Thursday, December 29, 2016

Two Peas in a Pod

Do you have a sibling?   Mommy has a brother and Daddy has a sister.  There's one boy and one girl in each of their families, and the same can be said for the next generation too.  We are lucky enough to have each other!  WE ARE TWO PEAS IN A POD!

We don't always get along perfectly with each other.  There are times we get on each other's nerves (or tails), but we can usually keep the peace between us (usually).  Mommy has tried to capture our similarities over the past six months.  Not all pictures are great, but you can see how much we mean to each other.  We love to snuggle together.  And if food is being doled out, you can guarantee we'll both be waiting to accept it!

We'll let you enjoy these images from our sisterhood.  See if you can tell who's who!

It's good to have a sister to lean on,
Dixie and Jenna

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

We hope you have a blessed Christmas Day with friends and family!  We're going to enjoy our day with Mommy, Daddy, Grandma and Poppa.  We really miss the rest of our family today. 

Wags and Kisses to you all,
Dixie and Jenna

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dear Santa Paws . . .

Dear Santa Paws, 

It's that time of year again.  You might think we're going to say it's time to reflect on our blessings, but that's just not true.  Been there, done that!  Just last month as a matter of fact!  This month, it's all about being greedy.  Well, for today anyway.  (We'll be thankful again tomorrow.  We promise!)  Mommy doesn't allow us to think this way too often, but TODAY IS THE DAY!  Sit back and hold onto your reindeer 'cause we're thinking BIG this year . . .

Dixie's Wish List
  • Tennis balls
  • Nose warmer so I can have more snuggle time with Daddy.  He always complains about my cold nose.  I remind him of the old adage, "cold nose, warm heart!"
  • Front row seats to Wimbledon
  • Better yet, a chance to be Ball Girl at Wimbledon.  I'm sure I'd be the best ever!
  • Stilts for all of our furniture so I won't have to ask my parents for help to retrieve balls when they roll underneath.
  • More tennis balls please

Jenna's Wish List
  • Treats
  • Treats
  • Automatic treat dispenser.  Have you seen those trash cans that sense when a person is standing in front of it so that it opens automatically? (Mommy's thinking it's a good thing we don't have one of those or it would be Happy Hour all the time here for me!) If we had a similar can that dispensed treats anytime I wanted one . . . PURE HEAVEN!
  • Treats
  • Tour of the Kleenex factory complete with samples to nibble on.  I LOVE tissues!
  • Did I mention treats?

Both of us could use . . . 
  • Day at the spa: nail trim, massage, coat brushing, mud bath, all you can eat buffet 
  • Bigger yard
  • Sofa to call our own that we can sleep on anytime we want
  • Individual toy boxes that hold our very own toys without any interference from our sister

We hope we haven't asked for too much Santa!  We know you're super busy at this time of year.   Merry Christmas Eve!

Crossing our paws for a complete list of goodies, 
Dixie and Jenna

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Decking the Halls

Decorating for Christmas has been a tiny bit stressful for Mommy.  Maybe stressful isn't the right word.  It's just been different.  This house doesn't have a formal living room or dining room, so all of the usual decorations aren't out.  This house has a more casual feel, so this year's overall Christmas decorations do too.

The front porch is very different from our last house.  Mommy invested in some beautiful lanterns and candles that are on timers.  She has also placed the sled Poppa used when he was little (as did Mommy) out there.  Crossing our paws no one walks off with the sled!  Please ignore the leaves that have blown up on the porch.  Grandma will die when she sees them.  She taught Mommy to sweep the porch frequently, but with the wind here it's a constant battle that Mommy loses!

The foyer is probably the most formal part of the house.  You can see a little alcove into one of the guest rooms in this picture too.  That little red tree is made of red felt dawg bones!

The hutch that used to be in our dining room is now in the main living area and holds duck decoys instead of formal china.  Mommy LOVES this piece.  This is where our largest nativity is displayed.  She has used a variety of red plaid ribbons throughout the house.

Mommy is mostly pleased with the way the mantle turned out . . . except for a certain mammal that hangs out there too.  If only Flop Ear would find a new home (really, in another house, not just another room!).  Come January, a scarf will be around his neck!

Mimi made this gorgeous pillow for us while Mommy was visiting over Thanksgiving.  Who do you think it looks like the most?

Mommy hung tiny Christmas cookie cutters from the light fixture in the kitchen instead of her silver snowflakes.  She also hung that wreath in the kitchen window and an identical one just like it in the adjacent window.  Those wreaths were purchased only last year to go in the den in the old house.  [sigh]

Mommy loves how this greenery looks on this iron piece in the kitchen!

We tried to help Mommy with these difficult decorating decisions.  We replaced the Baby Jesus (and Mary too) on the tree skirt with our dinosaur.  The tennis ball serves as the star leading the Wise Men.  Yes, it would have been better if we had chosen a yellow ball, but . . .

Our super skinny tree is beautiful.  The LED lights we purchased last year really GLOW in the dark!

And it looks just as great in the daylight.  (Notice Baby Jesus has re-appeared!)

We had a last minute addition to the tree.  Mommy's been wanting to use a different tree topper than the angel we've had for seventeen years, but has been hesitant to tell Daddy.  Apparently he's had similar thoughts.  We aren't sure if this was what she had in mind . . . but it's working for her right now!

We've also added mistletoe to the top of almost every doorway in the house!  While our parents were out last weekend, they came across several trees with low branches of the parasite (reminder to Mommy, it's a parasite AND it's poisonous!).  Daddy clipped some to make Mommy happy!

We hope you haven't found decorating stressful this year.  If in doubt, throw in a tennis ball (remember to stick with Christmas colors) or a dinosaur and you'll be all set!

Wags and Kisses,
Dixie and Jenna

Friday, December 16, 2016

Update on Scout

Since we gave you an update on our cousin Hank, it's only fair that we fill you in on cousin Scout as well.

 Here's what Scout looked like on his first day home . . . 

And here he is at the beginning of October . . .

Scout enjoys tennis balls.  Maybe he will take after the great tennis ball chaser Dixie?

Helping Aunt K around the house . . . 

Scout enjoyed movie nights under the stars on the deck this fall.

Scout is out growing his sister Maggie in leaps and bounds.  Here's a picture from September . . .

And a picture from this week . . . what a difference two months makes!

We're sure Mommy is chomping at the bit to meet Scout in person.  We aren't quite as eager for that meeting to take place.  If Mommy loves Hank as much as she does, she might fall hook, line, and sinker for Scout since he's as handsome as we are beautiful.  By the time they meet, Scout will be even bigger.  We're pretty sure he's going to be much bigger than we are.  He'll probably be closer to our brother Hunter's proportions: BIG!

Until the next BIG update,
Dixie and Jenna

Monday, December 12, 2016

Update on Hank

As you saw last week on the blog, while we were locked up in the slammer, Mommy was gallivanting around with our canine cousin Hank.  She loves spending time with him.  She says there's something about his eyes that remind her of Hunter.  Hank loves spending time with Mommy too.

Hank also loves to spend time in the woods around his house sniffing out the wildlife.

Grandaddy built a bench a few years back from which to watch the grandchildren play.  Hank really enjoys watching life go by from this vantage point.  Maybe our Daddy will build us a throne too?  Of course, we'd need two . . . of equal height . . .

Mommy and Hank both seem to like sticking out their tongues.  That's a family trait by the way. Daddy and Cousin S tend to do that when they are concentrating.  Mommy and Hank usually reserve this for expressing their opinions about something.

Mommy probably won't see Hank again until this time next year. That's good news for us.  With luck, maybe she'll forget all about him.

Crossing our paws,
Dixie and Jenna