we are home and home is good. we had a wonderful stay with tansy and co. our kids love their kids. in fact toly cried the last hour on the way home, he wanted to go back to tansy's. he wouldn't get out of the car for fifteen minutes demanding that this was the wrong place.
our trip went well. toly's test results have yet to reach my ears, most likely tuesday. he was diagnosed with epilepsy and has to go on anti seizure meds. scary warnings all over that stuff... the test went beautifully, better than imaginable. toly sat there while the technician attached all those electrodes to his head. then he fell right asleep as necessary for the test.
we did go to the zoo and it was great.
our first stop was to visit tansy at her farmers market before leaving her area.
toly might be a plumber someday.
kassi liked all the pretty flowers
we had excellent lemonade
finally we re-piled into the van and headed for the city.
very exciting business.
yes, this is tristan with his new haircut.
toly got so excited
a gentle learning moment.
rome was fascinated by it all.
the day before we left kassi got stung by a brown recluse spider. she got very sick and swelled up like a puffer fish. i was scared to death. we went to the emergency room with her. they couldn't do anything for her. luckily tansy came to the rescue with a poultice and she started on the mend immediately. she looks great here just a few days later.
here is the classic zoo photo. the day was very sunny and hot.
even the shade offered little reprieve.
the obligatory squint eyed camels in the back drop photo.
we were quite the troupe.
toly was nearly uncontainable, fences schmences i want a closer look.
the carousel was a big hit. i stood next to toly and made sure he didn't fall. a look of sweet bliss came over his face. he reached up and put his arm around my neck and said "I love you daddy." that is what makes it all worth while.
cute boy having the best time.
romneya marched around and had a blast.
it is hard to catch the while gang. this is the closest i came.
tristan enjoyed it too.
a much braver second round.
kassi frolicking while sitting.
look one hand.
another highlight was the cool-down fountain.
rome got into the act right away
loud screeches could be heard for miles.
romes little baby dance.
toly gradually warmed up to the idea.
all four of them
this straw came out of this cup daddy.
eaten by the wild hippo
caught in the giant spider web
the three of them running non-stop to the top of the slide
rome needed his shoes on those soft baby feet.
big strong six and 364/365ths year old boy.
monsanto's genetically engineered beetle. you'd better buy their pesticide or else.
too much fun was had by all. we stopped by meramac cave on the way home to cool off. the kids got down right chilly. the camera chip was in the laptop, sorry no photos.
monday will be the day of deep cleaning and dislodging any spiders from their habitat.