Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Name of the Game is Collaboration

Kyle has long been a great companion for me in the mornings.  This morning we shared a snack before setting up the Memory game.

Camille unexpectedly joined us.  While I dished up her watermelon, these two got in a Perplexus fix.

Adele appeared.  She wasn't sure she would enjoy this game, but she agreed to play with us.  We are a friendly group of players.  No cutthroat stuff, although winning is acceptable.  At this point in the game I had two matches.  Adele had one.  I was wondering who would win -- Kyle or Camille.

All of a sudden, I did a massive cleanup and won.  Trust me, it was awesome.

We were all getting a little hungry, but there were no responsible adults around.  I offered yesterday's cookie bars.  With milk.

Kyle suggested a puzzle, but the one he brought out did not meet Camille's expectation.  She got her own, and the race was on.  Adele was focused on her chocolatea, but she was officially on Camille's team.

I was on Kyle's team, assigned to borders. For the record, I like officially being on Kyle's team.

Both teams worked very hard.  I have a slight advantage in that I have put all my puzzles together many times.  However, for these particular kids, it's hard to have any advantage with 100-piece puzzles.

Lewis joined us.  I made him chocolatea.  He was not interested in being on anyone's team.

Kyle and I knocked out our puzzle pretty quickly, but observe this collaborative spirit which has manifested itself during their visit.  Kyle joined their team and helped finish their puzzle.

I like both of these puzzles.  I am partial to pirate puzzles.  If you are curious, neither of these is my favorite puzzle.  Maybe we'll get to it.

Suddenly, we had to take a hummingbird break.  In a great mystery, while Papa was gone the hummingbirds would not drink from this feeder.  They drank from the other, but they wouldn't touch this one, so I brought it in, washed it, and set it aside.  Now that Papa has returned, the birds are back to normal.  Normal seems to be very distracting.

It was still early.  Lewis had completely lost his quiet voice.  I know how to help kids quiet down.  This worked immediately.  Heaven forbid responsible adults join us.

Actually, I like all the responsible adults in the house.  My front door has been having serious issues.  I thought this was a lock problem and took it apart.  Only then did I realize that this is not a lock problem, it's a door problem.  That was a lot of work just to identify the problem, but sometimes that's the case.  Thursday I asked for Steve's advice, and he and I reviewed options.  This morning, I brought this up in front of Mr. I Can Fix Anything By Taking It Apart and Putting It Back Together Again.  He was eating his breakfast.  Steve took the screwdriver by the handle and went to work, and work it was.  And, he fixed the door!  

Suddenly, it was time for a trip to BYU!

I have some favorite things on campus.  This is one of them.

I like whispering, so this is another.

Who doesn't like dinosaurs?

The Eyring Science Center has an entire display of dinosaur bones.

Just so you know, no one was safe from Steve's aim.  This was hilarious.

Not all of the fossils were identified.  I told Adele this was a nautilus sawed in half.  I think that was a safe guess.

The vortex cannon won out over everything else today.

We walked to the Clyde Building and followed Steve's lead to a particular classroom.  He told a story I had never heard before.  It involves a robotic soccer team, being in the right room on the wrong day without realizing it, and changing majors.  It's one of the best stories I have ever heard.

These grandchildren of mine have great-grandfather whose name is Clyde.  We took a picture for him.

No trip to BYU accompanied by Janet is complete without a visit to the candy counter.  This picture was for me.

I took this picture on the way to the MOA.

I saw many flowers today.  This is my favorite.

After arriving  home, we had a quick lunch and then some people got dressed up for a wedding.  This was a perfect time to take a formal portrait, except Lewis was not in a collaborative mood.

We all thought if I took a few pictures without him, he'd acquiesce.  We thought wrong.

Hyped on cookie bars and sugar from BYU, a mint did the trick.  Is this a great family, or what?

I was waiting with towels and sunscreen when they returned.

Camille and Janet practiced synchronized splashes.

Adele has four goals for this summer, and one is them is learning how to swim.  She's been coached by both parents over the last few days.  Today?  She got it.

Everyone helped, including the two underwater persons.

Scratch one item off that summer to-do list!  I bought a can of olives today for Item Number Two.  I'll keep you posted.

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