Monday, October 9, 2017

The day after.....

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6:48 AM (PCT) - Monday - October 9th - 66º F, 34% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the north.....forecast high for Ontario, CA today is 86º F, and in Livingston, MT where we will end our day it will be 55º F (30º F right now).

We awoke the morning after the wedding to light streaming in our bedroom window......all the wedding plans had gone off without a hitch, and at the end of the night the bride and groom were quite happy and amazingly relaxed....... 

Our kids left to right:  Kate, Chris, Laila (newest addition to our family), Tim, Sharon and Meredith......our family keeps getting bigger!

......I ordered another large pot of coffee from 'room service'.....it was there within 3 minutes of me hanging up the phone......I guess that would be the least one might expect for $14.95, no?

Our daughter, Kate, had arranged to host a Sunday brunch at her home in Ontario (used to be our home) at 11 am, and we had one errand to run prior to that so we were in our car heading south to the local Trader Joe's by 10 am.   We arrived at Kate and Nick's home just before 11 am, and within 20 minutes the house was full of the sound of many friends and relatives.  It remained that way until close to 2 pm when one by one we began to say our 'until next times'........by mid afternoon it was just us, Kate, Nick and the kids.....time for a nap!

One of the downsides to our nomadic lifestyle is that we miss a lot of face time with our grand kids.  Sure, we see them on Instagram almost every day, but they don't see us, and whenever we are in town we go through that 'who are these strangers wanting to hug and kiss us?' thing for about a day each time.  Well, Sunday was the payoff when I was able to spend a lot of time holding Brayden (Sharon's son) and Jolene (Kate's daughter)......we have resolved to talk with each of them at least once a week via 'Facetime' on TLE's iPhone, so they won't forget who we are and what we look like this time.

As I sit here (Monday) at the dining room table  composing my latest missive I look around and see that our former home is now our daughter and son-in-law's home.....it looks nothing like our home did.....they have made it their own.  Our home now has wheels, and it awaits our return later today.  It is always a little bittersweet when we must once again bid adieu to our children and their families.  My heart is warmed with the knowledge that my kids are doing well.....they are raising amazing children, and are leaving their mark upon this world.  They all get along so well, and that is all we might ask, right?  They are each other's best friends, and that, in the end has always been our 'end game' with our children.

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