Ha-ha, first line what I am thankful for ... Blogsy seems to be working again. We tried many things ... sigh ... I hope ...
Friday November 21
Sarah and Caleb are here. We are all waiting for Helen, Ben and William to arrive. They left Nashville on Thursday when she was finished teaching and spent a night in a hotel half way. William is an excellent traveler. He was so excited to drive and drive and drive to Omi and Papa in Taginia (I had the spelling wrong in a previous blog).
Not quite walking yet but look at this climber (VIDEO)!
Soon after they arrived and had settled William and I started baking the birthday cupcakes for Caleb. Sarah had put William in charge of the baking and decorating of those.
Banana bread cupcakes.
He is a great and eager helper.
Did you see Helen in the previous picture? Working.
She cut these things Out for Sarah.
We had warned William and yes, Caleb saw the toys and went like a bulldozer. William was really great and tolerated Caleb's style of playing.
This is the new and improved train set-up the master builder Helen had made after Sarah, Wade and Caleb had left.
Saturday November 22
After a good night's sleep and breakfast we continued with our "job". First we had to do some shopping for the icing and decorating. And then we went to work.
What do you do when those little stars keep sticking to your fingers?
The party started at the Wallers ar 3:30pm.
Sarah had had a lot of fun with the decorating.
Do you recognize some of the shapes Helen had helped with?
Caleb's gift from his parents: a grill! Now father and son can do it together.
THE birthday moment. Everybody sing!
Sunday November 23
What a day. James had to leave very early because in the absence of our minister he took the early and 10am services.
When Helen, Ben, William and I went to church William could not believe his eyes (James was robed). "Papa, why do you wear a dress?" He didn't like that. Otherwise he thought Papa was cool. Just a week ago he had received his first communion. So this was his second time. He was so reverent. Sweet William.
After church we had to hurry home a little. Our thanksgiving turkey was in the oven since we left. Everything was under control and there was always some time here and there to play. Omi had found this new toy which turned out to be a success. We found new ways what to do with it.
Thanksgiving dinner (late lunch) was very nice. Sorry, totally forgot about photos.
James did the turkey and the roast potatoes as usual. Ben did the dressing (which I was never much good at). We had sweet potato with dried cranberries, peas and carrots, sautéed brusselsprouts, gravy. I thought with so much food, who would want dessert? what do I know. After a little while Helen and Sarah went to Martin's for Apple pie and Vanille Icecream. Oh well...
And then we did what you do after the thanksgiving meal. We sat around. And we played.
Auntie had a gift for William. A book: Mousetronaut. William loves everything space!
Caleb is exploring the house. He found the jar with corks and Is rearranging.
Caleb is ALMOST walking. A few steps here and there. Every time he does a real little walk I am too late with my camera. Here are a couple of my tries to catch the moment:
Caleb, cork and crocodile.
Caleb, not catching him walk 1
Caleb, not catching him walk 2
William borrows his father's iPhone and takes a thousand photos of Caleb and us and feet and hands and the beads Helen is stringing for her Chrismons and ...
William is busy clicking!
Papa had an exciting day. He needed some rest. But he woke up when we laughed.
Monday November 24
Sarah had to go to work at 2 pm. Last chance for Helen and William to see her on this visit. So we went over to her in the morning. Ben and James went for a hike.
Helen and I minded Caleb while Sarah got ready. Wow, he us a fast climber if you don't look.
Auntie helped Caleb with his homework for daycare.
We originally thought we would go to the Botanical Garden but then thought we did not have enough time. But there is no shortage of playgrounds.
I have never seen this before. Look at the VIDEO! Cool!
William showed Caleb how to slide down. Caleb was not too sure about this ... yet.
Then we went for a little walk. It started out that Sarah was pushing Caleb and William was on his scooter. What happened?
We went to lunch at the "noodle place" and then Auntie had to go to work.
It was such a lovely warm day that we could be outside just in t-shirts. William helped me snip the dead roses off and trim the butterfly bush. He was so proud to use the clippers.
And then he rolled down our little hill ... more than once. Yes, VIDEO!
Back inside we were having a cup of tea and William was looking around. He had fun when he found this rainbow.
Tuesday - the day Helen, Ben and William were going back to Nashville after lunch. But we still had all morning. James and Ben took William down to the river while Helen was packing and we also quickly went to the quilt store.
Here are photos Ben and James shared.
And here is that picture William took with his Dad's iPhone. Pretty good.
Time to say good by!
It was a wonderful visit. We all had a great time. Lots of chatting. Lots of laughing.