Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Nashville time

This visit in Nashville ... only one week with two weekends ... and the time goes so fast. Quality time with Helen (we are quite happy with what we were able to do in this time) ... and quality time with William. Oh yes, and a nice dinner in honor of Ben's birthday.

Here is the third time we went to a pool. This time to Helen's friend Suzanne. We had a great time!

Here is the proof!   So amazing how much more confident William has become and trying new things like floating on his front or back and even going under water when jumping. He paddled the length of the pool several times.

Of course that makes hungry! Thanks, Suzanne, for giving us such a nice time!!!

This was the week for the Wilson County Fair. I saw it advertised next to the highway when I was arriving. I didn't have to ask twice because Ben and Helen wanted to go anyway. The fair has a great reputation. So, Saturday evening was the time.

Taking the stroller was an excellent move. Our little guy might have got lost in the masses of people. William was wide-eyed the whole time.

We were very hungry so we started out with roasted corn.

Our first target was the pavilion for the children with the animals.

This video shows that he might not quite be ready to work the fields.

Children are allowed to pet the animals. William was too fast and off to the next. Very often cute moments were over before I could capture them with the camera (the blue words lead you to some short videos though).

William is not so sure about the goats. But he knows what they are and names them.
Does this goat really try to eat Ben's shorts?

William enjoyed the maze and then ran up the bleachers so fast that he was already at the top before I  got  the video  going.

Ah, yes, the rides! Ben takes William on the carousel. 

William did smile and wave ... but I never could capture the right moment. I took three videos but since they all pretty much the same, there is one here.

Helen takes William on the roller coaster. 

Helen said that he asked to go again at the end. He was more sure about it then she was.

What is the fair without junk food? 

 Helen had to try the deep fried twinkies.

We took a little rest where a tap dancing contest was going on. Look at William's moves!

Time to go home. But of course no way can we just pass the little train. Once William sees it ...
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Video 3 
And then he was so good going home because it was very late. He likes it when something is happening.

Monday I had to drive home again. It's a long drive for just one person but the weather was perfect, so it wasn't so bad. I made plenty of stops as I had promised my concerned husband.

But guess what happened when my car told me "20 miles till empty"?  I take exit 77 with hundreds of gas station but ... none have electricity and not for the next 30 miles (I was told). Oh great! Had to go back 3 or 4 miles to the previous exit and fill up. Could not see whether there was anything happening when I passed that exit 77 the second time. Never have heard about this happening before!

James was very happy when I arrived. And look at the flowers he had waiting for me.

And outside more sunflowers were blooming. These had been seeded by the birds. I had seen them come up but decided not to pull them. I had not been sure what I saw growing but yes, I was right. I am happy I had let nature do its thing.

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