Saturday, May 24, 2014

May Fluffy Rest in Peace

Ben's hamster Fluffy passed away last night--we were all very sad when we saw him this morning.

We've known for a few weeks that Fluffy wouldn't live much longer.  His little paws shook when he walked, his eyes were almost permanently closed, he wasn't eating much, and he couldn't get onto his wheel.

This morning Ben made a little paper casket.

He decorated it with a drawing of an Egyptian hamster.

Janae and Alaina also wrote some tributes,

then we talked about what we loved best about the furry guy.

Ben found a nice spot in the backyard for a grave, and they buried Fluffy under the trees--amongst the flowers, where dearly departed hamsters belong, I guess.

Everybody had the chance to sprinkle some dirt, and all of the kids cried a little.


Then it was time for flowers and final goodbyes.

It was their first experience with losing a pet, and I could really see how much they loved him.

We will miss that fluffy little Fluffy!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Janae's Got Talent!

When our kids' elementary school announced its annual talent show auditions we knew we were in for some drama--not the least of it being that every girl in Grade One, including Janae, wanted to sing solos of "Let it Go" from Frozen.

In fact, before the first meeting of the would-be performers, Janae came out of school in tears, explaining that someone else had already claimed the song.

But luckily for all of us the girls worked something out.  Janae and her friend opted for the slightly less overdone "For the First Time in Forever," where Janae would still get to sing Elsa's part.

Since Elsa dresses are scarce these days, we called Grandma--who made Janae a beautiful ice queen costume in less than a week, using a pattern, material, and snowflake decorations that she already had on hand.  Amazing!

The girls practiced at school and had some rehearsals in the gym.  Today was the day, and Alaina, Eric, and I were able to be there.

The girls sang beautifully and were very dramatic.

All of the participants got a special medal!

And then I was just one of the crowd competing for Janae's attention....

I felt like paparazzi trying to get a picture on our way to the car :)

I'm glad it all turned out so well!  I'm guessing there will be a few more performances in her future....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Destined for Adventure?

I finally figured out the cartoon character Eric reminds me of ....

With that red hair sticking up in the middle, his resemblance to Tintin is undeniable!

I couldn't quite place it until Ben brought home his library books this week :)

I wonder what kinds of adventures are in store for our littlest one....