Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Fast Visit


Family visits are always much too short.
My folks manage to make a short visit go crazy short.
Two and a half days...not long enough!
They left San Diego on a Thursday to drive up to Salt Lake City with my Dad's Honda Trail bike. At age 89 1/2 Dad has decided he was too old for it anymore.
Dad routinely rode the Honda bike around La Jolla until just a few months ago. Parking is awful in LJ; a little trail bike make running village errands a far less taxing adventure, at least in terms of finding a parking space.
Jeff said he would buy the honda from them; Dad said he would throw it on the back of his van and he and Mom would drive it up once to SLC once spring arrived.
It was a beautiful weekend for a visit.
They arrived on a Friday afternoon; and left to drive home again on the following Monday morning.
They may be retired, but they have a very busy life.
Dad nearly drove non-stop all the way home!

A stroll around the Temple Square Garden was in order during the brief visit.
As was a few photo ops.

The great grand baby got his share of photo op attention too.

A seat in the sunshine, and then it was out for Chinese food for dinner that evening.

The bedtime routine was switched up just a bit:  "Good Night Moon" was read by Great Grandmother that night.
My Mom has spent years volunteering in school with reading programs for second graders.
I doubt Luke will ever have difficulties learning to read; he has been studiously flipping pages in board books since he was four months old, and will turn the book right side up if it is handed to him upside down.
He comes from a long line of readers.
I was glad he got to be read to by his great grandmother once again and hope they will share story times again soon, either here in Salt Lake, or there in San Diego.
Either way...it will be a really special time.
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ellen b. said...

Wow! They drove all that way. That's amazing. My dad is always ready to go after a day or two. Love all the great photos!

La Tea Dah said...

Your mother is beautiful, Jill. I see a great resemblance between you two. How special that they came to visit. It's too bad they couldn't stay awhile, but how special that they made the trip.

I enjoyed seeing temple square in blossom. The last time I was there it was covered with snow! The holiday lights were beautiful, though.

Enjoy spring!
Gracious Hospitality

Anonymous said...

Great photos! Nice to see your parents again!

Sara said...

It may have been quick, but it was obviously filled to the brim with good things.

Vee said...

Precious photos all around. Such an amazing heritage Luke has. He is being a very good listener and his great-grandmama is very good at keeping his attention.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

How nice that they came...even if only for awhile. And how special that your dad is still up to driving the distance.

Of course Luke will be a good reader! You are starting him off on books from the get-go.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

What a lovely post! Such sweet memories made. :-)

Thank you so much, for commenting in my blog today. And thank you, for agreeing with my thoughts.

You probably came over, from our mutual friend Vee's blog. :-)


Kathie said...

Your parents are amazing!

So sweet to see your mom reading Good Night Moon to Luke - that's been a favourite here too.

Spring looks like it's in full swing there.

Happy Mother's Day Jill!