Day 223: My son is off to tennis camp today (if you hadn’t noticed – he’s mad about tennis as well). This gave us girls some time together. My daughter’s birthday is a week away and she got her present early (so she could play with it on holidays) another member to the family – a dog! Not any dog, the best one – a toy battery operated one – a Furreal Pet. She barks, and walks and the best thing – no poop, and you can turn her off. Welcome Lily Sparkles! (gotta love the names they pick). Lily Sparkles went for a walk in the main street of town with us today to get a coffee – we had lots of grins and caused a lot of laughs (I hope not at our expense) but my daughter was beaming, thinking she had a real dog!