I will give you this little gem, because what do you give the child who has ended up in the emergency room TWICE in her 2 1/2 years?
We also got a new pet right before the holidays - Mooch had been wanting a hamster since her friend got one. I had hamsters growing up and I get why they're the "go-to" kids pet, since their poo is about as big as a grain of rice and they're all fluffy and cute. But they're also assholes. They bite and they're naturally nocturnal and if you wake them up to hold them (THIS IS WHY WE GOT YOU YOU FUCKING USELESS RODENT) they turn on you like Naomi Campbell and will mess you up. No, hamsters - just no.
Wanting to be the super-awesome alpha mommy I obviously am (ahem) I told Mooch she had to research pets before she decided on one. We googled "best pets for children" and the first two hits we got were about how hamsters are horrible pets for kids, and if you wanted to go the small animal route you should get a fancy rat.
Sooooo ... meet Rachel the fancy rat. Why is she fancy? Because she isn't the type of rat who lives in a sewer. By this definition, all of you are fancy humans. You're welcome.
My little garden is STILL producing. I pulled up the last of our beets a few weeks ago and roasted and pureed a bunch. After one season of growing I'm a beet convert - my garden will never be without them. Versatile and beautiful. On January 2nd (!) I pulled up about half of what is left of our radishes
I've planted 3 rows of garlic, one row of which has already sprouted since it's been so unseasonably warm. My broccoli is still struggling along, and my kale plants were decimated when Zac decided to take out some digging frustration on that corner of the garden.
|I know he looks somewhat remorseful here - trust me, he's not.|