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)
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