The girls walked to school every single day this year. Every day! They didn’t miss a day and they didn’t ask me to drive them once no matter what the weather. It ended up being a fun challenge, and we were all pretty proud. About halfway through the school year we kind of jokingly said that they might do it. With a couple of months to go it became serious. And with only a couple of weeks to go, we all KNEW they were going to make it come hell or high water. And they did.
Their chosen reward fluctuated -- sometimes scaring me (“unusual pet”?!), and sometimes making me breathe a sigh of relief (“a Build-A-Bear stuffed friend”), and then they settled on goldfish. Alrighty then, that was totally doable. So the day that school ended, we headed on down to the local pet store to check out the cute fishies.
But we came home with this little guy instead:
Meet PanPan, a friendly, laid-back Syrian hamster who looks sort of like a mini panda bear (hence the name). The girls are thrilled, and PanPan is pretty dang happy too. Well at least we think he is.
PanPan likes one small carrot a day:
He’s comically speedy running around in the closed hallway and up and over the girls’ legs:
He’s pretty fond of his wheel and tube:
And he’s a night owl, like every other member of the family. Welcome PanPan!