August 14, 2007

We had the greatest trip visiting with our son, daughter-in-law and our little guy, Seth.  We are lucky because we do get to see him (and them) every 3-6 months. However, the growth and maturity we witnessed is unbelievable. I know, every grandma says the same thing. "My grandchild is brilliant."  However, that might be true for all of you grandparents, but, my grandson is amazing. We were in the car driving around and he at almost 2 1/2 knew what freeways to take to get to his father's job and his swim lessons, plus every store (i.e. Target) and restaurant. I thought my son was smart as a child (he still is), but this little guy knocked me over.
We went to swim lessons with him, gym lessons and spend a great deal of our three days with him, just hanging out. My daughter-in-law is the best. Since our son had to work the entire time and we all knew that going in, she was our hostess with the mostess. She never made us feel like outlaws and we were very grateful.
It was very difficult leaving Houston, but we did have a wonderful wedding to attend in Belmont, CA. I made the arrangements for the flights really believing there was only one stop over from Houston to Oakland. Well my eyes must have moved while making the arrangements because, we went from Houston to Las Vegas, to Burbank then on to Oakland. It was one long trip. Luckily, my husband is really good about things like this and I slept the entire trip, getting up every now and again. We hit Oakland and a friend picked us up from the airport and drove us to our destination. The next day was the wedding and it was beautiful. Then the final day was off to home. We had a great time. We were gone for almost a week and as nice as it is to go away, it's even nicer to come home.

Maxine and Steve 8/4/07 Belmont, CA 

Strange how we miss our everyday life.  I missed my aquatic aerobics class. Steve missed his errands. Silly things, you know?
Before we went away we saw the movie "Hairspray". Great feel-good movie. It has an anti-racial theme but really it's about all of us being unique and different, learning to accept each other for our differences.  I loved the mother daughter relationship. I connected greatly to 'Edna and Tracey.' There are days I feel so alone missing my mom. I can only imagine and I really do not want to imagine, moms who have lost daughters viewing this movie. However, for the majority of the public, this movie rocks.
Last night we saw "The Bourne Identity". Mind you I had absolutely no desire to see this, but in our relationship/marriage/friendship, we try very hard to respect the wishes of one another and take turns seeing movies. I put my foot down on scary ones. However, for the most part, we see many of "his" movies and many of "my" movies. I am glad we saw this one. Great flick. Very intense, lots of actions and interesting.
So now we are home. Doing what we do best:  hanging out and seeing friends and going to the pool and going to the movies. Before I turn around, Steve will be back at work and we will plan our next trip to see Seth, his mom and his dad and his new sibling. Imagine, we are going to be grandparents a second time. Our son is an only child and this new little one is justification for me. Amen to a healthy and happy new baby.


Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
... Stevie Nicks, c1975

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