But skipping days or weeks in a row seems to be par for the course nowadays for this exhausted, jet-setting, Grammy--who is not only trying to keep up with the demands of a large and ever-growing, far-flung family, but now has TWO homes that require lots of TLC (and mucho elbow grease!).
(If this is your first time here, you are probably very confused. But stick around for a while--or check out the archives, which are full to bursting with old posts--and you'll know what I'm talking about.)
So a week ago, I wrote a "What I've Been Up To" post, since I'd been AWOL from the blog for too long. And now here I am again, playing catch-up.
Anyway, the biggest news I have for you concerns our newest grandchild, #6. It's a boy!! And his name here at the blog will henceforth be "Little Dude."
Our sweet little grandson made his grand entrance into the world on November 9. His mom (Ginger) and dad (our second-born son) had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary on November 8.
I was up in NY when things started happening, staying overnight at our Oyster Haven VRBO house; and once I knew that Ginger was in labor, I had lots of nervous energy. So I painted a bedroom while I waited to get updates. Here it is all finished. (It's not quite showcase-ready yet, but someday I'll show you what it looks like when the beds are made up and I've hung one more piece of artwork on the wall between them.)
I drove back to NH, where I met up with my husband that night. Then we took an early flight together the next morning to go down to VA and meet our wee grandson. We could only stay overnight, because the very next day, my husband had to fly another trip. But we are so thrilled that we got to hold him so soon after his birth.
This is not a biased Grammy talking, I swear: that little boy is utterly adorable! He has a sweet little face, the beautiful face of a doll. We are already so in love with him.
And this sweet angel is the first junior in our family, named after his daddy.
Four and a half years ago, my husband and I welcomed our first grandchildren, identical twin girls. And our lives were forever changed. Now with the birth of sweet Little Dude, we have six of them, four girls and two boys--with another little girl in utero who will join our clan in February. Our string of Pearls just keeps getting longer and longer, and it's just so wonderful and miraculous that sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to make sure we're not dreaming!
And you can be sure that we're already plotting our next trip down to see this adorable little fella who is the newest member of the clan.