Rachel loves our dog, Zeus. She loves to lay on him, pet him (which in all actuality is just her pulling his hair out ), and to chase him around the house. She squirms when he comes in the room and let’s out a sound that Tim and I both agree sounds a whole heck of a lot like “Zeus.” It would even be a safe bet to say that she started saying “Zeus” before she started saying Dada or Mama. And if you ask her to say it when he’s not around, she won’t do it. She only does it for him. They are best buddies. They nap together, play together and even eat together (as in, Rachel shares her food while he waits patiently by her high chair). My girl loves dogs of all kinds–big, small, medium, hairy, hairless, black, brown, white–it doesn’t matter to her. If it has four legs, a wet nose and barks on occasion she is all about it. She’ll take a sloppy dog lick kiss over just about any toy you can give her. If the dog is in the room, she is probably trying to get to it somehow. So, it came as no surprise that she was going to be a puppy for Halloween this year.
On Halloween night we made our rounds to a few family members that live close by. Rachel had a great time with her “treats” and by the end of the night she could be found digging diligently in her treat bag for her new apple cinnamon puffs. After we got home we passed out candy for a bit then snuggled our little one to sleep. After Rachel was in bed, Tim and I watched “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on DVD. I spent some time reflecting on the fact that we have watched that movie together every year for the past 9 years. I had to count a few times to make sure that was right. Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess!
Overall, our first Halloween together as our new little family was a success. Next up is Thanksgiving, the last of the “first” holidays for this little one. I can’t believe how fast this year is going!