memories. old & new.

May 30, 2012

This past weekend
we took our kids to Hiawatha to spend some time with my grandparents.
They can't really travel much anymore and hadn't met Jia yet.
I feel just awful that she was 3 1/2 months old before we got up there.
At least she's still fairly little and in a really sweet stage right now. :)
We pretty much do the same thing every time we go up there...
They swoon a little over my adorable children ;) and talk about how big they've gotten.
Then we usually have a bite to eat, whether its something I've brought
or at a local place in town. This time we ate at Gus'.
Then we sit on their back porch, watch the kids play and reminisce and tell stories.
This time my dad rode with us.
It's so fun to hear his stories about his old stomping ground.
When we get close to town he starts pointing out locations of mischief.
Its so fun having him there.
His stories are hilarious and its so sweet to watch him care for his elderly parents.
Especially his mother.
I love this picture but its not what it seems...
It looks like my dad is fascinating his parents with his modern technology.
When in all actuality my grandma is quite savvy. :)
She writes me emails and reads my blog.
Not too long ago she opened a facebook account as well.
She's awesome.
My dad loves telling people his granddaughter is a beautiful baby and she looks just like him. :)
He loves his grandpa.

This is actually the neighbor's yard.
Just thought it was pretty. :)
I like how you can see the flags waving in the cemetery in the background.
Memorial Day is an important holiday to my grandparents.
My Grandpa fought in WWII and both of them are really patriotic.
And I mean, they live in a small town smack dab in the middle of the midwest.
It doesn't get more American than that.
Memorial Day always makes me think of them.
It seems like we visited them a lot Memorial Day weekend as kids.
My Grandma has always had beautiful peonies growing (one of my favorite flowers now)
and would cut some for graves we would visit.
One time Jeff and I brought our video camera and set it up
while we listened to my Grandpa tell war stories and my Grandma talk about life as a young woman.
Jaymin showing off his reading skills for Grandma.
When he asked for a drink of water my Grandma brought it to him in this.
A speedracer cup.
From like 1970.
She even had the original helmet lid and straw.
Okay, so I don't know the real year but when my uncle showed up later on,
he wanted to make sure Jay knew it was his and didn't try to sneak home with it. :)
I love how delighted they look holding her. :)
Love that Jett is smiling so good here.
And Jay. The fully trained smiler - thanks to HIS grandma.
I had such a great time.
We were there way later than we had planned
(waiting on some free range beef for my dad - well worth it ;) )
but you just can't take these moments for granted.
It may seem difficult to find time in our busy schedule to make these trips,
but I've never once regretted it.

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