Jan 19, 2012

Off to see the Grands...

We got home today from visiting Oregon to visit the Grandparents.  We visited Tone's grandparents and his Aunt Lisa and Uncle Jack and also my Dad.
Traveling always means getting up before it's light to be at an airport around 4:30am.  The kids don't love it, but they like the adventure of going new places.  Here they are peaking out of the window to see if our airplane had arrived.  Tessa loved going around the airport pulling a little backpack on wheels and waving "bye bye" to us.  For added humor, her shoes squeak like dog toys when she steps so we don't lose her.
We arrived in Oregon feeling good at about noon on Sunday.

The rest of Sunday and Monday we spent with Tone's family.  Tuesday we visited with my Dad.  Wednesday we were up at the crack of dawn again to fly home.

It was SO good to see my dad again since Tessa had gotten so much bigger than the last time we saw him.  Hunter and Ainsley chattered away at the restaurant and Tessa was her usual pain making trouble at the table. We shot the breeze and he brought the kids little toys which delighted them. It didn't take long for my kids to get reacquainted and Tessa let him hold her which is kind of a big deal for her. We would have gone up to his house but he lived up the hill and we kinda got snowed out so he came down in his truck.  Welcome to Oregon.  

It was also good to see Tone's grandparents.  Grandpa Bernard married us (along with my pastor) and he did a little speech on the importance of passing on our Christian heritage.  Well, here we are doing our best to pass on that great legacy to our three children.  I had a wonderful time listening to his stories at night. He had plenty of them after 38 years of pastoring before retiring. He is full of humor and grace but calls a spade a spade.   He's a really wonderful man who married an equally wonderful woman and I only hope to be similar when I am 87.

Monday we had a big lunch with Tone's grandparents at Tone's Aunt Lisa and Uncle Jack's house.  I love Tone's Aunt Lisa and we are blog and facebook friends. Her blog is full of good recipes and thrifting fun. Isn't it funny how one can get to "know" someone through the internet?  It's a wonderful tool for that sometimes. I didn't get any photos of Lisa or Jack who entertained Hunter for quite a long time building a Lego contraption with gears.  Bummer. Grandpa especially loves games so we finished it off with a game of triple Yahtzee.  Lets just say Grandpa and Grandma may have slowed down physically, but they are still sharp as a tack.  Here is Grandpa getting a Yahtzee!

Grandma doesn't like this picture of herself, but I like it because she read to Ainsley quite a bit while we were there and Ainsley was mesmerized.   Grandma Audrey was a teacher for 29 years and she has the BEST reading voice.  It almost mesmerized me while I was listening!
It was a short two and a half day visit and we were off again at 4:00am Wednesday morning.  It snowed  or rained the whole time we were there. We had to go home via Salt Lake City because of loaded flights, but we were still home by noon.  We seem to spend a great deal of our life in airports.  Is it worth it?  Most people tell me that they wouldn't do it.  Flying standby with four littles is not for the faint of heart.

Yes, of course.  This weekend was spent full of family that I love.  It reminded me why I do what I do with my children.  I want to leave a legacy, and I want my children to know the people who have impacted Tone and me in leaving that legacy.  So: Totally worth it.


  1. I love the picture of Tessa and her little backpack! You have a future world-traveler on your hands!

    It looks like you all had a great time with family! I always love spending time with mine too.

    1. Tessa loved that little backpack. It was the highlight of her trip. Who knew?

  2. It was so fun to spend time with you in person, Jenny! Thanks for making the effort to bring your "littles" to see us. It was super special and I know it meant the world to my parents! Love you all! Oh and thanks for the link to my blog. :-)

  3. Oh, just one more comment: I just realized Padme' (the cat) made your blog! She's up on her tower peeking over Dad's shoulder in that great photo you took of him playing Yahtzee. Love it!