Sunday, August 05, 2007

They're Here!

When I was a child, my happiest moments in the midst of a lot of turmoil, were the ones spent with my Grandparents. Even though my heart ached in our situation, I don't think I knew it was so horrid or abnormal because all three of my grandparents went to the effort to make me feel loved, wanted and special. It was always an exciting adventure to spend time with them and I am so thankful for all the memories. One of the hardest things about living 850 miles away from home, is that my kids don't see Grandma and Grandpa very often. This year a couple different plans for getting up to see my Mom and step Dad fizzled. It was really disappointing. Then my Mom had her yearly review and she negotiated to have more vacation days rather than a raise. This was good news because it meant that they could begin planning a vacation to see us!

D, in particular, has been very excited and counting the days, because he understands the time and calendar and has already accumulated happy memories with Grandma and Grandpa. J and A remember who Grandma and Grandpa are, but didn't understand the concept of how long it would be until they got here.

As you can see though, when they arrived, everyone was excited! D, A and J piled onto Grandma's lap.

I've never seen my Mom happier than when she is with my kids! :o)

I was not present for this papparazzi session. I was in the shower, but before church this morning, Grandpa was treated to a hat and bib from the dressup drawer and D, A and J joined him.

Here's Grandpa with J. Silly Grandpa!

D and J before church, smiling for Grandma. Some of these pics are a little blurry because Mom just got a new camera and is still in the learning curve.
While Grandma was taking pictures, A said, "Grandma my twin babies are saying, 'Cheeseburger'"! Cheeseburger is what they say instead of "Cheese" for the camera.

"Grandma!" A grabbed her backpack in Sunday School and came running!

And J greeted Grandma with a smile too! They told everyone that their Grandma was here AND there Grandpa too! :o) little pixie! :o)

J tonight. Grandma and Grandpa brought some neat kitchen additions for their play set. Gr and Gr are really good at garage sales and find us some of the neatest stuff. They had fun "microwaving" their toys tonight! LOL

Today was a bit of a lazy day. We are all a bit tired with all the preparations for coming and travel and arrival. We watched a move, Miss Potter (about Beatrix Potter), which I really enjoyed. The filming is lovely and the story is nice and family safe. And speaking of Grandparent memories. It brought back memories of my Grandma Johnson reading Peter Rabbit to me as a child. I really love her art work even more so than the actual stories. She was quite a talented artist. I enjoyed seeing more of her nature studies in art on the extras portion of the DVD.

Well, this was a tired blog post, but I wanted to put some pics up for family to see. We're off for more adventures tomorrow.


Amy said...

oh how I remember those days. I loved Portland. I loved The Dalles. But I hated the distance from my heart! Now I'd gladly go back...but I'd be packing my family with me! ;) Thank you for sharing these pics - it so reminds me of when the boys were young and Grammy came to visit!

And, I'm excited to hear about Mrs Potter - I've been hoping it was a good one!

sherriknits said...

how fun. have a great time!!!!

Sandi said...

We loved the Miss Potter Movie! It was also nice that the DVD has her real life story so we could compare the difference in the movie version and real life events.

We don't have grandparents close either and it's always a treasure to have them here with us or traveling to visit them. Darling pictures!

Shelley said...

Looking like you are having a great time. Have fun.

Lynette said...

I'm sorry I did not get to meet Grandma & Grandpa. What a fun week for you all.