Sunday, May 16, 2010

A visit from Grandma and Grandpa Brady

We sure have been enjoying the spring family visit series here in Quantico this year.  Every month it's been somebody, from February on.  We've really cherished these times.  They mean the world to us, as Tim and I each come from big close-knit families (in Ohio and Massachusetts, respectively) that we miss dearly.  I realized today that this visit from Tim's parents was the end of the line.  No more visits (that we know of) from now until we leave at the end of August.  The girls and I will be meeting them, as well as the girls' aunties and cousins in Pennsylvania in July.  I am so grateful for all the ways we have to stay in touch -- Facebook, Skype, this blog, the good old-fashioned phone..

They drove down from Massachusetts on Wednesday the 12th, and they left in the wee hours of this morning.  It was a busy few days.  We celebrated some milestones:  Tim's graduation from Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS),  Annie's first birthday, and the beginning of Tim's summer at Officer Candidate School (OCS) as an academics instructor.  And we went ahead and traded in our Jeep Grand Cherokee (I still love that car!) for the Chevy Traverse we'd been looking at and discussing the past several weeks.  In between all those things, we spent a lot of time in the backyard watching the girls play.  We also did a lot of shopping, and Grandma spoiled the girls with lots of new clothes.  Their wardrobes are all set for summer now!

The girls had so much fun with Grandma and Grandpa.  Even Annalise seemed to be over her fearfulness from before.  She cried for about the first five minutes after they came in the door, and was fine after that.  I was allowed to leave the room, and Grandma even put her to bed while Tim and I were buying the new car.  That was the first time anyone besides me has put her to bed for the night.  She's growing up.

The first thing the girls did was dig into the big trunk full of princess dresses Grandma brought.

Here comes the drooly bride
Sleepy afternoon on the couch

EWS graduation

Annie loved to make us nervous by climbing on that chair.
OCS Family Day

There's something about Grandpa that induces sleep.

Right after receiving her balloon doggy, Delaney dropped it on the grass where, to her shock and dismay, it popped.  Luckily, this nice young man made her one more, and that one lasted about an hour.

Three guesses as to who gave Delaney cotton candy?

1 comment:

  1. I love the baby-wearing Grandpa!!!
    Congrats to Tim on EWS graduation.