Rat-Deer (Monday 4 Melanie)

Tommy & Melanie discovered a brand new species: Rat-Deer

Tommy & Melanie are very adventurous kids.  They often explore the Canadian wilderness and find all sorts of wonderful wildlife. But on one particular day - they made the discovery of a lifetime!  Did you know that, somewhere along the line, there was some sort of rat/reindeer cross species hybrid!?!?  I wouldn't believe it myself, if they hadn't captured these excellent photos of the wild "rat-deer".  Great job, Tommy & Melanie!  You've made a fascinating discovery! 

* Mondays for Melanie is just a silly, fun way to help a special family create awareness about their daughter's syndrome.  Click to this blog post to learn more.

A Wedding

My cousin, Kasey, just got married.  She's such a beautiful, sweet young lady.  Her husband's a lucky man!  I thought I'd dedicate this post to her!  CongRATulations!  I love you!


"Rrrrrrr rrrraaaahhh rrrrrrggghhhhnn."  
- Chewbacca 


"…when nine hundred years old you reach, 
look as good you will not, hmm?”   -- Yoda

Han Solo

This photo was taken just before Han Solo was frozen in Carbonite.  There are consequences for rebelling against the Galactic Empire!

Princess Leia & Luke Skywalker

* Princess Leia was made by Jeff

* Luke Skywalker was made by Henry

Darth Vader

Storm Troopers

Henry's Storm Trooper Costume:

Ringo's Storm Trooper Costume: 
(Ringo was frustrated with his finished product. It was a bit too small for the rats, but he's working on a "new and improved" version - as you can see from the last photo!  Ringo has a sudden fascination for Star Wars, thanks to his friend, Aiden.  Aiden is his hero.  Ringo says Aiden knows absolutely everything there is to know about Star Wars!)

 I must end this post by mentioning that Ringo lives for all things related to Star Wars. He even makes light saber, sword fighting sounds - IN HIS SLEEP


 This fabulous R2D2 costume was made by Henry!

Henry is....

  a most fabulous kid
an amazing artist
an insanely skilled sculptor of miniature things!
one of the best rat costume designers EVER
one of my favorite people

Happy Father's Day

 What Jeff would look like, if he were a rat:

A Father's Day Interview with Ringo:

Me:  "What is your absolute most favorite thing about daddy?"

Ringo:  "He takes me to Panera, and it's really fun." 

Me:  "What's the funniest thing daddy does?"

Ringo:  "How he sometimes does like this....fffflllllltttttt."  (makes a fart noise...)

Me:  "What do you like most about the way daddy looks?"

Ringo:  "I like his eyes, really a lot.  They sort of look like mine.  Sort of.  I also love a lot more about him, too.  There is too much to tell you, it would make me too tired."

Me:  "What does daddy know a lot about?"

Ringo:  "Drawing.  He knows more than everybody about drawing.  He knows a lot about outer space.  He also knows a bunch of stuff about the inside of bodies like bones and blood and brain and hearts.  And, lungs, too." 

Me:  "What kind of special thing would you like to do with daddy some day?"

Ringo:  "I want to go with him, you know, to that, um....we're really close to that place.  It's just down the street, go forward, a little bit up, and then you can find all kinds of old things.  Really, really old things.  Like old guns and stuff.  He would love to look over there because he loves old stuff.  I remember...it's Old Salem.  I want to go there with daddy."

Me:  "What does daddy do at work?"

Ringo:  "Maybe he works sometimes.  I don't know."

Me:  "What do you think daddy thinks about most of the time?"

Ringo:  "Puppies, I think."

Me:  "If someone gave daddy one magic wish, and he could do anything he wanted, what would he do?"

Ringo:  "Take me to the toy store and he might let me buy a Storm Trooper costume, maybe."

Me:  "What is your favorite memory of daddy?"

Ringo:  "When daddy takes me to the Fort (Fort Macon) and the Pirate Museum at the beach.  I love to see the canons and all the things that pirates use."

Me:  "If you had a $1,000,000.00 and you had to spend it all on daddy, what would you buy for him?"

Ringo:  "I would buy him a puppy dog, tools, and a kitty, and I would buy him a beach.  We would go to a little store and they would have pirate ships, you know the kind I'm talking about?  They are really big and made of wood.  You know.  A real pirate ship.  That is what I would buy for daddy."

Me:  "Tomorrow is Father's Day.  It's a good day to tell daddy that you love him and that you're thankful for him.  What do you want to say?"

Ringo:  "Thank you for letting me go to the beach every summer, for letting me stay up late and for sometimes letting me do things that mommy won't let me do."

Happy Father's Day!

BEACH 2005

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NEW RAT VIDEO (Monday 4 Melanie)

Things have been crazy the last couple weeks, and it's been hard to stay current with my postings.  But it's MONDAY, and Monday's are for Melanie.  I have no rat photos to post today, but I will post their newest video.  I love, love, love it!  Notice Melanie brushing her rat's hair as she gets her own hair brushed.  And, notice Tommy - he cooks his own breakfast!  He's scrambling up some eggs, but at one point, I thought he was going to have scrambled rats!  If this doesn't make you want to rush out and find some pet rats, then...well...that's just sad.

Rat video II from Nathalie Wendling on Vimeo.

And, here is a great video of them on a talk show in Canada.  I just want to give Tommy a huge hug!  What an AMAZING kid!  I love him so much, and I've never even met him. 

Rogers Cable Ottawa from Nathalie Wendling on Vimeo.

* Mondays for Melanie is just a silly, fun way to help a special family create awareness about their daughter's syndrome.  Click to this blog post to learn more.