Tuesday, April 24, 2012

RIP Archie

Arch Bowl,
                Oh how I miss you and wish you didn’t have to leave us so early. I really thought you would be with us forever since I thought all cats lived forever.
                I remember the first day we got you. It was August 21, 2011 and I drove your daddy to Michaels with me, but before we walked into Michaels, I saw that there was a little Adoption sign outside Petco. So I just started walking towards Petco with your dad saying every step of the way, “We’re not getting another animal.” And my response was, “You can’t help who you fall in love with” but I seriously was thinking we’d find another fur ball. Instead, a girl placed you in my arms and you had me at first purr.
                We had to go get Tatum to see how he’d interact with you because he’s never been around a cat before. And what did he do? He licked you and wanted to play, but you were more interested in us. A cat that was more interested in people than toys or other animals? You were such a little love bug.
                You would love us so much that if we had you in the bedroom at 2 AM (I tried multi times and this was the time you would always wake us up), and you just wanted attention so you would put your rub your little head all over our faces. Dad and I couldn’t sleep, so we wouldn’t let you sleep in our room. But every morning, you would hear the alarm clock and be crying at our door. As soon as we would open the door, you would rush in and put rub your face all over your momma to say, “You guys sleep forever! Finally! Good morning!”
                Then when we would come home from work, there you were, greeting us at the door as soon as we opened it. I swear, you were more like a dog than a cat.  Especially when I would feed you. You would rush upstairs to get food, but as soon as you heard that I was feeding Tatum, you would run downstairs with your little red bell jingling all the way down the steps and no matter what, you would be in Tatum’s food. And if you weren’t in Tatum’s food, you’d be trying to sit at the kitchen table hoping that you would get a little sneak preview of whatever we were going to have for dinner.
                You, being the little cat you were, had such a big personality. Anyone that would come over would just fall in love with you and would want to take you home with them (even those non-cat people). We got so lucky to have you in our lives. You would even melted the hearts of the foster dogs, where Sweetie just wanted to eat you in the beginning, and then would allow you to be the only one that could eat in her dog bowl with her. And Toby would love to just pick on you, and you would take it. But you would get your revenge: when they’d walk by, you’d hide and claw them with your little paws.
                I noticed that you stopped eating and started going potty outside of your little box, which was something you’d never do. We noticed that you started losing weight, and not feeling to well, but we’ve never had a cat before, and since you were sneezing, we thought for sure that you just had a little cold, so we waited a couple days so that your little body could fight it off. But, then you started laying around not wanting to cuddle, so we thought we’d take you to the vet to get some meds to make you feel all better. But the day we made your appt to see the vet, you started to seem like you were getting better. You greeted us in the morning and laid on daddy. So we canceled the appointment until daddy called me to tell me that you peed outside of your litter box again, so thankfully, we were able to get our appointment back.
                My heart sank as the doctor looked at you and thought you had cancer. After she ran some tests and the tests came back negative, I thought that you would be able to fight whatever we thought you may have had. So we gave got you fluids, took you home, and took you back the next day to get more fluids. We wanted you to have a fighting chance. We were hoping that if we gave you a day of fluids, you would come home and eat. But you didn’t- even when we tried to feed you chips (your favorite even though the vet said you couldn’t have them) –  and instead, you just got progressively worse.
                Friday night, we thought you were going to pass away in your sleep. You didn’t seem like you were in pain and we thought you would go peacefully. Especially, after we put your little bed on the couch (that you would never sleep in before) and you cuddled in it and let out some very loud purrs to tell us that you loved us and even though you were deathly sick, that you wanted us to know.
                The next morning, on April 21st, you were still up but just so tired. So we took you outside (a place we didn’t really allow before because we were scared you would want to run away). You were so excited, that you’re little body, as weak as it was, started exploring the grass, dirt, and watched some of the birds as you laid in the sun. Dad and I decided that even though you didn’t seem like you were in pain, that we couldn’t bare watching you so weak. So we made an appointment to take you to the vet, so you could be at peace.
                I’ll tell you Arch, that even though you were a cat, you stole our hearts. We bawled like babies. You meant so much to us and we just always assumed that you would be around when we had little human babies, and they’d learn to say “Archie” and pull on your tail and in no doubt, you’d love it.  But we figured, that maybe a kid in heaven needed you more than what we did. As we drove away from the vet’s office, we saw there were some lose balloons that were in the sky, and we thought of you. Your daddy and I did really good last night for having to lose you, but this morning, I can’t bare the house being so empty and not having you to cuddle with first thing in the morning.
                We love you Arch more than you’ll ever know. Thanks for being so good to us and showing us that cats are some pretty awesome fur balls too. We miss you our little baby and hope that you’re in a much better place. Mommy, daddy and Tater love you and so glad that you were able to share your life with us.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Archie update

Little Arch bowl has not been feeling good at all. We thought it was just a fluke thing, but noticed that he had not been eating. Also, on top of that, he has been just laying around which isn't like him (he's always so perky and always greets us at the door). The thing that got us really concerned is that he hasn't had a bowel movement in 3 days (probably from not eating), and has been peeing right in front of us (which he never does). This morning he started acting better and greeted us this morning, so we canceled his vet appt, until Trav told me that he still didn't seem like he was feeling good and that he peed again on the floor and not in his little box.

So we took him to the vet. They looked at him and said he was dehydrated and he was yellow all over: his ears, his gums, and his eyes. Mind you, we've never had a cat before, so I never thought to look at his ears or any of that. They sadly told us that it was probably a form of Cat Leukaemia. My heart sank and we patiently waited for the test to come back. Travis braced me for what he thought we should do (as putting him down) because we didn't want to suffer. Finally, what seemed like ages, the doctor finally came back in.

She stated that it wasn't Cat Leukaemia, but they had no idea what could be causing it. She said we could do more tests which could run to be $150 each, and there still may not be a cause for it. So we deicded to give him liquids and an antibotic.

He may not make it through the night. If he does pull through, we are planning on taking him to the vet in the morning to get fluids all day long and start another antibotic. I'm hoping he'll be able to fight this, but we'll see.

He has been acting better and started eating and drinking when we got home. We moved the litter box downstairs and he has used it. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wedding, Wedding, Wedding

Trav and I have suprassed our 6 months till our wedding date! I can't believe how fast time is flying by. Trav knows how stressed I am thinking of all the things I don't need to worry about:

*How’s this wedding website going to turn out? 
*What about RSVPs? What if people want to bring other guests that we don't know about/prepared for finanically? 
*Is everyone else having a good time at the wedding?
*Is the temperature going to be okay?
*What if it rains?
*What if people leave early because they’re not having fun?
*What if my alterations aren’t done correctly?
*What if Trav doesn’t like my dress?
*We don’t have a time schedule – I have no idea what one of those is even supposed to take. Why don't we have a time schedule prepared yet?
*What if I'm late?
*What if someone (vendor) doesn’t show up?
*What if Travis doesn't show??!
*What if something isn’t set up right?

*What if it is not the best day of my life???????????????

There is just too much pressure and stress that comes with planning a wedding.

So on April 13th, Trav surprised me with:

Beautiful hand picked roses at my work! He went to a little area where he found that they sold roses, so without gloves, he hand picked them! Isn't that the sweetest thing ever? I can't believe I get to marry such an incredible, handsome, romantic guy :)

So we have finally sent out most of our save the dates - all 160 of them (and yes, we are still gathering some addresses). 

They turned out pretty dang cute and it made me feel pretty good when friends started texting saying that they got them and how cute they were :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Little Moments

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone :) I hope everyone is having a great day and had a fantastic weekend!

Today during church for Easter, we were given a real clear image of imaging what it would be like back in that time. How to have everyone turn against you and want you to be cruisified. For flesh to get whiped, beaten, and have a thorn crown forced upon his head.

All this happened to a man who had no sin, but decided to let this all happen for something much bigger.

Can you imagine?

But Jesus did that for us - for all of us. He loves us that much.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Engagement Pics Part 3 with Timeless Essence Photography: The Cowboy in Us









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We got all of our pics in color, but for some reason I am in love with the black and white photos :)

Missed out on our other engagement pics? Check out our Ohio State engagement pics here and our classic engagement photos here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fur Brotherly Love

Aww, they all cuddled up and love each other <3
And now they're back to their real selfs. LOL.

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