|I cannot remember when |
my 3 children and I were in one place at the same time!
I remember when I was taller, too!
birthday in May. Quite unusual, methinks! Both are actors, and they moved from Toronto, to Vancouver, nearer to Stacie's family and to explore the acting market. I'm sure many of you can understand how far away that is for us!
When we lived in Muskoka, it was much easier for Jesse and Stacie to visit, being located in Toronto at the time. We would drive to where the kids were performing, as well, and we visited Jess at the Shaw Festival several times.
A first happened this past year, as Caitlin and I had never been on a mother/daughter trip like this: Caitlin and I visited Jesse and Stacie in Chemainus, in June 2010, where they were both performing in Singin' in the Rain!
Another coincidence, my birthday and Stacie's mom's birthday are on the same day, Boxing Day, Dec. 26th. What is up with that? Caitlin hosted her father and step-mother, as well as her brothers, on Christmas Day. They came to visit us on December 26th. We celebrated Christmas that day. My birthday, the next day.
|Josephine is a darling!|
We share December -as a birthday month.
Undaunted, one of the best tools we have is Skype. We have Skyped with our grandkids since they were babies, 2008. We made a video of it, too! Grampa learned the Mickey Mouse song, and sang it for them via Skype! (Grandparenting from afar).
What a difference to hold a baby up to the videocam and see how they move, talk, and directly interact. Eventually, you can talk and sing songs together! The first visits were brief, but as their attention spans increased, our conversations deepened. I often have chatted with Jesse on Skype after he moved out west.
|It's been awhile since I've Skyped,|
now that the grandkids are closer!
I have spent many lonely Christmases, when the kids were at their dad's house, and I was a single parent. It builds character. There are many who have never lived alone, others who are always alone. You just have to come to terms with your situation. One of hubby's clients lost his wife after 70 years of marriage. He has never lived alone. That is a tough one. He hasn't adjusted.
We spent 10 days without power during Ice Storm '98. This, too, builds character. But building relationships is much more fun when family can get together. They are only dates on a calendar. The important thing is to make time for family, to love them and embrace them in person, or as best you can.
|Everyone crowds in!|
|Stacie's mom and granddaughter talk to our girls.|
|Stacie showing her mom in Vancouver|
our backyard deer
|How many families can get together like this?|
Stacie's mom asked Isabelle a numerical question!
Izzy show the answer on her fingers!
|What does the elf say?|
|Bambi and the fox.|
I bought the book What Does the Fox Say?,
and the stuffed toy,
for the girls. It's a fun book.
|Stacie and Isabelle drew a picture.|
|Skypeing Jofee & Isabelle meet Stacie's|
niece and nephew!
|Isabelle loved our cake (carrot cake!)|
What a laugh she has!