Thursday, January 6, 2011

Abuela aka "Grandmother"

The Visit...

Two grandchildren accompanied by their father, our oldest son, arrived by plane from Mexico the evening of December 30th. Even though it was 10:30 PM the children were excited about seeing "Abuela" ("Grandmother" in Spanish) and "Pop's" Christmas tree and decorations. AND probably more excited to see what Santa had left under the tree.
   Carmen noticed almost immediately upon seeing my nativity scene that Baby Jesus was not in the manger. I showed her where I had placed him, just waiting for her arrival. Carefully Carmen put the Baby Jesus where he belonged. Christmas for us had begun!
  Presents and surprises were handed out and there was so much excitement. Bedtime was late but who was worried about that??
  New Year's Eve we gathered our belongings and drove to the deer lease, mearly a one hour and twenty minute drive away. Friends were gathering for the annual year end festivities, eager to welcome in 2011. Barbecuing and cooking was well underway. My husband and son took the children to the deer blind to see the deer and photograph them. They loved it!
  The party was great and the children enjoyed it as much as the big kids... us!
  Sleeping in late while the dads hunted I prepared a big breakfast with friends.
  After three nights we made our way back to our home. We had a "play-date" with Nancy's (Nancy's Notes) daughter and grandchildren. What fun!
  Carmen and I enjoyed a little retail therapy and I treated Carmen to a mini-manicure. Pink polish of course!
  Shopping was the major sport almost until they left. Living in Mexico there are just things that you think you have to have from the U.S.  The mall, Sephora, Best-Buy, Dillard's, Macy's, lunch at Pappadeaux's and then pizza while seeing old friends was how the day was spent. Evening entertainment along with packing was watching "The Wizard of Oz". Fun! No fear of the monkeys!! What's "wrong " with kids today. No Fear!! Isn't that what the t-shirt says? Guess it's right. (Is that good?)

They have left...

A very early morning trip to the airport to get them on a flight to Guadalajara, a few tears,  breakfast at iHop to delay walking back into a very quiet and empty home. It was a whirlwind visit full of activity, fun, no rest, constant washing, fun, cooking, fun, eating out, fun... well, you get the picture. Grandchildren are so precious. It was great to have them here in our home along with their dad, our oldest son. We are feeling the let-down but starting to plan for a trip down to see them.

Time to start 2011 with new plans and goals. I'll leave that for Monday!

I'm linking to
Show and Tell Friday
at My Romantic Home

My posting is not about a home or decor or the latest craft,
but these grandchildren are the most wonderful
creation in my world.

An interesting transition... my grandchildren speak Spanish as their first language, however, Carmen speaks English as well. David has not started speaking English yet, but does understand it. Carmen was doing a lot of translating in her mind.. and before the visit was over I was no longer "Abuela" but "Grandmother". She says it so sweetly I keep hearing her little voice over and over.

Just made a fun discovery.... Carmen and I are almost the same age and in first grade when this picture of her was taken and the one of me on my first day of school!

Abuela aka "Grandmother"


Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Karen...sounds like you had a WONDERFUL visit with lots of memories for grandparents and grandchildren alike.


Theresa said...

Oh I know you had the BESTEST time ever and sad to see them go! I bet you have so many fun times and pictures to share with us:) Have a blessed day my friend! BIG HUGS!

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Karen...and Happy New Year to you, too!

How wonderful to have had them with you for so long...glad you had such a fabulous time with them! It's always sad when loved ones leave...I'm sorry you're feeling that today.

Wishing you a beautiful, happy day, dear friend!


Julie Harward said...

Ahhh, bless your heart, you are such a good grandma and planning the next visit will help! HUGS ;D

Laura said...

I am in Houston with mine righht now- I know what you mean.
They are precious Karen.
I may need a muscle relaxer!


I want to here all about your goals.

Rita said...

Karen, I'm so glad that you had the chance to be with them and enjoy every moment. It is awfully quiet when they leave isn't it? Isn't Grandparenting great?

Deb said...

it must be hard to send them home...

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a wonderful visit! Sweet times!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

What a wonderful visit! Great memories for the kiddos.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Karen, Carmen and David are so precious and so sweet! The kids loved playing with them! I love that Carmen is calling you "Grandmother", that is so sweet and special.

Know you can't wait to see them again!


Deb said...

the flying monkeys scared me to death...sounds like a wonderful visit...