Friday, January 15, 2010

Etta has arrived in Kansas! We were so excited to be a part of the infamous Meerkat World Tour. We were surprised at what a tiny, petite thing she is!

Etta has lovely manners, a charming British accent, and lots of stories about the U.K, where she is from.

Alyssa and Danielle welcome in the weary traveller!

Brenna and Collin listen while Etta explains that not all meerkats live in Africa.

As Cocoa gets to know her, Etta is thankful that she is stuffed with fluff and not catnip.

Hoping to not be mistaken for a rat, Etta peers warily over the couch at Serena.

Etta is more than happy to explain the different types of tea to us.

Since we are from Kansas, Etta was most interested in learning about tornadoes and "tornado alley". A quick homeschooling lesson ensued.

Etta understands the updraft/downdraft thing but isn't too sure about that cow.

Later, while we weren't watching, it appears that Etta may have hooked up with Teddy. You know these young kids: you have to supervise them constantly!

This looks suspiciously like a date to me. Etta honey, you know these long-distance things never work out. And you KNOW how your mother feels about inter-species relationships.

Later, I took Etta down to my jewelry shop, where her best to help me make jewelry.

Etta learned that observing is best before you jump in.

Later, after we got her detangled, Etta filled us in on all kinds of English lingo. Nappies are diapers, a lorry is a truck, and people in the U.K really do say "rubbish".

Etta is on her way to Texas next, but not before leaving with a Kansas trinket: a bead shaped like a toad. What else would you expect from someone who makes jewelry and has nine toads?

To see more meerkat cuties like Etta, please visit Heather and her very creative designs at

Beadstylin - out!


  1. Great post... good thing you were keeping an eye out on those two youngsters! Very cool car Teddy has!

  2. Lol!! Jeannie, so cute! Isn't Etta just the sweetest girl? We had so much fun with her in CA, and I'm so glad that you Kansas folks enjoyed her just as much. Good to see you put the stops to the relationship with Teddy. I'm sure it would have never worked out. *sigh* Give her a hug from me before she leaves for Texas. :o)


  3. Interspecies romances *tsk tsk* ;-)

    Like Etta, I'm very interested to learn about tornados and can see you all had a great time!

  4. Hehe, what a fun time had by little Etta and what great pics you've got here as well.
    Really enjoyed this!

  5. Looks like Etta's having a great time! Too bad she didn't get to see your toad family. I wonder where she'll travel to next?

  6. wow, what a fun time she had. I am very impressed with the tornado alley poster! My favorite part was the cow. That little meerkat is going to need a power nap before she moves on!

  7. OMG Stylin this is fabulous!! She is such a great guest and I love that she was making some more kitty friends. She seems to like the "Bear Species" best!! At our house Etta became very cozy with "Mr. Snuggle Pants" Tasha's Panda bear!!

    Love the photos they are all precious!
    Peace and Hugs,

  8. Looks like I better keep an eye on Etta when she stops here! Seems she likes adventure and pushing boundaries :)

  9. What a wonderful adventure! I just love the tornado explanation. And, it sure looks like she is getting a wonderful tour of the country, visiting with cats, bears, and children!

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  11. LMAO! This is great, jeannie. So cute and fun. You and your children did a great job of teaching Etta and learning from her. Very sweet. :c)

  12. What a great article and a really nice blog.

  13. Don't know how I missed this, but the photos are adorable! What a lovely visit Etta had and looks like your kids had a good time too.

  14. I know I'm VERY late to comment on this lol, but just wanted to say great pics Jeannie! Love the pic of Etta and Teddy in the car. ;)