Dandelion is Jacob's mouse.
Let me back up.
A few months ago, Jacob came home beaming and bursting with excitement as he shared about all the special mouse his teacher gave him. Ummm... mouse?? A note came home the next evening, explaining how a special shipment of mice had come in from an orphanage in Europe. These mice were orphans, and they desperately needed a home. Well, this story hit all too close to home and Jacob took this job very seriously. From that moment on, everything was about his mouse. He couldn't wait to go to school everyday to see him. After taking special care of him at school, each night he would work to prepare a special place for his homecoming. As much as he was going to miss his teacher, he was counting down to the last day of school... because he would get to officially adopt his mouse and bring him home!! (There was an adoption certificate and everything.)
So we made a welcome home sign.
One of the classroom moms made these little pouches for the students to carry their mice in.
Jacob made a lego house for Dandelion to sleep in and a paper house for him to play in during the day. Inside his "playhouse," there were crayons, mini pieces of paper for him to color, a hang glider, a flashlight, legos, and a basketball hoop.
Dandelion is almost always around Jacob's neck, watching whatever Jacob is doing. There are times throughout the day when Jacob will put Dandelion in his playhouse for a bit, and every night he reads to him before tucking him into bed.
Casey always wants to hold Dandelion too. Every now and then, Jacob will let him.
For about 30 seconds.
I never thought we would adopt again so soon. ;)
(In case you're wondering, these mice are real. Jacob will tell you all about it. If you try to tell him otherwise, he will passionately do everything he can to convince you until he is blue in the face. I was concerned that maybe Jacob was the only one who felt this way, but I went into his classroom and his teacher confirmed that all twenty of his classmates were equally passionate and convinced! Thankfully, each mouse was adopted into a loving home.)