Greetings From Chilly Washington DC!


Only the pull of our precious granddaughter would take us away from temperate  S. California and toward chilly, chilly Metro DC in the winter!

But one of the very wonderful things about being retired is the ability to visit our granddaughter on a very regular basis even though she and her mommy and daddy relocated here to Metro DC about 18 months ago. Previously they lived much closer to us in San Diego County, an easy 90 minute drive from our home, so it was a massive adjustment for all concerned when they moved to their current home.

We were our granddaughter's caretakers during her first year, after which my daughter took a year off from teaching to stay home with her. So to say we are very, very close to her would be quite the understatement. Since they've moved east, we've flown out approximately every two to three months to see our girl, staying anywhere from a week to a month each time, and Skyped and FaceTime'd weekly in between. The result of all of this time, money, and energy is that our now-3 year old granddaughter literally launches herself into our arms each time we arrive, and happily goes anywhere and everywhere with us during our visits.

Although being with her for an extended time can be exhausting - So. Much. Energy! - it is also completely wonderful. What a gift to have a little person absolutely love to be in your presence due to receiving your absolutely undivided attention! And now that she's able to more clearly communicate her many thoughts, our collective enjoyment has climbed to a whole new level. So many wonderful moments this visit already, and so many more still to come as we are increasingly able to plan more and more complicated things to do together.

The only negative? The wrenching difficulty of saying 'Goodbye' after each visit. But we still have a few more days together to go, so I don't have to think about that just yet!


Make it a great day wherever you are!

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  1. What a cutie! Enjoy every minute of your visit. We are expecting to head off to see our "girl" in about a week. Can't wait.

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    1. It's an amazing kind of love, isn't it? Enjoy your visit as well!

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  2. She is a doll!!! We are headed to DC in June..should me warmer then, lol!! Worth every second to see that smiling face!

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    1. DC in June should be lovely, Andrea! As many times as we've been here, we never seem to run out of things to do. Or terrific places to eat!

      As an aside, the National African American History Museum is still the hottest ticket in town, so if you are planning to visit you might want to visit their website to see about getting advanced tickets. Otherwise I think you'll be good!

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  3. Oh, the love between the generations. Each time you visit, you're building connections. A most heart-warming moment for me is when my oldest granddaughter has taken her leave, then turns on her heel for one more big hug.

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    1. Oh, so sweet/lovely Mona! Thank you for sharing that.

      We can now take our girl on the Metro and into DC without Mom or Dad. She loves riding on it, and then visitung one of DC's many toddler -friendly museum play areas. So much joy in watching her having fun. It never gets old. 💗

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  4. I was thinking that very same thing! That only your little doll could prompt you to leave your warm California sunshine to brave wintry Washington. But that smile, oh, brighter than any sun! What an absolute doll baby.

    I had forgotten that you cared for her that first year. No wonder you have such a deep love and bond with your little one. I have never been with my grands for more than a week or so at a time, except at their births. But I still feel so close to them.

    Enjoy every single precious second of your visit. Will look forward to hearing some of what you gals did together. And seeing more photos!! XO

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    1. When we are here for longer than a week, we will usually leave for a few days or longer, then return, then leave again, etc. It keeps our visit 'fresh' and often times the kids will drive down to wherever we are for the day, or longer depending. We also pitch in and help with the shopping, pet walking, cooking and kitchen cleanup, and I always give my daughter money toward the extra groceries I know she needs to buy when we are there. It all seems to add up to enough help that they seem to sincerely not mind our longish visits!

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