The Grandkids have grown so much over this year, as you can see from the above photos. Our oldest grandson, Kai, who is 19 years old, has grown into a fine young man. I’m sure the girls are swooning all over him. We don’t get to see him much as he lives in Japan with his Dad. We miss them a lot.
Emily and Jake had a lot of fun this past summer. Emily found a huge slug in the backyard. She was so enthralled with it. It certainly was the biggest slug I ever saw! We both hate bugs but we also give exception to ladybugs. Emily enjoyed them all summer long. Emily also learned how to climb a tree in the fall and is up there every chance she gets. Jake joined her in the tree with a little help from his Dad and Grandpa Al and boy, was it hard to get him down. He loved it up there!
Emily started Kindergarten in September. She loves school. She was so excited to ride on a school bus on her field trip. It was her first time riding on a school bus. She just recently made “Student of the Month”. We are so proud of her.
Al and I enjoyed having barbecues and backyard fun with Emily and Jake. They are so full of energy. We can’t keep up with them but boy, they leave so many smiles on our face.
For my birthday (61st) this year my son, LeRoy, brought me some beautiful flowers, took me out to lunch, and then the movie “It” which I’ve been wanting to see. Al and LeRoy made it a beautiful day. I loved the movie. I do love scary movies and thrillers.
Life was pretty low key for the next couple of months. Al and I stayed home for Thanksgiving. Rachel’s Mom invited us over for dinner but we opted for a quiet evening at home. Both of us ended up sick so never had the dinner but that’s okay. We had each other.
Our 1st snow was on Nov 6th this year.
Emily had a sleepover here on December 9th and we had a blast those two days. We went to McDonald’s for lunch so she could play inside. It was very cold those days. Grandpa took her to the park the next morning. Grandma went for the warmer playground.
After McDonald’s Emily and I headed up the street to visit a couple of reindeer that arrived in Spokane the day before. She loved them!
We headed home soon after. Al set up our tree and I fluffed it out and added the lights. Emily was now ready to decorate the tree. She did the whole tree and it came out beautiful. It’s our new family tradition, having Emily and Jake, when he gets older, decorate our tree. We listened to Christmas music and love was in the air. Grandpa Al hit the sack early. He usually goes to bed between 7 and 8 pm and gets up very early in the morning. Emily always tucks him in, giving him a kiss goodnight and putting out the light. It’s so sweet!
The next morning Grandpa took her to the park. It was rather cold and there were no kids there so they came home early. Emily and I spent the rest of the days making sugar cookies. Emily liked playing in the dough and flour. We made enough cookies for her to take some home.
Jake got to spend the day with Grandma recently. He is such a joy to be around. At two years old he is quite the smart little boy. When I spend time in the kitchen doing dishes Jake always grabs his little stool and sets it in front of the sink. He loves to play in the water. He knocks on Grandpa’s study to get him to play foosball with him. He is getting the hang of the game really fast. He loves foosball, and Grandpa, of course. He is just staring to enjoy doing some puzzles and he yells yahoo! when he gets the pieces in place.
Al and I are heading over to LeRoy’s for Christmas Day dinner. It will be a low-key day with just them and us. Rachel celebrates with her family on Christmas Eve. I’ll be watching Jake for a bit today while LeRoy goes to a teacher conference with Emily. Afterwards he’ll drop Emily off for some time with Grandma making goodies for Christmas Day. Mom and Dad have to do some shopping at Costco so the kids being here will make it easier for them.
I hope all of you will be having a wonderful Christmas holiday with your friends and family.
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