Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What's New

1. Baby kittens!

Thursday night after Erik and I got home from life group, we found Oreo acting quite strangely. As we were just about to head to bed, we noticed that she was definitely going into labour right in the middle of our living room! We tried to get her to stay in her box, but she was out of sorts and continued to jump out and wander through the house. Finally Erik decided to put her in the garage. I stayed with her until I saw that the first kitten was about to be born and then I quickly put her in the box. I stayed up until the first three kittens were born (it took a couple of hours) and then felt like I could leave her and head to bed. In the end, she had five little healthy kittens - all different versions of black and white:



She stayed in the box with them for the whole next day, but then the next night at 4 am I got up to check on Keziah (who was crying) and I saw Oreo wandering down the hall with a kitten in her mouth. I quickly discovered that she was trying to move them into our bedroom closet. The closet was packed with stuff, a laundry hamper and several bags of clothes. I tried to deter her from this activity and bring the kittens back to the box, but she was quite persistent. When I closed the closet door she dropped the kitten beside it and meowed at me. So, I figured, fine! I took out the things on the one side of the closet and put down a towel. I brought the rest of her kittens and then Oreo settled in, content at last. I used part of the box to create a barrier - partly to keep the kittens out once they get more mobile, but also to help keep my own kids from crawling on top of them :) Here you can see Keziah taking a peek at them.


Micah and her are both thrilled about these cuddly creatures. Keziah makes a high-pitched "mewing" sound as soon as she sees them. It sounds exactly like the kittens!

2. A new treehouse!

Erik was able to finish the treehouse early in the weekend and it looks great. Here he is working on the stairs:


Here is the finished product:


Micah and Keziah enjoyed watching Hermie on the laptop:


The new backyard view from our living room:


3. Summer weather!

We had a HOT weekend and it was so nice. We spent a lot of time outside with family and friends.






















4. A new camera!

We picked up the updated version of our old camera - the one that I slammed in our rental car door in Maui :( Anyway, I'm really happy with it. I like that all the buttons and functions are familiar to me, and yet it has a few new features that I'm really pleased with. Most of the pictures in this post were taken with Mom & Dad Toews' camera, but I'm excited to have my very own camera in hand again!

137 comments:

Erin said...

Now THAT is what you call a treehouse...what an awesome job your husband did!!!!! those little kittens are adorable, and the kids are as cute as ever!!!!!

Sarah said...

Congrats on the kittens! Gerdi figures you've got at least 4 females based on the pictures... do let us know when you know. AND even better news, we might want one of your kittens, but we'd want a male. Yahoo for a new camera! Where'd you buy it and how much was it? Your a good photographer, so it must be a half decent one, eh? We're in the market for a new camera too, since it has literally disappeared on us (and we've searched high and low!!!). Grr. I'm sad to think that Elijah may have thrown it in the garbage... we've found a few items that shouldn't have been there in the trash over the last few months...

kelly said...

SOOOO Cute!!! what adorable little kitties :)
that is quite the tree house Erik built; i'm sure the kids are just loving it!
So, i have to ask about the camera..didn't you buy a new one in Maui? glad you found a newer model of the same one though - i understand the familiarity thing :)

Kirsten said...

That is one scucum treehouse! Good work. I think there will be many fun adventures in there.

Karen said...

Wow!! lots of new and exciting things!!! I love the treehouse!!

Yvonne&Eric said...

Good job on the treehouse Erik! Looks like the kids will have lots of fun playing in there. The kittens are so cute and your kids are adorable as always:)

rachel joy said...

That treehouse rocks! This is a new generation, hey? Watching movies on a computer in the backyard treehouse. I like the view from your living room. :)

patti said...

what an AWESOME treehouse! they'll love hanging out in there.

Trev & Rebekah said...

Great looking tree house. I'm sure the kids LOVE it.
You are so compassionate Jamie and that is evident in how you cared for your cat and kittens. Wow!

GSFALK said...

Yeah for Oreo - have fun :) Nice treehouse, Erik and crew. We enjoyed all the pictures. Shirley

Erin Keown said...

love the treehouse. I wish my backyard looked that nice and secluded. (rather then staring into the neighbors pool!)
I wanna come cuddle with the kitties!

Kathy's corner said...

Oh, the kitties are adorable, and what an amazing treehouse. You did a great job Erik!!.mom

Rick & Sandy said...

I'm on a at-home-vacation this week; finally have the time to catch up on the Toews family; I love the pics you include in your postings. Life appears/seems to be good these days...how blessed you are.

Have a terrific week; overcast and cool :( quite the contrast from your weekend pics :)

Sandy

teresia benedicta said...

congrats to oreo for having five healthy kittens!
and yes, like all the others said before: this treehouse is great!! i would love to have a backyard to have the same there......
have a great weekend!
leslie

Lorrie said...

quick comment,
The picture with just the kitties, I want the one with it's butt at the bottom that's got it's head in the middle!! lol

Dianna said...

WOW Love the tree house! NICE!! Lots of exciting things happening in your part of the world huh? Must be the nice weather that's finally turning warmer and lush

Summer said...

Great treehouse!!! The kids look so happy!!!

Great photos of the kittens!!!!

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