I brought out the old VHS’s to share with lil Jack and we found the movie Indian in the Cupboard. The boy on that movie had a rat that he put in the plastic ball and let run around the house. Of course Jack comes up to me and tells me that he wants a rat for christmas. He says he wants everything for christmas! I know some people are grossed out by pet rats, but my old friend used to have one & he was so cool. I took him to the pet store to check them out & to see if he would be scared of them. He changed his mind and chose a hamster that looked like a stuffed animal that his grandma had given him.
So let me introduce you to the new member to our family… Skippito Friskito! (lil man named him) He is a long haired hamster :) This is lil Jacks first pet, other than his fish that have unfortunately passed away. We told him that they went on a long vacation (like Forest Gumps dad).
When I was younger, one of my cousins had a cage full of hamsters & I wanted one soooo bad! But my dad was totally against having “rodents” for pets. Even domesticated rodents. We grew up with a huge fieldy backyard and sometimes the field mice would come to visit. When we would find them, we would try to hide them from my dad & keep them as our pets. A pet we could never touch because we had been warned that they had rabies. It never worked out so well! So I’m not sure who’s more excited about getting a hamster; me or lil man.
The other day Skippy must have poked his eye because it wouldn’t open all the way, and I was sooo worried. Man I didn’t want to LOVE Skippy because I know his life span isn’t very long and I didn’t want to get too attached. But I’ve definitely passed the point of no return!
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.