This is exactly where we walked on the "dry side" of the wall.
What to do when suddenly the weather is finally a little better than it has been? Something where you can be outside at least some of the time. We had heard about THE HERMITAGE, the house of one of our USA presidents, Andrew Jackson. There was a modern building which was the museum.
This is the old house, of which the construction had started 1819. We had to wait quite a while until it was our turn for the tour of the mansion.
Whoever is sitting on the very long bench is going on the next tour. It was very interesting ... but no picture taking!
Out at the back ... and then we walked around on the grounds. Very nice.
Right after, we met Helen for a late lunch at the Olive Garden at Hickory Hollow. Our waitress was very bubbly and outgoing. William loves the breadsticks. She taught him how to love them even more. She grated cheese onto a plate and you dip the bread into it. Oh yes, he loved it.
The lovely weather didn't stick around long. It got colder again. But the highlight of this day: Papa suggested the Adventure Science Center. Well, you don't have to ask William twice about that.
Here William is waiting for a turn to do the "moonwalk".
VIDEO 1 (0:48)
VIDEO 2 (0:35)
In the afternoon Helen came and we all drove to Lebanon. It's about a 40 minutes drive. A good friend of them had invited us for coffee. Betty is a longtime resident in Lebanon and a neighbor of the family farmhouse. We had met her at our last visit too. She had prepared lovely snacks for us and we never ran out of things to talk about.
Afterwards we met Ben for an early dinner at a Mexican restaurant. It was a full day for William. Lots going on.
Seems already so long ago. The day started a little later. William says it's his spring break and he should be allowed to stay up later. The boy is just like his mother was as a child. He had trouble sleeping. This might not have been the healthiest day food-wise and he tossed and turned. We woke him at 10am. He liked Papa's granola for breakfast.
Guess what William wanted to do after lunch. Yes, two days in a row!
Oh yes, one more VIDEO (1:09) Papa made Omi happy (if you can't be there!).
Can't remember what else we did ... but playing Wii was part of it, several times this week.
Our last day. Time to pack William's things up.
Yeah, really, another nice day with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Papa, William and I went to the Nashville Zoo. That is the great thing about having a family membership in the Science Center and also the zoo. It doesn't matter how often or for how long you go. It is always worth it. And the zoo is not far from their house anyway.
First stop was the Jungle Gym. This must be a child's dream. It is huge. So many different things to see and do. But we were a bit nervous because there were lots of people around. Not easy to keep track of the children. Lots of parents were searching for children. Luckily William is a clever coolheaded kid. He asked us where we would be.
There was lots to see.
Papa and William are studying the zoo map to figure out where to go next. Of course a paper version. But here is the online map.
We had a good time. William forgot that he wanted to go on the Soaring Eagle Zipline and instead took us to see his Mommy's favorites: Spiders, Bugs, Snakes etc.
Yes, we had fun. He wanted some popcorn. After he mentioned it at three different times we thought he really wanted it ... grandparents are there to spoil. We know.
Back at their house Helen got Chinese take-out for an early supper. Time to say good-bye. We parted with a dozen eggs from the "ladies". William stressed that I should not forget to write a letter to him. I told him that I would like one from him too. He thinks he is so busy. And I am not? Oh well ... Hugs will do.