Caturday Combo

I’m not sure why there are so many cat pictures all bunched up together in my picture folder. I guess that means we get to do a super caturday post!

Thunder starts us off with some cuddling.

Big Red takes the high seat to survey where she should go next.

Perhaps sneak in some sun time…

And finally, because being a cat is hard work, cuddle on a bean bag.

Go ahead, try and resist the cute fluffiness!


Christmas Blanket

Time to show of Redflare’s crafty handiwork!

While one of my moms crochets, the one I just found does not so at my request she made one for us to give her at Christmas.

I selected the pattern and consulted with Redflare on a good color combination.

I turned out beautifully.


Presenting Presents

Well, TJ has a girlfriend.

So now that the Halloween post is out of the way it’s time to start thinking about Christmas, right?

Time to wrap some Christmas gifts… maybe put up the tree…

Even finally get it lit.

The ornaments would come a lot later for some reason but we were certainly prepared.



Yes, nothing makes it glaringingly more obvious that I’m behind on picture posting than putting a random Halloween post in the middle of nowhere on the calendar.

Well, it’s here anyway.

Redflare’s camera was still out of commission at this time, so we didn’t get as many pictures as we’d normally take for the holiday.

TJ did get a nice close up of himself in his Batman mask though.

Meanwhile, I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay.

Superman went as Black Panther, Little Miss was Robin Hood, while Newbie was a fancy cat riding a unicorn and Thunderer was a fancy cat.

We clearly guide but don’t force much for the holiday, that’s for sure.

Yes, by the way, TJ assembled that Batman costume by himself. Batman t-shirt, black jeans, that sort of thing. Didn’t want to go for the whole muscle costume off the rack thing. I think it served him quite well.

They had a lot of fun, and scored a good amount of candy.



If you looked up the word “disapproval” or “annoyance” in the dictionary, I believe you might just find Big Red’s picture there.

Both Newbie and Thunderer wanted costumes that included bow ties, so naturally we tried one on Red.

This was the result.


Stair Steps

Fall is in full swing at this point in the pictures I think, but that means it’s a great time to be outside and playing or helping with chores.

We also managed to get them in stair step mode for a picture.

It’ll be interesting to see what their real heights eventually are. TJ is right around 5’9″ or 5’10” (taller than me or just about). Not sure what he was in this picture.

Little Miss has a ways to go if she wants to catch up with him. Personally, I don’t think it’ll happen.

Superman, meanwhile, will certainly catch up with Little Miss at some point but is still a ways behind TJ right now. So right now their height difference is more akin to “that last step is a doozy.”

Meanwhile, these two… I think Newbie will likely be the shortest of the bunch by the time they’re all at their final heights. Time will tell.


Cuddle Buddies

I’m not quite sure what started this phase, but for a while Lady Grey was Thunderer’s shadow around the house.

Perhaps Thunderer is old enough now that she’s not being too rough with the kitty, or perhaps Grey appreciates Thunderer’s body heat as the days started turning cold?

Thunderer probably has no memory of our home without cats in it. That’s amazing for me to think about.

Somehow we even managed to get Lady Grey to almost say ‘cheese’ for this picture.


Pumpkin Patch

Clearly we’re starting to get into the fall pictures now.

Off to the pumpkin patch!

Then it’s time to run around and pick their pumpkins.

Thunderer, no matter how many times we tried to dissuade her, was set on getting a ‘baby pumpkin’. We’d let her draw on it later rather than cutting due to the size.


Swim Lessons Again

With Thunderer feeling better this time around we were able to go as a family to cheer on Newbie and Superman as they learned more swimming tips and tricks. And maybe to take up as many chairs as possible.

The teens have basically graduated from this program so they were along more for the chores we were off to after the lessons.

Newbie’s confidence has greatly improved through the course of the lessons and is now willing to fully put her face in the water.

Meanwhile, I enjoyed catching Superman in flight.

Like at the mall, one good way to contain a toddler is to put her up on somebody’s shoulders.

TJ volunteered this time.