Honorary Chickadees

There are a few additional "youngsters" that are a huge part of my life, and I thought I'd introduce them as well.

This is Mango.  He is our oldest child.  We rescued Mango in 1998.  He is a pure bred Shiba Inu, although he is ridiculously large for his breed.  The veterinarian guesses that it is because he was conceived in a puppy mill and his unusual size is a result of his inbreeding.  Mango was still a puppy when he came to live with us, but he is an old man now - full of grunts and dog farts.  He spends his days sleeping, guarding his food dish, and sneaking out of the house for a walk around the neighborhood.

Ambercita is a 6 year old Border Collie who has lived with us for 3 years now.  She has a great sense of humor, and spends her days "herding" the children.   She has an incredible amount of energy, and enjoys the fast pace of our house.

Jake is the oldest son of my best friend, Vicky.  He is 12 years old.  Both Ginger and CoCo are in love with him.  It's easy to see why -- obviously, he's extremely handsome, but he has a kind and gentle nature with small children that is rare in a boy his age.

At 11 years old, Zoe is the second oldest child of my best friend Vicky.   She is smart and funny, and gives her mom a run for her money.  Right now, she is a typical 'tween.'  She loves horses and being with her friends.  

Della is 6 years old, and is almost exactly the same age as Owen.  She is finishing up kindergarten this year, and is proving to be as smart as her older sister.   She has a quirky sense of humor, and is never afraid to put on a show.  She's a lot of fun to be around.

Honey is the youngest of the clan.  She is 1 year old, and keeps her momma on her toes!  While the other children in this family were quiet and reserved as babies, this little wonder is anything but.  She is strong willed, opinionated, and FAST.   It's fun for me to watch (since 3 of my 4 kids were like this as babies).

And last, but not least, is Mrs. Amanda.  Amanda was our nanny for 2 years while I was at work.  She quickly became part of our family, and has remained part of our family.  The kids adore her, and are constantly asking when they will see her again.  She is a fantastic young lady, and a blog about my family would not be complete without her.

That's it for 'chickadees.'  I have lots of other wonderful people in my life, who you will meet in the pages of this blog.  But - it will always be in the context of the chickadees.

I hope that you enjoy!!


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