November 17, 2017

Flashback Friday


I stopped off at Grandma and Gichan’s earlier this week to pick something up, and when I walked in the door, I was greeted by the sweet sounds of Hawaiian melodies.

I can’t blame Gichan for having sunshine and warm weather on the brain, given the extremely blustery weather we’ve had this week.

All that to say… I could really go for one of these right about now.

And a giant pineapple to stand in.

Who’s with me?

November 16, 2017

A Little Shark Time


Over the weekend, the Webmaster and I decided to take the boys to the zoo and aquarium.  Ane was out with a friend, so it was just the boys.  The older two had been asking for the aquarium – Tad, especially.  He wanted some shark therapy time.

So, we went!  The first new thing we saw was the statue of the late walrus, ET, that now stands at the front entrance.

We decided that it would be a smart idea, with the weather threatening rain, to do some of the outdoor exhibits first, and save the aquarium for when the weather got worse.

This was a good call, because the walruses were in very playful moods.

We also had the fun of catching the sea otters being fed!

But Tad really wanted to see the sharks – and Rerun wasn’t happy to stay in one place for too long – so off we went.

First we stopped at the touch tank, then Tad found the beautifully colored zebra shark.

And then Tad got to his happy place.

He found his favorite shark in the tank, the Japanese wobbegong.  He decided it needed a name, so he now calls it “Wobby.”

The Webmaster moved on with the anxious-footed Rerun and the compliant Thumper, and I stayed with Tad in the shark aquarium for a while.  He sat for a very long time and “talked” with the wobbegong, then just strode around watching the other sharks, occasionally talking to other kids his age about the different sharks.

We did move on eventually to check on the tigers and elephants, but this was definitely the day’s highlight.  This, and the ride on the carousel at the end of the day.

The day was worth the effort the Webmaster and I put into it!

November 15, 2017

Art of the Week – Finished Perspective


And here is the final painting!

Sadly, Tad’s teacher had a emergency that caused her to miss class, and she didn’t get to help them finish this project.  I think it might have looked different under her influence.  But Tad is pleased with it, and that’s all that matters.

November 14, 2017

Blustery Days


The forecast for the next week is just a wall of solid rain.  Yesterday, we got a high wind warning to go along with it.

Fortunately, we didn’t lose power (though many others did), and the kids made it to and from their schools safely.  We did have a tree down just outside of our cul-de-sac, but thankfully no one was hurt.  I am writing this post on my iPad, since we shut down the desktop system “just in case” of a power outage.

This is apparently the week to be wearing a lot of warm and waterproof layers.