Thursday 19th September 2013

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Grandma and Grandaddy (or Grandpa and Grandpa as Archer is currently calling them) visited us in May.

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Their visit coincided with Violet’s last week of school. Dad watched Archer so Mom and I could volunteer at Violet’s End of Year party. Mom thought the party could use a baby pool so she supplied the one pictured above. It was a hit and the kids crammed in shoulder to shoulder.

Violet couldn’t have had a better first grade teacher. I love her for so many reasons but especially for one particular event that will stick with me for a long time. I was at the school volunteering at a holiday party when Violet spilled her hot chocolate. Instead of chiding her (as I was doing) her teacher reacted with compassion and sympathy, remarking how she wished she had cocoa left in her cup as she would certainly share it with Violet. She is one special lady and we miss her.

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We took the pool back to our house after the party and much to Archer’s great enjoyment, Mom hooked it up to our swing set. I’ve always been impressed at my mom’s kid-entertainment skills.

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Later she even swapped the pool out for our slip and slide.

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The night before Violet’s last day of school Mom made dozens of tiny braids in Violet’s hair. She strutted out of the house for her last day with super cool crimped hair.

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I love these people.

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Dad planting star jasmine. I’ve fallen in love with this plant after moving here and always wanted one of my own.

The main feature of our tiny backyard are two long brick planters that encircle our patio. They’ve sat for years holding rocks and weeds and I’ve made several half hearted and unsuccessful attempts to clean them out for planting. I mentioned this offhandedly to my parents and their ears perked and they immediately swarmed into action. They hauled rocks out and hacked weeds (really runners from our oak). Dad sweet talked contractors (for new filler rock), cemented to prevent oak encroachment, mixed good soil, and planted starters for a garden. I absolutely love the results.

They also reorganized the garage so we could fit two cars in it for the first time ever. I’m going to have to watch what I say around them!

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Here is Violet with the tomatoes on the fourth of July.

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Mom had just sent us the dress (which she made for V) and I took some pictures to show her how it fit.

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Here Violet is a few weeks later with our first eggplant harvest. Every time this summer that we harvested tomatoes, eggplant, basil, etc I was reminded of Mom and Dad’s work and humbled by the love they showed us in their labors. Thank you guys!

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2 Responses to “Grandma and Grandaddy Visit”

  1. Grandma Nobles says:

    We had such a good time! I can’t believe it will be almost 6 months before we see you again. Can’t wait for Thanksgiving!

  2. Aunt Becca says:

    Great pics! LOVE the pic of Grandaddy with Archer on the bike. Too cute. Haha, Grandpa and Grandpa. Is there a twitter name for Archer coming soon with his Archer-isms?!

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