Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekend Update

My friends, I have only been away for a week and a few days but so much has happened.  I can't possibly put all my feelings into words, just know that I had one of the happiest weeks of my life.  My daughter Kristen and baby grand Penny stayed with us before their move into their new apartment in Chicago.  The thing that I missed most, having them so far away, was all the ordinary things...watching TV, taking naps, eating meals together...time to play and pretend...learn each others jokes.  Talking, hugging...covering them up while they slept. Real time to just be together, and that's what we had.  As Doug settled up things back in Brooklyn, we girls had fun...except for the four nights sweet p. had a fever and no one got much sleep.  Still, I was there, rocking, singing, sleeping on the edge of my bed when Penny wanted to sleep with Grandma and Grandpa.  It was the best time.  Soon Sweet p was better, (then Grandma got sick) and it was time to head to the city.
How about this head of hair? She is not just a pretty face, this girl is full of love, smart, polite, friendly, kind, funny and she thinks I am a great grandma.  (She told me this while holding my face in her little hands....waaaaaa!)
She likes to talk, sing and dance.  She loves all my treasures. She wanted me, 24/7.  There were times when Grandma needed a personal moment.  It got to the point when she would ask for me and I was in the bathroom that I wouldn't reply.  Smart cookie that she is, she knocked on the door, when I didn't answer, Penny quietly sang..."Do you wanna build a snowman?"  I cried and laughed so hard! All of you who are fans of the movie Fraozen will understand.  So smart...she won't be three until May!
It is not without some sadness, leaving behind her life in New York.  This book is filled with notes from her preschool class and all the teachers.
I know just how they feel.  Now I can have tea parties, pretend ice skating, chasing and running, cuddles and hugs.  This particular party we had included Pete the Cat, Baby, and Lady and the remains of cousin Baby Bug's birthday cake.

Kris was able to keep her job and Doug is now job hunting.  Their things are still on a truck somewhere between here and there.  In the mean time they have camp chairs and inflatable beds, borrowed linens and the all important TV and Internet.  We are less than 30 miles away, and they are blocks from brother Jon and Charlotte and many good friends and family.  It is a happy time for me, but a time of change and a difficult adjustment for Mom and Dad. The change came much quicker than they had planned.  I hope that being in Chicago will be a comfort to them. It is truly a dream come true to all of us who missed them so very much. I had never imagined they would actually come back home, in fact I stopped hoping.  My dear pal Jean kept telling me, they will be back, and she was right, as always.;-)

Sunday, after a trip into the city, we left the little family to getting settled in.  We had company for dinner, Jon and Charlotte, and watched the last half of the football game. My computer was on the blink and sweet hubby cleaned some things up so I was able to post. Things are getting back to the regular routine.  The house seems quieter, but filled at the same time. Life is good, even when it's not perfect.  My family is my treasure, and I am so very grateful for each one of them.

Now back to my life...I think I remember that... sewing, crocheting, crafting, thrifting...Blogging!...getting my house back in order after the holidays...until the weekend, when I hope to build that snowman, or at least pretend to... with my girls!

Thank you friends for stopping by and enjoy this beautiful day.


Lynne said...

Oh my Penny . . . the best time ever. It will be different now, not the brief visits like before where you tried to cram everything into 2-4 days and then they were gone again.
Little P looks like such delight, enjoying make believe, pretending, all her favorite "little people" around her. What fun you'll have. (I can't believe all that long hair!) I loved your Weekend Update . . . It sings of JOY!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

So glad you've had such a wonderful start to 2015, Penny! I know what it's like to live far away from friends and family, maybe too well in fact:( Enjoy your time together! There's nothing like it.

Debby said...

So wonderful. You have to be the greatest grammy ever. Your whole life will change. I am so happy for you.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Penny, what a wonderful time you had with your babies!!!! I'm so happy for you! And now there will be many more memories made since they will be living so much closer. I hope you are doing so good and just wanted to stop by to say hello ~ hugs and love, Dawn