we played in Colorado with Grandpa and Grandma. My folks drove out for their fall visit to overlap with the two weeks Mike would be working in India. We had a little bit of time all together at the start of their visit, but most of the time he was in India. My mom ended up flying back home for some meetings in Wisconsin, but my dad stuck around until the Saturday Mike flew in. So we ended up only having about twelve hours of time on our own. What a sweet, sweet gift this was to us!
We spent the second day they drove out finishing up some school (this is Micah watching the Introductory Logic videos with Ethan) and tracking their whereabouts on our map.
Here are a couple of pictures from while Mike was still in town. This included the first of two Packer picnics.
They arrived on my mom’s birthday, but we didn’t do the official celebrating until Sunday afternoon at the Melting Pot.
We were able to connect with Mike at some point during most of his days in India. It’s never easy, but it was nice to have little touch points at random times throughout his visit there.
One of the lovely things about my parents’ visits is that we can just experience daily life together. We kept up with school the whole time they were here, and my dad got a few pictures of us doing that together. We also did a lot of just regular life around the house. And my dad and Ethan went birding most mornings. Micah joined at least once, but he was pretty content to stay back at home.
They also joined us for CC and my dad got some pictures of regular rhythms there.
We also always get some projects done around the house while they are here. My mom made us curtains and a new pillow cover for downstairs. My dad put up the curtain rod for Micah’s *eventual* sheet to separate school from Lego. He also helped each boy to do some framing and matting of pictures to decorate their desk areas. Micah also worked with my dad to build a bug hotel for our backyard.
My mom spent some time working on crafts with each of the boys. E learned how to weave (Auntie Mel helped with this, too) and Micah learned some of the first steps to knitting.
Other highlights included Packer picnics, chess with Uncle Joel and a visit to Boulder to see my Dad’s sister and her family. I hadn’t seen my cousin since a couple months after Mikey and I got married.
We also had the pleasure of celebrating my Dad’s birthday with hime before he left for the solo drive back home. I think this was the first time since before college that I was able to be in person with both of my parents on their birthdays. That was very special for me.
The following morning we snapped a few pictures before saying goodbye until Christmas! We were all so very thankful to have this time with them.