November 14, 2018

Thumper Sleeps


One of Thumper’s real gifts is his ability to sleep anywhere.

He’s been trying to finish fighting off a cold (the cause of his school absences last week), and he’s been very tired while fighting.

When I arrived on Tuesday afternoon for library time (which I have been “volunteering” for in order to help manage Thumper), his teachers told me that he’d been pretty tired all day.  He was plenty happy to see me, though, and was sort of squirmy and scripting while the class was supposed to be listening to the librarian read.

I was sitting on the bench above Thumper, and he was leaning against my leg.  I suddenly realized that he wasn’t  moving much – and his breathing was very regular.

“Is he asleep?” I whispered to one of the other teachers.

She started laughing.

Who knew Mom’s knee was so comfortable?

He did finally wake up, check out a book, and then took a nap on our way to ABA after picking up Tad.

I guess he needs the rest!

November 13, 2018

November Zoo Day!


The weather was mild and partly sunny, and the kids had a day off of school (thanks to Veterans Day falling on a Sunday, which meant it was observed on Monday).  What do we do?  Go to the zoo!

Us and about half the preschool population of Seattle, I’d say.

Ever since a class field trip to a different zoo, Rerun has been expressing an interest in birds.  I suggested that maybe he would want to feed a bird at the zoo – something that we actually have never done, in all these years of being members.  None of the other kids were that interested, so I took Rerun in by himself, while Ane walked around with Tad and Thumper.

It was almost a little TOO exciting for Rerun, but I managed to keep him calm, and got him to keep still.

And he was utterly fascinated with getting to feed this friendly cockatiel.

He would have stayed in there for hours, if only I had kept buying him seed sticks.  The birds only love you when you feed them, of course.

It was definitely a fun experience, and the kids spent some time in the fresh air and sunshine… which was good because the rain is supposed to start again soon.

November 12, 2018

Veterans Day, Observed, 2018


While this was yesterday, I would be remiss if I didn’t note that yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Which always makes me think of the American Doughboy statue that now lives at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery.

For all those who served, especially in my own family – thank you.

November 9, 2018

Flashback Friday


It’s been three years since we first got to meet Baby Cousin!

She’s a big three year old now, and too far away to come over to play.

But looking back at these pictures sure makes me miss her – and her brother and sisters!