Our long weekend in Ohio wasn’t just about getting that basement ‘suite’ finished off. It was about getting to see our family, of course! After that oh-so-brief meet and greet with little Everly when she was all of two days old, it was wonderful to get more acquainted with her.
With so many willing arms to hold her, I was glad to get any opportunity to cuddle with that little cutie. For me, one of the high points was getting all of our Ohio family together for a Sunday afternoon picnic at a local park. There was a great obstacle course that all the kids really enjoyed while we older folks just moseyed along to watch.
Yikes – that was pretty high, brave little one!
Everyone safely maneuvered the course and we even got a chance for a group picture –
Of course, the two girls on the left go with the adults on the right and vice versa, but you can see we were quite the crowd. (Even a few over the ‘no group larger than 10’ COVID restrictions. Shhhhhhh)
At the end of our picnic time the girls began a quick game of “Get the Hat on the Baby” –
Oh the joys (or dangers) of being the sixth child! With both Mom and Dad supervising the game, I think little Everly rather enjoyed the attention.
It was great to spend time with the kids as they were all getting back into their fall schedule. School is looking different this year for both families, but everyone seems to be making the best of it. With everyone growing up so fast it makes me ever so thankful for Zoom and FaceTime and texts with pictures and phone calls. (Yes, dear children, that was a not so subtle hint to CALL YOUR MOTHER!)
Precious days indeed!
During a time when it’s hard to find that bright spot – that glimmer of hope for the days ahead, we are so very blessed to announce the safe arrival of our newest granddaughter –
20 1/2 inches
New Life, New Hope, New Promise
This pandemic stuff has really been a bummer, right? Although our daughter and family live just 30+ miles from where we are in Marysville, we really haven’t been able to connect as much as we’d like. I did get down last weekend for a bit to give her a hand with some mask sewing
and to spend some time with Alexandra.
(There may or may not have been more time spent with Alex than actually sewing, but I’m hoping that was a help too!)
While we haven’t been able to connect since, we will be heading that way tomorrow for a good visit. Yippee!!
Meanwhile, down in Waco….
Josiah and Abigail closed on a new house yesterday!They’ll be moving over the weekend (today!) (and spreading out after over a year in a 2 bedroom/1 bath house with 7 people!) and have asked me to come and give them a hand with settling in. In reality, I’ll probably be doing more of the Occupy The Kids routine than actually unpacking, but that’s what us Gramma’s are called to do, right? So Monday morning I’ll be flying to Waco, with my mask and hand sanitizer and plenty of snacks in hand, for a week to lend them a bit of Gram’s Support. The good news is I’ll be seeing ALL of my kiddos and grands within a two day window. The bad news is I will probably miss the arrival of the sweet baby here in M-ville. Sigh. (Though, with all of the COVID-19 guidelines, I’m not sure just how present I would’ve been able to be anyway.) Hopefully, I’ll get to meet the little one upon my return, though even that will be from a distance I’m sure.
Hope you all have a good weekend. Rumor has it that this is a holiday weekend, but at this stage of the game I’m happy just to recognize that it IS a weekend!
Blessings to you all –
All I have to offer tonight (and it’s even later than usual!) is to recommend checking out the “So Where are We Now?” page that I just updated.
First of all – it’s late. Well, maybe not so late to some of you folks, but for us travelers who just spent a day and half on the road followed by wild and crazy (and beautiful) chaos at our son’s house (5 kids ages 6-17 will do that), it’s be a long day. So – before I crash all together…
WWW – I had some good guesses on my Where in the World Wednesday location. Lake Superior and Lake Erie were two of them. It was actually was Prince Edward Island. Perhaps if I’d used this picture of Green Gables-
or maybe this one that highlighted the red clay the island is famous for
it might’ve been easier!
If you ever get the chance to visit PEI – do it! It was a delight on so many levels!
The rest of the trip….
Our RV maintenance stop this morning went well. They checked a couple of items and did some filter maintenance and pronounced us Good-to-go so it was a good start to the day!
We were only a hour or so from the kids, so I just followed along behind the rig (and took a careful moment to snap a picture!)as we traveled through the beautiful Ohio farmland.
With hands carefully washed, we were able to give hugs (while holding our breaths) to the 5 grands that belong to our son Toby and his lovely wife.
You probably can’t tell from this photo but the youngest in the front chose not to climb into the tree because he wanted to show off the toad that was on his hand. Ah, the life of a six year old!
We also hugged the adults. Shhhhhh)
Games were played, a delicious meal was shared and a very short rendition of Romeo and Juliet was performed. Now it is long past the time I should be in bed!
Sleep well, dear friends!! Stay safe – and keep washing those hands!