July 4

Day Two!

Swimming in the pool, floating in the lake, paddle boarding, kayaking, tubing, surfing, kneeboarding, jet-skiing…you name it, the kids did it all. Corey is great with the little kids and took them out on the boat both days, plus dragged them in a tube behind a jet ski. Most of the adults took younger kids on the jet skis and had a blast.  David and Bonnie cooked brisket and we had tacos and sliders for lunch the second day. Sarah and Miles cooked dinners both days but we didn’t stay to eat…I am sure we missed out on some good food!

Ada and Jack have both learned to swim so they were having contests in the pool–who could hold their breath the longest, who could tread water the longest, who could swim from one end to the other the fastest. Ada swims and swims and swims and takes the deepest breaths when her face comes out of the water. She sounds like she is struggling but she is not. We were cracking up. She is also so light that when she did a cannonball, it barely made a splash.

Elle, Beck, Emery and Luke told us all about going to camp and we caught up on their other news. Aidan told us about his plans to do an aircraft mechanics program when he goes back to high school in the fall (if schools reopen…). Ally is looking forward to playing volleyball in 7th grade, while Elle will continue with soccer. Beck will start an acting class, which was one of his loves when he lived in Dallas. Jacky and Ada will be in Kindergarten…not our little babies any more.  Susan is going to take prerequisites so she can apply for LVN school. Bonnie and David will be going back to teaching and wondering about the circumstances; Bonnie will also be coaching volleyball, basketball and track this year (if athletics happen). Corey says once Aidan is out of high school, he and Susan and Ally are moving to Granbury. They have talked about this before, so we will see! 🙂  Miles and Sarah bought some land near Lake Tyler and are going to build a resort/wedding venue. Life seems good for all of the family and that makes me happy, despite the virus and the uncertain outlook for the future right now.

We left before dark but the kids had a big time watching fireworks and setting off some of their own from the dock.  Here’s to next year!



July 3

Last year my girls and I decided we’d get together 4th of July each year instead of trying to force the issue at Thanksgiving or Christmas. It has become harder and harder to get everyone together on those holidays and just ends up with me being whiny if they can’t come. So I finally said I was willing to forego those if we could commit to doing something once a year (any time, I don’t care!) with everyone. We had so much fun at Sarah and Miles’ for July 4 last year that we made it happen again. Of course, our plans were made long before the coronavirus hit and that changed things up a bit. The kids are not overly concerned about getting sick; I think they are mostly cautious about who they are around and what they do but they are not socially distancing the way Rich and I are.  I told them we’d come over each day on the 3rd and 4th but we would stay outside and not get in anyone’s faces (even though this is hard for me as a very huggy/kissy grandma) and we weren’t going to spend the night since there were 14 other people sharing air and space in the house. I know they think we are a little overboard but we just don’t want to take a chance on getting ill.

Anyhoooo, we drove over on the 3rd and I was SO dang happy to see all three of my girls, all three of their hubbies and all eight of the grandkids! We visit Sarah and Miles some, and we had Ally for Spring Break, but we hadn’t seen Aidan or any of Bonnie’s crew since before Christmas. That’s too long for me!

Rich and I took our own food and drinks and just kinda camped out in the yard  and on the dock watching all the fun. I did go on the boat once and sat up front away from everyone else. The grandkids had a ball swimming in the pool, playing in the lake, riding jet skis and going out in the boat, tubing, surfing, hanging out with each other and enjoying being together. I’m glad they all get along and seem to like being in each other’s company. Ally, Elle and Emery spent a lot of time together, Luke and Beck are good buddies, and Ada and Jack REALLY love each other.  Aidan is older than the rest but he is still such a kindhearted kid and played with the little ones in the pool, throwing them in the water and letting them ride on his back. He was also a big help with the bigger kids when they wanted to try to surf or kneeboard behind the boat. Of course we enjoyed just sitting and chatting with the girls and their husbands.

Here is an overload of pix from Day One. 🙂

4th of July

I took a little time out from unpacking to join Sarah, Miles and kids at their neighborhood parade and carnival.  It was fun and reminded me a little bit of Unalaska’s version.  I guess there’s not a lot of difference between a small town and a defined neighborhood even in a big city.  Sarah and Miles love living in the Lake Highlands neighborhood where they know lots of people, their kids have many friends, and the community comes together for activities and events.

After my little respite, back to setting up house!  Hope you all had a happy holiday!