Hold on to those positive memories of sunny days. They will get you through many a cold night.
I just finished my mini-vacation in Florida with the grandkids. What an exciting time it was! The kids have grown so much.
Lina is learning how to read with the help of her mother and school. It is such an exciting time in her development! I sat next to Lina as she read Fat Cat on the Mat and some other early readers. She sounded out every word with patience and persistence. Of course, I praised her to high heaven! The world is opening up to her, and she is ready to take it on! I know that I am partial when I say that Lina is a brilliant child with loving, caring brilliant parents who are finding the ways that she learns best. I could now ask for a better daughter in law!
Little Gabby is 2 now, and is not afraid of anything, just like her Dad. She is active and will be swimming by herself in no time. Now she uses floaties as she goes out into the ocean with her Dad. I love her strong positive attitude. She also encourages Lina to take more chances than Lina feels comfortable with. I can hardly wait to go swimming with her on my next visit!
I was able to go kayaking in the ocean with my son Matty. He encourages me to take more chances than I would without him. We kayaked out about a mile into the ocean, and he went spear fishing while I followed in the kayak. I didn't know that I was capable of maneuvering through 4 foot ocean swells. I would never have tried sea kayaking without my brave, adventurous son!
Nora made me feel right at home, and made sure that I returned home with books for the Northern Family children. She cooked some great meals, and we all had a great time at the zoo.
Karen, Nora's mom, was the person who met me at the airport and included me in on the trip to the Young at Art Museum. What a great place! Lina and Gabby had a great time with Karen and I. What could be better than playing with two grandmas? This museum was far more than just beautiful art with lots of science mixed in.
There was an archeological area where the kids could dig (a.k.a sandbox) I was impressed with the unusual climbing aparatus, the fashion area, the kinestetic science areas and the light shows.
I look back over the years and appreciate my memories of happy fun times! It's true! We didn't know that we were making memories, we just knew that we were having fun!