Sunday, April 15, 2012

Opossum Funeral

As we walked the path of happy destiny to the elementary school last Thursday, we came upon a tiny creature, no larger than a pack of gum. Upon closer examination, I realized it was a Didelphis virginiana, commonly known as the North American opossum. A solitary and nocturnal animal, it is a successful opportunist, often seen near towns, rummaging through garbage cans, or lying by the road, a victim of traffic.

Anyway, it appeared that the young opossum fell out of a tree and suffered a head injury with massive internal bleeding, which led to his untimely death. As Friends of The Wild, we prepared Peanut for The Afterworld—a world of never-ending happiness, where you can always see the sun; day or night.

The service began with Emily playing the viola...

Each of the mourners stood silently after reading a passage from The Bible.
Brooke stayed strong almost until the end, when we held hands and said goodbye to Peanut forever. 

We crafted a fine headstone (out of wood) to mark the grave. Each of us tossed a tablespoon of earth into the grave as we prayed for Peanut.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring Break in Arizona 2012

Sarah and Emily
Sarah took this.  

Sarah and Emily. Oranges and Oranges.

Emily and Sarah at the top of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale.
From the top of Camelback Mountain at 1,200 feet

LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana


Emily (who climbed [um, fell] out of her crib at 11 mos.) is still good at climbing things.

Emily, Sarah, and Tim on a hike at Saguaro National Park

Sarah and Emily ate a picnic lunch at Saguaro National Park

Not Zagat rated

Tim, Emily, Sarah, and former WWII through Vietnam fighter pilot Richard Bushong at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson

Kitt Observatory in Tucson

Tim asked Siri where to find the best tacos in Tucson. She led him to El Guero Canelo. 
Emily and Sarah with Ann and Bob Alvir outside their home in Tucson

Thursday, April 12, 2012

March 2012

You probably know this already, but March 14th was National Potato Chip Day. I bought 60 bags (BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion, Regular, and Wavy) for the girls to bring to school. Emily said her classmates went crazy. 

Emily went to her best friend's house for a slumber party. It was really exciting. One of the girls had an allergic reaction to peanuts; Taylor* had an asthma attack (and forgot her inhaler), and Ashley barfed on the carpet in the basement. Emily said it was the best sleepover ever.
One day after school, some boys came over to our house. Kenny and Kyle stood on the sidewalk, cajoling Sarah to come outside. Overwhelmed by 9-year-old boy charm, Sarah climbed out her bedroom window to greet them. 

Sarah's sculpture of a Minion (from the movie Despicable Me) was featured in the Arlington County Schools Art Show.

Emily pushed a cart full of groceries uphill.