This is the very first Christmas card we sent out as Mr. and Mrs. Hollen, 2006.
Pictured from left to right is:
Pumpkin, Brice, Chloe
Erika, Eva, Scott
Cheyenne, Oliver, Slippers
I decided on the layout because it made me think of the Brady Bunch. Scott brought two animals to the marriage and I brought the 5. It made us an unconventional blended family.
All of the blended zoo got along so well. I really do miss this bunch of animals. We only have 3 remaining of the original zoo. Pumpkin, Chloe and Eva are still with us. Over the years it seems that we have had to be reminded that life is short and ephemeral. While we lost Brice weeks before Kodi was born to old age. We also lost Cheyenne to old age. Oliver to misdiagnosis. And I refuse to even talk about the tragedy of Slippers. (Tears are in my eyes right now). We really were blessed with a group of animals that loved each other.
We have a pretty good group now, but the cats don’t get along like those did. And my world is not the same without the trouble making Oliver.
So to end with a quote from the great philosopher Ferris Bueller: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.