Coffehouse Crouching

Rudy Mae

I have been a little under the weather, two separate occasions with barely any time at all between them. I have thus been slacking on anything “ericanichole” related and I was itching to get something up, but a) since I have not been doing much, there’s not much to post and b) since I have to go to work soon, I really think I ought to nap so I don’t feel like double crud before a long shift. So, I wanted to make this short and sweet. This photograph was taken a week or two ago when my husband and I went to our local coffee shop with Rudy Mae for a quick pick me up (chai tea for me, hot chocolate for him, and a blueberry muffin for all).

Two Loves Combined

There are a few things that I am notorious for, and I would surely say that one is being a board game lover and another one is being an all-things-Tolkien lover. I will have to show my board game collection some day; I own well over 100 board games (yikes). I also own quite a number of Tolkien’s books and related items. This being true, I can understand, and am incredibly grateful for, my sister-in-law Lynn snagging me a Trivial Pursuit: Lord of the Rings Edition when she saw it for sale. When she first gave it to me, Caleab, the boys, and I read a few of the cards for a sampling, but we were out of town and had a 3 hour drive ahead of us, so we decided “Later, later…” Then of course, life happened and we never play our board games as often as I wish we would, so we still, until this day, had never sat down and actually played it.

When Rudy Mae went down for her nap, I knew we had at least 2 hours, possibly 3, so I suggested giving it a whirl. The boys were busy with their own versions of games (one was on the computer, one was on the PS3) so it was just Caleab and I, but my word, we had such a wonderful time. When she awoke, we had to just call it a game without it officially ending, but Caleab was the winner with 5 pie pieces to my 4. I can guarantee you that we will be playing this one more often. Not only was it terribly fun, but being the one who introduced Caleab to Middle-Earth, I need my chance at redemption!

Caleab was Frodo and I was Gandalf.

Pie pieces just waiting to be won.

The game includes a Ringwraith playing piece for an advanced playing version that we opted not to use since we had minimal playing time.

Caleab won with 5 pie pieces, and I only managed 4. Good game, dear.

Photo Shoot!

Once the boys were home, Operation Make Up For Lost Time started. That very first weekend, Caleab took Ziven and Calum to see “The Amazing Spiderman” at the theaters. Although I would have loved to have shared that with them, I had to be with Rudy Mae, and anyway, I really like that they get some special alone time now and then. So what were Rudy and I to do? Stay at home and be bored and lonesome? Not likely. The theater which the movie viewing was to happen at was at a beautiful outdoor mall called The Greene. It was an absolutely gorgeous day out, so I chose to tag along, drop the men off at the theater, and walk around with Little Lady taking a bazillion photographs because apparently that’s what I do. Here for your viewing pleasure, all raw and unedited, are the results of Miss Mae’s photo shoot. (If I had time to doctor these up, they could be just divine, but due to the subject, even as unedited photographs, they are still pretty dandy.)

Libraries, Learning, Love

We love our local library.

Rudy does a bit more banging than puzzle-doing with the pieces, but she enjoys it. Not sure how the other library patrons feel about it, though.

Sometimes she just doesn’t know what to play with, opting for intermingling puzzles and toys and books.

Oh, I’m just sitting at a table with a polar bear doing puzzles, that’s all.

Playing with an eagle puppet.

Caleab and a bear.

Flipping through a magazine whilst a bear gives him a stare-down.

Rudy was saying “Eye…” so long and drawn out, as she pointed near the cat’s eyes.

Still flipping…

Putting one away to pull out another.

Rudy pulled some books off the shelf and made herself cozy on the ground.

Done with the reading, Rudy Mae decided to go back to the puzzle corner.

Still flipping??

Yours truly.

As I was taking some photographs of Caleab and my legs, Rudy got bored and mischievous and decided to start going through my purse. She was so into her task, she didn’t even notice I was above her taking her photograph.

When I was showing Rudy Mae this stuffed animal character from “Where the Wild Things Are”, she reached over and gave her nose a good honk.

You guessed it- he’s still flipping.

Caleab was controlling this large rabbit puppet and asked Rudy for a kiss.

Caleab and Rudelle Mae sat together and drew a picture for quite some time.

Some great artistry going on here.

An owl coming to life.

Rudy watches how Daddy does it as she prepares to have a go at it herself.

The concentration going on is intense.

These are the moments that I cherish and will hold onto forever.

Caleab holds the artwork steady as Rudy adds a few final touches.

The tools to complete the masterpiece.

Love.