The day has finally come. We have undergone a rite of passage into bonifide family life. We are proud new pet owners (if you don't count our 2 Nemos, four chickens and 17 ants that no longer reside inside the ant farm thanks to Halle who ripped the lid off and let them escape, as pet which we really don't because, well, they're just not the same). She won Hayden's affection after crawling into his lap as he and Brian were deciding which kitten to bring home. She's a lap cat for sure and is particularly fond of me which excites me greatly because all I've ever wanted these days was someone else who wants to snuggle in my face while sleeping and sit on me all day long!
She was a gift to Halle (who, like Boo from Monsters Inc., affectionately calls anything soft "kitty" and is in love with animals in general which makes us want to move before she gets any older and decides she should go to Davis and become a vet! Not that there is anything wrong with Davis it's just that we have already made it really clear to our kids that they don't really have a choice but to attend Cal Poly) from her daddy which was really cute. Hayden wanted to name her butterfly which we strongly opposed so we compromised and told him we could call her 'Mari' (properly pronounced MAU-dy for all you gringos like Brian), short for Mariposa which means butterfly in Spanish. Here she is.