Sunday, July 3, 2011

Memory Making Days...

We took a week's vacation last week and made the drive to see our grandgirls. Usually we go to just play with them and hang out with our daughter and son in law, but this time we went because they needed our help watching them as they worked a week of Jr High church camp!

We arrived late, were tired beyond imagination - sleeping in a tent, on an air mattress, and although it was warm/hot during the days - we had a night in the 40's - not ideal for sleeping in my book (though I prefer cool to being too hot at night).

We managed 2 days of taking the girls off campus during the day, discovering every playground within a 30 mile radius. We even went to an aquatic park to let them play in the water in the heat of the day. The lack of sleep was wearing us out quickly though, so we ended up running the girls home for the last few days of camp and getting more sleep there.

The end of camp brought mom and dad home too, and we were able to assist with them getting unpacked and settling in back at home. The kids were SO glad to see mom and dad - but sadly it brought more demands on mom and dad - how do kids know how to read their parents when they are tired?? It was all good memories though, and we enjoyed a few fun days all together at the house. Friday night we celebrated my youngest granddaughter's first birthday! FUN!! It was fun to see her taste, then devour, her own birthday cake. She did great!!

That next morning we headed out, taking the scenic route home (a few hours longer on the road), and enjoying every turn as we drove along a river's edge. We hit Louisville at dusk, and decided to try to get dinner at one of our favorite restaurants that is on the waterfront. After a 20 minute wait, we were seated at a table that faced the river, the bridges that cross it, and a BEAUTIFUL sunset! It was a great way to end a great week together!


A few more hours on the road, and we were home - exhausted still - but able to sleep in our own beds, our hearts and minds full of fun faces and happy memories. I miss those little girls, even their temperamental moments, and especially the silliness that they bring.