Monday, February 18, 2008

Our Beloved Amber 12/5/94-2/9/08

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear Amber. She was a wonderful dog and we we feel such a large void without her greeting us with a big wag when we come home. We have so many great memories of those short thirteen years she lived. From her crazy puppy antics chewing everything to the most recent days when she loved to lick little Sean's hands clean after he'd eaten. Anyone who spent any time with Amber could tell she was a special soul. She was so smart that we had to spell some of her favorite things so she wouldn't get too excited. C-A-M-P, where she loved to run around, swim, take rides in the boat and in her younger years make running jumps off the dock to fetch sticks; and W-A-L-K, she loved all walks from a short little jaunt around the neighborhood to the longer walks during the winter months when we'd take her to the golf course where she loved to make snow angels. She will be greatly missed, and we only hope that our fond memories will remain as the pain we feel from her loss decreases.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday - Many Firsts For Sean!

Greetings, loyal BSM readers, and happy halfway through winter...Sean has had a very big month (number 10 if you're counting) in January, capped off by his first ever Super Bowl, Super Bowl party at Al and Judy's, and first ever football pool win.

Al and Judy are our very dear next door neighbors, and are one of the best things about living on our block. For years now, they've had a Super Bowl party, and this year Sean was invited too. Naturally, he came dressed appropriately, wearing his Jeremy Shockey #80 jersey. Sean didn't realize that Al (and most of the gathered fans) were rooting for the Giants, and that his dad was a Giants fan back when he was a kid, growing up downstate, when they were having 4-12 seasons, before they won the Super Bowl in '86 and everyone became a Giants fan...but I digress. Our neighbor John is such a big Giants fan that he needed to watch the game at home where he could focus.

One of the traditions of Al and Judy's party is a high-stakes pool - $2.50 per person for a jillion squares. (The winning grid can be found right here). Turns out that Sean had the magic numbers for all of the quarters plus the final - that's $32.00 more for the college fund. Thanks Al and Judy!

Sean is cruising about very easily nowadays, and is making small strides towards eating more grown-up foods. He's got the Gerber Puffs pretty well down, but hasn't quite taken to some of the other entrees. Apparently, it may take up to a dozen or more tries before a baby will like something new. In the meantime, he's still doing fine with his old standby, cereal and baby food.

Next Monday Sean is moving to a new school - after 4 long months on the waiting list, Sean's number finally came up. This is a brand new, state of the art facility, with lots of classrooms named for woodland creatures, an indoor race track with baby cars, and super soft flooring everywhere to catch stumbling babies. We can't wait.

In unfortunate news, we learned that our furry oldest child, Amber, has developed some tumors that don't appear to be treatable. We are brokenhearted to learn this - she is the best dog ever, and even though she's 13, it still seems too short. They say that's a dog's only real fault - they just don't live long enough.

- James