Q: What’s Big, Fuzzy & Strange Looking?

A: It doesn’t matter, but Clara’s gonna want to pose with it.

Generally I would describe Clara as “kinda shy” when it comes to interacting with new people. She’s pretty quick to warm up and become her normal talkative self, but if you’re a new-to-her person, expect to get iced out for a few minutes while she gives you “the look.”

But apparently if you want to skip all of that, you just need to don a big furry costume. Doesn’t seem to matter what you are (can you name either of the characters pictured here? I couldn’t!) but for some reason it gets Clara all sorts of excited.

“Look, Daddy – a big funny green guy!!!”

I would expect this level of excitement if she were meeting characters she knows – Mickey, Snoopy, Elmo – but nope, she’s not discriminating when it comes to costumed characters. And yes, this is just about the only time we can get her to stand still and smile for a photo too.

Is Clara the only child who does this? I remember being somewhat nervous around these looming, stone faced characters as a kid (all the more reason I’m surprised by her all-in reaction). The girl does like giant bugs, so maybe she’s just fearless when it comes to large creatures – real or not.

Oh, and for the record, we learned the first character is Vie from a local healthy/active kids’ initiative. The second represents Virginia’s 529 college savings plan, and the third is from Dogtopia, as his tag suggests.

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Our Little Old Man

For those who follow us on Instagram, you already know that last Friday was a big day in the Petersik household: Burger celebrated his 7th birthday!

Per usual, celebration basically boiled down getting him a special treat from Three Dog Bakery. As if they knew it was his birthday, they had a tray full of “Hambur-grrr” treats (they also had “pup dogs” and “frenchie fries” to complete the theme). Of course Burger could’ve cared less what it looked like. He just knew it looked good.

And in a split second it was reduced to crumbs and then nothingness.

I also feel like this is worthy occasion to look back at the video we made a few years ago (for his fourth birthday) that highlights his first year with us. Love this little guy.

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