My ninety year old grandparents from across the country came for a three week visit to our neck of the woods.
I grew up with these grandparents as an integral part of my life. I was used to them being at every birthday and holiday, sporting event, musical presentation, etc. My grandma taught me how to make pies, tutored me in some sewing, and introduced me to making rolls all from a very young age. And I have been told many times how much like her I am and I am very grateful for the comparison.
My grandma is one of those people who has had at least four or five little ones named after her (including our T). She values her family above all others and takes any in-laws in immediately. She is never idle (until being forced to more recently) and many enjoy the fruits of her labors. I hope to follow her example...
But now we live very far away and it grieves Ryan and I how little we see of them.
So our family has spent as much time as possible with these dear family members the last few weeks. Our kids read to them, they read to the children, Z learned card games with them, T and J did puzzles with my grandma, M loved hearing great-grandpa read, and S enjoyed and entertained them.
I learned some fantastic ways to improve my sewing from grandma and we cooked together. Ryan and Grandpa worked on the bunk beds he is making for the boys. And Ryan and I relaxed many evenings while playing pitch (a great strategy card game) with them.
I hope there are many more enjoyable years for my grandparents here on this earth, but no matter what we certainly treasured the last few weeks and hope our kids remember them as well.
Seeing as I have been so absent Easter pictures are still not up and S did turn one nearly a month ago. For now, I hope you enjoy these Easter pics and you may anticipate a S birthday posting very soon.