Monday, July 27, 2009

Kirkpatricks & Clarice

This week we welcomed four houseguests: Grandma Nancy, Grandpa Doug, Aunt Lola and a hamster named Clarice. Clarice's family was away and she was entrusted to our care. She was a big hit. She could swallow a baby carrot without chewing, a feat Thomas tried to imitate all week. Here she is amazing us with her skills in the exercise ball (sorry about the vacuuming in the background-- Clarice is a little messy with her bedding.):

Meanwhile Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Doug got some quality time with Emmett.

Here Grandpa Doug discusses a topic of great interest to Emmett (sorry it is sideways), while Emmett shows off his baby guns:

more baby guns:

Emmett met Lola for the first time:

Thomas thought he was too cool to cuddle, but he wasn't:

Aunt Lola was a favorite, and only partly because she introduced him to purple nail polish:

We checked out the pool club. That's Thomas behind Aunt Lola.

Mom and Aunt Lola demonstrated canon balls for Thomas. These are harder than they look. Thomas was not very impressed.

Here we see Thomas at Mr. Joe's gymnastics class. He's gotten very good in a short amount of time. Here he is preparing to do a back handspring.

We were too slow to capture the flip, but here's the landing.



arthur and maggie said...

Great shots of the visitors and gymnastics. As for Clarice, I feel compelled to warm Clarice about Mother Laura's past history with large rodents. As is well documented, I was just a pawn in the Great Guinea Pig Staircase Scandale of 1975. But maybe that blue ball contraption will protect Clarice. I also recall a mother gerbil getting stepped upon by a neighbor. Again, the ball might have served as protection...

Laura said...

Actually, with this history in mind, I made Clarice's family promise we could still be friends if something happened to her while they were away. She went home in one piece, but we get another shot at her in a few weeks . . .

K Bradford said...

More Thomas and less Clarice ! Is that art lounging on the floor ? Love seeing the pool club and Mr Joe's gym class. What does Emmett's face look like ?

arthur and maggie said...

More Clarice and less Thomas! All Clarice! All the time!