Paco Tommy Clark swimming – Wed. Aug. 12, 2015

At about 7 pm Tommy announced that they had better go swimming before it got any darker. Earlier we had discussed going swimming after dinner, but we thought that the boys had forgotten about it. They swam for about 50 minutes playing a hide the toy game. Their Haas grandparents had given Paco an orange and Tommy a green soft rubber toy before they left Michigan. Tommy and Clark hid the toys in the water and Paco had to find them. (Actually, Clark cheated and threw one of the toys out of the water, but Tommy couldn’t keep the secret.) Tonight Erin chose not to swim, but she did swim with the boys yesterday afternoon.

We played whist for the first time earlier in the day with Erin joining us. Tommy doesn’t like it when there is trump. He just wants to play NT. Erin and Tommy lasted for about 3 hands, then Paco and I went over a couple of the end play hands which I had from bridge camp. And I discovered a subtlety that I had missed the first time I encountered one of the hands. Later we played one round of War. How boring!

Barbara (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Batman doesn’t smile – Tues. Aug. 11, 2015

When Tommy put the costume on, he was beaming from ear-to-ear. But, when I went to take his picture, he absolutely refused to smile. He says that Batman doesn’t smile.


Paco Clark Tommy Erin at Costco – Tues. Aug. 11, 2015

Since they don’t have Costco in Traverse City, Erin considers going to Costco as a form of entertainment for the boys. First stop was lunch in Costco’s outdoor eating area. The five of us ate for $9.26! Clark just had a strawberry sundae which wouldn’t involve chewing. Paco, age 11, jumped up and got people napkins, straws, and refills as needed. It reminded me of Erin when she was that age. She went on a trip with me and my mother-in-law Jane, “Bombi”. We drove from Dallas to New Orleans, starting at a family reunion in southern Oklahoma. Erin would wait on us, getting us ice at the motel and generally being our gopher.

Eating first at Costco was a good idea because then we weren’t tempted to buy a lot of food. Our refrigerator/freezer space is limited. The first thing Tommy saw when he went into Costco was a batman costume. He kept coming back to the basket to check on it and held it in the car on the way home. When we got home, before I knew it, he had it on. See separate photo.

Last night at midnight I started making seafood stew. I made a blenderful of smoothee out of some of it, so Clark has nourishment on hand for his hurting teeth.

Happy Birthday to Erin’s cousin, John Z!!


Tommy and Wolfie – Mon. Aug. 10, 2015

Here is a closeup of Tommy and Wolfie which was purchased at the Wolf Creek Lodge in Traverse City. See next blog entry.

Erin Tommy and Wolfie – Mon. Aug. 10, 2015

In his suitcase Tommy brought that large stuffed wolf which he calls “Wolfie”. Wolfe kept him company while he made the robot, and the 2 cars out of some Wood Builder blocks I have had for years. Tommy will entertain himself for hours with them. He says that the arms and legs on the robot are very delicate.


Paco Erin Tommy at What’s the Scoop – Mon. Aug. 10, 2015

The boys only shared some Nachos for dinner at Dos Coyotes. (Paco had had 7 crepes for lunch and Tommy 3, so they weren’t very hungry.) Afterwards, we walked to What’s the Scoop for Gunther’s ice cream.

In the car, Tommy was telling me all about Ant Man. Tommy, age 6, uses words like obliterated and disintegrated and phrases like “humans with bionic abilities”. And goes on and on. I just hope that in a few years he is able to stand up and give book reports with the same facility!

Tonight the boys and Erin watched Lab Rats while I sat in the living room with them answering email. Clark was napping. After eating steak last night at Espanol, Clark’s teeth have been hurting terribly. He is in a lot of pain. He went with us to dinner and had soft food.


Tommy & Erin, Paco & Erin – Mon. Aug. 10, 2015

The kids arrived at noon today to stay with us for a week while Steve works at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

I made crepes which everyone devoured. Last time they wanted a few chocolate chips to go with them. This time was butter and cinnamon and sugar.
After a swim later this afternoon, Erin wants to go to Dos Coyotes for dinner.



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