Happy Chaos

Time for blogging has definitely been in short supply lately.  Chaos reigns at our house, but it is a happy chaos.  Adding two adults, a four-year-old, a two-year-old and two more dogs to the household has definitely thrown routine out the window.  Fortunately the weather has been beautiful and we have all spent a lot of time outside.  The girls (and dogs) love the backyard:

Dogsandkids

We've been quite pleased that the dogs have gotten along so well.  Both Maggie and Pistage (their Lhasa Apso) are a little on the strong-willed side.  But once they got it sorted out (Maggie is the top dog, but defers toys to Pistage), all was well.  There has been a lot of general gaiety and laughter:

Happy

Some quiet, pensive moments:

Pensive

And time for reading:

PokyPuppy

Yes, Daddy – another one!  When we got to the part where the Poky Little Puppy eats all the chocolate custard, Mei-Mei said, "His mommy needs to buy him some more!"  Later on, in the car she started reciting the book – by heart!!

There has been a general fascination with the doggie door:

Doggiedoor1 

Doggiedoor2

And, lest one thinks it has been all fun and games, there has been some time out:

Timeout

Mei-Mei has definite ideas about how the world should work and when it doesn't work her way, is not above letting her displeasure be known!

Isobel is much quieter and introspective.  It's easy not to give her her full share of attention because she is so quiet and undemanding.  She will sit for hours playing by herself, especially when it means holding a long-suffering dog captive:

Captive

Despite it all, Maggie absolutely adores both of the girls and collapses exhausted at the end of the day!

Today I had the girls on my own most of the day while Ben and Abby went house hunting.  They were absolute angels.  We played at home and then down at the beach park for a couple of hours.  We joined Grandpa and some friends for lunch and they were amazed at how polite and well-behaved the girls were.  They just went down for the night with no complaints at all – two very tired little girls.  Grandpa and Nana are currently collapsed themselves in their recliners!

I leave you with one very happy Nana:

Snuggletime

10 thoughts on “Happy Chaos

  1. Somewhere in this house I have a video of my 26 year old reciting the Pokey Little Puppy at the same age. “Over the bridgerator…” she would say. Wonderful memory.

    I didn’t realize your chaos came with more dogs!

  2. Mei Mei comes by her love of the Pokey Little Pokey honestly. This is the fourth generation. I hope it is still around for the fifth, although I certainly won’t be. Also unfortunately, I can no longer recite the book from memory. But it does a man’s heart good to see the traditions being passsed on.

  3. It sounds like you are in seventh heaven, despite the chaos! Those pictures of the doggie door crack me up.

    And don’t ALL Corgis think they are top dog? Riley is definitely the alpha in the house, but that doesn’t stop Lewey from trying to move up in rank now and then.

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