Indio, California: The kids drove over from Los Angeles yesterday to watch the Mighty Oregon Ducks beat the Cal Bears, 59-14, on ESPN via our new humungous outdoor television. The night was not warm, and it was windy, so we dropped all four screens down, creating what Lisa coined the “world’s largest playpen”, and fired-up the ceiling heaters. We were all cozy and Leo was trapped inside where we could keep an eye on his constant movements.

Lenny had requested Buffalo wings, so that was easy. We also learned the oven in the casita is baby-safe and does not get hot on the front! I used the new Tabasco Buffalo Wing sauce again and, though I wish it were a bit spicier, it seems to be a pleasing heat to most. I also made a pasta salad with roasted butternut squash, smoked gouda and arugula in a browned-butter, roasted garlic, hazelnut and sage pesto. Lenny asked if I would please pick up the ingredients so he could prepare his secret-recipe Onion Dip for the game:

Your secret is safe with me, Lenn

Dang if that guy doesn’t make a delicious onion dip!

After the baby went to sleep, we tried-out the (not baby-safe) fireplace and it really worked well. The flames are so pretty and it threw a lot of heat into the room.

The wind stopped overnight, the clouds went away and we enjoyed a beautiful day at the Motorcoach Country Club. First things first, I went for a walk with our eldest grandkid – Reese.

Our vista early this morning

Reese is 9

Reminder: this is a RV park

We just stayed outdoors and enjoyed our new casita and shade pavilion all day. Leo wasn’t too interested in jumping in the lake (on this visit), so that was a blessing. He wanted to go up/down and in/out the RV steps though. About 1000 times.

Like most little kids, Leo is fascinated with cell phones. His parents won’t let him have an iPhone yet (I know, I know, so strict!), so I bought him a LeapFrog Chat & Count Cell Phone. It is shaped like an iPhone and is similar in size, but is just a $10 toy. Leo loved his new phone. The phone talks, sings and does all sorts of stuff as the screen rotates images and numbers in black and white. Leo walked around with that thing to his ear, talking up a storm to his (unknown to us) friend (speaking an unknown-to-us language). If you know a 1-to-3 year old who won’t leave your phone alone, I suggest you make an immediate ten dollar investment in your sanity. (It uses 3 AAA batteries, has an on/off switch, plus a quiet or loud volume switch. Yes.)

Done and done.

I had this sign made for our site. The neighbors are respecting
our wishes and apparently their dogs can read as well.

Lisa asked me to take a few photos of Leo this morning. He is nearly impossible to photograph as Leo never stops moving. Usain Bolt is easier to photograph. I was able to capture a few good shots of the Cutest Baby Ever… except Leo hardly seems like a baby any more. Definitely moving into the “little boy” stage of his life.

Until my next update, I remain, your blessed correspondent.

RV PARK:  Motorcoach Country Club – The Crown Jewel of Motorcoach Resorts. 400 sites, three pools, three spas, fitness center, golf, bocce ball, tennis, 2-mile waterway, fine-dining restaurant, bar, security, planned activities, perfectly maintained. Sites for sale or rent.

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