We are so fortunate that we have the family that we do. We drove out of Anchorage today down to the city of Kenai to be greeted by two of the sweetest little faces. We have a total of three grandchildren, two in Alaska and one in Idaho. I wouldn’t trade a single one. I am fortunate enough to have been married in to their lives, the two in Alaska, when I married Rich; I got Jacob when Kayla got married. I am so lucky.
Payten is just over a year old; she is crawling and kind of walking; her favorite toy is her purple turtle. She is super sweet, her facial expressions are the best. Whenever Grandpa asks her for a kiss, she wrinkles up her nose and says “nooooo”, but she says it so dang cute, with a little New Jersey twang. Grandpa just laughs. It took her a minute to warm up to us, but now she crawls all over us.
Austin is 3 ½; we have known him well since he was born. Austin came to live with us when he was about six weeks old. For the first few months he moved back and forth between our son’s house and ours. When he was six months old, he moved in to our house with his mom for the next nine months. We got to know him well. As we sat at dinner that first night, he looked over and said “I love you Grandma.” I love that kid, he is so dang sweet.
I think the most generous thing anyone can do is open up their home to you. We’ve been staying with Rich and Brittany for the week, interrupting their routine, throwing off the kids’ schedule, we’ve got our own room, but anytime you have family in your house, I know it’s not easy. Of course, this gives us great access to the grandkids, and that is why we are here, to get to know them, to make sure they know us.
I love our family, those that I’m currently with and all the others. But for this week, I’m going to love on those babies and enjoy every one of those hugs and kisses I can coax out of them this week.