The best made plans ... the next trip to see Helen and William suddenly didn't work out in that timeframe. But since I had said I was coming I couldn't say that I wasn't. The time was changed and I drove on Friday 8/16.
See what I left behind (besides James). Earlier in that week this turtle came marching up the driveway. James carried it into the woods behind our house.
And I had seen this in the neighborhood earlier in the week. Couldn't resist taking a photo.
His feet can be adjusted, ha-ha.
But this is what waited for me in Nashville. Few weeks of not seeing him make such a difference. William is really a little boy now.
Sunday after church we took a picnic to the playground. William was more interested in exploring then eating. He likes to climb up the slide ...
... and slide down on his tummy. Here a short video!
Oh wow, another one!
Ah yes, had to try the swing! But he needed Omi to put him on. Just give him a few weeks ... who knows what he does when I come next time.
When a child run by he got jostled and then he decided to jostle himself. Yes, video!
Mr Independent run all over the place (video) but he was very good when you called him back. Once he came down a slide, was looking for us and couldn't see us. So he asked a lady on the bench right there "can you find me?" But of course Helen and I were right there.
On the way home we had to stop at the DQ. How cute is this? No brain freeze?
Helen made me do it! This month's Block Lotto. I even used her scraps.
And then yesterday late afternoon! It was so much fun. After William's preschool a quick snack. And then Helen wanted to take him to the YMCA where they have a family membership. The pool is really very nice. I apologize for the many videos. I got carried away. But who can blame me? I have to have something to look at when I am back in VA. And also, a good number of William's people requested this!!!
First William was a little reluctant but then he got more confident every minute.
Since I wanted to take photos I didn't take my bathing suit. Well, it was a mistake. But I sat at the edge and dangled me feet. William could hold on to these because there was nothing on the edge where he could hold on otherwise. He liked that very much ... once in a while.
And then we went over to the kiddy pool.
The froggy slide! Round and round he went, clime up the ladder, up the stairs, slide down.
Did you hear this? Mommy back!
Since I was there too, I suggested to Helen to swim a lane to show him how its done. He didn't like his Mommy swimming away first but I told him to look how she is turning at the end and then swimming back. He found it very interesting. Then Mommy swam just a little on her back in front of him. He asked her to do it again and again. He really liked that ... to the point that he tried going on his back himself. It was amazing.
Time to leave soon. Two more times down the slide?
Ha, he had told his Mommy to get out of the way and not catch him. He went under but didn't mind.
Out of the pool to go down again.
We had so much fun that it got really late. William was hungry. The solution? The Mexican place we like because you immediately get chips. More chips, please. But don't worry. He also ate his dinner with veggies.