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Monday, December 8, 2014

Workamping Intermission

Three am is a time I haven’t seen in years, although I saw it way too often during my career.  We were up and out the door in fifteen minutes, for a good reason.  We were flying up to New Jersey to see our granddaughters Anabelle (2) and Elizabeth (5 months).  We hadn’t seen them for a while and we wanted to get there for a Christmas time visit.

We arrived, parked the car and got checked in.  Our flight was for 5:25 am, so I took this picture to remember how I don’t enjoy this hour anymore, we’re retired.  :c)


We arrived at our son Corey and DIL Amada’s house in NJ and in no time got to work grandparenting.

It didn’t take long for little “Lizzie” to steal our hearts.


We had a bunch of things planned to do with the girls. Mimi Marti and Anabelle worked on building a gingerbread house,


closely supervised by Lizzie in her high chair, dressed appropriately for the occasion.


Lots of work but the result was worth it.


I got to put together the train for under the Christmas tree.


Do you know how many times a minute a 2 year old can derail a train?  Answer: Faster than her Pa can put it back on the tracks!

Another reason we visited now was to celebrate my dad’s 93rd birthday.  My brothers, sister and two SILs met for dinner and a long overdue family get together.  Dad had not yet met Lizzie (his twelfth great grandchild) so she had the seat right next to him.


My brothers fought over who would get to hold Lizzie next.  Neither one has any grandkids (yet) so they got some practice in.



It’s been a good visit and we’ll be sad to have to leave tomorrow.  We’ve had lots of fun watching the girls, including seeing Anabelle help her parents decorate their house with Christmas lights.


Thankfully, we have wheels under our house, so we’ll be able to roll back next summer for a much longer visit.  :c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.



  1. I'd say it was well worth the early morning wake up!

  2. What a wonderful visit:o)) Happy Birthday to Dad and Merry Christmas to the WHOLE gang!!

  3. Very nice to have the luxury of hopping on a plane to see very special people. Making very nice memories :)

  4. You had a good reason for getting out of bed before the crack of dawn. You can always make up for lost sleep when you get back to your wheels. It certainly looks like everyone had a great time and Happy Birthday to Dad.

  5. Glad to see your dad is doing so well.
    Visiting with the grands always makes for a great visit.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  6. Your dad looks great. I'm sure he was thrilled to have everyone there for his birthday. I can't believe how big Lizzie is already.

  7. I continue to be amazed at you dad. Hope he is doing as well as he looks. Happy Birthday to him. You've done a fine job providing great grand children. An early flight well with it!!

  8. So nice to get together with your family again, enjoy the time off of retirement.

  9. That grandparenting thing is a tough job but somebody has to do it! :) You 2 do it fabulously! Extra credit for the 3 AM wake up :)