Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

May 9, 2015

Kate's 1 Month!

Kate experienced lots of things in her first month of life!  She met some family members and celebrated Easter.  We decided to select the stuffed tuxedo cat, "Lion-O," to be her size comparison/friend during her first year of life since he passed away the day before her 1 month birthday.
She met her Aunt Heather.  We were so thankful for her arrival because she took care of Anna while we were still in the hospital.  She did an excellent job!
She met Grammy & Papa right after we got home from the hospital.
Her big sister can't get enough of her!  She wants to hold her and give her kisses every day.  Whenever she wakes up, she asks for Kate.  It is really precious!  Here they are - using their favorite sucking item of choice.
She got all dressed up for Easter.
Our little family on Easter :)
This was a pretty regular occurrence in our home.  Mommy taking care of Kate while Anna watches Scooby Doo.  

I tried to re-create the monthly picture of Anna to see how similar they were.  They look pretty similar, but I can definitely tell the difference between them!  I'm not sure if I will always be able to re-create the monthly picture, but I will try for now.  Prepare yourself now for May 18th! :)
And here's a lovely outtake for you to enjoy!

May 8, 2015

Curtis Turns 31

Curtis turned 31 the day after we lost Lion-O.  It made his birthday celebration a little more sad than we expected, but we still tried to make him feel extra special.  We went out to eat to 3 separate restaurants in his birthday honor!  I love that he is able to hold Anna and Kate as he blows out the candles.  
I made him a chocolate stout cake and it was enjoyed by all!  We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with this amazing husband and father. :)

Goodbye to Lion-O

Three weeks ago, we lost our beloved pet, Lion-O.  I truly feel that God placed him in our lives to help us during a really hard time in our life.  Back in September 2011, we had lost our son, Brooks, through a fairly late miscarriage (you can read about this in other blog posts I have written).  We adopted Lion-O the next month and he was a special little friend to us, giving us joy as we mourned.  His life was cut shorter than it should have been (he did not even live to be 4 years old), but we are grateful for each day that we had with him even though some were challenging.  For example, we still have a bed mattress that we need to air out and hopefully remove the cat urine now that it's getting sunny again.  

As I look through the pictures over the last few years, it's easy to see how important he was to our little family.  I am sad that Anna and Kate will not get to grow up with him as we had originally thought.  Here are a few pictures to remember our little bud:
Curtis and Lion-O had a special bond.  I found so many pictures of Curtis and him together.  
Even though the spray bottle was used to discipline him, he slept next to it occasionally.
This was one of the few pictures I found of me with him.  I guess I was usually behind the camera.

He showed up in funny places like the bathtub.  He loved to sit inside suitcases before we would leave on trips.  Actually, he peed on that mattress that I mentioned above when we left him for 3 weeks.  He clearly was not happy to be away from us. 
He enjoyed playing with the gift wrap during birthdays.
 I went to pull out the mixer for Curtis' birthday one year and he wanted to help me.
He loved killing bugs and eating them!  Actually, last summer, he found a mouse in our house and he ended up killing it.  The mouse traps didn't work, but Lion-O did! ;)
In his last few months, he started to adjust to Anna's affection for him.  She dressed up like him for Halloween and she loved giving him hugs and kisses.  He was very patient with her even though he was scared of her loud noises and excitement around him.  He really was a good cat!  We're thankful he is now out of pain.  

Thank you, Jesus, that you care for us so much that you bring us joy through your creation, even through a small pet.  Lion-O was a great gift to the McDaniel family and we will greatly miss him.