Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gizmo the Frog

I just celebrated my 28th birthday, which means that my 1st baby just celebrated his 8th!  My 1st baby is a White's Dumpy Tree Frog.

I got Gizmo for Christmas in 2003.  I was a sophomore in college.  He went with me every where.  We were allowed fish in our dormitories at Wash U, so I reasoned that because he lived in a fish tank (even if it was a 10 gallon one!  haha) that he would qualify.

During the summer, when I went back and forth between my parents' houses, Gizmo had a tank at each house and traveled with me in his little portable container on my heated seats.

He won Pet of the Day in 2004:

Like I said, Gizmo is now 8 years old.  Incredible for a tree frog!  He is the lowest maintenance pet you could ever ask for, but he is kind of ornery.  Once, he crawled into my printer and I had to take the whole thing apart to get to him.  These days, he hides in his water fountain until 10pm or so, when he comes out to sit in his rock pool or hunt crickets.

Anyway, I just wanted to share a little bit about Gizmo with you and to spread the love of having a pet frog if anyone out there is interested!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

11 Months

Ooops.  My last post was 5 months ago?!?!?

How does that happen?

What have I been so busy with?

Besides my personal real estate business, Hosack-Casey Team real estate business, Crown Realty administrative work, KAN Concierge web design & computer repair; I have also fed Micah some 1000+ meals and changed approximately 1200 diapers, read to him about 150 times, played peek-a-boo, and ball, and the drop-and-pick-up game more times than I can remember.

I don't know where the last 5 months went... LOL

I do know that being a mother has sped up time.  No 11 months in my entire life have ever went faster.

If you know me at all, you know that I love Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle.  I have listened to every single sermon he has preached (or at least all that are available online) for the last 4 years or so.  Today, I listened to this one:

Here's a clip that I loved:

He is the MOST GLORIOUS inconvenience I could ever have asked for... happy 11 months Micah Paul!  Can't believe we're 1 month away from your 1st birthday!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

6 months!!!

It's hard to believe that we've had our little bundle of joy for 1/2 a year already!  My how the time flies!!!

I was looking through photos the other day, and because I have a lot of him with his favorite seahorse... thought this would be a good way to show how much he has grown...

And he's learned so much.  He jabbers, smiles, laughs, rolls over, and gives sloppy wet kisses.  He can *almost* sit up - at least for a few moments before toppling over, and he is going to be a happy boy when he can finally crawl everywhere he wants to go.  He is a champion chow-hound and so far loves everything he's tried (brown rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, apples, avocado, sweet potatoes, and peaches).  He's crazy about his daddy who never fails to elicit some major giggles, and he doesn't mind his furry brothers either.  ;-)

How blessed we are to have him in our lives.  God is so good!

Happy 6 Months, Micah Paul Casey!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Book Review: "Read and Share Stories about Jesus"

Read and ShareRead and Share written by Gwen Ellis and illustrated by Steve Smallman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Complete with 13 short and sweet stories about Jesus’s life and some lively illustrations, this sturdy little board book is a great way to get kids reading and learning about Jesus. With every turn of the page, parents and young readers alike will find a new story, taken from the International Children’s Bible®, a large and colorful illustration, and (my personal favorite) a little take-away question on every page.

I really enjoyed this book, and of course, loved reading it to Micah. The pages are very strong so I could allow him to turn the pages and not worry about him tearing them. When he gets older, I look forward to having some good discussions with him based on the extra questions that follow each story. For example, following the story about Jesus walking on water, the discussion box asks “If you had been in that boat, what would you have done?” So, while the physical quality of the book (the illustrations and the build) make it perfect for my 5 month old; the spiritual quality of the book’s content is enough to please even this 27-year old momma! :-)

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday, Denver! (Or 35th in dog years!)

Micah's been getting all the attention lately, but since Denver just turned 5 I think he needs a little love on the blog...

We got Denver on May 7, 2006.  Our 4 month anniversary....

... I use the term "we" loosely.

I had been begging Eli for a dog for exactly 3 months and 29 days (or something like that), but we lived in an apartment that didn't allow pets.  Still, we were planning on moving soon, so I had been looking online at about 200 times a day.  One Saturday, we were at Petsmart to get crickets for our frog, Gizmo, (he will have to get his own blog post soon!), and it just happened to be an adoption weekend.  Well, as we looked at all the animals, we really felt sorry for this extremely skittish German Shepherd mix (and I mean really mixed).  We walked around with him for a while and attempted to play with him, but he never really warmed up to us.  Still, we thought that maybe we could rehabilitate him, but we decided to go home and think about it.  And after thinking about it, we thought we'd give him a chance...

The next day (Sunday), Eli had to work, but he did give me permission to go back to Petsmart to get that one dog.  Well, I got there and couldn't find him, so I asked for him, and they told me he had gotten so anxious that he jumped off the truck and broke his leg, and was therefore no longer available for adoption.  I was sad, but probably also a little relieved that we didn't have him when he did something like that!

And then I saw this droopy-eared little pup with a runny nose and big paws... and I fell in love.  I picked him up, and didn't put him back down.  I wrote the adoption fee check with one hand.  He had no idea what to do on a leash, so I put him in the cart to take him around Petsmart to buy food, a crate, and a bed.  I forgot to call or text Eli.  

Later that evening, Eli walked in.  And saw a dog crate box.  And then saw a dog crate.  And then saw me.  With a guilty face.  And I said, "run to Daddy."  And he did.  Eli was only upset for 1.5 milliseconds.

Oh, and I forgot to tell you about how the adoption people told me he was a lab/beagle mix and would be 50 lbs. max...  and how now he is 85 lbs... and we affectionately call him our "average dane."

Or Marmadenver.  LOL.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Baby Bites

Monday night, I enjoyed a fancy dinner with Mom, Steve, and Nick at the delicious Bone Fish Grill that featured wines from the Somerset Ridge Winery. Eli was at work, so of course, Micah came along too. And was for the most part, a very patient little boy, considering the 5-course dinner took over 2 hours! He didn't get to enjoy the bang-bang shrimp, crab cakes, filet, or sea bass; but he did enjoy a carrot stick off my plate! I think he must be teething because he acted like it felt very good on his gums...

... so Eli and I bought some carrots, peeled and cut them in long sticks, for him to gum...

... which he seemed to really enjoy.

So yesterday, we decided to try a little rice cereal!

I got this awesome book called "The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet" which features tons of awesome cereal & puree recipes... that are so easy!  It also tells you which foods are important to buy organic (ones where you eat the skin like apples, grapes, pears, etc.) and which ones it doesn't really matter.  Plus, it tells you how to freeze and store food so I can make a week's worth ahead of time!  And store it in these cute containers I got on Amazon.

Anyway, yesterday, I used my Magic Bullet to ground up some brown rice until it was powdery, then cooked with water, and put it back in the Bullet and added some milk.  Then, Micah tried his first bites of semi-solid food!  Of course, we video-taped it:

It was messy and fun! Oh, the adventures to come...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Casey Look-alike Meter

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities - Collage - Morph

I've gotta admit I was surprised that I got equal billing. I was hoping for 25%! LOL.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Review: Love on a Dime

Love on a Dime (Ladies of Summerhill, Book 1)Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This historical fiction piece is set in 19th Century New England where the main character, Lilly Westbrook, is a romance “dime novel” novelist – a profession that is considered scandalous amongst her fellow “society” families – so she writes in secret using the alias Fannie Cole. Besides trying to keep her writing career secret, Lilly must also contend with two men dueling for her love. The wealthy society catch, Harlan S., is about to propose to her, when her first sweetheart, Jackson Grail, appears back in her life and happens to purchase her publishing company. Drama ensues...

If Jane Austen and Francine Rivers coauthored a book, it might look something like this. Lucky for me, I love both authors! I really enjoyed this book, and could picture the characters well. Author Cara Lynn James uses Bible verses freely through the text while Lilly calls upon them to help her through times of crisis. While I have noticed some reviewers found this annoying, I thought they were well placed and helped us to understand Lilly's motivations and inspiration.

This book is dubbed “Ladies of Summerhill, Book One” so I assume that means more are coming and I plan on keeping my eyes open for them!

-Katie Casey
Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 Goodreads

Favorite Reads of 2010

Half Broke Horses
200 Pomegranates and an Audience of One: Creating a Life of Meaning and Influence
The Help
Gone With the Wind

Katie Casey's favorite books »

What were yours?