We were so excited to see everyone. They were in a huge condo in the Green Valley area. It was fun to sit around and chat as we worked on getting lunch ready. In true Ryder form, he did not want to leave my side. At first. I really need to remember that once he gets over his initial shyness, he is pretty adventurous. He finally ventured outside where Gracie and Haven were playing. There was a sliding glass door leading to a patio. Beyond the patio was a grassy courtyard of sorts leading to the pool and other areas of the complex. Just before we sat down to say a prayer before eating I checked on Ryder. He was sitting on one of the chairs on the patio and I was thinking that it might be a good spot for Mr. Messy to eat. Well, during the prayer I noticed Savannah trying to talk to me. And of course I gave her the evil-eye and shushed her. But she wouldn't shush. As soon as the prayer was over she said that she heard some people walking by asking if anyone was missing a little boy. I went sick inside. It only took seconds for us to verify that Ryder was missing. I sent Eric running after the people who were walking the complex making inquiries. When Eric returned he said that Ryder had been sitting calmly on a couch playing with his magna doodle. But he was very relieved and happy to see Eric. And he wouldn't let go of me once I snatched him from Eric. Where did they find him you ask? IN THE PARKING LOT!!! I still get queasy every time I think about it. Bad mommy!
That experience may account for the fact that most of my pictures that day were of Ryder. I don't think I took my eyes off him the rest of the day. We had a very yummy lunch (once I got my appetite back). We had picked up these really delicious pies from that gourmet pie shop in St. George that I can never remember the name of. Then the kids did a little swimming and, before we knew it, it was time to head back home for a birthday party and a big family hair cutting fest.
Ryder did not appreciate the life jacket experience. It came off quickly. Gracie was like a little fish.