Sunday, July 22, 2007

Lolo's Summer Vacation

We are so lucky - our 2-1/2 year old granddaughter Lauren (Lolo) came to visit us for a whole week without her mom and dad. James dropped her off on Sunday with a suitcase of clothes and some diapers, and drove off back home. He had to work all week, and Tami had to be at the university for her PhD studies all week and wasn't going to go home, so Lolo got a week in cool San Diego with "Ba-ba" and "Mam-ma."

On Monday, Lolo audited Grandpa's genealogy class for awhile, then went to grandma's toddler reading time at the library. That night, we took the trolley to the Padres game at Petco Park and had a good time. Linda bought Lolo a pink Padres shirt and we found an extra cap for her. We schooled her in how to say "Go Padres" and she learned quickly!

We went to El Pollo Loco for dinner, then went to the park. At the game, she really enjoyed the food, the lights, the excitement, the music, and quickly found the Disney World ad on the scoreboard with Nemo on it. The usher took this picture.

Lolo was a trooper - we got home from the game at 10 PM and she went right to bed. On Tuesday, we stayed home. Lolo played with the Wedg-It blocks (below) for over an hour - she's really good at building them up, and she loves to knock it down and start again. We watched PBS and Disney programs, then she played a bit on the computer.

On Wednesday, it was back to the library for the computer group with grandpa, then grandma came and took her to the bay to play on the equipment and look for squirrels on the rocks. We all met for lunch at Rubio's (Lolo loves fish tacos, chips, salsa, etc.) and went home for a nap. Usually, in the afternoons we went out and watered the plants and looked for birds and bugs or played ball.

We went to the Padres' game on the trolley again on Thursday, and she had a great time. This time we ate fish and chips at the Tin Fish before the game. Lolo had a great time entertaining us and the other fans with lots of smiles and giggles and running around our seats. We got home at 10:30 and she went right to bed.

On Friday, after a lazy morning, Lolo and Grandpa went to McDonalds for lunch and then for a walk with Grandpa's friend George down on the bayfront. We had a good 30 minute walk, and she played a bit on the equipment. George suggested we go to another park which has squirrels running around. so we went there and fed soggy french fries to the squirrels, and she played on the slides.

Saturday was a really big day for Lolo. Grandpa took her in the morning to another park with big slides and she played for an hour there. We went for lunch at Chick-Fil-A and who was there but her mom and dad. She was really happy to see them. After lunch, and a long play time on the equipment there, we came home and everybody had a nap. Then we went to Lolo's third Padres' game this week. We ate inside Petco Park - Lolo had a hot dog and a pretzel. During the game, she had popcorn and ice cream (shared with Grandpa). We took this picture of a happy Lolo with happy parents.

They drove home after the game. Our house is pretty quiet and empty now, but we were pooped from all of the activity. We sure had a good time. She is so cute and so much fun to be with.

Baseball, hot dogs, ice cream and Lolo - what a great week!

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