After the whirlwind of activity on Sunday, we spent Monday relaxing around the house doing nothing really out of the ordinary. Tuesday was packed full of activity again from morning until night, starting with pictures first thing in the morning. Following this was a visit to the hospital to see Grandparents and then lunch with the Peelers. On the way from the Peelers’ to the Roberts’ house three out of five children went to sleep so they were left in the car while I had a nice chat with Debbie and Stephen and Jack colored and drew at the kitchen table. Then, off we went to the Ritches’ house for dinner with them, Betsy, and the Roberts. Mike and Kathy came to pick up the boys allowing me more time for conversation and them to work on a special project with Gran. I got back around 10:30 and Kathy and I stayed up talking and laughing until 2:00.
The next morning it was time to pack up. Jack went up on the hill with Pap before he went to work and helped load the trailer. Jack had already told Gran his plan that when he grows up he is going to come back to Alabama and get his house back and go and work every day with Pap. He was rewarded for his morning work with the gift of one of Pap’s tape measure and instructions that he have me teach him how to measure well and to take good care of the tool and that then he could use it when he comes back to work with Pap.
While I packed, the boys and Gran worked at the table on their book they co-authored and illustrated together about a traveling sock, inspired by a sock we left behind at the beach on our last trip. Art work has always been a special activity at Gran’s house, and it was very sweet to see the boys gathered around her kitchen table working diligently. They also drew pictures of themselves jumping in the dragon.
After lunch we began the long journey home with the boys already talking about our next trip.