Grandma and Grandpa Felty came out to visit a couple weeks ago. I apologize for being so slow to post pictures. It turns out that the added steps of importing the pictures from the fancy camera is a significant hurdle. Anyways, we had a very nice visit with them. Fran got to go to lunch with Betty on Friday while Rob and Harold checked out some breweries in Ft. Collins. Saturday we took a beautiful drive up to Conifer and had lunch there. Meg fell in love with a plastic ottoman at the thrift store next to the restaurant, and we couldn’t say no. Spencer and Rob got some baseball bats, which turned out to be great, since Spencer has been so into baseball lately. He recently mentioned that he really likes Grandpa Felty because he plays baseball with him.
On Sunday, Aunt Betty and Uncle Phil came over, as well as Grandma and Grandpa Dibble. We enjoyed some great food, and enjoyed the sunny weather (which has been a rarity in Colorado in 2015). The visit was short, but sweet. We are looking forward to seeing them again in Florida in December.
Uncle Phil takes a turn as catcher while Grandpa Felty swings
Sunday was Father’s day. Meg really wanted to go to the Splash water park for Father’s day, which sounded like a great idea to me. We woke up early, went to the early church service, then met Grandma and Grandpa Dibble at Splash. The church service was a bit heavy, tying in the recent shooting in South Carolina with father’s day. One point that our minister made was that racism is generational, and part of our responsibility as fathers is to teach our children that racism is not okay. I’m doing my best. Clare and I are both really lucky that we grew up with great dads.
I got a couple great father’s day presents this year. Meg made me several cards, which is awesome, and the family got me a “Superbrella”. It’s kind of a umbrella / tent, which is really nice to provide a little shade for sporting events, or hanging out at the pool. My mom got me several nice gifts, but my favorite was a note from my kindergarten teacher, talking about my behavioral problems. It sounded exactly like the same sorts of problems Spencer has. Thanks for being patient with me when I was a pain in the butt mom and dad!
Each summer for the past 5 years I have said something to the effect of:
I’m having lots of fun with Meg and Spencer, taking them to the park and such. I think next summer will be even more fun
Every year this has been true. Spencer is now tall enough to go down the slide by himself, and Meg enjoyed the pool at Splash much more than last year. Last year she mostly just played in the sand box, which is fine, but I like the pool a little better. Next year Spencer should be big enough for the deep pool — maybe even the diving board!
Unfortunately Dave could not swim, since he recently had cataract surgery, but he did get to hang out with Meg in the sand box for awhile. Ellen was nice enough to take some pictures. We’re looking forward to our next visit!
One of Spencer’s favorite Christmas gifts was some real football equipment from Ellen and Dave. We spent quite a long time on Christmas day trying it out. We had hoped for a bigger team, but Dave couldn’t play because he had recently developed a blood clot in his eye, and Bret wasn’t feeling well, so it ended up just being Drew, Spencer, and I, but Dave was able to take pictures.
So apparently the officiant at Drew and Geebi’s wedding didn’t fill out some paperwork correctly, so they had to do it again on Tuesday evening. This time they did it at Lake Merritt, and it all went pretty smoothly.
Dave retired at the end of 2013, and so he and Ellen are finally moving to Colorado for good. We decided to go visit them one last time in Arizona before they sell the house there. We had a really good time (and I am late in posting pictures). HIghlights included a visit to a fire truck museum, going to a MLK day parade and festival, and baking cupcakes in the solar oven.
Lots of old friends stopped by on Sunday to congratulate them on 40 years together. There was a lot of food and a lot of love. And my parents wound up with a lot of wine. Apparently, what people think you need after 40 years of marriage is a drink 😉 In all seriousness, though, thank you to everyone who helped celebrate.
We arrived in Spencer late Tuesday night. On Wednesday, we woke up to find the grass was over Spencer’s head and there was no hot water. Other than that, the place was in pretty good shape (probably because of Ellen’s March visit). So we gave the kids old fashioned sink baths with water heated on the stove and got to work. We set up beds and Spencer helped vacuum. Friends and neighbors helped us prepare for company.
Rob and Dave joined us late Friday night. Drew and Geebi got in on Saturday afternoon. The Felty’s and Sadie drove in Saturday evening. We grilled out and enjoyed each other’s company. Family time included the cousins playing where Drew and I used to play with the toys we used to play with. Part of the joy of generations is seeing these patterns play out.