After we picked up a few needed supplies from the grocery store, we headed north to Mr. Mike and Grand B's house. The first item on our agenda was to get in out of the heat. The deck thermometer looked like this when we got home and it was about two o'clock!
Before I began to put the groceries away, Lydia thought we needed to find some Barbies for her to play with in the new dollhouse Pop and Mama O had given us for all the granddaughters to play with. So, downstairs we trekked to get the old girls. I have a stash downstairs that were Bridgette's when she was a little girl. Isn't it amazing that Barbie was introduced when I was born years ago and little girls today still like to play with her?
Getting to know the old girls
The Barbies provided hours of fun and entertainment. One has a sparkly, fluffy skirt and she became a ballerina who performed several remarkable dance recitals for me.
Lydia had selected the menu for dinner and we all enjoyed pizza. She also shared a special treat with Mr. Mike after dinner - Little Debbie Oatmeal Cakes! These she had picked out special at the grocery store because she knew, "these are Mr. Mike's favorites." Somehow I think they might be her favorites as well because both of them ate at least two while we watched TV. Another night she selected "Sbusketty" for our dinner menu. It was a night when she must have really worked up an appetite with all our activities because she tried to be a little helper and near disaster ensued. I'll tell more about that in another post. It must have been really tasty to her, though. She and I were eating because Mike was later getting home that night. She informed me, "Mr. Mike better hurry up or he is going to miss out on this good sbusketty!"
She was a wonderful helper. While I was watering the flowers each day, she would generously
spraying bug repellent
a hot job made easier with a sweet smile
This sweet girl is one who can entertain herself for hours. Her imagination is certainly healthy. There were no boundaries for discovery for her either. If something was just out of reach, she could work out a way to get there with ease.
We went to the library on the day that the thermometer looked like this:
I think the favorite activity while she was here were the trips over to Nan's (my sister-in-law) to go swimming in her pool.
This was a wonderful way to spend some time outside and wound up being a cool thing to do as well. I had to carefully schedule when we went so that we could avoid sunburn. However, it was so hot that week that it didn't matter what time of day we went, the pool was a welcome respite from the weather.
Another fun part of these outings was fueled by her curiosity as well. Nan has a big 'treasure box' there on the deck. It is full of interesting items. Part of the fun is just the digging and discovering, though.
Armed with several of the treasures, she would float around and create games for long stretches.
Again, like Ariel, the treasures would rarely have the original purpose for Lydia but were still great fun and fit well into the games she thought up. Probably the favorite treasure for her were the goggles. Most of the time they rested across the top of her head. However, there were times when she needed them to protect herself from splashing or to dip down into the water to find something that hadn't passed the float test.
Favorite Treasure = Goggles!
On the Look-out
Mostly the swimming outings were relaxing but they also tend to make a little girl tired.
Mike and I had a wonderful visit with Lydia during her Days here and I think she had a big time, too. It was really quiet around here on Sunday after she had gone. Grand B was pooped from keeping up with her little helper but the sweet memories still linger.