February 23, 2017

One Last Hug


This picture was too sweet to not post.

Last hug

Ane, Little Cousin, and Little Cowgirl have one last group hug before we left the airport.  It was hard for Ane to say goodbye.

February 22, 2017

When It Rains, We Go To The Zoo


Convincing the boys to go to the zoo on a rainy day is never a problem.  Convincing Ane, on the other hand… well, I just keep reminding her that this is normal weather.  If we stayed inside on rainy days, we’d never go anywhere!  Plus, it’s a day off school when so many others are in school!  It’s a perfect day to go to the zoo!

I did acquiesce pretty quickly to going to an indoor exhibit – the tropical rain forest – where it was nice and warm.

At the entrance to the rain forest

And we saw snakes and frogs and bright colorful birds.  Like the toucan.  Or as Rerun says, “tuckin.”  (I had some doing to convince him that he was saying it wrong.)


And I don’t know where he got it into his head (maybe from our visit to the Byodo-In Temple?), but Rerun really was trying to stand perfectly still and convince a bird to hop onto his arm.

Rerun offers a bird a perch

No luck.

The kids put up with posing for some pictures for me…

In the boat near the penguins

… and we got some fun playtime in the Zoomazium.

Thumper sits on the baby elephant statue

Tad even found a megalodon tooth in their hands-on fossils collection.  He loved looking at all the fossils.

Fossil hunter

And then we headed off to Tad and Thumper’s regular therapy session, with a lot of fresh air and exercise under our belts.

February 21, 2017

Art Of The Week – Snowmen


As we prepare for spring, Tad’s art class got one last snowman art project done.

The first was a diptych, with two different perspectives on a snowman.  The kids drew with pen on styrofoam rectangles, pressing hard enough to create lines, and then a blue piece of paper was laid on top and white paint was used to show the relief.

Snowman diptych

But while each time was waiting their turn, they did an oil pastel drawing on black paper of a snowman.

Tad and his oil pastel snowman

This one is really cute.

Snowman up close

I’m ready for winter to be at an end, but I love these snowman pictures!

February 20, 2017

One Last Cousin Picture


Today, the cousins get on an airplane and fly away to their next home.  I don’t think Tad and Rerun have fully realized that their cousins are moving away.  But we did manage to get one last big group picture together.

Cousin picture

Little Cousin, Little Cowgirl, Little Hawk, and Baby Cousin – we’re going to miss you!