This post is mostly about grand-kids, so if you read this for our travels talk to you later...
September so far has been kind of a sad month. Our grandchildren are growing up way too fast. I thought that pace might seem slower with grandchildren than it does with your own kids, but not at all. So sad in that every day we need to capture the memories and file the pictures.
Mason - well Mason feels like our last chance to hold and cuddle a bundle of babyness :( He is 7 months old now, and his smile is ever present and fills your heart. It is so great to watch him learning to get up on all fours, laugh at his brother, and just hold him.
Connor - nothing more precious than a 2 year old! Connor takes delight in all things that move - trucks, planes, trains, loaders, tractors, school busses, etc. He is happy, funny and ever cuddly. But because he is 2, sometimes you are told no when you want a kiss or hug. LOL
Reese - Sweet Reese, who should still be Mason's age, has all of a sudden grown up. She is in pre-school 3 days a week, and loving it. She is the coolest little 3 year old, soon to be 4, that I know. So independent. And quick with a hug.
Emerson - There has never been a little girl ready for Kindergarten as much as Emerson, except maybe her mom at that age. Emerson soaks up life with a big smile, and has quite the outlook on things. Conversations with her are always entertaining and her hugs are easily shared.
Blake - Grade 2, hockey evaluations, etc. All the signs of growing up. The other day after hockey we had a great conversation, which was so sad for me. Little kids don't have conversations, so this new grown up skill is just another indicator he is getting old.
All of the kids are quick to hug, still act excited no matter how many times we see them in a week, and we live them all like crazy.
The whole family got together on the long weekend to help Lindsay and Jeremy build a shed. The guys built, the girls cooked, and I took 3 of the kids to an indoor play gym called the Treehouse. Fantastic place!
My mom stayed with us for almost 2 weeks this month, while my brother and his wife had a break. It coincided with Don working away, and I enjoyed the company. It was so wonderful having her around. I may have exhausted her taking her all over, visits with the kids, dinners out, a fishing day, shopping and hockey and ringette practices... But she has gone back to my brother's now and is probably sleeping.
I also had my cousin Diane and her son Rylan visit. Rylan has just been sworn into the Canadian military, and is on his way to Quebec for basic training. I really enjoyed my visit with Diane, and she really needed a friend by her side as she waved good-bye to her son on Saturday.
Tomorrow Don and I are getting on the road for a couple of weeks. People still always ask me if we are taking the trailer. Yes we are. How else can I pack everything I want, all my exercise stuff, and still be in the comfort of our own home. Trust me if we ever go on a holiday and hotel it, you will know, as we will probably both be cranky (in a good way I hope). I'm not really sure where we are headed but first night stop is Jasper, and after that you will have to read the blog to find out.
Enjoy the rest of the month - the weather is predicted to be nice, school and schedules are settling in, and Don is Driving Miss Donna. Doesn't get better than that!