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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Grand Giggles Galore

That's the best way to describe how things went this past Easter weekend for a first (and long-awaited) family get together with the grandchildren and their mom. We'd been vaccinated over 2 weeks prior to our weekend reunion in RI.
As expected and long-anticipated by us, there was the usual holiday event of egg coloring. While it had been a couple of years since we had last done this activity with both grands, they willingly obliged and joined in again. By way of a video visit, youngest granddaughter Lilliana, 3, joined in as she and her mom colored eggs in PA; the video photos didn't come come out good.
Naturally, both grandkids have really grown since we last saw them in 2019, which seems such a long time ago, 16 months to be exact. Bobby is 14 as of December and Ellie will be 10 years old this July. Both have been distance learning at home for nearly a year and expect to return to classroom learning by this fall — Bobby in 9th grade and Ellie in 5th grade.
Because the outside weather, while sunny, was unseasonable chilly (this is New England), there were several hours spent playing indoor board games, including the above chess game between Bobby and Grenville, which grandson won.
A photo request resulted in a series of very happy faces from both Bobby, Ellie and Grandpa Grenville. It showed how glad everyone was to see one another again.
There was also a more serious look to photos of Ellie and with her mom, Shannon.
Although we were not able to visit with family members in other states, they sent some holiday pics. The top photos show granddaughter Lilliana in PA. And, not one, but two Easter bunnies visited my brother's NJ home to the delight of his granddaughter, Autumn (our great niece). Wearing her holiday finery, she posed with her grandparents after services. My brother also celebrated an Easter birthday.

We hope that your holidays had happy moments. Hopefully, this was the just the first of more family visits this year as travel becomes easier and, of course, safer.

20 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

That must have been so satisfying and most greatly appreciated.

Sandra said...

I can feel your joy and happiness coming out of this post and Grenville looks estatic as do the kids. can't believe their ages and how much they have grow up

Marcia said...

So glad to hear you got to travel and see family. We are headed west tomorrow to do the same thing. It hasn't been as long a separation as you had but 7 months is a lot in a 3 year old's life.

We shared granddaughters here in NH with their grandparents from GA who drove up with a stop in MD to see other family. They are all fully vaccinated. It was nice to be with a group and not have to wear masks.

David said...

Beatrice, Looks like everyone really enjoyed this long overdue visit! The good news is at that age, they're still willing to hang out with their grandparents. Ours are 17 and 20 and we (or even their parents) aren't at the top of the list for 'fun times'...even though they are still affectionate. Their social life is #1! It will be June or July before we get up to Omaha. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Stevenson Q said...

Such lovely lovely memories you got here! I am happy that you got vaccinated and I pray that you stay healthy and happy always dear Beatrice! Lovely to see your grandkids :)

Emma Springfield said...

Bobby is a young man already!? The children all look so happy. I'm glad all of you had a good Easter.

Bijoux said...

Wonderful! I’m so glad you finally got to be together. Hopefully, another road trip is in store forPA and NJ.

Rita said...

I am so glad you got to see family for Easter!! Such a long time to go without seeing those young ones!! Looks like a wonderful time. :)

Jeanie said...

Every single smile is worth a million bucks! I'm so glad you were able to spend the holiday with your lovely family. You can just see the love here!

Lee said...

How wonderful it must have been for you to spend the time with your much-loved family, Beatrice. Lovely children they are...and after not seeing them for 16 months, you would certainly have noticed how much they had grown and matured. :)

Take good care... :)

DUTA said...

ן wonder as to how things are with your grandkids regarding school, Here, where I live there's great debate and quarrel about getting back to standard school (that is - no zoom, no capsules), and about the plan to get the kids vaccinated.Hard times for all: parents, pupils, teachers.

William Kendall said...

It looks like you had fun.

Jon said...

What a lovely, happy family. I'm glad that you were able to spend time together. And I wish I knew how to play chess!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It must be great for you to all get together again.

Joyce F said...

Making memories. Lovely! Worth the wait!

My name is Erika. said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun. And it must have been wonderful to see the grandkids too. I see lots of smiles. There's nothing better than smiled! Hugs-Erika

baili said...

the happiness and peace revealing by these family photos made my eyes teary with gratitude dear friend!

what a wonderful day to have family together :)
all photos of your grand kids with different poses are BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!

Liliana i growing up fast and i feel so close to her as it seems just while ago you posted about her birth :)
more shower of blessings upon you and loved ones !

Doris Fahnestock said...

What a sweet time with your family. The pictures with all the smiles tells the story!

Linda G. said...

I am so glad that you finally got to visit with some family members face to face. Your picture show smiles all around. It looks like everyone had a wonderful Easter together.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Everybody looks so happy...your vaccinations were perfectly timed for the Holiday! I’m glad you had such a lovely visit.