Vacation with Grandparents

Flying into Kotzebue
A few weeks ago, during the height of the arctic summer, my parents flew all the way up from Alabama to Kotzebue, Alaska so they could spend their summer vacation with us. Anneliese was excited to spend time with her grandparents, and they were even more excited to see their grand-baby after being apart for several months. (We went down to Alabama for Thanksgiving last year.)
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My Family Loves Fall Festivals- Happy Autumn!

Well, today (September 23, 2011) is officially the first day of autumn (or spring if you are south of the equator) and Oktoberfest is just around the corner. My favorite part of summer ending and fall beginning are the festivals- free entertainment and fun for the whole family. Harvest festivals are so much fun!

fall festival fun
So many people...It was a little too crowded but Anneliese loved it.

Although I love summer, it’s my favorite season, I am very much ready for fall this year. With our money expenditures being so tight right now, we are trying not to waste any on entertainment, and I am getting cabin fever from being stuck in the house way too much.

Family Fall Festivals
Anneliese with Grandma Missildine at Depot Days

This past weekend we had a blast with our baby’s grandparents at their town’s fall festival called Depot Days (it’s a week of activities all centered around the old train station depot). I’m not very artistically inclined so I love to see all of the art booths with people’s inspired creations. There were some really cute baby things that I had to avoid the temptation of buying on the spot. After walking around and checking out the art booths, we sat under a tree in the park for lunch. There are usually some really yummy options for food at the festival but this year the prices were so outrageous that we ended up eating pizza.

Family Fall Festivals
So Happy with a Full Belly

The Depot Days Festival was a nice break from our monotonous daily routine. Anneliese loves to be around people and see new things, so she had a great time. Plus, it’s always fun to hang out with the Grandparents (especially when they bring treats).

Family Fall Fun
Anneliese at Grandma Duckworth's House

After the fun of Depot Days my baby passed out for her afternoon nap, and when she woke up, she was in such a good mood I had to record it. Lately she has been trying to talk and she will go on and on in her adorable baby babble which I will have to write more about in another post. Well, my baby was so happy about her fun day at the fall festival that she felt like telling us all about it. We were at her Grandma and Grandpa Duckworth’s house because my husband was cooking a big dinner meal for everyone (Turducken) and she was having a grand time playing with the other children.

I hope you are having fun and enjoying this nice weather too. What fall festivals do you enjoy with baby? Do you have any fun plans for this fall?

fun fall festivals with baby

Happy Grandparents Day!

Proverbs 17:6 “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”

What a bargain grandchildren are!  I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure.  ~Gene Perret

Grandparents with Grandbaby
Grandma and Grandpa Missildine

Grandparents are similar to a piece of string – handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of their grandchildren.  ~Author Unknown

Grandparents with Grandbaby
Grandma and Grandpa Duckworth

It’s amazing how grandparents seem so young once you become one.  ~Author Unknown

Proverbs 16:31 “The gray head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.”

I hope you enjoy a little time with your Grandparents today. Don’t forget to check out my Grandparents Day Facts and Fun post too.

Grandparents Day Facts and Fun

Last year at this time my parents and in-laws were brand new grandparents and I was still recovering from childbirth, so I didn’t even think about it being their first Grandparents Day. I want to give a big thanks to my Grandparents for being such wonderful, Christian examples to me and for all they have done for me over the years. I am sure my husband’s parents and my parents will be awesome grandparents to our sweet baby Anneliese as she grows up.

Grandparents Day Facts and Fun
Anneliese as a Newborn

Why is Grandparents Day important anyway? Well, let me give you a little history along with some interesting facts about grandparents and this holiday. By the way, this year Grandparents Day falls on Patriot Day, in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, so don’t forget to take a moment and remember those who lost their lives a decade ago.

Grandparents Day History

Founder- In 1970 Marion McQuade campaigned for a Grandparents Day in the hope that it would spur more support for Senior Citizens as well as encourage people to honor their Grandparents.

In 1978 President Jimmy Carter officially made Grandparents Day the second Sunday in September.

Why September? It’s symbolic for senior citizens being in the autumnal years of their lives.

September 9, 1979- the first celebrated Grandparents Day in America.

grandparents day flowerBet you didn’t know…

Forget-Me-Nots became the official flower of Grandparents Day in 1999 to encourage lasting memories with Grandparents.

A Song For Grandma and Grandpa” written by Johnny Prill, became the official song for Grandparents Day in 2004.

 Grandparents Day Facts

80 Million- number of Grandparents in the U.S. in 2010.

47- average age of first time Grandparents.

7.5 Million- Grandchildren lived with a Grandparent in 2010.

4 Million- Approximate number of greeting cards that will be given out for Grandparents Day.

75% of the wealth in America is controlled by Grandparents.

62% have provided financial support to their adult children and grandchildren in the past year.

72% of Grandparents think that being a Grandparent is the most important and satisfying thing in their life.

Fun with Grandparents

Grandparents: Joke-able and Quotable

A grandfather was telling his little grandson what his own childhood was like:
“We used to ice skate outside on a frozen pond. I had a swing made from a tire that hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony around the yard. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”
The little boy was wide-eyed, taking all this in. At last he said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner, Grandpa!”

What is a Grandparent, according to a small child?
“Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no children of their own. They like other people’s.”
“Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old, they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of quarters for us.”

How do you say Grandma and Grandpa around the world?

  • Poland – Babcia and Dziadek
  • Germany – Oma and Opa
  • India – Nana-ji and Nani-ji
  • Korea – Halmonee and Halabujee
  • Greece – Ya-ya and Pa-pu
  • Japan – Oba-chan and Oji-chan
  • China – Popo and Gong-gong
  • Italy – Nonna and Nonno
  • Israel – Savta and Saba
  • Cuba – Abuelita and Abuelito

Want some more name ideas from here in the United States?

Grandma – Gammi, Mima, Grams, Momsy, Nanoo, Snuggums, Gigi, Ganny, Nana, Grammy, Mamaw

Grandpa – Gumpa, Paps, Peepaw, Pawpaw, Banpa, Papa, Pappi, Gramps, Umpapa, Granddaddy

Grandparents Day Fun and Facts

{sources: U.S. Census Bureau and}

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