Last weekend Nanna & Uncle Todd made a long car trip up to visit; though the stay was short Ronan had a blast. He is becoming self-aware; when he gets the opportunity, he likes to show off his skills to a new audience. For instance, he ran some sprints for Nanna, showed her a couple of his signs ("more", "please", "all done"), and wooed her with his vast truck knowledge when they read the book she brought him.
What made the visit especially fun was a day playing amongst the water jets at Mitchell Park in mid-town Palo Alto. Ronan fearlessly chased the water spurting from the ground, trying to catch the little geysers mid spout. He relished blocking the jets of water and would patiently wait for the water to shoot out of the little holes in the ground. Though soaked through and shivering cold he could not be pulled away from the fun. Unfortunately, on several occasions, he would look directly at the temporarily dormant valve, only to get an eye full of water when the squirting resumed. Next time we will bring goggles!
Mitchell Park also has a fun car-themed wooden play set, complete with seats and a steering wheel. Ronan was able to get some driving lessons in and his best friend Laurin was a brave co-pilot, helping Ronan shift into the proper gear. Although the "vehicle" was stationary, Ronan relished being behind the wheel. We are in for some interesting parental challenges when he turns 16. Here's to hoping for fully automated personal transit devices by then.
After lots of playing, some good food, and only a small amount of sleep, Nanny and Uncle Todd headed back south. It's clear Ronan misses them, but he'll be seeing Nanna again later in the summer. If he's lucky, she'll let him play in her fountain. If he's *really* lucky, she'll let him drive her car. As long as he's in his car seat that is properly attached per the manufacturers instructions, I have no objections.