Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our first zoo trip of 2015 … but surely not our last!

Little Fellow and I headed off to the zoo Saturday morning -- the first perfectly sunny and warm day (almost) that we have had this spring! For some reason, Brendan was mostly excited to see the flamingos; sadly, they were not out yet! There were five pelicans that he enjoyed, but zero flamingos.
Actually, there were tons of exhibits that were not officially opened yet; such as the sting rays, the baboons, the budgie birds, the pygmy goats ... 
 Thankfully, the farm was open and there were plenty of goats to enjoy ...
Brendan is not one bit afraid of animals. He loved being in this place with critters quite a bit larger than himself!
We hiked WAY up to the top of the zoo to see if there were any tigers home. YAY! Last year, I had gone three times near the end of the season to see the tigers and never saw any at all. But Saturday, both tigers were out and about ... 
They came VERY close to the window and got acquainted with Brendan who was roaring at them and shouting, "Dinosaur!!" at the top of his lungs. Poor sweetheart is under the delusion that if he shouts "Dinosaur!!" it will evoke fear in any living creature. This is, of course, his family's fault (including me) because when we animate our puppets for him and he shouts, "Dinosaur!" we pretend that Paco and Cocoa are TERRIFIED and run away and hide making squeaking sounds--which cracks Brendan up. 
 These tigers were NOT impressed with Brendan's roaring and shouting whatsoever. What was kind of fun, though, was that they would walk by the window and look as if they were not coming back; so I would say (kind of softly), "Please Mr. Tiger, come back so we can see you!" and every time, one of the tigers would walk back to the window. Brendan thought it was pretty cool that they would come when I called for them!
 Yikes. This is as close as I have ever been to a tiger. Brendan enjoyed every single second of it.
 We left the tigers and walked down the boardwalk to where the camels were and I actually allowed myself to get talked into riding a camel with Brendan … Brendan is the one who talked me into it! We rode on top of Ellie the Camel. It was a very bumpy ride with Brendan smiling from ear to ear. I didn't get any pictures of our fun because … well … we were on top of the camel holding on for dear life.
I will hopefully do a better job of photographing our time at the zoo next time we go! Little Fellow had so much fun … me too!

My First Earthquake ...

I just want to document the earthquake that was felt here in W. Michigan on Saturday, May 2, 2015. I have never "felt" an earthquake before and at the time it happened, I didn't realize that it WAS an earthquake … but it was! It registered 4.2 on the scale even.

Brendan and I had been to the zoo from about 9:45 - 11:45 am Saturday morning. We were quite tired from our happy time there and drove back to my house to enjoy a healthy lunch of fresh fruit and veggies, along with some mac'n cheese.

It was about 12:25 that we were sitting around my white round table when I heard a rumble, kind of a low roar, and my little place shook and the windows rattled for a full 15-20 seconds. I thought it was a very low-flying helicopter but since I was in the middle of feeding Brendan (which means I was busy cutting up veggies and fruit and serving these to him) and he was being such a cutie, I didn't really stop to analyze the moving and shaking of my little house.

I had Brendan until about 4:00 in the afternoon, came back home here and never listened to the news until 11:00 last night when I found out about the earthquake that happened a little bit south of Kalamazoo. THAT was why my house was shaking and the windows were rattling! THAT was the roar that I heard! Yikes. My first earthquake! And I lived to tell about it … 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A beautiful last day in April ...

Since Brendan's mama was at a craniosacral massage therapy class in Florida this week and Dylan had a local conference to attend, I got to have my Little Fellow all to myself for awhile Thursday, the very last day in April ...
It was sunny and even reached 70 degrees! I got out a few outside toys and we played in the dirt in front of my house for a little while ...
Brendan was quite intense about the dump truck and bulldozer getting all the necessary work done ...
Brendan really puts himself into his task too … you would almost think he was an expert at moving dirt around!
And Brendan enjoyed this very much!
But Brendan seems to enjoy almost … everything!


And he loves his Grandma Carol ...


Once inside, our constant companions Paco, the Pig, and Cocoa, the Cat (two hand puppets) are our constant companions. Brendan found my little stuffed pig last week and announced that it was "Baby Paco."
Brendan calls this light in my bedroom the "Lighthouse light." I guess it COULD remind me of a lighthouse, even though it is just a rod-iron lantern of sorts ...
I love you, sweet little boy.
Brendan was showing Pacquito (long story about this name) how much fun this lighthouse light was so look inside ...
Dylan arrived earlier than expected and joined in our play. Dylan does a very good pig I must say! He animated Paco quite wonderfully, to the delight of his little cutie.
I love the expression on Brendan's face (below) ...
These next few pictures are of Brendan yelling, "Dinosaurs!" (very loudly) and then Paco diving under the blanket on my bed, hiding for cover from the hideous monsters to come ...


And cracking up with Paco's tail sticking up and out from under the blanket ...
Paco hid very well this time and Brendan is trying to see if any body part is sticking out from under the blanket ...
Oops! There is his tail!
On his way out, Brendan requested that he and his daddy sing "Christ is Risen from the Dead" (the Orthodox version), and started right in singing ...
Brendan sings very enthusiastically ...
And he managed to sing it both in English and in Greek … quite impressive … but then I adore this little guy!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

I can't get enough of this little face ...

It's not like I didn't already have enough pictures of Brendan enjoying his Brown Cow ice cream; but Thursday night Brendan and his mama and daddy came over for dinner and I had just enough Brown Cow ice cream left for small sundaes all around ...
Brendan was VERY pleased ... 




These are the adoring expressions I receive after my little Fellow has finished a bowl of chocolate ice cream … "I LOVE ice cream, Grandma Carol" is what this little face is saying I think! Perhaps he is saying, "I love YOU, Grandma Carol!" 
Whatever he is saying, it says love to me! I asked him: "Where is your smile, Brendan?" And starting with the picture above, this is what I got! 

 You little sweetie! Such expressions!
Brendan loves to chase me around the house with his tool cart … growling like a dinosaur … with me screaming in terror and running from him ... 
 It is a very fun game ...

 And we play it ...
 every single time ...
… Brendan comes over! Sometimes I hide around the corners and jump out at him--that's when he really cracks up!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brown Cow ice cream ...

My Little Fellow is very serious about his Brown Cow ice cream ...
 Brendan is very good with a spoon! And SO HAPPY TOO!
We had plenty of whipped cream on top … that was the first thing to disappear!
 Sweetie!

He had surprisingly little chocolate on his face in the process ... 

 Just enough chocolate to cover his face in happiness ... 
You are the BEST, Brendan.