Three Hundred and Seventy One Paws

Dear Kimmy,

Hi!!!! It’s me, Baby-I! That’s what big bro calls me, “Baby I this… Baby I that…” He tells me so many things Kimmy. Did you know that you’re a doggy? I just thought you were my furry sister, and you still are, but I didn’t even know that you were a dog. I’m learning about so many things! One of my favorite things that I’m pretty sure you love too is: OUTSIDE! I love the sunshine and when the breeze tickles my face, that’s pretty fun times. I also love to grab tree branches, and pinecones that are growing, and feel the rough bark wood, and flowers, and grass, and just I guess everything! The world is so wide Kimmy! What do you think of the world? Do you like outside too? I think that you do because you and big bro run around and around and play outside together and I watch you two! I think I’ll do some running some day soon. I hope so at least. I’m sleepy now. I think I might go snooze.

xo,

IRB baby bro aka The Baby I

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All cuddled up on the couch.

Three Hundred and Seventy

Dear Brothers,

Shalom! I decided to sing a Kimmy version of a song, inspired by our youngest brother’s name sake, Irving. As in Mr. Irving Berlin, please enjoy my thoughts on spring…

“The sun is shining, it’s a blue sky day! We’ve been enjoying the views all day. I hope it stays nice outside! It’s a blue velvet country sky. It’s beginning to look like spring. And I can feel my lungs take wing. I’m dreaming of a spring vacation! One where we can all play together too. Where the tree tops bloom, and children listen, to hear, spring birds singing too. I’m dreaming of a spring vacation! One you can hear and share all day. I love the spring air, the flowers, and trees there, to hear the birds sing all throughout the day. I love it, it’s a spring vacation, (almost), stick with me it’s coming soon! I love and you will love it too!”

xo,

Kimmy

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Tongue out Tuesday and the cutest crossed paws.

Three Hundred and Sixty Nine Paws

Dear Brothers,

Chag Sameach! Do you know what that means? Happy Purim! That’s the holiday that comes before your birthday LDB! I remember that we had hamantachen cookies, books and songs about it last year. We did the same activities this year too! I like that I can feel spring approaching now in the wind when we’re outside. If you give the air a real hard sniffffff, you can feel the sunshine warming the ground, hear the leaves beginning to blossom and smell those silly squirrels scampering about. I never really knew the joys and delights of spring as much as I do now. You see, you both help me slow down my crazy Kimmy doggy running to take a breath and remember what’s important in my life brother’s! Thanks for that sweet guys. You’re both so innocently napping, it’s sweet and inspiring. “Yawwwwwn,” maybe I shall take a nap too? Who am I kidding, of course I’m going to take a nap! Haha!

xo,

Kimmy

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Cutest doggy ears.

Three Hundred Eighty Six Paws

Dear IRB,

Happy Birthday sweet baby! You were born on this day. So early in the morning that, admittedly, I didn’t get up off of the couch right away. I could tell something was up with mama when she sat on that giant yoga ball and then was leaning on the counter and doing the deep breathing she does. Auntie A arrived in the middle of the night-morning time to take care of LDB and I. I don’t know all the details about how you came into this world, but I’m so glad you did. Mama said you almost arrived in the car, so that’s exciting! I think you must like movement and so that’s why you arrived so quickly because cars go fast, right?!

It’s been a remarkable year with you tiny brother. You’ve always liked my kisses behind your ears. I’m your favorite mountain to climb, and climb me you do! We go on big carpet adventures and you love to fling things around the house now. Anything that has wheels or rolls is a favorite object of yours. You enjoy talking to me in your baby language, blowing kisses, saying, “All done!” Oh, and I almost forgot, you’re really interested in pointing to things and trying to grab my ears. I understand that they’re extraordinarily fabulous ears, but as mama says, “Gentle hands to pet Kimmy’s ears.” You’re working on all of that, and I appreciate it greatly. Happy Birthday little one. You’re our little bear, tiny person, and all around fantastic brother. I love you!

xo,

Kimmy

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Happy B’day Bro!

Three Hundred and Eighty Five Paws

Dear LDB,

Hi there big kid. You’re getting taller, and so much more independent every day. You love to play imaginary games with your toys, with pillows, blankets, me, you name it. Today we played, “Build an airplane out of magnets, hide it in it’s blanket home and then hide the tiny cars and trucks.” I observed these games from my lair, or nay, throne.

I’m watching mama right now as she types for me. I’m not sure who was making loud noises on the small street we share with a couple of other homes, but I heard it. I thought about barking, but then I thought better, it’s nap time. If anyone in our home were to wake up the sleeping babes, well, that’d just be plain, treasonous. You know what that means? That’s supposed to be an honorary line that one does not cross. “Thou shalt not wake a sleeping babe.” That’s rule number one when you’re a doggy sister like me. I know these things, I also don’t enjoy when y’all cry if you’re woken up, so you could say that I have learned a thing or two in the almost three years that I have shared our home with tiny humans. Speaking of sleep… there I go, off to dream land.

xo,

Kimmy

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Mid-day yawns.

Three Hundred and Eighty Four Paws

Dear Little Ones,

Greetings, from my throne. Did you know that today was one of the most important days of the week? Well, it certainly was indeed. We rose before the sunshine, per usual with mama and daddy. The light was just peeking around the corner when I hopped off of my couch bed. I did some downward dog yoga and waited for mama to stop hopping around her orange mat.

Later, after all the morning shenanigans, we heard it! The garbage truck arrived!  You went out with your moose hat on LDB, you had your moccasin shoes on your feet and the mama helped to greet our truck driver. Our driver’s name is, Kevin. He is a friend that you look forward to seeing weekly. He always honks his horn for you two times and will drive up to be in line with our front door and share a friendly word or two.

You told him, “Hi Mr. Kevin!” this morning and waved a lot. I know all of this information because I watch carefully through the, “peek-a-boo,” window. Y’all might ask me to stay inside, but you can’t keep me from watching the action take place. I revel in a cause, and I revel in kindness that you bring to the world little ones. Keep it up.

xo,

Kimmy

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Me and my human mama.

Three Hundred and Eighty Three Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello sweet babes! Guess what? The sun is shining! I repeat: the. sun. is. shining. upon my face! Ahhhh! I loved our morning visits to the sunshine outside. We all took some time to breathe deeply outside and feel the warm rays of sun. You proceeded to the front yard lands and splashed a lot in the big muddy puddle in front of the neighbor’s yard. I watched you out our windows and then I retired to the hallway carpet. After I waited for a bit of time, I ventured to a couch bed and have been there ever since. There’s something about sleeping, when the house is quiet and empty, I feel a little bit funny, snoozing on the job, but alas, the dreams call to me. I succumb to dream land and I wait until you both return for more daytime adventures. Speaking of dreams and play, I am late to our dreams on this day, I must go! I’ll see you by the giant tree and pine, “combs!”

xo,

Kimmy

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Three Hundred and Eighty Two Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello humans. Greetings from my blanket and the couch. I’m all warm and cozy. I have my back facing mama and daddy, so I am pretending to still be sleeping because, well let’s be honest, why should I wake up before I really need to? Now really, sleep is the most essential component of the day. it that helps me to function, with this being said, we shall call this my early morning rise nap: one. I function best off of a fifteen nap day, minimum. I keep a very consistent schedule when it comes to napping.

First, I wake when I absolutely have to i.e. one of the grown up humans has opened the back door and is pulling me off of the couch to go about my business outside. Then, I try to get a quick cat nap in, but usually I eat breakfast directly after. So, if that transpires, then I take a nap after I eat. If at all possible, I continue to nap unless one of you smaller humans gives me wake up cuddles, and then I’ll wake up and play a bit and then, you guessed it, nap some more. This all continues throughout the day until dinner number one at four o’clock and then dinner number two after your bedtimes at seven or so in the night time. Good golly, a very loud fire truck just went by, I was startled awake from my nap. I must go investigate at the window.

xo,

Kimmy

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All snuggled up with her bestie, napping!

Three Hundred and Eighty One Paws

Dear Brothers,

Hello there! I would ask how things are going for you, but I feel like, I know how things are going, we’re always together. Am I right or what? Ha! It’s funny because it’s been almost a year of staying home and hanging out, full time as a pack, and to be honest, I like it.

I like being at home with my pack, I like knowing that we’re together to play and be silly. I like knowing that I’m here with you to protect, love, and snuffle you both whenever you need it most. It’s interesting how my doggy life can bring all of us so much comfort amidst all of the crazy in this human world. One thing I know for sure, I’m so glad that I’m running this pack, even though I know you think that you run our pack LDB. We’ll keep working on the knowledge of who really is indeed in charge here.

xo,

Kimmy

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Moment of pause with her littles.

Three Hundred and Eighty Paws

Dear Brothers,

There is a blue shiny light sparkling above us. I’m thinking that it’s new because, I don’t remember it being there before. Daddy was pushing things into the ceiling for a while. We had to move the room’s perimeter objects as he went around the room.

IRB was busy in his play table and momma’s arms, and you helped move things around LDB. Y’all were so busy it exhausted me! So I just moved about and tried to find a comfortable spot to rest while the work was being done. Afterwards, I went outside so I wasn’t so sure what all the movement was about in the first place.  Now in the quiet stillness of, nap time, I am well aware of this sparkling light. It shines down on me and now I realize: there’s weird new things that happen with or without my knowledge. I guess you could say I was kind of aware of it, but then again, I’m distracted by all of the noise needs that happen, so much so that I often times forget about things. Case in point: these new, (I learned that they are called: LED), lights.

xo,

Kimmy

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Nap time on mama’s legs.