To Gandersbaby With Love, From Sev

I volunteered to make my friend Genevieve a baby blanket for the little girl she’s expecting (nicknamed gandersbaby), and she happened upon the perfect pattern! I’ve been searching for a pattern like this for ages, so it was fate! It’s a fun crochet, but Severus complicates things.

Severus is 10 months old and sometimes pretends to be an adult cat, but he’s not. Especially when he catches a glimpse of of the bag he knows I’ve been storing yarn in.

I’m often in the middle of a stitch when Severus leaps across my body and absconds with the skein I need.

But I can’t take it away–he loves it! (Plus, he attacks me when I do)

So territorial!

Once he’s done attacking the yarn, he likes to cuddle with the squares (which will eventually be crocheted together to make the blanket). Multiple times I’ve stayed up later than I intended because I didn’t have the heart to wake him up to put away the work for the night.

Gandersbaby is going to have a lot of cat hair in her blanket… unless Sev decides he doesn’t want to part with it at all. Life’s tough, baby.

Galentines Weekend

This weekend my lovely friend Victoria, who I call Tilly, came to visit! We were best friends in high school, first united by our love for Harry Potter and then Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Strokes, and foreign films. Tilly and I are so similar. I’m pretty confident that we’re soulmates.

Although we hadn’t spent more than a couple hours at a time together in over seven years, it was completely natural being in the same house together for three days. I’m so sad she’s back home. It’s hard living far from friends, especially friends who wear the same size and have such great wardrobes.

We got brunch at one of my favorite places in Fort Worth on Saturday – AF+B. They always have wonderful cocktails and the most delicious pastries and scotch eggs.

You can’t visit Fort Worth without a trip to the Kimbell Art Museum. We just missed an exhibition that ended last week, but their permanent collection is incredible on its own.

We planned on spending Sunday in Dallas, but we had a full day on Saturday and felt pretty fulfilled with everything we did in Fort Worth: the best eating, shopping, museums, gardens. So we spent most of the day at home, though we went out for lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant Joseph and I love.

Severus and Leonardo both love Tilly. Sev was by her side almost the entire time she was here, and they both slept with her at night! Sev doesn’t even sleep with me most of the time!

We went into Dallas only once – to eat at Asian Mint. We initially wanted to go for their green tea ice cream cake, but we were so full after our meals (which were delicioussssss) that we didn’t even get a slice. Though by the time we were near home we were hungry again and made an ice cream stop.

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The Battle of the Beds

First, I bought Cory this bed (photo taken with my cell phone).

As soon as Cory wasn’t around, Leonardo stole it. Because that’s what cats do!

A few months later, we got a kitten, and I worried we would have fights over the bed.

So I bought Severus his own bed. It’s the perfect size for a kitten and is a little bit too small for Leonardo, but that doesn’t both either of them.

But they spend a lot of their time in the guest bedroom, with Severus on the bed and Leonardo on the vanity bench.

Severus’ First Photoshoot

Introducing our new kitty–Severus! We are finally a two-cat (plus one dog plus one turtle) household! I think Severus is just about the cutest kitten I’ve ever seen. Seriously, look at that face! He also has the longest tail in the world. We brought him home yesterday, and he’s already proved himself to be super cuddly and playful. I’m so excited to see Severus and Leonardo grow up to become old men together :)

Severus and Leonardo look so cute together. I just about die when they both look up at me with their little matching faces! Although I was a bit worried about my grumpy 8 year old man, Leonardo loves the kitty and wants to play with him nonstop.

Tori & Avery Take Over

I’m currently getting ready for a trip to San Francisco (!!) for my dear friend Genevieve’s wedding (!!!), and I found my backup memory card with tons of pictures yet to be uploaded!

My parents, sister, and niece came to visit over spring break, and it seems Tori and Avery had fun with my camera while my parents and I were out one day. They took some really wonderful photos! I remember my sister mentioning they played with my camera, and I remember promising I would upload the photos for her, but it completely slipped my mind. It was a nice surprise to find (and a nice distraction from packing and getting the house ready to leave).

Leonardo might not look enthused, but this is actually a major improvement over the last time Avery held Leonardo.

I love these photos. They both look so happy! I’m sure Cory was trying to jump into Avery’s tiny lap even though he’s much too big–he always tries to be a lap dog!

Left: Any time we go outside Leonardo watches through the tiny window by the door.
Right: Avery playing with the bird feeder stand we had just unloaded from my dad’s truck.

I had to leave you with these photos of Avery wearing my favorite mask. Hope these don’t haunt your dreams tonight (just kidding–I totally hope they do. Because I’m mean.)

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