Monday, July 15, 2013

Grasshopper Days

 Grasshopper Days

For today, July 15, 2013

Outside my window...  good thing it's warm and breezy, because the clothesline is fully loaded.

Hearing...  crows.  Or ravens.  Whatever.  Their croaking is... annoying. 

Pondering...  for Gunnar's b'day I promised him a zoo membership and... promise fulfilled :D  Gramma Grasshopper came along and we took Gunnar and Naomi to the Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle) on Wednesday.  I'm scattering some pictures along the way :D

Gunnar was very excited to hear that the jaguars have three cubs, so we headed there first.  Cute, cute, cute!
But not in the picture - that's the mom.

Praying...  work for Kerry would be really, really good.

Peacocks roam freely around the zoo.  Very impressive.

Thankful...  just heard that my friends got to bring their preemie baby home, four weeks after she delivered (seven weeks early).  Doing so well!  Hallelujah!

Naomi really couldn't see many of the animals, but the penguins put on a great show right in front of her :D

Wearing...  blue shorts and a white tank top.  Supposed to be warm today (mid 80s), but I'm thankful for the nice breeze.

Baby sloth bears, nursing.

Going...  nowhere today, I hope!

Gunnar's favorite animal was out - the snow leopard.

Reading...  the Mitford series, by Jan Karon.

So glad we saw him in the morning as he went into hiding later in the day.

Looking forward to...  probably spending some time at the lake this week.

Time to get out and crawl around in the grass.  We were on a bit of a slope and it was fun to see her figure out how to manage that.

In the kitchen...  marinating some Chinese BBQ pork, maybe for tonight.

She wanted something out of the basket... love those little crab legs!

In the learning rooms...  temporarily made into a nursery for when Naomi visits.

Success!  (I'm holding the stroller so it won't roll.)

Around the house...  our focus is outside!  But Tate has some picking up to do.

Content with her toy and her grandma :D

The Mother Load...  oh, yah, I'd better check that ;D  Keepin' the fridge full and the laundry empty.

Another, later, get-out-and-crawl break.  She LOVES for Gunnar to "chase" her.

Noticing that...  the house is so much quieter when Tate is gone.  But I sure missed him!  He was gone all week at the Arlington Fly-In.  (CAP and the Canadian RCAC cadets camp out for the week and volunteer - basically run the show :D )  I just picked him (and all his dirty laundry) up yesterday.  We were six, then five, then four, and now six again.  Feels right :D

Those eyes...

One of my favorite things...  those big, blue eyes :D

She gives Gunnar love-pats.

A few plans for the rest of the week...  Gunnar is over the moon.  This is the week he can finally GO to CAP with his brothers.  Amazing.  I'd like to check in on my friends with the preemie, but they probably don't want visitors just yet.  And with some warmer temps on the forecast, the lake is looking pretty good!

A peek into my world...  in the back with Gunnar, on the way home from the zoo, just before she konked out.


bioniclissa said...

I know I've asked you before but where did you get that list from? you know the for today questions. I love your photos and reading your stories of your days on the other side of the world(well, 8 hours flight away)

melanie said...

Aww, what a great day at the zoo! Happy Birthday, Gunnar!

I've been meaning to email and ask about Cutzi -- Glad to hear they are doing well!

Mrs. Homesteader said...

I love posts with lots of pictures! Although I never have time to get any taken! I have the Mitford series on my shelf. Not sure when I will ever get around to it. Glad I am following your blog now, the Daybook link doesn't take me to the daybook anymore...

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Yah, I kind of gave up on linking to the Simple Woman Daybook - I don't think she even does it any more herself!

But I like working through the prompts - makes me think a bit :D


The dB family said...

Ohhh that Naomi! I'm so glad you're posting lots of photos of her! She is so sweet! I'm glad Tate is back home safe again. I'm sure he had a great week. The photos of the animals are wonderful too! So neat that Gunnar got to see the snow leopard. Also glad that the wee one is doing so well and praying with you for more work for Kerrie!


Choate Family said...

Reading Mitford, going to the zoo, drying clothes on the line, could I just come hang out for a while!?!