Thursday, May 22, 2014
Great Grandparents are Grand
Greetings friends and family,
The 4 Webbs are in a mad dash to the end of this week so we can get the summer started. Before I get to the week's excitement, I want to give a summary of Easton and Layla's family tree. They have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, and 4 great grandparents. The grandparents are well known here on the blog, but I want to explain the additional generation of their lineage.
Kendra's mom, Ouma, is the daughter of Pudge and Ellie Swingle. Ellie is known as GG to us and the twins. We are grateful she has been a part of their lives since they were born. This is a picture from last summer of GG watching intently as the twins show off their pool jumping skills. We are all giddy waiting for the next few days to go by so we can all hang out again together.
Kendra's Dad's parents, Avon and Don are both alive and well. I found this picture on another family member's page and chose it because it's recent and shows the two of them together. The other pictures I have of them are from Bree and Logan's wedding, but I didn't get a picture of the two of them together. Anyway, we are very blessed to spend time with Kendra's grandparents and I'm happy the twins know them. It's rare to have 4 generations of lineage and I recognize the value of the twins spending time with the blood relatives they came from.
On my side of the family, my Dad's parents have both passed away. The twins never knew either of them, but then again I didn't know them very well either. The first funeral I ever remember attending was my grandfather's.
My mom's mom passed away 13 years ago so the twins didn't know her. Mom's dad, John, is still alive at age 96 in a nursing home. He suffers from memory loss and has for the past few years. I would have liked for the twins to meet him, but that is just not meant to be.
This summer is going to be filled with quality and quantity of time with Easton and Layla's grandparents. The entire summer... We've been waiting for tomorrow since January 1 of this year. The reason is because we know school is over, our vacation will begin, and we get to disconnect from the church world and all responsibilities of life in AZ. I am more excited to go to Sacramento than any year in our 12 years of marriage.
This week flew by because I've had my nose to the grindstone for work and also coordinating the pool plumbing repair ($600) and installation of all-new sprinkler lines in our front and back yard. Another $3,500 thrown into the moneypit. I'm almost convinced we'll have a brand new house except for the studs in the wall by next year because of all the home repair and replacement. Even with all the extra costs I'm still grateful to have such a functional house. It is a blessing, for sure. We are using the house to its full potential as an entertainment party pad. That makes it worthwhile. We've been having families over for dinner, church leadership meetings, and lots of single young adults pass through our "house of healing" as we call it.
Kendra and Layla were in the kitchen baking something delicious. I couldn't help but notice the cute aprons and similarity of smiles. The twins are at that in-between stage where they are getting too big to hold like toddlers, but they are too short stand eye-to-eye. So we use a chair!
This week has been all work and no play because of the ridiculous amount of work required to get ready to travel. I was able to squeeze in a trip to the duck park between work and dinner. It's already hot, but the ducks don't care. they still eat our stale bread. layla's highlight was seeing the baby ducks. She goes ga-ga over little baby anythings. especially furry little ducks. They ate well, thanks to layla.
Easton was more impressed with the little fish that swirled the water as they ate the bread. He was out over his tippy toes a couple of times at the edge of the water and almost fell in. He was so intrigued by the fish.
Friday will probably be the best day of Easton's life. We have a huge surprise in store for him and can't wait to have some serious adventures he'll never forget.
See you soon!