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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gramma Freckles' Visit

Nick's mom (AKA Gramma Freckles) lives in Corona, CA. We fly her out once a year but missed last year due to scheduling conflicts. So we were very anxious to see her! I booked her flight about a month prior and for some reason got confused, thinking she was arriving Friday, April 2nd. A few days before the flight the airline sent me a reminder, that's when I noticed the arrival date was April 1st! We decided not to tell Roman & Dallon and let them be surprised. It was April Fools after all! This is Rocco greeting Gramma at the airport. Because of the date mishap, Nick had not scheduled Thursday off, actually neither did I but someone had to pick Gramma up & Rocco & I were happy to do so!
This picture is a little blurry because I cropped & zoomed in so you could see their shocked faces when they realized Gramma was with me to meet them on their walk home from school. (Unrelated: Gammy had spent all day with Dallon on a 1st grade field trip to MOSH. Thanks Gammy!!)
APRIL FOOLS!! They were thrilled!!
Gramma Freckles w/Dallon & Roman. Perfect timing because this was their last day of school for over a week! Spring Break Baby! And Gramma is here for over two weeks! THESE are some happy boys!
I like this one of Gramma & Roman.
Friday we relaxed and caught up until Nick got home then Gammy & I went out for pedicures and some dress shopping for Easter. Gramma decided to hang out with her boys. (Unrelated: I'll never forget the family that lost their lives in a car accident in Hilliard that tragic Friday afternoon.)
Saturday we attended the First Baptist Church egg hunt at the Tolosi Farm. I'll post a few more in a Easter post later. Here is a picture of Gramma & Gammy checking out a lama.
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Saturday evening Roman started complaining of a headache & Dallon started complaining of itching. Little did we know they would end up being sick for most of their spring break. We thought they had the chicken pox but after a trip to the doctor because Roman's headache/fever wouldn't go away and Dallon's developing fever/throwing up, Roman was diagnosed with sinus problems and bronchitis, Dallon with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, a systemic vasculitis. What? Yep, we had to google it too.
While the boys were down & out Daddy decided to restart the remodeling that had been put on hold since summer. He found a great deal on cabinets & went to work on installing them. I was able to sell our old ones on, Praise the Lord! With the boys sick on the couch & Nick working in the kitchen I decided to work instead of taking off the days I scheduled. We weren't able to do some of the fun things we had planned but you just can't help getting sick. Might as well save them for later. Gramma & Rocco pulled up most of the old flooring.
Nick & Web worked on getting the new cabinets in.
Gramma is a 'doer', our yard was clearly being neglected so she hopped right on & took care of biznatch!
Nick wasn't sure WHAT to think! OK, maybe he was nervous because the last woman to ride this ran it in the ditch. (Sorry Babe.)
Rocco wasn't sick so he still had to be entertained! They had some quality time together.
The boys started feeling better the Friday before they went back to school. Poor guys.. The following week I took Wednesday off so I could treat the Grands (+ Rock) to a special day out. Gramma loves tea so I had just the place! We went to Cozy Tea in Five Points and were very pleased with our visit. Such a girly place! (Thanks Lindia for the recommendation!)
Gammy had Peach Mango tea with her meal.
Gramma had Kiwi Melon, I had Strawberry.
Rocco refilling Gramma's cup.
After the boys got out we hit a couple local hot spots for pictures. Most of the Wisteria & Azaleas were in full bloom the week before but again, there was the sick issue. Thanks to some friends we found some still going pretty strong. I sure wish these blooms lasted longer.
This is at a friend's house. The picture doesn't do the view justice!
Earlier that day we attended Dallon's 1st grade awards. Dallon made his first B (Math), which he plans on bringing back up this nine weeks. He does work hard & we are proud! He also received Perfect Attendance, Accelerated Reader, Citizenship & AB Honor Roll.
The next day was Roman's & we did attend but had to cut out right after his class was recognized so the picture came later. Congratulations to Roman for getting #2 in Accelerated Reader for all of 4th grade!! Also, Citizenship & AB Honor Roll.
Since our plans changed when the boys got sick Nick decided to take off the Friday before Gramma had to head back and we kept the boys home too. We all loaded up & spent the day at one of our favorite places, St. Simon's Island, GA! Our first stop, Bubba Garcias! We discovered our love for this hole in the wall Mexican restaurant a few years ago while vacationing here. If you're around Nick for any length of time you're bound to hear about this place & their shrimp quesadillas.
The pier
The lighthouse is being remodeled. We climb this a few years ago when we were here. Beautiful views!
Momma & her youngest boy.
Chillin in the gazebo by the lighthouse. My boys took their shirts off the minute we hit the sand on the beach.
There was a lot of dancing. We had to make our own music though.
The boys were so happy when we arrived at 5th & Beachview Drive. This is a great spot we discovered a few years ago. We like it because of the sandbar. Makes Mommy & Daddy a tad bit less nervous.
Squint real hard & you'll see Gramma on the steps.
Nick took the boys out to the sandbar.
Momma & her boy again.
Time to say goodbye for another year. Gramma went home Saturday, April 17th. Good news was she was going to be seeing Teri, Gabby & BeeBop, who arrived back to the states from Australia the day before. We look forward to seeing them when they fly back to SC in a few weeks.
Love you Gramma Freckles! Thank you for coming!

1 comment:

  1. What great memories! Sorry your boys have been so sick. No fun!
    Love the idea of the tea room.
    Crack me up about Nick and his food. I still remember going to Fat Boys (i think that's what it was called) with you guys and Nick sampling food from OUR plates! That man loves his food~ that's probably why we all get along so well! Totally hillarious!