As I write this post, the sun is setting on Easter Sunday 2015. It was a great weekend!
Brian, Eryn, and their girls came on Friday and left this morning. The trip was the first for the girls and the second in five years for Brian and Eryn. Much has changed since they were here in 2010 - for us and for them. The biggest change for them is the addition of two super sweet daughters. I took so many precious pictures but can't post a single one of them due to parental wishes. You'll just have to trust me that both girls are adorable!
We packed a ton of fun into the two days. Playing with old toys that were resurrected from the basement, Easter egg hunt, dinner with my mom and daddy at their new home here in Ohio, fossil hunting around the corner from us, a visit to the nearby Caesar Creek State Park Visitor Center playground, and dinner again with everyone at our house plus a fire in the fire pit for making S'Mores.
The best thing about the visit was the chance to be a grandmother up close and personal. This grandmothering from afar is not for me but being 8.5 hours apart is better than some. It was so wonderful to have my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters here round the clock. It's just a totally different kind of visit than when I go to see them.
The best thing about being an up close and personal grandmother this weekend, besides the obvious bit about the very special grandchildren, was watching MY child interact with HIS children. I could not be more proud of the father he has become. He is a hands-on, thought provoking, guiding dad. He listens and questions Miss B and makes her think. For example, she learned about the area where we were hunting fossils. The area was under water 450,000,000 years ago. Thus, she was seeing shells fossilized in the rock because where she was standing used to be an ocean. That's heavy stuff for a 3-year-old. You know she's processing a lot of information due to the questions she asks and the things she comes up with. And, perhaps the best of all ---- he really enjoys his girls. That's priceless.
Brian and Eryn are such great parents and it is such a pleasure to watch them at work. They are busy raising an inquisitive, sensitive, smart little girl. I'm sure baby sister will be the same - especially if big sister has anything to do with it!
I nabbed this picture of Landen, Taylor's (our younger son), little boy, off of Facebook. I sent an Easter box that included an assortment of sprinkles. Landen and Rachael, another phenomenal mom, made cupcakes. Landen gave them a thumbs up!
I'm very blessed to have two sons who have chosen partners well. These four young adults have produced four wonderful little ones that I could not love more. Even though I don't see them nearly as often as I would like, it's amazing to watch them grow and learn and change. So much in so little time!
I hope each of you reading this post will pause, if only for a minute, to count your blessings.
I also hope your Easter weekend garnered a big thumbs up!