Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mission accomplished!

Thank you, Aunt Carol for doing all the work of recapping our trip to the mid-west.  I'm sure you're glad to be back to your 'regular programming' but I for one appreciate the grand hospitality, good food, fantastic photos, and memory write-ups.  So I can remember and for those that are interested, here's the run down of our trip...





Grandma turned 85 last month.  15 years ago she was visiting me at Virginia Tech for her 70th birthday.  There's a lot she gets confused from day to day, but what she does get right is the good stuff.  Like how to snuggle a baby.  How to say 'I love you' and 'I'll see you real soon' as she sends us off.  How to take delight in re-hashing memories from her house in Arkansas when my brother and I used to visit.  How to fill me in about her mom and dad and 8 other siblings.  And how to pose just right for the photos that Katharine will hopefully cherish forever.  I knew three of my great grandparents.  Katharine has now met all three of hers as well.  Mission accomplished!


Friday, November 15, 2013

A sweet moment indeed

The time I have to actually sit and compose my thoughts along with corresponding photos is nil these days.  If I could find a way to link my thoughts and to do lists to a computer as they formed in my head (usually while driving, running, or showering) this blog might actually get updated and the things I need to get done might actually be remembered.  But both are far off dreams and that's ok.  It's just where we are these days. 

Says the girl whose daughter is sitting in my lap as I type pulling my hair and half-eating my sweater.  Whose daughter, by the way, is now 4 months old, almost sitting on her own (sitting!?!?), drooling up a storm, and isn't sleeping so much on the go anymore.

We're in the Land of Oz, just Katharine and Pops and me, to meet Great Grams, my 85 year old grandmother whose health and mental accuity have seen better days.  The airplane rides out here were manageable with one screaming fit on the first leg and a passed out baby on the second.  The food has been wonderful (no seriously: baked pumpkin oatmeal, dinner at Houston's, maple pumpkin lattes, and huevos rancheros...and that's just so far).  And the house has been oddly quiet compared to our last visit and what I'm used to on a daily basis.  I can't say my easy-breezy baby has been so easy-breezy and the 45 minute screaming episode in the car last night wasn't pleasant for anyone, but overall she's been a real trooper.  And super cute too. 

But this, THIS is what we came out here for anyway.  Aunt Carol, our wonderful hostess, already got this post up on her blog, so I'm just borrowing her work for an update of my own:


It was indeed.



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