Took the day off to do a little Lailah Care.
Probably shouldn't have driven the O'Mobile the 30 miles from Arlington to Greenbelt to pick up Lailah, since the car's tire reader said 21 for one of the tires, and this was after putting air into it yesterday. But, it looked OK to me, and I figured the reader was probably bad.
Well, after arriving safely, I decided to put some air into it before transporting my precious cargo back to Arlington. Sadly, the stem valve broke off - Matt was operating the air pump at the time. Gladly, we were on the lot of a full service station, and the good ole boys took the van right in, and replaced the valve, though not with the fancy electronic one, so the error message that the tire is low is on for good until it is replaced. Not that I am complaining! Fifteen minutes and $20.43 later, Lailah and I were back in business, off to the Shirlington Library for Storytime at 10:30.
Next hiccup of the day - four car pile up on 295, so we didn't make the 10:30 ST, but we did have time for a snack before the 11:15. And, it was worth the wait, since Storytime, by Miss Megan, was wonderful, with three books on accepting being different - Gaston, Spoon, and I Wish I had Freckles Like Abby and songs. Maybe a little deep for 25 months plus, but the many songs kept the younger kids engaged, and Lailah was attentive throughout. I liked Spoon the best.
After ST, it was off to the pool. Now, this is always a crap shoot with Lailah...will it be 2 minutes or will she enjoy herself a little longer? That is the question...
Well, it was on the longer side at about 90 minutes, and despite the fact that she can only reach the bottom at a very specific and small part of the pool, she didn't hang onto me nearly as much as usual, being content to paddle around with the assistance of a noodle. So, I did lots of swimming underwater and playing around with her such that it was quite a good workout.
Had one of those cringe worthy moments when the woman amputee came by - many loud questions.
Anyway, back to the house for an hour or so before Sarah picked Lailah up. A good day, with just a small hiccup or so - just the right amount of Lailah time, and a fine way to spend a day of leave.
P.S. Lailah turns four in seven days - she is the one counting. Well, as long as she has warmed up to you, she is happy to hold a conversation with you, and quite a conversation it is. She had me chuckling and amazed by her cleverness, both wit and intelligence, all day. Yup, a good day indeed.