Friday, July 12, 2019

Dewey, Do You Still Have Papa Ben?

Kyle and Camille joined me this morning.  We played our new favorite game, Labrinth.  It's not collaborative, but we are.

When other people joined us, they made breakfast.  Steve cooked me eggs.  They might be my new favorite.

We ran out of treats, which is a catastrophe around here.  Camille and I fixed that.

Her siblings played quietly while we worked.

Kyle made a Klingon Bird of Prey.  I was thrilled.

With treats baking, Kyle and I went downstairs to play pool.  We were delayed a few minutes while he taught Lewis how to play pinball.

I assure you, he caught on quickly!

I've never been hustled before, but Kyle is a pro at both pool and hustling.  As he was knocking balls in the pockets, I asked about his experience.  Turns out his other grandpa has a pool table and they play often.  That explained a lot.

The pinball machine was a magnet today.  Maybe Lewis at the pinball machine was the draw.

All of a sudden, it was time to go swimming.  Two cute girls got new suits.  Kyle is a pretty clever photo-bomber.

Lewis.  Oh man.  He is a gem.

We always have fun at the pool, but today was exceptional.

And my camera was in fine form.  Check out this picture of Adele.

I heard laughing the whole time.

The kids practiced their jumps.

I gave Camille pointers on how to make the best cannonball splash.

Lewis worked on his jumping.

For the record, it's hard to make a big splash when jumping into Mom's arms.

The frisbees came out.

This was much more complicated than it looked.

Steve was throwing and catching.

This was deliberate.

I found it delightful to listen to this family laugh and laugh while they played together.

Would you rather be a fish?

The fun became a little intense.

Maybe a lot intense.

Lewis enjoyed much of the fun this morning from this perch.

Adele found a different perch.
Trust me, we were all worn out.

Then it was time for lunch.  My grandkids are all pretty good with chopsticks.
Three others had what I was having, which was good because I was several bites into mine before I remembered to take a picture.

Kyle enjoyed everything but the pickled cabbage.  I helped out there.

Lewis has become quite skilled using chopsticks.

Over lunch I noticed that something was different.

Just as we finished our meal, I was able to snatch this cute picture.

After some grocery shopping, Adele and I had time to play our favorite bedbug game. The bedbugs won, and we lost. 

Kyle chose Star Trek.  If you are wondering about the headphones, sometimes the scary parts aren't so scary without sound.

I like Hoot Owl Hoot.

We beat the sun.

I selected a puzzle.  Adele thought it was too easy, but we had fun anyway.

Soon it was time for our treat.  Several others joined us.

I invited Adele to play Memory Tiles with me.  Adele was pleased to cream me during the second round.  In my defense, I don't get a second turn after a match. I hope I don't need a defense.

I taught Lewis how to play.  This went much quicker than I expected.

Then Lewis borrowed my camera.

I didn't realize he'd gone outside.

I knew Janet was giving a few bike-riding pointers to Adele.  I heard that the first trip around the block didn't go as well as expected.

It's fun to see things from Lewis's viewpoint.

Apparently Lewis gave the camera to someone else.

Janet got some training wheels on, Adele made it around the block, and then it was time for swimming.

You are thinking deja vu.

Steve does not allow me to bring my guns to the pool, but he found one and the action started! 

Lewis's puddle jumper acted like armor.

Lewis ran away and then returned ad infinitum, just so you know.

Kyle is a good aim and still gentle with his brother.  This was fun to watch.

If I get to choose, I like evenings at the pool better than midday.  We'll see how far my vote carries.

My friend Amy came over to say hi.  Turns out her father was one of Steve's professors.  I love small worlds.

Adele was in charge of dinner.  She chose chef salad.

This was delicious, and Papa told us all about alpacas.

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