Hello Grand Pa!
We sure do miss you!!!
My Dad (a.k.a Grand Pa) made it pretty easy for me when I came home this past Christmas.
My Dad lives in Houston and unfortunately the rest of my family and friends live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
I am sure my Dad wanted to show Isabel off to his friends
but he never complained or pressured me to go down to Houston which is a long drive, about 5 hours one way.
Yet, he didn't seem to mind the drive and just jumped in his car and came up to visit us about 5 different times.
Thank you Dad for taking it easy on me!!
My Dad is great because he will do any boring thing I ask!
So, I usually ask him to go shopping with me.
Poor Dad, he always gets dragged from one mall to the next, but this time we didn't venture too far (except for the mall in Hurst....such a let down) and we just went to the local shops in Burleson.
I love Walmart!!
I think we went to Walmart about 9 times in 2 weeks and each time I would find something else I needed that I didn't know I was needing :-)
Dad even went to Ulta with me, which is a store that only sells makeup.
Yep, he looked interestingly on as I told him about this color and that color and eye base, eye shadow, and lip stick versus lip gloss; and he really seemed to be paying attention.
We also went to Barnes and Noble several times but I think my dad actually enjoyed this, as we were looking for books for Isabel. Dad has sent Isabel loads of books and her favorite one is
Where Isabel can choose cardboard cutouts of animal pieces to fit the appropriate animal 'bed' for each page; to slip the chick into the nest, the lamb into the hay, and the baby into the bed. It is a precious little book and we all enjoy it!
On one particular visit, Dad found a great little book called "Little Lamb" with a finger puppet as part of the book. Too cute!!
Besides having shopping in common, my dad and I like to eat Mexican food! I definitely got my FasTaco fix with my dad, as we had it for lunch and dinner on the same night for a couple of nights in a row.
Another great thing about my Dad coming down and staying at Memo's house, was I could also visit my Memo at the same time. See, we needed a place to hang out and so my Memo said Dad could stay and Dad didn't mind hanging out at Memo's either!
That was really nice as I was able to share Isabel with Memo several times too.
Isabel really seemed to enjoy my Memo's attention too.
Side note....Memo said "All babies are cute, but Andrea little Isabel is real pretty" and the real pretty was said with such a southern accent that it was doubly sweet.
An added plus about going to Memo's was my cousin Leslie
and my Aunt Polly (Mom #2)
were able to come and the men were able to play golf.
Another side note ....Mom #2, did a lot of VERY SWEET things for Isabel. She brought up a bed, high chair that we could use at Memo's and lots of clothes for Isabel (thank you Denea for all the clothes too).
Thanks Mom #2. This is a pretty big deal as Mom #2 has MS and yet she will drive over an hour to my Memo's twice for a visit and several times to bring all the baby items. I am very blessed to have Mom #2, so thank you very much Polly!
Christmas was double fun, or should I say triple as not only did we celebrate it at Memo's house a few days BEFORE Christmas...
BUT Mom and Dad actually got along so well, that we had it at my Mom's too! Granted it was a couple of days after Christmas but I still dressed Isabel up in her Santa outfit and it was a little more cheerful at Mom's as there were Christmas ornaments and a Christmas tree to help reset the mood.
Grand Pa got Isabel a cute little present called the Learning Puppy, that sings songs and helps her learn body parts and colors too. It seemed to be a hit with Isabel and she still lights up when she hears the puppy sing.
A few days after Christmas I was not feeling too well, as I had gotten sick. Randy told me that if I didn't want to pack up and go to Memo's that my Dad was more than welcome to come to their house. Dad said that was great for him too and before I knew it we decided to do Christmas again!
Yes, again little Isabel. Or should I say little Santa.
Dad with Santa
Isabel loves the sound of paper and my dad really enjoyed egging her on. Didn't bother me as he cleaned up the mess several times (as you can see my dad is picking up the paper over and over so Isabel can throw it on the ground)
She had so much fun with something so simple.
All of this traveling and excitement really tired out Isabel but she found comfort in her Grand Pa's arms ...ahh so sweet!
We love and miss you Grand Pa! Thank you for all the visits, Mexican food and love.