Friday, December 2, 2016

More Nashville time

After Thanksgiving Day we settled into more "everyday life". Here you see how William helped me to print Chrismon envelopes. He loves to help.

And he is an expert puzzler. Holding up the last piece.

Oh yes, we had to built forts. Even Drifter enjoyed it when he visited. 

On one day the weather was especially nice and we took a lovely walk on a greenway. Nashville has very nice greenways.

Drifter was more tired before William was. Helen and I turned back with Drifter. William and James walked a little further. This is an especially nice part of the greenway.

But then he came running.

5 sleepovers. Sunday morning he woke up early, climbed into our bed, and fell asleep again.

Saying good-by is never easy. Monday after school we met at a paletas place (Mexican Ice cream popsicles). 

Of course we left Advent-calendar-sacks for William and his parents, a family custom. 

The day (Monday Nov.28) ended with quite a storm, badly needed rain in Nashville too. The next morning we started very early and were lucky with the weather except for the last hour home.

We mailed a letter already in Nashville to William. He enjoyed receiving them so much. It came with a calendar page until we see again so he can cross of days. Helen and William will visit soon.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving in Nashville

Monday November 21 - we drove all day. Luckily the weather was nice and the traffic was light.

Tuesday - William was in school so we had time to get settled, get some food for pantry and fridge and even take a nice walk. In the beginning we saw a sign about a missing/taken dog and later thought we saw the dog. Had a collar but without his name and he looked like he had been roaming a while. We called the number but there was no answer. We left a message with the location where we had seen a dog looking like it ... but never heard from the people. The sign is still up now.

Papa had gone to school to be with William for his lunch break. After school Helen and William came to the townhouse. William came with his little suitcase, ready for 5 sleepovers (every night when there was not school the next day). He was so excited. 
After supper we produced the piece of Caleb's birthday cake. As you can see it was happily received.

We also played the new game we had bought for our grandparents-stash: Skip-Bo
He liked it. We played it every day and he quickly gets better at it.

Wednesday - more playing and Thanksgiving Day preparations. Yup, baked "Sarah's recipe Apple-pie", the best apple pie recipe EVER.

Thursday ... THE day!
Gosh, we had an early start. Helen, friend Suzanne and James went for a charity 5 K walk. William and I went a little later since we didn't have to do the registering etc.

Look at our daughter Helen! We are so proud of her how she is improving her health. She has lost 40 pounds. Forty! She commented that this is how much William weighed in Kindergarten. 
Now, if her old mother can just do the same (sigh).

At 8 am they all went off. William said "hello" to the TV snowbird. He had also told me in the car that most likely there would be bagels and other stuff. He made a bee-line for the table he had spotted. He was so right. The bagel and bottle of water just hit the spot (not much breakfast at home).

William waited patiently for the first runners to be back. In the first picture William is just behind the "stick" with the finish line camera. It was run over 3 times by arrivals.

William thinks that his job is the "high five good job". He took it very seriously.

It was a not so nice chilly morning. A wind even started and the blow-up finished line had to be taken down. So, back home, it was time to warm up. How about a mimosa? ... while watching the parade and the Westminster dog show.

Ben arrived with his masterpieces. He sure knows how to create a feast. The turkey was smoked on the green egg. A mother-in-law dream ... just open the door, ha-ha.

Oh, I probably should mention that Helen had worked very hard on her contributions and James did his famous roast potatoes.

After Ben left to visit his mother, James took William for a walk.

Of course we were in touch with Sarah too and she sent us these pictures:


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Caleb's 3rd Birthday

Sarah tried to keep it low key but they have lots of friends and family. Of course she wanted it to be fun so some preparations had to be done. Omi and Papa helped with the twins of course. Two bundt cakes were needed for the birthday cake. Sarah used the recipe for Elvis Presley's favorite pound cake. Yummy!

Since the theme was "Curious George" we also made about a dozen "George heads" for decorations you see later in photos.

November 19!

Looks like "the man in the yellow hat" was here.

The fun bus was there from 11 - 12 am ... and fun was what everybody had.

Well, the twins could have not cared less. No surprise though.
The weather could not have been any better though. It's November! Lucky lucky!

Lots of photos were taken. 

There was lots of space to enjoy. One of the little guests decided he would rather use Caleb's lawnmower to run around.

After the bus had left, lunch was provided. Baked potatoes, chili, all the trimmings, of course hot dogs etc. Sarah had additionally borrowed 3 crock pots from me.

And then came the birthday cake. 

And more play!

Of course Caleb's "other" grandparents were there for the weekend AND his grand-Nana. That made for a wonderful weekend for Caleb.

James and I had to leave before supper because we had the first event of our RICHMOND FORUM season. We love those events. Always very interesting and lots to think about.

Sunday afternoon: the Opera!

Another really great event. But why is everything always crowded into the same time-space?
The next day we are leaving for Nashville. So looking forward to seeing Helen, William and Ben.
Auntie Sarah did pack a piece of the birthday cake for William.