happy leader of the free world day!

Happy Presidents Day Everybody!!!!!!
I made my own decals using a laser printer, the slick paper stickers come on, and clear polish.  It bubbled up a little bit, but it was so easy! Watch out nails, you're about to get ridiculous!


So here's to wooden teeth and tall hats,
Happy Birthday Washington and Lincoln!

love day {funny foods}

Since we're going out to dinner on Friday I decided to use last night as The Man's Valentine's Day.  So we watched Top Shot and I made him Heart-Shaped Turkey Burgers!

YUM!

But it wasn't all for me, I came home yesterday to Roses! The Man snuck them into the house in the middle of the day so I had no idea!
I Love Love Day!!!

love day {cards}

I think my valentines got their cards, so now I can share them with You!

I made my own pencil eraser heart stamps,

and instead of using paint I just used what I already had on hand ...
highlighters!!

I made a card for some friends:

a card for my mom and dad:

and a card for my special someone:

I love home-made cards! It's really great when you get one, but I think it's even better when you make one. I had the best time thinkin' up ideas for Valentine's Day cards, I love these silly fluff holidays.  I know a lot of people have a grudge against Valentine's Day, but it's such a sweet idea.  You don't need to be in a relationship to celebrate, just find someone you care about and show them a little love!

Happy (day after) Valentine's Day to You!!

love day {nails}

Happy Valentine's Day Everybody!

The Man and I are waiting until Friday to have our official Love Day Date, but my nails got a head start!
It's like french tips but with little hearts :)

When I came into work this morning I had a little Love Day cupcake waiting for me.  Turns out the office of the building came in and placed a cupcake on everyone's desk last night! How sweet is that!?!

love day {clue}

It's almost Valentine's DAY!! I so badly want to show you the cards I made but I have to wait (the recipients might sneak a peak and then their card won't be a surprise!).  So, I can't show you the cards I made (yet) but I can show you my inspiration . . .

Color me Katie is a super cute blog I frequent, and back in December she posted a super cute and super clever idea.
How Awesome!
It's easy and simple, so I took the idea and ran with it.
Hopefully I can show you what I did soon!!

Did you make any love day cards for your sweethearts?

ode to fat cat

Ok, just one more kitty post:

Below is a poem my dad wrote about Morgan after he disappeared...
(hahaha! he always sat on his butt like a tiny furry human)

From reading these posts you might think we are all a bunch of crazy cat people . . . . 
and well, 
you'd be right.

goodbye my blue-eyed, big-boned, cuddle-monster

Alright, it may or may not be obvious, but I have been avoiding something.  Two weeks ago when I posted my To-Do list you might have noticed a line that read "Blog Re: My Love Morgan." Well, it's about to get a little personal up in here (and very feline heavy), but here we go. . . .

I have wanted to write a post to honor the sweetest, most loving cat there ever was.  But to write about him would be to admit that he is really gone.
 
This is Morgan:
(fourth of July 2011, he always was a party animal)
He came to us when I was in High School.  We were cat-less for the first time in my life, and my Aunt was moving.  The apartment she lived in had a few strays living around it that the family had been taking care of, but they wouldn't be able to keep doing so when they moved.  So, that day we got two new family members.  Morgan and Zippy (of course Zippy turned out to be pregnant and we quickly went from 2 to 7!!).  Morgan was a good male role-model and taught the kittens to be independent, to hunt, and fight, and wander the great outdoors.

When we got him everyone joked that he was my boyfriend.  He'd follow me around, and cuddle me at night, and whine when I wouldn't give him all the attention he wanted.  And what girl wouldn't want a blond-haired, blue-eyed, muscle-bound man to call her own.
(I mean, c'mon, look at that face!)
It was hard to leave him when I went to college, but in the back of my mind I always had a plan to move back to Portland and take him for my own.  He was my chubby little baby, but on December 21st, 2011 he went outside and hasn't come back.
(cuddlin' in 2005)
We have a large coyote population in my neighborhood back in Portland.  There used to be a lot of undeveloped land, and wooded areas, but each year they build more houses and displace more of the wildlife.  Almost everyone in the neighborhood has lost a cat to the coyotes, it's all a part of the natural order, but that doesn't mean it's any less difficult to deal with.  I think the hardest part of losing a pet to any predator, is the lack of closure.  You never know for sure, there is rarely any physical evidence that they're gone.  In our neighborhood it is just assumed, if it's been a while since you've seen your cat then "the coyots got 'em" (that's literally what one neighbor told me when our cat disappeared when I was 10.)
(napping in a tray)
December 21st three of our four cats didn't come home at night.  Our cats do not miss meals, so my mom was a little worried.  The next day she called for them and Zippy and Mook (one of the kittens) came running, they were shaking and wide-eyed and hid for the rest of the day.  My parents had heard a from a neighbor that there had been a coyote wandering the streets in the day time lately, and it wasn't hard to connect the dots.  Morgan always protected the other cats, and we know that he would have done anything to keep them safe. Even though it has been 6 weeks since my parents last saw Morgan, there is still apart of me that thinks he might still be out there, but if he really is gone then at least he died a family hero.
(kitty kisses)
So, here's to you Morgan, we love you lot's and miss you tons.
I hope you're having a wonderful time up in kitty heaven, cleaning your crotch 'till your hearts content.

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