Air Museum

Friday, Mark had a meeting in Kalamazoo. Daddy discovered that there was an air museum just down the road from his meeting. So we went for a field trip!

The museum had a lot of planes and other space craft. There were three rooms. The first room had planes and some fake hot air balloons. On one there were the first (fake) living things that went on a hot air balloon, a sheep, a rooster, and a dog. There was lots of airplanes, one was very small. There also was a plane called a Tiger.

The next room had space craft like rockets. It also showed some of the rooms in a shuttle or like in another space craft.

The third room had some more airplanes, mostly from WWII and some from WWI. On a wall there was a plane between the last two rooms, it looked like it follows you. It was neat.

There was some rides, they were fun. One was a merry-go-around, and another you were went up slowly then you drop down fast. My favorite were the Airplane Simulator. In the Airplane Simulator you use controls to make the plane go up, down and side-to-side. Andrea and I did it together, and I steered most of the time. The last ride we went on was another Airplane Simulator, but you could not control it.

Megan and I made air presser cars. You pumped the pump then pressed a button then the cars race down the track.

There was a kid’s room with large foam blocks. I made a marble run, it would be nicer if there was a ball…

If you want to see more of what we did, check out Megan’s blog!

Sledding hill

The other day there was a lot of snow! So we made a sledding hill. It was a short one because the snow got deep and it took a while to get far. The snow was soft and not packed well so I was one of the last ones to go on it.

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It is raining a lot now and there is a lot of water. It has almost melted.

Snow cave

The other day Megan and I made a snow fort!

The fort was made entirely out of snow.The snow fort was one of the biggest ones we made. It had two doors and was like a short hallway. Thor could even fit in it, it was that big! When he got in and sat down he would lick the sides. He also would also walk through it.

Yesterday the snow started to melt and it rained a lot. Then the fort fell down 🙁 .

Welcome Home

Flopsy’s story: Chapter nine.

Dear Mommy, I love you! I still have not found out what the surprise is, I hope it is something nice! They were coloring a sign that said Welcome home in bright letters. It looked mostly black and white with some blue and gold in it. I am trying to figure out what it means. It has some other words on it like Oma and Opa, but I do not know what it means. Maybe something in another language? I hope I can know soon! Maybe it has to with my surprise! Do you know anything about the surprise? If you do can you give me a hint please?

I am getting tired of writing notes to you, my paws get sore a lot now. The other night Audrey had to put a oily wet liquid like thing on my hands–she called it lotion, it made shiny prints on the floor! They were fun to make.

Maybe Audrey has some colored stuff like it so I can make color footprints! Oh well. I love you and come home soon please so my paws will not get sore from writing so much.

I love you and miss you a lot.




Syrup Time!

Flopsy’s Diary: Page seven

Dear Mommy, I love you. I have been learning how to do a lot of things like making maple syrup. It is delicious, even though I only got a lick.

To make the sap they drill a hole in a maple tree. I wondered why, until Thor told me that you tap the tree so you can get the sap out. I wonder if there are any treat batter trees? Then Audrey would just have to bake them! 

The sap is yummy but the syrup is yummyer. Thor told me that the Sugar maple tree uses about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.  Other maple trees need a lot more.  Why do they use so much!? 

After that Adrian and “Daddy” made a little fire pit. Then they started a fire in the back yard. Don’t touch the fire or you might get burnt! I did not like the smoke in my eyes either!  But it was fun watching the sap start to boil. Did you know it gets foam on top?  It does not taste very good, I tried it when Adrian skimmed some off the top and threw it in the bushes.

Then Audrey and Megan scrubbed some large and deep pans very clean and got all of the soap out. They soaped the outsides of the pans. I’m not sure why but you do! Thor did not know either. He did say not to get the soap inside the pan or the syrup will taste a little soapy. Yuck 😛 !

They keep telling me that they have a surprise for me this week! Hopefully it is not like last time’s surprise; it was having to eat Thor’s food! My food ran out. Now Thor has to share with me. Audrey says it is the exactly the same but I do not believe her. It does not even come from a bag, they get it from the garage! It sometimes is cold! It doesn’t taste as good in my bowl as when I steal from Thor’s bowl.

Otherwise I have been guessing what my surprise is! Maybe a whole bag of treats just for me! Or a HUGE jar of maple syrup for us to share. Or a new toy! I am wondering what it is, because I hope when you get home you can share it with me.   




Flopsy’s Case File: 020118

I’m sidekick Flopsy. Who am I sidekick to? Detective Thor McGuire, and this mystery is Will the groundhog –are they like a squirrel?– see his shadow? Here are few things to consider;

  • He might see his shadow, so there will be SIX MORE weeks of winter.
  • He might not see his shadow, so it will be spring soon!
  • He might NOT come out. (Would that be six more weeks of winter)?
  • He might have done it in the hall with the revolver! (No, that’s Clue).
  • There might be no more groundhogs 🙁 (That would be awful).

Those are the conditions, let’s look at the the first one: He might see his shadow. That means six more weeks of winter.

Now we need to prevent that so lets look at what makes shadows (Thor taught me that!). Light makes shadows because light cannot bend, and groundhogs and dogs are opaque (That means light cannot pass though us! Thor taught me that too). We just need to find something to block the sun from the groundhog! If we block the sun then that brings us to the next condition.

The next condition is that the groundhog might not see his shadow. That’s no problem, let’s go on to the third one!

This condition states that he might not come out. First we need to set up something like I said at the end of condition one. Then we need him to come out, let’s use groundhog (Or dog if you have none) treats. When he comes out we can see if it is still winter or not.

The fourth condition is that he is playing a game. When he puts away the game he might come out, if he does’t come out try the third condition again.

The last condition is that all the groundhogs are dead. They have been lying to us all this time!

I do not know what what the weather will be like on groundhog day but I hope the weather is nice but I hope it is cloudy enough so there are no shadows so the groundhog will not see his shadow.

It’s too cold.  I want spring!


National Puzzle Day

Do you know that puzzles help engage your mind?

Here is a fun one that I designed using some of my favorite games. How many can you figure out? Please let me know if you tried this and if you enjoyed it 🙂  Thanks!

If you click on the crossword, you should be able to print it.


Flopsys story’s; Part five,

Dear Mommy, te amo. I am having LOTS and LOTS of fun here (Maybe to much fun)! And trying my best not to get into to much trouble.

I have been playing lots of games with Thor like Clue (It was Ms. Poodle in the room that has the bed and with the food dish!), Banana Grams (I made some hard words like KONG, Thor, Squirrels, Feeding, and Time!! Thor is pretty good at that one to but I won!!), Uno (We played with Adrian and Megan and I won even though I learned how to play yesterday!! Thor still had seven cards left!!!)Blokus (I won with Blue and Red!!! And Thor had -27 points!!),Guess who (Thor had the English Mastiff!!!!)  and Who can Pick up the biggest toy (Thor won that one, He picked up his HUGE KONG 🙁). 

I have been obeying much better now. I don’t get on the couches so much. I don’t have detention so often either. I am learning how to play a game where Audrey put a treat in one of her hands and I have to find it. When I find it, it is very yummy. I also have been studying Spanish. Uno means one!

There is not much snow. It is also very cold but not wet. It is not very sunny either. Maybe it will melt and warm up soon, it is freezing outside. 

I have perfected how to steal food from Thor, but I still have not tried his water yet. It is still very deep! Thor does not eat my food so often now.

Thor is about siete años.  I can’t remember how old I am. I just learned I am lighter then the neighbors’ barn gato. He must eat a lot of mice and birds and other things that sound awful (Like cat food). 

I am glad you are coming home soon because I can nos vemos pronto!




Flopsy’s autobiography : Chapter 4

Dear Mommy, I love you a lot!!! I have been having lots of fun here.

My new friend, Thor and I play hide and go seek. It is lots of fun! I hide and Thor seeks. It is lots of fun! Here is how we play; Thor counts squirrels quietly but he usually falls asleep. I hide and Thor tries to find me when he wakes up (he is very lazy). Most times he doesn’t  look for me but sometimes he finds me accidentally! That is when it is the most fun.

The other day Nora came over. It was very fun and I enjoyed it. We watched a movie. I think it was called The Love Bug. They kept talking to someone named Herby who never answered but honked a horn instead.

And on Sunday they watched a dragon movie.  I did not watch it. It was very loud and VERY scary! Dragons kept flying at the screen but they never came out into the room. One dragon acted a lot like Thor. 

The kids brush me but I don’t like it unless I am on my bed. Their daddy said I was a silly dog and I wonder if that is a good thing. They still take me out on a leash, but I am getting used to it. 

On Sunday, it was squirrel appreciation day. I showed my appreciation by barking at them a lot. (Yes, I got detention.) It was also National Hugging Day but I did not hug the squirrels! Adrian said that they bite.  I wonder how he knows that?

Thor is having fun with me! We play a lot and have fun too. Thor plays with his KONG and I have no idea how he holds it in his mouth. The kong is that big! It is even bigger than my food dish!

I have learned how to steal Thor’s food! It is easy. The biggest problem is to make sure I do not fall in. The water is not working so well, as I can barely reach it and am afraid that I will drown if I fall in.

I am having lots of fun. I wish you where here to have fun with me and play with me.

I love you and miss you.