Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A few special pictures

The house is very quiet now. I miss the kids a lot. They left at 4:15 this morning for their 16 hour drive home. We so appreciated the time they spent in the car to spend a week with us at Christmas time.

I remember driving many hours from Michigan to Iowa when our children were small, to visit our parents at the holidays. Actually, only tried coming at Christmas once. Weather was always too tricky. Instead, we would always spent Easter and Thanksgiving with our parents. Twice a year, the kids got to know their grandparents. Now, I can understand a little better how our parents felt at this time. They got to hug and love the grandchildren for a short time and then it was only by phone calls the remaining time of the year. Now, I understand the feeling. The only thing that could have made our Christmas a little better would have been having our other daughter and her family join us for this week. Maybe next year.

Josiah with one of his fish

Noah looks quite proud of his catch also

The boys proudly announced at the end of the week that they had caught 43 fish in our back pond and some of the other ponds around where we live. All were placed back into the water to grow bigger until the next time they visit. I thought I heard a large sigh from the pond this morning. The fish are looking forward to some rest.

And then a rare picture. This is my daughter, Angie, and myself. For some reason, we just don't have pictures taken together much and that is something I need to remedy. I realized this when I didn't find any pictures of me with my mother or father.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a list of 'things to do' that can be accomplished in 2010.

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  1. Awww loved the picture of you and your daughter Susan. So glad you had such a wonderful Christmas with your grandkids this year.

    I remember leaving Mom and Dad's house after Christmas, heading back down to CA, with all of us bawling, I hated that part, since Pat and I lived so far away we only got home once a year also during those years. It was always so hard on my folks.

    We have good memories though and lots of pictures to look back on. So it's good to hear that you'll be taking more important.

    Hello to the Trout!

  2. Cathy, your sentiments about having to say good-bye to your grandsons for now brought a tear to my eye. ((hugs))

    But what a lovely, lovely visit! Lifetime memories for all. I had to chuckle about the pond giving a sigh. :)

    Beautiful, beautiful family and you and your daughter look so pretty together!

    All the best to you and your family in 2010. xo ~m

  3. Being with family is what the holidays are all about- You have a beauiful family. I really enjoyed this blog post.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  4. My sister and I do that same "no photo thing" I think it is that we are so busy talking, cooking, and taking pictures of each others kids. We get to see our grandson this coming weekend, it sure makes you pack a lot of lovin' in a short time when they live a ways away.

  5. Like you I can often be so taken up with what I am doing it is only afterwards that I realise I would have liked a picture. Glad you got one with your daughter.

    Reading the distance you have to travel to be with family I realise how fortunate I am to only have to travel an hour (mind you it is on London's orbital motorway which is sometimes described as the largest car park in the country) It must be so hard saying goodbye to the grandchildren in your circumstances.