Thursday, October 25, 2012

The 330th good thing about Lagos: Living far away makes summer get-togethers very precious

When we first moved to Lagos we only had one grandchild.  We now have seven.  Of course we love visiting our children, but spending time with grandchildren is extra special.  Undoubtedly the hardest thing about living so far away from family is missing out on so many occasions, special and everyday with our parents, children and grandchildren.  So we were very glad to spend lots of happy times together with them this summer.
We made it back just in time for Owen's graduation from preschool.  He's now the biggest kid in his kindergarten class and he reads at a 3rd grade level.
 I love that our oldest grandchild, Elise, is enjoying learning to play the piano.  She did a great job at her piano recital.
 We spent LOTS of time in the pool over the summer.  Here I am with Spencer and Austin, grandsons that live in Boston.  I'm so glad they could spend a couple of weeks with us in Houston.

 Maggie likes to make funny faces.
 We had a fun couple of days in Sea World in San Antonio.  Here's my daughter Lindsay with the 5 grandkids who could go on this ride.  It was so fun to get all the grandkids together!

At the Aquarium at Sea World
 We took some walks in the park.
 Story time at the library.

 3-D movie.
 Electrifying times at the park.

 Playing veterinarian at the Children's Museum.
 Lindsay and kids at a play at Miller Outdoor Theater.
 The cousins loved playing together at the jumping fun place.
 And a fun trip to Galveston Beach.

And, of course, there were plenty of days of just playing hide and seek and games and the stuff that doesn't get captured in photos.  We are so blessed to have 7 healthy, smart and beautiful grandchildren and we love them all so much and are grateful for their wonderful parents who do such a good job teaching and caring for them.
  Brent was in Houston for the beginning of the summer vacation and then again at the end.   In early August we met up in Seattle where we enjoyed celebrating my nephew's wedding.
 Then we drove with my parents to Vancouver, where we met my aunt (dad's sister) and went on a cruise to Alaska.  I loved our dinnertimes on the ship because I learned a lot of new things about my dad's life when he reminisced with his sister.
 We saw some beautiful scenery -- wonderful glaciers!

 My aunt is so great -- I'm so glad she could come along.
 And my parents had wanted to go to Alaska for years and had never been on a cruise before.  It was a dream come true to do this trip -- I'm so glad we could do it together!
 And it was such a literal breath of fresh air for Brent and I to get away from the dirt and noise of Lagos and enjoy beautiful nature and cool breezes!
 In Anchorage we met up with my cousin -- who I hadn't seen for almost 30 years -- and met his wife.  He's a fighter pilot with the Air Force and she quit the Air Force and is flying planes for Fed Ex.  They live life in the fast lane!  We enjoyed getting to know them better.
 We had a couple of the most beautiful days in Denali National Park with two days of the most clear views of the mountain.  It was wonderful!

 And on a trip down to Seward, we stayed in a yurt on Resurrection Bay and this eagle greeted us when we got up in the morning.
 We watched the sea otters play from the deck of our yurt.
It was a wonderful trip to Alaska and a wonderful summer!

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