Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Update

So, I'm leading off this week's post with a picture that is actually from a couple of weeks back and has nothing to do with this week/weekend/Father's Day.  This is a picture taken by one of Raylan's teachers of "Splash Day" at Raylan's school a couple of weeks ago.  during the summer the kids get to play in the sprinklers and with water on Fridays up at their preschool.  Here they're drying off at the end.  Raylan is actually wrapped in a towel with a hood over his face all the way on the right end of the picture.

Splash Day!

Her's another Splash Day picture where you can see more of Raylan:

So this weekend Amy went out to Arizona to visit her family.  We have some trips coming up over this summer and into the fall, so she needed a chance to see her family before things get too busy. She flew out during the day on Thursday and flew back on Sunday evening.

Her absence, of course, meant that Father Day Weekend 2018 involved a lot of actual fathering on my end!  
But Raylan and I had a good time together.
On Thursday my parents watched Raylan during the day and took him to swimming lessons.  Thursday night we all went to dinner at La Posada.  It was nice.
On Friday we got up and went to school and work.  Raylan's school had a Doughnuts for Dad day (Raylan had a doughnut, but I abstained).  Raylan made some very nice artwork for me, including a drawing of one of his favorite items- a washing machine.

Getting ready to go to school/work on Friday

Father's Day preschool quotes.  Raylan both likes me and knows my first name.
So far, so good!
Friday night Raylan and I went to Central Market, ate some chicken nuggets, and both sort of crashed.

Look, Mom!  Dad got some veggies into me!  Pouches count, right?
On Saturday morning we got up and had breakfast and then went out to Steiner Ranch to go swimming.  Raylan did a lot of swimming.  He is a very good swimmer.  He's very comfortable in the water, which is great, especially given the fact that swimming is one of the few activities that we can comfortably do in the summer heat.

I wanna swim!  Lemme goooooo!!!

Steans men in the pool (minus Uncle Ryan, who was probably still asleep)

My Mom took off a little early to go help set up for an anniversary party for some friends of Mom and Dad.  Dad hung out and fed us lunch, which was really nice of him.  Dad gave Raylan a cookie or two, and Raylan loudly announced that "I'm gonna be so wired!!"  The boy knows the power of sugar.  After lunch, Dad had to head off to the anniversary party as well.
Raylan and I headed back to our house.

Uncle Ryan came over in the afternoon and watched Raylan for a while so I could go to the gym. Sounds like they had a good time playing games and watching some cartoons.
Later, when I asked Raylan if he had fun with Uncle Ryan, his response was, "Yes!  He talks a lot. And he knows about a lot about everything!"
So I guess that's a success?
Late Saturday afternoon Raylan and I went shopping.  Raylan helped pick out some fruit and helped carry some groceries into the house when we got home.  He also managed to get a ride on a lady's motorized wheelchair with her after repeatedly asking her how it worked.  They both seemed to have fun, but as this lady was wheeling through the store with my kid I suddenly wondered exactly how fast those motorized things can go and what I should do if she suddenly headed for the front door. ("County Prosecutor tackles handicapped woman and child!  News at 10:00!!!").  No drama in the end, though.  Just fun.
We had pizza bagel bites for dinner and then raided Mom's (i.e., Amy Mom's) vanilla ice cream.  And her chocolate sauce.

He demanded the ice cream bowl instead of the cone, and I couldn't figure out why.
Mystery solved.
On Sunday we got up and Raylan took me out for Father's Day breakfast at Kerbey Lane.

Father's Day breakfast, 2018.
We had a nice breakfast and then went back to the house.  We played for a while, and then went over to Ryan and Jamie's at about 11:00.  Ryan, Jamie, Dad, Mom, Susan, Donald, and Dick were there (and Scout and Lucy).  Mom and Dad picked up some Rudy's barbecue, and we all had a nice lunch together.

Raylan and Uncle Donald polish off some BBQ
After lunch I went to the gym.  Mom and Dad took Raylan back to our place and put him down for a nap.  I came home and showered and headed to the airport to pick up Amy.

Amy came home, and I was really happy to have her back.  I missed her!
Raylan missed her, too.

Once, I think on Saturday when I was getting ready to give him a bath, he walked up to me and said, out of the blue, "I miss Mom.  I don't need Mom, but I want Mom."
We've been talking about the difference between wants and needs when he says stuff like, "I need ice cream!!"  
Anyway, I thought this was a very insightful thing for a 3 year old to say.  I was glad he felt comfortable with me taking care of him, but, of course, I was not at all surprised to hear that he wanted his mom.  I knew the feeling...
Anyway, Amy's back now, and everything feels more normal.

I had a nice weekend with Raylan, though.  There was something sort of special about taking Father's Day weekend and actually spending a lot of it caring for Raylan and strengthening that bond.
Hats off to the single parents because it's tiring, but I had a nice weekend having some Dad time with the boy!

And now I'm glad Amy is back... ;-)

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