Hello All! I hope your week has been great! It’s been busy over here as the weather changes we are so happy to be finding ourselves outside ALOT! Plus the kids started some sports this past week so life of doing as we please is now turned to doing as the coaches schedule!! We will talk on that soon! Last week we had quite the busy couple days with visits from all grandma’s! S & K are super lucky to have not just two grandma’s but three! As I’ve mentioned in the past Joe is adopted and his adoptive parents always allowed a relationship with his birth mom. His birth mom lives about 3 1/2 hours away so not too far but her and her husband are crazy busy at a youth camp that they are the caregivers at so we see them usually twice per year. Joe’s other mom and husband have been snow birds until just a few weeks ago! Now we get to have them here about 6 hours away from us full time! We see them a bit more. Then of course my parents are 30 minutes away and they probably see us more than they want and my mom comes up a couple times a week! Last week just happened to work out that we saw all three!!! The kids were ecstatic first up was Grandma Gail and New Papa!
They sold their home in Sunny Florida to live full time in the North Woods! Their home sold much quicker than they had anticipated…1 DAY! So, moving up happened a bit sooner than they planned so on their way up we were able to see them. We did dinner at one of the kids favorite restaurants as there is a game area. Grandma and Papa always come with a roll of quarters to play! Air hockey is one of the games they all play against each other. Papa and Grandma get quite competitive when it is their turn to play one another! I love the seriousness when they play. We also decided to celebrate Mother’s Day with her as we won’t see her on the day! I decided to do flowers and a picture we had taken of Joe and the kids! You might be thinking flowers WOW Amanda how creative of you! LOL! But these weren’t your everyday die in a week flowers. We made hand painted bottles and construction paper flowers! So these can go on a dresser or shelf to enjoy all year! No water needed! Sid also wanted to give Grandma Gail the previous project I shared with the egg carton flowers and pipe cleaners. The visit was great and we are so very excited to have Joe’s parents back in the same state all year! We look forward to heading up this summer for a vacation!!
Next up was spending the day with my mom! You might be thinking you spend many days with your mom! You are absolutely correct and we will spend Mother’s Day with her and her gift isn’t yet complete so when it is I will share. We just enjoyed a beautiful day at the forest preserve hiking just under four miles. Again, we weren’t celebrating anything it was just enjoying the day with another Grandma and Papa that we love!
Lastly, Joe’s other mom (birth mom) Anne and her husband Brian were able to get away from the camp they are at for a few days. Our house was the first stop on their trip down! This was great as last time they visited was last 4th of July and that day is always crazy so I didn’t get to talk to them too much. The day was beautiful so we had the sprinkler set up and the kids played in that with Grandma doing quick runs through with them! They also enjoyed ALOT of time on the trampoline with both of them! I made those fantastic skinny lasagna roll ups with salad and garlic bread. It was great to sit and talk with Brian as I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to talk to just him. Getting to know each other a bit better while Granny Annie enjoyed her time with the kids! S had her doing everything from playing dolls, to watching her moves on the rings on play-set to flying with her down the slide. They also discovered we have the start of a birds nest in the play-set! The evening ended with Joe making it home to spend a little bit with them before they headed to their next stop on their trip! We also gave Granny Annie her flowers and picture which she loved!
Overall, it was a busy couple of days but those are the best as a lot of new memories were made and as the kids get bigger they are remembering these moments. I’m trying to be sure to get pictures as they are happening as they are so very important to all of us!
I hope you have a great Monday and we will meet back here again soon! Cheers!