Brooklyn and Thomis wait to open presents
Jenna was VERY excited about her Target "credit card"
Emma opens her presents
Thomis and Grandma Reed
Grandma Reed and her cuties
My name on my gift bag from my mom. :-) My mom set a bunch
of photos of all of us to music, and gave us each a copy of
the video. We were all a little, as Dana says, "salty"
by the end. Even Jenna started crying! It was one of the best
gifts I've ever gotten! ...Thanks, Mom!
Thomis and me
"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?"
All of us
The dogs got jealous and wanted to be in the picture, too
Mom, Jake and me
Joe gets some lovin' from Grandma
Dana, Brooklyn, Jake and Thomis
Brooklyn and Thomis
Our little family
Joe, hiding in Grandma's plants
Thomis LOVED his peas at lunch! ...He's such a good boy!
"High-fives all around!'
Time for a drink
Happy little man
Any guess what my mom's favorite team is? (...Too bad they
lost their playoff game the next day!)
The adults decided to "adopt" the Humane
Society in Mason City, instead of getting each other gifts.
The girls helped shop for all the things the doggies and kitties
Emma, when we got to the Humane Society. We all got to go
on a tour, see all the animals, and learn more about what
they do at the Humane Society.
Jenna LOVED this kitty; she was beautiful. Her name was Merry,
because she was found right before Christmas. :-)
Brooklyn with Merry
Jenna gives Merry some last-minute love
Jenna plays with another kitty
Some artwork on the wall in one of the dog rooms
Troy meets Duke, a great golden lab who was there
The girls and Grandma Reed's friend, Fred, check out the second
Grandma Reed had organized a special surprise gift for the
kids. She adopted a kennel for the year in the kids' names!
...Jenna discovered the sign before anyone had a chance to
tell the kids and was SO excited! She showed everyone the
sign about 10 times. :-)
Jenna meets Cody, the golden retriever who in "her"
kennel. (He was such an awesome boy, too!)
The girls near their kennel
All the kids near their kennel
Cody got to come out to meet us all, and show us all his tricks.
Seriously, who can resist a face like that? (His face, not
Then the girls got to give all the doggies treats
Jenna gives Duke a treat. He was very gentle when he took
it from her.
More wall artwork
Before we left, the girls got to meet the lion-head bunny
at the shelter
Our little animal lover, Jenna, shows the bunny a little love
Emma gets in a little more Thomis-time before we had to go
As one last surprise, the kids each got a stuffed, singing
puppy and marshmallow-pop from the Humane Society. (Don't
tell anyone, but I think maybe Grandma had something to do
with that. Ha!)
After a great afternoon, we had a not-so-great drive home
in the middle of an ice storm — on "travel not
advised" roads. Joe had to ride on the floor, which he
wasn't too excited about... and he kept trying to get up on
my lap. :-)
"Come on... Don't make me sit on the floor!"
This is how Jenna rode, when she was trying to fall asleep
on the l-o-o-n-n-g ride home.