My Grandparents, Sophie’s Great Grandparents

In the past week, I’ve had visits with both sets of my grandparents. All seem to be doing well. My mom’s mom was experiencing some back pain, so she was walking with the help of a cane-something I’ve never seen her do before. It was a little bit funny though (even she was laughing!) because she said it didn’t hurt as much to walk backwards. So there she was, scooting around the house backwards with her cane. She cracks me up.

My mom’s dad has always been quite the treasure hunter. And by “treasure hunter”, I mean that he collects things that other people have thrown away. Over the years he’s acquired many bikes this way. Our dining table is one of his finds. Well, recently he found a Little Tykes playhouse for Sophie. He was so excited about it! He powerwashed all of the walls and pieces, and slowly-bit by bit- it is being transported back to my parents’ house for Sophie to play with.

It’s just like this, only the walls are yellow instead of pink.

I took last Wednesday off in order to see my dad’s parents as they were passing through Brighton on their way home to Traverse City. To be honest, I was expecting it to be a very sad experience, as I know that my grandpa’s memory is getting quite bad. However, I was pleasantly surprised. They were both SO excited to see Sophie and to see how much she’s changed since they last saw her (at her birthday party). We had a great afternoon!

We love them.

Sophie enjoyed playing in the grass with the soccer ball. It was such a beautiful day.

That morning Steph and I took Sophie on a run at Kensington. Kensington is one of my favorite parks. It’s wooded, and peaceful, and has a nice big lake. After we finished our run, which turned into a run/walk :), we took Sophie over to the playground and gave her a little pushing on the swings. I wish we had had the camera! Sophie didn’t even crack a smile-she was too busy staring down the boy in the swing next to her! She’s got sass.

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What should I do on my day off?

Why, I shall blog of course!

Next to me on my desk is a recent letter from my grandma. She’s old-like 85+ old. I am one of the only people I know that still has all four of my grandparents. And they are all old. Like 85+ old. She writes:

“….dear dear Sophia! The photo booklet is wonderful and we have shown it off to anyone who will look at it too! You did a masterful job on your writings and the completion of it. You must continue to keep us informed on all Sophie’s progress. Is her tooth showing now?”

She wrote this on 1/19. Why haven’t I written back yet? They are SO proud of Sophie, they love to just sit on the couch and watch her play on the floor. Even when she was only a few months old and just laid there looking at toys, they liked to sit around and watch her look at toys. All of my grandparents do this. They are so amazed. I can feel how proud they are of me and my beautiful daughter-how much they love to see us, even if we aren’t really doing anything. So today, I shall write back to my grandma! Unfortunately, I don’t have any good pictures printed out to include, but maybe I’ll take a swing up to Meijer to make a little photo page for them. Yes, I will. Once Sophie is awake from her nap.

My only other plan for the day is getting over to Becky’s at some point to run on the treadmill.