Friday, February 22, 2013

Of Snowstorms, Tournaments, and Rodents... Oh My!

Last night we received another 6 inches of snow.  Luckily the kids already had the day off from school for a teacher in-service so they had all day to play in the delightful white stuff.
This is proving to be a very busy weekend ahead.  Joey's birthday is on Sunday and he still hasn't decided whether he wants to go bowling or to a movie.  If the weather is good enough for travel we may even go to EAA.  He would be thrilled.  Sometimes between now and Sunday I have to make his cake.  Hmm...

Tomorrow the boys are in their first ever chess tournament.  They spent this morning practicing their skills.
When that had become tiresome (I don't know how they are going to play all day long tomorrow-that sounds exhausting) we decided to head out to the pet store.  Our poor little hamster died this past week and we were curious to see if the store had any more little critters to keep us busy.  We went to two different stores until we found the right one.  
Look at this little guy.  He is a Siberian Teddy Bear Hamster. And he is so sweet!  He was not used to being hand held but he sure is friendly.  He let me hold him for a long time and even took turns with the kids.  We aren't sure on the name just yet but I think we are leaning toward Harley.  Or Hammie.  Or Harley the Hammie.  I don't know.

We already had an aquarium that we had used for our last dwarf hamster, but because this guy will get much bigger it just didn't seem big enough.  Plus there was a sale on cages.  Lucky little hamster.

The little guy is currently busy checking out his new digs.  Ben is occupied wiggling his loose front tooth (he lost the other one two nights ago).  Tommy and Joey are wrestling.  Grace is playing with the dog.  Todd is visiting friends.  And I have to start dinner and get going on about 4 loads of laundry.

It is a busy house for sure.

How are your weekend plans shaping up?


Mom24 said...

It sounds lovely. That hamster is adorable and I love the cage. Too cute! I very much wish we had gone with hamsters instead of guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are nice, but they're so big and needy!

We had a weekend planned of going away to celebrate my Mom's birthday but I currently have the crud so it's turned into a free weekend and we'll see my mom next week. Right now a free weekend sounds pretty lovely.

Hope the chess tournament goes well.

Hilary said...

Oh my goodness.. he's adorable. What a cute little face.

So sweet seeing your kidlets playing chess.

That corgi :) said...

What a cute hamster!! So glad the kids had a day off to enjoy the snow!! good luck with the chess tournament!


CC said...

I'm jealous! We didn't have a single snow day this year! Bummer for us!

Cyndy Newsome said...

That hamster is SO cute!! And definitely picked a great home. =)

Peruby said...

I remember when my daughter brought home a mouse she bought from somebody at school. She paid $2 for it. She carried it home in the front pocket of her hoodie! No lie!

We went shopping for a home for it and ended up spending $40! It was the Taj Mahal of cages, I swear!

I was such a sucker!

Bijoux said...

I never learned how to play chess. How sad is that? We are going granite counter shopping today. Enjoy the birthday boy!

Kat said...

Peruby- Ha! I'm a sucker too! ;)

Bijoux- I didn't know how to play chess either. I mean, I played a few times when I was younger but I didn't remember much. My kids' school has a chess club and the boys wanted to join. I figured I'd better teach myself to play so that I could help them out. I taught myself to play on the computer and then hauled out the old chess set I've had forever. Now they're hooked, and soon they will be much better than I. Yipes!
Yay for granite counters! That's exciting! Have fun!

Riahli said...

My kids would be jealous of your snow, we haven't had any! Love the little critter. :)

Friko said...

Sadly, little critters like Harley don’t live all that long. We had a small succession of them; all of them died for soe reason although they were wel looked after The dog got the last one, unfortunately.

What a happily busy household yours is.

lime said...

cute lil hammie.

our weekend involved a belated birthday dinner for mr. lime and just kicking back.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Congrats on your new addition!

Elaine A. said...

Oh, he is so cute! My Ben has been bugging me for a guinea pig but I wonder if another hamster wouldn't do the trick. I may look into this kind...

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