New family and etc etc

Well, we had a rather exciting weekend. No, we didn’t visit a mysterious tropical island, climb a volcano or attend a local festival. In fact, we basically stayed in the whole time. But it was exciting because we got a new family member!

Meet our new pet cockatiel, the Hon. Mayor Goldie Wilson, or just “Goldie” for short.

Time for your close-up, Mayor Wilson
Time for your close-up, Mayor Wilson
Wondering why my iPhone is in the cage with her
Wondering why my iPhone is in the cage with her
Biting the hand that feeds her
Biting the hand that feeds her

Our friends found Goldie and her brother at the local bird market. We figure she’s a few months old. She isn’t exactly hand trained, but she is starting to warm up to us. We’ve had her out of the cage a few times, but of course, the kids chasing her around on the floor isn’t doing much to help her disposition. B and I have had birds before so hopefully between us we figure out how to train her better. Also, I’ll get better photos when we have her out of the cage next.

In other news, the kids had a book assembly this past week, where they dressed up like characters from a book. LittleB dressed in his Tae Kwon Do outfit, which is quite literally the only thing he ever wears for dress up. J dressed up as a king.

J the king
J the king
B dressed as "Clive", who apparently wears this suit and likes alligators
B dressed as “Clive”, who apparently wears this suit and likes alligators

In more other news, I’ve been working on teaching the kids some music theory lately, since they don’t seem to be getting much of that at school. B’s learning the recorder now, and we each have our own ukuleles to practice on. J wrote a song the other day. Last time I checked, there were no J O V or I notes in the scale, but, hey, she strummed it out on her uke, so who am I to argue!

The J Song
The J Song

P.S. Special shout-out to those of you who get the Mayor Goldie Wilson reference!

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