Chase and Nanaw played in his room first thing in the morning, before their adventures began. Around 9 o'clock, they went to Powder Valley. Chase was happy to see that there were lots of boys and girls visiting there. The first thing Chase did was to get copies of the newsletter and pencils so that he and Nanaw could do the scavenger hunt. Even though they've already done the hunt several times, Chase still wants to do it every time he goes. He went to visit all his favorite displays: the bug area, the bees, the aquarium, the computer, the confluence video, the tree-house and the puppets. The most exciting thing happened at the aquarium: the turtle was swimming all around rather than hiding out buried in the gravel. After a while, the turtle stopped swimming and buried itself in the gravel. After Powder Valley, Chase and Nanaw went to the library to get their prizes for the reading program. Nanaw got a backpack and Chase got a huge red beach ball (that needed to be blown up). When Nanaw took Chase home, Daddy blew up the beach ball and he and Chase played with it in the trampoline. Nanaw stayed for dinner -- delicious BLT wraps. Chase wanted Nanaw to stay and watch the All Star game but she went home instead.
Monday, July 16, 2018
A month from today (Thursday, August 2018), is Chase's first day in first grade. Chase and Nanaw spent Monday at home, doing lots of different things. They played in his room for a long while. He brought in all his "people" and had them arranged on the futon -- very cute. Then they went outside for their "trifecta" -- that means they played badminton (with the super new net), baseball and field hockey. Finally, Chase said, "It's too hot out here. Let's go inside." So they did. Next, they had a long school session -- for over an hour. Nanaw decided to try a little bribery. Whenever Chase completed one of his assignments, he got a piece of red licorice. It seemed to work well so Nanaw will try it at each school session. In the evening, Mama texted Nanaw to tell her that Chase likes mint chocolate chip ice cream. Mama shared a little container of it with him. He wanted her to open the other container in the freezer but Mama said they had to wait until tomorrow.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018
Nanaw saw Chase twice on Sunday. The first time was about four in the afternoon when she brought Sam home. Nanaw knew that Mama was missing her puppy love so she wanted to get Sam home as soon as she could. Then Nanaw came back to Chase's house at 5:30 for dinner. Before dinner, Chase and Nanaw played hockey in the hall. They started out with the long sticks but Nanaw always feels those are dangerous so they switched to the short sticks, and Nanaw felt much better about that. Next, they read one of the stories in Chase's big Thomas book. Then it was time for dinner. Chase had a cheeseburger and corn. Amazingly enough, he ate all of the cheeseburger and most of the corn. It seems like he might be eating better than he used to. Nanaw hopes so. After dinner, they read another story in the Thomas book. After Nanaw left, Mama, Daddy and Chase were going to the ice cream store because today is National Ice Cream Day. Nanaw didn't go because she was doing her low-carb thing today.
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On Saturday, Nanaw went to double cousin Rosemary's funeral in St. Charles before she came to visit Chase. She saw Uncle Doug there and told him her plan to meet him at the Science Center with Chase so Uncle Doug can explain the science to him. She also told him her plan to find the Dreisewerd farm in Old Monroe. When Nanaw got home, she went to Chase's house to play with him. They played hockey for awhile, then read the last story in the Biscuit library book. Chase said he didn't want to return the book to the library yet, and Nanaw told him they could keep it until August 16. Sam had a sleepover with Nanaw at the little house on Saturday night. Mama, Daddy and Chase were going out to Silex to Uncle Chris's for a belated July 4th party with fireworks. Mama said Chase had a great time swimming with his cousins and playing baseball with cousin Elias. Chase said the fireworks were good. Tee Tee had to stay inside and didn't get to watch the fireworks.
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Friday, July 13, 2018
Chase had two adventures on Friday. The first one involved water play. In the morning, Nanaw got out the hose and filled up Chase's wading pool. She also squirted him with the hose a lot. He was playing a game he invented called water hockey. Such a little sports enthusiast. Then after lunch, Nanaw had to go to a meeting at church and took Chase with her. The minister's husband Bob was there and he very kindly took on the entertainment of Chase. Bob bought Chase a Sprite and some chips, and they sat on a bench in the lobby and talked about sports. It was the cutest thing to watch. Nanaw had been worried about how Chase would react to a stranger but it worked out perfectly. In the evening, Mama, Daddy, Chase and Nanaw went to Culver's for dinner. Nanaw decided to have a hot fudge sundae for dinner, and it was delicious. Mama, Daddy and Chase had their regular dinners and then had ice cream for dessert. Chase was very fun and interesting at dinner, as always.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chase and Nanaw had a major adventure on Thursday. They visited a new place, somewhere they'd never been to: the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Uncle Mike told Nanaw that he and Aunt Becky were going there to look at the sunflowers on Thursday afternoon. So Nanaw thought that would be a fun thing to do with Chase. It's off 270 and Riverview Blvd so it's really far from Nanaw's house. It took about an hour to get there. (Mama suggested that they take the Illinois 270/255 route and that's what they did on the way back. And it was about 20 minutes shorter.) Chase and Nanaw went to the visitors' center first, where they watched a video and got maps and brochures. Then they went to see the Missouri River, then the viewing platform, and then the confluence of the Missouri River with the Mississippi River. That was totally awesome -- water as far as you could see. Chase said it was humongous. On their way to the confluence, they passed the sunflower fields but there wasn't a convenient place to park so they stopped to see the sunflowers on their way out. Nanaw took pictures of Chase with the sunflowers to send to Mama. Mama loves sunflowers, and she wants to go see them.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Chase and Nanaw spent the day at home, playing. They played in his room with his Ultimate Garage. Chase did some creative things with the track, making it into a spiral track and a circular track. Nanaw weighed and measured him, just for fun: Chase weighs 52 pounds and is 47 inches tall. So he gained 3 1/2 pounds and one inch since his last doctor's visit in January. Later in the day, Chase took his Legos into the living room and spread them out on the floor. Then he and Nanaw made a Ninja obstacle course. He used his ROBLOX figures as action guys on the course. It was very cute to watch. He's always inventing games and things to do, much to Nanaw's delight. Surprisingly enough, Chase took a nap in the afternoon all on his own. In the evening, Chase and Mama went to Joe's Pizza for dinner. Daddy was playing golf so that was their date night.
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