So, as I mentioned previously, in our big trip out "West", we flew to Utah and spent some time with the Buchanans, then drove (12 hours!) to Oregon to spend some time with the Stouts. Uncle Daniel was kind enough to drive us! (And Aunt Amy, his sweet wife, so graciously let him go without her for a week since we took up all the seats in their car! We owe them big time!) Miraculously, we all fit in his car! And, aside from the typical quarrels and "are we there YET??!" complaints, the kids did fairly well. (Although, I'm pretty sure Daniel swore off ever having children, and I did swear I would NEVER do that drive again!!!) Then, once we got to the Stout house, we took another drive (4 hours this time!) to Sunriver Resort. I wondered if all that driving would be worth it. It was!
First of all, it was truly a treasure to be able to spend time with "GG" and "GG-Pa", my sweet grandparents. They are wonderful and, even though Grandma is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and keeps wondering "Whose kids are these?", she is very loving and gentle with the children. While I'm sad that my kids don't get to know the Grandma I knew as a child, it is wonderful watching them with her, and seeing them build a relationship with her. And it is neat to see that, though she doesn't remember anything or anybody, she has still maintained her nurturing nature, and deep love of children. It seems to be one of her most primitive instincts. And Grandpa is as wonderful as ever. I have always looked up to him - even as a child - and my love and respect for him has only deepened and increased over the years. Especially over these past 10 years, as I've watched his patience and the tender, loving care he continues to offer Grandma, despite the tremendous physical and emotional burdens it places on him. He is one of my greatest heros, and I miss him SO much! It is so hard to be so far from these sweet loved ones, when I know their time on earth is limited, so I was very grateful indeed for the time we had together!
|Grandma looks alarmed, but it's probably just because she doesn't know why I'm taking a picture of her...|
|I love seeing them like this - after 60+ years, they are still holding hands!|
|These girls LOVE snuggling with their Aunt Abbie! And matching PJs just sealed the deal!|
|Wiggles adores her Grandpa!|
|Angel and Abbie and their culinary creations!|
|All the Cousins! When these 4 get together, it is non-stop silliness! :)|
|Abbie and Grandpa enjoyed some Tetherball!|
|Wiggles had fun, of course!|
|Aunt Abbie with the 4 nieces and nephews!|
Group shot with Aunt Hannah, Aunt Abbie, Grandma & Grandpa
I wish I'd taken a picture of all of us at our cabin! It was so much fun! The pool table and wii were both a big hit with the kids, but they loved the hot tub most of all! I think we spent every night out there! During the day, though, most of our time was spent at the pool!!!
|Here's Wiggles, refusing to go down the slide because I'm holding the camera. So funny!|
|This was one of Angel's only turns down the tunnel slide! After that they told her she was too tall! She was so sad! And I couldn't believe that my little baby is TOO TALL for something!! STOP GROWING, ANGEL! :)|
|Grins loved the slide, camera or not! :)|
The big, twirly slide was SO much fun! Wiggles and Grins were hesitant at first, but once they started going, they never wanted to stop! Wiggles went down with Abbie quite a few times, and after that, insisted on going alone!
|Wiggles and Abbie|
|Wait! What's this? A picture of Wiggles going down the slide!!|
|My little water baby! Even though it was cold for much of our trip, she never wanted to leave the pool!|
|Unless it meant snuggling with Abbie, that is.|
|She loves her Aunt Abbie!|
|I love the way my kids look in goggles! Hahaha!|
|Oh, and of course, the kids weren't the only ones who liked the slide!|
|Grandpa had fun!|