Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Goodbye Corky

Today we put our sweet little pug Corky to sleep. As I held her head in my hands, and watched her take her last breath a flood of memories came rushing back. I remember the first time I held her in my arms when she was just a wee pup; she looked up into my eyes, then rested her tiny face on my chest and fell asleep. I knew in that moment she chose me to be her mommy. Since that day almost eleven years ago we've had many adventures with Corky. She's been with us since Jim and I were newlyweds, and it feels like she's been there at every important event. She's traveled to Canada with us, and chased down cows 100 times her size. She's helped us welcome Tralee and Hunter into the family and licked up the food that missed their mouths and fell to the floor. She's chased Jim on his four-wheeler and loved every minute of it. Corky even made a rap video! She was there anxiously sniffing Christmas stockings every year after Santa arrived. Santa never forgot to fill her stocking with her favorite chicken treats. She was there watching the children blow out their birthday candles, then patiently waiting for a piece of cake to fall to the ground. She was there through sicknesses; laying next to the afflicted, cuddeling up, and keeping them warm. Her favorite place to sleep and snore was under the covers in Jim's crotch! Silly dog! She was a stubborn little dog, and never really learned how to obey unless the promise of a treat was involved. She also let us know when she was upset with us by leaving us little "presents" on our bed -- luckily that only happened two or three times. Corky fit right in our family, and we've loved her so much over the last 11 years. I hope her little spirit is happily chasing cows today up in doggy heaven, and that she remembers how much we loved her. RIP Corky Jean Jacobs. We will miss you, your snores, your sneezes in our faces, and the way you could always make us laugh. We will always love you.

Our last picture with Corky this morning. RIP old girl.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Hunter Quotes

Some more Hunter quotes:

"I wouldn't be sad if I died, becuase then I'd go to heaven and Jesus would watch over me."

"Jesus is kind of a superhero."

"I'm a super hero, and my superpower is being nice to friends."

"I wouldn't want to go to devil-heaven."

That's all. I'm just trying to get better at writing these funny things down.

New Elf Printables!

Is anyone else's favorite holiday movie Elf? Mine is, for many reasons. A few winters ago we found ourselves in Hawaii for the month of December. The studio apartment we rented had one ancient TV/DVD combo set. The cable was out, and the only movie that played in the DVD player was Elf. We watched Elf everyday inbetween beach going and island exploring. Not once did we get sick of it. My kids quoted Elf at the most random times. When we rode in the elevator at our apartment complex, and someone got off Tralee shouted, "WAIT! I forgot to give you a hug!" When I put my kids in bed they asked to snuggle after first eating a roll of tollhouse cookie dough, or they would sing "I love you! I love you! I LOVE YOU!" To this day, whenever we pop Elf in the DVD player I'm taken back to our Christmas in Hawaii. Not only that, but Elf is full of quotable quotes that make me giggle, laugh, or smile with every viewing. These quotes make me happy. I like things that make me happy. So, I decided to make a few more Elf printables to add to my Etsy shop. Take a look below, and tell me what you think. If you feel inclined to visit Leslie's Love Prints, click here

 These printables and more here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Funny Kids

My kids say funny things all the time, and I've been kind of remiss when it comes to documenting the sentences that crack me up. Before I forget, here are two recent situations that had me laughing.

First, the other night I made a casserole for dinner. It wasn't my best dish, but by far it wasn't my worst. Tralee liked it alright, and was taking bite after bite. Hunter, on the other hand, was sitting with a scowl on his face and hadn't touched his dinner plate. I told him he had to at least try one bite before he could decide whether or not he liked it. Tralee, true to her helpful nature, enthusiastically encouraged Hunter to try dinner by saying, "Hunter, I KNOW it looks like puke, but it actually tastes quite good."

Needless to say, Hunter never tried a bite, as I stopped enforcing after my dish was compared to a pile of vomit.

The last anecdote happened the other night while Hunter and I waited for Tralee to finish up at swim practice. Usually there's another little girl waiting for her sister to finish up too. Hunter and this little girl pretend to be dogs while they wait. Before their playing continued one day I heard Hunter tell her, "I want to marry you when I grow up." The little girl responded with, "I know." It was a cute little exchange between friends.

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll get better at writing these things down, because I know I'll forget them if I don't.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Halloween Video

So. . . I've been slacking when it comes to the blog. Life is busy. Busy busy busy. In the midst of all the carpooling, volunteering at school, swim practices, playdates, etsy orders, among other wifley and motherly duties, I managed to create a short video of our Halloween. Find it below.

As for how our Halloween went, I'll give you a quick run down. I volunteered in both kids' classrooms for their parties during the day. That night we went trick-or-treating with cousins. Jim's brother John dressed up in his crazy stiltz costume which was pretty spooky! We started out in the other Jacobs' new neighborhood. We traveled over to a neighborhood Halloween party, and then ended the night trick-or-treating in the most tricked-out neighborhood I've ever seen. I mean, they close down the roads, decorate with ghosts and lights over the street (rivaling Disney's decor), dementor-esque statues welcome you into the neighborhood, and instead of a simple candy bar, people give out extravagent menu items. One house had a movie playing in their front yard and gave out giant bags of popcorn. Another home had a full-on cotton candy maker. Offerings like hotdogs with all the toppings were passed out. Homes actually had haunted houses to go through, and barrel rides on their ATVs. Plus EVERYONE was dressed in a cool costum. I've never seen anything like it. It was pretty cool. My kids had a blast with their cousins, and our Halloween was a success. Of course it ended back home with the kids trading Halloween candy. I mean, what's trick-or-treating without trading? The negotiations were fierce, but I think everyone made out well in the end.

Anyway here's the video, enjoy:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Little Monsters

Have you guys heard of PicMonkey? I love it. This morning Hunter and I transformed my sweet babies into little monsters for Halloween. Hunter wanted to be a vampire, and since Tralee was already off to school, we decided to make her into a zombie. It was quite fun. I'm sure we'll be playing around with the effects again real soon. Until then, enjoy my little devils (there's a devil setting, with horns and everything!!).

Happy Haunting!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Free Halloween Printables 2014

Hi! It's been a while since I came up with a new free printable, so I slapped these babies together last night. You can use all three, or just one or two of them for your Halloween decor. 

If you would like to have them for your very own, just click on the image(s) below and it will take you to my Box account where you can download them to your computer, and print however you choose. They're sized to 8x10. 

If you would like to see my free Halloween printables from years past click here.

For more free printables of all occasions click here.

To check out my Etsy shop click here.

Happy Haunting!