing back and forth from window to window, occasionally opening the door and yelling her name. We decided that we would have to sleep in shifts, so that one of us was up in case Bianca came home. I went to bed and Steven stayed up. All I could do was cry thinking about her dying all by herself in the woods...or being hurt and unable to move. It was very cold outside and she is used to sleeping all snuggled up with us.

A few hours after I went into my room, Steven came in. I could tell he was ready to cry. All he said was "I killed my dog." I tried to comfort him, telling him that it wasn't his fault. It was an accident. I started crying again, too. I wasn't sure how we would function as a family without Bianca. We've had her since she was 10 weeks old...she was with us before the kids were born. He went back to the living room and I finally fell asleep.

About an hour later, Steven came busting in the door yelling "Can!! Wake up!!" I felt a big thud in the bed next to me. I ripped the covers off of my head and there was our precious girl! She was home!! After we all calmed down, we noticed that her paw was pretty messed up and swollen.

My sister-in-law works at a vet's office...thank God we have her!! It turns out that there are no broken bones...just a few bad scrapes. She is on Tramadol for 5 days for the pain and she is doing great! At first, she was hobbling around on 3 paws, but now she is walking on it normally. We were told to clean it with peroxide just in case of infection, but other than that, she is good to go! I am so thankful that she is ok.

Honestly, I always complain that Bianca is so hyper and jumps all over the place, but when I see how happy we make her...and how happy she makes us, I see that nothing else really matters. She is part of our family and we wouldn't be the same without her.


Monday, December 5, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

The Butchino household is in the Christmas spirit!! With less than 3 weeks to go, I am proud to say that not only am I done shopping for the kids, but 95% of their presents are wrapped!! Last year, I remember frantically wrapping at the kitchen table with Steven on Christmas Eve after the kids were in bed. I decided I didn't want to be stressed on Christmas Eve this year, so I took my time over a few days and got it done. There are 2 more gifts to wrap, but I am waiting for them to be delivered.

Both of the kids are sick right now. Poor Carter is an absolute mess. He woke up coughing and crying last night and I knew we were in for a doozy. I feel awful for him. And of course there isn't much I can do other than give him medicine and cuddle him as much as possible. Brookie has it too, but not nearly as bad...which I am thankful for since there aren't many options as far as medicine for her. I just hope they're both feeling better in time for our annual family Christmas party on Saturday. Prayers needed! In the meantime, we are still trying to keep the Christmas cheer going with them. Lots of decorations, music, and activities. Hopefully they can still enjoy them.

We have a very special addition to our family this Christmas. He is our very own Elf on the Shelf. If you have one, you know that naming them is a very important thing and it is the 1st order of business upon your elf's arrival. I asked Brooklyn what she wanted to name our elf. Her answer was "Seven, eight, nine." I said, "Well, that's kind of about just Seven? Carter, do you like the name Seven for our elf?" He said, "I would like to call him Seven Baby Elf." I said "OK...but we can call him Seven for short." Our elf is a mischievous little guy. Look what he did to my countertops tonight!!

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful holiday season as much as we are! Don't forget to take a time-out from the busy hustle and bustle to look around and be thankful for each and every blessing in your life. No matter how crazy things get this time of year, I always remember how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family to share it with! Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

iPhone Photos and Carter's Birthday Party! Picture Post!!

I haven't posted in awhile, so I figured I would upload some photos from my iPhone to update you on the kiddos!!

Minnie and Mickey, ready to Trick or Treat. They had a blast!!

Steven took Carter into the woods to hunt for the 1st time.
Its a little too early, though! He couldn't keep quiet!!
Brookie loves tutus. She will twirl around and dance 
in them every time we put one on her. 

And she really likes to make this face a lot. Too funny!!

Carter's Kyle Busch themed birthday party was a raging success and we had a great time! I made the Pit Pass invitations and Steven and I made the cake by ourselves... 

And here are some photos that my mother-in-law took during the party. I wasn't able to even get my camera out that day! I was a busy bee!!

After the party, my mother-in-law, the kids' Godmother, and us all went to Max & Erma's, which is our favorite restaurant. Carter and Brookie had to check out the lion made of of solid wood in the lobby while we were waiting for our table!!

Today, we are just enjoying a lazy Sunday before the craziness that each Monday brings!! I am so thankful that we have been so blessed and that we have each other!! I couldn't think of anywhere else I would rather be than at home with Steven, Carter, and Brooklyn! <3 Have a great week!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Boy!

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My baby boy is 3 today! I can't believe how much he has grown. I am so proud of him and the little man he has become. Happy birthday Carter!! Mommy loves you!!

(You can see more photos from Carter's birthday HERE.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Clickin' Moms Membership Giveaway WINNER!

I used to choose a winner for the Clickin' Moms membership contest and it chose comment #5.

Congratulations to Erin from!! You will be hearing from me very shortly about your membership! I'll see you on the boards!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Clickin' Moms Membership Giveaway!

If you come here often, you already know that I love the Clickin' Moms forums. I have been a member for about 2 years now and my photography has improved considerably because of what I have learned from the wonderful women that post there. Whether you are just a mom who loves to take pictures of your little ones, a serious hobbyist, or a professional, I promise that you will benefit from CM.

I am giving away a free 1 year membership ($50 value) to the Clickin' Moms forums to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post telling me how you would like to improve your pictures. To up your odds and get an extra entry, you can follow my blog if you haven't already by signing in with your Google account and clicking the link in the top left corner of this page. Just add an extra comment letting me know you have done so. I will post the extremely lucky winner on Friday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Learn How to RYC!

Sick and Tired

Ugh...I am sick. I woke up a couple days ago with that horrible tingle in my throat. Then yesterday morning, the little mucus family was partying it up in my head. Poor Carter has it, too. He is worse than I am and I feel awful for him. Its so sad to see my poor guy coughing and sneezing. And he just looks so sick in his eyes. He is trying to jump around and play, but the poor thing is feeling just plain icky. Today, we are just hanging out in our PJs in my big fluffy recliner watching cartoons and movies. Steven is making stew for dinner and after the kids go to bed, I think we might PPV "Horrible Bosses". It looks pretty funny...with the way I am feeling, I could use a good laugh.

We had our first house showing. The feedback wasn't terrible, but it said that the buyer didn't like the "terrible cat odor in the basement." I was like, "Umm...what!?" We don't have a cat!! We have never had a cat!! I talked to my realtor about it and she said "I never smelled any pet odor whatsoever and you keep your house cleaner than most people. I wouldn't worry about it." But, needless to say, I have been asking every person that sets foot in my home to go downstairs and tell me what they smell. So far, the only answer we have gotten is "you, basement smell." That is not something I can change. The windows don't open...because it is a basement!! So, I am going to get some Rid to absorb the moisture odor. Hopefully that helps. I can tell this process is going to be a stressful one.

Well, its time to cuddle my little guy and maybe see if he will drink some Pedialyte and take a nap. I just hope he gets better soon. Here is a PhotoBooth pic of me and the kiddos from last night...

I am truly blessed.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Our Baby is 1!

Brookie is officially 1 year old! Sorry so long since my last update. I can explain. But first, here are some photos from her birthday party!!

My cake lady couldn't do the cake on short notice,
so I did it myself. I was pretty proud!

Pardon my lack of makeup. We spent the morning in 
the sun at my dad's camp.

So...onto the family update. Bullets will be the best way to do this...since there's a lot going on.
  • Our house is officially for sale. We have decided to move back to New York. We really want the kids to grow up with their cousins. I have a niece and nephew (and another nephew on the way) who barely know me and that really bothers me. We realize that it is not a seller's market, but we have put it in God's hands and have faith that He will put us where we are supposed to be.
  • Carter is almost 100% potty trained! We are just working on him pooping on the potty. He is completely out of diapers, though...even at night.
  • Brooklyn is walking! She started a few days ago and is doing great!!
  • Carter's 3rd birthday is coming up at the end of October. He wants a NASCAR birthday. We have picked out Pit Pass invitations and I am making a race track cake.
  • Brooklyn is absolutely obsessed with baby dolls. You rarely ever see her without one...she tries shoving 2 or more into her doll stroller at one time and will push them around all day. If she doesn't have one and wants one, she will yell "Baby doll!" and get to the nearest one as fast as she can. She got about 15 new dolls for her birthday.
  • I heard from one of the DJs at WKKY, the radio station I Guest DJed at a couple summers ago. They asked me to do the show again. Rumor has it they are hiring. Fingers crossed!!
  • We switched from cable to DirecTV/ATT so we can get the NFL Sunday Ticket. I saved quite a bit of money, so that was a nice surprise!
Well, that about sums it up. I'm sure life will continue to get crazier, but we say "Bring it on!!" We can handle anything as long as we are together! I will leave you with a funny video of the kids that I took on my cell phone at my mother-in-law's.