Sunday, February 28, 2010

We're Baaaack

We have power, internet, tv, new food, heat, hot water, oh and a new family member

Meet Mazie
Mazie was found at 1 week old, in a burn pile on a farm. She was almost a goner but they nursed her back to health and she's now 7 months old. We knew she'd been born in August and Nathaniel picked the 13th as her birthday. He's already planning her 1 year party.

Her original name was Coal (remember, the burn pile?). I didn't care for it much. Few days prior to getting her, I started working on Nathaniel to come with a name. We didn't tell him we were actually getting one but said - if you happened to get a black & white cat, and it was a girl, what would you name her? His response for 2 days was "I want a boy cat". We finally got him past that and then past the "Goo Goo Head" type names and finally he came up with a winner.

"Let's name her Mazie. Because she does AMAZING things".

Everyone together now: AWWWWWW!

Then the storm came. We postponed getting the cat since we were displaced from being lack-o-power. Saturday, the kids & I headed out to the country to get the cat while Dan went grocery shopping to replace our fridge contents.

We met the cat. Nathaniel was beaming from ear to ear. Audrey was hiding. We put the cat in the box and Audrey couldn't stop belly laughing. I don't know what exactly she was saying but I have a feeling it was something about how funny it was that there was a cat in the box. We said our thank yous and goodbyes and headed home. The car ride was horrific. Seriously Absolutely Horrific. She escaped from the travel box, screaming cat, screaming 1 year old, I had to keep pulling over to retrieve the cat and then drive with one hand holding the box shut. I was covered with hair - lots of white cat hair. This was the one thing I was worried about when I thought about getting a cat. I didn't want to deal with hair. People reassured me it wouldn't be a lot. They lied.

Anyways, we got home, the cat hid. She smelled. She smelled REALLY bad. I started crying. What did I get myself into. And then there's Dan "I told you not to get a cat".

Audrey spent the day saying "Kitty Where AAAAAARE you". She laid on the floor and stared under the couch at the cat. I brought Nathaniel to the movies to get him out of the house & away from tormenting the poor thing.

Fast forward to tonight. The cat is adorable. The smell was actually Audrey's diaper (probably from the horrifying car ride with the escaping cat). The hair hasn't been SO bad. She spent her first night sleeping with Dan, the same Dan that didn't even want the cat to begin with. Audrey - on her very own - gave the cat a good night kiss tonight. Mazie actually came out and rubbed up again Nathaniel. Things are improving. As soon as the kids went to bed, she came out from under the couch and has been making herself at home. She's purring and playing, seems to be doing just fine.

Elsewhere in our day, Audrey had a little too much fun with a marker.
Check out the hand
And the tongue

No wonder she was so quiet.
At least the walls were safe.

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