This week, at the Lens-Artists Challenge community, Tina shared with us her thinking behind the theme: “There are many terrible aspects of the COVID 19 pandemic, too numerous to count really. On the other hand, there are a few positives as well. This week I experienced the latter – which in the spirit of Halloween week here in the U.S., I am calling ‘quite a treat.'”
Visiting my family is always an enjoyment, but our last trip was surely a treat to me and my husband.
When Autumn was born, I flew to Portland, Oregon once a month to spend time with her and my daughter Mercy. After her first birthday, I went every six weeks. Being an educator, watching her growth and learning unique skills was an amazement. In March this year, because of the Covid, I cancelled my trip when Mercy gave birth to Nora. Eventually, I took a trip to meet Nora five months after she was born. As to my husband, Lynton, his last time being with Autumn was January 2019 when we took a family trip to Hong Kong and Japan.
Early this month, it was a real treat to me and Lynton to visit Mercy’s family and spend time with Autumn and Nora.
Autumn was attached to Lynton right away. She came into my room to wake me up gently every morning and said, “Where is grandpa?” “I think he went to the store to get a newspaper,” I said. She wanted Lynton to read to her, doing puzzles and other projects with her.
Nora grew so fast. She loved to smile and make distinct sounds. Lynton enjoyed interacting with her.
I took tons of photos, of course!
We did many activities, even though it was limited by the Covid. We went to a pumpkin farm. Autumn visited the cows, goats, and pigs. She and Daddy went on a hayride, train ride, and jumped on a giant bouncing bed.
We went to the school playground across the street from my daughter’s house. We went on a walk in the neighborhood. Three nights in a row, we played board games after the kids went to bed.
What a Treat!
Taking family photo is a challenge to get the kids look at the camera.
The rain stopped when we arrived at the pumpkin farm and the rainbow appeared.
Reading and cuddling
“I want grandma to get in.”
We played Yahtzee, Scrabble, and a detective game. I’m as competitive as Mercy and Will.
Autumn’s new favorite is the geometric block patterns. She knows the names such as hectogon and trapezoid.
Autumn is a loving big sister. When Nora fusses, she would pat her, hug her, and bring her a toy. She can hardly wait to run around with Nora.
Reading and learning through playing are important for the kid’s growth and development. Mercy and Will read to the kids from the beginning of their lives.
Our next visit to them is Thanksgiving. We look very much forward to it.